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Ingo Steuer
German pair skater and coach

Ingo Steuer

Ingo Steuer
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Intro German pair skater and coach
Is Dancer Figure skater Choreographer
From Germany Germany
Field Dancing Sports
Gender male
Birth 1 January 1966, Chemnitz, Kreishauptmannschaft Chemnitz, Kingdom of Saxony, German Empire
Age 56 years
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Biography

Ingo Steuer (born 1 November 1966) is a German pair skater and skating coach. With Mandy Wötzel, he is the 1998 Olympic bronze medalist, the 1997 World champion, the 1995 European champion, and a four-time German national champion. As a coach, he has led Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of Germany to multiple world and European titles.

Personal life

Ingo Steuer was born 1 November 1966 in Karl-Marx-Stadt (Chemnitz), Saxony, East Germany. His son, Hugo, was born in 2003.

Competitive career

Early career

Steuer began to skate as a young child. Domestically, he represented the club SC Karl-Marx-Stadt, which was renamed SC Chemnitz after German reunification. He skated for East Germany internationally until 1990 and then the combined Germany.

Steuer took up pair skating in the early 1980s, teaming up with Manuela Landgraf. They were coached by Monika Scheibe. In 1984, Landgraf/Steuer became the first Germans to win the World Junior Championships. After they split, Steuer skated with Ines Müller for several years. Their best results were 7th places at the Europeans. Müller quit after the 1990–91 season.

Partnership with Wötzel

Steuer was left without a partner during 1991–92 season. He trained at the same rink and under the same coach, Monika Scheibe, as Mandy Wötzel / Axel Rauschenbach. When that pair split in 1992, Scheibe hesitated to put Wötzel and Steuer together due to doubts about whether their personalities would work well together but she was persuaded after seeing their tryout. After less than a year together, Wötzel/Steuer won the silver medal at the 1993 European Championships and the 1993 World Championships. Both were accepted into the sports division of the German army, supporting athletes.

Wötzel/Steuer had a few accidents during their career. She knocked him out with her elbow while practicing the twist lift and he broke her nose while practicing another lift. During the long program at the 1994 Winter Olympics, Wötzel tripped on a rut and fell to the ice, cutting her chin. Steuer carried her off the ice. The pair was forced to withdraw from the competition and Wötzel had to have stitches. They skated at the 1994 World Championships one month later, and finished fourth. In a humorous touch, after the program, Steuer carried Wötzel off the ice just as he had at the Olympics.

Wötzel/Steuer won the 1995 European Championships and the 1997 World Championships in Lausanne, Switzerland. Steuer underwent his fifth or sixth knee surgery in mid-1997. On 8 December 1997, a passing car's side window hit Steuer's arm, partly tearing ligaments in his right shoulder. Pain radiated to his neck and face and caused headaches but he continued to skate. Wötzel/Steuer won the silver medal at the Champions Series Final, held 19–20 December 1997 in Munich, Germany. When he caught her during a triple twist in the long program, Steuer felt a sharp pain that extended to his head. They stayed off the ice for the following three weeks. Wötzel/Steuer missed the 1998 European Championships as a result but returned in time for the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, where they won the bronze medal. They then retired from competition and skated in shows and professional events.

Coaching career

After his skating career ended, Steuer began working as a coach and choreographer based in Chemnitz. Skaters he has worked with include:

  • Nicole Nönning / Matthias Bleyer (ended career in 2005)
  • Eva-Maria Fitze / Rico Rex (switched to Monika Scheibe in December 2005)
  • Aliona Savchenko / Robin Szolkowy (five-time World champions). Steuer coached them during their entire career as a pair, from 2003 to 2014.
  • Tatiana Volosozhar / Stanislav Morozov (Ukraine): Steuer coached them from summer 2008 until Morozov's retirement following the 2010 Olympics.
  • Rachel Kirkland / Eric Radford (Canada) in 2008.
  • Anaïs Morand / Antoine Dorsaz (Switzerland) in 2010.
  • Daria Popova / Bruno Massot (2012 French champions). Steuer coached the pair in 2011 along with Jean-Francois Ballester.
  • Aliona Savchenko / Bruno Massot
  • Haven Denney / Brandon Frazier (United States) 2015–present

Steuer said he would leave Germany if the Interior Ministry and Deutsche Eislauf-Union did not resolve his status. On 21 July 2014, the DOSB Stasi Commission announced that it would allow Steuer to work for the DEU and receive public funds.

