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Uwe-Jens Mey

Full name: Uwe-Jens Mey
Gender: Male
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
Weight: 172 lbs (78 kg)
Born: December 13, 1963 in Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland
Affiliations: SC Dynamo Berlin, Berlin (GER)
Country: GDR East Germany, GER Germany
Sport: Speed Skating

Medals: 2 Gold, 1 Silver (3 Total)

Biography

Between 1988 and 1992, Uwe-Jens Mey was the world's top 500 m skater. He captured the Olympic title in the distance in both 1988 and 1992, the former representing East Germany, the latter competing for the reunited Germany. In the years in between he also won the 500 m World Cup three times (1989-1991), in addition to three 1000 m World Cups (1988-1990). Despite these successes, Mey never managed to win the World Sprint Championships. A runner-up three times, he was denied the title by Igor Zhelezovsky (1989, 1991) and Dan Jansen (1988). The latter was also Mey's primary opponent in the 1992 Olympics, Mey's planned retirement race. Within the course of a week in January 1992, first Mey and then Jansen broke Mey's old world record (set during the Calgary Olympics). But in Albertville, it was Mey who took home the gold. In addition to his international titles, Uwe-Jens Mey won two (East) German sprint championships (1986, 1991), five 500 m titles (1984, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1992) and one in the 1000 m (1989). Mey later became active as a salesman and was involved with Germany's Christian Democratic party CDU.

Personal Bests: 500 – 36.43 (1992); 1000 – 1:13.11 (1988); 1500 – 2:02.27 (1985).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1984 Winter 20 Sarajevo Speed Skating Men's 500 metres East Germany GDR 8
1984 Winter 20 Sarajevo Speed Skating Men's 1,000 metres East Germany GDR 25
1988 Winter 24 Calgary Speed Skating Men's 500 metres East Germany GDR 1 Gold WR
1988 Winter 24 Calgary Speed Skating Men's 1,000 metres East Germany GDR 2 Silver
1992 Winter 28 Albertville Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Germany GER 1 Gold

Men's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 1c
1984 Winter 20 Sarajevo Speed Skating East Germany Final Standings 8 38.65 10.14
1988 Winter 24 Calgary Speed Skating East Germany Final Standings 1 WR 36.45 9.76
1992 Winter 28 Albertville Speed Skating Germany Final Standings 1 37.14 9.78

Men's 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 2c 6c
1984 Winter 20 Sarajevo Speed Skating East Germany Final Standings 25 1:19.14 17.39 46.76
1988 Winter 24 Calgary Speed Skating East Germany Final Standings 2 1:13.11 16.66 43.70