Ralph Borghard

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Ralph Borghard
Ralph Borghard in 1962.jpg
Borghard in 1962.
Personal information
Country represented East Germany
West Germany
Born (1944-04-17) 17 April 1944 (age 73)
Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany
Former coach Inge Wischnewski
Skating club Sportclub Dynamo Berlin
Retired 1967

Ralph Borghard (born 17 April 1944)[1] is a German former figure skater who represented East Germany for most of his career. He is the 1963 Blue Swords champion and a three-time East German national champion (1963, 1964, and 1966). His best result at an ISU Championship, sixth, came at the 1966 European Championships.

Personal life[edit]

Ralph Borghard was born 17 April 1944 in Rostock.[1] He became a dentist in Berlin.


Ralph Borghard represented East Germany and SC Dynamo Berlin for most of his career, coached by Inge Wischnewski.[2] In 1962, he won the East German national silver medal and was given his first major international assignment, the 1962 European Championships. He finished 15th at the event in Geneva. The following season, he became the national champion and improved to 11th at Europeans.

In the 1963–64 season, Borghard won Blue Swords and his second national title. He qualified to represent the Unified Team of Germany at the 1964 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck and finished 11th.

In the 1965–66 season, Borghard won his third national title and finished sixth at the 1966 European Championships in Bratislava. His next assignment was the World Championships in Davos, Switzerland in late February 1966. After concluding the competition in 14th place, he decided not to return to East Germany and defected to West Germany.[2][3][4]

In April 1966, it was reported that Borghard and a West German single skater, Uschi Keszler, had considered teaming up to compete in pairs. The two practiced some lifts together but her parents rejected the idea.[5] Borghard returned to single skating and won the 1967 West German national silver medal before retiring from competition.


Event 1961–62 1962–63 1963–64 1964–65 1965–66 1966–67
Winter Olympics 11th
World Champ. 14th
European Champ. 15th 11th 6th
Blue Swords 1st
West German 2nd
East German 2nd 1st 1st 1st


  1. ^ a b "Ralph Borghard". Sports Reference. 
  2. ^ a b Unger, Andreas (28 October 2010). "Inge Wischnewski (Geb. 1930)" [Inge Wischnewski (born 1930)]. Der Tagesspiegel (in German). 
  3. ^ "Zoeller defects". United Press International. Star-News. 11 January 1972. 
  4. ^ Nelson, Walter Henry (1969). The Berliners, their saga and their city. D. McKay Co. Retrieved 19 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Traum oder Torte" [A dream or a faceplant]. Der Spiegel (in German). 4 April 1966.