1971 European Figure Skating Championships

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1971 European Championships
Type:ISU Championship
Date:2-7 February 1971
Location:Switzerland Zürich
Men's singles:
Czechoslovakia Ondrej Nepela
Ladies' singles:
Austria Beatrix Schuba
Pair skating:
Soviet Union Irina Rodnina / Alexei Ulanov
Ice dance:
Soviet Union Liudmila Pakhomova / Alexander Gorshkov
1970 European Championships
1972 European Championships

The 1971 European Figure Skating Championships were the European Figure Skating Championships of the 1970-1971 season. Elite senior-level figure skaters from European ISU Member Nations competed for the title of European Champion. Skaters competed in the disciplines of ladies' singles,[1] men's singles,[2] pair skating,[3] and ice dancing.[4]

In 1971, the European Championships were held at the Hallenstadion in Zürich, Switzerland from February 2–7.

The pair skating event demonstrated the dominance of the Soviet Union in this discipline. Irina Rodnina and Alexei Ulanov took the title in spite of a fall by Ulanov on a double axel, a side-by-side jump not being attempted by any other team.

The ice dance competition was a contrast between the British and Russian styles of dance. British-trained Angelika and Erich Buck narrowly lost a 5-4 decision to Liudmila Pakhomova and Alexandr Gorshkov, who as usual were criticized for their unequal balance of skills.

Ondrej Nepela ran away with the men's title following the withdrawal of his two top challengers, Patrick Péra and Gunter Zoller, due to injuries. Nepela's victory was more the result of his strong showing in the compulsory figures than for his rather indistinguished free skating. The free skating portion of the competition was won by Haig Oundjian, who landed triple toe loop and triple salchow jumps and moved up from 6th after the figures to take the bronze medal.

The ladies event was likewise decided by the compulsory figures as Beatrix Schuba dominated that part of the competition. The free skating was won by Sonja Morgenstern, who landed a triple salchow jump in her program—at that time it was very rare for women to attempt triple jumps. Schuba was heavily criticized for the poor quality of her free skating, which included a fall on a relatively simple double loop as well as a definite underrotation on her double axel.



Rank Name Nation
1 Ondrej Nepela  Czechoslovakia
2 Sergei Chetverukhin  Soviet Union
3 Haig Oundjian  United Kingdom
4 Jan Hoffmann  East Germany
5 Yuri Ovchinnikov  Soviet Union
6 Sergei Volkov  Soviet Union
7 John Curry  United Kingdom
8 Günter Anderl  Austria
9 Jacques Mrozek  France
10 Didier Gailhaguet  France
11 Daniel Höner   Switzerland
12 Jozef Zidek  Czechoslovakia
13 Klaus Grimmelt  West Germany
14 Josef Schneider  Austria
15 László Vajda  Hungary
16 Stefano Bargauan  Italy
17 Thomas Callerud  Sweden
18 Gheorghe Fazekas  Romania
19 Pekka Leskinen  Finland
20 Bernard Bauer   Switzerland
21 Zoran Matas  Yugoslavia
22 Zdeněk Pazdírek  Czechoslovakia


Rank Name Nation
1 Beatrix Schuba  Austria
2 Zsuzsa Almássy  Hungary
3 Rita Trapanese  Italy
4 Sonja Morgenstern  East Germany
5 Charlotte Walter   Switzerland
6 Patricia Dodd  United Kingdom
7 Christine Errath  East Germany
8 Elena Alexandrova  Soviet Union
9 Eileen Zillmer  West Germany
10 Ľudmila Bezáková  Czechoslovakia
11 Jean Scott  United Kingdom
12 Marina Titova  Soviet Union
13 Judith Bayer  West Germany
14 Liana Drahová  Czechoslovakia
15 Anita Johansson  Sweden
16 Cinzia Frosio  Italy
17 Beatrice Huștiu  Romania
18 Sonja Balun  Austria
19 Dianne de Leeuw  Netherlands
20 Marie-Claude Bierre  France
21 Kristen Frikke  Denmark
22 Helena Gazvoda  Yugoslavia


Rank Name Nation
1 Irina Rodnina / Alexei Ulanov  Soviet Union
2 Liudmila Smirnova / Andrei Suraikin  Soviet Union
3 Galina Karelina / Georgi Proskurin  Soviet Union
4 Manuela Groß / Uwe Kagelmann  East Germany
5 Almut Lehmann / Herbert Wiesinger  West Germany
6 Marlies Radunsky / Rolf Österreich  East Germany
7 Brunhilde Baßler / Eberhard Rausch  West Germany
8 Grażyna Osmańska / Adam Brodecki  Poland
9 Linda Connolly / Colin Taylforth  United Kingdom
10 Florence Cahn / Jean-Roland Racle  France
11 Dana Fialova / Josef Tuma  Czechoslovakia
12 Karin Künzle / Christian Künzle   Switzerland
13 Teresa Skrzek / Piotr Sczypa  Poland
14 Evelyne Scharf / Wilhelm Bietak  Austria
15 Helena Gazvoda / Silvo Svajger  Yugoslavia

Ice dancing[edit]

Rank Name Nation
1 Liudmila Pakhomova / Alexander Gorshkov  Soviet Union
2 Angelika Buck / Erich Buck  West Germany
3 Susan Getty / Roy Bradshaw  United Kingdom
4 Tatiana Voitiuk / Viacheslav Zhigalin  Soviet Union
5 Janet Sawbridge / Peter Dalby  United Kingdom
6 Elena Zharkova / Gennadi Karponosov  Soviet Union
7 Hilary Green / Glyn Watts  United Kingdom
8 Diana Skotnická / Martin Skotnický  Czechoslovakia
9 Teresa Weyna / Piotr Bojanczyk  Poland
10 Ilona Berecz / István Sugár  Hungary
11 Anne-Claude Wolfers / Roland Mars  France
12 Matilde Ciccia / Lamberto Ceserani  Italy
13 Astrid Kopp / Axel Kopp  West Germany
14 Krisztina Regőczy / András Sallay  Hungary
15 Tatiana Grossen / Alessandro Grossen   Switzerland
16 Sylvia Fuchs / Michael Fuchs  West Germany
17 Ewa Kolodziej / Tadeusz Góra  Poland
18 Brigitte Ydraut / Pascal Germe  France
19 Agnes Arco / Adrian Perco  Austria
20 Vivi Poulsen / Kurt Poulsen  Denmark


  • results
  • "Europeans", Skating magazine, Apr 1971