Mandy Wötzel

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Mandy Wötzel
Bundesarchiv Bild 183-1988-1106-005, Mandy Wötzel, Axel Rauschnbach.jpg
Mandy Wötzel with Axel Rauschenbach in 1988
Personal information
Country represented Germany
East Germany
Born (1973-07-21) 21 July 1973 (age 41)
Karl-Marx-Stadt, East Germany
Height 1.50 m (4 ft 11 in)[1]
Former partner Ingo Steuer
Axel Rauschenbach
Former coach Monika Scheibe
Skating club Eislaufverein Chemnitz
Retired 1998

Mandy Wötzel (born 21 July 1973) is a German former pair skater who represented East Germany and later Germany in international competition. With partner Ingo Steuer, she is the 1998 Olympic bronze medalist, the 1997 World champion, the 1995 European champion, and a four-time German national champion.

Personal life[edit]

Mandy Wötzel was born 21 July 1973 in Karl-Marx-Stadt (Chemnitz), Saxony, East Germany. She married an Australian in 2007 and moved the same year to Australia.

Skating career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Wötzel began skating as a child. She skated for the club SC Karl-Marx-Stadt, which was renamed to SC Chemnitz after German reunification. Her first partner was Axel Rauschenbach. The pair won the silver medal at the 1989 European Championships. Rauschenbach's skate blade struck Wötzel's head in 1989 while they were performing side-by-side camel spins.[2][3][4] She was in hospital for three months and missed half a year of school.[2][3] Wötzel and Rauschenbach competed at the 1992 Winter Olympics, where they finished 8th. Following the season, Rauschenbach ended their partnership to work at a bank.[3]

Partnership with Steuer[edit]

Ingo Steuer, who had been without a partner during 1991–1992 season, trained at the same rink as Wötzel, and under the same coach, Monika Scheibe.[3] Scheibe initially 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.[3] After less than a year together, Wötzel/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.[3]

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.[3][4] During the long program at the 1994 Winter Olympics, Wötzel tripped on a rut and fell to the ice, cutting her chin.[2] Steuer carried her off the ice.[3] 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.[3]

Wötzel/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.[3] On December 8, 1997, a passing car's side window hit Steuer's arm, partly tearing ligaments in his right shoulder.[2][5] Pain radiated to his neck and face and caused headaches but he continued to skate.[3][2] Wötzel/Steuer won the silver medal at the Champions Series Final, held December 19–20, 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.[2] They stayed off the ice for the following three weeks.[2] Wötzel/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.

In a 2006 interview, Wötzel said that their partnership was "hell" and she felt anxiety at the sight of Steuer.[6]

Later career[edit]

In autumn 2006, Wötzel participated in the TV show Dancing on Ice on the German channel RTL, partnered with boxer Sven Ottke.

Wötzel works as a skating coach in Australia. She started teaching at the Olympic Ice Rink in Oakleigh, Melbourne in 2008.

Programs[edit]

With Steuer[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
1997–1998
  • No Holly For Miss Quinn
    Enya
  • Wings of Hope
    by Danny Wright
  • In Memory from Moods of Indigo
    Danny Wright
1996–1997
1995–1996
1994–1995
  • No Holly For Miss Quinn
    by Enya
1993–1994
1992–1993
  • Black Machine
Professional career


  • Last Dance
    by Donna Summer


With Rauschenbach[edit]

Season Short program Free skating
1991–1992

Results[edit]

With Ingo Steuer[edit]

International
Event 1992–93 1993–94 1994–95 1995–96 1996–97 1997–98
Winter Olympics WD 3rd
World Championships 2nd 4th 5th 2nd 1st
European Championships 2nd 5th 1st 2nd 2nd
Champions Series Final 3rd 1st 2nd
GP Skate Canada 1st 1st
GP Trophée Lalique 3rd 2nd
GP Cup of Russia 1st
GP NHK Trophy 3rd 2nd
GP Nations Cup 1st 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 1st
Piruetten 1st
National
German Championships 1st 1st 1st 1st
GP = Became part of Champions Series (Grand Prix) in 1995–96 season
WD = Withdrew

With Axel Rauschenbach[edit]

International
Event 1987–88 1988–89 1989–90 1990–91 1991–92
Winter Olympics 8th
World Championships 8th 7th
European Championships 5th 2nd 5th
Skate America 3rd
Trophée de France 2nd 1st
National
German Championships 1st 2nd
East German Champ. 2nd 1st 1st

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mandy Wötzel". Sports-reference. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Longman, Jere (1998-02-04). "OLYMPICS: NAGANO 1998; Taking Life and Its Scars and Pains". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Hersh, Philip (1998-02-04). "German Pair Find Skating Is Easiest Part". Chicago Tribune. 
  4. ^ a b Klimke, Barbara (1997-01-04). "Aber die Gefahr tanzt immer mit" [Danger always present]. Berliner Zeitung (in German). 
  5. ^ Bondy, Filip (1998-02-04). "Daring Pair Might Break Ice". Daily News (New York). 
  6. ^ "Angstgefühle beim Anblick Steuers" [Anxiety at the sight of Steuer] (in German). focus.de. 2006-03-01. Retrieved 2010-10-25.