April 28, 1990 |
When East German gymnasts were told they were going to the United States, they said they envisioned skyscrapers. Instead, they got the suburbs of Memphis. Nevertheless, the fact that the East German gymnasts are here for the first time in 11 years, for a dual meet against the United States, signifies the political changes taking place in their country. This meet--the women compete today and the men Sunday--may be among the last times East Germany will compete internationally under its own flag.
February 18, 1991 |
Six former East German Olympic champions, including shotputters Udo Beyer and Ulf Timmermann and discus thrower Jurgen Schult, used anabolic steroids during the mid-1980s, according to Der Spiegel magazine. The allegations are based on a book being published later this year by former East German discus champion Brigitte Berendonk. Timmermann and Schult, both '88 Olympic winners, and Beyer, the '76 champion, took a steroid called Oral-Turinabol, Der Spiegel claims.
July 15, 1989 |
Two East Germans who were prominent in international sports before they defected to the West have provided accounts of life as athletes on the other side of the wall. For those who have suspected East Germany of creating Wunderkinder through manipulation, intimidation and chemicals, the resulting picture was as grotesque as they could possibly have imagined.
August 30, 1988 |
During a recent tour by sports journalists through East Germany's so-called miracle machine, the hosts protested so often that they have no secrets that one couldn't help but wonder what they were hiding. The journalists' skepticism was no more noticeable than, say, the wall that runs between East and West Berlin, but the East Germans seemed not at all offended by it. On the contrary, they were amused. One of those who had fun at the journalists' expense was Dr.
December 4, 1990 |
Suspicions that East Germany emerged in the 1970s as a world sports superpower with chemical help have been confirmed through a story Monday in a Berlin newspaper by swimmer Raik Hannemann and through reports by Germany's Stern magazine last week. "We all took them (anabolic steroids)," wrote Hannemann, a silver medalist in the 200-meter medley at the 1989 European Championships, in a new publication, Berliner Kurier am Abend.
November 14, 1989 |
Although West Germany has more than twice as much land and almost three times as many people, it has won fewer than half as many Olympic medals as East Germany since they began competing as separate nations in 1968. The disparity does not have to be explained, particularly not to West Germans. But last year, as East Germany's political leader, Erich Honecker felt compelled to do so, anyway.