Karin Kessow

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameKarin•Kessow (-Drbal)
Used nameKarin•Kessow
Born8 January 1954 in Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (GER)
Measurements161 cm / 57 kg
AffiliationsSC Dynamo Berlin, Ost-Berlin (GER)
NOC East Germany


Karin Kessow, born in Rostock, won her first national title in 1973, winning the DDR Sprint Championships. The following year, she débuted internationally at the European Championships (11th) and World Sprint Championships (5th). In 1975, she surprisingly won the World Championships in Assen, thanks to a superior 1,500 m. In her next season, which turned out to be her last, she took part in the Olympic Games in Innsbruck, finishing just outside of the medal positions with a fourth (3,000 m) and fifth (1,500 m) place. After the World Championships that year, which she ended by winning the final 3,000 m, she retired from skating. Kessow, who also skated an unofficial 5,000 m world record in 1975, later became a skating coach in Berlin.

Personal Bests: 500 – 44.2 (1976); 1000 – 1:27.2 (1976); 1500 – 2:13.1 (1976); 3000 – 4:39.1 (1976); 5000 – 8:20.4 (1976).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1976 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) GDR Karin Kessow
1,500 metres, Women (Olympic) 5
3,000 metres, Women (Olympic) 4

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