Tanja Kolbe

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Tanja Kolbe
Tanja Kolbe bei der Olympia-Einkleidung Erding 2014 (Martin Rulsch) 05.jpg
Tanja Kolbe in 2014
Personal information
Country represented Germany
Born (1990-09-07) 7 September 1990 (age 24)
Berlin
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
Former partner Stefano Caruso, Sascha Rabe, Paul Boll
Former coach Barbara Fusar-Poli, René Lohse, Martin Skotnický, Anjelika Krylova, Pasquale Camerlengo
Former choreographer Jutta Deutschland
Skating club TSC Berlin
Training locations Milan
Berlin
Began skating 1994
Retired 2014
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 142.54
2013 Europeans
Short dance 56.54
2013 Europeans
Free dance 86.00
2013 Europeans

Tanja Kolbe (born 7 September 1990) is a German ice dancer. With Stefano Caruso, she won seven international medals and two German national silver medals. They placed eighth at the 2013 European Championships and competed at the 2014 Winter Olympics, finishing 19th.

Personal life[edit]

Tanja Kolbe was born 7 September 1990 in Berlin, Germany.[1] She is studying business communication in Berlin and works for the Bundeswehr's sports group.[2]

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

From 2003 to 2006, Kolbe competed with Paul Boll. They won the 2006 German national junior title and were sent to the 2006 World Junior Championships where they placed 16th.

In 2006, Kolbe teamed up with Sascha Rabe. In their first season together, they competed on the junior level. They appeared at two ISU Junior Grand Prix events and took the silver medal at the German Junior Championships. The next three season, Kolbe/Rabe competed on the senior level. They took bronze at the 2009 German Championships. After Rabe decided to retire in 2010, she had a tryout with Deividas Stagniūnas of Lithuania.[2]

Partnership with Caruso[edit]

Kolbe teamed up with Italian ice dancer Stefano Caruso in 2010.[3] In their first season together, they took bronze at the 2010 Ice Challenge and at the 2011 German Championships.

In their second season together, Kolbe/Caruso won two international medals, gold at the 2011 NRW Trophy and bronze at the Istanbul Cup. They took the silver medal at the German Championships and were assigned to the 2012 European Championships where they finished 12th. The duo split up after the event but teamed up again in July 2012.[4][5]

In the 2012–13 season, Kolbe/Caruso took silver again at the German Championships and earned another trip to the European Championships where they finished 8th. They won two international medals – bronze at both the New Year's Cup and Volvo Open Cup.

In the 2013–14 season, Kolbe/Caruso were invited to their first Grand Prix event, the 2013 Trophee Eric Bompard where they placed 7th. They added two more international medals to their collection – bronze at the 2013 Ondrej Nepela Trophy and Ice Challenge. In February 2014, Kolbe/Caruso competed at the Winter Olympics in Sochi and finished 19th.[1] They announced the end of their partnership in June 2014.[6]

Programs[edit]

With Caruso[edit]

Season Short dance Free dance
2013–2014
[1][7][8]
  • New York, New York
    performed by Liza Minnelli, Luciano Pavarotti
  • Borsalino
    performed by Tokyo Hosei Orchestra
  • New York, New York
    performed by Liza Minnelli, Luciano Pavarotti
Enchanted
by Alan Menken:
  • Narissa Arrives
  • Storybook Ending
  • Andalasia
2012–2013
[8][9]
Beethoven's Last Night
by Trans-Siberian Orchestra:
  • Overture – Moonlight Sonata
  • Dream of Candlelight
  • Moonlight Sonata
2011–2012
[8][10]
  • Bla Bla Cha Cha
    by Petty Booka
  • Besame Mucho
  • Give It Up
    by The Goodman
2010–2011
[8]

With Rabe[edit]

Season Original dance Free dance
2009–2010
[11]
German folk:
  • Wir tanzen wieder Polka
  • Amboß Polka
  • O wie bist du schön
  • Come On In My House
    by Bella Reese
  • Ain't No Sunshine
    by Bill Withers
  • Hip Hip Chin Chin
    by Club des Belugas

With Boll[edit]

Season Original dance Free dance
2005–2006
[12]
  • Sway
    by Michael Buble
  • Bella Maria
    by Michael Buble
  • Happy Brazil
    by James Last
  • The Mask of Zorro
    by James Horner
2004–2005
[13]
  • Black Machine

Competitive highlights[edit]

With Caruso[edit]

Kolbe/Caruso at the 2012 German Championships
Results[14]
International
Event 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14
Winter Olympics 19th
World Champ. 21st
European Champ. 12th 8th 11th
GP Trophee Bompard 7th
Bavarian Open 4th
Cup of Nice 4th
Finlandia Trophy 6th
Golden Spin 7th 6th 5th
Ice Challenge 3rd 3rd
Istanbul Cup 3rd
New Year's Cup 3rd
NRW Trophy 8th 1st
Ondrej Nepela 3rd
Pavel Roman 4th
Volvo Open Cup 3rd
National
German Champ. 3rd 2nd 2nd 2nd
GP = Grand Prix

With Rabe[edit]

Tanja Kolbe and Sascha Rabe at the 2007 German Junior Championships
Results[15]
International
Event 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10
Golden Spin 7th
Ice Challenge 8th
Nebelhorn Trophy 13th 14th
Ondrej Nepela 5th
Pavel Roman 1st J. 4th
International: Junior
JGP Czech Republic 5th
JGP Netherlands 6th
National
German Champ. 2nd J. 3rd WD
JGP = Junior Grand Prix; J. = Junior level; WD = Withdrew

With Boll[edit]

Tanja Kolbe and Paul Boll at the 2006 World Junior Championships
Results[12]
International
Event 2004–05 2005–06
World Junior Champ. 16th
JGP Canada 6th
JGP Estonia 8th
JGP Germany WD
JGP USA 8th
Nordics 2nd J.
National
German Champ. 3rd J. 1st J.
JGP = Junior Grand Prix; J. = Junior level; WD = Withdrew

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Tanja KOLBE". Organizing Committee of the XXII Olympic Winter Games. Archived from the original on 20 March 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Wenck, Dietmar (16 February 2014). "Zwei Berliner, die ohne Liebe ihr Glück bei Olympia suchen" [Two skaters from Berlin hope for luck at the Olympics]. Berliner Morgenpost (in German). 
  3. ^ "Deutsch-italienische Leidenschaft" [German-Italian passion]. Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (in German). 17 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "Kolbe und Caruso wieder vereint" [Kolbe and Caruso reunited]. Sport-Informations-Dienst (in German) (Focus). 20 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "Kolbe & Caruso REUNITE!". ice-dance.com. 20 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "Official statement". 25 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "Tanja KOLBE / Stefano CARUSO: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 19 June 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Programs". Official website of Kolbe/Caruso. Archived from the original on 19 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "Tanja KOLBE / Stefano CARUSO: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 5 October 2013. 
  10. ^ "Tanja KOLBE / Stefano CARUSO: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 2 October 2012. 
  11. ^ "Tanja KOLBE / Sascha RABE: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 21 September 2012. 
  12. ^ a b "Tanja KOLBE / Paul BOLL: 2005/2006". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 18 October 2006. 
  13. ^ "Tanja KOLBE / Paul BOLL: 2004/2005". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 4 April 2005. 
  14. ^ "Competition Results: Tanja KOLBE / Stefano CARUSO". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 23 April 2014. 
  15. ^ "Competition Results: Tanja KOLBE / Sascha RABE". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 15 October 2012. 

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