EAST BERLIN — East German sports stars, stunned by a defector's allegations that they are on drugs, today angrily dismissed his charges as lies and "filth."
Swimmer Kristin Otto, who won six golds at the Seoul Olympics, threatened to sue defector Hans-Georg Aschenbach for defamation.
Aschenbach, a former Olympic ski jumping champion, has made his claims in a series of articles this week in the West German daily Bild.
East Germany's DTSB sports federation has already issued a firm, blanket denial. Today's newspaper rebuttals from top athletes and trainers were the stars' first direct comments.
In the Bild articles, Aschenbach--the East German ski jumping team doctor when he switched sides--named Otto, figure skating queen Katarina Witt and other athletes as some of those who took drugs to get to the top and stay there.