Viktor Pfeifer

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Viktor Pfeifer
Viktor Pfeifer 2010 Skate America 2.jpg
Viktor Pfeifer at the 2010 Skate America
Personal information
Country represented Austria
Born (1987-05-16) May 16, 1987 (age 26)
Graz, Austria
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Coach Irina Romanova
Former coach Priscilla Hill, Elena Romanova, Uschi Keszler
Choreographer Irina Romanova
Former choreographer Priscilla Hill, Denis Petukhov
Skating club Dornbirn SC
Training locations Wilmington, Delaware
Began skating 1995
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 194.77
2013 Europeans
Short program 67.34
2013 Europeans
Free skate 129.34
2009 Nebelhorn Trophy

Viktor Pfeifer (born May 16, 1987) is an Austrian figure skater. An eight-time Austrian national champion, he has placed as high as eighth at the European Championships (2013) and has competed twice at the Winter Olympics, placing 22nd in 2006 and 21st in 2010.

Career[edit]

In the 2002–03 season, Pfeifer won Austria's senior national men's title for the first time. The following season, he began competing on the ISU Junior Grand Prix series.

In 2004–05, Pfeifer competed in his second JGP season and finished 12th at the 2005 World Junior Championships. He also made his senior international debut at the 2005 European Championships, where he was 18th. He then placed 23rd at his first senior World Championships.

In 2005–06, Pfeifer again began his season on the junior level, placing fifth in both of his JGP events. He then competed on the senior level at the 2005 Karl Schäfer Memorial, the final opportunity for countries to qualify an Olympic entry. His placement, fifth, gave Austria a spot in the 2006 Olympic men's event. Pfeifer won his third senior national title and was sent to the Olympics where he placed 22nd. He ended his season at the 2006 World Championships, finishing 26th.

In 2006, Pfeifer moved from Austria to train in Aston, Pennsylvania.[1] Two years later, he began training under Priscilla Hill at the Skating Club of Wilmington in Wilmington, Delaware.[1] He stated that Austrian skating officials disagreed with his decision to train abroad and his funding dried up, leading him to consider no longer competing for the country.[1] He was not sent to any ISU Championships in 2007 and 2008.

Pfeifer returned to international competition in autumn 2008. He placed tenth at the 2008 Nebelhorn Trophy and fifth at the 2008 Karl Schäfer Memorial before taking his fourth national title. He was 29th at both the 2009 European Championships and 2009 World Championships.

The final opportunity to qualify for the 2010 Winter Olympics was the 2009 Nebelhorn Trophy in September. Pfeifer placed fifth and earned a spot for Austria in the men's event in Vancouver. Austria consequently resumed funding his training.[1] After winning his fifth national title, Pfeifer was sent to the 2010 European Championships where he placed 17th. He then competed at the 2010 Winter Olympics, placing 21st. His final event of the season was the 2010 World Championships where he was 20th.

In the 2012–13 season, Pfeifer was eighth at the European Championships, the best European result of his career. He then placed 20th at the 2013 World Championships, earning a spot for Austria in the 2014 Olympic men's event.

In addition to competing, Pfeifer also coaches at The Skating Club of Wilmington.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Pfeifer began playing the cello as a child and attended a music conservatory in Austria before deciding to focus on skating.[3] He studied business management and economics at the University of Delaware.[1][4]

Programs[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2012–2013
[5]
  • Moonlight Sonata
    by Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Breath
    by Audiomachine
  • Piano
    by Michael Orteta
  • Guardians at the Gate
    by Audiomachine
2011–2012
[6]
  • Send In the Clowns
  • The Elephant Man
  • Entry of the Gladiators
  • Circus Contraception
2010–2011
[7]
  • Send In the Clowns
  • The Elephant Man
  • Entry of the Gladiators
  • Circus Contraception
2009–2010
[8]
  • Mandolin Rain
    by Bruce Hornsby
2008–2009
[9][10]

  • Blues for Klook
2007–2008
2006–2007
[11]
  • Moonlight Sonata
  • Beethoven's Last Night
2005–2006
[12]
  • Chaplin medley
2004–2005
[13]
  • Art on Ice
    (from "Strings and Beats")
    performed by Edvin Marton
2003–2004
[14]

Results[edit]

2003–present[edit]

Results[15]
International
Event 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14
Olympics 22nd 21st 26th
Worlds 23rd 26th 29th 20th 26th 22nd 20th 30th
Europeans 18th 18th 29th 17th 18th 18th 8th 14th
GP Skate America 12th
Golden Spin 4th
Ice Challenge 13th 3rd 11th 2nd
Karl Schäfer 5th 14th 5th
Nebelhorn 10th 5th 13th
Ondrej Nepela 2nd 5th
Triglav Trophy 2nd
International: Junior
Junior Worlds 12th 15th
JGP Bulgaria 5th
JGP Estonia 5th
JGP Romania 10th
JGP Slovakia 22nd
JGP Ukraine 9th
Montfort Cup 2nd J. 1st J. 1st J.
National, domestic, or club events
Austrian Champ. 2nd 1st 1st 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
Austrian Junior 1st 1st
OQ Kapfenberg 2nd
USFSA Eastern 8th
USFSA South Atlantic 3rd
Chesapeake Open 1st
Liberty Summer 12th
GP = Grand Prix; JGP = Junior Grand Prix; J. = Junior level; OQ = Olympia-Qualifikation

1998–2003[edit]

Results[15]
International
Event 1998–99 1999–00 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03
Copenhagen Trophy 4th N. 2nd J.
EYOF 11th J.
Golden Bear of Zagreb 1st N.
National
Austrian Champ. 4th 1st
Austrian Junior Champ. 2nd 1st
Austrian Novice Champ. 1st 1st
Austrian Debutant Champ. 1st
J. = Junior level

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Steinberg, Lisa (March 23, 2010). "University home to international ice skating champ". The Review. Archived from the original on July 22, 2011. 
  2. ^ Tresolini, Kevin (February 2, 2014). "Shifting younger, but Delaware still helps breed top figure skating talent". The News Journal. 
  3. ^ Mittan, Barry (December 4, 2005). "Pfeifer Plans to Compose His Own Music for Programs". SkateToday. 
  4. ^ Golinsky, Reut; Geikhman, Tatiana (2010). "Viktor Pfeifer: "You shouldn't take anything for granted"". AbsoluteSkating.com. Retrieved December 22, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Viktor PFEIFER: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on September 26, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Viktor PFEIFER: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 9, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Viktor PFEIFER: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on August 16, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Viktor PFEIFER: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on September 25, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Viktor PFEIFER: 2008/2009". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 5, 2009. 
  10. ^ "Viktor PFEIFER: 2008/2009". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on October 15, 2008. 
  11. ^ "Viktor PFEIFER: 2006/2007". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on July 2, 2007. 
  12. ^ "Viktor PFEIFER: 2005/2006". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 15, 2006. 
  13. ^ "Viktor PFEIFER: 2004/2005". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 5, 2005. 
  14. ^ "Viktor PFEIFER: 2003/2004". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 7, 2004. 
  15. ^ a b "Competition Results: Viktor PFEIFER". International Skating Union. 

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