Blue Swords

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Blue Swords (German: Pokal der Blauen Schwerter) is an international figure skating competition organized by the Deutsche Eislauf-Union. It is usually held in Chemnitz, Saxony, Germany. Medals are awarded in the disciplines of men's singles, ladies' singles, pair skating, and ice dancing. Champions of the event win the "Blue Swords Trophy".

Blue Swords began as a senior international competition in East Germany, and was held annually between 1961 and 1998. In 1985, it became a junior-level event.[1] Since 1997, it is chosen in some years by the International Skating Union to be part of the ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit. These are the only years when the event is still held.

The German name for the event is "Pokal der Blauen Schwerter", and is named after the blue swords trademark of the famous porcelain manufacturer Meißen. The Blue Sword Trophy is made of that porcelain.

Senior medalists[edit]

Men[edit]

Men's medalists
Year Gold[1] Silver Bronze Details
1961 East Germany Bodo Bockenauer
1962 East Germany Bodo Bockenauer
1963 East Germany Ralph Borghard
1964 France Robert Dureville
1965 East Germany Günter Zöller
1966 East Germany Günter Zöller
1967 East Germany Günter Zöller
1968 East Germany Günter Zöller
1969 East Germany Günter Zöller
1970 East Germany Jan Hoffmann
1971 East Germany Jan Hoffmann
1972 East Germany Jan Hoffmann
1973 East Germany Jan Hoffmann
1974 Soviet Union Konstantin Kokora
1975 East Germany Jan Hoffmann
1976 Soviet Union Konstantin Kokora East Germany Mario Liebers
1977 East Germany Mario Liebers
1978 East Germany Hermann Schulz
1979 East Germany Jan Hoffmann
1980 Poland Grzegorz Głowania
1981 East Germany Alexander König
1982 East Germany Falko Kirsten
1983 Soviet Union Boris Uspenski
1984 Soviet Union Vladimir Petrenko

Ladies[edit]

Ladies' medalists
Year Gold[1] Silver Bronze Details
1961 East Germany Gabriele Seyfert
1962 Czechoslovakia Eva Grožajová East Germany Gabriele Seyfert East Germany Heidemarie Steiner
1963 East Germany Gabriele Seyfert
1964 East Germany Gabriele Seyfert
1965 East Germany Gabriele Seyfert
1966 East Germany Gabriele Seyfert
1967 East Germany Beate Richter
1968 East Germany Sonja Morgenstern
1969 East Germany Sonja Morgenstern
1970 East Germany Sonja Morgenstern
1971 East Germany Christine Errath
1972 East Germany Christine Errath
1973 East Germany Christine Errath
1974 East Germany Christine Errath
1975 East Germany Christine Errath
1976 East Germany Anett Pötzsch
1977 Soviet Union Natalia Strelkova
1978 East Germany Katarina Witt
1979 East Germany Anett Pötzsch
1980 East Germany Anett Pötzsch
1981 East Germany Katarina Witt
1982 East Germany Janina Wirth
1983 East Germany Janina Wirth
1984 East Germany Inga Gauter

Pair skating[edit]

