Dr. Christa Thiel is the current president of the German Swimming Federation (DSV, Deutscher Schwimmverband) – she is in this position for 16 years and said at a press conference in Berlin during the FINA World Cup that she has never planned to stay such a long time in this function. During her career she has often asked German colleagues if they are interested in the president’s position but she said that there was no one who was really interested.
Here are some facts about Dr. Christa Thiel who will continue her additional postitions as a LEN Vice President and member of the FINA legal commission.
- President of the German Swimming Federation (DSV) since 2000
- Vice President, competitive sport of the German Olympic Sports Confederation (N. O. C.) since 2010
- Speaker of the Olympic and Non-Olympic Sport Federations in Germany, 2006-2010
- Member of the LEN Bureau, 2004-2008
- LEN Treasurer 2008-2012
- LEN Vice President since 2012
- Member of the FINA Disciplinary Panel since 2005
- Member of the FINA Legal Commission, 2006-2009
- Chairman of the FINA Legal Commission since 2009
Christa Thiel studied law in Germany and received a doctor’s degree in jurisprudence in 1984. Since 1980 she has worked as a lawyer with her own company in Wiesbaden.
The German pool swimmers did not medal at the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games and the whole German swimming system and organization is questioned and there are increasing calls for changes.
At the moment, there is with Gabi Dörries one candidate in the limelight, supported among others by Paul Biedermann.
Gabi Dörries is currently the Chairman of the Technical Committee in the German Swimming Federation (DSV). A new president will be elected in November.