Claudia Pechstein has won nine medals, five of which are gold, at the Winter Olympics and her first Olympics were the 1992 Games. At 41, she's looking to add even more hardware to her collection, and she can become the most decorated female Winter Olympian of all-time with one more Olympic medal. Pechstein has the most Olympic medals of any speed skater in history. Despite missing Vancouver because of a blood-doping ban, she finished second in the overall World Cup standings for the 3000m and 5000m distances in the 2012-2013 season. The long distance specialist started the 2013-2014 World Cup season with a bang, winning gold in the 3000m.
- 2006 Olympic Games- silver in the 5000m and gold in the team pursuit
- 2002 Olympic Games- gold in the 3000m and 5000m
- 1998 Olympic Games- silver in the 3000m and gold in the 5000m
- 1994 Olympic Games- bronze in the 3000m and silver in the 5000m
- 1992 Olympic Games- bronze in the 5000m
Things to know:
1. Says she does anywhere from six to 10 miles of skating every day on the ice.
2. Began figure skating at 3 and a half but she did not take a liking to the daily ballet training, and at age 9 was steered to speed skating by East German coaches.
3. Lives in a suburb outside of Berlin with a quiet golf course and says, “for a stressed out athlete like me, it’s a dream.”