René Lohse

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René Lohse
Winkler and Lohse during the compulsory dance at 2004 Worlds in Dortmund
Personal information
Country represented Germany
East Germany
Born (1973-09-23) 23 September 1973 (age 43)
East Berlin, East Germany
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Partner Kati Winkler
Former coach Martin Skotnicky, Knut Schubert
Former choreographer Kelly Johnson, Marc Bogaerts, Werner Lipowsky
Skating club SC Berlin
Retired 2004

René Lohse, married Sachtler-Lohse (born 23 September 1973) is a German former competitive ice dancer. With partner Kati Winkler, he is the 2004 World bronze medalist and a six-time German national champion. They competed at two Winter Olympics, in 1998 and 2002.

Personal life[edit]

René Lohse was born in East Berlin to Michael and Alrun Lohse. He has one brother, Rico, and one sister, Romy. Lohse studied physical education at Humboldt University in Berlin.[1] His profession is Sport- and Tourist manager. He is married to former figure skater Anne Sachtler. His son, Linus Gabriel, was born in May 2011.[2]


Lohse started skating at the age of four in East Berlin after being selected for the sport in kindergarten.[1][3] At first he was a single skater and was coached by Romy Kermer. In 1983, he changed coaches to Jürgen Bertko.

At the age of 12, he left skating for other sports but two years later Kati Winkler asked him to take up ice dancing with her.[3] They were the first East German ice dancers in years, the discipline having disappeared over the previous 18 years.[3] Until 1996 they were coached by Knut Schubert whose expertise was more in pair skating.[4] In 1996 they moved to Oberstdorf in Bavaria and changed their coach to Martin Skotnicky.[4] However Winkler/Lohse always skated for the club SC Berlin (earlier SC Dynamo Berlin). They were both sergeants in the German Army's sports division, which sponsored their skating.[3]

In 2000-01, Winkler and Lohse became the first German ice dance team to qualify for the Grand Prix Final, where they finished fifth. They missed most of the 2001-02 season after Lohse fell in practice at the 2001 Sparkassen Cup, injuring the meniscus and ligaments in his knee.[3] They returned in time for the Olympics where they finished 8th. In the summer of 2002, Lohse collided with a truck while he was riding his bike in Oberstdorf, "I went over the handlebars and fell on my shoulder. The bone was sticking up straight through my shoulder where I cut three ligaments."[3] He recovered in time for them to compete in a pair of Grand Prix events and qualify for the Grand Prix Final. However, they were unable to compete in the Final because Winkler had influenza and Lohse a muscle injury in his leg.[3]

They missed the 2003 World Championships due to injury and also the 2004 European Championships after Lohse reinjured his knee ligaments a few days prior to the event.[4] They recovered in time for the 2004 World Championships where they won the bronze medal. This was the greatest German success in ice dancing since 1973, the time of Angelika Buck/Erich Buck. They retired from competition after the event.

Winkler and Lohse skated in ice shows following the end of their competitive career. Lohse coaches in Berlin and has joined the German Army, which sponsors skating.[2]


(With Winkler)[5]

Season Original dance Free dance Exhibition
2005–2006 The Mask
Story of my life
by Neil Diamond
Power Percussion
by Power Percussion
2004–2005 Turn me on
by Norah Jones
Just dream
by Thomas Anders
2003–2004[4] Memories of the Grand Ball:
  • Swing: Rhythm
    composed by Casey Mac Gill, Michael Gruber
    performed by Everett Bradley & Company
  • Blues: The Blues in the Night
    composed by Julie London
  • Jive: Stuff Like That There
    composed by Livingston, Evans, Goldsen
    performed by Bette Midler
Day and Night:
  • Earth Song
    by Michael Jackson
  • Chiquitan
    composed by Martinez, Vigoer, Tarkin, Mugato, McFloyd
    performed by La Bomba feat. Los Primos
  • The White Spirit
    composed by Uman (Didier Jean / Danielle Jean)
    performed by D&D Jean
  • Lo-Lo Dzama
    by Sum Svistu
by Scatman John
2002–2003 Frau Luna:
  • March: Laßt den Kopf nicht hängen
  • Waltz: Schlösser, die im Monde liegen
  • Polka: Berliner Luft

