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Gunda Niemann-Stirnemann-Kleemann

Full name: Gunda Niemann-Stirnemann-Kleemann
Gender: Female
Height: 5-6.5 (170 cm)
Weight: 143 lbs (65 kg)
Born: September 7, 1966 in Sondershausen, Thüringen, Germany
Affiliations: SC Turbine Erfurt, Erfurt (GER) / ESC Erfurt, Erfurt (GER)
Country: GDR East Germany, GER Germany
Sport: Speed Skating

Medals: 3 Gold, 4 Silver, 1 Bronze (8 Total)

Biography

Gunda Niemann-Stirnemann won eight Olympic medals and three golds at the Olympics Winter Games of 1992, 1994, and 1998, equalling the marks of fellow German Karin Kania-Enke. Primarily a distance skater, her golds came at 3,000 meters in 1992 and 1998 and at 5,000 meters in 1992. At the World All-Around championships, Niemann-Stirnemann won seven championships – 1991-1993, and 1995-1998, breaking Kania-Enke's record of five titles. She also won the World Cup title at 1,500 meters in 1991-1993 and 1995-1998, and at distances (3K and 5K) in 1992-1996 and 1998. She set 14 world records – six at 3,000 meters; four at 5,000 meters; and four in the combined all-around.

Personal Bests: 500 – 40.34 (1999); 1000 – 1:20.57 (2001); 1500 – 1:55.62 (2001); 3000 – 4:00.26 (2001); 5000 – 6:52.44 (2001).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1988 Winter 21 Calgary Speed Skating Women's 1,500 metres East Germany GDR 7T
1988 Winter 21 Calgary Speed Skating Women's 5,000 metres East Germany GDR 7 fall
1992 Winter 25 Albertville Speed Skating Women's 1,500 metres Germany GER 2 Silver
1992 Winter 25 Albertville Speed Skating Women's 3,000 metres Germany GER 1 Gold
1992 Winter 25 Albertville Speed Skating Women's 5,000 metres Germany GER 1 Gold
1994 Winter 27 Lillehammer Speed Skating Women's 1,500 metres Germany GER 3 Bronze
1994 Winter 27 Lillehammer Speed Skating Women's 3,000 metres Germany GER AC DQ/fall
1994 Winter 27 Lillehammer Speed Skating Women's 5,000 metres Germany GER 2 Silver
1998 Winter 31 Nagano Speed Skating Women's 1,500 metres Germany GER 2 Silver
1998 Winter 31 Nagano Speed Skating Women's 3,000 metres Germany GER 1 Gold OR
1998 Winter 31 Nagano Speed Skating Women's 5,000 metres Germany GER 2 Silver WR

Women's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 3c 7c 1.1k
1988 Winter 21 Calgary Speed Skating East Germany Final Standings 7T 2:04.68 26.76 57.63 1:30.24
1992 Winter 25 Albertville Speed Skating Germany Final Standings 2 2:05.92 27.09 58.67 1:31.70
1994 Winter 27 Lillehammer Speed Skating Germany Final Standings 3 2:03.41 26.92 57.99 1:30.11
1998 Winter 31 Nagano Speed Skating Germany Final Standings 2 1:58.66 26.22 55.82 1:26.64

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
1992 Winter 25 Albertville Speed Skating Germany Final Standings 1 4:19.90 20.14 51.98 1:25.03 1:59.12 2:33.61 3:08.40 3:43.96
1994 Winter 27 Lillehammer Speed Skating Germany Final Standings AC DQ/fall [5:10.28] [19.82] [1:44.43] [2:20.90] [2:53.72] [3:27.05] [4:00.83] [4:34.99]
1998 Winter 31 Nagano Speed Skating Germany Final Standings 1 OR 4:07.29 20.18 51.41 1:23.00 1:54.55 2:26.53 2:59.27 3:32.91

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
1988 Winter 21 Calgary Speed Skating East Germany Final Standings 7 fall 7:34.59 20.78 53.18 1:26.58 2:05.92 2:44.13 3:19.43 3:54.96 4:31.21 5:07.80 5:44.91 6:21.54 6:58.24
1992 Winter 25 Albertville Speed Skating Germany Final Standings 1 7:31.57 20.66 53.95 1:28.46 2:03.45 2:38.87 3:14.63 3:50.71 4:27.18 5:03.88 5:40.66 6:17.56 6:54.70
1994 Winter 27 Lillehammer Speed Skating Germany Final Standings 2 7:14.88 20.30 52.37 1:25.31 1:58.59 2:32.37 3:06.32 3:40.93 4:15.92 4:51.37 5:26.95 6:02.73 6:38.61
1998 Winter 31 Nagano Speed Skating Germany Final Standings 2 WR 6:59.65 20.54 52.59 1:25.49 1:58.80 2:31.94 3:05.08 3:38.08 4:11.24 4:44.69 5:18.45 5:52.17 6:25.96
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