Rolf-Dieter Amend

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameRolf-Dieter•Amend
Used nameRolf-Dieter•Amend
Born21 March 1949 in Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt (GER)
Died4 January 2022 in Potsdam, Brandenburg (GER)
Measurements173 cm / 74 kg
AffiliationsASG Vorwärts Leipzig, Leipzig (GER)
NOC East Germany
Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1


Canoe slalom events – held on the canoe slalom course of Augsburg – appeared at the Olympics for the first time in 1972 (and for the last time until 1992). Rolf-Dieter Amend partnered with Walter Hofmann in the Canadian doubles and won the gold medal as the reigning World runners-up in the C-2, defeating reigning World Champions and teammates from East Germany Jürgen Kretschmer and Klaus Trummer, who came in a disappointing fourth. Amend and Hofmann also won the World Championships as members of the C-2 team in 1971 and 1975. In 1969, 1972 and 1975 they also claimed East German titles.

After his active career Amend graduated as a sports teacher and became a successful canoe coach. He started coaching at ASK Vorwärts Potsdam and after reunification became German national coach for kayak race canoeing in 1991, a position he held until 2008. In 2008, he was named Coach of the Year by the German Sports Association. He was also a member of the German Canoe Slalom Hall of Fame.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1972 Summer Olympics Canoe Slalom (Canoeing) GDR Rolf-Dieter Amend
Canadian Doubles, Slalom, Men (Olympic) Walter Hofmann 1 Gold

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