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Vagabond
10-24-2011, 08:13 PM
Carola Paul finished eighth in Hartford. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1981_World_Figure_Skating_Championships#Ladies

She continued skating during the 1981-82 season and finished third at East German Nationals, seventh at Europeans and eleventh at Worlds

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_German_Figure_Skating_Championships#Ladies
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1982_European_Figure_Skating_Championships
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1982_World_Figure_Skating_Championships#Ladies

I haven't been able to find any record of her competing after that season, so I expect she retired. In fact, considering that she was apparently the first woman to land a triple flip in international competition, there's remarkably little about her on the Internet. I did find a photo of her, though, on this webpage: http://old.dresdner-eislauf-club.de/ehemalige.php

olympic
10-24-2011, 11:53 PM
I clicked on the wiki link for '81 Worlds. I see that Robert Wagenhoffer finished in the top 10. Didn't he also skate pairs? And wasn't he an incredible jumper? I think he also made '82 Worlds team ahead of a very young Brian Boitano and finished top 10 there. I know Santee retired after '82 Worlds. What happened with Wagenhoffer?

DORISPULASKI
10-25-2011, 01:25 AM
Robert Wagonhoffer later became world pro champion.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VpRLVzvT8s

He died untimely in December of 1999.

http://www.plover.com/rainbowice/wagen.html

skatesindreams
10-25-2011, 03:14 PM
Doris, I was trying to post some links/info about Robert last night.
The post got "lost in the ether".
His abilities were the envy of his fellow skaters.

Another of my favorite performances:

Robert Wagenhoffer - 1990 U.S. Open "Birdland"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wB5jselJ_Fo

I was fortunate to see him skate in the "Gershwin on Ice" tour.
He choreographed that excellent production, as well.

DORISPULASKI
10-25-2011, 04:04 PM
He was one of my favorites, always. 1981 was the first live competition I ever attended. It was in Hartford, and I was going to grad school at UConn at the time. Robert really stood out, even though he was only 10th.

He stood out as in 1984 Worlds in Ottawa that Gary Beacom stood out, although he did not finish high.

Robert's jumps were huge and his flow across the ice incredible.

barbk
10-25-2011, 08:20 PM
I forget how incredible Torvill and Dean were at matching extension and unison even that early. It is like they're joined together, and just flying over that ice. Thanks for all the links, Maofan.

floskate
10-26-2011, 09:29 AM
Yes, I'm pretty sure that she landed the first triple flip ever by a woman at that Worlds. Witt also attempted a triple flip, but Paul's was cleaner as I think Witt's was two-footed. Paul also skated before Witt, so would get the credit in any event.



Yes, that's my recollection too.

Carola Paul's was better quality but this is one of the very few times that Witt landed the triple flip on one foot (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ko71UFJpvME). It was a little wild but clean. Witt won the SP with her infamous muppet show program (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ko71UFJpvME) while everyone else had issues. Biellmann doubled her combo and Zayak landed hers but then wiped out on the flying sit - gkelly is correct.

I loved the mens event from this Worlds. There were so many great LP's including Waggenhoffer who was wonderful and skated better in Hartford than he did in Copenhagen where he doubled the lutz. Filipowski and Schramm were also great and Chris Howarth of Eurosport fame also landed a cracking triple lutz :)

briancoogaert
10-26-2011, 12:34 PM
Carola Paul's was better quality but this is one of the very few times that Witt landed the triple flip on one foot (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ko71UFJpvME). It was a little wild but clean. Witt won the SP with her infamous muppet show program (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ko71UFJpvME) while everyone else had issues. Biellmann doubled her combo and Zayak landed hers but then wiped out on the flying sit - gkelly is correct.
The good link is this one : clean 3Flip by Katarina Witt (http://youtu.be/8hLuhzIyma0?t=1m6s). ;)

olympic
10-26-2011, 12:38 PM
It would've been wonderful to have seen Biellmann stick around 'til Sarajevo '84. How much more interesting the competition would've been .....