Robin Szolkowy
German pair skater
Robin Szolkowy
Robin Szolkowy is a German pair skater. With partner Aliona Savchenko, he is a four-time World Champion, the 2010 Olympic bronze medalist, a four-time (2007–2009, 2011) European Champion, a three-time Grand Prix Final Champion, and a seven-time (2004–2009, 2011) German National Champion. Savchenko and Szolkowy scored the first 10.0 ever given by a judge under the ISU Judging System.
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This German Olympic Figure Skater's Hot Pink 'Pink Panther' Catsuit Is Everything (PHOTOS)
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Hot pink was clearly the color of the day Tuesday as the Olympic pairs figure skating competition kicked off in Sochi, Russia, with the short program. As many expected after their sensational skate as key members of the gold medal-winning squad in the team figure skating competition, Russians Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov took the lead with a flawless skate that bested their next closest rivals. Though Germany's Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy trail the Russians by almost five points heading into the final free skate, they still made a lasting impression with their "Pink Panther" program which, naturally, featured the return of one of the most epic catsuits we've ever seen worn in figure skating (as well as an impressive Chief Inspector Dreyfus look). Not to be outdone, NBC commentator Johnny Weir, whose fashions some say have stolen the show from the competing skaters' traditionally flashy on-ice wear, rocked a hot pink jacket that just so happened to match Savchenko ...
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Denney and Coughlin Assigned to NHK Trophy - Required Elements
Google News - over 5 years
But competition will be stiff at NHK - Denney and Coughlin will be up against world champs Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of Germany, not to mention Russia's Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov and Lubov Iliushechkina and Nodari Maisuradze,
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Erstmals dürfen die Besten dreimal ran - Freie Presse
Google News - over 5 years
Auch das Chemnitzer Weltmeister-Paar Aljona Savchenko und Robin Szolkowy wird in der Serie 2011 dreimal zu erleben sein - in den USA (als Pokalverteidiger), Japan und Russland. Darüber hinaus hat die Deutsche Eislauf-Union vier weitere Eisen im Feuer:
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Eiskunstlaufpaar Aljona Savchenko und Robin Szolkowy trainierte in Dresden - Dresdner Neueste Nachrichten
Google News - over 5 years
Das sächsische Eiskunstlaufpaar Aljona Savchenko und Robin Szolkowy präsentierte sich am Mittwoch zum öffentlichen Eis-Training in der EnergieVerbund Arena. Die Chemnitzer Paarläufer, Trainer Ingo Steuer und einige weitere Trainingspaare bereiteten
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Erstmals öffnet Sommereisbahn für Besucher - sz-online
Google News - over 5 years
Neben den Dresdner Eislöwen trainiert hier in den Sommermonaten das Chemnitzer Weltmeisterpaar im Eiskunstlauf Aljona Savchenko und Robin Szolkowy. Die britische Shorttrack-Nationalmannschaft nutzte gerade das Sommereis für ihr Trainingslager
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Ein Chemmy im Zeichen der Muskeln - sz-online
Google News - over 5 years
Zum achten Mal wurden Eiskunstläufer Aljona Sav-chenko (27) und Robin Szolkowy (31) zur Mannschaft des Jahres gekürt. Bahnradfahrer Joachim Eilers (21) sahnte den Nachwuchspreis ab. Der Kölner fühlt sich in Chemnitz wohl: „Meine Eltern verstehen mich
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Trophäen für Sportler und Ehrenamtliche - Freie Presse
Google News - over 5 years
Sie hatten am Samstagabend bei der Sportgala im Autohaus Schloz & Wöllenstein allen Grund zur Freude: die Eiskunstläufer Aljona Savchenko und Robin Szolkowy. Zusammen mit ihrem Trainer Ingo Steuer wurden die dreifachen Weltmeister im Paarlauf zur
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Lovebirds Tong and Pang will be partners for life - China Daily
Google News - over 5 years
But the pair, both of whom are 31 years old, only brought home a bronze medal, finishing behind Germany's Aliona Savchenko/Robin Szolkowy and Russia's Tatyana Volosozhar/Maxim Trankov. The Art on Ice show this weekend in Shanghai provided Tong with a
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Skating gala to hit the ice in Shanghai - China Daily
Google News - over 5 years
Other skaters include the three-time German world champion pair of Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy, 2011 World Championships pairs silver medalists Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov from Russia, 2008 ice dancing world champions, Isabelle Delobel
