Melanie Pfeifer (GER)

Melanie Pfeifer (GER)

Canoe Slalom
Date of birth
25 August 1986
167 cm
62 kg
Marital status
* unknown *
Augsburg, GER
Army, Athlete, Student
Higher education
Business - Augsburg University of Applied Sciences: Germany


General Interest

Rock climbing, cross-country skiing. (Facebook page, 30 May 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in K1 at the 2014 World Championships in Deep Creek, MD, United States of America. (, 26 Mar 2015)
Hero / Idol
German slalom paddler Sideris Tasiadis. (, 26 Mar 2015)
She suffered from back pain in 2016. (, 17 May 2016)

In November 2012 she had surgery on her shoulder. She began training again in February 2013. (, 23 Jan 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"We must never lose the fun of the sport, even if the path is rocky. Successes return after defeats." (, 10 Jan 2013)
Awards and honours
In July 2009 she was named Canoeist of the Month by the website Kanu Jugend [Canoe Youth]. (, 31 Jul 2009)

She was named the 2004 Canoe Slalom Athlete of the Year by the Bavaria Canoe Federation in Germany. (, 27 Nov 2010)
Other information
She has worked as a youth coach at the Kanu Schwaben Augsburg club in Germany. (, 18 Jun 2015)

In 2013 she began studying for a master's degree in logistics at Kempten University in Germany. (, 18 Jun 2015;, 08 Oct 2014, 14 Dec 2013)

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport in 1995.
Why this sport?
"In canoe slalom you never get bored. There are dozens of different combinations of gates, which constantly provides you with new challenges. It's great fun playing with the water and being able to read it over and over again."
Club / Team
Kanu Schwaben Augsburg: Germany
Name of coach
Thomas Apel [national], GER; Stefan Henze [national], GER; Michael Trummer [national], GER


Olympic GamesK1Brazil, Rio de Janeiro11 August 20162016Women106.897Latest resultBest result
World ChampionshipsK1England, London19 September 20152015Women106.333Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 TeamEngland, London19 September 20152015Women187.6414Best result
World ChampionshipsK1United States, McHenry, MD21 September 20142014Women120.013Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 TeamUnited States, McHenry, MD21 September 20142014Women141.925Best result
World ChampionshipsK1Slovakia, Bratislava10 September 20112011Women121.5714Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 TeamSlovakia, Bratislava11 September 20112011Women134.773Best result
World ChampionshipsK1Slovenia, Tacen11 September 20102010Women124.9818
World ChampionshipsK1 TeamSlovenia, Tacen11 September 20102010Women131.422Best result
European ChampionshipsK1Slovakia, Liptovský Mikuláš15 May 20162016Women108.861Latest resultBest result
European ChampionshipsK1 TeamSlovakia, Liptovský Mikuláš15 May 20162016Women128.562Latest resultBest result
European ChampionshipsK1Germany, Markkleeberg31 May 20152015Women154.039Best result
European ChampionshipsK1 TeamGermany, Markkleeberg31 May 20152015Women186.338Best result
European ChampionshipsK1Austria, Vienna1 June 20142014Women96.372Best result
European ChampionshipsK1 TeamAustria, Vienna1 June 20142014Women110.544Best result
European ChampionshipsK1Germany, Augsburg13 May 20122012Women106.942Best result
European ChampionshipsK1 TeamGermany, Augsburg13 May 20122012Women121.801Best result
European ChampionshipsK1Spain, La Seu d'Urgell11 June 20112011Women110.468Best result
European ChampionshipsK1 TeamSpain, La Seu d'Urgell11 June 20112011Women7Best result
European ChampionshipsK1Slovakia, Cunovo15 August 20102010Women12Best result
European ChampionshipsK1 TeamSlovakia, Cunovo14 August 20102010Women136.201Best result
European ChampionshipsK1England, Nottingham30 May 20092009Women110.094Best result
European ChampionshipsK1 TeamEngland, Nottingham30 May 20092009Women113.433Best result
Oceania Open ChampionshipsK1Australia, Penrith20 February 20162016Women109.177Latest resultBest result
Oceania Open ChampionshipsK1Australia, Penrith, NSW25 February 20122012Women107.847Best result
World CupK111 September 20162016Women32Latest result
World CupK116 August 20152015Women22
World CupK117 August 20142014Women15
World CupK125 August 20132013Women19
World CupK12 September 20122012Women6Best result
World CupK114 August 20112011Women4Best result
World CupK14 July 20102010Women21
World CupK13 August 20092009Women12
Oceania Open ChampionshipsK1Australia, Penrith23 February 20142014Women106.243