Ulrike Richter

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 3
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 3
RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameUlrike•Richter (-Schmidt)
Used nameUlrike•Richter
Born17 June 1959 in Görlitz, Sachsen (GER)
Measurements173 cm / 66 kg
AffiliationsSC Einheit Dresden, Dresden (GER)
NOC East Germany


Backstroke swimmer Ulrike Richter won three gold medals at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games. She triumphed both in the 100 and 200 metres backstroke and with the East German medley relay. At the Worlds she added four more gold medals and one bronze in 1973 and 1975. At the European Championships she earned another four gold and two silvers in 1974 and 1977. Richter set 11 individual world records in the backstroke events during her active career.

From 1973-75 and in 1977 Richter won the East German nationals in the 100 metres, and in 1974 also won the 200 metres backstroke. Richter married former GDR football (soccer) player Volker Schmidt. In 1983 she was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame. After German re-unification, former East German officials admitted to administering doping to nearly all their swimmers, including Richter.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1976 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) GDR Ulrike Richter
100 metres Backstroke, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold
200 metres Backstroke, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold
4 × 100 metres Medley Relay, Women (Olympic) East Germany 1 Gold

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