|Type||Competed in Olympic Games|
|Born||6 October 1956 in Neubrandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (GER)|
|Measurements||188 cm / 87 kg|
|Affiliations||SC Neubrandenburg, Neubrandenburg (GER)|
East German flatwater canoeist Rüdiger Helm became one of the world’s most successful sprint canoeists. He won 19 World Championship medals (ten gold, six silver and three bronze). He also won three gold and three bronze medals at Olympic Games. At Montréal in 1976 he won gold in the K-1 1,000, and bronze medals in the K-1 500 and K-4 1000. Four years later in Moscow he won gold in K-1 1000 and K-4 1000, and a bronze in the K-2 500 event.
Helm later turned to coaching, but became jobless after German re-unification. He then moved to Austria as chief coach until 1992. From 1992-2008 he was head of the local construction yard at Timmendorfer Strand. He then became National Coach of the Dragon Boat Class for one year, until 2009.
|1976 Summer Olympics||Canoe Sprint (Canoeing)||Kayak Singles, 500 metres, Men||Olympic||3||Bronze||Representing East Germany|
|Kayak Singles, 1,000 metres, Men||Olympic||1||Gold|
|Kayak Fours, 1,000 metres, Men||Olympic||East Germany||3||Bronze|
|1980 Summer Olympics||Canoe Sprint (Canoeing)||Kayak Singles, 1,000 metres, Men||Olympic||1||Gold||Representing East Germany|
|Kayak Doubles, 500 metres, Men||Olympic||Bernd Olbricht||3||Bronze|
|Kayak Fours, 1,000 metres, Men||Olympic||East Germany||1||Gold|
|1980 Summer Olympics||30 July 1980||Canoe Sprint (Canoeing)||Kayak Doubles, 500 metres, Men||Round One, Heat One||1:35.36||1|