Barbara Krause

Barbara Krause (later Wanja, 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.

Barbara Krause
Personal information
NationalityEast German
Born (1959-07-07) 7 July 1959
East Berlin, East Germany now Germany
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight68 kg (150 lb)
Spouse(s)Lutz Wanja
ClubSC Dynamo Berlin

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

East German doping

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]

See also


  1. Barbara Krause.
  2. Krause Archived 4 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 2 September 2012.
  3. German doping Archived 14 August 2009 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 2 September 2012.
  4. Andrew Curry (18 January 2008). Piecing Together the Dark Legacy of East Germany's Secret Police
  5. Janofsky, Michael (3 December 1991). "Olympics; coaches concede that steroids fueled East Germany's success in swimming". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 September 2012.
  6. "Top 10: Notable drug scandals". CBC Sports. 27 July 2006. Archived from the original on 3 November 2012. Retrieved 2 September 2012.
  7. Swimmer admits using steroids, De Welt, via Deseret News, 14 July 1989, mirror

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