Emmerich Danzer at an exhibition in Berlin in 1967
15 March 1944 |
|Former coach||Herta Wächter|
|Skating club||WEV, Wien|
Emmerich Danzer (born 15 March 1944) is an Austrian former figure skater. He is a three-time (1966–68) World champion, a four-time (1965–68) European champion, and a four-time (1965–68) Austrian national champion.
Danzer stood on his first ISU Championship podium at the 1963 Europeans in Budapest. He finished fourth the following year, in Grenoble, before winning gold ahead of France's Alain Calmat at the 1965 Europeans in Moscow. He placed fifth at the 1965 World Championships in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
In January 1968, Danzer won his fourth consecutive continental title at the European Championships in Geneva. He was the gold medal favorite at the 1968 Winter Olympics, held in February in Grenoble, but placed fourth in the compulsory figures after almost coming to a stop. His first place in the free skate was not enough to lift him onto the podium as Schwarz took the gold. In March, Danzer was awarded his third straight World title, in Västerås.
Danzer was voted Austrian athlete of the year in 1966 and 1967.
Danzer turned professional in 1968 and performed with the Wiener Eisrevue (Vienna Ice Revue) and Holiday on Ice until 1975. He also recorded a song, Sag es mir, which became a hit in Austria. From 1975 to 1989, he worked as a coach in the United States.
Danzer began working for an insurance company in Vienna in 1989; he is in charge of sport insurance activities and sport sponsoring. From 1995 to 1997, he served as the president of the Austrian figure skating organization (Österreichischer Eiskunstlaufverband). In 2000, he became the president of the figure skating club "Wiener Eislaufverein".
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- Russell, Susan D. (February 2, 2011). "Emmerich Danzer: The Last of the Great Austrian Skaters". IFS Magazine.
- H. Prüller, Traumnote 6,0 für E. Danzer, 1968 (a book)
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