Heidemarie Steiner married Walther, (born May 9, 1944 in Kolberg, Province of Pomerania) is a German figure skater and coach. She competed in pair skating and ladies singles.
Steiner began as a single skater. But when she dropped behind fellow East German Gabriele Seyfert, she wanted to retire early.
However, she changed to pair skating and teamed up with Heinz-Ulrich Walther, who also became her husband in 1969. Their greatest success was winning the bronze medal at the 1970 World Championships in Ljubljana. The pair trained at the SC Dynamo Berlin club and represented East Germany. Their coach was Heinz-Friedrich Lindner.
After she retired, she became figure skating coach at the SC Dynamo Berlin club (today SC Berlin). She has coached Romy Kermer & Rolf Österreich, Birgit Lorenz & Knut Schubert, Babette Preußler & Tobias Schöter and Peggy Schwarz & Alexander König, among others. She later coached Swiss couple Leslie Monod & Cedric Monod. She also worked as a choreographer for this couple.
Today she lives in Berlin with her husband Heinz-Ulrich Walther.
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pairs (with Walther)
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