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Erika Zuchold

Full name: Erika Zuchold (Barth-)
Gender: Female
Height: 5-2 (158 cm)
Weight: 106 lbs (48 kg)
Born: March 19, 1947 in Lucka, Altenburg, Thüringen, Germany
Died: August 22, 2015 in Asunción, Asunción, Paraguay
Affiliations: SC Leipzig, Leipzig (GER)
Country: GDR East Germany
Sport: Gymnastics

Medals: 4 Silver, 1 Bronze (5 Total)

Biography

Erika Zuchold was an East German gymnast, who won four silvers and one bronze at the Olympics. When East Germany participated for the first time as an independent nation in Mexico City in 1968, she earned a silver medal in the vault and a bronze with the team. She also reached the finals in the individual all-around (4th), uneven bars (5th), and balance beam (6th). Four years later in München she claimed three silver medals – team all-around, vault and uneven bars. She again placed fourth in the individual all-around and was sixth on beam.

Zuchold became known worldwide after performing her flick-flack on the balance beam, an element she first demonstrated in 1964, but she could not compete at Tokyo due to an Achilles’ tendon injury. Along with [Karin Janz], she was one of the two most significant female German gymnasts of her era. Zuchold was World Champion on vault and beam in 1970, also placing second in all-around. She was elected 1970 East German Sportswoman of the Year. Domestically she earned 19 national titles.

In her post-gymnastics career, Zuchold explored a number of diverse activities and careers, including as a trapeze artist, a curator, an educator, and an abstract painter. In 2005, Zuchold was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame. She was married to former cyclist Dieter Zuchold (1937-2014), who died just one year before her. In February 2015 she performed an exhibition at the Culture House in Leuna with her paintings and sculptures. In June 2015, she immigrated to Paraguay, where her sister Monika and her mother were already living, but she died only two months later.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1968 Summer 21 Ciudad de México Gymnastics Women's Individual All-Around East Germany GDR 4T
1968 Summer 21 Ciudad de México Gymnastics Women's Team All-Around East Germany GDR 3 Bronze
1968 Summer 21 Ciudad de México Gymnastics Women's Floor Exercise East Germany GDR 8T QR
1968 Summer 21 Ciudad de México Gymnastics Women's Horse Vault East Germany GDR 2 Silver
1968 Summer 21 Ciudad de México Gymnastics Women's Uneven Bars East Germany GDR 5
1968 Summer 21 Ciudad de México Gymnastics Women's Balance Beam East Germany GDR 6
1972 Summer 25 München Gymnastics Women's Individual All-Around East Germany GDR 4
1972 Summer 25 München Gymnastics Women's Team All-Around East Germany GDR 2 Silver
1972 Summer 25 München Gymnastics Women's Floor Exercise East Germany GDR 7 QR
1972 Summer 25 München Gymnastics Women's Horse Vault East Germany GDR 2 Silver
1972 Summer 25 München Gymnastics Women's Uneven Bars East Germany GDR 2T Silver
1972 Summer 25 München Gymnastics Women's Balance Beam East Germany GDR 6

Women's Individual All-Around

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS CEP OEP QP FP
1968 Summer 21 Ciudad de México Gymnastics East Germany Final Standings 4T 76.70 38.20 38.50
1972 Summer 25 München Gymnastics East Germany Final Standings 4 76.450
1972 Summer 25 München Gymnastics East Germany Final 4 76.450 38.000 38.45
1972 Summer 25 München Gymnastics East Germany Final Floor Exercise 6 9.60
1972 Summer 25 München Gymnastics East Germany Final Horse Vault 1 9.70
1972 Summer 25 München Gymnastics East Germany Final Uneven Bars 3T 9.65
1972 Summer 25 München Gymnastics East Germany Final Balance Beam 4 9.50
1972 Summer 25 München Gymnastics East Germany Qualifying 5 QU 76.00 37.80 38.20
1972 Summer 25 München Gymnastics East Germany Qualifying Floor Exercise 7 18.95 9.40 9.55
1972 Summer 25 München Gymnastics East Germany Qualifying Horse Vault 3 QU 19.15 9.45 9.70
1972 Summer 25 München Gymnastics East Germany Qualifying Uneven Bars 2T QU 19.30 9.70 9.60
1972 Summer 25 München Gymnastics East Germany Qualifying Balance Beam 6T QU 18.60 9.25 9.35

Women's Team All-Around

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank
1968 Summer 21 Ciudad de México Gymnastics East Germany GDR Final Standings 3
1972 Summer 25 München Gymnastics East Germany GDR Final Standings 2

Women's Floor Exercise

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS CEP OEP
1968 Summer 21 Ciudad de México Gymnastics East Germany Final Standings 8T QR
1968 Summer 21 Ciudad de México Gymnastics East Germany Qualifying 8T 19.00 9.50 9.50
1972 Summer 25 München Gymnastics East Germany Final Standings 7 QR

Women's Horse Vault

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS QP FP CEP OEP
1968 Summer 21 Ciudad de México Gymnastics East Germany Final Standings 2 19.625
1968 Summer 21 Ciudad de México Gymnastics East Germany Final 2 19.625 9.825 9.80
1968 Summer 21 Ciudad de México Gymnastics East Germany Qualifying 2 QU 19.65 9.80 9.85
1972 Summer 25 München Gymnastics East Germany Final Standings 2 19.275
1972 Summer 25 München Gymnastics East Germany Final 2 19.275 9.575 9.70

Women's Uneven Bars

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS QP FP CEP OEP
1968 Summer 21 Ciudad de México Gymnastics East Germany Final Standings 5 19.325
1968 Summer 21 Ciudad de México Gymnastics East Germany Final 5 19.325 9.525 9.80
1968 Summer 21 Ciudad de México Gymnastics East Germany Qualifying 6 QU 19.05 9.45 9.60
1972 Summer 25 München Gymnastics East Germany Final Standings 2T 19.450
1972 Summer 25 München Gymnastics East Germany Final 2T 19.450 9.650 9.80

Women's Balance Beam

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS QP FP CEP OEP
1968 Summer 21 Ciudad de México Gymnastics East Germany Final Standings 6 19.150
1968 Summer 21 Ciudad de México Gymnastics East Germany Final 6 19.150 9.500 9.65
1968 Summer 21 Ciudad de México Gymnastics East Germany Qualifying 5T QU 19.00 9.45 9.55
1972 Summer 25 München Gymnastics East Germany Final Standings 6 18.700
1972 Summer 25 München Gymnastics East Germany Final 6 18.700 9.300 9.40
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