Josefa Idem

Date of birth:
23 Septiembre 1964
Josefa Idem (ITA)

Biography

General Interest

Other information
RETIREMENT
She announced her retirement from canoeing in January 2013. (insidethegames.biz, 07 Jan 2013)

GREAT EIGHT
She was the first woman to compete in eight Olympic Games. She competed for her birth country of West Germany in 1984 and 1988 before representing Italy in the next six appearances after her marriage to coach Guglielmo Guerrini. (insidethegames.biz, 05 Jan 2013)

FROM WEST GERMANY TO ITALY
Born in West Germany, she moved to Italy in 1988. She met coach Gugliemo Guerrini and they married in 1990. She became an Italian citizen in 1992 and represented her new nation at the following six Olympic Games from Barcelona 1992 to London 2012. (josefaidem.info, 24 May 2003)

POLITICIAN
She is a senator for the Democratic Party [Partito Democratico] in Italy. She has served as the Minister for Equal Opportunities, Sport and Youth Policy. (Twitter profile, 08 Aug 2016; ilfattoquotidiano.it, 14 Oct 2015)

AUTOBIOGRAPHY
In April 2007 she published her autobiography, which is entitled "Controcorrente" [counter current]. (josefaidem.info, 21 Nov 2007)

International Debut

Year
1984
Competing for
West Germany
Tournament
Olympic Games
Location
United States

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began paddling at age 11.

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
23 September 1964
Height
176 cm
Weight
70 kg
Marital status
Married
Family
Husband Gugliemo Guerrini, sons Janek and Jonas.
Residence
Ravenna, ITA
Occupation
Politician
Languages
English, French, German, Italian