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Britta Steffen

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 3
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexFemale
Full nameBritta•Steffen
Used nameBritta•Steffen
Born16 November 1983 in Schwedt/Oder, Brandenburg (GER)
Measurements180 cm / 60 kg
AffiliationsSSV-PCK Schwedt/SG Neukölln
NOC Germany

Biography

Britta Steffen is a freestyle swimmer who was twice Olympic and World Champion, and also won nine European titles (four in Long-Course and five in Short-Course). In 2006 and in 2009 she broke the 100 metre freestyle world record and is the current record holder as of January 2012. After the 2004 Olympics, she took one year off from swimming and concentrated on her studies, which she has not yet finished, in economic engineering for the environment and sustainability. In 2011 she left the World Championships ahead of time after a disappointing 16th place in the heats of the 100 metres freestyle, and was harshly criticized by her former teammate Franziska van Almsick and the German media. At the 2006 European Championships there were rumors in the international media about possible doping practices, but she has never failed a doping test. She lives and trains in Berlin. In 2008 she was chosen as German Sportswoman of the Year, placing second in 2006 and 2009.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
2000 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) GER Britta Steffen
4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay, Women (Olympic) Germany 4
4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Women (Olympic) Germany 3 Bronze
2004 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) GER Britta Steffen
4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay, Women (Olympic) Germany 4
2008 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) GER Britta Steffen
50 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold
100 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold
4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay, Women (Olympic) Germany 5
4 × 100 metres Medley Relay, Women (Olympic) Germany 9
2012 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) GER Britta Steffen
50 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 4
100 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 12
4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay, Women (Olympic) Germany 9
4 × 100 metres Medley Relay, Women (Olympic) Germany 9

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