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Karin Enke-Kania

Full name: Karin Enke-Kania (-Busch-, -Richter)
Gender: Female
Height: 5-10.5 (180 cm)
Weight: 159 lbs (72 kg)
Born: June 20, 1961 in Dresden, Sachsen, Germany
Affiliations: SC Einheit Dresden, Dresden (GER)
Country: GDR East Germany
Sport: Speed Skating

Medals: 3 Gold, 4 Silver, 1 Bronze (8 Total)

Biography

East Germany's Karin Enke was initially a leading figure skater, but she later became a champion speed skater and is one of the very few athletes to have reached world class in both disciplines. As she felt that chances for improvement on her 9th place in the 1977 European Figure Skating Championships were limited, she turned to speed skating with considerable success. Her total of eight medals (three gold, four silver, one bronze) between 1980 and 1988 remains an Olympic record for speed skating (since equalled by Gunda Niemann-Stirnemann) and her record at the World Championships was even more impressive. She won the sprint title a record six times (1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987) and her five victories in the allround event were also a record for the Championships, even though she missed the 1985 Championships because of pregnancy. After marriages she competed both as Karin Busch and later as Karin Kania.

Personal Bests: 500 – 39.24 (1988); 1000 – 1:17.70 (1988); 1500 – 1:59.30 (1986); 3000 – 4:17.76 (1988); 5000 – 7:39.82 (1986).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1980 Winter 18 Lake Placid Speed Skating Women's 500 metres East Germany GDR 1 Gold OR
1980 Winter 18 Lake Placid Speed Skating Women's 1,000 metres East Germany GDR 4
1984 Winter 22 Sarajevo Speed Skating Women's 500 metres East Germany GDR 2 Silver
1984 Winter 22 Sarajevo Speed Skating Women's 1,000 metres East Germany GDR 1 Gold OR
1984 Winter 22 Sarajevo Speed Skating Women's 1,500 metres East Germany GDR 1 Gold WR
1984 Winter 22 Sarajevo Speed Skating Women's 3,000 metres East Germany GDR 2 Silver
1988 Winter 26 Calgary Speed Skating Women's 500 metres East Germany GDR 3 Bronze
1988 Winter 26 Calgary Speed Skating Women's 1,000 metres East Germany GDR 2 Silver WR
1988 Winter 26 Calgary Speed Skating Women's 1,500 metres East Germany GDR 2 Silver OR
1988 Winter 26 Calgary Speed Skating Women's 3,000 metres East Germany GDR 4

Women's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 1c
1980 Winter 18 Lake Placid Speed Skating East Germany Final Standings 1 OR 41.78 11.20
1984 Winter 22 Sarajevo Speed Skating East Germany Final Standings 2 41.28 11.09
1988 Winter 26 Calgary Speed Skating East Germany Final Standings 3 39.24 10.75

Women's 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 2c 6c
1980 Winter 18 Lake Placid Speed Skating East Germany Final Standings 4 1:26.66 19.46 51.76
1984 Winter 22 Sarajevo Speed Skating East Germany Final Standings 1 OR 1:21.61 18.73 49.39
1988 Winter 26 Calgary Speed Skating East Germany Final Standings 2 WR 1:17.70 18.35 47.22

Women's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 3c 7c 1.1k
1984 Winter 22 Sarajevo Speed Skating East Germany Final Standings 1 WR 2:03.42 26.35 57.10 1:29.25
1988 Winter 26 Calgary Speed Skating East Germany Final Standings 2 OR 2:00.82 26.28 56.95 1:28.81

Women's 3,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 2c 6c 1k 1.4k 1.8k 2.2k 2.6k
1984 Winter 22 Sarajevo Speed Skating East Germany Final Standings 2 4:26.33 20.04 52.79 1:27.08 2:02.53 2:38.19 3:14.32 3:50.79
1988 Winter 26 Calgary Speed Skating East Germany Final Standings 4 4:18.80 19.29 49.94 1:21.71 1:54.40 2:27.92 3:02.13 3:38.82
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