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Anke Baier-Loef

Full name: Anke Baier-Loef
Gender: Female
Height: 5'5" (164 cm)
Weight: 134 lbs (61 kg)
Born: May 22, 1972 in Eisenach, Thüringen, Germany
Affiliations: ESC Erfurt, Erfurt (GER)
Country: GER Germany
Sport: Speed Skating

Related Olympians: Wife of Arie Loef.

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

Originally a track and field athlete and roller skier, Anke Baier switched to speed skating with great success. After being runner-up twice, she won the World Junior Championships in 1991. She turned out to be a top class 1,000 m racer, earning several podium spots during World Cup races from 1991 through 1994 and the second place in the 1,000 m World Cup 1993 season. She didn't bring that form to the Olympic season however, failing to make the podium until the Games. At Hamar, she was the closest skater to the dominant Bonnie Blair, finishing second in 1:20.12. It would remain the top performance of her career. Marrying Dutch skater Arie Loef in 1997, she retired after the Nagano Olympics with two German sprint titles under her belt (1993, 1998), along with 18 national championship medals. She has since completed her business management studies and works as a financial analyst in the Netherlands.

Personal Bests: 500 – 39.49 (1998); 1000 – 1:18.20 (1998); 1500 – 2:05.20 (1994); 3000 – 4:28.28 (1981).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1992 Winter 19 Albertville Speed Skating Women's 500 metres Germany GER 10
1992 Winter 19 Albertville Speed Skating Women's 1,000 metres Germany GER 9
1994 Winter 21 Lillehammer Speed Skating Women's 500 metres Germany GER 15
1994 Winter 21 Lillehammer Speed Skating Women's 1,000 metres Germany GER 2 Silver
1994 Winter 21 Lillehammer Speed Skating Women's 1,500 metres Germany GER 11
1998 Winter 25 Nagano Speed Skating Women's 500 metres Germany GER 15 OR
1998 Winter 25 Nagano Speed Skating Women's 1,000 metres Germany GER 16

Women's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 1c
1992 Winter 19 Albertville Speed Skating Germany Final Standings 10 41.30 10.90
1994 Winter 21 Lillehammer Speed Skating Germany Final Standings 15 40.59 10.85
1998 Winter 25 Nagano Speed Skating Germany Final Standings 15 OR 79.48
1998 Winter 25 Nagano Speed Skating Germany Race 1 16 39.73 10.79
1998 Winter 25 Nagano Speed Skating Germany Race 2 16 39.75 10.81

Women's 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 2c 6c
1992 Winter 19 Albertville Speed Skating Germany Final Standings 9 1:23.31 18.60 49.34
1994 Winter 21 Lillehammer Speed Skating Germany Final Standings 2 1:20.12 18.27 47.91
1998 Winter 25 Nagano Speed Skating Germany Final Standings 16 1:19.42 18.42 47.72

Women's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 3c 7c 1.1k
1994 Winter 21 Lillehammer Speed Skating Germany Final Standings 11 2:05.97 26.24 57.35 1:30.38