Pairs medalists
Year Gold[1] Silver Bronze Details
1961 East Germany Renate Rössler / Klaus Wasserfuhr
1962 East Germany Irene Müller / Hans Georg Dallmer
1963 East Germany Brigitte Wokoeck / Heinz-Ulrich Walther
1964 East Germany Irene Müller / Hans Georg Dallmer
1965 East Germany Heidemarie Steiner / Heinz-Ulrich Walther
1966 East Germany Heidemarie Steiner / Heinz-Ulrich Walther
1967 East Germany Heidemarie Steiner / Heinz-Ulrich Walther
1968 Soviet Union Ludmila Suslina / Alexander Tikhomirov
1969 Soviet Union Lyudmila Smirnova / Andrei Suraikin
1970 East Germany Manuela Groß / Uwe Kagelmann
1971 East Germany Marlies Radunski / Rolf Österreich
1972 East Germany Manuela Groß / Uwe Kagelmann
1973 East Germany Manuela Groß / Uwe Kagelmann
1974 East Germany Romy Kermer / Rolf Österreich
1975 East Germany Manuela Groß / Uwe Kagelmann
1976 East Germany Katja Schubert / Knut Schubert
1977 East Germany Manuela Mager / Uwe Bewersdorff
1978 East Germany Sabine Baeß / Tassilo Thierbach
1979 East Germany Sabine Baeß / Tassilo Thierbach
1980 Soviet Union Inna Volianskaya / Valeri Spiridonov
1981 East Germany Birgit Lorenz / Knut Schubert Soviet Union Elena Kashinzeva / Alexei Pagodin Soviet Union Elena Bechke / Valery Kornienko[2]
1982 East Germany Birgit Lorenz / Knut Schubert
1983 East Germany Birgit Lorenz / Knut Schubert
1984 Soviet Union Irina Mironenko / Dmitri Shkidchenko

Ice dancing[edit]

Ice dancing medalists
Year Gold[1] Silver Bronze Details
No ice dancing event in 1961 [1]
1962 East Germany Eva-Maria Reuter / Bernd Egert
1963 East Germany Annerose Baier / Eberhard Rüger
1964 Hungary György Korda / Pál Vásárhelyi
1965 East Germany Annerose Baier / Eberhard Rüger
1966 East Germany Annerose Baier / Eberhard Rüger
1967 Soviet Union Lyudmila Pakhomova / Aleksandr Gorshkov
1968 Soviet Union Lyudmila Pakhomova / Aleksandr Gorshkov
1969 Soviet Union Lyudmila Pakhomova / Aleksandr Gorshkov
No ice dancing event 1970–1984 [1]

Junior medalists[edit]

Men[edit]

Junior men's medalists
Year Gold[1] Silver Bronze Details
1985 Soviet Union Vladimir Petrenko
1986 Soviet Union Yuri Tsimbaliuk
1987 East Germany Ronny Winkler
1988 Soviet Union Viacheslav Zagorodniuk
1989 East Germany Mirko Eichhorn
1990 Soviet Union Dmitri Dmitrenko
1991 Soviet Union Konstantin Kostin
1992 Ukraine Evgeni Pliuta
1993 Japan Naoki Shigematsu
1994 France Gabriel Monnier
1995 Russia Alexei Yagudin
1996 Russia Evgeni Plushenko United States Timothy Goebel France Vincent Restencourt [3]
1997 United States Matthew Savoie Russia Alexei Vasilevski Germany David Jaschke
1998 France Vincent Restencourt Germany Stefan Lindemann United States Scott Smith [4]
2000 Russia Stanislav Timchenko United States Evan Lysacek France Maxime Duchemin [5][6]
2002 Russia Sergei Dobrin Czech Republic Tomáš Verner United States Nicholas LaRoche
2004 Switzerland Jamal Othman Russia Alexander Uspenski United States Princeton Kwong [7][8]
2007 United States Brandon Mroz Czech Republic Michal Březina Japan Takahito Mura [9]
2009 China Song Nan Russia Artur Gachinski Russia Gordei Gorshkov [10]
2010 United States Richard Dornbush Russia Gordei Gorshkov Japan Ryuichi Kihara [11]
2012 Russia Maxim Kovtun Japan Shoma Uno Russia Alexander Samarin [12][13]
2014 Russia Andrei Lazukin China He Zhang Ukraine Yaroslav Paniot [14]

Ladies[edit]

