Ina Bauer (figure skater)

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Ina Bauer
Personal information
Alternative namesIna Szenes-Bauer
Country representedWest Germany
Born(1941-01-31)31 January 1941
Krefeld, Germany
Died13 December 2014(2014-12-13) (aged 73)

Ina Bauer, married name Szenes, (31 January 1941 – 13 December 2014) was a German competitive figure skater. She won three consecutive West German national titles (1957–59) and invented the skating element which bears her name.

Personal life[edit]

Ina Bauer was born in Krefeld on 31 January 1941.[1] Her father was a silk manufacturer.[2] She married a Hungarian figure skater, István Szenes.[3]

Szenes-Bauer died 13 December 2014.[4][5]


After winning the German national silver medal in 1956, Bauer was assigned to the European Championships in Paris, France and finished 13th. She then placed 20th at the World Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

The following season, Bauer won the first of her three German national titles.[6] She placed tenth at the 1957 European Championships in Vienna, Austria and 11th at the 1957 World Championships in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

During the next two years, Bauer repeated as German national champion and achieved her highest international rankings. She placed fourth at the 1958 World Championships in Paris, France, the 1959 European Championships in Davos, Switzerland, and the 1959 World Championships in Colorado Springs, Colorado. During this time, she trained in Colorado Springs.[7]

After withdrawing from the 1960 European Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bauer retired from competition at her father's request.[8] She then toured with Ice Follies and starred in two movies with Austrian alpine skier Toni Sailer.[9][10]

Bauer invented the eponymous skating element.[5]


Event 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960
World Champ. 20th 11th 4th 4th
European Champ. 13th 10th 4th WD
West German Champ. 2nd 1st 1st 1st
WD: Withdrew


  1. ^ "Ina Bauer". 2 June 2015.
  2. ^ Schmitz, Jochen (4 February 2008). "Eiskunstlauf: Ina Bauer tritt zurück: Jetzt Siegerehrung mit Szewczenko" [Figure skating: Ina Bauer's return]. Westdeutsche Zeitung (in German).
  3. ^ "Krefelder Sport-Legenden: Ina Bauer" [Krefeld's sports legends: Ina Bauer]. Rheinische Post (in German). 18 October 2011.
  4. ^ Meisgen, Cordula (14 December 2014). "Ina Szenes-Bauer verstorben" [Ina Szenes-Bauer has died]. Eissport-Verein Krefeld (in German). Archived from the original on 15 December 2014.
  5. ^ a b Gallagher, Jack (23 December 2014). "Ina Bauer gone, but move lives on". The Japan Times.
  6. ^ "Ina Bauer-Szenes verstorben" [Ina Bauer-Szenes has died]. Deutsche Eislauf-Union (in German). 16 December 2014. Archived from the original on 9 January 2015.
  7. ^ "Foreign News". Skating magazine. March 1959.
  8. ^ "EISKUNSTLAUF: Sie schwimmen (siehe Titelbild)" [Figure skating]. Der Spiegel (in German). 24 February 1960.
  9. ^ "Nach Tod der Namensgeberin: Ina-Bauer-Pokal wird fortgeführt". Sport-Informations-Dienst (in German). Handelsblatt. 2 January 2015. Archived from the original on 9 January 2015.
  10. ^ Stevens, Ryan (15 December 2014). "Ina Szenes-Bauer: Brigitte Bardot On Ice". Skate Guard.

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