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Monika Gawenus-Holzner-Pflug

Full name: Monika Gawenus-Holzner-Pflug
Gender: Female
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
Weight: 141 lbs (64 kg)
Born: March 1, 1954 in Munich, Bayern, Germany
Affiliations: DEC Frillensee, Inzell (GER)
Country: FRG West Germany
Sport: Speed Skating

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

At the young age of 17, Monika Plug took the speed skating world by storm. In the 1972 season, she won the World Sprint Championships, earned an Olympic gold in the 1,000 m in Sapporo, and broke the world record in the sprint combination. While it would remain her best year, Monika Pflug would remain a well-known face in the skating for the next 15 years, disappearing only briefly to become a mother. In that period, she mounted the World Sprint podium three more times, placing third in 1973, 1974 and 1982. She also tried her hand at allround skating, coming 4th in the 1973 European Championships. Her collection of West German titles is impressive, winning the allround crown 8 times (1971-76, 1981-82) and the sprint title 8 times (1975, 1979, 1981-84, 1986-87). Marrying to Franz Holzner in 1974, she competed as Monika Holzner-Pflug for much of her career. Following a divorce and remarriage to fellow speed skater Fritz Gawenus, she competed under that name in the last years of her career.

Personal Bests: 500 – 40.53 (1988); 1000 – 1:23.47 (1984); 1500 – 2:11.26 (1986); 3000 – 4:54.49 (1981).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1972 Winter 17 Sapporo Speed Skating Women's 500 metres West Germany FRG 5 OR
1972 Winter 17 Sapporo Speed Skating Women's 1,000 metres West Germany FRG 1 Gold OR
1972 Winter 17 Sapporo Speed Skating Women's 1,500 metres West Germany FRG 10
1976 Winter 21 Innsbruck Speed Skating Women's 500 metres West Germany FRG 12
1976 Winter 21 Innsbruck Speed Skating Women's 1,000 metres West Germany FRG 5 OR
1980 Winter 25 Lake Placid Speed Skating Women's 500 metres West Germany FRG 25
1980 Winter 25 Lake Placid Speed Skating Women's 1,000 metres West Germany FRG 21
1984 Winter 29 Sarajevo Speed Skating Women's 500 metres West Germany FRG 7
1984 Winter 29 Sarajevo Speed Skating Women's 1,000 metres West Germany FRG 8
1988 Winter 33 Calgary Speed Skating Women's 500 metres West Germany FRG 7

Women's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 1c
1972 Winter 17 Sapporo Speed Skating West Germany Final Standings 5 OR 44.75 11.53
1976 Winter 21 Innsbruck Speed Skating West Germany Final Standings 12 44.36 11.70
1980 Winter 25 Lake Placid Speed Skating West Germany Final Standings 25 44.59 11.83
1984 Winter 29 Sarajevo Speed Skating West Germany Final Standings 7 42.40 11.12
1988 Winter 33 Calgary Speed Skating West Germany Final Standings 7 40.53 11.14

Women's 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 2c 6c
1972 Winter 17 Sapporo Speed Skating West Germany Final Standings 1 OR 1:31.40 20.59 54.74
1976 Winter 21 Innsbruck Speed Skating West Germany Final Standings 5 OR 1:29.54 19.85 53.02
1980 Winter 25 Lake Placid Speed Skating West Germany Final Standings 21 1:30.13 19.92 53.44
1984 Winter 29 Sarajevo Speed Skating West Germany Final Standings 8 1:25.87 19.21 50.68

Women's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 3c 7c 1.1k
1972 Winter 17 Sapporo Speed Skating West Germany Final Standings 10 2:24.69 29.25 1:04.64 1:43.19