Helga Haase in action during the 1967 East German Championships
|Full name||Helga Haase-Obschernitzki|
9 June 1934|
Danzig, Free City of Danzig (now Gdańsk, Poland)
|Died||16 June 1989
East Berlin, East Germany
|Club||SC Dynamo Berlin|
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.
1960: the Olympic Winter Games
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 the first German speed skater and as the 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 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.
1964: the Olympic Winter Games
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, Haase skated 23 German records.
Helga Haase indoor in action in 1958 at the Werner-Seelenbinder-Halle in Berlin
Helga Haase and Siegrid Behrenz during the 1958 East-German Championships at Geising
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