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Anni Friesinger-Postma

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 3
Silver 0
Bronze 2
Total 5
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexFemale
Full nameAnna Christine "Anni"•Friesinger-Postma
Used nameAnni•Friesinger-Postma
Nick/petnamesSuper Sexy Anni
Born11 January 1977 in Bad Reichenhall, Bayern (GER)
Measurements169 cm / 64 kg
AffiliationsDEC Frillensee, Inzell (GER)
NOC(s) Germany

Biography

Anni Friesinger was born in a speed skating family. Her parents Georg and Janina (Korowicka) were both active in the 1970s, and her younger siblings Jan and Agnes also competed at international level. She was among the world’s elite since her senior debut in 1996, and won her first Olympic medal in 1998. From 2000 on, she became the most dominant female skater, winning world titles in all-round, sprint and single distance competition. In 2009 she was married to Ids Postma who started for the Netherlands for several years.

She was favored to win three golds in Salt Lake City, but won only one, in the 1500 m, finishing 4th, 5th and 6th in her other events. Four years later, she again missed out on individual gold with a bronze and two 4th places. However, with the German team she won her second Olympic gold in the inaugural women’s team pursuit event. In 2010 she had disappointing results in the individuals but an impressive performance in the women’s team pursuit when she struggled in the last round of the semifinal against the USA and fell just a few metres from the finish line. Sliding on the ice, she turned her body to cross the finish line with her blade first, saving the victory for Germany. In the final Katrin Mattscherodt substituted for Friesinger, and the team won the gold medal.

Personal Bests: 500 – 37.77 (2007); 1000 – 1:13.49 (2008); 1500 – 1:53.09 (2008); 3000 – 3:58.52 (2006); 5000 – 6:58.39 (2002).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Representing 2nd NOC As
1998 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) 1,500 metres, Women Olympic 5 GER Anni Friesinger
  3,000 metres, Women Olympic 3 Bronze
2002 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) 1,000 metres, Women Olympic 5 GER Anni Friesinger
  1,500 metres, Women Olympic 1 Gold
  3,000 metres, Women Olympic 4
  5,000 metres, Women Olympic 6
2006 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) 1,000 metres, Women Olympic 3 Bronze GER Anni Friesinger
  1,500 metres, Women Olympic 4
  3,000 metres, Women Olympic 4
  Team Pursuit (6 laps), Women Olympic Germany 1 Gold
2010 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) 1,000 metres, Women Olympic 14 GER Anni Friesinger-Postma
  1,500 metres, Women Olympic 9
  Team Pursuit (6 laps), Women Olympic Germany 1 Gold

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1998 Winter Olympics 11 February 1998 Speed Skating (Skating) 3,000 metres, Women Final Standings 4:09.44 3
2002 Winter Olympics 10 February 2002 Speed Skating (Skating) 3,000 metres, Women Final Standings 3:59.39 4
2002 Winter Olympics 20 February 2002 Speed Skating (Skating) 1,500 metres, Women Final Standings 1:54.02 WR 1

Olympic family relations

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