Sylvia Hindorff (GDR)
Tribute by R. Smits

1975 Spartakiade: 1st BB
1976 GDR Junior National Championships: 1st FX
1978 GDR National Championships: 2nd AA, 1st UB, 1st FX
1978 World Championships: 3rd T, 11th AA, 5th FX
1978 World Cup: 2nd AA, 4th FX
1979 GDR National Championships: 2nd AA
1979 Cottbus Cup: 2nd AA
1979 World Championships: 3rd T, 15th AA
1979 World Cup: 11th AA, 5th FX
1980 GDR National Championships: 6th AA
1980 Olympics: 3rd T, 21st AA

Sylvia was born June 27, 1961 in Sebnitz. She started training in Dresden, but after her victory on beam at the 1975 Spartakiade she switched to SC Leipzig to train under Helmut Gerschau. Her best apparatus was the floor exercise, which she won at the GDR junior national championships in 1976 and senior national championships in 1978.

Sylvia was an integral part of East Germany's bronze medal teams at the 1978 and 1979 World Championships, and 1980 Olympics. Individually, one of her best results came at the 1978 World Cup, where she finished second AA and made floor finals.

After her gymnastics career she started coaching at SC Leipzig, but is now a psychotherapist. Her son, Sven Hafemeister, competed at the European Championships in wrestling and is currently on the wrestling team at Columbia University.

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