Heidi Schmid

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Heidi Schmid
Personal information
Born (1938-12-05) 5 December 1938 (age 76)
Klagenfurt, Germany
Sport Fencing

Adelheid "Heidi" Schmid (after marriage: Adelheid Grundmann-Schmid) (born 5 December 1938 in Klagenfurt) is a former German fencer, world champion and Olympic champion in foil competition. She received a gold medal in individual foil at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome.[1] She received a bronze medal in the team foil event in 1964. She also competed at the 1968 Summer Olympics.[2]

National career[edit]

Schmid became fascinated by fencing when she was 13 years old. One year later, 14 years old, she participated in the German youth championship, where she finished third at her first attempt. She became female German champion in foil fencing in 1957, 1959, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967 and 1968.

Olympic career[edit]

On 1 September 1960 Heidi Schmid won the Olympic gold medal in Palazzo dei Congressi in Rome, after defeating Maria Vicol from Romania with a 4:3 score.

Four years later, at the Olympic games in Tokyo 1964, she was part of the German team (Gudrun Theuerkauff, Heidi Schmid, Rosemarie Scherberger and Helga Mees) that received a bronze medal in the team competition.[3] The team qualified from pool C, defeated France in the quarterfinal, lost to the Hungarian team in the semifinal, and defeated Italy in the bronze final.

World championships[edit]

In 1961 Heidi Schmid became world champion and also student world champion in foil, and was selected German sportswoman of the year. She received an individual silver medal in the 1957 world championships, and two team silver medals.

Later life[edit]

Schmid has later worked as a teacher of music. After marrying fellow teacher Hans Grundmann, she changed her name to Adelheid Grundmann-Schmid.



  1. ^ "1960 Summer Olympics – Rome, Italy – Fencing" databaseOlympics.com (Retrieved on 27 September 2008)
  2. ^ "Heidi Schmid Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 2010-10-28. 
  3. ^ "1964 Summer Olympics – Tokyo, Japan – Fencing" databaseOlympics.com (Retrieved on 28 September 2008)

Preceded by
Germany Ingrid Krämer
German Sportswoman of the Year
Succeeded by
Germany Jutta Heine