Erika ZUCHOLD

German Democratic Republic (Germany) GDR

Artistic Gymnastics

  • Olympic Medals
    4 S
    1 B
  • Games participations
    2
  • First Olympic Games
    Mexico City 1968
  • Year of Birth
    1947
Olympic Results

Biography

Erika ZUCHOLD

Erika Zuchold was an East German gymnast, who won four silvers and one bronze at the Olympics. When East Germany participated for the first time as an independent nation in Mexico City in 1968, she earned a silver medal in the vault and a bronze with the team. She also reached the finals in the individual all-around (4th), uneven bars (5th), and balance beam (6th). Four years later in München she claimed three silver medals – team all-around, vault and uneven bars. She again placed fourth in the individual all-around and was sixth on beam.

Zuchold became known worldwide after performing her flick-flack on the balance beam, an element she first demonstrated in 1964, but she could not compete at Tokyo due to an Achilles’ tendon injury. Along with Karin Janz, she was one of the two most significant female German gymnasts of her era. Zuchold was World Champion on vault and beam in 1970, also placing second in all-around. She was elected 1970 East German Sportswoman of the Year. Domestically she earned 19 national titles.

In her post-gymnastics career, Zuchold explored a number of diverse activities and careers, including as a trapeze artist, a curator, an educator, and an abstract painter. In 2005, Zuchold was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame. She was married to former cyclist Dieter Zuchold (1937-2014), who died just one year before her. In February 2015 she performed an exhibition at the Culture House in Leuna with her paintings and sculptures. In June 2015, she immigrated to Paraguay, where her sister Monika and her mother were already living, but she died only two months later.

Olympic Results

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Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Munich 1972

#6
Balance Beam
Balance Beam Artistic Gymnastics
#7 r1/1
Floor Exercise
Floor Exercise Artistic Gymnastics
S
Horse Vault
Horse Vault Artistic Gymnastics
#4
Individual All-Around
Individual All-Around Artistic Gymnastics
S
Team All-Around
Team All-Around Artistic Gymnastics
S
Uneven Bars
Uneven Bars Artistic Gymnastics
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Mexico City 1968

#6
Balance Beam
Balance Beam Artistic Gymnastics
#=8 r1/2
Floor Exercise
Floor Exercise Artistic Gymnastics
S
Horse Vault
Horse Vault Artistic Gymnastics
#=4
Individual All-Around
Individual All-Around Artistic Gymnastics
B
Team All-Around
Team All-Around Artistic Gymnastics
#5
Uneven Bars
Uneven Bars Artistic Gymnastics

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