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My coach

"I'm proud of Joachim Franke, because he made me to what I am today"

Since his early childhood, Joachim Franke is connected to sports on ice. Before he took care of the speed skaters, he was a successfull ice hockey player for years. He was born on March 30, 1940 in Weißwasser and played 116 times for the GDR icehockey national team. Even after the end of his own career in 1969, he stayed devoted to ice sports, first as coach for ice hockey, since 1973 as coach for speed skating.

Joachim Franke,

most successful speed skating coach of the World

born on March 30, 1940 in Weißwasser, living in Berlin, married to Ingrid, two daughters (Gudrun und Kathrin), 3 grandchildren (André, Annika, Ann-Marleen, 1 great-grandchild (Ella)

Sports career

1954 to 1969 Ice hockey player with SG Dynamo Weißwasser

Biggest successes in ice hockey

116 caps
European Championships: Bronze (1966)
World Championships: 5. Platz
(3x) GDR champion from 1959 to 1965

Successes as ice hockey coach

GDR champion from 1969 to 1972

Speed skating coach since 1973

Biggest successes as speed skating coach

Olympic Wintergames:
9x Gold
5x Silver
4x Bronze

Was coach of Olympic champions

Claudia Pechstein (5x)
Uwe-Jens Mey (2x)
André Hoffmann (1x)
Olaf Zinke (1x)

World Championships

24x Gold
23x Silver
21x Bronze

World Cup (Overall Ranking)

21x 1st
22x 2nd
8x 3rd,
and more than 200 individual race wins at World Cup

Tributes and Honors

Golden ribbon of the sports press
Speed skating coach of the year 2001, 2002
Berlin's coach of the year 2002
The Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (2002)