Florian Just

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Florian Just
European 2011 Katharina GIEROK Florian JUST 2.jpg
Katharina Gierok and Florian Just at 2011 European Championships
Personal information
Country represented Germany
Born (1982-02-28) 28 February 1982 (age 35)
Nürnberg, Bavaria, West Germany
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Former partner Katharina Gierok, Mari Vartmann, Mariana Kautz
Former coach Karel Fajfr, Knut Schubert, Julia Gnilozubova
Skating club Essener JE
Former training locations Dortmund, Berlin, Munich, Nürnberg
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 118.06
2011 Europeans
Short program 40.70
2011 Europeans
Free skate 77.36
2011 Europeans

Florian Just (born 28 February 1982 in Nürnberg) is a German former competitive pair skater. With Mari Vartmann, he won four senior international medals and finished seventh at two European Championships. He also won four international medals with Katharina Gierok.


Early career[edit]

Florian Just began ice skating at the age of five at EC Nürnberg while also practicing artistic roller skating. He appeared on the Junior Grand Prix (JGP) circuit as a single skater. During the 1999 JGP series, he won gold in Zagreb, Croatia, and placed fourth at his second assignment, in Ostrava, Czech Republic. He qualified for the JGP Final, where he finished seventh. He is the only German skater to reach the final in men's singles.

Just was coached by Sieglinde Ruppel and Steffi Ruttkies.[1] He moved to Munich because of the better training available at the Münchener EV. He continued competing in men's singles for five more years before switching to pair skating in Berlin. His first partner was Mariana Kautz.

Partnership with Vartmann[edit]

In January 2004, Just teamed up with Mari-Doris Vartmann.[2] They were coached originally by Julia Gnilozubova. In autumn 2004 they switched to Knut Schubert. They practiced in Dortmund and also in Berlin.[3][4]

Vartmann/Just became three-time German national medalists and appeared at four ISU Championships, finishing 18th at the 2006 Worlds in Calgary, Alberta, Canada; 7th at the 2007 Europeans in Warsaw, Poland; 18th at the 2007 Worlds in Tokyo, Japan; and 7th at the 2008 Europeans in Zagreb, Croatia. They parted ways just after the 2009 NRW Trophy.

Partnership with Gierok[edit]

In spring 2010, Just teamed up with Katharina Gierok.[5] Karel Fajfr served as the pair's coach. Gierok/Just won silver at the 2010 NRW Trophy and bronze at the 2010 Warsaw Cup. At 2011 German Nationals, they won the bronze medal and were selected to compete at the European Championships. They finished 11th in their debut at the event. Gierok and Just parted ways at the end of the 2011–12 season.

Just was a member of the club Essener Jugend-Eiskunstlauf Verein and a sport-soldier in the Bundeswehr.


With Gierok[edit]

Season Short program Free skating
  • The Holiday
    by Hans Zimmer

With Vartmann[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
  • You're the One That I Want

Single skating[edit]

Season Short dance Free dance
  • Etape

Competitive highlights[edit]

GP: Grand Prix; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

Pairs career with Gierok[edit]

Event 2010–11 2011–12
European Champ. 11th
Bavarian Open 2nd
Golden Spin 2nd
NRW Trophy 2nd 5th
Warsaw Cup 3rd
German Champ. 3rd

Pairs career with Vartmann[edit]

Event 04–05 05–06 06–07 07–08 08–09 09–10
Worlds 18th 18th
Europeans 7th 7th
GP Cup of China WD
GP NHK Trophy 8th
Cup of Nice 3rd 4th
Finlandia Trophy 3rd
Nebelhorn Trophy 6th WD
NRW Trophy 2nd 3rd
German Champ. 4th 4th 2nd 2nd 3rd
WD = Withdrew

Singles career[edit]

Event 94–95 95–96 96–97 97–98 98–99 99–00 00–01 01–02
Junior Worlds 20th
JGP Final 7th
JGP Croatia 1st
JGP Czech Rep. 4th
JGP Mexico 9th
Golden Bear 2nd J
German Champ. 3rd N 9th J 16th J 14th 11th 5th 9th 6th
Levels: N = Novice; J = Junior


  1. ^ a b "Florian JUST: 2000/2001". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 17 April 2001. 
  2. ^ a b Mittan, Barry (21 November 2005). "Vartmann and Just Could Reach Europeans in 2006". Skate Today. Archived from the original on 11 April 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Mari VARTMANN / Florian JUST: 2005/2006". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 5 May 2006. 
  4. ^ a b "Mari VARTMANN / Florian JUST: 2007/2008". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 12 June 2008. 
  5. ^ a b "Katharina GIEROK / Florian JUST: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 12 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "Mari VARTMANN / Florian JUST: 2006/2007". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 7 July 2007. 
  7. ^ a b "Competition Results: Katharina GIEROK / Florian JUST". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. 
  8. ^ a b "Competition Results: Mari VARTMANN / Florian JUST". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. 
  9. ^ a b "Florian JUST". International Skating Union. 

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