Ria Baran

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Ria Baran
Personal information
Country represented West Germany
Born(1922-11-02)2 November 1922
Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Died12 November 1986(1986-11-12) (aged 64)
Former partnerPaul Falk

Ria Baran (2 November 1922 in Dortmund, Germany – 12 November 1986) was a German pair skater. She skated together with Paul Falk and twice became World champion and in 1952 Olympic champion. She was one of the oldest female figure skating Olympic champions.

Ria Baran married Paul Falk during her active international figure skating. Therefore she is sometime listed as Ria Baran-Falk or Ria Falk.

The pair skated for the club Düsseldorfer EG and had no coach. Until 1951 Ria Baran and Paul Falk were not able to participate in international competitions because Germany was excluded from the 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.

Between 1950 and 1952 Ria Baran was voted 3 times running as the female athlete of the year in Germany.

After winning the Olympics in 1952 they turned pro and worked for Holiday on Ice.

Baran later worked as a secretary.


(pairs with Paul Falk)

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


  • "Ria Falk". SR/Olympic Sports. Retrieved 9 July 2014.
Preceded by
Germany Lena Stumpf
German Sportswoman of the Year
1950 – 1952
Succeeded by
Germany Christa Seliger