Junior ladies' medalists
Year Gold[1] Silver Bronze Details
1985 Soviet Union Natalia Gorbenko
1986 East Germany Inga Gauter
1987 Canada Carmen Preston
1988 East Germany Tanja Krienke
1989 United States Robyn Petroskey
1990 Soviet Union Maria Yerdzitskaya
1991 Poland Anna Rechnio
1992 Germany Tanja Szewczenko
1993 Ukraine Inna Zayets
1994 United States Tara Lipinski
1995 United States Sydne Vogel
1996 Russia Elena Pingacheva United States Angela Nikodinov Germany Veronika Dytrt [3]
1997 United States Amber Corwin Russia Julia Soldatova Finland Sara Lindroos
1998 Russia Irina Nikolaeva Poland Anna Jurkiewicz United States Sara Wheat [4]
2000 Russia Kristina Oblasova United States Sara Wheat Hungary Tamara Dorofejev [5][6]
2002 Russia Olga Naidenova United States Adriana DeSanctis United Kingdom Jenna McCorkell
2004 Finland Kiira Korpi United States Danielle Kahle United States Katy Taylor [7][8]
2007 Germany Sarah Hecken United States Rachael Flatt Japan Rumi Suizu [9]
2009 United States Kiri Baga United States Angela Maxwell Russia Polina Agafonova [10]
2010 Russia Elizaveta Tuktamysheva United States Christina Gao Belgium Ira Vannut [11]
2012 Russia Anna Pogorilaya Japan Miyabi Oba Russia Maria Stavitskaia [12][13]
2014 Japan Wakaba Higuchi Kazakhstan Elizabet Turzynbaeva Russia Alexandra Proklova [14]

Pairs[edit]

Junior pairs' medalists
Year Gold[1] Silver Bronze Details
1985 East Germany Antje Schramm / Jens Müller
1986 East Germany Mandy Hannebauer / Marno Kreft
1987 Soviet Union Inna Svetacheva / Vladimir Chagov
1988 Soviet Union Elena Nikonova / Nikolai Apter
1989 Soviet Union Elena Vlasenko / Sergei Ostriy
1990
1991 Soviet Union Natalia Krestianinova / Alexei Torchinski
1992 Russia Inga Korshunova / Dmitri Saveliev
1993 Germany Silvia Dimitrov / Rico Rex
1994 United States Danielle Hartsell / Steve Hartsell
1995 Russia Irina Maslennikova / Konstantin Krasnenkov
1996 Russia Maria Petrova / Teimuraz Pulin Russia Victoria Maxiuta / Vladislav Zhovnirski France Sabrina Lefrançois / Nicolas Osseland [3][15]
1997 United States Natalie Vlandis / Jered Guzman Ukraine Julia Obertas / Dmitri Palamarchuk Russia Svetlana Nikolaeva / Alexei Sokolov
1998 Russia Victoria Maxiuta / Vladislav Zhovnirski United States Laura Handy / J. Paul Binnebose Russia Alena Maltseva / Oleg Popov [4]
2000 United States Amanda Magarian / Jered Guzman Russia Svetlana Nikolaeva / Pavel Lebedev Russia Julia Shapiro / Dmitri Khromin [5][6]
2002 Canada Jessica Dubé / Samuel Tetrault Russia Maria Mukhortova / Pavel Lebedev United States Tiffany Stiegler / Johnnie Stiegler
2004 Russia Maria Mukhortova / Maxim Trankov United States Brittany Vise / Nicholas Kole Sweden Angelika Pylkina / Niklas Hogner [7][8]
2007 United States Jessica Rose Paetsch / Jon Nuss Russia Vera Bazarova / Yuri Larionov Russia Ksenia Krasilnikova / Konstantin Bezmaternikh [9]
2009 China Sui Wenjing / Han Cong China Zhang Yue / Wang Lei United States Britney Simpson / Nathan Miller [10]
2010 China Sui Wenjing / Han Cong Japan Narumi Takahashi / Mervin Tran Russia Anna Silaeva / Artur Minchuk [11]
2012 Russia Lina Fedorova / Maxim Miroshkin Russia Maria Vigalova / Egor Zakroev Canada Brittany Jones / Ian Beharry [12][13]
2014 Canada Julianne Seguin / Charlie Bilodeau Russia Lina Fedorova / Maxim Miroshkin United States Chelsea Liu / Brian Johnson [14]

