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Claudia Pechstein

Germany

SportSpeed Skating
FederationIDSSGER22202197201
NOCGermany
Born22 Feb 1972 in  Berlin
GenderWomen
FamilyPartner Matthias Grosse
ResidenceBerlin, GER
OccupationPolice Athlete
LanguagesEnglish, German
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 38.99 18 Mar 2006 Calgary  
    1000m 1:16.00 24 Feb 2007 Calgary  
    1500m 1:54.31 17 Nov 2007 Calgary  
    3000m 3:57.35 18 Mar 2006 Calgary  
    5000m 6:46.91 23 Feb 2002 Salt Lake City, UT  
Main Achievements
 
Main Achievements
Olympic Games
Event  
Olympic Games
    3000m 1 1 1  
    5000m 3 1 1  
    Team Pursuit 1      
World Allround Championships
Event  
World Allround Championships
    Allround 1 8 2  
World Junior Championships
Event  
World Junior Championships
    Allround   1    
World Single Distances Championships
Event  
World Single Distances Championships
    1500m 1 1 1  
    3000m 2 5 2  
    5000m 2 7 6  
    Team Pursuit 6 Laps     3  
European Championships
Event  
European Championships
    Allround 3 7 2  
Social Media
Social Media
claudia-pechstein.de/  
www.facebook.com/ClaudiPechstein  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?She began figure skating in 1976. She switched to speed skating in 1982 at Sportforum Hohenschonhausen in Berlin, Germany.  
Reason for choosing this sportShe was encouraged to take up the sport by her parents. "I was a very active child who had trouble sleeping. My mother encouraged me to try figure skating at around age four, but I disliked the ballet element. At age nine I switched to speed skating."  
General Interest
General Interest
HobbiesSpending time with family. (die-hellersdorfer.berlin, 28 Aug 2018)  
Memorable sporting achievementWinning gold in the 500m event at the 1994 Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer. (die-hellersdorfer.berlin, 28 Aug 2018)  
Famous relativesHer partner Matthias Grosse has served as interim chairman of the German Speed Skating Association [DESG]. (schaatsen.nl, 27 Jul 2020)  
MilestonesAt age 47 and 273 days, she became the oldest speed skater to win a World Cup race by claiming victory in the B group 3000m at the 2019 event in Tomaszow Mazowiecki, Poland. In 2017 she also became the oldest speed skater to finish on the podium at a world championships, winning silver in the 5000m at the 2017 World Single Distances Championships in Gangneung, Republic of Korea, at age 44 years and 355 days. (SportsDeskOnline, 15 Nov 2021; morgenpost.de, 23 Jul 2017; handelsblatt.com, 11 Feb 2017)

Her two medals at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin made her the first speed skater to win medals at five editions of the Olympic Winter Games. In total she has secured nine medals, including five gold, in an Olympic career that began in 1992. (SportsDeskOnline, 11 Sep 2017; sports-reference.com, 31 Jan 2012)
 
Sporting philosophy / motto"Giving up is not an option." (desg.de, 01 Jan 2020)  
AmbitionsTo compete at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. (sueddeutsche.de, 30 Oct 2021)  
Other sportsShe has competed in track cycling. She finished 10th in the 500m time trial at the 2011 National Championships in Berlin, Germany. She has also represented Germany in roller speed skating, and competed in the road marathon event at the 2019 World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. (bmw-berlin-marathon.com, 30 Jul 2017; scc-berlin.de, 17 Jun 2014; SportsDeskOnline, 22 Dec 2020)  
Awards and honoursShe was named the 2017 Berlin Athlete of the Year in Germany. (champions-berlin.de, 09 Dec 2019)

She was voted the 2002 Sportswoman of the Year by German television network RTL. (claudia-pechstein.de, 16 Sep 2015)

She has received the Golden Ribbon from the German Association of Sports Journalists [VDS]. (claudia-pechstein.de, 2012)
 
