Andrea Ehrig-Mitscherlich

Andrea Ehrig (née Mitscherlich, also known as Schöne, born 1 December 1960) is a retired East German speed skater. She was one of the world's best long-distance skaters in the 1980s. A four-time Olympian, she won seven Olympic medals, including gold in the 3000 metres (as Andrea Schöne) at the 1984 Sarajevo Games.

Andrea Ehrig
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Competing as Andrea Mitscherlich in 1977
Personal information
Born (1960-12-01) 1 December 1960 (age 61)
Dresden, East Germany
Height1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Weight58 kg (128 lb)
Sport
SportSpeed skating
ClubSC Einheit Dresden
Medal record
Women's speed skating
Representing  East Germany
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1984 Sarajevo 3000 metres
Silver medal – second place 1976 Innsbruck 3000 metres
Silver medal – second place 1984 Sarajevo 1000 metres
Silver medal – second place 1984 Sarajevo 1500 metres
Silver medal – second place 1988 Calgary 3000 metres
Silver medal – second place 1988 Calgary 5000 metres
Bronze medal – third place 1988 Calgary 1500 metres
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1983 Chemnitz Allround
Gold medal – first place 1985 Sarajevo Allround
Silver medal – second place 1982 Inzell Allround
Silver medal – second place 1984 Deventer Allround
Silver medal – second place 1986 The Hague Allround
Silver medal – second place 1987 West-Allis Allround
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 1983 Heerenveen Allround
Gold medal – first place 1985 Groningen Allround
Gold medal – first place 1986 Geithus Allround
Gold medal – first place 1987 Groningen Allround
Gold medal – first place 1988 Kongsberg Allround

CareerEdit

Ehrig was born Andrea Mitscherlich in Dresden, Saxony, East Germany. At the 1976 Olympics in Innsbruck, as a 15-year-old, she won a silver medal in the 3000 m event, just one one-hundredth of a second ahead of Lisbeth Korsmo who won bronze. At the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid she came fourth in the 3000 metres. Four years later at the 1984 Olympics in Sarajevo, competing under her first married name of Schöne, she won silver in both the 1000 and the 1500 m and became Olympic champion in the 3000 metres. In 1988, at her fourth and final Olympic Games in Calgary, competing as Andrea Ehrig, she won two more silver medals in the long distances, and a bronze medal in the 1500 metres.[1] She became European champion five times[2] and World Champion twice, in 1983 and 1985.[3] Between 1983 and 1987 she set 10 world records in 1500–10,000 m events.[4]

Ehrig was married twice. After the 1980 Winter Olympics, she married the rower Ingolf Schöne and towards the end of that year, it was announced that she was expecting their child.[5] She married a second time in 1985 to fellow Olympic speed skater Andreas Ehrig.[1]

Personal bests:[1]

  • 500 m – 40.71 (1988)
  • 1000 m – 1:19.32 (1988)
  • 1500 m – 2:01.00 (1986)
  • 3000 m – 4:12.09 (1988)
  • 5000 m – 7:17.12 (1988)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Andrea Ehrig-Schöne-Mitscherlich". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  2. ^ "List of medalwinners in the European allround championships for women at www.isu.org" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 4 May 2010.
  3. ^ List of edalwinners at the World allround championships Archived 25 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine at www.isu.org
  4. ^ Andrea Ehrig-Mitscherlich. SpeedSkatingNews.info
  5. ^ "Vor zwei Wochen begann in Berlin die „Eiszeit"" [Two weeks ago the "Ice Age" began in Berlin]. Neues Deutschland (in German). Vol. 35, no. 264. 8 November 1980. p. 15. Retrieved 6 November 2018.

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