Jan Hoffmann

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Jan Hoffmann
Jan Hoffmann in 1976
Personal information
Full name Jan Hoffmann
Country represented  East Germany
Born (1955-10-26) 26 October 1955 (age 58)
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Former coach Jutta Müller
Annemarie Halbach
Skating club SC Einheit Dresden
Olympic medal record
Men's figure skating
Competitor for  East Germany
Silver 1980 Lake Placid Singles

Jan Hoffmann (born 26 October 1955 in Dresden) is a German figure skater who represented East Germany in competition. A four-time Olympian, he is the 1980 Olympic silver medalist, the 1974 & 1980 World Champion, and a four-time (1974, 1977–1979) European Champion.

He was one of a handful of figure skaters who rotated clockwise, landing on his left foot.


Jan Hoffmann's first coach was Annemarie Halbach in Dresden. He changed later to coach Jutta Müller in Karl-Marx-Stadt (today Chemnitz). He represented the former East Germany in competition.

In 1974, Hoffmann won the World Figure Skating Championships and European Figure Skating Championships for the first time. After that he had a surgery of his meniscus, which slowed down his career and caused him to miss the entire 1975 season. He won his second World Championship title in 1980 at the end of his skating career.

Hoffmann competed at four Olympic Games. At the 1968 Winter Olympics he was just 12 years old. At the 1972 Games he finished 6th, at the 1976 Winter Olympics he was 4th, and he won the silver medal in 1980. At these Olympics Robin Cousins (GBR) won gold and Charles Tickner (USA) won bronze. Jan Hoffmann also won the European Championship four times.

Hoffmann studied medicine after his figure skating career and is today an orthopaedic specialist. He is still active in figure skating as a judge and was also a member of the managing board of the Deutsche Eislauf-Union. He was a judge during the ladies event at the 1994 Winter Olympics and placed Oksana Baiul ahead of Nancy Kerrigan, one of five judges who did so. Hoffman also judged the ladies competition at the 1998 Winter Olympics and gave his first-place ordinal to Michelle Kwan.

Jan Hoffmann is married and has one daughter.


Event 1967-68 1968-69 1969-70 1970-71 1971-72 1972-73 1973-74 1974-75 1975-76 1976-77 1977-78 1978-79 1979-80
Winter Olympic Games 26th 6th 4th 2nd
World Championships 10th 4th 6th 3rd 1st 3rd 2nd 2nd 3rd 1st
European Championships 21st 19th 9th 4th 3rd 1st 3rd 1st 1st 1st 2nd
East German Championships 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
Skate America 3rd
Prize of Moscow News 4th