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Andrea Pollack (later Pinske, 8 May 1961 – 13 March 2019) was a butterfly swimmer from East Germany who has won three Olympic gold medals.

Andrea Pollack
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Andrea Pollack in 1977
Personal information
NationalityEast German
Born(1961-05-08)8 May 1961
Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, East Germany now Germany
Died13 March 2019(2019-03-13) (aged 57)
Berlin, Germany
Height1.66 m (5 ft 5 in)
Weight61 kg (134 lb)
StrokesButterfly, Freestyle
ClubSC Dynamo Berlin

Pollack was born in 1961 in Schwerin. She was a member of SC Dynamo Berlin. She who won two gold medals at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, at age fifteen. She won the individual 200 m butterfly and with the women's relay team in the 4×100 m medley. Pollack also collected two silver medals at the Montreal Games.[1]

Pollack won a gold in the 4×100 m medley relay and a silver in the 100 m butterfly at the 1980 Moscow Olympics. In 1978 she twice broke the world record in the women's 200 m butterfly. In 1998, several former East German swimmers, including Pollack, went public with accusations against their coaches and physicians that they were systematically doped.[2]

Pollack married Norbert Pinske who competed in cycling.[3] Their son, Michael Pinske, went to the 2008 Summer Olympics as a judoka.[4]

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  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Andrea Pollack". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Drugs update". Sports Publications. July 1998. Archived from the original on 21 September 2008. Retrieved 11 March 2008.
  3. ^ Kluge, Volker (2004). Das große Lexikon der DDR-Sportler: Die 1000 erfolgreichsten und populärsten Sportlerinnen und Sportler aus der DDR, ihre Erfolge, Medaillen und Biographien [The big lexicon of the GDR athletes: The 1000 most successful and popular athletes from the GDR, their successes, medals and biographies.] (in German) (2 ed.). Berlin: Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf Verlag. pp. 438f. ISBN 3-89602-538-4.
  4. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Michael Pinske". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 24 March 2019.

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Preceded by
  Christiane Knacke
Women's 100 metre butterfly
world record holder (long course)

3 July 1978 – 11 April 1980
Succeeded by
  Mary T. Meagher
Preceded by
  Rosemarie Gabriel
Women's 200 metre butterfly
world record holder (long course)

9 April 1978 – 7 July 1979
Succeeded by
  Mary T. Meagher