German Sportspersonality of the Year

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The German Sportspersonality of the Year is chosen annually since 1947, for both men and women. The recordholder is tennis player Steffi Graf (five awards). Swimmer Michael Groß, tennis player Boris Becker, and high jumper Ulrike Meyfarth each have four awards. Since 1957 the sport journalists also elect Germany's Sportsteam of the Year.

In East Germany (GDR) there was also an annual election for the Best Sportsman- and Woman of the Year, from 1953 to 1989, chosen by the readers of the daily newspaper Junge Welt. Since 1990, after reunification, both elections merged into one annual award.

West Germany and Germany[edit]

YEAR MALE FEMALE
1947 Gottfried von Cramm Marga Petersen
1948 Gottfried von Cramm Mirl Buchner-Fischer
1949 Georg Meier Lena Stumpf
1950 Herbert Klein Ria Baran-Falk
1951 Paul Falk Ria Baran-Falk
1952 Karl Kling Ria Baran-Falk
1953 Werner Haas Christa Seliger
1954 Heinz Fütterer Ursula Happe
1955 Hans Günter Winkler Helene Kienzle
1956 Hans Günter Winkler Ursula Happe
1957 Manfred Germar Wiltrud Urselmann
1958 Fritz Thiedemann Marianne Werner
1959 Martin Lauer Marika Kilius
1960 Georg Thoma Ingrid Krämer
1961 Wolfgang Graf Berghe von Trips Heidi Schmid
1962 Gerhard Hetz Jutta Heine
1963 Gerhard Hetz Ursel Brunner
1964 Willi Holdorf Roswitha Esser
Annemarie Zimmermann
1965 Hans-Joachim Klein Helga Hoffmann
1966 Rudi Altig Helga Hoffmann
Karin Frisch
1967 Kurt Bendlin Liesel Westermann
1968 Franz Keller Ingrid Becker
1969 Hans Fassnacht Liesel Westermann
1970 Hans Fassnacht Heide Rosendahl
1971 Hans Fassnacht Ingrid Mickler-Becker
1972 Klaus Wolfermann Heide Rosendahl
1973 Klaus Wolfermann Uta Schorn
1974 Eberhard Gienger Christel Justen
1975 Peter-Michael Kolbe Ellen Wellmann
1976 Gregor Braun Rosi Mittermaier
1977 Dietrich Thurau Eva Wilms
1978 Eberhard Gienger Maria Epple
1979 Harald Schmid Christa Kinshofer
1980 Guido Kratschmer Irene Epple
1981 Toni Mang Ulrike Meyfarth
1982 Michael Groß Ulrike Meyfarth
1983 Michael Groß Ulrike Meyfarth
1984 Michael Groß Ulrike Meyfarth
1985 Boris Becker Cornelia Hanisch
1986 Boris Becker Steffi Graf
1987 Harald Schmid Steffi Graf
1988 Michael Groß Steffi Graf
1989 Boris Becker Steffi Graf
1990 Boris Becker Katrin Krabbe
1991 Michael Stich Katrin Krabbe
1992 Dieter Baumann Heike Henkel
1993 Henry Maske Franziska van Almsick
1994 Markus Wasmeier Katja Seizinger
1995 Michael Schumacher Franziska van Almsick
1996 Frank Busemann Katja Seizinger
1997 Jan Ullrich Astrid Kumbernuss
1998 Georg Hackl Katja Seizinger
1999 Martin Schmitt Steffi Graf
2000 Nils Schumann Heike Drechsler
2001 Erik Zabel Hannah Stockbauer
2002 Sven Hannawald Franziska van Almsick
2003 Jan Ullrich Hannah Stockbauer
2004 Michael Schumacher Birgit Fischer
2005 Ronny Ackermann Uschi Disl
2006 Michael Greis Kati Wilhelm
2007 Fabian Hambüchen Magdalena Neuner
2008 Matthias Steiner Britta Steffen
2009 Paul Biedermann Steffi Nerius
2010 Sebastian Vettel Maria Riesch
2011 Dirk Nowitzki Magdalena Neuner
2012 Robert Harting Magdalena Neuner
2013 Robert Harting Christina Obergföll

East Germany[edit]

YEAR MALE FEMALE
1953 Gustav-Adolf Schur
1954 Gustav-Adolf Schur
1955 Gustav-Adolf Schur
1956 Gustav-Adolf Schur
1957 Gustav-Adolf Schur
1958 Gustav-Adolf Schur Karin Beyer
1959 Gustav-Adolf Schur Gisela Birkemeyer
1960 Gustav-Adolf Schur Ingrid Krämer
1961 Gustav-Adolf Schur Ute Starke
1962 Helmut Recknagel Ingrid Krämer-Gulbin
1963 Klaus Ampler Ingrid Krämer-Gulbin
1964 Klaus Urbanczyk Ingrid Krämer-Gulbin
1965 Jürgen May Hannelore Suppe
1966 Frank Wiegand Gabriele Seyfert
1967 Roland Matthes Karin Janz
1968 Roland Matthes Margitta Gummel
1969 Roland Matthes Petra Vogt
1970 Roland Matthes Erika Zuchold
1971 Roland Matthes Karin Balzer
1972 Wolfgang Nordwig Karin Janz
1973 Roland Matthes Kornelia Ender
1974 Hans-Georg Aschenbach Kornelia Ender
1975 Roland Matthes Kornelia Ender
1976 Waldemar Cierpinski Kornelia Ender
1977 Rolf Beilschmidt Rosemarie Ackermann
1978 Udo Beyer Marita Koch
1979 Bernd Drogan Marita Koch
1980 Waldemar Cierpinski Maxi Gnauck
1981 Lothar Thoms Ute Geweniger
1982 Bernd Drogan Marita Koch
1983 Uwe Raab Marita Koch
1984 Uwe Hohn Katarina Witt
1985 Jens Weißflog Marita Koch
1986 Olaf Ludwig Heike Drechsler
1987 Torsten Voss Silke Möller
1988 Olaf Ludwig Kristin Otto
1989 Andreas Wecker Kristin Otto

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