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Sachsens Wintersportler sind spitze! - Mittelsachsen TV
Google News - almost 6 years
Auch in diesem Jahr konnte das Eiskunstlaufpaar Aljona Savchenko und Robin Szolkowy einen ersten Platz bei der WM erreichen. In Erinnerung bleibt aber auch Tina Bachmann aus Schmiedeberg, die in Fort Kent (USA) beim Biathlon mit der Frauenstaffel die
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Savchenko/Szolkowy mit drei Grand-Prix-Starts - sueddeutsche.de
Google News - almost 6 years
Hamburg (dpa) - Die dreimaligen Paarlauf-Weltmeister Aljona Savchenko und Robin Szolkowy dürfen erstmals seit Jahren wieder bei drei von sechs Grand Prix starten. «Das ist wieder neu eingeführt. Die ersten Sechs der WM haben das Recht auf drei
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Pretty in pink - The Age
Google News - almost 6 years
German pair Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy recaptured their world figure skating title last month with a performance to the theme music from the classic Blake Edwards and Peter Sellers film The Pink Panther, though clearly they avoided any
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Sports digest: Stanford's Jeremy Green applies for NBA draft - San Jose Mercury News
Google News - almost 6 years
German pairs skaters Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy also won gold. The Minnesota Supreme Court has cleared the way for the NFL to suspend Minnesota Vikings defensive lineman Pat Williams, perhaps the final chapter in an anti-doping case
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Savchenko, Szolkowy back on top at figure skating worlds - AFP
Google News - almost 6 years
MOSCOW — Germany's Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy took their third world pairs title at the world figure skating championships here on Thursday. Their entertaining "Pink Panther" routine allowed the 2008 and 2009 champions to reclaim the title ... - -
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Robin Szolkowy
    THIRTIES
  • 2015
    Age 35
    In March 2015, it was announced that he would serve as Germany's pair skating development coordinator on a freelance basis. On 16 September 2015, Szolkowy was unanimously elected president of Chemnitzer Eislauf-Club (Chemnitz Skating Club).
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  • 2014
    Age 34
    In December 2014, Szolkowy was elected to the Deutscher Olympischer Sportbund.
    More Details Hide Details He and his wife also have a sports marketing company.
    Savchenko/Szolkowy decided to compete at the 2014 World Championships and won their fifth world title together, second only to Irina Rodnina / Alexander Zaitsev among pairs.
    More Details Hide Details Szolkowy retired from competition after Worlds and performed with Savchenko in a farewell show in Chemnitz at the end of April. Thomas Lloyd ended its sponsorship, in July 2014. In July 2014, Szolkowy teamed up with Swiss skater Myriam Leuenberger to perform in ice shows. Considering a coaching career, he accepted Nina Mozer's invitation to work alongside her in Russia. The contract ran from September 2014 to April 2015. In June 2015, Mozer announced that Szolkowy would continue working with her students for the 2015–16 season. Szolkowy's current and former students include:
    At the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Savchenko/Szolkowy earned the bronze medal.
    More Details Hide Details They placed second in the short program and fourth in the free skate. During the free skate, Szolkowy fell on the pair's side-by-side triple jumps and Savchenko fell on the throw triple axel at the conclusion of the program and dropping to third in the overall standings behind Ksenia Stolbova / Fedor Klimov.
    Szolkowy married Romy Born, who is originally from Zürich, on 1 August 2014 in Chemnitz.
    More Details Hide Details On 11 May 2015, it was announced that Born and Szolkowy were expecting their first child together, due in September. Their son, Henry, was born on 14 September 2015.
  • 2013
    Age 33
    At the 2013–14 Grand Prix Final, Savchenko/Szolkowy edged out Volosozhar/Trankov for the gold medal after placing second in the short and first in the free setting a new personal best scores total of 227.03 points. They then competed at the 2014 European Championships but withdrew after the short program because of Savchenko's flu.
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    Savchenko/Szolkowy were assigned to the 2013 Cup of China and the 2013 Rostelecom Cup as their Grand Prix events.
