Max Hoff (GER)

Max Hoff (GER)

Canoe Sprint
Date of birth
12 September 1982
197 cm
96 kg
Cologne, GER
Athlete, Student
English, German
Higher education


General Interest

Skiing, water sports, cycling. (, 12 Apr 2016)
He suffered from an inflammation of the shoulder at the beginning of 2011. (, 18 Aug 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Anyone who sets a serious goal will achieve it." (, 12 Apr 2016)
Awards and honours
He was voted Best German Athlete of the 2015 European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan. (, 01 Jul 2015)

He was named Male Athlete of the Year in 2008, 2009 and 2014 in Cologne, Germany. (, 11 Mar 2015)

He was voted the 2011 Champion of the Year in Germany. (, 07 Nov 2011)
Other sports
He was world champion in wildwater canoeing in 2006. He has also competed in canoe marathon. (, 10 Jan 2011)
Other information
He became the first German athlete from any sport to win an individual gold medal at European Games after claiming victory in the K1 1000m at the 2015 Games in Baku, Azerbaijan. "It's pretty cool, and nicer than winning at the European championships. The true value of this medal will be known later." (, 17 Jun 2015)

After starting out his career in wildwater canoeing, where athletes compete in races on rivers, he made the switch to flatwater ahead of the 2007 season. He made the decision as there was a lack of depth in Germany in the K1 1000m event. One of the initial challenges he faced was that he had to change his stroke technique to increase his power and reduce his stroke rate. (, 10 Jan 2011)

In 2011 he began a post-graduate degree in business administration at the AKAD College in Leipzig, Germany. (, 12 Apr 2016)

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began paddling at age 11 in Siegburg, Germany.
Why this sport?
He likes the fact that the sport is in nature and that he is always in contact with the water.
Club / Team
Kanusport-Gemeinschaft Essen [KGE]: Germany
Name of coach
Robert Berger [club], GER; Reiner Kiessler [national]; Arndt Hanisch [national]


Olympic GamesK1 1000mBrazil, Rio de Janeiro16 August 20162016Men3:37.5817Latest result
Olympic GamesK4 1000mBrazil, Rio de Janeiro20 August 20162016Men3:02.1431Latest resultBest result
Olympic GamesK1 1000mEngland, London8 August 20122012Men3:27.7593Best result
Olympic GamesK4 1000mEngland, London9 August 20122012Men2:56.1724Best result
Olympic GamesK1 1000mChina, Beijing22 August 20082008Men3:29.3915Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 1000mItaly, Milan22 August 20152015Men3:28.0384Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 5000mItaly, Milan23 August 20152015Men19:57.572Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 500mRussia, Moscow10 August 20142014Men1:41.8498
World ChampionshipsK1 1000mRussia, Moscow9 August 20142014Men3:29.7679
World ChampionshipsK1 5000mRussia, Moscow9 August 20142014Men20:14.0042Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 1000mGermany, Duisburg31 August 20132013Men3:44.2101Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 5000mGermany, Duisburg1 September 20132013Men19:52.9884Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 1000mHungary, Szeged19 August 20112011Men3:40.4724Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 5000mHungary, Szeged21 August 20112011Men19:51.2001Best result
World ChampionshipsK4 1000mHungary, Szeged20 August 20112011Men2:47.7341Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 500mPoland, Poznan22 August 20102010Men1:39.8895Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 1000mPoland, Poznan21 August 20102010Men3:29.5441Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 5000mPoland, Poznan21 August 20102010Men20:03.5742Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 1000mCanada, Dartmouth15 August 20092009Men3:29.4251Best result
World ChampionshipsK4 200mCanada, Dartmouth16 August 20092009Men32.73412
World ChampionshipsK1 1000mGermany, Duisburg11 August 20072007Men3:46.61110
European ChampionshipsK1 1000mRussia, Moscow25 June 20162016Men3:32.8484Latest result
European ChampionshipsK2 1000mRussia, Moscow25 June 20162016Men3:12.7321Latest resultBest result
European ChampionshipsK1 1000mCzech Republic, Racice2 May 20152015Men3:33.4161Best result
European ChampionshipsK1 5000mCzech Republic, Racice3 May 20152015Men20:03.2902
European ChampionshipsK1 1000mGermany, Brandenburg12 July 20142014Men3:30.3883
European ChampionshipsK1 5000mGermany, Brandenburg13 July 20142014Men19:47.1001Best result
European ChampionshipsK1 500mPortugal, Montemor-o-Velho16 June 20132013Men1:42.6963
European ChampionshipsK1 1000mPortugal, Montemor-o-Velho15 June 20132013Men3:28.4352
European ChampionshipsK1 5000mPortugal, Montemor-o-Velho16 June 20132013Men19:52.3041Best result
European ChampionshipsK1 1000mCroatia, Zagreb23 June 20122012Men3:27.2141Best result
European ChampionshipsK1 5000mCroatia, Zagreb24 June 20122012Men20:34.2452
European ChampionshipsK4 1000mCroatia, Zagreb24 June 20122012Men2:53.9594
European ChampionshipsK1 1000mSerbia, Belgrade18 June 20112011Men3:22.4851Best result
European ChampionshipsK4 1000mSerbia, Belgrade18 June 20112011Men2:49.9602
European ChampionshipsK1 500mSpain, Trasona4 July 20102010Men1:39.0623
European ChampionshipsK1 1000mSpain, Trasona3 July 20102010Men3:33.0181Best result
European ChampionshipsK1 5000mSpain, Trasona4 July 20102010Men19:58.9042
European ChampionshipsK1 1000mGermany, Brandenburg27 June 20092009Men3:29.1011Best result
European ChampionshipsK1 1000mItaly, Milan17 May 20082008Men3:34.9603
European ChampionshipsK1 1000mSpain, Pontevedra30 June 20072007Men3:42.2624
World CupIndividual Kayak5 June 20162016Men6Latest result
World CupIndividual Kayak23 August 20152015Men3
World CupIndividual Kayak10 August 20142014Men1Best result
World CupIndividual Kayak1 September 20132013Men1Best result
World CupIndividual Kayak3 June 20122012Men10
World CupIndividual Kayak21 August 20112011Men10
World CupIndividual Kayak22 August 20102010Men1Best result
World CupIndividual Kayak7 June 20092009Men4
World CupIndividual Kayak29 June 20082008Men8
World CupIndividual Kayak3 June 20072007Men20