|Women's speed skating|
|Representing East Germany|
Ruth Schleiermacher (later Budzisch-Schleiermacher, born 3 November 1949) is a former East German speedskater. She took part in eight international championships. Twice at the European Championships (1971 and 1972), thrice at the World Allround Championships (1967, 1968 and 1969), once at the World Sprint Championships (1971) and two times at the Winter Olympics, 1968 and 1972.
Schleiermacher was born in Wunsiedel, Bavaria. At her international debut during the Wch Allround of 1967 in Deventer she finished 27th. A year later, during the op het Wch Allround of 1968, she had improved to become 16th. Progress was such that the next year this had become the 4th place overall, while she won a silver distance medal on the 500m. After a year of absence at the big tournaments (though she did become East-German Champion that year), she returned next year, better than ever before. At the World Sprint Championships of 1971 in Inzell Schleiermacher wins her first and only international title, becoming the successor of Lyudmila Titova from the Soviet Union.
Over the course of her career, Schleiermacher skated one official world record:
|500 m||44.6||4 February 1969||Davos|
Note that her best score on the sprint combination was skated before there was an official world record for that event. It was a world best performance at that time though.
To put these personal records in perspective, the column WR lists the official world records on the dates that Schleiermacher skated her personal records.
|500 m||43.15||20 February 1971||Inzell||42.91|
|1000 m||1:28.9||21 February 1971||Inzell||1:27.7|
|1500 m||2:22.15||15 January 1972||Inzell||2:15.8|
|3000 m||5:08.7||2 February 1969||Grenoble||4:52.0|
|Mini combination||191.458||15 January 1972||Inzell||182.805|
|Sprint combination||175.730||21 February 1971||Inzell||no WR yet|
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- Ruth Schleiermacher at SpeedSkatingStats.com
- Statistiek bij Speedskatingnews