NicknamesGoldclaudi, Goldstein, Claudi (Facebook page, 18 Feb 2018; claudia-pechstein.de, 2012)  
Other informationVETERAN
At age 49 she won two titles - her 40th and 41st in total - at the 2021 German Championships. She hopes to be part of the national team at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, where she could become the first female athlete from any sport to make eight appearances at the Games. "In Holland I would have been a pensioner for 15 years [already]. The distance to the young [German athletes coming through] is extreme again. I see it very negatively, but I have known that for a few years now." (faz.net, 31 Oct 2021)

POLITICIAN
She stood for election in the German federal elections in 2021 with the Christian Democratic Union of Germany party. She was not elected. (saechsische.de, 01 Nov 2021; schaatsen.nl, 15 Sep 2021)

SUSPENSION AND LONG LEGAL BATTLE
The International Skating Union [ISU] banned her for two years after blood samples taken at the 2009 World Allround Championships in Hamar, Norway, showed a high level of immature red blood cells, which doctors later diagnosed as a genetic defect. She appealed the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport [CAS] and also the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland, but her suspension was upheld. She was the first athlete from any sport to be banned over screenings in her biological passport. In October 2018, after almost 10 years of legal battles, she lost an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights, where she had claimed CAS lacked independence and impartiality. However, the European Court of Human Rights did find that she was denied her right to a fair trial by CAS as she was not given a public hearing. She said she would appeal the part of the decision that went against her. (expatica.com, 02 Oct 2018; dw.com, 02 Oct 2018; morgenpost.de, 23 Jul 2017; berliner-kurier.de, 30 Jul 2015; german-times.com, 04 Apr 2014; welt.de, 16 Jan 2014; bbc.co.uk, 25 Nov 2009)
 
InjuriesShe was affected by a back injury in January 2017. (sport1.de, 29 Jan 2017)

She has been troubled by back injuries during her career. (focus.de, 25 Jul 2013)
 
