Manfred Schnelldorfer

Manfred Schnelldorfer (born 2 May 1943) is a German former figure skater. He is the 1964 Olympic champion, the 1964 World champion, and an eight-time German national champion.

Manfred Schnelldorfer
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Manfred Schnelldorfer (2011)
Personal information
Country represented Germany
Born (1943-05-02) 2 May 1943 (age 78)
Munich, Bavaria
Skating clubMunich ERC

Personal lifeEdit

Manfred Schnelldorfer was born on 2 May 1943 in Munich, Bavaria, the son of two figure skating coaches.[1][2] His father had skated in an ice revue but saw its milieu as a harmful influence.[1]

Manfred Schnelldorfer studied architecture at TH-München[3] but put his studies on hold for financial reasons.[1] A resident of Munich, he is married and has two children.



Schnelldorfer won his first competition at age eight. He was coached by his parents and skated for the Munich ERC club. Internationally, he represented the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany).

Schnelldorfer finished second behind Hans-Jürgen Bäumler at the German Junior Championships. The following year, he won the German senior title while Bäumler finished fourth.

At age 20, he won the gold medal at the 1964 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck,[2] became one of the youngest male figure skating Olympic champions. His victory was a surprise. The favorite was Alain Calmat of France, who won the Europeans between 1962 and 1964 and was silver medalist at the 1963 Worlds.

In all, Schnelldorfer was an eight-time German champion, one-time World champion (1964), three-time bronze and two-time silver medalist at the Europeans.


After his Olympic win, the Ice Capades offered Schnelldorfer a $1.5 million three-year contract but he declined because of a promise to his parents.[1] For two years beginning in 1967, he served as the sports director, officially "national coach", of the Deutsche Eislauf Union. After his parents gave their approval, he performed with the Deutsche Eistheater from 1969 to 1973.[1]

Schnelldorfer was also a pop singer (German: Schlagersänger) and actor before becoming a coach and sport teacher. He was the first West German national coach for figure skating between 1974 and 1981.

Schnelldorfer owns some sport shops.[1]


  • Wenn du mal allein bist (When you are once alone)
  • Deine schönen blauen Augen (Your beautiful blue eyes)
  • Mizzie


  • Holiday in St. Tropez (1964)
  • Ich kauf' mir lieber einen Tirolerhut (1965) (I prefer to buy a Tiroler hat)
  • Tausend Takte Übermut (1965) (Thousand takts high spirits)
  • Spukschloß im Salzkammergut (1966)
  • Komm mit zur blauen Adria (1966) (Come to the Blue Adriatic)

Competitive highlightsEdit

Event 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964
Olympics 8th 1st
Worlds WD 11th 15th 7th 5th 3rd 1st
Europeans 10th 10th 7th 7th 5th 3rd 3rd 3rd 2nd 2nd
German 1st J 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
J: Junior level; WD: Withdrew


  1. ^ a b c d e f Prieser, Uwe (3 May 2003). "Manfred Schnelldorfer zum sechzigsten: Mister Doppelaxel verzichtete auf die Million" [Manfred Schenlldorfer on his 60th birthday] (in German). Deutsche Eislauf Union. Archived from the original on 14 October 2006.
  2. ^ a b "Manfred Schnelldorfer". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 2020-04-17.
  3. ^ "Über meine Person" [About me] (in German). Official website of Manfred Schnelldorfer. Archived from the original on 27 June 2008.

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