Christopher Berneck

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Christopher Berneck
Personal information
Country represented Germany
Born (1992-07-10) 10 July 1992 (age 25)
Bad Säckingen, Germany
Home town Görwihl, Germany
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Coach Doug Leigh, Robert Tebby, Lee Barkell, Priscilla Hill, Ronnie Biancosino
Choreographer Tracey Solomons-Henn, Irina Romanova
Skating club SC Berlin
TUS Eissport-Stuttgart
SC Riessersee
EHC Herrischried
Training locations Barrie, Ontario, Canada; Wilmington, Delaware, United States; Berlin, Stuttgart, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, and Herrischried, Germany
Began skating 1998
Retired 2016
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 142.35
2011 JGP Brisbane
Short program 49.28
2007 JGP Croatia Cup
Free skate 96.98
2011 JGP Brisbane

Christopher Berneck (born 10 July 1992) is a German figure skater. He won four senior international medals and became a two-time German national bronze medalist (2011, 2015).

Personal life[edit]

Berneck was born on 10 July 1992 in Bad Säckingen, Germany.[1] In 2015, he began studying fashion communication at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[2]


Berneck started skating in 1998 at the ice rink in Herrischried, Black Forest, Germany. He initially competed for EHC Herrischried. In 1999, he and his family moved to Garmisch-Partenkirchen where he trained with Wolfgang Danne and Harold Williams. He represented SC Riessersee. During his time in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Berneck competed in European Criterium events and won the 2001–02 cubs boys overall category, winning all three events he competed in, including the Hellmut Seibt Memorial, where U.S. skater Keegan Messing placed third in the same category.

In 2001, Berneck returned to his home town, Görwihl, and trained at the Stuttgart training center, competing for the TUS Eissport-Stuttgart, before moving to Berlin in 2003. He trained under Romy Oesterreich at the Sportforum Hohenschoenhausen until 2007, when the family moved to Wilmington, Delaware, United States. In June 2011, Berneck and his family moved to Barrie, Ontario, Canada. He then trained at the Mariposa International Training Center with Robert Tebby, Doug Leigh, Tugba Karademir, Steven Cousins, Lee Barkell and other coaches.

In the 2011–12 season, Berneck was unable to compete for six months due to celiac disease. In spring 2012, he had lyme disease, which took him off the ice for three months. He was diagnosed with colon cancer in May 2016 and began chemotherapy a month later.[2]


Season Short program Free skating
  • El Tango de Roxanne
    (from Moulin Rouge!)
  • Tango de los Exilados
    by Walter Taieb and Vanessa-Mae


CS: Challenger Series; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

Event 03–04 04–05 05–06 06–07 07–08 08–09 09–10 10–11 11–12 12–13 13–14 14–15
CS Autumn Classic 10th
CS Golden Spin 12th
Bavarian Open 3rd 7th
Cup of Nice 11th
Merano Cup 3rd 3rd
Nepela Trophy 7th
NRW Trophy 8th
Seibt Memorial 3rd
U.S. Classic 12th
International: Junior[5]
JGP Australia 9th
JGP Austria 15th
JGP Croatia 8th
Warsaw Cup 6th J
German Champ. 1st N 2nd Y 7th J 6th J 3rd J 7th J 3rd J 3rd 5th 4th 3rd
Levels: N = Novice; Y = Youth; J = Junior


  1. ^ a b "Christopher BERNECK: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 19 April 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Meler, Bryan (22 March 2017). "Christopher Berneck is figure skating past his cancer diagnosis". Ryerson University's The Eyeopener. 
  3. ^ "Christopher BERNECK: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 21 September 2010. 
  4. ^ "Christopher BERNECK: 2007/2008". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 19 December 2007. 
  5. ^ a b c "Competition Results: Christopher BERNECK". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. 

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