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Rita Czech-Blasel

Full name: Rita Czech-Blasel
Gender: Female
Height: 5-8.5 (174 cm)
Weight: 150 lbs (68 kg)
Born: July 27, 1934 in Freiberg, Sachsen, Germany
Affiliations: SC Freiburg, Freiburg im Breisgau (GER)
Country: GER Germany
Sport: Cross Country Skiing

Biography

Not only was Rita Blasel the West German cross-country skiing champion from 1957-70, but she was also a capable track athlete specializing in the sprints 100 metres (PB 13.4), 200 metres (PB 28.0), and 400 metres (PB 1:02.3). She represented the mixed German team at three consecutive Winter Olympics 1956-64 with her best individual result being 12th in the 10 km event in both 1960 and 1964. With the relay team, however, she was fifth in 1960 and fourth in 1964.

She married Czech-born Hans Czech, who was also her coach, and after their marriage she took the name Czech-Blasel. Rita later became a sports teacher at a school in her hometown of Freiburg. She later entered politics and was a Freiburg city councilor for several years working with sports, youth, schools and social institutions.

Results

Women's 5 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R
1964 Winter 29 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Germany Final Standings 12 19:09.1 8:55.8 =16

Women's 10 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R
1956 Winter 21 Cortina d'Ampezzo Cross Country Skiing Germany Final Standings 29 43:51
1960 Winter 25 Squaw Valley Cross Country Skiing Germany Final Standings 12 42:29.0 22:21 14
1964 Winter 29 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Germany Final Standings 15 44:07.8 24:16.1 16

Women's 3 × 5 kilometres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER
1960 Winter 25 Squaw Valley Cross Country Skiing Germany GER Final Standings 5 22:59.0 22:59.0 5
1964 Winter 29 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Germany GER Final Standings 4 21:00.8 43:34.9 4
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