Karl-Heinrich von Groddeck

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Karl-Heinrich von Groddeck
Personal information
Born 19 July 1936
Tutow, Germany
Died 13 December 2011 (aged 75)
Bad Bellingen, Germany
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 88 kg (194 lb)
Sport Rowing
Club Ratzeburger RC

Karl-Heinrich Erich Moritz von Groddeck (19 July 1936 – 14 December 2011) was a German rower who won three Olympic medals for the Unified Team of Germany: a silver in the coxed pairs in 1956 and a gold and a silver in the eights in 1960 and 1964, respectively.[1][2] He also won one world and five European titles in these two rowing events between 1956 and 1964.[3] In 1964 he retired from competitions.

Back in 1958, von Groddeck moved from Wiesbaden to Hamburg to work for Axel Springer AG as a journalist in the sports section of a newspaper. For many years he was reporting the history of German rowing.[4] Later he worked as a freelance journalist.


German team at the 1964 European Championships (the same team competed at the 1964 Olympics), von Groddeck is fourth from right.