Lurz at the 1980 World Championships
|Country represented||West Germany|
18 January 1959 |
Dortmund, West Germany
|Former coach||Erich Zeller|
Lurz trained in Oberstdorf under the guidance of her coach, Erich Zeller. Her main international rivals were Anett Pötzsch, Linda Fratianne, and Emi Watanabe. Like Pötzsch, Lurz was known primarily for her strong compulsory figures, usually placing slightly behind Poetzsch in figures at most major competitions between 1977 and 1980.
Lurz was able to complete two different triple jumps, the Salchow and loop, making her technically competitive with other skaters such as Pötzsch and Fratianne. However, even with successfully completed triple jumps, she typically placed significantly lower in the short program and free skating segments due to low presentation scores.
Her most successful year came in 1980, when she won the silver medals at the Europeans and the Worlds behind Pötzsch and the bronze medal at the Winter Olympics behind Pötzsch and Fratianne. These results were highly controversial, given Lurz's short program and free skating performances at these competitions.
Lurz is now an ISU Judge and Referee for Germany. She serves as a physician for the German team.
- "Miss Fratianne Lifts Standing; Gains on the Leader". The New York Times. 22 February 1980.
- Amdur, Neil (21 February 1980). "Judging in Skating Raises Eyebrows; A Virtual Walkover". The New York Times.
- "ISU Communication No. 1467". Archived from the original on 2009-02-03.
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