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    1997/1998 European Championships Allround1  
    2002/2003 World Single Distances Championships 5000m1  
    1999/2000 World Allround Championships Allround1  
    2000/2001 World Allround Championships 5000m1  
    2001/2002 World Allround Championships 5000m1  
    2002/2003 World Allround Championships 3000m1  
    1994 Olympic Games 5000m1  
    1995/1996 World Single Distances Championships 5000m1  
    1995/1996 World Allround Championships 5000m1  
    2003/2004 World Single Distances Championships 3000m1  
    2002 Olympic Games 5000m1  
    2005/2006 European Championships Allround1  
    1998 Olympic Games 5000m1  
    1999/2000 World Allround Championships 3000m1  
    1999/2000 World Single Distances Championships 3000m1  
    1999/2000 World Single Distances Championships 1500m1  
    2002 Olympic Games 3000m1  
    2008/2009 European Championships Allround1  
    2006 Olympic Games Team Pursuit 6 Laps1  
    2005/2006 World Allround Championships Allround2  
    2000/2001 World Allround Championships 3000m2  
    2000/2001 World Allround Championships 1500m2  
    2000/2001 World Allround Championships Allround2  
    2002/2003 World Allround Championships Allround2  
    1995/1996 World Allround Championships 3000m2  
    2002/2003 World Allround Championships 1500m2  
    1996/1997 World Allround Championships Allround2  
    1997/1998 World Allround Championships Allround2  
    1998/1999 World Allround Championships Allround2  
    2000/2001 European Championships Allround2  
    2001/2002 European Championships Allround2  
    2002/2003 World Single Distances Championships 3000m2  
    2001/2002 World Allround Championships 3000m2  
    1995/1996 World Allround Championships Allround2  
    1998/1999 European Championships Allround2  
    2002/2003 World Allround Championships 5000m2  
    2002/2003 European Championships Allround2  
    1999/2000 World Allround Championships 1500m2  
    2006/2007 World Allround Championships 5000m2  
    2003/2004 World Allround Championships Allround2  
    1997/1998 World Single Distances Championships 5000m2  
    1998/1999 World Allround Championships 5000m2  
    1997/1998 World Allround Championships 5000m2  
    1999/2000 World Allround Championships 5000m2  
    1998/1999 World Single Distances Championships 5000m2  
    1995/1996 World Single Distances Championships 3000m2  
    2000/2001 World Single Distances Championships 5000m2  
    1997/1998 World Single Distances Championships 3000m2  
    1999/2000 World Single Distances Championships 5000m2  
    2006 Olympic Games 5000m2  
    1995/1996 World Single Distances Championships 1500m2  
    1998/1999 World Allround Championships 3000m2  
    2016/2017 World Single Distances Championships 5000m2  
    2005/2006 World Allround Championships 3000m2  
    2004/2005 World Allround Championships 5000m2  
    1997/1998 World Allround Championships 1500m2  
    2006/2007 World Single Distances Championships 5000m2  
    1998 Olympic Games 3000m2  
    1997/1998 World Allround Championships 3000m2  
    1996/1997 World Allround Championships 3000m2  
    2004/2005 World Single Distances Championships 5000m2  
    2003/2004 European Championships Allround2  
    2011/2012 European Championships Allround2  
    2004/2005 World Allround Championships 3000m2  
    2004/2005 World Single Distances Championships 3000m2  
    2004/2005 European Championships Allround3  
    1995/1996 European Championships Allround3  
    2001/2002 World Allround Championships Allround3  
    1994 Olympic Games 3000m3  
    2003/2004 World Single Distances Championships 5000m3  
    2006/2007 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 6 Laps3  
    1992 Olympic Games 5000m3  
    1996/1997 World Single Distances Championships 5000m3  
    2010/2011 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 6 Laps3  
    1996/1997 World Allround Championships 5000m3  
    2007/2008 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 6 Laps3  
