Katharina Müller

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Katharina Müller
Other namesMueller
Born (1995-09-12) 12 September 1995 (age 28)
Nizhnevartovsk, Russia
HometownGütersloh, Germany
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Figure skating career
PartnerTim Dieck
CoachAnjelika Krylova, Vitali Schulz, Martin Skotnicky
Skating clubERC Westfalen
Began skating2000

Katharina Müller (born 12 September 1995) is a German competitive ice dancer. With her skating partner Tim Dieck, she is a two-time German national champion and has won many senior international medals, including two silver medals on the ISU Challenger Series and three gold medals at the German NRW Trophy. They have represented Germany at the European and World championships.

Personal life[edit]

Katharina Müller was born on 12 September 1995 in Nizhnevartovsk, Russia.[1] She moved with her family to Germany in 1999.[2] As of 2017, she is studying teaching, English, and sports science at Ruhr University Bochum.[2]


Early career[edit]

Müller began skating in 2000 in Bielefeld.[3][4] She took up ice dancing in 2009, teaming up with Justin Gerke.[2] The two were coached by Vladimir Tsvetkov in Berlin.[5] They parted ways after the 2012–13 season, Gerke having decided to retire from competition.[6]

2014–15 season[edit]

Vitali Schulz arranged a tryout between Müller and Tim Dieck.[6] They teamed up in April 2014, coached by Schulz und James Young in Dortmund.[2] Assigned to two Junior Grand Prix events, they placed eighth in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and seventh in Aichi, Japan. After winning the 2015 German junior national title, they were sent to the 2015 World Junior Championships in Tallinn, Estonia; ranked thirteenth in the short dance, they qualified for the final segment and finished twelfth overall.

2015–16 season[edit]

Competing in the Challenger Series (CS), Müller/Dieck finished tenth in September at the 2015 Nebelhorn Trophy – their first senior international – and eighth the following month at the 2015 Mordovian Ornament. In November, they won bronze at the 2015 NRW Trophy before appearing at their third CS event, the 2015 Tallinn Trophy, where they placed fifth. They were awarded the silver medal at the German Championships in December, having finished second to Lorenz/Polizoakis, and took bronze at the Toruń Cup. Müller/Dieck were included in Germany's team to the 2016 European Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia, but were eliminated after placing twenty-third in the short dance.[7]

In spring 2016, Müller/Dieck began training under Marina Zueva in Canton, Michigan, in addition to Schulz and Young in Dortmund.[2]

2016–17 season[edit]

Müller/Dieck competed at two Challenger events, placing twelfth at the 2016 CS U.S. Classic and ninth at the 2016 CS Nebelhorn Trophy. They won gold at the NRW Trophy for the first time, and were the German national silver medalists for the second consecutive year[8]

2017–18 season[edit]

Competing three times on the Challenger series, Müller/Dieck were fifth at the 2017 CS Warsaw Cup, sixth at the 2017 CS Ice Star, and eleventh at the 2017 CS Golden Spin of Zagreb. They won the silver medal at the German championships for the third consecutive year.[8]

2018–19 season[edit]

Again competing on the Challenger series three times, Müller/Dieck were seventh at both the 2018 CS Nebelhorn Trophy and the 2018 CS Golden Spin of Zagreb and ninth at the 2018 CS Ondrej Nepela Trophy. They were invited to make their Grand Prix debut, placing seventh at the 2018 Skate America and tenth at the 2018 Grand Prix of Helsinki. NRW Trophy champions for the second time, they then won their fourth consecutive silver medal at the German championships.[8]

2019–20 season[edit]

Müller/Dieck's three Challenger competitions for the year were the 2019 CS Ondrej Nepela Memorial, the 2019 CS Ice Star and the 2019 CS Golden Spin of Zagreb, where they placed eighth, sixth and sixth, respectively. They did not return to the Grand Prix, but won the inaugural Denis Ten Memorial Challenge and the Open d'Andorra, followed by becoming German national champions for the first time.[8]

Müller/Dieck attended the European Championships for the first time in four seasons, placing thirteenth.[8] They were supposed to make their World Championship debut at the 2020 edition in Montreal, but these were cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.[9]

