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Helga Haase

Full name: Helga Haase (Obschernitzki-)
Gender: Female
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
Weight: 141 lbs (64 kg)
Born: June 9, 1934 in Siedlce, Gdańsk, Pomorskie, Poland
Died: June 16, 1989 in Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Affiliations: SC Dynamo Berlin, Berlin (GER)
Country: GER Germany
Sport: Speed Skating

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Helga Haase became the first female Olympic speed skating champion, by winning the 500 m in Squaw Valley 1960. She was skating without the help of her trainer Helmut Haase, who was also her husband, because he had been denied a visum, along with several other East German trainers and all of the country's journalists. Haase initially was a handball player, but by coincidence, she came into contact with speed skating in East Berlin. She married her coach in May 1955. Initially training with the Soviet skaters, she was refused when she became a threat to them. The DDR government allowed the Haases to move to the Swedish town of Kiruna, where they could train. This paid off at the 1960 Olympics, where Haase also took home a silver medal. Apart from these successes, her only other international podium came at the 1962 World Allround Championships, where she medalled in the 500 m and 1000 m. She dominated German Championships between, winning seven out of eight available allround titles between 1957 and 1967, and 23 distance titles in the same period. In addition, Haase won also four allround titles on the indoor track. Working in administrative jobs at the police and the Dynamo sports club, Haase became disabled in 1984.

Personal Bests: 500 – 45.9 (1960); 1000 – 1:34.3 (1960); 1500 – 2:28.6 (1964); 3000 – 5:19.7 (1964).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Winter 25 Squaw Valley Speed Skating Women's 500 metres Germany GER 1 Gold OR
1960 Winter 25 Squaw Valley Speed Skating Women's 1,000 metres Germany GER 2 Silver
1960 Winter 25 Squaw Valley Speed Skating Women's 1,500 metres Germany GER 8
1964 Winter 29 Innsbruck Speed Skating Women's 500 metres Germany GER 8
1964 Winter 29 Innsbruck Speed Skating Women's 1,000 metres Germany GER 4
1964 Winter 29 Innsbruck Speed Skating Women's 1,500 metres Germany GER 5

Women's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 1c
1960 Winter 25 Squaw Valley Speed Skating Germany Final Standings 1 OR 45.9 11.7
1964 Winter 29 Innsbruck Speed Skating Germany Final Standings 8 47.2

Women's 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 2c 6c
1960 Winter 25 Squaw Valley Speed Skating Germany Final Standings 2 1:34.3 20 55
1964 Winter 29 Innsbruck Speed Skating Germany Final Standings 4 1:35.7 20 57

Women's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 3c 7c 1.1k
1960 Winter 25 Squaw Valley Speed Skating Germany Final Standings 8 2:31.7 30 1:09 1:50
1964 Winter 29 Innsbruck Speed Skating Germany Final Standings 5 2:28.6 30 1:08 1:47