    2010/2011 World Single Distances Championships 5000m3  
    2004/2005 World Allround Championships Allround3  
    1997/1998 World Single Distances Championships 1500m3  
    2000/2001 World Single Distances Championships 3000m3  
    2014/2015 World Single Distances Championships 5000m3  
    2005/2006 World Allround Championships 5000m3  
    1998/1999 World Single Distances Championships 3000m2  
    1996/1997 World Allround Championships 1500m3  
    2012/2013 World Single Distances Championships 5000m3  
    2011/2012 World Single Distances Championships 5000m3  
    2003/2004 World Allround Championships 1500m3  
    2003/2004 World Allround Championships 3000m3  
    2012/2013 World Single Distances Championships 3000m3  
    2007/2008 European Championships Allround4  
    1996/1997 European Championships Allround4  
    1994/1995 European Championships Allround4  
    1999/2000 European Championships Allround4  
    2015/2016 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 6 Laps4  
    2012/2013 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 6 Laps4  
    2015/2016 World Single Distances Championships 5000m4  
    2016/2017 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 6 Laps4  
    1996/1997 World Single Distances Championships 3000m4  
    1998/1999 World Single Distances Championships 1500m4  
    2015/2016 World Single Distances Championships 3000m4  
    2007/2008 World Single Distances Championships 5000m4  
    2006/2007 World Allround Championships Allround4  
    2006/2007 World Single Distances Championships 3000m4  
    2014 Olympic Games 3000m4  
    2011/2012 World Single Distances Championships 3000m4  
    2006/2007 European Championships Allround5  
    2011/2012 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 6 Laps5  
    2006 Olympic Games 3000m5  
    2014 Olympic Games 5000m5  
    2014/2015 World Single Distances Championships 3000m5  
    2007/2008 World Single Distances Championships 3000m5  
    1991/1992 World Allround Championships Allround6  
    2018 Olympic Games Team Pursuit 6 Laps6  
    2016/2017 European Allround Championships Allround6  
    2011/2012 World Allround Championships Allround6  
    2002 Olympic Games 1500m6  
    2007/2008 World Allround Championships Allround7  
    2012/2013 European Championships Allround7  
    1994/1995 World Allround Championships Allround7  
    2013/2014 European Championships Allround7  
    2018/2019 World Single Distances Championships 5000m7  
    2014/2015 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 6 Laps7  
    1998 Olympic Games 1500m7  
    2020/2021 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 6 Laps8  
    2019/2020 World Single Distances Championships 5000m8  
    2019/2020 European Single Distances Championships Mass Start 16 Laps8  
    1996/1997 World Single Distances Championships 1500m8  
    2018 Olympic Games 5000m8  
    2010/2011 World Single Distances Championships 3000m8  
    1992/1993 World Allround Championships Allround9  
    2020/2021 World Single Distances Championships Mass Start 16 Laps9  
    2019/2020 World Single Distances Championships Mass Start 16 Laps9  
    2018 Olympic Games 3000m9  
    2014/2015 World Allround Championships Allround10  
    2020/2021 World Single Distances Championships 5000m10  
    2019/2020 World Single Distances Championships 3000m11  
    2016/2017 World Single Distances Championships Mass Start 16 Laps11  
    2018/2019 World Single Distances Championships Mass Start 16 Laps12  
    2019/2020 European Single Distances Championships 3000m12  
    2015/2016 World Allround Championships Allround13  
    2018 Olympic Games Mass Start 16 Laps13  
    2017/2018 World Allround Championships Allround13  
    1991/1992 European Championships Allround14  
    2015/2016 World Single Distances Championships Mass Start 16 Laps15  
    1992/1993 European Championships Allround17  
    2014/2015 World Single Distances Championships Mass Start 16 Laps18  
