Meet Britta Steffen, German swimmer who won the women’s 100m freestyle gold in the Beijing Olympics. See photos, video and her biography here.
Britta specializes in the freestyle events and she set a new Olympic record this time when she touched the wall in just 53.12 seconds, beating her own record set in the heats.
“That was the moment when I didn’t know what had happened at the other side of me… It’s a super race. Even if I hadn’t got a medal it would be fine,”Steffen told reporters at a press conference after the race.
Britta Steffen was born on November 16, 1983 in Schwedt, Germany so her age is 24. Apart from the individual events, Britta is also a part of the German 4x100m relay team which won a medal at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. Her measurements are 30-28-32.
In August 2006, she became the world record holder for the women’s 100m freestyle during the World Championships in Budapest. This was said to be a result of the one year break that Britta took after the 2004 Olympics for her studies. She is also signed-up to the Blood Passport program, given the history of doping in the German sports. You can check out her website here.