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Claudia Künzel-Nystad

Full name: Claudia Künzel-Nystad
Nickname(s): Claudsch
Gender: Female
Height: 5-6 (168 cm)
Weight: 128 lbs (58 kg)
Born: February 1, 1978 in Zschopau, Sachsen, Germany
Affiliations: Oberwiesenthaler SV, Oberwiesenthal (GER) / WSC Erzgebirge Oberwiesenthal, Oberwiesenthal (GER)
Country: GER Germany
Sport: Cross Country Skiing

Related Olympians: Sister-in-law of Katrin Šmigun.

Medals: 2 Gold, 3 Silver, 1 Bronze (6 Total)

Biography

Claudia Nystad is a sport soldier at the German Bundeswehr who is married to Norwegian cross-country skier Trond Nystad, a cross-country coach (up to 2006 with the US national team, then one year for Germany at Oberhof, and beginning in 2007 with the Swiss sprint team). With Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle Nystad is the most successful German female country-cross skier of the 21st century. Her list of podiums is impressive\: gold medal in the relay at the 2003 World Championships 2003, and silvers in 2007 and 2009. She also won a silver at the 2003 world sprint competition and the 2007 world team sprint, along with Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle. She was also partnered with her at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics when they won the team sprint gold medal. In the relay she won gold at Salt Lake City in 2002– which was the greatest German female cross-country moment in 22 years – and silver in 2006 and 2010 as well as the sprint silver at Torino, and relay bronze at her last games in Sochi.

Beside her sports career Claudia Nystad is a painter, having already done several exhibitions with her charcoal drawings, and has also studied graphics and design. In the summer of 2007 she sold her 2002 relay gold medal at auction for 22,000 Euros on behalf of “Hänsel und Gretel,” which is a foundation helping abused children. The medal was purchased by the Russian Olympic Museum at Smolensk where it is now exhibited.

Results

Women's Sprint

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
2002 Winter 24 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Germany Final Round Final 4 3:13.3
2002 Winter 24 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Germany Semi-Finals Heat 1 2 Q 3:24.5
2002 Winter 24 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Germany Quarter-Finals Heat 1 1 Q 3:15.1
2002 Winter 24 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Germany Qualifying Round 9 Q 3:16.41
2006 Winter 28 Torino Cross Country Skiing Germany Final Round Final 2 2:13.0
2006 Winter 28 Torino Cross Country Skiing Germany Semi-Finals Heat 1 1 Q 2:15.5
2006 Winter 28 Torino Cross Country Skiing Germany Quarter-Finals Heat 2 1 Q 2:15.5
2006 Winter 28 Torino Cross Country Skiing Germany Qualifying Round 4 Q 2:13.64
2014 Winter 36 Sochi Cross Country Skiing Germany Qualifying Round 35 2:41.13

Women's 10 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R
2006 Winter 28 Torino Cross Country Skiing Germany Final Standings 17 29:31.6 7:08.0 14 17:35.2 16 26:39.1 20
2010 Winter 32 Vancouver Cross Country Skiing Germany Final Standings 16 25:59.8 12:52.5 9

Women's 15 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R
2002 Winter 24 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Germany Final Standings 26 42:49.5 5:51.0 19 21:10.2 31 33:23.6 31

Women's 30 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R
2006 Winter 28 Torino Cross Country Skiing Germany Final Standings 6 1-23:02.1 26:55.0 11 54:53.4 10

Women's 5/5 kilometres Pursuit

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
2002 Winter 24 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Germany 5 kilometres, Classical 55 14:37.0

Women's 15 km Skiathlon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T CT CR PST PSR FT FLR
2006 Winter 28 Torino Cross Country Skiing Germany Final Standings 18 44:48.1 21:04.9 24 36.1 =23 23:07.0 15
2014 Winter 36 Sochi Cross Country Skiing Germany Final Standings 43 42:08.8 20:40.7 44 36.1 34 20:52.0 42

Women's 4 × 5 kilometres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER
2002 Winter 24 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Germany GER Final Standings 1 11:47.7 37:47.5 2
2006 Winter 28 Torino Cross Country Skiing Germany GER Final Standings 2 13:13.7 54:57.7 2
2010 Winter 32 Vancouver Cross Country Skiing Germany GER Final Standings 2 12:57.8 55:44.1 2
2014 Winter 36 Sochi Cross Country Skiing Germany GER Final Standings 3 12:19.1 40:32.4 2

Women's Team Sprint

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank L1 L2 L3
2010 Winter 32 Vancouver Cross Country Skiing Germany GER Final Round 1 2:55.8 3:00.1 3:09.4
2010 Winter 32 Vancouver Cross Country Skiing Germany GER Semi-Finals Heat 1 3 3:01.9 3:04.3 3:16.0
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