Christa Luding

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Christa Luding
Bundesarchiv Bild 183-1988-0830-004, Christa Luding.jpg
Personal information
Born (1959-12-04) 4 December 1959 (age 55)
Weißwasser, East Germany
Sport
Country  East Germany
Sport Speed skating

Christa Rothenburger Luding (born 4 December 1959) is a former speed skater and track cyclist. She was born in Weißwasser, East Germany. Ludwing is one of the few athletes who have competed in both the Summer and Winter Olympic games.[1] She is the only athlete to win Winter and Summer Olympic medals in the same year (1988). A feat that is no longer possible due to the staggering of the Winter and Summer Olympic years. In speed skating, she is a two-time Olympic gold medallist, while she is an Olympic silver medallist in cycling.

Short biography[edit]

Christa Rothenburger 1981
Christa Rothenburger 1982
Leipzig, 1987
Christa Luding and Sinett Wolke, 1988
1988 in Cottbus

Before the German reunification in 1990, Luding competed for East Germany – afterwards for Germany. For more than 10 years, she was one of the world's best sprinters in speed skating. At the World Sprint Championships in speed skating, she became World Champion twice (in 1985 and 1988), won silver twice (in 1986 and 1989), and won 4 bronze medals (in 1979, 1983, 1987 and 1992). She has also won the 500 m World Cup 3 times (in 1986, 1988 and 1989) and the 1000 m World Cup once (in 1988).

In 1980, she was convinced by her coach, Ernst Luding (whom she would marry after the 1988 Winter Olympics), to take up cycling during the off-season. Originally, she was told to stick to skating, but finally the president of the East German sports federation gave her permission to enter international cycling competitions. At the 1986 World Cycling Championships, she won track cycling gold in the women's sprint and silver the following year. This made her the second woman (after Sheila Young) to become World Champion in both speed skating and cycling.

In 1988, she earned the distinction of being the only athlete to win Summer and Winter Olympic medals in the same year. It also made her the first woman, and the third athlete overall, to win a medal in both the Summer and Winter Olympics. At the Winter Games in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, she won the gold medal in the 1000 m speed skating event and silver in the 500 m. Seven months later, she won the silver medal in the (1000 m) sprint in track cycling at the Summer Games in Seoul, South Korea.

After winning a bronze medal at the 1992 World Sprint Championships (in which she was unable to win any of the 4 distances), Luding-Rothenburger ended her speed skating career.

Medals[edit]

An overview of medals won by Rothenburger at important championships she participated in, listing the years in which she won each:

Championships Gold medal Silver medal Bronze medal
Speed skating
Winter Olympics 1984 (500 m)
1988 (1000 m)
1988 (500 m) 1992 (500 m)
World Sprint 1985
1988
1986
1989
1979
1983
1987
1992
World Cup 1986 (500 m)
1988 (500 m)
1988 (1000 m)
1989 (500 m)
1986 (1000 m)
1989 (500 m)
German Sprint 1981
1982
1983
1992
1978
1979
1988
1977
German Single Distance 1980 (500 m)
1985 (500 m)
1986 (500 m)
1988 (500 m)
1989 (500 m)
1991 (500 m)
1991 (1000 m)
1980 (1000 m)
1984 (500 m)
1986 (1000 m)
1988 (1000 m)
1989 (1000 m)
1983 (500 m)
1983 (1000 m)
1984 (1000 m)
Track cycling
Summer Olympics 1988 (Sprint)
World Sprint 1986 1987

World records[edit]

Over the course of her career, Rothenburger skated 8 world records:

Distance Result Date Location
500 m 40.28 27 March 1981 Medeo
1000 m 1:20.95 27 March 1981 Medeo
500 m 40.18 28 March 1981 Medeo
Sprint combination 162.275 28 March 1981 Medeo
500 m 39.69 25 March 1983 Medeo
Sprint combination 161.120 26 March 1983 Medeo
500 m 39.39 6 December 1987 Calgary
1000 m 1:17.65 26 February 1988 Calgary

Personal records[edit]

Distance Result Date Location
500 m 39.12 22 February 1988 Calgary
1000 m 1:17.65 26 February 1988 Calgary
1500 m 2:05.83 16 January 1988 Davos
3000 m 4:50.59 17 January 2010 Davos
Mini combination 176.227 17 January 1982 Davos
Sprint combination 159.500 26 February 1989 Heerenveen

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gall, Jonnie (18 December 2013). "Who’s competed in the summer and winter Olympics?". GrindTV. Retrieved 18 February 2014.