Unforgotten moments

Bayer athletes have so far won 17 Olympic gold medals

Emotions, cheers of jubilation, thundering applause, tears of joy - thousands of Olympic sporting events remain firmly engraved in our memories. At the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, many new and fascinating moments were added. 18 athletes from Bayer clubs took part. And quite successfully: Four of them won medals. They followed in the footsteps of the successful Bayer athletes who have so far won a total of 68 medals at the Olympic Games. Many of their performances have remained engraved in our memories. They include decathlete Willi Holdorf, double Olympic champion Heide Ecker-Rosendahl, and Ulrike Meyfarth with their sensational achievements and comebacks. Names and pictures we will never forget. Here is a list of the Bayer athletes who won Olympic gold:

17 Gold Medals

2016 in Rio de Janeiro

Annike Krahn (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) - Soccer

Alexandra Popp and Annike Krahn

Happy about the gold medal: Alexandra Popp (left) and Annike Krahn (Bayer 04 Leverkusen).

A first-team regular: The German soccer team took a well-earned gold after their 2-1 victory against Sweden in the final. A first-team regular, Annike Krahn (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) brought stability to Germany’s defense. She ended her career with the national team following this absolute highlight. In the group stage, Germany faced Zimbabwe (6-1), Australia (2-2) and Canada (1-2). The team beat China (1-0) in the quarter-finals and Canada (2-0) in the semi-finals.

1964 to 2012: These Bayer Athletes Have Already Won Olympic Gold

2008 Olympic Games in Beijing

Britta Heidemann (TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen) in Épée fencing

Gold in Beijing: Britta Heidemann beats Ana Maria Branza of Romania in the final.

Triple: In the semi-final, it was touch and go whether she would make it through. In the final, Britta Heidemann then beat Ana Maria Branza of Romania quite clearly (15:11) to take home the 2008 Olympic gold medal. She had already become world champion the year before. In 2009, Heidemann secured the triple with her European Championship title and is thus the first epee fencer to hold all three major titles simultaneously.

1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano

Marco Jacobs (TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen) in 4-man bobsleigh

A good alternative: He was actually a very good discus thrower. But against world champions and Olympic winners such asLars Riedel and Jürgen Schult, Jakobs was never able to make his mark. Despite this, he won Olympic gold and became world and European champion – not on the athletic field but on the bobsled track. For a long time he was part of the team piloted by Christoph Langen. As a member of the German four-man bob team, Marco Jacobs won Olympic gold in Nagano.

1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta

Stephan Volkert (RTHC Bayer Leverkusen) in rowing, quadruple sculls

Medal collector: Stephan Volkert (second from left) won, among other things, two Olympic gold medals and one silver, six world championship titles and one junior world title.

Clear victory: The German crew won the gold medal with a clear win over the United States and Australia. One of the crew members was Stephan Volkert, who stood 2.00 m tall and weighed around 100 kg. Over his career, the rower and Cologne native won another Olympic gold medal (1992), six world championships and one junior world title.

Jens Fiedler (formerly SG EC/Bayer Köln/Worringen) in sprint cycling

Sprinting to gold: The sprint is the supreme discipline in track cycling. Rders reach speeds of over 70 km/h on special fixed-gear bicycles without brakes or the ability to coast. Jens Fiedler, who took part successfully in four Olympic Games, won gold in both 1992 and 1996. Competing in various disciplines, he took two bronze medals in 2000 and another gold in 2004.

Kristine Andersen (TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen) in handball for Denmark

After overtime: The Danish handball player and her team beat the defending champions, South Korea, in a well-played final. The exciting match ended 37:34 after extra time. With 70 goals, this handball final had more goals than any previous handball game at the Olympic Games.

1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona

Dieter Baumann (TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen) 5,000 meter

At the finish, Dieter Baumann celebrates his sensational win against the African favorites.

Sensational finish: Playing a waiting game on the inside lane in the lead group, Dieter Baumann chose exactly the right tactics. In the last few meters of the home stretch, he took advantage of a gap that opened up between the leaders and used his finishing kick to record a sensational victory against the African favorites. Baumann was the first German long-distance runner in the history of the Olympic Games to win gold.

