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Beatrix ("Trixi") Schuba (born April 15, 1951 in Vienna) was an Austrian figure skater.

CareerEdit

She won the European and World championships in 1971 and 1972 and was the gold medalist at the 1972 Winter Olympics. She was especially noted for her skill in performing Compulsory figures. In fact, some say that in the compulsory figures, she was the best ever.

Schuba's victory at the 1972 Winter Olympics proved the catalyst for diminishing the importance of compulsory figures in figure skating competition. Schuba won the Olympic title despite a lackluster free skate because of the points she racked up in the compulsory figures portion of the competition, which counted for 50% of the overall score at that time. However, compulsory figures were not watched by television spectators. The free skate was widely televised, and viewers expressed frustration that the American skater Janet Lynn and the Canadian skater Karen Magnussen skated so well and yet placed behind Schuba, who did not skate her free program nearly as well.

To counter the growing criticism, in 1973, the importance of compulsory figures was diminished, and a new 'short program' was introduced, which required skaters to perform mandatory jumps, spins, and footwork elements. However, Schuba retired from amateur skating after the 1971-72 competitive season, so the new changes did not have an impact on her amateur career.

In 2002 she became the president of the Austrian Figure Skating Association (Österreichischer Eiskunstlaufverband).

Competitive highlightsEdit

Event/Season 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972
European Championships 5th 3rd 3rd 2nd 1st 1st
World Championships 9th 4th 2nd 2nd 1st 1st
Winter Olympics - 5th - - - 1st
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