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Silke Pielen

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameSilke•Pielen (-Rogatko)
Used nameSilke•Pielen
Born29 August 1955 in Nordhorn, Niedersachsen (GER)
Measurements170 cm / 64 kg
AffiliationsDSV-Schule Max Ritter, Saarbrücken (GER)
NOC West Germany


Swimmer Silke Pielen finished eighth, and last, in the 200 m backstroke final at the 1972 München Olympics. However, she won the bronze medal with the West German 4x100 medley relay squad. In 1971-72 she won national 100 m backstroke titles. In 1973, she was awarded the highest sports award in Germany, the Silver Bay Leaf.

Pielen later married, and moved to the Los Angeles area of the United States with her husband. Her professional career went from international banking and international marketing to extensive experience in business management in higher education. She was also active in teaching and training swimmers for thirty years, focusing on teaching masters swimmers, fitness swimmers of all ages, and special needs children. Her great passion was working with athletes for Special Olympics.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1972 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) FRG Silke Pielen
100 metres Backstroke, Women (Olympic) 8
4 × 100 metres Medley Relay, Women (Olympic) West Germany 3 Bronze

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