Romy Kermer

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Romy Kermer
Romy Kermer and Rolf Österreich in 1976
Personal information
Country represented  East Germany
Born (1956-07-28) 28 July 1956 (age 60)
Karl-Marx-Stadt, Bezirk Karl-Marx-Stadt, East Germany
Former partner Rolf Österreich
Andreas Forner
Tassilo Thierbach

Romy Kermer, married name Österreich, (born 28 July 1956) is a German pair skater and figure skating coach. With Rolf Österreich, she is the 1976 Olympic silver medalist.

Personal life[edit]

Romy Kermer was born on 28 July 1956 in Karl-Marx-Stadt (Chemnitz), Bezirk Karl-Marx-Stadt, East Germany. After marrying Rolf Österreich, she changed her name to Romy Österreich.


Romy Kermer began skating in Karl-Marx-Stadt, where she became a pair skater. Early in her career, she competed with Tassilo Thierbach and Andreas Forner.

1972 she moved to Berlin and skated there at the club SC Dynamo Berlin. Her coach was Heidemarie Seiner-Walther. She continued to represent SC Karl-Marx-Stadt until 1973, when she changed clubs as well. Her pair skating partner became Rolf Österreich. Kermer/Österreich won the silver medal at the Winter Olympics 1976 in Innsbruck.

Romy Österreich became a figure skating coach at the club SC Berlin. One of her students, Philipp Tischendorf, won the bronze medal at the Junior Grand Prix 2005 in Bratislava.


With Rolf Österreich[edit]

Event 1973 1974 1975 1976
Winter Olympics 2nd
World Championships 5th 3rd 2nd 2nd
European Champ. 5th 2nd 2nd 2nd
East German Champ. 1st 2nd 1st 1st

With Andreas Forner[edit]

Event 1972–72
Blue Swords 2nd
Prize of Moscow News 6th


  • [1] SR/Olympic Sports
  • [2] SC Berlin e.V.
  • [3] Deutsche Eislauf-Union e.V.