Female Olympic Champions: Sportswomen who made history
Birgit Fischer
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Birgit Fischer

Born: 25th February, 1962.

You might not remember her, but German Olympian Birgit Fischer is probably one of the greatest female champions across all Olympic sports.

The kayakist has a very impressive collection of eight - that's right, eight! - gold medals, and four silver. After Ukrainian gymnast Larissa Latynina, she's the top female medal-winner ever.

She's the only woman in the world to have taken home a gold medal from every Olympic Games since 1980 - with the exception of the 1984 Los Angeles Games, which East Germany and many other countries boycotted owing to political tensions.

Photo : Birgit Fischer at the Olympic Games in Athens.

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