Andrea Pollack

Andrea Pollack (later Pinske, 8 May 1961 – 13 March 2019) was a butterfly swimmer from East Germany who has won three Olympic gold medals.

Andrea Pollack
Andrea Pollack in 1977
Personal information
NationalityEast German
Born(1961-05-08)8 May 1961
Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, East Germany now Germany
Died13 March 2019(2019-03-13) (aged 57)
Berlin, Germany
Height1.66 m (5 ft 5 in)
Weight61 kg (134 lb)
StrokesButterfly, Freestyle
ClubSC Dynamo Berlin

Pollack was born in 1961 in Schwerin. She was a member of SC Dynamo Berlin. She who won two gold medals at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, at age fifteen. She won the individual 200 m butterfly and with the women's relay team in the 4×100 m medley. Pollack also collected two silver medals at the Montreal Games.[1]

Pollack won a gold in the 4×100 m medley relay and a silver in the 100 m butterfly at the 1980 Moscow Olympics. In 1978 she twice broke the world record in the women's 200 m butterfly. In 1998, several former East German swimmers, including Pollack, went public with accusations against their coaches and physicians that they were systematically doped.[2]

Pollack married Norbert Pinske who competed in cycling.[3] Their son, Michael Pinske, went to the 2008 Summer Olympics as a judoka.[4]

See also


  1. Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Andrea Pollack". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  2. "Drugs update". Sports Publications. July 1998. Archived from the original on 21 September 2008. Retrieved 11 March 2008.
  3. Kluge, Volker (2004). Das große Lexikon der DDR-Sportler: Die 1000 erfolgreichsten und populärsten Sportlerinnen und Sportler aus der DDR, ihre Erfolge, Medaillen und Biographien [The big lexicon of the GDR athletes: The 1000 most successful and popular athletes from the GDR, their successes, medals and biographies.] (in German) (2 ed.). Berlin: Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf Verlag. pp. 438f. ISBN 3-89602-538-4.
  4. Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Michael Pinske". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
Preceded by
Christiane Knacke
Women's 100 metre butterfly
world record holder (long course)

3 July 1978 – 11 April 1980
Succeeded by
Mary T. Meagher
Preceded by
Rosemarie Gabriel
Women's 200 metre butterfly
world record holder (long course)

9 April 1978 – 7 July 1979
Succeeded by
Mary T. Meagher

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