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Tanja Szewczenko
German figure skater

Tanja Szewczenko

Tanja Szewczenko
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Intro German figure skater
Is Actor Figure skater Model
From Germany
Field Fashion Film, TV, Stage & Radio Sports
Gender female
Birth 26 July 1977, Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf Government Region, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Age 46 years
Star sign Leo
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Tanja Szewczenko (born 26 July 1977) is a German figure skater and actress. She is the 1994 World bronze medalist, 1997 Champions Series Final silver medalist, 1998 European bronze medalist, and 1993 World Junior bronze medalist.

Personal life

Tanja Szewczenko was born to Vera Küke, an ethnic German immigrant from the Soviet Union, and a Ukrainian father who left the family when she was two years old. She and Norman Jeschke have a daughter, Jona Valentina, who was born on Friday 25 February 2011.

Competitive career

Szewczenko won the bronze medal at the 1993 World Junior Championships.

In 1993, at the age of 16, Szewczenko won her first international competition at the Nations Cup in Germany, defeating the reigning world champion Oksana Baiul. A few weeks later, she won her first national title, defeating former Olympic champion Katarina Witt. Szewczenko competed at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. During a practice session before the long program, she collided with Oksana Baiul, sustaining a bruised right hip and abdomen. She finished 6th at the event. Szewczenko won a bronze medal at the 1994 World Championships.

After finishing 6th at the 1996 Worlds, Szewczenko struggled for 18 months with a pair of viral infections which caused her to sleep 18 hours a day. She made a comeback in autumn 1997, winning on home ice at the 1997 Sparkassen Cup on Ice in Gelsenkirchen, Germany over eventual World champion, Irina Slutskaya. She went on to defeat former World champion Chen Lu and eventual World champion Maria Butyrskaya at the 1997 NHK Trophy in Nagano, Japan, and in doing so, earned a spot to the 1997–98 Champions Series Final in Munich, Germany. She won the silver medal behind American Tara Lipinski. Her tonsils were removed in December 1997.

Szewczenko won a bronze medal at the 1998 European Championships in Milan, Italy. She contracted a severe flu at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan and withdrew from the event. She finished 9th at the 1998 World Championships in Minneapolis, Minnesota a month later.

Szewczenko retired from competitive figure skating in 2000 to concentrate on modelling and acting. She is the last German ladies' singles skater to medal at an ISU Championships.

Later career

Szewczenko posed for the German edition of Playboy magazine in April 1999 and March 2007. Beginning in 2002, she played the role of Katinka "Kati" Ritter on the German soap opera "Unter Uns." Her last appearance on the soap was December 5, 2005. From September 2006 until 2009, Szewczenko appeared in the German soap opera "Alles was zählt" on RTL Television. She played the role of Diana Sommer, an inline courier, who trained as a figure skater alongside the wealthy daughter of a fitness center mogul. Norman Jeschke played her pair skating partner. In January 2009, Szewczenko left the series to return to show skating, joining the "Holiday On Ice" show with Jeschke.


Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
  • Evita
    by Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • Speed
    by Mark Mancina
  • Ballet Russe
  • Man of La Mancha


GP: Champions Series (Grand Prix)

Event 92–93 93–94 94–95 95–96 97–98 98–99 99–00
Winter Olympics 6th WD
World Champ. 7th 3rd WD 6th 9th
European Champ. 4th 5th 4th 5th 3rd WD
GP Final 2nd
GP Nations Cup 8th 1st 3rd 5th 1st
GP NHK Trophy 4th 1st
Schäfer Memorial 2nd
Skate Israel 1st
Piruetten 5th
International: Junior
World Junior Champ. 3rd 4th
German Champ. 3rd 1st 1st 2nd 1st 2nd 3rd
WD = Withdrew
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