Currently alive, at 56 years of age.
1964 – Born on December 16th in Gera, East Germany. German athlete, competing in sprint, long jump and heptathlon.
1982 – At the age of 17, she came fourth in the long jump at the European Championships held in Athens.
1983 – still competing under her maiden name of Daute and representing East Germany, Heike won the gold medal in the long jump at the first World Championships held in Helsinki.
– On July 28th, she married Andreas Drechsler, and thenceforth competed under her married name.
1984 – Was elected to East German parliament Volkskammer.
1985 – She continued her dominance of the long jump recording the best four performances of the year.
1992 – She is the only woman who has won two Olympic gold medals in long jump.