    2019/2020 World Allround Championships Allround19  
    2014 Olympic Games 1500m19  
    2018/2019 World Allround Championships Allround23  
    2012/2013 World Allround Championships Allround24  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2002/2003 World Cup 3000/5000m1  
    2003/2004 World Cup 3000/5000m1  
    2004/2005 World Cup 3000/5000m1  
    2006/2007 World Cup Moscow 5000m1  
    2003/2004 World Cup Heerenveen 3000m1  
    2003/2004 World Cup Heerenveen 5000m1  
    2004/2005 World Cup Heerenveen 5000m1  
    2004/2005 World Cup Heerenveen 3000m1  
    2000/2001 World Cup Heerenveen 1500m1  
    2002/2003 World Cup Heerenveen 5000m1  
    2000/2001 World Cup Calgary 3000m1  
    2002/2003 World Cup Hamar 3000m1  
    1995/1996 World Cup Oslo 3000m1  
    1999/2000 World Cup Heerenveen 1500m1  
    2000/2001 World Cup Heerenveen 3000m1  
    2001/2002 World Cup Inzell 1500m1  
    2001/2002 World Cup Inzell 3000m1  
    1997/1998 World Cup Inzell 3000m1  
    1997/1998 World Cup Berlin 3000m1  
    1995/1996 World Cup Calgary, AB 3000m1  
    1999/2000 World Cup Calgary 1500m1  
    2011/2012 World Cup Berlin Mass Start 15 Laps1  
    2006/2007 World Cup Erfurt Team Pursuit 6 Laps1  
    2013/2014 World Cup Inzell Mass Start 15 Laps1  
    2012/2013 World Cup Heerenveen Team Pursuit 6 Laps1  
    2017/2018 World Cup Stavanger 5000m1  
    2012/2013 World Cup Kolomna 3000m1  
    1997/1998 World Cup Hamar 3000m1  
    2007/2008 World Cup Calgary Team Pursuit 6 Laps1  
    1999/2000 World Cup Heerenveen 3000m1  
    2008/2009 World Cup Moscow 5000m1  
    1998/1999 World Cup Heerenveen 1500m1  
    2014/2015 World Cup Seoul 5000m1  
    2013/2014 World Cup Calgary, AB 3000m1  
    2008/2009 World Cup Moscow 1500m1  
    2005/2006 World Cup Calgary Team Pursuit 6 Laps1  
    2017/2018 World Cup Calgary, AB Mass Start 16 Laps1  
    2011/2012 World Cup Mass Start 15 Laps2  
    2013/2014 World Cup 3000/5000m2  
    2007/2008 World Cup 3000/5000m2  
    2001/2002 World Cup 3000/5000m2  
    2002/2003 World Cup 1500m2  
    2005/2006 World Cup 3000/5000m2  
    2001/2002 World Cup 1500m2  
    2000/2001 World Cup 3000/5000m2  
    1999/2000 World Cup 3000/5000m2  
    1999/2000 World Cup 1500m2  
    2012/2013 World Cup 3000/5000m2  
    2014/2015 World Cup 3000/5000m2  
    1998/1999 World Cup 1500m2  
    1997/1998 World Cup 3000/5000m2  
    1997/1998 World Cup 1500m2  
    1998/1999 World Cup 3000/5000m2  
    1995/1996 World Cup 3000/5000m2  
    2002/2003 World Cup Erfurt 1500m2  
    2003/2004 World Cup Inzell 3000m2  
    2002/2003 World Cup Erfurt 3000m2  
    2003/2004 World Cup Heerenveen 5000m2  
    2003/2004 World Cup Hamar 3000m2  
    2004/2005 World Cup Baselga di Piné 3000m2  
    2005/2006 World Cup Calgary 1500m2  
    1995/1996 World Cup Berlin 3000m2  
    1997/1998 World Cup Berlin 1500m2  
    1999/2000 World Cup Baselga di Piné 1500m2  
    1998/1999 World Cup Hamar 3000m2  
    2000/2001 World Cup Hamar 3000m2  
    2002/2003 World Cup Hamar 1500m2  
    2002/2003 World Cup Heerenveen 1500m2  
    1991/1992 World Cup Warsaw 3000m2  
    2001/2002 World Cup Berlin 3000m2  
    2002/2003 World Cup Erfurt Allround2  
    2001/2002 World Cup The Hague 3000m2  
    1996/1997 World Cup Davos 3000m2  
    1999/2000 World Cup Calgary 3000m2  
    2000/2001 World Cup Calgary 1500m2  
    2001/2002 World Cup Innsbruck 3000m2  
    2001/2002 World Cup The Hague 5000m2  
    2002/2003 World Cup Erfurt Allround2  
    2002/2003 World Cup Erfurt Allround2  
    2002/2003 World Cup Baselga di Piné 3000m2  
    1996/1997 World Cup Inzell 3000m2  
    1996/1997 World Cup Baselga di Piné 1500m2  
    2017/2018 World Cup Calgary, AB Team Pursuit 6 Laps2  
    2014/2015 World Cup Heerenveen Team Pursuit 6 Laps2  
    2011/2012 World Cup Heerenveen Mass Start 15 Laps2  
    1997/1998 World Cup Innsbruck 5000m2  
    2011/2012 World Cup Astana Mass Start 15 Laps2  
    2007/2008 World Cup Hamar 5000m2  
    1997/1998 World Cup Hamar 1500m2  
    1997/1998 World Cup Heerenveen 1500m2  
