November 28, 1990 |
Six-time Olympic swimming gold medalist Kristin Otto, long-jumper Heike Drechsler and several other top East German athletes have been named by Stern magazine as long-term users of performance-enhancing drugs. Stern said in today's edition that it had obtained a confidential East German document detailing systematic and comprehensive use of anabolic steroids by East German stars over the years.
November 17, 1989 |
East Germans have gone from cheering to loathing top athletes after reports of special privileges appeared in the country's media. Citing a report by the East Berlin-based radio station Berliner Rundfunk, the Bild newspaper said today that unknown persons had "demolished world champion swimmer Heike Friederich's car."
June 28, 1989
Two former athletes, one a world champion ski jumper, have charged that East Germany customarily gives young athletes steroids, two newspapers reported in Hamburg, West Germany. The reports said that all top East German sports stars are required to use the drugs and that such successful athletes as figure skater Katerina Witt, sprinter Renate Stecher and swimmer Kristin Otto are among those who have regularly used anabolic steroids. "Every athlete who competes internationally for East Germany is doped, every one," said Hans-Juergen Noczenski, former head of the East German Judo Assn.
December 14, 1988 |
All 12 finalists for the 1989 Jesse Owens International Trophy Award are gold medalists from the Winter and Summer Olympics, including Americans Matt Biondi and Florence Griffith Joyner. Biondi won seven medals, five gold, in swimming at the Seoul Games, and Griffith Joyner won three track and field golds and one silver.
August 22, 1986 |
West German Rainer Henkel ended the eight-year reign of Soviet swim star Vladimir Salnikov when he won the 400-meter freestyle Thursday at the World Swimming Championships. Also in men's competition, Matt Biondi used a world-record pace (48.29) over the final 100 meters to rally the United States sprint relay team from fourth to the gold medal in a time of 3:19.89. Biondi holds the world record in the 100-meter freestyle at 48.74.
January 25, 1989 |
Florence Griffith Joyner, the Queen of Seoul, who orchestrated three golden hits and one silver at the Summer Olympics and authored two record-smashing performances during 1988, today was named Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year. Griffith Joyner kept the award in the family. Her sister-in-law, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, was the 1987 winner.
August 9, 1988 |
Angel Myers of Americus, Ga., became the first American woman to swim 100 meters in under 55 seconds Monday night as she qualified for the U.S. Olympic swimming team. Myers was timed in 54.95 seconds, her second American record of the day. In the preliminaries, Myers was timed in 55.15, which was .15 faster than the previous American record by Dara Torres. The world record, set in 1986, is 54.73 by East Germany's Kristin Otto, who was timed in 55.33 in last month's East German Olympic trials.
June 30, 1989 |
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.
August 20, 1986 |
Kristin Otto swam the fastest-ever women's 100 meters as the East Germans set a world record in the women's 400-meter freestyle relay Tuesday at the World Swimming Championships. Because she swam the first leg of the relay, Otto's time of 54.73 seconds counted as a world record. She beat the six-year-old individual mark of 54.79 that was set by a countrywoman, Barbara Krause.