Janine Pietsch

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Janine Pietsch
Personal information
Full name Janine Pietsch
Nationality  Germany
Born (1982-06-30) 30 June 1982 (age 32)
Berlin, Germany
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 79 kilograms (174 lb)
Sport
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) backstroke
Club SC Delphin Ingolstadt

Janine Pietsch (born 30 June 1982 in Berlin)[9] is a German backstroke swimmer. In the course of her career, she competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, won two gold medals on the short course at the 2006 FINA World Swimming Championships, and four European gold medals.

Career[edit]

2001–2005[edit]

Pietsch's first success on an international stage was at the 2001 European Short Course Swimming Championships in Antwerp, where she won one silver medal, in the 4x50m medley and three bronze medals, in the 50m backstroke, 100m backstroke, and 4x100m freestyle relay.[10] She would win another silver and two more bronze medals the next year in 2002.[10] Between 2003 and 2005 she would win a further five silvers and one bronze in three European short course championships.[10] In 2004, she competed in her only Olympic race, the 100 m backstroke. She finished seventh in her heat, and 23rd overall.[9]

2006–2007[edit]

2006 was the best year of her career. In April she competed in Shanghai at the 2006 FINA World Swimming Championships, where she won two gold medals, the 50m backstroke,[11] and the 100m backstroke.[12] Interestingly, she won both gold medals by exactly a quarter of a second over second place.[11][12]

In Budapest at the long-course 2006 European Aquatics Championships in late Summer, she won a gold medal in the 50m backstroke,[1] and a bronze in the 100m backstroke.[2] That December in Helsinki at the 2006 short-course European championships, she won two more gold medals, the 50 m backstroke[13] and 4x50m medley.[14] In her last international success to date, at the 2007 short-course European championships she won gold in the 4x50m relay,[15] silver in the 50m backstroke,[16] and bronze in the 100m backstroke.[17]

Semi-retirement and personal life[edit]

In 2008, Pietsch was diagnosed with breast cancer, and did not compete at the 2008 Summer Olympics as a result.[18] However, she has not ruled out trying to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics.[18] She is currently single. In 2010 she became a patron of the St. Mary's Hospital in Stuttgart.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Budapest 2006 Results; Women's 50m Backstroke". Omega Timing. Retrieved 25 February 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Budapest 2006 Results; Women's 100m Backstroke". Omega Timing. Retrieved 25 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "Results of the 2003 European Short Course Championships". Retrieved 25 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "European Short Course Swimming Championships Vienna 2004; Official Results; Women's 4 x 50m Medley". Omega Timing. 11 December 2004. Retrieved 25 February 2010. 
  5. ^ "European Short Course Swimming Championships Vienna 2004; Official Results; Women's 4 x 50m Freestyle". Omega Timing. 10 December 2004. Retrieved 25 February 2010. 
  6. ^ "European Swimming Championships Short Course Trieste, Italy; Women's 50m backstroke". Omega Timing. 10 December 2005. Retrieved 25 February 2010. 
  7. ^ "European Swimming Championships Short Course Trieste, Italy; Women's 4x50m Medley". Omega Timing. 10 December 2005. Retrieved 25 February 2010. 
  8. ^ "European Swimming Championships Short Course Trieste, Italy; Women's 100m backstroke". Omega Timing. 9 December 2005. Retrieved 25 February 2010. 
  9. ^ a b Kubatko, Justin. "Janine Pietsch". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 25, 2010. 
  10. ^ a b c "EUROPEAN SHORT COURSE SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS". GBR Athletics. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  11. ^ a b "FINA: 8th World Short Course Championships Short Course (25m) Shanghai (CHN) 50m backstroke". Swim Rankings. GeoLogix AG. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  12. ^ a b "FINA: 8th World Short Course Championships Short Course (25m) Shanghai (CHN) 100m backstroke". Swim Rankings. GeoLogix AG. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  13. ^ "LEN: European Short Course Championships Short Course (25m) Helsinki (FIN) 50m backstroke". Swim Rankings. GeoLogix AG. Retrieved 5 April 2010. 
  14. ^ "LEN: European Short Course Championships Short Course (25m) Helsinki (FIN) 4x50m medley". Swim Rankings. GeoLogix AG. Retrieved 5 April 2010. 
  15. ^ "LEN: European Short Course Championships Short Course (25m) Debrecen (HUN) 4x50m medley". Swim Rankings. GeoLogix AG. Retrieved 5 April 2010. 
  16. ^ "LEN: European Short Course Championships Short Course (25m) Debrecen (HUN) 50m backstroke". Swim Rankings. GeoLogix AG. Retrieved 5 April 2010. 
  17. ^ "LEN: European Short Course Championships Short Course (25m) Debrecen (HUN) 100m backstroke". Swim Rankings. GeoLogix AG. Retrieved 5 April 2010. 
  18. ^ a b "Trotz Krebs: Pietsch träumt vom Comeback" (in German). sport1.de. 6 July 2009. Retrieved 25 February 2010. 
  19. ^ "Schwimmerin Janine Pietsch übernimmt Patenschaft für neues Brustkrebs-Rehakonzept in der Luise von Marillac Klinik" (in German). Marienhospital Stuttgart. 17 March 2010. Retrieved 2 April 2010.