You Are Here > SR/Olympics > Athletes > Kristin Otto

Kristin Otto

Full name: Kristin Otto
Gender: Female
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
Weight: 154 lbs (70 kg)
Born: February 7, 1966 in Leipzig, Sachsen, Germany
Affiliations: SC DHfK, Leipzig (GER)
Country: GDR East Germany
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 6 Gold (6 Total)

Biography

Kristin Otto, of the German Democratic Republic, won six gold medals at one Games (1988) to set a women's record for any sport at the Olympics. In Seoul Otto uniquely won gold medals in three different strokes, freestyle, backstroke and butterfly, and her overall performance at the 1988 Games ranks as one of history's greatest sporting achievements. Her gold medals came in the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 100 butterfly, and both relays. In 1987 at the European Championships she had won five of the same six events, missing only the 50, in which she did not compete. At the World Championships (1982, 1986) she won seven gold medals. Otto set two individual world records and contributed to four relay world records in her career.

Personal Bests: 50 freestyle – 25.49 (1988); 100 freestyle – 54.93 (1994); 100 backstroke – 1:00.89 (1988); 100 butterfly – 59.00 (1988).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1988 Summer 22 Seoul Swimming Women's 50 metres Freestyle East Germany GDR 1 Gold OR
1988 Summer 22 Seoul Swimming Women's 100 metres Freestyle East Germany GDR 1 Gold
1988 Summer 22 Seoul Swimming Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay East Germany GDR 1 Gold
1988 Summer 22 Seoul Swimming Women's 100 metres Backstroke East Germany GDR 1 Gold
1988 Summer 22 Seoul Swimming Women's 100 metres Butterfly East Germany GDR 1 Gold OR
1988 Summer 22 Seoul Swimming Women's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay East Germany GDR 1 Gold

Women's 50 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1988 Summer 22 Seoul Swimming East Germany Final 1 OR 25.49
1988 Summer 22 Seoul Swimming East Germany Round One Heat Six 1 QU/OR 25.85

Women's 100 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1988 Summer 22 Seoul Swimming East Germany Final 1 54.93
1988 Summer 22 Seoul Swimming East Germany Round One Heat Eight 2 QU 55.80

Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IST CTAS
1988 Summer 22 Seoul Swimming East Germany GDR Final 1 OR 3:40.63 55.11 55.11

Women's 100 metres Backstroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1988 Summer 22 Seoul Swimming East Germany Final 1 1:00.89
1988 Summer 22 Seoul Swimming East Germany Round One Heat Six 1 QU 1:01.45

Women's 100 metres Butterfly

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1988 Summer 22 Seoul Swimming East Germany Final 1 OR 59.00
1988 Summer 22 Seoul Swimming East Germany Round One Heat Five 1 QU 1:00.40

Women's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IST CTAS
1988 Summer 22 Seoul Swimming East Germany GDR Final 1 OR 4:03.74 1:01.03 1:01.03