    More Details Hide Details They finished second in the short program but won the free skate to claim the Cup of China title, making them only the second pair to win all six Grand Prix events.
    They won silver medals at both the 2013 European Championships and the 2013 World Championships.
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  • 2012
    Age 32
    On 8 November 2012, it was announced that Savchenko/Szolkowy had signed a three-year agreement with their first major sponsor, ThomasLloyd, a Swiss investment banking group.
    More Details Hide Details Szolkowy said that they no longer had to worry about finances. The pair said they were uncertain if they would compete at their second Grand Prix assignment, the 2012 Trophée Eric Bompard, due to Savchenko's illness. Savchenko's cold having developed into a severe sinus infection, the pair confirmed their withdrawal a week later. Since ISU rules do not allow another GP event to be given if skaters withdraw for any reason from an assignment, this also meant they would not qualify for the Grand Prix Final in Sochi.
    Savchenko/Szolkowy began the season with gold at the 2012 Skate Canada International, although Savchenko had a flu.
    More Details Hide Details Officials elected not to impose a deduction after Szolkowy violated the regulation against men wearing tights. Steuer said they would consider making some adjustments. Their colorful costumes received a mixed reaction, with one Canadian journalist describing them as "something that looked like the cat threw up", however, Szolkowy said he was pleased with the results of their collaboration with a Chemnitz design studio.
    At the 2012 World Championships in Nice, France, Savchenko/Szolkowy were first in the short program on 28 March.
    More Details Hide Details After falls on previous competition attempts, Savchenko landed the throw triple Axel for the first time in their career but her free foot touched the ice. On 29 March, Szolkowy lost a court case seeking reinstatement to the Bundeswehr which funded his sports career until 2006 – the court stated he did not have an authorized coach. Savchenko/Szolkowy were second in the free skate on 30 March but finished first overall. They won their fourth World title – becoming the fifth pair in the post-World War II period to do so – by a margin of .11 points over silver medalists Volosozhar/Trankov.
  • 2011
    Age 31
    In October 2011, Savchenko/Szolkowy were awarded the public prize at Germany's tenth and final Unity Prize ceremony. In January 2012, they were voted Saxony's Sports Team of 2011. Savchenko ruptured a muscle fiber in her left upper thigh as a result of a fall in training on 12 January 2012. Because she was not fully fit, the pair considered withdrawing from the 2012 European Championships (pairs event 25–26 January) or reducing the level of planned difficulty but said they feared a withdrawal would result in a one-year ban from competition if they performed in 2–8 February Art on Ice shows, a significant source of income (around 80,000 euros) for the pair which receives no funding from the German federation.
    More Details Hide Details By the start of the competition, Savchenko was able to land jumps and throws but spins aggravated her injury, causing the pair to withdraw before the short program on 25 January.
    Savchenko/Szolkowy rebounded to win the 2011 Rostelecom Cup.
    More Details Hide Details They qualified for the 2011–12 Grand Prix Final. Although they did not attempt it in Russia, they said they had not ruled out the triple axel. At the Grand Prix Final, Savchenko/Szolkowy won the gold medal with a total score of 212.26, defeating Volosozhar/Trankov by a margin of only .18 points. Savchenko/Szolkowy missed their nationals with the German Skating Union's okay and continued to work on the throw triple axel.
    Savchenko/Szolkowy took up the option of competing at three Grand Prix events during the 2011–12 season.
    More Details Hide Details They are entered in 2011 Skate America, 2011 NHK Trophy and 2011 Cup of Russia. In October, they confirmed Pina and Angels & Demons as their new music selections and said they were practicing a throw triple Axel, successfully executed in international competition by only one previous pair, Americans Rena Inoue / John Baldwin at the 2006 Winter Olympics. At Skate America, Savchenko/Szolkowy attempted the throw triple axel in the short program but experienced a hard fall. They were given credit for completing the revolutions and finished in 5th place, 3.4 points off the lead. They rebounded to place first in the free skate and won their second consecutive Skate America title and third in their career. They added a reverse lasso lift to their free program but performed only a double twist because they were still working on a new entry to the triple.
    At the 2011 World Championships, Savchenko/Szolkowy were in second place following the short program.
    More Details Hide Details They went on to win their third World Championships with a record-breaking free skate. Their total score was also a new world record. With this win, the pair capped off a season in which they won every event they entered.
