East Germany at the Winter Olympics

East Germany (German Democratic Republic) competed as a sovereign nation at the Winter Olympics from 1968 until 1988. The nation was strong in speed skating, bobsleigh, biathlon, figure skating, luge and Nordic combined. 

Notable East German athletes at the Winter Games include Thomas Köhler who won 3 medals (2 gold and 1 silver), Andrea Ehrig-Schöne-Mitscherlich who won 7 medals (1 gold, 5 silver and 1 bronze) in speed skating and Frank Ullrich who captured 4 medals (1 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze).

The GDR had been dissolved when it joined the Federal Republic of Germany in a German reunification process. As such, the "NOC of the GDR" merged with the "NOC of Germany" on November 17, 1990. German athletes competed at the Olympic Games as a single team again from 1992 onwards.

East Germany atheletes were suspected of state sponsored use of performance enhancing drugs. In no doubt was that the nation funneled in huge funds into sport, specifically in Olympic sports, to gain prestige, propaganda and bragging rights against its bigger rival West Germany.

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