Gabriele Seyfert in 1968
|Country represented||East Germany|
23 November 1948 |
Chemnitz, East Germany
|Height||1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)|
|Skating club||SC Karl-Marx-Stadt|
Seyfert skated for the club SC Karl-Marx-Stadt and represented the GDR (East Germany). Her coach was her mother Jutta Müller, who also coached 1984 and 1988 Olympic champion Katarina Witt. She was a long-time rival of Peggy Fleming, but never defeated her.
Seyfert ended her figure skating career in 1970. Unlike Peggy Fleming, she was not allowed to skate professionally. Offers by Holiday on Ice were refused by East German authorities.
Seyfert turned to coaching, and worked with Anett Pötzsch in the early 1970s. The East German coach hierarchy later transferred Pötzsch to Jutta Müller's group, and Seyfert ended her coaching career.
Seyfert's daughter Sheila was born in 1974.
After ending her coaching career, Seyfert studied languages at university and worked as a professional translator. From 1985 to 1991, she led the ice ballet at the Friedrichstadtpalast in East Berlin, where she also skated occasionally. After the ice ballet was closed, she worked at a service industry business in Berlin. She lives in Berlin-Karow.
- Seyfert, Gaby: Da muss noch was sein: Mein Leben – mehr als Pflicht und Kür, 1998, ISBN 3-360-00869-3
- Seyfert, Gaby: Auf Wolke eins ist immer Platz. Single sucht Single, 2000, ISBN 3-360-00935-5
- "Gabriele Seyfert". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2009-01-06.
- Olga Fluegge, Gaby Seyfert: First Star of Eastern Germany
|East German Sportswoman of the Year