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Anni Friesinger-Postma

Full name: Anna Christine "Anni" Friesinger-Postma
Nickname(s): Super Sexy Anni
Gender: Female
Height: 5-6.5 (169 cm)
Weight: 141 lbs (64 kg)
Born: January 11, 1977 in Bad Reichenhall, Bayern, Germany
Affiliations: DEC Frillensee, Inzell (GER)
Country: GER Germany
Sport: Speed Skating

Related Olympians: Wife of Ids Postma; Sister of Jan Friesinger; Daughter of Janina Korowicka.

Medals: 3 Gold, 2 Bronze (5 Total)

Biography

Anni Friesinger was born in a speed skating family. Her parents Georg and Janina (Korowicka) were both active in the 1970s, and her younger siblings Jan and Agnes also competed at international level. She was among the world's elite since her senior debut in 1996, and won her first Olympic medal in 1998. From 2000 on, she became the most dominant female skater, winning world titles in all-round, sprint and single distance competition. In 2009 she was married to Ids Postma who started for the Netherlands for several years.

She was favored to win three golds in Salt Lake City, but won only one, in the 1500 m, finishing 4th, 5th and 6th in her other events. Four years later, she again missed out on individual gold with a bronze and two 4th places. However, with the German team she won her second Olympic gold in the inaugural women's team pursuit event. In 2010 she had disappointing results in the individuals but an impressive performance in the women's team pursuit when she struggled in the last round of the semifinal against the USA and fell just a few metres from the finish line. Sliding on the ice, she turned her body to cross the finish line with her blade first, saving the victory for Germany. In the final Katrin Mattscherodt substituted for Friesinger, and the team won the gold medal.

Personal Bests: 500 – 37.77 (2007); 1000 – 1:13.49 (2008); 1500 – 1:53.09 (2008); 3000 – 3:58.52 (2006); 5000 – 6:58.39 (2002).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1998 Winter 21 Nagano Speed Skating Women's 1,500 metres Germany GER 5
1998 Winter 21 Nagano Speed Skating Women's 3,000 metres Germany GER 3 Bronze OR
2002 Winter 25 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Women's 1,000 metres Germany GER 5
2002 Winter 25 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Women's 1,500 metres Germany GER 1 Gold WR
2002 Winter 25 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Women's 3,000 metres Germany GER 4 OR
2002 Winter 25 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Women's 5,000 metres Germany GER 6
2006 Winter 29 Torino Speed Skating Women's 1,000 metres Germany GER 3 Bronze
2006 Winter 29 Torino Speed Skating Women's 1,500 metres Germany GER 4
2006 Winter 29 Torino Speed Skating Women's 3,000 metres Germany GER 4
2006 Winter 29 Torino Speed Skating Women's Team Pursuit (6 laps) Germany GER 1 Gold
2010 Winter 33 Vancouver Speed Skating Women's 1,000 metres Germany GER 14
2010 Winter 33 Vancouver Speed Skating Women's 1,500 metres Germany GER 9
2010 Winter 33 Vancouver Speed Skating Women's Team Pursuit (6 laps) Germany GER 1 Gold

Women's 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 2c 6c
2002 Winter 25 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Germany Final Standings 5 1:14.47 17.98 45.48
2006 Winter 29 Torino Speed Skating Germany Final Standings 3 1:16.11 18.03 46.09
2010 Winter 33 Vancouver Speed Skating Germany Final Standings 14 1:17.71 18.43 46.84

Women's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 3c 7c 1.1k
1998 Winter 21 Nagano Speed Skating Germany Final Standings 5 1:59.20 26.50 56.04 1:26.85
2002 Winter 25 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Germany Final Standings 1 WR 1:54.02 25.14 53.48 1:22.83
2006 Winter 29 Torino Speed Skating Germany Final Standings 4 1:57.31 25.29 54.11 1:24.39
2010 Winter 33 Vancouver Speed Skating Germany Final Standings 9 1:58.67 25.79 54.79 1:25.72

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
1998 Winter 21 Nagano Speed Skating Germany Final Standings 3 OR 4:09.44 20.21 51.40 1:23.63 1:56.23 2:29.06 3:02.07 3:35.34
2002 Winter 25 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Germany Final Standings 4 OR 3:59.39 18.82 49.22 1:19.98 1:50.94 2:22.22 2:53.69 3:25.89
2006 Winter 29 Torino Speed Skating Germany Final Standings 4 4:04.59 19.47 50.73 1:22.00 1:53.63 2:25.68 2:57.80 3:30.67

Women's 5,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 2c 6c 1k 1.4k 1.8k 2.2k 2.6k 3k 3.4k 3.8k 4.2k 4.6k
2002 Winter 25 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Germany Final Standings 6 6:58.39 19.81 52.35 1:24.78 1:56.80 2:28.73 3:01.02 3:33.73 4:06.29 4:39.57 5:13.35 5:47.81 6:22.43

Women's Team Pursuit (6 laps)

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank
2006 Winter 29 Torino Speed Skating Germany GER Final Round Final A 1
2006 Winter 29 Torino Speed Skating Germany GER Semi-Finals Heat 2 1
2006 Winter 29 Torino Speed Skating Germany GER Quarter-Finals Heat 3 1
2010 Winter 33 Vancouver Speed Skating Germany GER Semi-Finals Heat 2 1
2010 Winter 33 Vancouver Speed Skating Germany GER Quarter-Finals Heat 3 1
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