by Paul Lincke

  • Crazy Benny
    composed by M.Friis, U.Savery, M.Parsberg
    performed by Safri Duo
  • Private Investigations
    composed by Mark Knopfler
    performed by Dire Straits
  • Played-A-Life
    composed by M.Friis, U.Savery, M.Parsberg
    performed by Safri Duo
2001–2002 Spanish tango and flamenco: Ragtime – Music of Scott Joplin:
  • Maple Leaf Rag
  • Sunflower Slow Drag
  • 12th Street Rag
  • Flamenco
  • Schuh des Manitu soundtrack
2000–2001 Cabaret:
  • Charleston: The Hot Honey Rag
    by Ralph Burns and Douglas Bestermann Orchestra
  • Quickstep: Cabaret from the Cabaret Revue
Gospel-Message Of Hope:
  • Go Down Moses
    by Louis Armstrong
  • Higher And Higher
    by The Harlem Gospel Singers
  • How Great Thou Art
    performed by Joan Orleans
    (original by Mahalia Jackson)
  • Swing Low Sweet Chariot
    performed by Joan Orleans
    (original by Mahalia Jackson)

Paraiso perdido

  • Samba: Le Serpent
    from the CD "Le Chant du Monde"
  • Rumba: Ya Los Se Que Te Vas
    from the CD "Cosas de Enamorados"
  • Mambo: Lo-Lo Dzama
    from the CD "Casa Musica"
Time goes Millennium:
  • Noman's Land
    from the movie "Pi"
  • Insomnia
    from the CD "Faithless" Reverence
  • Rachel's Song
    from the movie "Bladerunner" by Vangelis
  • S.P. Project
    from the CD "DP Deejay Parade"
  • Additional sound effects, instruments
    by Meilhaus-Munich Studio
by Santana

Super Trouper
by A-Teens

1998–1999 Waltz:
L'homme de Paris
by Mireille Mathieu
composed by Walter/Delancray/Simille
performed by Christian Gaubert
Yin and Yang:
  • Korean dance and drum company
  • The yellow emperor and the pope
    composed and arranged by Chris Hinze
  • Spring in Lhasa
    by Oliver Shanti
    from "Tai Chi Too"
  • One world, one voice
    by Leningrad Orchestra and Kodo Drummers
Vivo per lei
by Andrea Bocelli

From the musical Grease:

  • Sandy
  • Greased Lightning
  • We go together
1997–1998 Jive:
Stuff like that
by Bette Midler
(from "For The Boys")
Romeo and Juliet
by Sergei Prokofiev
by Yello
1996–1997 Tango Argentino:
  • Orgullo Criollo
  • Canaro en Paris
    by Sexteto Mayor
Take Five
by Paul Desmond
Dave Brubeck Orchestra
Drill Instructor
by Captain Jack

You must love me
by Madonna

Fitze, Fitze, Fatze
by Helge Schneider

1995–1996[1] Paso doble:
  • Mambo Number 8
  • Historia de un Amor
  • El Mambo
1994–1995 Quickstep:
Ich wollt', ich wär' ein Huhn
Jazz medley from the movie "Casablanca" Beauty And The Beast
1993–1994 Rhumba:
by Overlight-Studio Berlin, Thomas Kurzhals
Yello, Kenny G. - saxophone, Yello
1992–1993 Viennese Waltz:
Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald
by Strauß
Barcelona Nights
1991–1992 Polka:
Kutschke-Polka (old Berlin song)
Starlight Express
1990–1991 Blues
by John Lee Hooker
Starlight Express
1989–1990 Samba:
Tropic Trumpets
Rhumba and Jive:
Schwarze Augen


(ice dance with Kati Winkler)

Event 1989–90 1990–91 1991–92 1992–93 1993–94 1994–95 1995–96 1996–97 1997–98 1998–99 1999–00 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04
Olympics 10th 8th
Worlds 19th 13th 12th 9th 7th 6th 7th 7th 3rd
Europeans 16th 15th 9th 9th 6th 5th 6th 5th
Grand Prix Final 5th
Cup of Russia 4th 4th
Lalique 5th 3rd
Nations Cup 9th 6th 6th 7th 5th 3rd 2nd 4th 3rd 2nd
NHK Trophy 4th 3rd 2nd 4th
Skate America 4th 7th 6th 4th
Skate Canada 9th
Nebelhorn 4th
International: Junior
Junior Worlds 15th 8th
German Champ. 2nd 2nd 3rd 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
East German 1st


  1. ^ a b c Mittan, J. Barry (1995). "A perfect Match -- Kati Winkler and Rene Lohse". Archived from the original on May 12, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Kany, Klaus-Reinhold (July 13, 2011). "European News: Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy and More: Summer Updates". IFS Magazine. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Mittan, Barry (May 15, 2003). "Germany's Winkler and Lohse Continue to Excel". GoldenSkate. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Kati WINKLER / Rene LOHSE: 2003/2004". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on November 2, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Winkler and Lohse: Music". Archived from the original on March 18, 2012. 

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