  • 2010
    Age 30
    Savchenko/Szolkowy won 2010 Skate America by over 20 points and 2010 Trophée Eric Bompard by 14 points, and were the top qualifiers for the 2010–11 Grand Prix Final.
    More Details Hide Details On their way back from France, the airline lost their luggage containing their skates, resulting in concerns the pair would be forced to withdraw from the Grand Prix Final. Skates were not permitted as part of hand luggage, the blades being considered potential weapons. The airline found their luggage a few days later. They placed first in both the short and long program at the 2010–11 Grand Prix Final to win the title. At the European Championships, Savchenko/Szolkowy won the short program by almost three points, receiving a perfect ten for performance and execution from one of the judges. In the long program, the pair received zero points for a spin after an error by Savchenko; they placed second in the free program by less than a point, finishing first overall to win their fourth European title ahead of 2010 champions Kavaguti/Smirnov. Their training ice was scheduled to be melted in late March, after they would normally have left for the World Championships, however, the competition was postponed to late April. They were able to get their ice time extended until Easter, with the city and sport association negotiating the finances.
    After performing in fifteen shows, Savchenko/Szolkowy began training for the 2010–11 season in May 2010 in Chemnitz.
    More Details Hide Details The pair experimented with a throw quad flip in training. Steuer said, "It did work sometimes, but it needs extremely high concentration." In September 2010, Savchenko stated that they "plan to continue through 2014, but you never know if our bodies will work as we like them to work."
    Savchenko/Szolkowy ended their season at the 2010 World Championships.
    More Details Hide Details They placed third in the short program with 69.52 points, which was 5.76 behind leaders Pang/Tong. In the free skate they placed second with a score of 135.22 points, .89 behind Pang/Tong, who also won that segment to capture the gold medal. Overall, the team totaled 204.74 points to win the silver medal. Following the Olympics, Savchenko/Szolkowy both concluded they would like to continue competing at least another season. Savchenko/Szolkowy toured in multiple ice shows around the world, including the 2009 Ice All Stars, All That Skate in South Korea, and the 2010 Art on Ice in Lausanne, Switzerland.
    At the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada, Savchenko/Szolkowy earned their personal best score of 75.96 points in the short program, yet only placed second.
    More Details Hide Details Shen/Zhao took the top stop with a world record short program score of 76.66 points. They placed third in the free skating with 134.64 points, 7.16 behind Pang Qing / Tong Jian, who placed first in that segment. Overall they won the bronze medal with 210.60 points, 5.97 behind gold medalists and Olympic champions Shen/Zhao and 2.71 behind silver medalists Pang/Tong.
    At the 2010 European Championships, Savchenko/Szolkowy led in the short program with 74.12 points, by just .2 over Yuko Kavaguti / Alexander Smirnov.
    More Details Hide Details They placed second in the free skate with a new personal best 137.60 points, 1.63 behind gold medalists Kavaguti/Smirnov, who consequently placed first in the free skate and overall. Overall, Savchenko and Szolkowy earned a new personal best score of 211.72 points.
    With partner Aliona Savchenko, he is the 2010 and 2014 Olympic bronze medalist, a five-time World champion (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014), a four-time European champion (2007–2009, 2011), a four-time Grand Prix Final champion (2007, 2010, 2011, 2013), and an eight-time German national champion (2004–2009, 2011, 2014).
    More Details Hide Details Savchenko and Szolkowy scored the first 10. ever given by a judge under the ISU Judging System. Szolkowy was born in Greifswald, Rostock district, East Germany. His mother, a nurse, met his father, a Tanzanian medical doctor, when the latter was a student in Greifswald. Although he had seen photos of his father, the two did not meet until March 2008, in Vienna, Austria.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2009
    Age 29
    At the 2009 Skate Canada, Savchenko/Szolkowy won the short program, improving their personal best to 74.16 points, and leading the rest of the field by 8.36 points.
