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Ingo Steuer (born 1 November 1966 in Karl-Marx-Stadt, Saxony, GDR/East Germany) is a German pair skater and skating coach.

With partner Mandy Wötzel, he is the 1998 Olympic bronze medalist, the 1997 World champion, the 1995 European champion, and a four-time German national champion. As a coach, he has led Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of Germany to multiple world and European titles.

Competitive career[edit | edit source]

Steuer was born in Karl-Marx-Stadt (Chemnitz), Saxony, and began to skate as a little child. His pair skating coach was Monika Scheibe. He skated for the club SC Karl-Marx-Stadt, which was renamed to SC Chemnitz after German reunification. Having been born in East Germany, he first represented East Germany and after 1990 the combined Germany.

In pair skating, Steuer first teamed up with Manuela Landgraf. They were the first Germans to win the World Junior Championships, doing so in 1984.[1] After his split with Landgraf, he skated with Ines Müller for several years. Their best results were 7th places at the Europeans. Müller quit after the 1990–1991 season.[2]

Steuer was left without a partner during 1991–1992 season. He trained at the same rink and under the same coach, Monika Scheibe, as Mandy Wötzel / Axel Rauschenbach.[2] When that pair split in 1992, Scheibe hesitated to put Wötzel and Steuer together due to doubts about whether their personalities would work well together but she was persuaded after seeing their tryout.[2] After less than a year together, Wötzel and Steuer won the silver medal at the 1993 European Championships and the 1993 World Championships. Both were accepted into the sports division of the German army, supporting athletes.[2]

Wötzel and Steuer had a few accidents during their career. She knocked him out with her elbow while practicing the twist lift and he broke her nose while practicing another lift.[2][3] During the long program at the 1994 Winter Olympics, Wötzel tripped on a rut and fell to the ice, cutting her chin.[4] Steuer carried her off the ice.[2] The pair was forced to withdraw from the competition and Wötzel had to have stitches. They skated at the 1994 World Championships one month later, and finished fourth. In a humorous touch, after the program, Steuer carried Wötzel off the ice just as he had at the Olympics.[2]

Wötzel and Steuer won the 1995 European Championships and the 1997 World Championships in Lausanne, Switzerland. Steuer underwent his fifth or sixth knee surgery in mid-1997.[2] On 8 December 1997, a passing car's side window hit Steuer's arm, partly tearing ligaments in his right shoulder.[4][5] Pain radiated to his neck and face and caused headaches but he continued to skate.[2][4] Wötzel and Steuer won the silver medal at the Champions Series Final, held 19–20 December 1997 in Munich, Germany. When he caught her during a triple twist in the long program, Steuer felt a sharp pain that extended to his head.[4] They stayed off the ice for the following three weeks.[4] Wötzel and Steuer missed the 1998 European Championships as a result but returned in time for the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, where they won the bronze medal. They then retired from competition and skated in shows and professional events.

Coaching career[edit | edit source]

After his skating career ended, Steuer turned to coaching. He is currently a pair skating coach and choreographer based in Chemnitz. Among others, he has worked with the following pairs:

Stasi activities and legal battles[edit | edit source]

In the 1980s, Ingo Steuer was an informant for the Stasi, the East German secret police. His activities included passing information on his fellow skaters. Because of this, he has been a controversial figure in Germany. Prior to the 2006 Winter Olympics, an investigation by the National Olympic Committee determined that his involvement was so severe as to exclude him from the national team. The matter eventually went to court, where a judge ruled in Steuer's favor. Still, at the 2006 Torino games, he was forbidden to wear the German team clothes. Savchenko and Szolkowy have been encouraged in the past to find a different coach, and Steuer was denied accreditation at several events. Savchenko and Szolkowy eventually went to court to appeal against this decision, and the judge ruled in their favor.[9] At the 2010 Vancouver games, he was allowed to wear German team clothes and associate with the team.[10][11]

In June 2010, the Frankfurt Landgericht rejected Steuer's lawsuit against the Bundeswehr, however, in March 2011, the Brandenburg Oberlandesgericht ruled in his favor; the Bundeswehr may appeal to the Federal Court of Justice of Germany.[12]

Personal life[edit | edit source]

Steuer's son, Hugo, was born in 2003.[13][14]

Results[edit | edit source]

With Mandy Wötzel[edit | edit source]

Event 1992–93 1993–94 1994–95 1995–96 1996–97 1997–98
Winter Olympic Games WD 3rd
World Championships 2nd 4th 5th 2nd 1st
European Championships 2nd 5th 1st 2nd 2nd
German Championships 1st 1st 1st 1st
Champions Series Final 3rd 1st 2nd
Skate Canada 1st 1st
Trophée Lalique 3rd 2nd
Cup of Russia 1st
NHK Trophy 3rd 2nd
Nations Cup 1st 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 1st
WD = Withdrew

