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|Claudia Pechstein (born 22 February 1972 in East Berlin) is a German speed
skater. With a total of five Olympic gold medals, two silver, and two bronze
medals, she is the most successful German Winter Olympian of all time.
Pechstein is the first female Winter Olympian to win medals in five consecutive
Olympics (1992–2006), and she won the gold medal in the women's 5,000 meter
race in three consecutive Olympics (1994–2002), and the silver medal in
the fourth (2006). In the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, Pechstein
also won a gold medal in the women's team pursuit. In the season 2008-2009,
Claudia became the European Champion in during the allround championships.
In the summer of 2009, it turned out that Claudia is suspended from speedskating
for 2 years. She is accused of using blood doping. Claudia has appealed
agianst this decision.