    More Details Hide Details They also won the free skate with a score of 132.55 points, placing first overall with 206.71 points, 21 ahead of Mukhortova/Trankov. They set a new world record for pairs' combined total under the ISU Judging System. It was also the first time a judge gave a 10. under the Code of Points. Their placements in their two 2009–10 Grand Prix events qualified them for the 2009–10 Grand Prix Final that was held in Tokyo, Japan, in December 2009. Savchenko/Szolkowy placed second in the short program with 73.14 points, 2.22 behind Shen Xue / Zhao Hongbo. However, they finished fourth in the free skate with 127.24 points. They won the bronze medal overall with 200.38 points, 13.87 behind gold medalists Shen/Zhao. Savchenko developed a flu during the Grand Prix Final which worsened and forced the pair to withdraw from German Nationals.
    Savchenko/Szolkowy began the 2009–10 season at the 2009 Nebelhorn Trophy.
    More Details Hide Details They finished first in both segments and earned the gold medal with a total score of 185.99 points. At their first Grand Prix of the season, the 2009 Trophée Eric Bompard, the pair placed first in the short program with a new personal best score of 72.98 points, leading by 6.1 points over Maria Mukhortova / Maxim Trankov, but finished fourth in the free skate with 101.44 points. Overall, they won the bronze medal with 174.42 points, 18.51 behind gold medalists Mukhortova/Trankov. On the plane back to Germany, Steuer suggested scrapping their long program to You'll Never Walk Alone, which had been recorded for them by André Rieu's orchestra in Maastricht. Although they had worked on the program since May, Savchenko said it "just didn't suit us", so they decided to prepare a new one to the soundtrack of Out of Africa.
    Savchenko/Szolkowy went to the 2009 World Championships as the defending champions.
    More Details Hide Details Despite Savchenko fighting a flu, they tallied a personal best 72.30 points in the short program to take the lead by a margin of 3.36 points over Kavaguti/Smirnov. They also won the free skate with 131.18 points. A throw triple salchow on the last beat of their music in the long program ensured victory. They finished with a combined total of 203.48 points, another personal best, and won by almost 17 points over silver medalists Zhang Dan / Zhang Hao. Savchenko/Szolkowy were the first German pair since Marika Kilius / Hans-Jürgen Bäumler (1963 and 1964) to successfully defend a World Championship title.
    In late January 2009, they competed at the 2009 European Championships as the defending champions.
    More Details Hide Details After placing second in the short program, 2.98 behind Maria Mukhortova / Maxim Trankov, they won the free skate with a season's best score of 132.43 points and won the competition overall with a total of 199.07 points, 16.30 points ahead of silver medalists Yuko Kavaguti / Alexander Smirnov. This earned Savchenko/Szolkowy their third consecutive European title.
  • 2008
    Age 28
    In the 2008–09 season, Savchenko/Szolkowy won both of their Grand Prix assignments, the 2008 Skate America and the 2008 Trophée Eric Bompard.
    More Details Hide Details They took the bronze medal at the 2008–09 Grand Prix Final, earning a season's best of 70.14 in the short program and placing third in the long program with a score of 114.95. Overall, they earned 185.09 points to finish 6.40 points behind gold medalists Pang Qing / Tong Jian.
    In January 2008, Savchenko/Szolkowy successfully defended their European title. Finishing first in both segments with a total score of 202.39 points, they won their second European title by a 32.98-point lead over silver medalists Maria Mukhortova / Maxim Trankov. At the 2008 World Championships, held in Gothenburg, Sweden, they placed second in the short program, 2.36 points behind Zhang/Zhang of China, and first in the free skate, 6.74 ahead of Jessica Dubé / Bryce Davison.
    More Details Hide Details Overall, Savchenko/Szolkowy finished 5.04 points ahead of silver medalists Zhang/Zhang and won their first World Championship title.
  • 2007
    Age 27
    At the 2007–08 Grand Prix Final in December 2007, Savchenko/Szolkowy scored 72.14 in the short program, setting a new world record, and a season's best of 127.09 points in the free skate to win the pair title with 199.23 overall, eight points ahead of silver medalists Zhang/Zhang.
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    In the 2007–08 season, Savchenko/Szolkowy won gold at the 2007 Skate Canada, silver at the 2007 Cup of Russia (second to Zhang Dan / Zhang Hao), and gold at the 2007 NHK Trophy.
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    Savchenko/Szolkowy made their third World appearance at the 2007 World Championships.
