Peter Micheler (Germany) - Nominee for the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award
Born: 1959, Sports: Canoe Slalom, Rafting
A household name at the forefront of paddle sports for over 30 years, Peter Micheler started his paddling career at the age of 11, competing in Canoe Slalom racing on the River Danube. For the next 11 years he was a national team member in Canoe Slalom, winning several world championship and world cup titles. From 1980 to 1988 he was eight-time German national champion in men’s kayak - a performance unequalled by anyone to this day.
Having enjoyed such a successful career as a kayak paddler, Peter then switched gears, deciding to dedicate himself completely to rafting. He went on to win three consecutive European Championship titles (1992-’94), acquired five vice-world championships, and then won gold at the World Nature Games in Brazil in 1997. From 1997 to 2005, he excelled as a member of the national German rafting championship team. He is a founding member of the International Rafting Federation (IRF) and has been a member of the board of directors since its inception in 1997, currently serving as vice-president.
Peter has inspired countless kayakers and rafters alike over the decades, including his sister Elizabeth (Lisa) Micheler-Jones, Olympic champion in Canoe-Slalom at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. He continues his lifelong love of paddle sports, paddling big water in the Alps and all over the world—in a canoe or with a team in rafting. With the annual raft challenge held on the Augsburger Eiskanal in Augsburg, Germany he demonstrates the beauty of the sport to many uninitiated people.
“Peter is my older brother by seven years. He was always my hero and inspired me in my paddling career. I copied his paddling style when I was a little girl. It is sad that he never had a chance to paddle at an Olympic Games because he was in that generation gap of 20 years (1972-’92) when Canoe Slalom was excluded. By the time it came again to the Games in 1992 in Barcelona, Peter had stopped Canoe Slalom and started his rafting business in Austria.” — Elizabeth (Lisa) Micheler-Jones
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