With Ines Müller[edit | edit source]

Event 1988–1989 1989–1990 1990–1991
European Championships 7th 7th
German Championships 4th
East German Championships 3rd 3rd
Nations Cup 5th
Skate Canada International 5th

With Manuela Landgraf[edit | edit source]

Event 1983–1984 1984–1985 1985–1986
World Championships 8th 11th
World Junior Championships 1st
European Championships 5th 5th
East German Championships 2nd

Programs[edit | edit source]

(with Wötzel)

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
1997–1998 No Holly For Miss Quinn
  • Wings of Hope
    by Danny Wright
  • In Memory from Moods of Indigo
    Danny Wright
1996–1997 A Question of You
by Prince
  • Wings of Hope
    by Danny Wright
  • In Memory from Moods of Indigo
    by Danny Wright
Who Wants to Live Forever
performed by Dune

by Aretha Franklin

1995–1996 Rolling Stones medley
performed by Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
1994–1995 No Holly For Miss Quinn
by Enya
by Art of Noise
1993–1994 Basic Instinct In Your Room
by Depeche Mode
1992–1993 On The Road from Rain Man The NeverEnding Story
by Giorgio Moroder
Black Machine
Professional career
Out Of Africa

by Vanessa-Mae

Last Dance
by Donna Summer

In Memory
by Danny Wright

by Jean Michel Jarre

References[edit | edit source]

  1. World Junior Figure Skating Championships: ISU Results: Pairs PDF (10.5 KB)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 Hersh, Philip (4 February 1998). "German Pair Find Skating Is Easiest Part". Chicago Tribune. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1998-02-04/sports/9802040034_1_long-program-ingo-steuer-mandy-woetzel. 
  3. Klimke, Barbara (4 January 1997). "Aber die Gefahr tanzt immer mit [Danger always present]" (in German). Berliner Zeitung. http://www.berliner-zeitung.de/archiv/die-chemnitzer-mandy-woetzel-und-ingo-steuer-wollen-in-oberstdorf-den-titel-im-paarlauf-verteidigen-aber-die-gefahr-tanzt-immer-mit,10810590,9222528.html. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Longman, Jere (4 February 1998). "OLYMPICS: NAGANO 1998; Taking Life and Its Scars and Pains". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/1998/02/04/sports/olympics-nagano-1998-taking-life-and-its-scars-and-pains.html?pagewanted=all. 
  5. Bondy, Filip (4 February 1998). "Daring Pair Might Break Ice". Daily News (New York). http://articles.nydailynews.com/1998-02-04/sports/18072637_1_pairs-figure-skaters-ingo-steuer-nerve-damage. 
  6. Vernon, Nadin (4 December 2010). "An interview with Ingo Steuer". AbsoluteSkating.com. http://www.absoluteskating.com/interviews/2010ingosteuer.html. Retrieved 4 December 2010. 
  7. Berlot, Jean-Christophe (20 January 2012). "French skaters channeling high hopes for Euros". Ice Network. Archived from the original on 25 January 2012. http://web.icenetwork.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120120&content_id=26409230&vkey=ice_news. 
  8. "Daria POPOVA / Bruno MASSOT: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 23 January 2012. http://www.webcitation.org/64usHZd0m. 
  9. Flade, Tatjana (10 July 2007). "Mission accomplished". GoldenSkate.com. http://www.goldenskate.com/2007/07/mission-accomplished/. Retrieved 15 September 2010. 
  10. "Stasi past still overshadows German coach". Vancouver, Canada: NBC.com. 16 February 2010. http://i.nbcolympics.com/news-features/news/newsid=421573.html. Retrieved 17 February 2010. 
  11. Donegan, Lawrence (15 February 2010). "Germany skating coach Ingo Steuer tarnished by Stasi past". The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2010/feb/15/ingo-steuer-olympics-skating-stasi/print. 
  12. "Trainer Steuer gewinnt Klage gegen Bundeswehr [Coach Steuer wins lawsuit against Bundeswehr]" (in German). Sport-Informations-Dienst / Deutsche Presse-Agentur. Die Welt. 29 March 2011. Archived from the original on 25 January 2012. http://www.welt.de/sport/article13004743/Trainer-Steuer-gewinnt-Klage-gegen-Bundeswehr.html. 
  13. Zorn, Roland (27 November 2003). "Seltsames Solo eines Paarläufers" (in German). Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. http://www.faz.net/aktuell/sport/wintersport/eiskunstlauf-seltsames-solo-eines-paarlaeufers-1131057.html. 
  14. "Unser Gold-Dreier" (in German). Bild. 24 January 2008. http://www.bild.de/sport/wintersport/edelmetalle-gold/eis-herz-3572044.bild.html. 
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