Carola Zirzow

Carola Zirzow (born 15 September 1954, in Prenzlau) is an East German sprint canoer who competed in the mid-1970s. She won two medals at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal with a gold in the K-1 500 m and a bronze in the K-2 500 m events.[1]

Carola Zirzow
Medal record
Women's canoe sprint
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1976 Montreal K-1 500 m
Bronze medal – third place 1976 Montreal K-2 500 m
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1974 Mexico City K-4 500 m
Gold medal – first place 1975 Belgrade K-2 500 m
Gold medal – first place 1975 Belgrade K-4 500 m
Bärbel Köster and Carola Zirzow (right) while training in Montreal, 1976.

Zirzow also won three gold medals at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships with one in the K-2 500 m event (1975) and two in the K-4 500 m (1974, 1975).


  1. ^ "Carola ZIRZOW - Olympic Canoe Sprint", International Olympic Committee, 2016-06-12, retrieved 2019-01-18