Hans-Jürgen Bäumler

Hans-Jürgen Bäumler (born 28 January 1942) is a German former pair skater, actor, and Schlager singer.

Hans-Jürgen Bäumler
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Bäumler in 2011
Personal information
Country represented West Germany
Born (1942-01-28) 28 January 1942 (age 81)
Dachau, Bavaria, Germany
Height174 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Former partnerMarika Kilius


Bäumler and Kilius in 1964

Bäumler became famous in pair skating with his skating partner Marika Kilius. Between 1958 and 1964, they won the German nationals four times, became European champion six times, and world champion in pair skating twice.[1][2] Their coach was Erich Zeller. The duo won a silver medal at the 1960 Olympic Winter Games, and Bäumler became one of the youngest male figure skating Olympic medalists. In 1964, they won a silver medal again.[1]

The duo had signed professional contracts and skated as professionals with Holiday on Ice before the 1964 Olympics, a violation of their amateur status and strict IOC rules.[3][4][5] In 1966, they were stripped of the medal because of this.[3][4] As The New York Times reported, the IOC "quietly re-awarded the West Germans their silver medals in 1987, 23 years after the Innsbruck Games, at an executive board meeting in Istanbul. The couple was deemed 'rehabilitated.'"[6][7][8]

After their amateur figure skating career, both became singers of German Schlagers (German version of pop songs). In the mid-1960s, they recorded some songs together; Bäumler also had songs as a solo singer. Bäumler's greatest success was the song "Wunderschönes fremdes Mädchen" ("Beautiful Foreign Girl"). The most successful songs of the duo were "Wenn die Cowboys träumen" ("When Cowboys Dream") and "Honeymoon in St. Tropez", both in 1964.[2]

From 1964, Bäumler has also worked as an actor. In 1969, he had a main role in The White Horse Inn, and in 1970 in Maske in Blau (Mask in Blue), both operettas. He was also successful in the television series Salto Mortale. In the mid-1970s, Bäumler hosted several quiz shows, among others Der Apfel fällt nicht weit vom Stamm ("The apple does not fall far from the trunk"), Das waren Hits ("These were hits"), and Was wäre wenn ("What if") on ZDF. Between 1990 and 1993, he worked for RTL. Later, he was also seen as a theatre actor.[2][9]

Personal lifeEdit

Since 1974, Bäumler has been married to Marina, a teacher. The couple has two sons, Christoph and Bastian, and lives in Nice, France.[2]


Men's singlesEdit

Event 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
World Championships 12th 14th
European Championships 14th 6th 8th
German Championships 4th 3rd 2nd 3rd 3rd

Pairs with Marika KiliusEdit

Event 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964
Winter Olympic Games 2nd 2nd
World Championships 6th 2nd 3rd 1st 1st
European Championships 5th 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
German Championships 1st 1st 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st 1st


  • 1964: Die große Kür (The great free program)
  • 1965: Die Liebesquelle (The love source)
  • 1965: Call of the Forest
  • 1966: Happy End am Wolfgangsee (Happy End at the Lake Wolfgang)
  • 1966: The Sinful Village
  • 1967: Das große Glück [de] (The great happiness)
  • 1967: Paradies der flotten Sünder (Paradies of perky sinners)
  • 1970: Hurra, unsere Eltern sind nicht da [de] (Hooray, our parents are not here)
  • 1971: Holidays in Tyrol
  • 1972: Die lustigen Vier von der Tankstelle (The comic Four from the petrol station)
  • 1973: Sonja schafft die Wirklichkeit ab oder … ein unheimlich starker Abgang (Sonja abolishes reality or … A weird strong leave)

Schlager songs (selection)Edit

  • "Wenn die Cowboys träumen" 1964 (with Marika Kilius)
  • "Honeymoon in St. Tropez" 1964 (with Marika Kilius)
  • "Wunderschönes fremdes Mädchen" 1964
  • "Sorry little Baby" 1964


In 1965, Bäumler as a singer received the bronze "Löwe von Radio Luxemburg".[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Hans-Jürgen Bäumler. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ a b c d Hans-Jürgen Bäumler. Who is who (in German)
  3. ^ a b Schiller, Kay; Young, Chris (3 August 2010). The 1972 Munich Olympics and the Making of Modern Germany. ISBN 9780520947580.
  4. ^ a b Lawrence, Kelli (10 January 2014). Skating on Air. ISBN 9780786485444.
  5. ^ "Pair finally recognized as bronze medal skaters – 50 years after Olympic win". News-Record.com.
  6. ^ Kestnbaum, Ellyn (2003). Culture on Ice: Figure Skating & Cultural Meaning. Wesleyan University Press. pp. 77–. ISBN 978-0-8195-6642-3.
  7. ^ Wallechinsky, David; Loucky, Jaime (2009). The Complete Book of the Winter Olympics. ISBN 9781553655022.
  8. ^ Rosewater, Amy (14 December 2013). "1964 Olympic Skating Pair Only Now Discovering Their Place". The New York Times.
  9. ^ Hans-Jürgen Bäumler. imdb.co