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Gabi Zange-Schönbrunn

Full name: Gabriele "Gabi" Zange-Schönbrunn
Gender: Female
Height: 5-5.5 (167 cm)
Weight: 132 lbs (60 kg)
Born: June 1, 1961 in Crimmitschau, Sachsen, Germany
Affiliations: SC Karl-Marx-Stadt, Chemnitz (GER)
Country: GDR East Germany
Sport: Speed Skating

Medals: 3 Bronze (3 Total)

Biography

While perhaps less successful than her compatriots Karin Kania and Andrea Ehrig, Gabi Zange (born Schönbrunn) did her part to confirm the East German dominance of women's speed skating in the 1980s. She débuted with a bronze in the 1981 European Championships and bettering the 3,000 m world record at the miracle rink of Medeo (USSR). She earned four 4th places in the international allround tournaments of 1982 and 1983. Gabi Schönbrunn captured the 1984 European title in the absence of Schöne and Enke, but her 5,000 m and allround world records in the event proved it wasn't a fluke. At the Sarajevo Olympics, she completed an all-DDR podium in the 3,000 m (behind her great rivals) and placed third in the World Championships. She bettered that rank to second in 1985, but then remained prize-less until the 1987-88 season, her last. She set her fourth world record in the 3,000 m at the test competition for the Calgary Olympics, at which she earned two more Olympic bronzes in the long distances. Zange retired with one, East German title under her belt, the 1985 1,500 m, and became a physiotherapist.

Personal Bests: 500 – 41.93 (1981); 1000 – 1:22.00 (1988); 1500 – 2:04.98 (1988); 3000 – 4:16.76 (1988); 5000 – 7:21.61 (1988).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1984 Winter 22 Sarajevo Speed Skating Women's 1,500 metres East Germany GDR 4
1984 Winter 22 Sarajevo Speed Skating Women's 3,000 metres East Germany GDR 3 Bronze
1988 Winter 26 Calgary Speed Skating Women's 3,000 metres East Germany GDR 3 Bronze
1988 Winter 26 Calgary Speed Skating Women's 5,000 metres East Germany GDR 3 Bronze

Women's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 3c 7c 1.1k
1984 Winter 22 Sarajevo Speed Skating East Germany Final Standings 4 2:07.69 27.51 59.60 1:33.07

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
1984 Winter 22 Sarajevo Speed Skating East Germany Final Standings 3 4:33.13 21.17 55.26 1:30.21 2:05.86 2:42.06 3:18.86 3:55.94
1988 Winter 26 Calgary Speed Skating East Germany Final Standings 3 4:16.92 20.45 52.17 1:25.17 1:58.95 2:32.80 3:07.01 3:41.67

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 26 Calgary Speed Skating East Germany Final Standings 3 7:21.61 20.56 53.35 1:27.42 2:01.95 2:36.84 3:11.58 3:46.79 4:22.12 4:57.71 5:33.36 6:09.41 6:45.67
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