    1999/2000 World Cup Heerenveen 5000m2  
    1995/1996 World Cup Heerenveen 3000m2  
    2008/2009 World Cup Berlin Team Pursuit 6 Laps2  
    2016/2017 World Cup Heerenveen 5000m2  
    2012/2013 World Cup Astana 5000m2  
    2005/2006 World Cup Heerenveen 3000m2  
    1998/1999 World Cup Berlin 1500m2  
    1998/1999 World Cup Innsbruck 1500m2  
    1998/1999 World Cup Innsbruck 3000m2  
    1998/1999 World Cup Berlin 3000m2  
    1999/2000 World Cup Inzell 3000m2  
    2006/2007 World Cup Erfurt 5000m2  
    2013/2014 World Cup Astana 5000m2  
    2011/2012 World Cup Heerenveen 5000m2  
    2011/2012 World Cup Astana 1500m2  
    2013/2014 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 3000m2  
    2013/2014 World Cup Berlin 3000m2  
    2005/2006 World Cup Calgary 3000m2  
    2011/2012 World Cup Astana 3000m2  
    2005/2006 World Cup Heerenveen 5000m2  
    2007/2008 World Cup Baselga di Piné 3000m2  
    2011/2012 World Cup 3000/5000m3  
    2000/2001 World Cup 1500m3  
    2006/2007 World Cup 3000/5000m3  
    2003/2004 World Cup Erfurt Allround3  
    1994/1995 World Cup Inzell 1500m3  
    1997/1998 World Cup Inzell 1500m3  
    1993/1994 World Cup Davos 3000m3  
    1998/1999 World Cup Hamar 1500m3  
    1996/1997 World Cup Davos 1500m3  
    1998/1999 World Cup Inzell 3000m3  
    2001/2002 World Cup Innsbruck 1500m3  
    1995/1996 World Cup Milwaukee 3000m3  
    1997/1998 World Cup Milwaukee 1500m3  
    2001/2002 World Cup Calgary 1500m3  
    1995/1996 World Cup Oslo 1500m3  
    1999/2000 World Cup Baselga di Piné 3000m3  
    2012/2013 World Cup Heerenveen Mass Start 15 Laps3  
    2006/2007 World Cup Berlin Team Pursuit 6 Laps3  
    1996/1997 World Cup Baselga di Piné 5000m3  
    2017/2018 World Cup Minsk Team Pursuit 6 Laps3  
    2014/2015 World Cup Obihiro Team Pursuit 6 Laps3  
    2017/2018 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT Team Pursuit 6 Laps3  
    1995/1996 World Cup Heerenveen 1500m3  
    2011/2012 World Cup Chelyabinsk 3000m3  
    2012/2013 World Cup Erfurt 5000m3  
    1998/1999 World Cup Heerenveen 5000m3  
    2011/2012 World Cup Heerenveen 5000m3  
    2008/2009 World Cup Heerenveen Team Pursuit 6 Laps3  
    2017/2018 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 3000m3  
    2011/2012 World Cup Berlin 3000m3  
    2017/2018 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps4  
    2011/2012 World Cup Overall4  
    2012/2013 World Cup Overall4  
    2012/2013 World Cup Mass Start 15 Laps5  
    2016/2017 World Cup 3000/5000m5  
    2020/2021 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps5  
    2003/2004 World Cup 1500m5  
    2017/2018 World Cup 3000/5000m5  
    2013/2014 World Cup Mass Start 15 Laps6  
    2008/2009 World Cup 3000/5000m6  
    2019/2020 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps7  
    2014/2015 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps7  
    2018/2019 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps7  
    2007/2008 World Cup 1500m7  
    2015/2016 World Cup 3000/5000m7  
    2005/2006 World Cup 1500m7  
    2016/2017 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps8  
    2013/2014 World Cup Overall8  
    2018/2019 World Cup 3000/5000m9  
    2017/2018 World Cup Overall9  
    2004/2005 World Cup 1500m10  
    2008/2009 World Cup 1500m10  
    2011/2012 World Cup 1500m11  
    2019/2020 World Cup 3000/5000m11  
    2013/2014 World Cup 1500m12  
    2020/2021 World Cup 3000m12  
    2006/2007 World Cup 1500m13  
    2014/2015 World Cup Overall13  
    2012/2013 World Cup 1500m14  
    2010/2011 World Cup 3000/5000m15  
    2016/2017 World Cup Overall17  
    2015/2016 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps19  
    2010/2011 World Cup 1500m28  
    2015/2016 World Cup Overall31  
    2009/2010 World Cup 3000/5000m32  
    2001/2002 World Cup 1000m34  
    2015/2016 World Cup 1500m37  
    2011/2012 World Cup 1000m38  
    2014/2015 World Cup 1500m41  
    2018/2019 World Cup 1500m53