Ingo Steuer

Ingo Steuer (born 1 November 1966) is a German pair skater and skating coach. With Mandy Wötzel, he is the 1998 Olympic bronze medalist, the 1997 World champion, the 1995 European champion, and a four-time German national champion. As a coach, he led Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of Germany to multiple world and European titles.

Ingo Steuer
Ingo Steuer bei der Olympia-Einkleidung Erding 2014 (Martin Rulsch) 01.jpg
Ingo Steuer in 2014
Personal information
Country representedGermany
East Germany
Born (1966-11-01) 1 November 1966 (age 54)
Karl-Marx-Stadt, East Germany
ResidenceChemnitz, Saxony
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)[1]
Former partnerMandy Wötzel, Ines Müller, Manuela Landgraf
Former coachMonika Scheibe
Skating clubEislaufverein Chemnitz

Personal lifeEdit

Ingo Steuer was born 1 November 1966 in Karl-Marx-Stadt (Chemnitz), Bezirk Karl-Marx-Stadt, East Germany. His son, Hugo, was born in 2003.[2][3]

Competitive careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Steuer began to skate as a young child. Domestically, he represented the club SC Karl-Marx-Stadt, which was renamed SC Chemnitz after German reunification. He skated for East Germany internationally until 1990 and then the combined Germany.

Steuer took up pair skating in the early 1980s, teaming up with Manuela Landgraf. They were coached by Monika Scheibe. In 1984, Landgraf/Steuer became the first Germans to win the World Junior Championships.[4] After they split, Steuer skated with Ines Müller for several years. Their best results were 7th places at the Europeans. Müller quit after the 1990–91 season.[5]

Partnership with WötzelEdit

Steuer was left without a partner during 1991–92 season. He trained at the same rink and under the same coach, Monika Scheibe, as Mandy Wötzel / Axel Rauschenbach.[5] When that pair split in 1992, Scheibe hesitated to put Wötzel and Steuer together due to doubts about whether their personalities would work well together but she was persuaded after seeing their tryout.[5] After less than a year together, Wötzel/Steuer won the silver medal at the 1993 European Championships and the 1993 World Championships. Both were accepted into the sports division of the German army, supporting athletes.[5]

Wötzel/Steuer had a few accidents during their career. She knocked him out with her elbow while practicing the twist lift and he broke her nose while practicing another lift.[5][6] During the long program at the 1994 Winter Olympics, Wötzel tripped on a rut and fell to the ice, cutting her chin.[7] Steuer carried her off the ice.[5] The pair was forced to withdraw from the competition and Wötzel had to have stitches. They skated at the 1994 World Championships one month later, and finished fourth. In a humorous touch, after the program, Steuer carried Wötzel off the ice just as he had at the Olympics.[5]

Wötzel/Steuer won the 1995 European Championships and the 1997 World Championships in Lausanne, Switzerland. Steuer underwent his fifth or sixth knee surgery in mid-1997.[5] On 8 December 1997, a passing car's side window hit Steuer's arm, partly tearing ligaments in his right shoulder.[7][8] Pain radiated to his neck and face and caused headaches but he continued to skate.[5][7] Wötzel/Steuer won the silver medal at the Champions Series Final, held 19–20 December 1997 in Munich, Germany. When he caught her during a triple twist in the long program, Steuer felt a sharp pain that extended to his head.[7] They stayed off the ice for the following three weeks.[7] Wötzel/Steuer missed the 1998 European Championships as a result but returned in time for the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, where they won the bronze medal. They then retired from competition and skated in shows and professional events.

Coaching careerEdit

After his skating career ended, Steuer began working as a coach and choreographer based in Chemnitz. Skaters he has worked with include:

Steuer said he would leave Germany if the Interior Ministry and Deutsche Eislauf-Union did not resolve his status.[12][13] On 21 July 2014, the DOSB Stasi Commission announced that it would allow Steuer to work for the DEU and receive public funds.[14]

Stasi activities and legal battlesEdit

In the 1980s, Ingo Steuer was an informant for the Stasi, the East German secret police. His activities included circulating information on his countrymen. Because of this, he has been a controversial figure in Germany. Prior to the 2006 Winter Olympics, an investigation by the National Olympic Committee determined that his involvement was so severe as to exclude him from the national team. The matter eventually went to court, where a judge ruled in Steuer's favor. At the 2006 Turin games, however, he was forbidden to wear the German team clothes. Savchenko/Szolkowy were encouraged to find a different coach, and Steuer was denied accreditation at several events. Savchenko/Szolkowy eventually went to court to appeal against this decision, and the judge ruled in their favor.[15] At the 2010 Vancouver games, he was allowed to wear German team clothes and associate with the team.[16][17]

In June 2010, the Frankfurt Landgericht rejected Steuer's lawsuit against the Bundeswehr, however, in March 2011, the Brandenburg Oberlandesgericht ruled in his favor; the Bundeswehr may appeal to the Federal Court of Justice of Germany.[18]


(with Wötzel)

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
  • No Holly For Miss Quinn
  • Wings of Hope
    by Danny Wright
  • In Memory from Moods of Indigo
    Danny Wright
  • No Holly For Miss Quinn
    by Enya
  • Black Machine
Professional career

  • Last Dance
    by Donna Summer


GP: Champions Series (Grand Prix)

With Mandy WötzelEdit

Event 92–93 93–94 94–95 95–96 96–97 97–98
Winter Olympics WD 3rd
World Champ. 2nd 4th 5th 2nd 1st
European Champ. 2nd 5th 1st 2nd 2nd
GP Final 3rd 1st 2nd
GP Cup of Russia 1st
GP Nations Cup 2nd 1st 1st
GP NHK Trophy 2nd
GP Skate Canada 1st
GP Trophée Lalique 2nd
Nations Cup 1st 2nd 1st
NHK Trophy 3rd
Piruetten 1st
Skate Canada 1st
Trophée de France 3rd
German Champ. 1st 1st 1st 1st
WD = Withdrew

With Ines MüllerEdit

Event 1988–89 1989–90 1990–91
European Championships 7th 7th
Nations Cup 5th
Prize of Moscow News 9th
Skate Canada International 5th
German Championships 4th
East German Champ. 3rd 3rd

With Manuela LandgrafEdit

Event 1982–83 1983–84 1984–85 1985–86
World Championships 8th 11th
European Championships 5th 5th
International: Junior
World Junior Champ. 4th 1st
Grand Prize SNP 2nd
East German Champ. 2nd


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  12. ^ a b Nagel, Ramona (8 May 2014). "Sportbund will Perspektive für Ingo Steuer". Freie Presse (Saxony) (in German).
  13. ^ ""Gute Angebote" - Eiskunstlauf-Trainer Steuer denkt an Wechsel" [Figure skating coach Steuer considers move]. Sport-Informations-Dienst (in German). 11 June 2014. Archived from the original on 17 June 2014.
  14. ^ "Grünes Licht für Ingo Steuer" [Green light for Ingo Steuer]. Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (in German). 21 July 2014. Archived from the original on 21 July 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2014.
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  18. ^ "Trainer Steuer gewinnt Klage gegen Bundeswehr" [Coach Steuer wins lawsuit against Bundeswehr]. Sport-Informations-Dienst / Deutsche Presse-Agentur (in German). Die Welt. 29 March 2011. Archived from the original on 25 January 2012.

External linksEdit

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