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Christa Rothenburger-Luding

Full name: Christa Rothenburger-Luding
Gender: Female
Height: 5'5" (164 cm)
Weight: 132 lbs (60 kg)
Born: December 4, 1959 in Weißwasser, Sachsen, Germany
Affiliations: SC Einheit Dresden, Dresden (GER)
Country: GDR East Germany, GER Germany
Sport: Speed Skating, Cycling

Medals: 2 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze (5 Total)

Biography

Christa Luding-Rothenburger was the first woman to win medals at both the Winter and Summer Games. A speed skating gold medalist at 500 metres (1984) and 1,000 metres (1988), she also won a silver in the cycling match sprint in 1988. Luding-Rothenburger also earned a speed skating silver medal in 1988 and bronze medal in 1992 in the 500 metres. She was a World Champion at both sports, winning the speed skating sprint title in 1985 and 1988 and the cycling sprint championship in 1986. Although many athletes have demonstrated proficiency in both cycling and speed skating, few have competed at the top level in both sports at the same time and only Sheila Young (USA), Beth Heiden (USA) and Clara Hughes have approached Luding-Rothenburger's success at both.

Her husband and trainer, Ernst Luding also had a daughter (Christa's stepdaughter), Sylke. She was a promising junior skater, setting a junior World Record and winning a medal at the World Junior Championships.

Personal Bests: 500 – 39.12 (1988); 1000 – 1:17.65 (1988); 1500 – 2:05.83 (1988); 3000 – 4:50.59 (1982).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1980 Winter 20 Lake Placid Speed Skating Women's 500 metres East Germany GDR 12
1980 Winter 20 Lake Placid Speed Skating Women's 1,000 metres East Germany GDR 18
1984 Winter 24 Sarajevo Speed Skating Women's 500 metres East Germany GDR 1 Gold OR
1984 Winter 24 Sarajevo Speed Skating Women's 1,000 metres East Germany GDR 5 OR
1988 Winter 28 Calgary Speed Skating Women's 500 metres East Germany GDR 2 Silver WR
1988 Winter 28 Calgary Speed Skating Women's 1,000 metres East Germany GDR 1 Gold WR
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Cycling Women's Sprint East Germany GDR 2 Silver
1992 Winter 32 Albertville Speed Skating Women's 500 metres Germany GER 3 Bronze
1992 Winter 32 Albertville Speed Skating Women's 1,000 metres Germany GER 8

Women's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 1c
1980 Winter 20 Lake Placid Speed Skating East Germany Final Standings 12 43.60 11.16
1984 Winter 24 Sarajevo Speed Skating East Germany Final Standings 1 OR 41.02 10.84
1988 Winter 28 Calgary Speed Skating East Germany Final Standings 2 WR 39.12 10.57
1992 Winter 32 Albertville Speed Skating Germany Final Standings 3 40.57 10.74

Women's 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 2c 6c
1980 Winter 20 Lake Placid Speed Skating East Germany Final Standings 18 1:29.69 19.62 53.27
1984 Winter 24 Sarajevo Speed Skating East Germany Final Standings 5 OR 1:23.98 18.87 49.61
1988 Winter 28 Calgary Speed Skating East Germany Final Standings 1 WR 1:17.65 17.98 46.71
1992 Winter 32 Albertville Speed Skating Germany Final Standings 8 1:23.06 18.52 49.01

Women's Sprint

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank RW T
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Cycling East Germany Final Round Match 1/2 2 1
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Cycling East Germany Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 2
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Cycling East Germany Quarter-Finals Heat Three 1 QU 2
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Cycling East Germany Round One Heat Three 1 QU 12.24
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Cycling East Germany Qualifying Round 3 11.692