Sports Physician - Athlete 1963

1963

Holger Freitag (1963-) was selected by the GDR Olympic Committee for the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, where he finished 35th in the ski jump. In 1983 he had won the World Cup competition in Harrachov, Czechia. During the Vierschanzentour of 1984/85 in Innsbruck, he crashed badly, for which he was operated on several times. As a result, he never achieved his former successes again. After his studies in Medicine, he specialized in Orthopedic Surgery and settled in Auerbach.

1963

In the 1980s, Canadian Simon Hoogewerf (1963-) was hard to beat on the 800m in his home country. He was nominated by his Olympic Committee for the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles and the 1988 Olympics in Seoul. At the last Olympiad he made the semi-finals. His best achievement was the bronze medal at the 1991 World Cup indoor in Seville, Spain. He graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1986 and specialized in emergency medicine, for which he was recruited by the Victoria Hospital in British Columbia.

1963

Rüdiger Neitzel (1963-) was part of the German handball team that won the silver medal at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. He was called up 124 times for the national team and scored 334 goals, 21 of which were a penalty. Because of his tough defending he also spent 102 minutes on the penalty bench. In 1985 and 1988 he became German champion with Vfl Gummersbach and in 1985 he also won the German Cup with that team. He then transferred to TSV Milbertshoven, with which he won the German Cup in 1991 and the European Cup one year later. In the German league, he scored 1.122 goals in 265 games, of which 266 from penalty. He graduated from the Universität Köln and specialized in Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, after which he settled in Munich.

1963

Sam Patten (1963-) was a member of the Australian coxed eight who won the bronze medal at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. Four years later in Seoul he finished fourth in the double scull and another four years later he rowed with the coxed eight to the fifth place in Barcelona. In 1983 that coxed eight won the bronze medal at the World Cup. The highlight of his sporting career was the gold medal with the Oarsome Foursome at the 1990 World Cup in Tasmanian Lake Barrington. After studying Medicine at Monash University, he specialized in Orthopedic Surgery and moved to England where he went to work in Oxford at the prestigious Nuffield Orthopedic Center and John Radcliffe Hospital and from 2004 at Oxford University, with a special interest in knee surgery and hip surgery.

1963

Birgit Petsch (1963-) finished second and three times third in the German shot put championship. At the 1982 and 1984 European Indoor Championships in Milan and Gothenburg, she always was seventh. She also became German youth champion twice. She graduated as a medical doctor but specialized in Orthopedic Surgery with a special interest in foot surgery.

1963

In 1989 and 1990, Stefan Pfrengle (1963-) and his partner Anuschka Gläser (1969-) won the German figure skating championship. That last year they became ninth at the World Championships in Paris and fifth at the European Championships in St Petersburg. After his medical studies, he specialized in Orthopedic Surgery and became the team physician of the Deutschen Eislauf Union. His wife Claudia Leistner (1965-) was also a successful figure skater. In 1983 and 1989 she won the silver medal at the World Championship, in 1989 the European title and she became five times German champion. Daughter Julia (1995-) followed in her mother's footsteps and won the German junior title in 2009.

1963

David Phillips (1963-) became twelve times high-school champion on the 100-yard backstroke, but then focused on triathlon. In 2005, he participated in the Ironman in Hawaii, he was twice selected for the USA Triathlon All-American and he was part of the American team for the ITU World Ironman Triathlon Championships of 2008. In 1989 he graduated as a medical doctor at the Wright State University School of Medicine of Dayton, Ohio. He specialized in emergency medicine, but a few years later switched to sports medicine with a special interest in nutrition, about which he did a lot of research.

1963

Martina Pröber (1963-) finished second in the 3-meter board diving at the 1980 Olympics in Moscow. As a 12-year-old she had already won two medals for the GDR at the 1975 Yought spartakiade and in 1978 she won the bronze medal at the European Juniors Championships. Due to an injury, she had to let the year pass completely in 1981, but in 1982 she was crowned GDR champion. In 1995 she graduated as a medical doctor and became responsible for the State Office for Health and Social Affairs of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Landesamt für Gesundheit und Soziales von Mecklenburg-Vorpommern) in Rostock.

1963

Every day Austrian Dagmar Rabensteiner (1963-) ran the seven kilometers from home to school and vice versa, it was written in the stars that she would later become a passionate marathon runner. After graduating as a medical doctor in 1993, she finished her first marathon that year in 3h28. Four years later she stayed in Florence with 2h55.19 for the first time under three hours. In 1999 she finished in Vienna after 2h49.33 and the same year she won the Graz Marathon in 2h41.46. In 2000 she became Austrian champion in Vienna with 2h39.08 and won bronze in the Amsterdam Marathon in 2h35.42, referring the seventeen year old Austrian record to the annals. But it wasn't over yet, in 2003 she succeeded 2h34.35 in Berlin, but that chrono was above the Olympic limit for the Athens Games, when she decided to stop competing. After her medical studies, she specialized in Internal Medicine and Sports Medicine and settled in Vienna.

1963

Scott Strasburger (1963-) played American Footbal with the Nebraska Cornhuskers and was drafted in 1985 by the Dallas Cowboys. He graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, but specialized in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine and in Sports Medicine at the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, Alabama. He became a member of the Orthopedics staff at the University Health Center at the University of Nebraska. Together with a few partners, he founded the company Aryse, which specializes in manufacturing a whole series of braces.

1963

Jonathan Webb (1963-) played 33 games as a full back for the English national rugby team, in which he scored 296 points. With that national team, he played the World Cup Final in 1991 and won two Five Nations grand slam titles. On a club level he played for Bristol and Bath. He graduated as a medical doctor and specialized in Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine. He founded the Jonathan Webb Clinic in Bristol, where he was engaged in knee surgery.

1963

German Ludwig Weh (1963-) competed in 28 marathons and 10 triathlons. After graduating from the Erlangen-Nurnberg University, he qualified in Orthopedic Surgery, Physical Medicine and Sports Medicine. He became Chief Physician of the Orthopädischen Universitätsklinik Hamburg-Eppendorf and the Rehabilitation Clinics in Schleswig-Holstein, Bayern, Baden-Württemberg and Hasliberg.


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