Full name: Leah Jean Poulos-Mueller
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
Weight: 130 lbs (59 kg)
Born: October 5, 1951 in Berwyn, Illinois, United States
Affiliations: Northbrook Speedskating Club, Northbrook (USA)
Country: United States
Sport: Speed Skating
Related Olympians: Wife (divorced) of Peter Mueller.
Medals: 3 Silver (3 Total)
As Miss Poulos, Leah Mueller competed in the 1972 and 1976 Olympics, winning a silver in the 1000 meters at Innsbruck and narrowly missing a bronze in the 500 meters. In September 1977, she married U.S. speed skating team member, Peter Mueller, and won two more medals under her married name at Lake Placid. Besides her Olympic successes, Leah Poulos Mueller was twice World Sprint champion, in 1974 and 1979; and twice second in that event, in 1976 and 1977. She competed in the longer distances only early in her career because it was apparent that she was a pure sprinter. She retired in 1978 to travel with her husband and watch him compete, but quickly became bored with that and returned to competition the next year. She was coached early in her career by her father and three-time world champion, John Werket, but her husband and Peter Schotting took over those duties in preparation for Lake Placid.
Personal Bests: 500 – 41.13 (1980); 1000 – 1:23.07 (1980); 1500 – 2:13.98 (1976); 3000 – 5:11.43 (1976).
|1972 Winter||20||Sapporo||Speed Skating||Women's 1,500 metres||United States||USA||24|
|1972 Winter||20||Sapporo||Speed Skating||Women's 3,000 metres||United States||USA||17|
|1976 Winter||24||Innsbruck||Speed Skating||Women's 500 metres||United States||USA||4|
|1976 Winter||24||Innsbruck||Speed Skating||Women's 1,000 metres||United States||USA||2||Silver||OR|
|1976 Winter||24||Innsbruck||Speed Skating||Women's 1,500 metres||United States||USA||6|
|1980 Winter||28||Lake Placid||Speed Skating||Women's 500 metres||United States||USA||2||Silver|
|1980 Winter||28||Lake Placid||Speed Skating||Women's 1,000 metres||United States||USA||2||Silver|
|1976 Winter||24||Innsbruck||Speed Skating||United States||Final Standings||4||43.21||10.98|
|1980 Winter||28||Lake Placid||Speed Skating||United States||Final Standings||2||42.26||11.51|
|1976 Winter||24||Innsbruck||Speed Skating||United States||Final Standings||2||OR||1:28.57||19.80||52.77|
|1980 Winter||28||Lake Placid||Speed Skating||United States||Final Standings||2||1:25.41||19.05||51.03|
|1972 Winter||20||Sapporo||Speed Skating||United States||Final Standings||24||2:31.29||29.2||1:06.4||1:47.8|
|1976 Winter||24||Innsbruck||Speed Skating||United States||Final Standings||6||2:19.11||28.05||1:02.19||1:39.30|