Inge Wischnewski

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Inge Wischnewski
Bundesarchiv Bild 183-A1216-0007-002, Ralph Borghardt, Heidi Steiner, Inge Wichnewski.jpg
Wischnewski (left) in December 1962, with Heidemarie Steiner and Ralph Borghard
Personal information
Alternative names Inge Kabisch (birth)
Country represented East Germany
Born (1930-03-02)2 March 1930
Weißenfels, Province of Saxony, Weimar Republic
Died 11 July 2010(2010-07-11) (aged 80)
Former coach Charlotte Giebelmann
Retired 1955

Inge Wischnewski, née Kabisch, (2 March 1930 – 11 July 2010) was a German figure skater and figure skating coach. She was a four-time East German national champion.


Inge Kabisch won the East German national title four times, always beating Jutta Müller. Her strength were spins.[1] She was coached by Charlotte Giebelmann.

In 1956, Manfred Ewald sent her and other skaters to study coaching at the DHfK Leipzig.[1] She settled in East Berlin where she worked as a coach under her married name, Inge Wischnewski. Her students included:

Wischnewski coached in Norway from 1991 to 1996, after which she returned to Berlin. Her former student, Christine Errath, wrote a book about her titled Die Pirouettenkönigin (The Spin Queen).[1]

Personal life[edit]

Inge Kabisch was born on 2 March 1930 in Weißenfels, Weimar Republic. She married Heinz Wischnewski and took his surname. In 1958, she gave birth to their daughter, Ina.[2] She died in July 2010 after a short illness.[3][1]


Event 1952 1953 1954 1955
East German Championships 1st 1st 1st 1st


  1. ^ a b c d Hönel, Manfred (15 July 2010). "Pirouettenkönigin: Trainerin Inge Wischnewski gestorben" [Spin Queen: Coach Inge Wischnewski has died]. Neues Deutschland (in German). 
  2. ^ a b c d Unger, Andreas (28 October 2010). "Inge Wischnewski (Geb. 1930)" [Inge Wischnewski (born 1930)]. Der Tagesspiegel (in German). 
  3. ^ "Weltmeister-Trainerin Inge Wischnewski verstorben" [Coach of World champions Inge Wischnewski has died]. Deutsche Presse-Agentur (in German). Mitteldeutsche Zeitung. 13 July 2010.