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Gaby Seyfert at the 1968 European Championships.

Gabriele ("Gaby") Seyfert (born November 23, 1948 in Chemnitz) is a former German figure skater.

BiographyEdit

She skated for the club SC Karl-Marx-Stadt and represented the GDR (East-Germany). Her coach was her mother Jutta Müller.

Seyfert was a long-time rival of Peggy Fleming (U.S.), but could never win against her.

She was one of the first world famous sport-stars of East Germany. In 1966, after two silver medals at the Europeans and the Worlds, she was voted as “The GDR female athlete of the year”. In 1968 she became the first woman to land a clean triple loop.

In 1970 she ended her figure skating career. Her daughter Sheila was born in 1972. Unlike Peggy Fleming she could not skate for the ice revue Holiday on Ice. The offers made by Holiday on Ice were refused by East German authorities.

At first Seyfert worked as a coach. In this position she worked together with Anett Pötzsch. Due to the East German coach hierarchy Anett Pötzsch was transferred to the group of Jutta Müller. Totally frustrated about that Gabriele Seyfert quit coaching and studied languages at the university and worked as a professional translator. From 1985 to 1991 she led the ice ballet at the Friedrichstadtpalast in East Berlin, where she also skated occasionally. After this ice ballet was closed she became a customer support agent in a service industry business in Berlin. She lives now in Berlin-Karow.

Results Edit

figure skater Edit

  • 1964 – 19th place
  • 1968 – 2nd place

Worlds Edit

  • 1962 – 21st place
  • 1965 – 5th place
  • 1966 – 2nd place
  • 1967 – 2nd place
  • 1968 – 2nd place
  • 1969 – 1st place
  • 1970 – 1st place

European championships Edit

  • 1961 – 21st place
  • 1962 – 12th place
  • 1963 – 10th place
  • 1965 – 5th place
  • 1966 – 2nd place
  • 1967 – 1st place
  • 1968 – 2nd place
  • 1969 – 1st place
  • 1970 – 1st place

East-German Nationals Edit

  • 1961 – 1st place
  • 1962 – 1st place
  • 1963 – 1st place
  • 1964 – 1st place
  • 1965 – 1st place
  • 1966 – 1st place
  • 1967 – 1st place
  • 1968 – 1st place
  • 1969 – 1st place
  • 1970 – 1st place

Books Edit

  • Seyfert, Gaby: Da muss noch was sein: Mein Leben - mehr als Pflicht und Kür, 1998, ISBN 3-360-00869-3
  • Seyfert, Gaby: Auf Wolke eins ist immer Platz. Single sucht Single, 2000, ISBN 3-360-00935-5


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