    More Details Hide Details Second in the short program and third in the free skate, they won their first World medal, a bronze. Their total score was 16.11 points behind gold medalists Shen/Zhao.
  • 2006
    Age 26
    Savchenko/Szolkowy placed third at the 2006 Cup of China and won the 2006 Cup of Russia, qualifying them to the 2006–2007 Grand Prix Final, held in Saint Petersburg.
    More Details Hide Details They finished second with a total of 180.67 points, 22.52 behind Shen Xue / Zhao Hongbo, who won gold. In January 2007, they won their fourth German national title.
  • 2005
    Age 25
    In the 2005–06 season, Savchenko/Szolkowy earned their first Grand Prix gold medal at the Skate Canada, placing first in both programs, and went on win the bronze medal in their first appearance at the Grand Prix Final.
    More Details Hide Details After winning their third national title, Savchenko/Szolkowy took the silver medal in their second appearance at the European Championships. They finished 7.79 points behind champions Tatiana Totmianina / Maxim Marinin. Savchenko was granted German citizenship on 29 December 2005, making it possible for the pair to compete at the 2006 Winter Olympics. Just prior to the Olympics, the National Olympic Committee of Germany decided to exclude their coach, Ingo Steuer, from the Olympic team due to his collusion with the Stasi. After a court battle, he was granted accreditation. Savchenko/Szolkowy finished sixth with 180.15 points. They also placed sixth at 2006 Worlds some weeks later, where they earned 170.08 points overall. The German Ministry of Interior Affairs continued to put pressure on the German Skating Federation over the Steuer affair. As a result, the pair's coach was denied accreditation for the upcoming competitions but the team challenged this in court and won. However, the pair's refusal to leave their coach cost Szolkowy his place in the German army, which had sponsored his skating. Private sponsors and fans supported the pair.
  • 2004
    Age 24
    In their first season together, Savchenko/Szolkowy won the German National title. They made their international debut as a team at the start of the 2004–05 season. They again won the German National pair title, placed fourth at 2005 European Championships and sixth at the 2005 World Championships.
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  • 2000
    Age 20
    After Aliona Savchenko, the 2000 World Junior champion (with Stanislav Morozov), told a German journalist she was looking for a partner, he spoke to German coaches and suggested Szolkowy, whom she recognized from a competition.
    More Details Hide Details In May 2003, Savchenko and Szolkowy had a successful tryout in Chemnitz, Germany. Three months later, she relocated to Germany and the new team began training in earnest with former World champion Ingo Steuer as their coach. When they first teamed up, they had to adjust to the fact that they had been taught different basics. They also had communication difficulties — he spoke German and English while she knew only Russian. Savchenko/Szolkowy worked mostly in Chemnitz, training twice a day, six days a week. Ingo Steuer served as their coach, choreographer, skate sharpener, and music cutter. Savchenko designed the pair's costumes. When the Chemnitz ice rink was melted – generally from the start of April to mid-May – they trained in Dresden if they needed ice time during this period.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1995
    Age 15
    Savchenko/Szolkowy won the European Championships for the first time, becoming the first German pair skaters to win the title in twelve years; their coach, Ingo Steuer, had won with Mandy Wötzel in 1995.
    More Details Hide Details They won the short program with 65.38 points, although Savchenko fell on the throw triple flip. In the free skate, they set a new personal best of 134.01 points while skating to the soundtrack of the film The Mission. Their combined total of 199.39 points was also a new best, and they finished 19.78 points ahead of silver medalists Maria Petrova / Alexei Tikhonov.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1983
    Age 3
    Szolkowy began skating in Erfurt in 1983 after his mother saw an advertisement for a new skating rink.
    More Details Hide Details Originally a singles skater, he switched to pairs when he was 16. His first partner was Johanna Otto. In 1997, Szolkowy began skating with Claudia Rauschenbach, daughter of 1980 Olympic gold medalist Anett Pötzsch. Rauschenbach/Szolkowy won the German Junior National pair title three times and the 2001 senior German National pair title. Their best result at the World Junior Championships was ninth. Monika Scheibe coached the pair. After Rauschenbach retired, Szolkowy was unable to find a new skating partner for a year and a half. During this forced hiatus, he participated in synchronized skating in an effort to maintain some of his skills.
  • 1979
    Born
    Born on July 14, 1979.
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