Simone Koch

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Simone Koch
Simone Koch-Schnabel at the 1992 German Championships in Unna
Personal information
Alternative names Simone Schnabel
Country represented East Germany
Born (1969-10-25) 25 October 1969 (age 48)
Dresden, East Germany
Former coach Ingrid Lehmann, Ingeburg Walter
Former training locations Berlin, Dresden
Retired 1993

Simone Schnabel (née Koch, born 25 October 1969) is a German former competitive figure skater. She is the 1983 World Junior champion and represented East Germany at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary.


Koch learned her first triple jumps with coach Ingeburg Walter at the Dresdner EC. Later she was coached by Ingrid Lehmann in Berlin. She represented the GDR and her club was SC Einheit Berlin.

Koch won the World Junior Championships in 1983, at the age of 14. In 1984, she was awarded the silver medal at the World Junior Championships, placing behind another East German, Karin Hendschke.[1]

Koch won the silver medal at the 1984 East German Championships behind Katarina Witt. She placed 4th at the 1985 European Championships.

In 1988, Koch won her second silver medal, again behind Witt, at the German Championships. She was sent to the 1988 Winter Olympics and placed 9th.[2]

In 1989, Koch was one of the favourites for the European Championships but she lost the qualifying competition in East Germany versus Evelyn Großmann and Simone Lang.

In 1992 and 1993, following German reunification, Koch attempted to qualify for international championships but was unsuccessful.

Personal life[edit]

Koch married Günther Schnabel and took his surname.[2] Their daughter, Lisa-Maria, was born in 1990.


Event 82–83
Olympics 9th
Worlds 14th 12th 8th
Europeans 7th 4th 5th
Moscow News 5th
NHK Trophy 5th
Prague Skate 3rd 2nd
International: Junior
Junior Worlds 1st 2nd
Germany 6th 7th
East Germany 2nd 3rd 3rd 3rd 2nd 3rd


  1. ^ "World Junior Figure Skating Championships: Ladies" (PDF). International Skating Union. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-16.
  2. ^ a b "Simone Koch".

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