Carola Nitschke

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameCarola•Nitschke (-Beraktschjan)
Used nameCarola•Nitschke
Born1 March 1962 in Berlin, Berlin (GER)
Measurements172 cm / 62 kg
AffiliationsSC Dynamo Berlin, Ost-Berlin (GER)
NOC East Germany


East German breaststroke swimmer Carola Nitschke reached both finals in the 100 and 200 metres at the 1976 Montréal Olympics. She finished an unfortunate fourth in the 100, only 3/100th seconds behind Soviet Russian Marina Koshevaya, and she was sixth in the 200 metres. Nitschke swam in the heats with the East German medley relay team that later won the final. The same year she won her only two East German national titles at both breaststroke distances. At the 1977 Jönköping Europeans she won a gold medal with the medley relay and a silver medal in the 100 breaststroke event. From 1977-79 she won the medley relay nationals with her home club SC Dynamo Berlin.

After German re-unification, former East German officials admitted to administering doping to nearly all their swimmers, including Nitschke. In 1998, she appeared in court as a witness against her former coach Rolf Gläser and accused him of administering anabolic steroids. The court found the doping case as bodily harm and sentenced the former coach to a financial penalty. By profession, Nitschke became a technical medical assistant.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1976 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) GDR Carola Nitschke
100 metres Breaststroke, Women (Olympic) 4
200 metres Breaststroke, Women (Olympic) 6
4 × 100 metres Medley Relay, Women (Olympic) East Germany 1

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