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|
Gabriele "Gaby" Seyfert (later Rüger, then Messerschmidt, now Körner, born 23 November 1948) is a German former figure skater. She is a two-time World champion (1969, 1970), and the 1968 Olympic silver medalist.
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.
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.
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- Seyfert, Gaby: Auf Wolke eins ist immer Platz. Single sucht Single, 2000, ISBN 3-360-00935-5
- Olga Fluegge, Gaby Seyfert: First Star of Eastern Germany
| East German Sportswoman of the Year