Stasi activities and legal battles

In the 1980s, Ingo Steuer was an informant for the Stasi, the East German secret police. His activities included circulating information on his countrymen. Because of this, he has been a controversial figure in Germany. Prior to the 2006 Winter Olympics, an investigation by the National Olympic Committee determined that his involvement was so severe as to exclude him from the national team. The matter eventually went to court, where a judge ruled in Steuer's favor. At the 2006 Turin games, however, he was forbidden to wear the German team clothes. Savchenko/Szolkowy were encouraged to find a different coach, and Steuer was denied accreditation at several events. Savchenko/Szolkowy eventually went to court to appeal against this decision, and the judge ruled in their favor. At the 2010 Vancouver games, he was allowed to wear German team clothes and associate with the team.

In June 2010, the Frankfurt Landgericht rejected Steuer's lawsuit against the Bundeswehr, however, in March 2011, the Brandenburg Oberlandesgericht ruled in his favor; the Bundeswehr may appeal to the Federal Court of Justice of Germany.

Programs

(with Wötzel)

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
1997–1998
  • No Holly For Miss Quinn
    Enya
  • Wings of Hope
    by Danny Wright
  • In Memory from Moods of Indigo
    Danny Wright
1996–1997
  • A Question of You
    by Prince
  • Wings of Hope
    by Danny Wright
  • In Memory from Moods of Indigo
    by Danny Wright
  • Who Wants to Live Forever
    performed by Dune

  • Think
    by Aretha Franklin
1995–1996
  • Rolling Stones medley
    performed by Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
1994–1995
  • No Holly For Miss Quinn
    by Enya
  • Island
    by Art of Noise
1993–1994
  • Basic Instinct
  • In Your Room
    by Depeche Mode
1992–1993
  • On The Road from Rain Man
  • The NeverEnding Story
    by Giorgio Moroder
  • Black Machine
Professional career
  • Out Of Africa

  • Masquerade
    by Vanessa-Mae

  • Last Dance
    by Donna Summer

  • In Memory
    by Danny Wright

  • Revolution
    by Jean Michel Jarre

Results

GP: Champions Series (Grand Prix)

With Mandy Wötzel

International
Event 92–93 93–94 94–95 95–96 96–97 97–98
Winter Olympics WD 3rd
World Champ. 2nd 4th 5th 2nd 1st
European Champ. 2nd 5th 1st 2nd 2nd
GP Final 3rd 1st 2nd
GP Cup of Russia 1st
GP Nations Cup 2nd 1st 1st
GP NHK Trophy 2nd
GP Skate Canada 1st
GP Trophée Lalique 2nd
Nations Cup 1st 2nd 1st
NHK Trophy 3rd
Piruetten 1st
Skate Canada 1st
Trophée de France 3rd
National
German Champ. 1st 1st 1st 1st
WD = Withdrew

With Ines Müller

International
Event 1988–89 1989–90 1990–91
European Championships 7th 7th
Nations Cup 5th
Prize of Moscow News 9th
Skate Canada International 5th
National
German Championships 4th
East German Champ. 3rd 3rd

With Manuela Landgraf

International
Event 1982–83 1983–84 1984–85 1985–86
World Championships 8th 11th
European Championships 5th 5th
International: Junior
World Junior Champ. 4th 1st
Grand Prize SNP 2nd
National
East German Champ. 2nd

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