Sepp Schönmetzler

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Sepp Schönmetzler
Sepp Schoenmetzler Selbstportraet.jpg
Sepp Schönmetzler
Personal information
Country represented  Germany
 West Germany
Born (1944-09-24) September 24, 1944 (age 70)
Etzdorf, Saxony
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Former coach Josef Schönmetzler
Skating club SC Rießersee
Retired 1965

Sepp Schönmetzler (born September 24, 1944 in Etzdorf, Saxony) is a German figure skater, coach, and journalist. He is the 1962 and 1965 German national champion and placed 12th at the 1964 Winter Olympics. He produces the German figure skating magazine Eissport-Magazin.


Personal life[edit]

In 1963, Sepp Schönmetzler finished school and passed his Abitur in Oberstdorf.

In 1965, he was honored with honorary citizenship of Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA.

Beginning in 1967, he studied photography at the Staatlichen Höheren Fachschule, in Cologne. He passed his degree in 1970 and became a Diplom-Engineer for technical-scientific photography. In 1976, he studied science of sport at the sport-college in Cologne (DSHS). He finished these studies in 1979 as a Diplom-sport-teacher.

In 1984 he did his PhD at the DSHS in sports-science in the fields biomechanics and general coaching and moving science (Bewegungslehre).

In 1979, Sepp Schönmetzler married Sabine Beier. The couple had two children. They divorced on January 31, 2002.

Competitive career[edit]

Sepp Schönmetzler began skating at age four. He represented the club SC Rießersee in national competition and was coached by his father, Josef Schönmetzler, a Diplom Sport-Teacher. His mother, Sonja Schönmetzler (nee Fuchs) was a sportswomen.

In addition to figure skating, Schönmetzler also competed in golf, tennis and shaolin temple boxing.

He won the German Figure Skating Championships in 1962 and 1965. He represented the Unified Team of Germany at the 1964 Winter Olympics, where he placed 12th. He also competed at the World Figure Skating Championships, with a highest placement of 7th, which he achieved in 1963, and at the European Figure Skating Championships, with a highest placement of 4th, which he achieved in 1965.

He retired from competitive skating in 1965. He turned professional and toured for two years with the Ice Capades.

Professional career[edit]

Beginning in 1967, he worked also as a coach for the Cologne Iceclub (Kölner Eisklub). In 1970 he became certified coach for figure skating (Fachübungsleiter). In 1972, he started to work for the German newspaper BILD as a photo-journalist for three months in Cologne and later in Hamburg. In 1972 he worked voluntarily for the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich. He took part in producing the village newspaper (Dorfzeitung).

In 1977 he became a certified coach for tennis. From 1979 to 1991, he worked for the DSHS as scientific employee. Also from 1979 on Sepp Schönmetzler worked as a coach-teacher for the German sport assiciation Deutscher Sportbund, LSB, the coaching academy in Cologne, for the German figure skation association DEU and its association in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and others.

In 1983, Schönmetzler became the leading coach of the ice sport department of the club TSV Bayer 04 and worked there for three years. In 1986, Sepp Schönmetzler became the federal coach of Austria for figure skating and served in that position for one year. In 1988, he became the leading coach at the club TUS Wiehl 1891.

Since 1992 Sepp Schönmetzler works as a freelance coach and sport event manager. He founded the publishing house for scientific sport information (Verlag für Sportfachinformation) and publishs the German ice sport magazine "Eissport-Magazin”.

Competitive results[edit]

Event/year 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965
Olympic Winter Games 12th
World Championships 13th 7th 10th 11th
European Championships 7th 8th 5th 6th 4th
German Championships 3rd 2nd 1st 2nd 1st


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