Erika Strasser

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameErika•Strasser (Wutscher-)
Used nameErika•Strasser
Born17 March 1934 in Linz (AUT)
Died30 April 2019
Measurements174 cm / 74 kg
AffiliationsULC Linz, Linz (AUT)
NOC Austria


Erika Strasser was a javelin thrower who competed at the 1960 and 1968 Olympic Games. She was Austrian Champion six times with the javelin, in 1959, 1961-63, 1967, and 1969, and also won a national title in the 1963 4x100 relay. Strasser competed at the 1962 and 1966 European Championships, placing sixth and eighth, respectively.

Strasser was born Erika Wutscher but married noted journalist Leo Strasser, who was sports editor of Oberösterreichische Nachrichten (OÖN). Erika Strasser later became a pioneer for women in sports. She was the first President of the Austrian Athletics Federation, serving from 1985-94. She was the first woman on the Austrian Olympic Committee, and the first woman on the board of the European Federation (1987-2007), where she served as Vice President from 1991-95.

Personal Best: JT – 53.76 (1968).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1960 Summer Olympics Athletics AUT Erika Strasser
Javelin Throw, Women (Olympic) 17 r1/2
1968 Summer Olympics Athletics AUT Erika Strasser
Javelin Throw, Women (Olympic) NM


"Die österreichische Olympia-Mannschaft 1980" shows her place of birth as Öblarn.