Sabine Baeß

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Sabine Baeß
Bundesarchiv Bild 183-1982-0407-021, Sabine Baeß, Tassilo Thierbach.jpg
Sabine Baeß and Tassilo Thierbach, 1982
Personal information
Country representedEast Germany
Born (1961-03-15) 15 March 1961 (age 57)
Dresden, Bezirk Dresden, East Germany
Former partnerTassilo Thierbach
Sabine Baeß and Tassilo Thierbach in Karl-Marx-Stadt, 1979
Sabine Baeß and Tassilo Thierbach in Karl-Marx-Stadt, 1983

Sabine Baeß, married name Marbach, (born 15 March 1961) is a German former pair skater. With her partner Tassilo Thierbach, she is the 1982 World champion and a two-time European champion (1982, 1983).


Baeß/Thierbach were coached by Irene Salzmann in Karl-Marx-Stadt (today Chemnitz) and represented the club SC Karl-Marx-Stadt. They were the only figure skating pair representing East Germany to win the World or European championships.

They won their first World Championship medal, a bronze, in 1979. A mistake in the short program took them out of any chance of a medal at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid however.

Baeß/Thierbach had to skip the 1981 Nationals and Europeans due to Thierbach's meniscus surgery in 1980. They were however able to return to the Worlds in Hartford where they won a silver medal.

They won both Europeans and Worlds in 1982 on the basis of huge throws and consistency. They defended their European titles in 1983 but despite two clean programs were beaten by Russian newcomers Elena Valova and Oleg Vassiliev, who they had just defeated at the Europeans and led after the short program here. This was a controversial result to many people as Elena put her hands down on a throw.

They finished 2nd again to Valova & Vasiliev at the 1984 Europeans but went into the Sarajevo Olympics as one of the favorites for the gold medal. A major mistake on an attempted double loop in the short program put them in 4th place though, and some more mistakes in the long program kept them just off the podium in 4th. At their final Worlds in Ottawa they again had a significant problem in the short program, but were able to skate a stronger long program than the Olympics to climb from 4th to a bronze medal.

After 1990 (the year of the German reunification), Baeß performed in ice shows with Tobias Schröter, a former East German champion in pair skating. They appeared in Friedrichstadtpalast in Berlin.

Baeß later began working as a figure skating coach in Berlin at the club TSC Berlin.

Skating style[edit]

Sabine and Tassilo were best known for their huge, consistent, and difficult throws. They were one of the first pairs to regularly do the throw triple loop, and also regularly performed a throw triple toe loop. They were an all around strong technical team with strong lifts, death spirals, side by side jumps, and a triple twist. They were less strong on the artistic side of the sport.

Personal life[edit]

Baeß married Olaf Marbach and has a son named Moritz. She lives in Oranienburg, Brandenburg.


Pairs with Thierbach

Event 1975-76 1976-77 1977-78 1978-79 1979-80 1980-81 1981-82 1982-83 1983-84
Winter Olympics 6th 4th
World Championships 5th 3rd 4th 2nd 1st 2nd 3rd
European Championships 5th 4th 3rd 4th 1st 1st 2nd
Blue Swords 2nd 1st 1st
Golden Spin of Zagreb 1st 1st
Skate America 1st
East German Championships 3rd 3rd 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st


East German news papers

  • Junge Welt various issues 1980 to 1990
  • Sportecho various issues from 1980 to 1990
  • Bundesarchiv

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