Brigitte Ahrenholz
Personal information
Born(1952-08-08)8 August 1952
Potsdam, East Germany
DiedMarch or April 2018 (aged 65)

Brigitte Irene Ahrenholz (8 August 1952 – March or April 2018) was a German rower who competed for East Germany in the 1976 Summer Olympics.

She was born in Potsdam. In 1976 she was a crew member of the East German boat that won the gold medal in the eight event.[1] After her rowing career, she studied medicine and graduated in 1983. At first she worked at the Vivantes Klinikum im Friedrichshain as a surgeon before moving to Werder where she continued as a surgeon until her retirement.[2][3]

Ahrenholz was last seen on the evening of 3 March 2018,[3] reported to Police as missing the following morning[4] and was found dead on 7 April 2018, aged 65. Her cause of death is currently unknown.[5]


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Brigitte Ahrenholz". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  2. ^ Kluge, Volker (2004). Das große Lexikon der DDR-Sportler: Die 1000 erfolgreichsten und populärsten Sportlerinnen und Sportler aus der DDR, ihre Erfolge, Medaillen und Biographien [The big lexicon of the GDR athletes: The 1000 most successful and popular athletes from the GDR, their successes, medals and biographies.] (in German). Berlin: Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf Verlag. p. 8. ISBN 3-89602-538-4.
  3. ^ a b "Leiche von Olympiasiegerin in See entdeckt" [Dead body of Olympic champion discovered at lake]. n-tv (in German). 9 April 2018. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Ehemalige Ruder-Olympiasiegerin vermisst" [Former rowing Olympic champion missing]. Märkische Allgemeine (in German). 7 March 2018. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Olympiasiegerin Brigitte Ahrenholz ist tot" [Olympic champion Brigitte Ahrenholz is dead]. Süddeutsche Zeitung (in German). 9 April 2018.