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History-Spotlight 1: The most successful Austrian skater


He was a superstar of his time: Karl Schaefer achieved in the early 19th century what very few exceptional skaters could accomplish. His double Olympic Victory, 1932 in Lake Placid und 1936 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, ensured him a big chapter in figure skating history.

Karl Schaefer earned about 80 years ago a similar status as Yuzuru Hanyu has today. The current Japanese top-level-skater showed the world that the almost impossible can be accomplished in the present days as well, when he took Olympic gold at Sotchi in 2014 und Pyeongchang in 2018.

The seven times World and eight times European Champion Schaefer was unbeatable in the 1930s until he retired after his 2nd Olympic success. After World War II he established the forerunner-show of the later very famous Wiener Eisrevue. Of course, the most successful Austrian figure skater of all time became a sought-after coach both at home in Europe and overseas. He moved to the U.S. in 1956 and stayed permanently until 1962.

Karl Schaefer died 1976 in Purkersdorf near Vienna.


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