Victor Kraatz with Shae-Lynn Bourne.
|Full name||Victor Kraatz|
April 7, 1971 |
West Berlin, West Germany
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Former partner||Shae-Lynn Bourne
|Former coach||Nikolai Morozov
Victor Kraatz, MSC (born April 7, 1971 in West Berlin, West Germany) is a Canadian ice dancer. In 2003, he and his partner, Shae-Lynn Bourne, became the first North American ice dancers to win a World Championship.
Victor Kraatz began to skate at the age of 9. In Switzerland he became an ice dancer and skated with Analisa Beltrami (Switzerland). After having moved to Canada, he teamed up with Taryn O'Neill. On April 20, 1991, Kraatz began skating with Shae-Lynn Bourne, who had been a pair skater until that time.
Bourne / Kraatz withdrew from their 2002 Grand Prix events due to Bourne's injury. They won their 10th Canadian national title and then took their third Four Continents title. Bourne / Kraatz went on to win gold at the 2003 World Championships. They retired from competition at the end of the season.
Bourne / Kraatz are the first World champions in ice dancing representing Canada. They were the first ice dancers to include hydroblading elements in their routines.
Born in West Berlin, Kraatz grew up in Switzerland and later moved with his mother to Canada. On June 19, 2004, Victor Kraatz and Finnish ice dancer Maikki Uotila were married in Helsinki, Finland. Their first son, Oliver, was born September 14, 2006, in North Vancouver, British Columbia. Their second son was born on July 10, 2010.
|Season||Original dance||Free dance|
|GP (CS) Final||4th||1st||2nd||5th||1st|
|GP Cup of Russia||2nd|
|GP NHK Trophy||2nd||2nd||1st|
|GP Skate America||3rd|
|GP Skate Canada||6th||3rd||1st||1st||1st||1st||1st||1st|
|GP = Became part of Champions Series in 1995–1996, renamed Grand Prix in 1998–1999|
- "Shae-Lynn BOURNE / Victor KRAATZ: 2000/2001". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 18, 2001.
- "Shae-Lynn BOURNE / Victor KRAATZ: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on July 15, 2003.
- Barden, Brett (July 14, 2010). "Victor and Maikki Kraatz welcome second son". Skate Today. Retrieved April 9, 2011.
- "Shae-Lynn BOURNE / Victor KRAATZ: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 2, 2002.
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- Shae-Lynn Bourne / Victor Kraatz at the International Skating Union
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