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Anni Friesinger at the 2006 Winter Olympics
|Born||11 January 1977|
Bad Reichenhall, Germany
|Height||1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Weight||64 kg (141 lb)|
|Spouse(s)||Ids Postma (2009)|
|Coached by||Gianni Romme|
Anna ("Anni") Christine Friesinger-Postma (born 11 January 1977) is a German former speed skater. Her father Georg Friesinger, of Germany, and mother Janina ("Jana") Korowicka, of Poland, were both skaters; Jana was on the Polish team at the 1976 Winter Olympics. Her brother Jan is also a speed skater. Her sister Agnes is a former speed skater. In July 2010, Friesinger retired from her active sports career when she had to be treated for severe cartilage damage in her right knee joint.
On 11 August 2009 Friesinger married former Dutch skater Ids Postma, her long-term boyfriend, at Schloss Mirabell. The celebration took place at Schloss Aigen. As of November 2013, Friesinger lives in Salzburg, Austria, and is planning to move to the Netherlands to live with Postma on his farm in Dearsum. In August 2011 she gave birth to a daughter. In May 2014, her second daughter was born.
Friesinger has won five Olympic medals; gold at the 1500 m in the 2002 Winter Olympics and the team pursuit in the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics as well as bronze at the 3000 m in the 1998 Winter Olympics and the 1000 m in the 2006 Winter Olympics. She managed to qualify for the German speed skating team in five events at the 2006 Winter Olympics: the team pursuit and the individual races at 1000 m, 1500 m, 3000 m, and 5000 meters. However, she failed to win gold in any individual events. In the team pursuit semifinal against the United States at the 2010 Olympics, she fell behind her team members and ended up sliding across the finish line on her belly, but Germany still succeeded in advancing to the final.
As well as being a five-time European Allround Champion and three time, World Allround Champion, Friesinger has won numerous titles in the World Single Distance Championships. Although she originally specialized in the longer distances, she also won the World Sprint Championships in 2007. In this, Friesinger became the fifth skater in history to be a World Champion in both Allround and Sprint disciplines (along with Sylvia Burka, CAN (1976 and 1977); Eric Heiden, U.S. (1977 and 1977); Natalya Petrusyova, URS (1980 and 1982); and Karin Kania-Enke, GDR (1980 and 1982)).
|500 m||38.09||2nd World Cup meet 2005–06||Salt Lake City – Kearns||18 November 2005|
|1000 m||1:13.49||2nd World Cup meet 2007–08||Calgary||18 November 2007|
|1500 m||1:53.19||2nd World Cup meet 2005–06||Salt Lake City – Kearns||20 November 2005|
|3000 m||3:58.52||1st World Cup meet 2005–06||Calgary||12 November 2005|
|5000 m||6:58.39||2002 Winter Olympics||Salt Lake City – Kearns||23 February 2002|
|1500 m||1:56.95||29 March 1998||Calgary|
|1500 m||1:54.38||4 March 2001||Calgary|
|1500 m||1:54.02||20 February 2002||Salt Lake City|
|1500 m||1:53.22||6 November 2005||Calgary|
Friesinger has done some modeling work as a sideline, and she has appeared as a swimsuit model in several publications. She is also known for her particularly powerful thighs, as befits a champion speed skater.
| Oscar Mathisen Award