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8 May 1961 Schwerin, Germany
166 cm / 61 kg 5'5'' / 134 pounds
Female
Andrea Pollack was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1987. Winning three gold and three silver medals at the Olympic Games of 1976 and 1980, she was one of the most successful East German female freestyle and butterfly swimmers ever. Her medal collection was completed by two silvers and one bronze at the 1978 World Championships and two golds and one silver at the 1977 European Championships.Pollack was married to a cyclist and became the mother of Olympic judoka Michael Pinske. In 1976 she was the first woman to swim the 100 fly under one minute. She...

Andrea Pollack was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1987. Winning three gold and three silver medals at the Olympic Games of 1976 and 1980, she was one of the most successful East German female freestyle and butterfly swimmers ever. Her medal collection was completed by two silvers and one bronze at the 1978 World Championships and two golds and one silver at the 1977 European Championships.

Pollack was married to a cyclist and became the mother of Olympic judoka Michael Pinske. In 1976 she was the first woman to swim the 100 fly under one minute. She confessed openly in 1998 to have been doped systematically by GDR sports officials and coaches. This sparked a discussion by US swimmers and officials to award the gold medal in the 1976 medley relay to the United States. The IOC refused to do so, however, establishing the statute of limitations for doping offenses at eight years.

Pollack later worked as a physiotherapist at the Regional Olympic Center in Berlin. In 2019, she died after a long battle against cancer at the age of only 57 years.

Andrea in numbers

2
Olympics
Olympics
6
medals
Gold medal:3 Silver medal:3 Bronze medal:
  • Moscow
    Moscow 1980
    Games
    Results
    Sport
    Event
    Moscow
    Moscow 1980
    • 2 Silver medal
      Swimming
      100 metres Butterfly
    • 4
      Swimming
      200 metres Butterfly
    • 1 Gold medal
      Swimming
      4 x 100 metres Medley Relay
  • Montreal
    Montreal 1976
    Games
    Results
    Sport
    Event
    Montreal
    Montreal 1976
    • 3 h3 r1/2
      Swimming
      200 metres Freestyle
    • 2 Silver medal
      Swimming
      100 metres Butterfly
    • 1 Gold medal
      Swimming
      200 metres Butterfly
    • 2 Silver medal
      Swimming
      4 x 100 metres Freestyle Relay
    • 1 Gold medal
      Swimming
      4 x 100 metres Medley Relay

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