Claudia Pechstein

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 5
Silver 2
Bronze 2
Total 9
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexFemale
Full nameClaudia•Pechstein
Used nameClaudia•Pechstein
Nick/petnamesGoldclaudi, Goldstein
Born22 February 1972 in Ost-Berlin (East Berlin), Berlin (GER)
Measurements166 cm / 61 kg
AffiliationsSC Berlin, Berlin (GER) / Berliner Schlittschuhclub, Berlin (GER) / Eisbären Berlin, Berlin (GER)
NOC Germany

Biography

Overshadowed early in her career by her teammate, Gunda Niemann-Stirnemann, Claudia Pechstein has persevered to post the greatest long-distance speed skating record at the Olympic Games among women. She has won five Olympic gold medals, winning the 5,000 metres in 1994, 1998, and 2002, adding the 3,000 metres in 2002, and skating on Germany’s victorious pursuit team in 2006. In all she has won nine Olympic medals, adding a silver in the 1998 3,000, and 2006 5,000, and bronze medals in the 1994 3,000 and 1992 1,500, making her the top German Winter Olympian through the Torino Games. In 2014 at Sochi she placed an unfortunate fourth over 3000 m and fifth over 5000 m.

Through 2021, Pechstein has won 42 medals at the World Championships, with six gold medals. At the German Championships she has won 41 titles and 68 medals in all. In World Cup competition from 1991-2021, she has won 34 races and been on the podium 116 times, winning the season World Cup title at the longest distance (3,000/5,000) in 2002/03, 2003/04, and 2004/05. At the European Championships she has won the all-around title in 1998, 2006, 2009, and been on the podium 12 times.

At the 2009 World Championships, Pechstein was barred from competition on the second day due to irregularly high blood values. The ISU later found these values to be indicative of doping use and gave the German a two-year doping ban. Pechstein, denying the allegations, appealed the decision. In November 2009, the Court of Arbitration for Sport confirmed the suspension. On 7 June 2016, the Federal Court of Justice of Germany rejected her appeal in a final ruling.

Pechstein returned after her suspension and qualified for the 2011 World Cup. She competed at the 2014 and 2018 Olympic Winter Games and has qualified for the 2022 Winter Olympics, when she will be over 50-years-old, the oldest female competitor in Winter Olympic history and for her eighth Olympic Games. She attempted to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics in track cycling, but did not make the German team.

Personal Bests: 500 – 38.99 (2006); 1000 – 1:16.00 (2007); 1500 – 1:54.31 (2008); 3000 – 3:57.35 (2006); 5000 – 6:46.91 (2002).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1992 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) GER Claudia Pechstein
5,000 metres, Women (Olympic) 3 Bronze
1994 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) GER Claudia Pechstein
3,000 metres, Women (Olympic) 3 Bronze
5,000 metres, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold
1998 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) GER Claudia Pechstein
1,500 metres, Women (Olympic) 7
3,000 metres, Women (Olympic) 2 Silver
5,000 metres, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold
2002 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) GER Claudia Pechstein
1,500 metres, Women (Olympic) 6
3,000 metres, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold
5,000 metres, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold
2006 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) GER Claudia Pechstein
3,000 metres, Women (Olympic) 5
5,000 metres, Women (Olympic) 2 Silver
Team Pursuit (6 laps), Women (Olympic) Germany 1 Gold
2014 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) GER Claudia Pechstein
1,500 metres, Women (Olympic) 19
3,000 metres, Women (Olympic) 4
5,000 metres, Women (Olympic) 5
2018 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) GER Claudia Pechstein
3,000 metres, Women (Olympic) 9
5,000 metres, Women (Olympic) 8
Mass Start, Women (Olympic) 13
Team Pursuit (6 laps), Women (Olympic) Germany 6
2022 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) GER Claudia Pechstein
3,000 metres, Women (Olympic) 20
Mass Start, Women (Olympic) 9

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
1994 Winter Olympics Flagbearer at the Closing Ceremony GER Claudia Pechstein
2006 Winter Olympics Flagbearer at the Closing Ceremony GER Claudia Pechstein
2022 Winter Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony GER Claudia Pechstein

Special Notes