Britta Heidemann

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Britta Heidemann
Britta Heidemann podium 2013 Fencing WCH EFS-IN t214721.jpg
Personal information
Born (1982-12-22) 22 December 1982 (age 31)
Cologne, Germany
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Weight 69 kilograms (152 lb)
Sport
Sport Fencing
Club TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Coached by Manfred Kaspar

Britta Heidemann (born 22 December 1982) is a German épée fencer.

Career[edit]

Épée Fencing[edit]

At the age of 14, already being a successful athlete and swimmer, Britta Heidemann had her first contact with fencing in a variation of modern pentathlon called Friesenkampf. After first switching to modern pentathlon, at the end of 2000, she began to specialize in fencing.

In 2001, she became épée junior world vice-champion and junior European champion. In 2002, she reached third place in the World Fencing Championships, in 2003 second with the team. In 2004, she won third place with the team in the Fencing World Cup. During the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, she won the silver medal in the team with Claudia Bokel and Imke Duplitzer. In 2007 she became world champion in singles in Saint Petersburg and at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, she won the gold medal in the individual competitions. A year later, in 2009, Heidemann secured the European championship title, thus becoming the first épée fencer to hold all three major titles at once. In 2011, she became German épée champion. Heidemann reached the finals of the individual competition of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London (beating Shin A Lam in a controversial semi-final) but eventually lost to Ukraine's Yana Shemyakina.

Charities[edit]

Britta Heidemann donates time to the Bundesliga-Stiftung, a charity that sponsors health and integration projects. She also supports the EU initiative "Youth on the Move" as well as the campaign "Kinderträume 2011" (child dreams 2011).

Personal life[edit]

Heidemann currently lives in Cologne.

See also[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Erfolg ist eine Frage der Haltung: Was Sie vom Fechten für das Leben lernen können., Ariston, München 2011, ISBN 978-3424200614

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Biographie Fechtweltmeisterin Britta Heidemann". Retrieved 2012-06-26. 
  2. ^ "Olympics Statistics: Britta Heidemann". databaseolympics.com. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  3. ^ "Britta Heidemann Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 

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