Paul Falk

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Olympic medal record
Figure skating
Representing  West Germany
Gold medal – first place 1952 Oslo Pairs
Paul Falk
Personal information
Country represented  West Germany
Born (1921-12-21) 21 December 1921 (age 95)
Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Former partner Ria Baran

Paul Falk (born 21 December 1921) was a German pair skater. Born in Dortmund, Germany, he skated with Ria Baran and became two-time World champion and 1952 Olympic champion. Baran and Falk married during their active international figure skating.

The pair skated for the club Düsseldorfer EG and had no coach. Until 1951 Baran and Falk were not able to participate in international competitions because Germany was excluded from international sport after World War II. They were the first couple which performed side by side double jumps and they also invented the Lasso-Lift. Baran and Falk were never defeated in amateur competition.

In 1951 Falk was voted the male athlete of the year in Germany. After winning the Olympics in 1952 they turned professional and worked for Holiday on Ice. Falk's profession outside of athletics was precision mechanic.


(pairs with Ria Baran)

Event 1947 1948 1949 1950 1950 1951 1952
Winter Olympic Games 1st
World Championships 1st 1st
European Championships 1st 1st
German Championships 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st



Preceded by
Germany Herbert Klein
German Sportsman of the Year
Succeeded by
Germany Karl Kling