Kristina Richter

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 1
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameKristina•Richter (Hochmuth-)
Used nameKristina•Richter
Born24 October 1946 in Zwickau, Sachsen (GER)
Measurements169 cm / 67 kg
AffiliationsBerliner TSC, Berlin (GER)
NOC East Germany


Handball player Kristina Richter won a silver medal at the 1976 Montréal Olympics and bronze four years later in Moskva, when she also was the East German flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony (first ever German team sport athlete). She earned 134 caps, scoring 880 goals in her international career. Richter was on World Champion teams in 1971, 1975 and 1978. With TSC Berlin she won the European Champions Cup in 1978 and the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1977 and 1979. Domestically she was on East German champions in 1974, 1977-78, and 1980, also winning the East German Cup in 1977-80.

Until 1962 Richter was a sprinter and long jumper, before moving to handball. She then became one of the world’s best handball,players ever. Her husband was Dagobert Richter, cycling coach for Erik Zabel, among others. By profession she was a graduate sports teacher. In 1994 she was national coach for a short period, after which she coached her former homeclub, TSC Berlin. In 2016, she was inducted into the German Sports Hall of Fame.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1976 Summer Olympics Handball GDR Kristina Richter
Handball, Women (Olympic) East Germany 2 Silver
1980 Summer Olympics Handball GDR Kristina Richter
Handball, Women (Olympic) East Germany 3 Bronze

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
1980 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony GDR Kristina Richter