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    Favourite Germanic Sportsmen or Sportswomen

    Who are your favourites?

    Katarina Witt (born December 3, 1965) is a German figure skater, in Germany she was commonly affectionately called "Kati" in the past, but today her full name is used more often.

    She won two Olympic gold medals for East Germany, first in the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics and the second in 1988 at the Calgary Olympics. She won the World Championships in 1984, 1985, 1987, and 1988, and six consecutive European Championships (1983–1988). Her competitive record makes her one of the most successful figure skaters of all time.

    More at source:
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    In my view she is the best female skater I've seen. Germans must be proud of her.



    Here some videos:

    Katarina Witt - 88 Oly LP - Carmen


    1987 Worlds, Ladies' LP - Katarina Witt (GDR)

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    Katrin Apel







    "Katrin Apel (born May 4, 1973, in Erfurt) is a retired German biathlete. 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in), 61 kg (130 lb). Apel now resides in Gräfenroda, and is a member of the SV Eintracht Frankenhain club. Like most German winter sport athletes, Apel is a sport soldier, performing normal soldier duties but released for training and competitions.

    Apel has had 18 podium finishes in the World Cup. Four wins, five second places and nine third places. All but one of her World Cup wins were in the 2001/02 season when she came 5th in the final standings. Also three of the four wins were in the sprint. Apel is a solid shooter in the prone position, averaging mid 80% over the years, but her standing shoot lets her down, only in the low 70%, though it has improved from mid 60% from a few years ago.

    Apel has four Olympic medals, two gold, one silver, and one bronze. Her only solo medal is a bronze in the sprint in the 1998 Winter Olympics. She won the other medals in relay events. Apel has nine World Championship medals, three gold, five silver, and one bronze. However only two of the medals are solo medals, one a silver won in Oslo's Holmenkollen ski festival in 2000 in the sprint, and the other, also a silver, won in the mass start in Oberhof in 2004. The remaining medals were won in relays."

    Since I am a great biathlon fan, for me she is the best.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katrin_Apel
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    Max Schmeling

    Maximillian Adolph Otto Siegfried Schmeling (September 28, 1905 – February 2, 2005) was a German boxer who was heavyweight champion of the world between 1930 and 1932. His two fights with Joe Louis in the late 1930s transcended boxing and became worldwide social events because of their national associations.

    Despite his supposed associations with Nazism,[citation needed] it became known long after the Second World War that Schmeling had risked his own life to save the lives of two Jewish children in 1938.[1] While Schmeling was never a supporter of the Nazi regime in Germany, he cooperated with the government's efforts to play down the increasingly negative international world view of its domestic policies during the 1930s.

    Schmeling served with the German Air Force (Luftwaffe) as an elite paratrooper (Fallschirmjäger).

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    http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Schmeling





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    Peter "The Dutch Lumberjack" Aerts (born October 25, 1970) is a professional Super heavyweight Dutch kickboxer and martial artist. He is three time K-1 World Grand Prix and Muay Thai World Champion. Aerts is best known for his powerful strikes and high kicks.

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    Dirk Kuyt, officially spelled Dirk Kuijt, (born 22 July 1980, in Katwijk aan Zee) is a Dutch professional football player, who currently plays for English club Liverpool FC. He plays mainly in the position of striker but now is often deployed as a winger. He is renowned for his work-rate. In his early career, and often for the Dutch national team, Kuyt played on the wing.

    Kuyt missed only five games over seven seasons from 1999 until 2006, making 233 appearances. Between March 2001 (playing with FC Utrecht) and April 2006 (Feyenoord) Kuyt played 179 consecutive matches.

    For the Netherlands national football team he has played at Germany 2006 and Euro 2008.

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    When I was younger I used to like to read books by Arnold Schwarzenegger. I like how he hammed up his performances on the stage, and in the movies.



    Sometimes I like to see what Dirk Nowitzki is up to in the NBA also.



