Hellmut Seibt

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Hellmut Seibt
Personal information
Alternative names Helmut Seibt
Country represented Austria
Born (1929-06-25)25 June 1929
Vienna
Died 21 July 1992(1992-07-21) (aged 63)

Hellmut Seibt (born 25 June 1929 – 21 July 1992) was an Austrian figure skater. He was the 1952 Olympic silver medalist, 1951 World bronze medalist, a two-time European champion (1951–52), and three-time national champion.

Personal life[edit]

Seibt was born on 25 June 1929 in Vienna.[1] He married figure skater Inge Regner in March 1956.[2][3] He died on 21 July 1992.[1]

Career[edit]

Seibt began skating at age four, having been advised to take up an outdoor activity after suffering pneumonia.[2] He practiced at the Engelmann club in Hernals, Vienna, under the guidance of Rudolf Kutzer and Karl Schäfer.[2]

Seibt was coached by Inge Lind-Solar after World War II.[2] He won his first national medal, silver, in 1947. In 1948, he was sent to his first European Championships, where he placed seventh, and then competed at the 1948 Winter Olympics, finishing ninth. From 1946 to 1948, Seibt also competed in pair skating with Susi Giebisch. Together, they were three-time national silver medalists and competed at the 1948 Winter Olympics, placing 11th.

Seibt stepped onto a major international podium for the first time at the 1949 European Championships, winning the bronze medal. In 1950, he became the Austrian national champion and went on to take silver at Europeans.

Seibt won gold at the 1951 European Championships and bronze at the 1951 World Championships. After successfully defending his European title, he competed at his second Winter Olympics and won the silver medal.[1] After retiring from competition in 1952, he performed for three years with the Wiener Eisrevue (Holiday on Ice).[2]

Seibt coached in Vienna from 1955 to 1962, in Düsseldorf from 1962 to 1967, and in Milan from 1967 to 1972.[2] His students included Hanna Eigel, Regine Heitzer,[4] Trixi Schuba,[5] Evelyn Rossoukhi-Schneider, Christa Jorda, Sissy Zehetmayer, Günter Anderl, Gerhard Hubmann, Ronald Koppelent, Peter Jonas, Claudia Kristofics-Binder, Helmut Kristofics-Binder, Diana Hinko / Heinz Döpfl, Petra Ruhrmann, Dagmar Lurz, Uschi Kessler, Rita Trapanese.[2][3] The Hellmut Seibt Memorial is an annual competition named after him.

Results[edit]

Singles[edit]

International
Event 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952
Winter Olympics 9th 2nd
World Championships 7th 5th 4th 3rd 4th
European Championships 7th 3rd 2nd 1st 1st
National
Austrian Championships 2nd 3rd 2nd 1st 1st 1st

Pairs with Giebisch[edit]

International
Event 1946 1947 1948
Winter Olympics 11th
World Championships 13th
European Championships 8th
National
Austrian Championships 2nd 2nd 2nd

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Helmut Seibt". Sports Reference. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Hellmut Seibt - A life for figure skating". Eissport-Klub Engelmann. Archived from the original on 25 February 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Dolfini, Angelo (27 October 2013). "Il pattinaggio di figura piange la scomparsa di Inge Regner-Seibt" [Figure skating world mourns the death of Inge Regner-Seibt] (in Italian). Neve Italia. Archived from the original on 26 February 2014. 
  4. ^ Neumann, Fritz (7 February 2010). "Im Vitrinentisch, jedoch verdeckt" [Hidden in cabinet table]. Der Standard (in German). Archived from the original on 19 August 2010. 
  5. ^ Neumann, Fritz (2 February 2006). "Trixi Schuba: "Mehr als zwei Schnitzel kann ich auch nicht essen am Tag"" [Trixi Schuba: "I can't eat more than two schnitzels a day"]. Der Standard (in German). Archived from the original on 26 February 2014. 

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