Patricia Neske

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Patricia Neske
Patricia Neske in 1989 at an ISU exhibition in West Berlin
Personal information
Country represented Germany
West Germany
Born (1966-10-19) 19 October 1966 (age 50)
Residence Harbor City, Los Angeles, California, United States
Height 1.58 m (5 ft 2 in)
Retired 1992

Patricia Neske (born 19 October 1966) is an American-born former competitive figure skater with dual US/German citizenship. She represented Germany at the 1992 Winter Olympics, finishing 13th. She won a bronze medal at the European Championships in 1989 and 1992, and is the 1990 German national champion.[1][2] She also competed at five Word Championships, with her best result being a fourth place finish in 1989.

Personal life[edit]

Patricia Neske was born in California to Horst and Ingrid Neske, who had emigrated from Germany.[1] She attended a vocational school learning about banking in Oberstdorf. In 1992, she returned to California where she attended a university.


Neske chose to compete for Germany, representing the Düsseldorfer EG. She trained in Oberstdorf, Bavaria, coached by Peter Jonas.

In the 1984–85 season, Neske won silver at the German nationals. She finished 8th in her first appearance at the European Championships and then debuted at the World Championships, placing 12th. Over the next several years, Neske obtained silver and bronze medals at the St. Ivel International (Skate Electric) and bronze medals at Skate Canada International, Nations Cup, International de Paris, and Nebelhorn Trophy. In 1989, she also won her first bronze at the European Championships. She then placed 4th at the World Championships, achieving her career-best World result.

In the 1989–90 season, Neske won gold at the German Championships but did not reach the European podium again until 1992 when she won her second European bronze medal, earning selection for the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, where she placed 13th overall.[2] She retired from competition later that year.


Event 84–85 85–86 86–87 87–88 88–89 89–90 90–91 91–92
Olympics 13th
Worlds 12th 4th 7th 9th 10th
Europeans 8th 3rd 5th 5th 3rd
Skate America 4th 7th
Skate Canada 3rd 3rd 4th
Nations Cup 3rd
Int. de Paris 3rd
St. Ivel 2nd 3rd
Nebelhorn 3rd 4th
Moscow News 5th
German Champ. 2nd 2nd 1st 2nd 2nd


  1. ^ a b Harvey, Randy (6 March 1990). "German Saves His Best Figures for Last; Skating: Zander, who grew up in Huntington Beach, has the best performance in compulsories". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Patricia Neske". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 25 July 2010.