Heike Henkel (TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen) in high jump

The third time’s the charm: High-jumper Heike Henkel recorded her greatest triumph at her third Olympic Games. Despite a minor injury, the then 28-year old dominated the event. She was the only one to jump 2.02 m. With this success, Heike Henkel is the only high-jumper to date, who, in three successive years, was European champion, world champion and Olympic champion.

Petra Roßner (formerly SG EC/Bayer Köln/Worringen) in cycling (3000 meters individual pursuit)

First a fall, then gold: She started off in track and field, but soon afterwards switched to cycling. At her first Olympic Games in 1988, she fell during the road race. She then enjoyed greater success on the track. At the 1992 Games in Barcelona, she became Olympic champion in the 3,000 m individual pursuit.

Arnd Schmitt (TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen) in team Épée fencing

Gold duo: Arnd Schmitt and Britta Heidemann won their two medals in fencing.

Gold followed a big disappointment: Schmitt was eliminated disappointingly early from the individual tournament. He reached the team final in 1992, when the German team collected the gold medal against the Hungarian opposition. At the 1996 Games in Atlanta, he missed the step onto the winners' rostrum, but was given the great honor of carrying the flag for the German Olympic team at the opening ceremony. Schmitt claimed his first individual world championship in 1999.

Stephan Volkert (RTHC Bayer Leverkusen) in rowing, quadruple sculls

Versatile: One of his trademarks is his enormous versatility. Volkert collected his national and international titles and medals in various boat classes and was always able to adjust quickly to new crews. As a member of the quadruple sculls, the second fastest boat category in rowing, he won gold in Barcelona in 1992 and bronze in Sydney in 2000.

1988 Olympic Games in Seoul

Arnd Schmitt (TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen) in Épée fencing

Concentration and strong nerves: At his first Olympics in 1988, he immediately won the biggest prize. In the Olympic final against Frenchman Philippe Riboud, he displayed steady nerves to win by a single hit. As two-time Olympic champion, individual world champion, and with a total of 16 Olympic and world championship medals, Arnd Schmitt is one of the most successful German fencers ever.

1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles

Ulrike Meyfarth (TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen) in high jump

12-year gap: Ulrike Meyfarth won high-jump gold in Munich in 1972 and in Los Angeles in 1984.

Sensation and comeback: As a 16-year-old, Ulrike Nasse-Meyfarth sensationally won the high jump gold medal in Munich in 1972 with a world-record jump of 1.92 m. She is still the youngest ever Olympic winner of an individual track and field event. After a prolonged performance dip, she returned to the world's elite and, 12 years later in 1984, became a gold medal winner again with a jump of 2.02 m.

Fredy Schmidtke (formerly SG EC/Bayer Köln/Worringen): 1,000 m time trials

From a standing start: Fredy Schmidtke cycled to a gold medal over 1000 meters in 1:06.

The power pack: From a standing start, the idea of this event is to accelerate as fast as possible to maximum speed and then maintain it through to the finish. 1.92-meter-tall cycle sprinter Fredy Schmidtke crossed the finish line with a winning time of one minute and six seconds.

1972 Olympic Games in Munich

Heide Rosendahl (TuS 04 Leverkusen) in long jump and 4x100 meters

Golden girls: Heike Henkel, Ulrike Nasse-Meyfarth and Heide Ecker-Rosendahl (l. to r.) with their coach, Gerd Osenberg.

Double gold: Heide Rosendahl crowned her career in Munich. She was the first Bayer athlete to win gold – and she did it twice. In the long jump, she won with a leap of 6.78 m. Then, in the final leg of the sprint relay against world record-holder and 100 m Olympic winner Renate Stecher (GDR), she defended the team's lead to take a surprising gold medal in a world record time of 42.81 seconds. She also won a silver medal in the pentathlon.

1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo

Willi Holdorf (TuS 04 Leverkusen) in decathlon

First decathlon gold: Willi Holdorf spread enthusiasm with his fighting spirit. He took gold ahead of Rein Aun (left) and Hans-Joachim Walde (right).

Big battle: These pictures went around the world and made Willi Holdorf a decathlon legend. In an exciting final against the Rein Aun of the Soviet Union, he could afford to lose a maximum of 18 seconds over his rival in the final 1500 meter run. When he crossed the line 12 seconds behind Aun, he collapsed in a state of exhaustion. He was Germany's first Olympic decathlon winner.