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Claudia Pechstein
Germany's Claudia Pechstein races the 1500m at the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan. It was her second Olympics. Pechstein won gold in the 5000m in Nagano and has earned five gold medals in her Olympic career.
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Claudia Pechstein
Pechstein skates to gold in the 5000m at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. Pechstein has won nine Olympic medals in her career and is one short of sharing the title of the most decorated female Winter Olympian of all-time.
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Claudia Pechstein
Pechstein reacts after her 5000m race at the 2006 Olympics in Torino, Italy. She won silver in the distance. Pechstein missed the 2010 Olympics because of a blood-doping ban but has had a successful 2014 World Cup season and is second in the overall World Cup standings for the 3000m/5000m distance.
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Martina Sablikova
Czech Republic's Martina Sablikova blows a kiss to the crowd at the 2010 Olympics after winning gold in the 3000m. Sablikova won three medals in Vancouver, two of which were gold. She specializes in the long distances and is first in the 2014 overall World Cup standings for the 3000m/5000m distance.
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Martina Sablikova
Sablikova skates the 5000m and would go on to win gold in the distance. Sablikova has finished first in the overall World Cup standings for the 3000m/5000m distance seven years in a row. She was the first Czech athlete to win an Olympic speed skating medal.
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