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Heide Rosendahl

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 3
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexFemale
Full nameHeidemarie "Heide"•Rosendahl (-Ecker)
Used nameHeide•Rosendahl
Born14 February 1947 in Hückeswagen, Nordrhein-Westfalen (GER)
Measurements174 cm / 69 kg
AffiliationsBayer Leverkusen, Leverkusen (GER)
NOC West Germany

Biography

In 1968, Heide Rosendahl finished eighth in the long jump at the Mexico City Olympics, but then in 1972 had her greatest moments winning the gold medal sensationally with the sprint relay against the former GDR, winning the long jump, and adding a silver in the pentathlon. She then became one of the most beloved track and field athletes in West Germany. At the European Championships Rosendahl earned pentathlon gold in 1970, silver in 1966, and added a bronze in the 1971 long jump. In 1970, she won the European Cup in the long jump. Rosendal won numerous West German titles – 1971 60 hurdles indoor, 1969 100 hurdles, 1968-72 long jump, 1966-72 indoor long jump, and the pentathlon in 1966, 1968, 1970-72.

Rosendahl’s father, Heinz Rosendahl, was West German national champion in the discus throw in 1948, 1951, and 1953. Heide was married to John Ecker, an American basketball player who was on the UCLA team that won the 1969, 1970 and 1971 NCAA Championships, and their son Danny Ecker became an internationally successful pole vaulter. In 1970 and 1972 she was chosen as German Sportswoman-of-the-Year.

Rosendahl was trained as a sports teacher and later owned several fitness studios. She was engaged in several sport administration functions after her active career – commissioner for athletes at the German Track and Field Association from 1993-97, and vice-president of the association from 1997-2001, since 1999 a member of the marketing commission of the European Athletics Association. From 1976-90 she was a trainer of the athletics division of TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen. She was awarded the Silver Bay Leaf in 1967 and the Rudolf Harbig Memorial Award in 1973, also earning the Sports Badge of North Rhine Westfalia in 1969. Since 2002, Rosendahl was a personal member of the NOC of Germany. In 2011, she was inducted into the German Sports Hall of Fame.

Personal Bests: 100 – 11.45 (1972); LJ – 6.84 (1970); Pen – 4791 (1972).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1968 Summer Olympics Athletics FRG Heide Rosendahl
80 metres Hurdles, Women (Olympic) DNS
Long Jump, Women (Olympic) 8
Pentathlon, Women (Olympic) DNS
1972 Summer Olympics Athletics FRG Heide Rosendahl
4 × 100 metres Relay, Women (Olympic) West Germany 1 Gold
Long Jump, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold
Pentathlon, Women (Olympic) 2 Silver

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1972 Summer Olympics 31 August 1972 Athletics Long Jump, Women Final Round, Round One 6.78 (0.6 m/s) NP
1972 Summer Olympics 2 September 1972 Athletics Pentathlon, Women 100 metres Hurdles, Heat One 13.34 1
1972 Summer Olympics 2 – 3 September 1972 Athletics Pentathlon, Women Final Standings 4791 2
1972 Summer Olympics 2 September 1972 Athletics Pentathlon, Women (100 metre hurdles) 100 metres Hurdles, Heat One 13.34 1
1972 Summer Olympics 3 September 1972 Athletics Pentathlon, Women Long Jump 1082 1
1972 Summer Olympics 3 September 1972 Athletics Pentathlon, Women (200 metres) 200 metres, Heat Four 22.96 1
1972 Summer Olympics 10 September 1972 Athletics 4 × 100 metres Relay, Women Final 42.81 WR 1

Olympic family relations

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