Günter Zöller

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Günter Zöller
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Günter Zöller in 1967
Personal information
Country represented East Germany
Born (1948-05-21) 21 May 1948 (age 66)
Chemnitz, Saxony, Germany
Former coach Jutta Müller
Former skating club SC Karl-Marx-Stadt
Former training locations Karl-Marx-Stadt
Retired 1972

Günter Zöller (born 21 May 1948) is a German figure skating coach and former competitor for East Germany. He is the 1970 World bronze medalist, the 1970 European bronze medalist, a five-time Blue Swords champion, and a five-time East German national champion.

Personal life[edit]

Günter Zöller was born 21 May 1948 in Chemnitz.[1]

Career[edit]

Günter Zöller in November 1971

Zöller began figure skating as a child. Coached by Jutta Müller, he represented the club SC Karl-Marx-Stadt and East Germany.[1]

Zöller debuted at the European Championships in 1963 and finished 19th. In 1965, he won his first East German national title and was sent to the 1965 European Championships, where he placed 12th. He then competed at his first World Championships, placing 18th.

In 1967, after winning his second national title, Zöller advanced to seventh at Europeans and 11th at Worlds. He was sent to the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble and finished 11th.

The 1969–70 season was Zöller's most successful. After winning his fifth national title, he was awarded bronze medals at the 1970 European Championships in Leningrad and the 1970 World Championships in Ljubljana. An injury kept him out of competition the following season.[1]

Zöller traveled with the East German team to the 1972 European Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden but did not compete, choosing to defect before the start of the event.[2] On 10 January 1972, he obtained an alien's passport at the West German embassy in Sweden and boarded a ferry to Kiel.[2][3] He coached in Ludwigshafen before relocating to Mannheim in 1974.[1] His former students include Claudia Leistner, Rudi Cerne, Stefan Pfrengle, Manuela Ruben, Petra Ernert, and Nathalie Weinzierl.[1]

Results[edit]

International[4][5]
Event 1962–63 1963–64 1964–65 1965–66 1966–67 1967–68 1968–69 1969–70 1971–72
Winter Olympics 11th
World Champ. 18th 11th 11th 7th 3rd
European Champ. 19th 12th 7th 8th 4th 3rd WD
Prague Skate 2nd
Blue Swords 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
National
East German 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
WD = Withdrew

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Immer noch an der Bande". Mannheimer Morgen (in German). 21 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Zoeller defects". United Press International (Star-News). 11 January 1972. 
  3. ^ "ZOV Sport Verräter: Günter Zöller". Landtag Brandenburg. April–May 2014. 
  4. ^ "European Figure Skating Championships: Men". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 16 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "Blue Swords (Pokal der Blauen Schwerter) - Gold Medalists". Figure Skating Corner.