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Stefan Henze (3 May 1981 – 15 August 2016) was a German slalom canoeist who competed at the international level from 1996 to 2011.

Stefan Henze
Personal information
Born(1981-05-03)3 May 1981
Halle, East Germany
Died15 August 2016(2016-08-15) (aged 35)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight75 kg (165 lb)
Country Germany
SportCanoe slalom


Henze won a silver medal in the C2 event at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.[1]

He also won six medals at the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships with a gold (C2: 2003), four silvers (C2: 2006, C2 team: 2003, 2006, 2009), and a bronze (C2: 2005). He won a gold and two silvers in the C2 team event at the European Championships.[2]

His partner in the C2 boat throughout his career was Marcus Becker.

His father Jürgen Henze is world champion in the C2 team event from 1975 and his older brother Frank Henze is also a canoe slalom racer and multiple world championship medalist.[1]

World Cup individual podiumsEdit

Season Date Venue Position Event
2001 28 Jul 2001 Augsburg 3rd C2
2003 3 Aug 2003 Bratislava 2nd C2
2004 30 May 2004 Merano 2nd C2
2005 16 Jul 2005 Augsburg 1st C2
2 Oct 2005 Penrith 3rd C21
2006 3 Jun 2006 Augsburg 1st C2
5 Aug 2006 Prague 2nd C21
2009 5 Jul 2009 Bratislava 3rd C2
11 Jul 2009 Augsburg 1st C2
2010 27 Jun 2010 La Seu d'Urgell 3rd C2
1 World Championship counting for World Cup points


On 12 August 2016, Henze suffered serious head injuries after a car crash in Rio de Janeiro, where he was a coach during the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, and died three days later.[3][4] Henze donated his organs. After he died, his heart, his liver and both of his kidneys were transplanted into seriously ill people in a hospital in Rio de Janeiro.[5][6]


  1. ^ a b "Stefan Henze". Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Stefan HENZE (GER)". Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Olympia 2016: Kanu-Trainer Henze lebensgefährlich verletzt". Der Spiegel. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Olympia 2016: Der deutsche Sport trauert um Stefan Henze". DOSB online, Frankfurt am Main. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Verstorbener Kanutrainer: Schwerkranke erhalten vier Organe Stefan Henzes". Der Spiegel. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  6. ^ Olivia Blair (18 August 2016). "German canoe slalom coach Stefan Henze who died in Rio saves four lives through organ transplants". The Independent.