Tanja Szewczenko in 2007
26 July 1977 |
|Height||1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)|
Tanja Szewczenko (born 26 July 1977 in Düsseldorf, West Germany) is a German figure skater and actress. She is the 1994 World bronze medalist, 1997 Champions Series Final silver medalist, 1998 European bronze medalist, and 1993 World Junior bronze medalist.
In 1994, at the age of 16, Szewczenko won her first international competition at the Nations Cup in Germany, defeating the reigning world champion Oksana Baiul. A few weeks later, she won her first national title, defeating former Olympic champion Katarina Witt. Szewczenko competed at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. During a practice session before the long program, she collided with Oksana Baiul, sustaining a bruised right hip and abdomen. She finished 6th at the event. Szewczenko won a bronze medal at the 1994 World Championships.
After finishing 6th at the 1996 Worlds, Szewczenko contracted a near-deadly combination of viral infections that took her out of competition for nearly two years. She made a comeback in the fall of 1997, winning on home ice at the 1997 Sparkassen Cup on Ice in Gelsenkirken, Germany over eventual World Champion, Irina Slutskaya. She went on to defeat former World Champion Chen Lu and eventual World Champion Maria Butyrskaya at the 1997 NHK Trophy in Nagano, Japan, and in doing so, earned a spot to the 1997–1998 Champions Series Final in Munich, Germany. She won the silver medal behind American Tara Lipinski.
Szewczenko won a bronze medal at the 1998 European Championships in Milan, Italy. At the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, she contracted the flu, preventing her from competing. She finished 9th at the 1998 World Championships in Minneapolis, Minnesota later that year.
Szewczenko officially retired from competitive figure skating in 2000 to concentrate on modelling and acting. She is the last German ladies' singles skater to medal at an ISU Championships.
Personal life 
Szewczenko posed for the German edition of Playboy magazine in April 1999 and March 2007. Beginning in 2002, she played the role of Katinka "Kati" Ritter on the German soap opera "Unter Uns." Her last appearance on the soap was December 5, 2005. From September 2006 until 2009, Szewczenko appeared in the German soap opera "Alles was zählt" on RTL Television. She played the role of Diana Sommer, an inline courier, who trained as a figure skater alongside the wealthy daughter of a fitness center mogul. Norman Jeschke played her pair skating partner. In January 2009, Szewczenko left the series to return to show skating, joining the "Holiday On Ice" show with Jeschke.
|CS Nations Cup||8th||1st||3rd||5th||1st|
|CS NHK Trophy||4th||1st|
|CS = Became part of Champions Series in 1995–1996
WD = Withdrew
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- "Tanja Szewczenko ist Mama geworden" [Tanja Szewczenko is a mother] (in German). unterhaltung.t-online.de. 26 February 2011. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011.
- "Tanja Szewczenko: Sie zeigt uns ihr Baby!" [Tanja Szewczenko shows us her baby]. Bunte (in German). 14 April 2011. Retrieved 17 April 2011.