Bored at work, waiting for 'early release'
I read several wikipedia entries about several female skating phenoms from the late 60s and early 70s -
Gabriele Seyfert -
-She lost to Hana Maskova of Czechoslovakia at '68 Euros. I didn't know that. I just assumed that Gaby was always dominant on the Euro scene.
-She also was the daughter of Jutta Mueller.
-She landed a 3loop in '68. Wow. Was she considered a stronger free skater than Peggy Fleming?
-Any reason why she didn't continue until the '72 Olympics? She was on quite a streak, winning Worlds in '69 and '70
-She had been coaching Anett Poetzsch as a youngster and Anett was taken away from her by the GDR Skating authority....and given over to her mother for coaching. Awkward! She quit coaching as a result according to the entry.
-Her wikipedia entry stated she was a 'hard worker' and a great free skater. Anyone have any insight? She beat Gaby at '68 Euros. Would she have also been competitive with Peggy Fleming?
-She withdrew from '69 Worlds and never competed again. I wonder why....
-She died in a car crash in '72
-She was solidly the #2 American after Peggy Fleming for the length of their careers together throughout the 60s. Any insight on her? Was she noted for anything? I've never seen her mentioned in any threads.
-She was '69 World Champion Bronze Medalist but never landed on the world podium again. I think she was as high as Silver on Euro podiums, too. Was she noted for anything?
-I see she was coached by Carlo Fassi. Was she a princess-style skater? She seemed really strong in Figures, but was beaten by Janet Lynn at US Nats, yet finished ahead of Janet every year at Worlds from '69 - '71, winning a bronze in '70 and silver in '71. She was finally passed by Janet at the '72 Olympics. Did she bomb that competition? She disappears after Sapporo....
Trixi Schuba, Petra Burka and Janet Lynn have been explored in other threads.
I think it's great that Petra landed the first triple jump in '65 (?) but sadly quit skating after '66 Worlds. Was she an athlete? Artist? Was coach Ellen Burka her mother?
Any insight on any skater would be greatly appreciated.