Wolfgang Schwarz

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Wolfgang Schwarz
Wolfgang Schwarz (1966).jpg
Schwarz in 1966
Personal information
Country represented Austria
Born (1947-09-14) 14 September 1947 (age 67)
Vienna
Retired 1968
Olympic medal record
Men's figure skating
Competitor for  Austria
Gold medal – first place 1968 Grenoble Singles

Wolfgang Schwarz (born 14 September 1947 in Vienna) is an Austrian former figure skater. He is the 1968 Olympic gold medalist, a two-time (1967–1968) World silver medalist, and three-time (1967–1969) European silver medalist. Prior to the Grenoble Olympics, he had finished second to Austrian teammate Emmerich Danzer multiple times at the World and European Championships. In the 2000s, Schwarz became known for his criminal record. In December 2002, he was convicted on charges of trafficking in human beings after he brought five women from Russia and Lithuania to Austria to work as prostitutes.[1] He was given an 18-month sentence, postponed due to his skin cancer.[2] In December 2005, Schwarz was acquitted in a separate case of human trafficking.[2] In August 2006, he was convicted and sentenced to eight years in prison for plotting a kidnapping of a Romanian teenager.[3]

Competitive highlights[edit]

Year 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968
Winter Olympics 15th 1st
World Championships 7th 2nd 2nd
European Championships 7th 5th 2nd 2nd 2nd

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ex-Olympian jailed for human trafficking". Associated Press (Sports Illustrated). 6 December 2002. 
  2. ^ a b "Schwarz cleared of human trafficking". Associated Press (ESPN). 15 December 2005. 
  3. ^ "Skating gold medalist gets 8 years for kidnap plot". Associated Press (ESPN). 7 August 2006.