#70SportWays (52): Ulrike Nasse-Meyfarth, twice golden medalist
Ulrike Nasse-Meyfarth is one of eight Olympic champions of TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen. She won two Olympic gold medals, the first in 1972 for her home club TuS Wesseling and the second in 1984 for the TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen.
In 1972 in Munich, Ulrike Meyfarth was one of the few athletes who jumped the ’Fosbury flop’ first shown four years earlier by the American jumper Dick Fosbury. As the Olympic victory was already set, Meyfarth set the bar to the world record height of 1.92 m. This height was mastered by the 16-year-old and thus set the existing world record. Ulrike Meyfarth is the youngest athletics Olympic champion in a single competition to date.
Her second Olympic gold medal was in 1984 in Los Angeles. In the end, she prevailed against defending champion Sara Simeoni from Italy with a height of 2.02m. At the time of her second triumph, Meyfarth was the youngest and the oldest high jump Olympic champion at the time in the history of the Olympic Games.
Her sporting successes helped Meyfarth to a great popularity. From 1981 to 1984 she was voted athlete of the year four times in a row. The city of Wesseling, where Ulrike Meyfarth grew up, gave her former Kronenbusch Stadium the name “Ulrike Meyfarth Stadium” on May 23, 2004. In 2011 she was inducted into the Hall of Fame of German sport. In 2015, she refused from being obtained to the IAAF Hall of Fame because of the scandal surrounding the former IAAF President Lamine Diack. Today, the certified sports teacher works as a trainer at TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen.
Photocredit: Gladys Chai von der Laage