Weightlifting (1 gold, 1 bronze)
B. 1972-02-22, Berlin, Germany
Speed Skating (5 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze)
Winner of the 5000 m at Lillehammer, Nagano and Salt Lake City.
At Lillehammer, she upset her countrywoman Gunda Kleeman a first time. At Nagano, Kleeman skated a fantastic world record, becoming the first woman under 7 minutes. One heat later, Pechstein skated 0.04 seconds faster to snatch the gold.
At Salt Lake City, Pechstein was the only favourite, but Gretha Smit of the Netherlands had decided to come down from her marathon skating to try the longest Olympic distance. At her first serious race, she broke the 6:50 barrier. Pechstein again had to defeat a new world record to take her third gold medal, but now she did it with a bit more difference. Despite being 3 seconds down with 1200 m to go, she defeated the Dutch woman by over 2 seconds.
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Olympic Competitor nr 2111
Written 2002-08-22 - last modified 2011-08-12
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