Gabi ZANGE

German Democratic Republic (Germany) GDR

Speed Skating

  • Olympic Medals
    3 B
  • Games participations
    2
  • First Olympic Games
    Sarajevo 1984
  • Year of Birth
    1961
Olympic Results

Biography

Gabi ZANGE

While perhaps less successful than her compatriots Karin Kania and Andrea Ehrig, Gabi Zange (born Schönbrunn) did her part to confirm the East German dominance of women's speed skating in the 1980s. She débuted with a bronze in the 1981 European Championships and bettering the 3,000 m world record at the miracle rink of Medeo (USSR). She earned four 4th places in the international allround tournaments of 1982 and 1983. Gabi Schönbrunn captured the 1984 European title in the absence of Schöne and Enke, but her 5,000 m and allround world records in the event proved it wasn't a fluke. At the Sarajevo Olympics, she completed an all-DDR podium in the 3,000 m (behind her great rivals) and placed third in the World Championships. She bettered that rank to second in 1985, but then remained prize-less until the 1987-88 season, her last. She set her fourth world record in the 3,000 m at the test competition for the Calgary Olympics, at which she earned two more Olympic bronzes in the long distances. Zange retired with one, East German title under her belt, the 1985 1,500 m, and became a physiotherapist.

Personal Bests: 500 – 41.93 (1981); 1000 – 1:22.00 (1988); 1500 – 2:04.98 (1988); 3000 – 4:16.76 (1988); 5000 – 7:21.61 (1988).

Olympic Results

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Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Calgary 1988

B
3,000 metres
3,000 metres Speed Skating
B
5,000 metres
5,000 metres Speed Skating
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Sarajevo 1984

#4
1,500 metres
1,500 metres Speed Skating
B
3,000 metres
3,000 metres Speed Skating