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Claudia Pechstein

Full name: Claudia Pechstein
Gender: Female
Height: 5'5" (166 cm)
Weight: 134 lbs (61 kg)
Born: February 22, 1972 in Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Affiliations: SC Berlin, Berlin (GER) / Berliner Schlittschuhclub, Berlin (GER) / Eisbären Berlin, Berlin (GER)
Country: GER Germany
Sport: Speed Skating

Medals: 5 Gold, 2 Silver, 2 Bronze (9 Total)

Biography

Overshadowed early in her career by her teammate, Gunda Niemann-Stirnemann, Claudia Pechstein has persevered to post the greatest long-distance speed skating record at the Olympic Games among women. She has won five Olympic gold medals, winning the 5,000 metres in 1994, 1998, and 2002, adding the 3,000 metres in 2002, and skating on Germany's victorious pursuit team in 2006. In all she has won nine Olympic medals, adding a silver in the 1998 3,000, and 2006 5,000, and bronze medals in the 1994 3,000 and 1992 1,500, making her the top German Winter Olympian through the Torino Games. She was World Allround champion in 2000, finishing second in that event a record 8 times. She became European Champion in 1998, 2006 and 2009. She also won five titles at World Single Distance Championships, winning in the 1500 m (2000), 3000 m (2000, 2004) and 5000 m (1996, 2003). In addition, Pechstein won the 3/5k World Cup three years in a row (2003-2005), winning 24 World Cup races in total. Despite occasionally skipping the German Championships, she also amassed 6 allround titles and 7 distance wins.

At the 2009 World Championships, Pechstein was barred from competition on the second day due to irregularly high blood values. The ISU later found these values to be indicative of doping use and gave the German a two-year doping ban. Pechstein, denying the allegations, appealed the decision. In November 2009, the Court of Arbitration for Sport confirmed the suspension.

2011, only four days after the end date of her suspension, she gave a furious comeback and fulfilled the norm times for the upcoming World Cup. She also tried to qualify for the Olympic Games in London 2012 in cycling, but failed in the qualifications.

Personal Bests: 500 – 38.99 (2006); 1000 – 1:16.00 (2007); 1500 – 1:54.31 (2008); 3000 – 3:57.35 (2006); 5000 – 6:46.91 (2002).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1992 Winter 19 Albertville Speed Skating Women's 5,000 metres Germany GER 3 Bronze
1994 Winter 21 Lillehammer Speed Skating Women's 3,000 metres Germany GER 3 Bronze
1994 Winter 21 Lillehammer Speed Skating Women's 5,000 metres Germany GER 1 Gold
1998 Winter 25 Nagano Speed Skating Women's 1,500 metres Germany GER 7
1998 Winter 25 Nagano Speed Skating Women's 3,000 metres Germany GER 2 Silver OR
1998 Winter 25 Nagano Speed Skating Women's 5,000 metres Germany GER 1 Gold WR
2002 Winter 29 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Women's 1,500 metres Germany GER 6
2002 Winter 29 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Women's 3,000 metres Germany GER 1 Gold WR
2002 Winter 29 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Women's 5,000 metres Germany GER 1 Gold WR
2006 Winter 33 Torino Speed Skating Women's 3,000 metres Germany GER 5
2006 Winter 33 Torino Speed Skating Women's 5,000 metres Germany GER 2 Silver
2006 Winter 33 Torino Speed Skating Women's Team Pursuit (6 laps) Germany GER 1 Gold
2014 Winter 41 Sochi Speed Skating Women's 1,500 metres Germany GER 19
2014 Winter 41 Sochi Speed Skating Women's 3,000 metres Germany GER 4
2014 Winter 41 Sochi Speed Skating Women's 5,000 metres Germany GER 5

Women's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 3c 7c 1.1k
1998 Winter 25 Nagano Speed Skating Germany Final Standings 7 1:59.46 26.40 56.09 1:26.98
2002 Winter 29 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Germany Final Standings 6 1:55.93 25.92 55.02 1:25.13
2014 Winter 41 Sochi Speed Skating Germany Final Standings 19 1:59.47 27.03 56.96 1:27.67

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
1994 Winter 21 Lillehammer Speed Skating Germany Final Standings 3 4:18.34 20.23 52.53 1:25.80 1:59.51 2:33.63 3:08.05 3:43.09
1998 Winter 25 Nagano Speed Skating Germany Final Standings 2 OR 4:08.47 20.11 51.41 1:22.79 1:54.30 2:26.29 2:59.12 3:33.21
2002 Winter 29 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Germany Final Standings 1 WR 3:57.70 19.45 49.93 1:21.00 1:52.30 2:23.38 2:54.57 3:25.86
2006 Winter 33 Torino Speed Skating Germany Final Standings 5 4:05.54 19.53 50.21 1:21.68 1:53.55 2:25.84 2:58.64 3:31.66
2014 Winter 41 Sochi Speed Skating Germany Final Standings 4 4:05.26 20.21 51.19 1:22.54 1:54.41 2:26.30 2:58.87 3:32.00

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
1992 Winter 19 Albertville Speed Skating Germany Final Standings 3 7:39.80 21.75 56.99 1:32.72 2:08.91 2:45.04 3:21.25 3:57.59 4:34.31 5:11.10 5:48.10 6:24.91 7:02.01
1994 Winter 21 Lillehammer Speed Skating Germany Final Standings 1 7:14.37 20.85 54.94 1:28.76 2:02.34 2:36.24 3:10.36 3:44.58 4:18.85 4:53.36 5:28.06 6:03.17 6:38.50
1998 Winter 25 Nagano Speed Skating Germany Final Standings 1 WR 6:59.61 20.48 53.13 1:26.45 1:59.63 2:32.65 3:05.54 3:38.58 4:11.57 4:44.52 5:17.77 5:51.38 6:25.26
2002 Winter 29 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Germany Final Standings 1 WR 6:46.91 19.79 51.50 1:23.89 1:55.95 2:28.33 3:00.47 3:32.87 4:05.35 4:37.67 5:10.01 5:42.49 6:14.86
2006 Winter 33 Torino Speed Skating Germany Final Standings 2 7:00.08 19.91 52.48 1:25.77 1:58.91 2:31.72 3:04.81 3:38.22 4:11.78 4:45.01 5:18.70 5:52.26 6:26.15
2014 Winter 41 Sochi Speed Skating Germany Final Standings 5 6:58.39 20.64 52.77 1:25.24 1:57.70 2:30.49 3:03.35 3:36.44 4:09.77 4:43.34 5:17.10 5:51.15 6:25.19

Women's Team Pursuit (6 laps)

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank
2006 Winter 33 Torino Speed Skating Germany GER Final Round Final A 1
2006 Winter 33 Torino Speed Skating Germany GER Semi-Finals Heat 2 1
2006 Winter 33 Torino Speed Skating Germany GER Quarter-Finals Heat 3 1