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Sportvereinigung (SV) Dynamo

SV Dynamo
Founded 27 March 1953; 61 years ago (1953-03-27); dissolved: 23 November 1989; 24 years ago (1989-11-23)
League Olympics, World cup, European Championship Nat. League
Arena Palast der Republik, Dynamo-Sportforum, Altenberg bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton track, Dynamo Sports Hotel
Stadium Dynamo Stadium (Dresden), Friedrich Ludwig Jahn Sportpark, Heinz Steyer Stadion and others
Based in East Berlin,  East Germany

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Owner(s) Ministry of Interior of the GDR: Volkspolizei, Zollverwaltung, Ministry for State Security, Feuerwehr
President Erich Mielke
Championships 2.187 nat.; approx. 182 European cup medals approx. 324 World cup medals; approx. 215 Olympic medals[1]

The Sportvereinigung Dynamo (


The SV Dynamo was divided into fifteen regional units, corresponding to the fifteen districts of the German Democratic Republic. Within each regional unit individual sports clubs existed, with each sport club specializing in different disciplines. Important sport clubs were the SV Dynamo Dresden (football), SC Dynamo Hoppegarten in Eilenburg (judo, shooting sports, parachuting), the SC Dynamo Klingenthal (nordic skiing), SG Dynamo luckenwalde (wrestling), SG Dynamo Potsdam (rowing), SG Dynamo Weißwasser (ice hockey) and the SG Dynamo Zinnwald in Altenberg (biathlon, bobsleigh, luge, skeleton). The most famous sports club of the SV Dynamo was probably the SC Dynamo Berlin offering most olympic disciplines.



The sports club won approx. 215 Olympic medals in a 37 years period.[4]

World championships

The sports club won approx. 324 World Cup medals in a 37 years period. Completely won the SV Dynamo more as World champion titles as hundreds of other nations (2008).The most titles have won the rowers.[5]

European championships

The athletes won approx. 182 European titles.[1]


The Dynamo-Athletes won altogether 2.187 titles in 35 sport-sections in a 37-year period.[6] The Dynamo-Athletes won altogether 2.187 titles in 35 sport-sections over a 37-year period.[6]

With 280,000 members, it is not surprising that the SV Dynamo multi-sport club has a lot of championships won in the GDR, so that a separate category should be needed. [7] [8] [9] [10]



See also

  • Use of performance-enhancing drugs in sport

For other famous multi-sport clubs:

Further reading

  • Hormonal doping and androgenization of athletes: a secret program of the German Democratic Republic government, by: Werner W. Franke (Hölderlin High School, Heidelberg, Germany) and Brigitte Berendonk, publisher:American Association for Clinical Chemistry


  • Pickard, Ralph (2012). STASI Decorations and Memorabilia Volume II. Frontline Historical Publishing. ISBN 978-0-9797199-2-9 (English – Contains a 32-page Chapter on the Stasi and Dynamo)


External links

  • Declaration by the Stasi itself to their Dynamo Sports Society's past (German)
  • SV Dynamo of Rostock (German)
  • Citizens Committee of Leipzig, the custodian of the “Runde Ecke” Memorial Museum and the Stasi Museum (English)
  • Federal Commissioner for the Stasi Archives – Pictures (German)
  • Federal Commissioner for the Stasi Archives: The Dynamo-State-System of the communist East Germany (German)
  • Federal Commissioner for the Stasi Archives: Structures and Missions at the SVD (German)
  • Movies from the Federal Commissioner for the Stasi Archives (German)
  • : Supervision of Dynamo-Club sections in the light of the representative part Dynamo Dresden (German)
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