Barbara Krause

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Barbara Krause
Barbara Krause 1979.jpg
Personal information
Nationality East German
Born (1959-07-07) 7 July 1959 (age 58)
East Berlin, East Germany now Germany
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 68 kg (150 lb)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle
Club SC Dynamo Berlin

Barbara Krause (born 7 July 1959 in East Berlin) is a former freestyle swimmer from East Germany. Krause was a three-time Olympic gold medalist and eight-time world record holder. At the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, Krause won gold medals in the 100 m and 200 m freestyle and in the 4×100 m freestyle relay.

Her husband, Lutz Wanja, is also a retired German Olympic swimmer.[1]

East German doping[edit]

Krause, like many of the East German athletes of the time, was doped by her coaches[2][3] under instruction from the Stasi.[4][5] At the time of the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal Krause was forced off the East German swimming team because "team doctors had miscalculated her dose of drugs and worried she might test positive at the Games".[6]

Both of her children were born with deformed feet, which she later attributed to her use of steroids.[7]


  1. ^ Barbara Krause.
  2. ^ Krause Archived December 4, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved on 2012-09-02.
  3. ^ German doping Archived 2009-08-14 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved on 2012-09-02.
  4. ^ Andrew Curry (2008-01-18). Piecing Together the Dark Legacy of East Germany's Secret Police
  5. ^ OLYMPICS; Coaches Concede That Steroids Fueled East Germany's Success in Swimming. New York Times (1991-12-03). Retrieved on 2012-09-02.
  6. ^ Top 10 Doping Scandals | CBC Sports Online. (2006-07-27). Retrieved on 2012-09-02.
  7. ^ Swimmer admits using steroids, De Welt, via Deseret News, July 14 1989, mirror

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