Ice dancing[edit]

Junior ice dancing medalists
Year Gold[1] Silver Bronze Details
No ice dancing event 1985–1990 [1]
1991 Soviet Union Elena Grushina / Ruslan Goncharov
1992 Russia Olga Sharutenko / Dmitri Naumkin
1993 Ukraine Karina Martirossian / Alexander Poddubskiy
1994 Russia Olga Sharutenko / Dmitri Naumkin
1995 Russia Ekaterina Davydova / Roman Kostomarov
1996 Russia Nina Ulanova / Michail Stifunin Poland Agata Błażowska / Marcin Kozubek United States Jessica Joseph / Charles Butler [3]
1997 Russia Oksana Potdykova / Denis Petukhov Italy Federica Faiella / Luciano Milo United States Jamie Silverstein / Justin Pekarek
1998 United States Jamie Silverstein / Justin Pekarek Italy Federica Faiella / Luciano Milo Ukraine Tatiana Kurkudym / Juri Kocherzhenko [4]
2000 United States Tanith Belbin / Benjamin Agosto Germany Miriam Steinel / Vladimir Tsvetkov Russia Elena Romanovskaya / Alexander Grachev [5][6]
2002 Hungary Nóra Hoffmann / Attila Elek Ukraine Mariana Kozlova / Sergei Baranov Israel Alexandra Zaretski / Roman Zaretski
2004 Russia Natalia Mikhailova / Arkadi Sergeev Italy Camilla Pistorello / Luca Lanotte Israel Alexandra Zaretsky / Roman Zaretsky [7][8]
2007 Russia Kristina Gorshkova / Vitali Butikov Russia Ekaterina Riazanova / Jonathan Guerreiro United States Madison Chock / Greg Zuerlein [9]
2009 Russia Ekaterina Pushkash / Jonathan Guerreiro Italy Lorenza Alessandrini / Simone Vaturi United States Piper Gilles / Zachary Donohue [10]
2010 Russia Evgenia Kosigina / Nikolai Moroshkin Russia Marina Antipova / Artem Kudashev United States Charlotte Lichtman / Dean Copely [11]
2012 Russia Alexandra Stepanova / Ivan Bukin United States Kaitlin Hawayek / Jean-Luc Baker Russia Daria Morozova / Mikhail Zhirnov [12][13]
2014 Russia Betina Popova / Yuri Vlasenko United States Lorraine McNamara / Quinn Carpenter Canada Brianna Delmaestro / Timothy Lum [14]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bundesarchiv_Bild_183-Z1120-016,_Eiskunstl%C3%A4ufer,_DDR,_UdSSR.jpg?uselang=ru
  3. ^ a b c d "Pokal der Blauen Schwerter 1996 - (Blue Swords)". Figure Skating Corner. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Pokal der Blauen Schwerter 1998". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 26 July 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Pokal der Blauen Schwerter 2000: Final results". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 26 July 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Pokal der Blauen Schwerter 2000: Result details". Archived from the original on 17 December 2000. 
  7. ^ a b c d "Pokal der Blauen Schwerter 2004: Result details". International Skating Union. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Pokal der Blauen Schwerter 2004: Final results". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 26 July 2011. 
  9. ^ a b c d "Pokal der Blauen Schwerter 2007: Result details". International Skating Union. 
  10. ^ a b c d "Pokal der Blauen Schwerter 2009: Result details". International Skating Union. 
  11. ^ a b c d "Pokal der Blauen Schwerter 2010: Result details". International Skating Union. 
  12. ^ a b c d "Pokal der Blauen Schwerter 2012: Result details". International Skating Union. 
  13. ^ a b c d "Pokal der Blauen Schwerter 2012: Final results". International Skating Union. 
  14. ^ a b c d "Pokal der Blauen Schwerter 2014: Final results". International Skating Union. 
  15. ^ "Blue Swords pairs competition results". Pairs on Ice. Archived from the original on 10 March 2007. 

External links[edit]

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