2020–21 season[edit]

Despite the continued limitations of the pandemic on international competition, Müller/Dieck won their first Challenger medal, a silver at the 2020 CS Budapest Trophy, as well as their third gold medal at the NRW Trophy. Repeating as German national champions, they went on to make their World Championship debut at the 2021 World Championships in Stockholm, where they came in eighteenth.[8] This result qualified a berth for a German ice dance team at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.[10]

2021–22 season[edit]

Müller/Dieck began the season at the 2021 CS Nebelhorn Trophy, winning the silver medal. Dieck noted that it was "always special to win a medal in Germany", while Müller said "we were not competing for an Olympic spot here, but it was important to us for our national qualification and to prove that we are ready and want to go to the Olympic Games."[11] They came ninth at the 2021 CS Finlandia Trophy.[8]

Initially assigned to the 2021 Cup of China on the Grand Prix, upon its cancellation Müller/Dieck were reassigned to the 2021 Gran Premio d'Italia.[12] They finished in eighth place.[13] They were sixth at the 2021 CS Cup of Austria and second at the Open d'Andorra.[8]

Despite losing the German national title to rivals Janse van Rensburg/Steffan, Müller/Dieck were named to the German Olympic team. They first competed at the 2022 European Championships, finishing in twelfth place.[8]

Müller/Dieck began the 2022 Winter Olympics as the German entries in the rhythm dance segment of the Olympic team event, where they finished tenth among ten.[14] In the dance event, they were twenty-first in the rhythm dance, missing the cut for the free dance.[15]

The team encountered new difficulties following the Olympics, as Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine and resultant tensions between Russia and Germany resulted in their being unable to return to their Moscow training location.[16]


With Dieck[edit]

Season Short dance Free dance
  • Tango
  • Blues: New Year's Blues
  • Swing: Jolie Coquine
  • Megecina
  • Tabakiera
  • Mahalageasca (Bucovina Dub)
  • Ave Maria
    by Thomas Spencer-Wortley

With Gerke[edit]

Season Short dance Free dance

Competitive highlights[edit]

GP: Grand Prix; CS: Challenger Series; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

With Dieck[edit]

Event 14–15 15–16 16–17 17–18 18–19 19–20 20–21 21–22
Olympics 21st
Worlds C 18th
Europeans 23rd 13th 12th
GP Cup of China C
GP Finland 10th
GP France C
GP Italy 8th
GP Skate America 7th
CS Budapest Trophy 2nd
CS Cup of Austria 6th
CS Finlandia Trophy 9th
CS Golden Spin 11th 7th 6th
CS Ice Star 6th 6th
CS Mordovian 8th
CS Nebelhorn Trophy 10th 9th 7th 2nd
CS Ondrej Nepela 9th 8th
CS Tallinn Trophy 5th
CS U.S. Classic 12th
CS Warsaw Cup 5th C
Bavarian Open 5th
Cup of Nice 2nd 9th
Denis Ten Memorial 1st
Egna Trophy 4th WD
Mezzaluna Cup 5th
NRW Trophy 3rd 1st 1st 1st
Open d'Andorra 2nd 1st 2nd
Universiade 4th 7th
Toruń Cup 3rd
Volvo Open 1st 2nd
International: Junior[8]
Junior Worlds 12th
JGP Japan 7th
JGP Slovenia 8th
Bavarian Open 3rd
Ice Star 4th
NRW Trophy 1st
Santa Claus Cup 3rd
German Champ. 1st J 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 2nd
Team Events[8]
Olympics 9th T
10th P
TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew; C = Event cancelled
Levels: J = Junior

With Gerke[edit]

Event 09–10 10–11 11–12 12–13
Bavarian Open 14th
Golden Spin 15th
NRW Trophy 11th
Pavel Roman 14th
Volvo Open Cup 8th
International: Junior[23]
JGP Latvia 14th
Bavarian Open 10th 8th
NRW Trophy 19th 11th
Pavel Roman 11th 14th
Santa Claus Cup 19th
Toruń Cup 4th
German Champ. 9th J 5th J 2nd J 4th
J = Junior level


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