Pavel Roman

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Pavel Roman
Bundesarchiv Bild 183-A1118-0005-001, Eva Romanova, Pawel Roman.jpg
Eva Romanova and Pavel Roman, 1962
Personal information
Country represented Czechoslovakia
Born(1943-01-25)25 January 1943
Died30 January 1972(1972-01-30) (aged 29)
Former partnerEva Romanová

Pavel Roman (25 January 1943 - 30 January 1972) was a Czech figure skater who competed in pair skating and ice dancing. Together with his sister Eva Romanová he won four World Figure Skating Championships titles in ice dancing.

Career[edit]

Demonstrations in figure skating at the Jaap Eden baan in Amsterdam, with a.o. Manfred Schnelldorfer; Olympic and world champion 1964, Eva Romanová/Pavel Roman, and Sjoukje Dijkstra doing her program.

The Romans started their competitive careers in pair skating rather than ice dance, placing third at the Czechoslovakian championships in 1957 and second in 1958 and 1959. They won the ice dancing title at the Czech championships in 1959, the first year that discipline was competed in Czechoslovakia. They competed in both disciplines at the 1959 European Figure Skating Championships, placing 7th in dance and 12th in pairs. After that they focused on ice dancing.[1]

In 1962 they won their first World Championship in their home city of Prague,[2] defeating their greatest rivals, Christian and Jean Paul Guhel of France. Eva was 16 years old and Pavel was 19.[2] One year later they won the silver medal at the European Championships, behind Linda Shearman and Michael Phillips. After this competition they won every event they entered, winning the European title in 1964 and 1965, and World titles from 1962-65. (Ice dancing was not an Olympic sport in those times.) After retiring from competition they skated in the professional revue Holiday on Ice.[2]

Death[edit]

Roman died in a car crash in Tennessee, five days after his 29th birthday.[2]

Results[edit]

Pairs with Romanová[edit]

International
Event 56-57 67-58 58-59
Europeans 12th
National
Czechoslovakian Champ. 3rd 2nd 2nd

Ice dance with Romanová[edit]

International
Event 58-59 59-60 60-61 61-62 62-63 63-64 64-65
Worlds 1st 1st 1st 1st
Europeans 7th 7th 5th 3rd 2nd 1st 1st
National
Czechoslovakian Champ. 1st

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Europe's World Champions... 1962", Skating magazine, June 1962.
  2. ^ a b c d "Krasobruslař Pavel Roman: Zabila ho vášeň k motorkám, bylo mu jen 29 let". Blesk. 31 January 2018. Retrieved 1 April 2018.