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    Ole Einar Bjørndalen








    "Ole Einar Bjørndalen (born January 27, 1974; height: 5'10" (179 cm); weight: 10 st 3 lb (143 lb) (64 kg) from Simostranda in Modum, (southeastern Norway) is a career biathlete. Bjørndalen has won five Olympic Gold medals (more than anyone in biathlon), and ten World Championship gold medals. In addition, he has a record 81 individual Biathlon World Cup victories, and became the first biathlete ever to win a FIS Cross Country World Cup race, in Gällivare, Sweden in 2006. He is also the only biathlete who has won every singles event during the same Winter Olympic Games, in Salt Lake City 2002, and just the third Olympian to win four gold medals during the same Winter Games.

    As of March 2008, Bjørndalen has won five Olympic gold medals, three Olympic silver, one Olympic bronze, ten World Championship gold medals, ten silver, and nine bronze, and a record high of 81 individual Biathlon World Cup wins , the most of any biathlete to date. He has won the World Cup five times (1997/1998, 2002/2003, 2004/2005, 2005/2006, and 2007/2008, finished second four times 1998/1999, 1999/2000, 2000/2001, 2003/2004, and third once 2001/2002. In his first season (1992/1993) he finished 62nd, the season after, 30th and the season after that, 4th. When winning the overall world cup in 1998, at the age of 24, he actually won all that is possible in biathlon in one season - world championships gold medal, Olympic gold medal and the overall world cup title. His World Cup podium record is 120 (more than 120 including the victory and the podiums in cross-country) podium finishes, 73 1st places, 32 2nd places, and 19 3rd places. He is the only biathlete ever to win all four biathlon events in a single Winter Olympics (2002 Salt Lake City Games). This encompasses the sprint, pursuit, individual, and relay events, the latter together with three other participants (The first mass start only began in the 2006 Winter Olympics). He has said his target is to win nine Olympic gold medals before he, if he choses to follow the current plan, retires after the 2010 Games in Vancouver. According to his wife, Nathalie Santer, and himself, as long as he is healthy and has the energy and motivation, he could even race until 2014. Bjørndalen's 80 World Cup victories (including the one in Cross Country) is sixteen ahead of Annemarie Moser-Pröll and he is now chasing Ingemar Stenmark's record of 86 World Cup victories.

    Bjørndalen occasionally competes in cross country races, and has raced in World Championships before. During the off season in April, the Norwegian Skarverennet takes place, a 38km race in the mountains between Finse and Ustaoset. Bjørndalen has competed in this competition, in 2005 he came 12th, and in 2006 he won the race in a time of 1:31.25, one second ahead of Frode Andresen, and seven seconds ahead of third place Kristen Skjeldal. For his accomplishments in biathlon and cross-country skiing, Bjørndalen received the Egebergs Ærespris in 2002. In 1993, at the age of 19, Bjørndalen has become the first biathlete ever to win a grand slam by winning all 3 possible gold medals on the Junior Biathlon World Championships.

    Bjørndalen is one of the fastest skiers in the world, and the only biathlete, alongside Lars Berger, to win an FIS cross-country world cup race. His teammates Frode Andresen and Lars Berger are probably closest to him, but in almost all races Bjørndalen has the best skiing time. Bjørndalen excels on hills (and is very quick on the flat), and he's also very good at downhill, because of his great balance skills. His ease on hills lies in his slight frame. Skiers such as Bjørndalen and Raphael Poiree who are smaller built tend to 'float', or glide over hills which gives them an advantage over more powerful skiers such as Sven Fischer, who struggle and are more comfortable on fairly flat courses, such as Östersund, and Ruhpolding.

    Bjørndalen's general tactic is to skate as hard and as fast as possible from the start of the race, and build up a large lead, so that he is able to afford a miss in the shooting (a penalty lap takes roughly 23 seconds). Although Bjørndalen has shown at the beginning of the 2006/07 season that he is taking the first lap slower in order to judge the pace of the race, and then steadily increase his pace."

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    Matthias Steiner! Amazing strength and a great character.



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