KAREN KONIG / by Molly Schiot

König was an East German swimmer who won two gold medals at the 1985 European Championships. A victim of the infamous state-sponsored doping program, König was made to take performance-enhancing drugs disguised as "vitamins" from the age of thirteen.  Following the reunification of Germany in 2005, König was among over 150 East German athletes who filed a civil lawsuit against the German Olympic Sports Federation (the successor to the East German Olympic Committee).  The Federation later agreed to a one-time payment to the athletes as compensation for the health problems (in König case, this includes severe depression and a metabolic disorder) caused from the program.

König was an East German swimmer who won two gold medals at the 1985 European Championships. A victim of the infamous state-sponsored doping program, König was made to take performance-enhancing drugs disguised as "vitamins" from the age of thirteen.  Following the reunification of Germany in 2005, König was among over 150 East German athletes who filed a civil lawsuit against the German Olympic Sports Federation (the successor to the East German Olympic Committee).  The Federation later agreed to a one-time payment to the athletes as compensation for the health problems (in König case, this includes severe depression and a metabolic disorder) caused from the program.