Gundi Busch

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Gundi Busch
Personal information
Full name Gundula Busch
Country represented  West Germany
Born (1935-04-29)April 29, 1935
Milan, Italy
Died January 31, 2014(2014-01-31) (aged 78)
Stockholm, Sweden
Coach Thea Frenssen
Skating club SC Rießersee

Gundula "Gundi" Busch (April 29, 1935 – January 31, 2014) was a German figure skater. She was the 1954 World champion, the 1954 European champion, and a two-time West German national champion.

Life and career[edit]

Early life[edit]

Gundula Busch was born on April 29, 1935, in Milan, Italy.[1][2] She was a daughter of a German businessman. The family moved to Harlem, Netherlands in 1944, and later to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria, Germany.[1]

Career[edit]

Busch began skating at age four and a half years. She also took ballet classes in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and visited London in 1950 to learn from elite skaters.[1]

Busch was coached by Thea Frenssen. Her skating club was SC Rießersee.[1] She began representing West Germany at major international events in 1951, after becoming the national bronze medalist. In 1952, she was selected to compete at the Winter Olympics in Oslo, Norway; she placed 10th in compulsory figures, sixth in free skating, and 8th overall.[3]

Busch took silver at the 1953 European Championships in Dortmund, finishing second to Valda Osborn of the United Kingdom. At the 1953 World Championships in Davos, she won silver behind Tenley Albright of the United States.

Busch won gold at the 1954 European Championships in Bolzano, ahead of British skaters Erica Batchelor and Yvonne Sugden. She then outscored Albright and Batchelor for the gold medal at the 1954 World Championships in Oslo. She was the first ladies' single skater representing Germany to become a world champion.

Deciding to end her amateur skating career, Busch accepted an offer from the Hollywood Ice Revue. She performed as a professional skater at New York's Madison Square Garden in 1955.[4]

Later years[edit]

Busch married a Swedish professional ice hockey player, Lill-Lulle Johansson, in 1955. They moved with their son, Peter Lulle Johansson, to Stockholm, Sweden. Busch worked as a figure skating coach in Sweden for many years before retiring in 1997.

Busch died after a prolonged illness at Stockholm's Saint Göran Hospital on January 31, 2014.[5][6]

Results[edit]

International
Event 1951 1952 1953 1954
Winter Olympics 8th
World Championships 10th 6th 2nd 1st
European Championships 6th 7th 2nd 1st
National
German Championships 3rd 2nd 1st 1st

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Gundi Busch" (in German). Munzinger-Archiv. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Gundi Busch". Olympic.org. Archived from the original on 20 October 2016. 
  3. ^ "Gundi Busch". Sports Reference. 
  4. ^ "Gundola ("Gundi") Busch". Der Spiegel (in German). 2 February 1955. 
  5. ^ "Ehemalige Eiskunstlauf-Weltmeisterin Busch gestorben" [Former figure skating world champion Busch has died]. Deutsche Presse-Agentur (in German). Süddeutsche Zeitung. 4 February 2014. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. 
  6. ^ "Ex-Eisprinzessin Gundi Busch tot" [Former ice princess Gundi Busch has died] (in German). Hamburger Morgenpost. 4 February 2014. Archived from the original on 11 March 2014.