Victor Kraatz

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Victor Kraatz
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Victor Kraatz with Shae-Lynn Bourne.
Personal information
Full name Victor Kraatz
Country represented Canada
Born (1971-04-07) April 7, 1971 (age 44)
West Berlin
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Former partner Shae-Lynn Bourne
Taryn O'Neill
Former coach Nikolai Morozov
Uschi Keszler
Natalia Dubova
Tatiana Tarasova
Josee Picard
Eric Gilles
Retired 2003

Victor Kraatz, MSC (born April 7, 1971) is a Canadian ice dancer. In 2003, he and his partner, Shae-Lynn Bourne, became the first North American ice dancers to win a World Championship.


Victor Kraatz began to skate at the age of 9. In Switzerland he became an ice dancer and skated with Analisa Beltrami (Switzerland). After having moved to Canada, he teamed up with Taryn O'Neill. On April 20, 1991, Kraatz began skating with Shae-Lynn Bourne, who had been a pair skater until that time.

Bourne / Kraatz missed the 2000 Four Continents and 2000 World Championships due to Bourne's knee surgery.[1] In spring 2000, they changed coaches, moving to Tatiana Tarasova and Nikolai Morozov.[1]

Bourne / Kraatz withdrew from their 2002 Grand Prix events due to Bourne's injury.[2] They won their 10th Canadian national title and then took their third Four Continents title. Bourne / Kraatz went on to win gold at the 2003 World Championships. They retired from competition at the end of the season.

Their coaches included Josée Picard, Eric Gillies, Tatiana Tarasova, Natalia Dubova, Uschi Keszler, Marina Klimova, Sergei Ponomarenko, and lastly Nikolai Morozov.

Kraatz represented the club of Boucherville while Bourne represented Brossard FSC, in the Quebec section. Their final training location was Newington, Connecticut.

Bourne / Kraatz are the first World champions in ice dancing representing Canada. They were the first ice dancers to include hydroblading elements in their routines.

Personal life[edit]

Born in West Berlin, Kraatz grew up in Switzerland and later moved with his mother to Canada.[2] On June 19, 2004, Victor Kraatz and Finnish ice dancer Maikki Uotila were married in Helsinki, Finland. Their first son, Oliver, was born September 14, 2006, in North Vancouver, British Columbia. Their second son, Henry, was born on July 10, 2010.[3]


(with Bourne)

Season Original dance Free dance
  • Billie Jean
  • Keep it in the Closet
  • Smile
  • Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'
  • Don't Stop Til You Get Enough
    by Michael Jackson
  • Quickstep: Jumpin' Jack
    by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
  • Foxtrot: Hey Big Spender
    (from Sweet Charity)
    performed by Shirley Bassey
  • Quickstep Jumpin' Jack
    by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy


(with Bourne)

Event 1992–93 1993–94 1994–95 1995–96 1996–97 1997–98 1998–99 1999–00 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03
Olympics 10th 4th 4th
Worlds 14th 6th 4th 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd 4th 2nd 1st
Four Continents 1st 1st 1st
GP (CS) Final 4th 1st 2nd 5th 1st
GP Cup of Russia 2nd
GP Lalique 2nd
GP Nations/Spark. 5th 2nd 2nd 3rd
GP NHK Trophy 2nd 2nd 1st
GP Skate America 3rd
GP Skate Canada 6th 3rd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
Nebelhorn 1st
Canadians 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
GP = Became part of Champions Series in 1995–1996, renamed Grand Prix in 1998–1999


  1. ^ a b c d "Shae-Lynn BOURNE / Victor KRAATZ: 2000/2001". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 18, 2001. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Shae-Lynn BOURNE / Victor KRAATZ: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on July 15, 2003. 
  3. ^ Barden, Brett (July 14, 2010). "Victor and Maikki Kraatz welcome second son". Skate Today. Retrieved April 9, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Shae-Lynn BOURNE / Victor KRAATZ: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 2, 2002. 

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