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André Hoffmann

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameAndré•Hoffmann
Used nameAndré•Hoffmann
Born11 August 1961 in Berlin, Berlin (GER)
Measurements187 cm / 80 kg
AffiliationsSC Dynamo Berlin, Ost-Berlin (GER)
NOC East Germany


Primarily known as a decent allrounder with good sprint distances, André Hoffmann surprisingly dominated the 1500 m in the Olympic 1988 season. After winning the first two World Cup races of the season, he went on to take that season’s 1500 m World Cup. But his biggest success came at the Olympics, where he grabbed the gold in a new world record, going 0.06 seconds below Eric Flaim’s earlier record performance.

Outside of these wins, Hoffman’s best performances were a 5th place at the 1985 European Championships, and breaking the world records in the 3000 m and small combination race in Davos that same year. In domestic competition, Hoffmann won nine single distance titles over 500 m (1986), 1000 m (1984-1988) and 1500 m (1983-1985). After his competitive retirement in 1990, Hoffmann has remained involved in speed skating as a youth coach.

Personal Bests: 500 – 37.40 (1983); 1000 – 1:13.82 (1986); 1500 – 1:52.06 (1988); 5000 – 6:56.25 (1984); 10000 – 15:00.43 (1984).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1984 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) GDR André Hoffmann
500 metres, Men (Olympic) 11
1,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 5
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic) 11
1988 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) GDR André Hoffmann
500 metres, Men (Olympic) 21
1,000 metres, Men (Olympic) =15
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1988 Winter Olympics 20 February 1988 Speed Skating (Skating) 1,500 metres, Men Final Standings 1:52.06 WR 1

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