Helga's career began 1952, when she introduced herself at 18 years at the SC Dynamo Berlin, which looked for high-speed ice skaters to the world and married thereupon her coach Helmut Haase.
From 1957 to 1967, Haase (hare) reached 15 GDR master skating titles on separate distances ('Einzelstrecken'), an additional seven titles in combination results (Samalog or 'Mehrkampf' in German) and a further four on a very small indoor rink ('Kleinbahn'), a fore runner of present indoor short track skating.
In preparation of the Olympic Wintergames of 1960 she went to Davos with the ladies of the unified German team and broke the multi-combination world record in Davos, Switzerland) With the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley, she won, as first German speedskater and as a first sportswoman of the GDR, a gold medal at the Olympic Winter Games, the gold medal over 500 m. That medal also was the first olympic medal for any woman in women's speed skating, as it was not before on the Olympic program. She also won the silver medal over 1000 m and finished at a respectable 8th place over 1500 m., and all of this despite the prohibition of the entry for her husband/coach.
In the Olympic season of 1964, she reached again peak performance, resulting in a fourth place over 1000 m and a fifth place over 1500 m with the Olympic Games in Innsbruck. In the course of her career Helga Haase skated 23 German records.