Balian Buschbaum

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Balian Buschbaum
Balian Buschbaum.jpg
Buschbaum in 2010
Personal information
Birth nameYvonne Buschbaum
Nationality German
Born (1980-07-14) 14 July 1980 (age 39)
Ulm, Germany
SportPole vaulting
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)4.70 m
Updated on 13 December 2014.

Balian Buschbaum (born 14 July 1980 in Ulm), formerly known as Yvonne Buschbaum, is a former German pole vaulter.

Life and career[edit]

Buschbaum competed in women's pole vaulting before his transition, winning the title of German Youth Champion multiple times. In 1999 Buschbaum became the German pole vault champion, later that year setting the German record for pole vault with a height of 4.42 m, beating his previous junior world record of 4.37 m. His personal best is 4.70 metres, achieved in June 2003 in Ulm. On 21 November 2007 Buschbaum announced his retirement from the sport due to a persistent injury and the desire to begin gender reassignment.[1] In January 2008, Buschbaum announced that his new first name was "Balian", after the blacksmith in the movie Kingdom of Heaven, and that he would undergo gender affirming surgery later that year.[2]

Bushchbaum worked until the end of the indoor 2012-2013 season as a high jump coach in Mainz.[3][4]


All placements are for women's events and prior to his gender transition.

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Germany
1998 World Junior Championships Annecy, France 4th 4.10 m
European Championships Budapest, Hungary 3rd 4.31 m
1999 World Championships Seville, Spain 14th 4.15 m
European Junior Championships Riga, Latvia 1st 4.25 m
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 6th 4.40 m
2001 World Indoor Championships Lisbon, Portugal 6th 4.25 m
World Championships Edmonton, Canada 7th 4.45 m
2002 European Indoor Championships Vienna, Austria 2nd 4.65 m
European Championships Munich, Germany 3rd 4.50 m
2003 World Championships Paris, France 6th 4.50 m


  • Blaue Augen bleiben blau. Mein Leben. (Blue Eyes Stay Blue. My Life) Krüger, Frankfurt 2010, ISBN 978-3-8105-2619-9.
  • Frauen wollen reden, Männer Sex: wie verschieden sind wir wirklich, Herr Buschbaum? (Women Want to Talk, Men Want Sex: How Different are we Really, Mr. Buschbaum?) Fischer Taschenbuch, Frankfurt 2013, ISBN 978-3-596-19337-0.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "German pole-vaulter Yvonne Buschbaum retires, plans hormone treatment", International Herald Tribune, The Associated Press, 21 November 2007, retrieved 22 November 2007
  2. ^ Yvonne wird Balian - Buschbaum nimmt Abschied His previous given name was "Yvonne."
  3. ^ WELT (7 March 2013). "Transsexualität : Der Mann, der erkannte, was Frauen wirklich wollen". Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Balian Buschbaum: Ein Leben im falschen Körper - Stern TV | STERN.DE". 12 July 2010. Retrieved 23 March 2019.

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