Peter Liebers

Peter Liebers (born 16 April 1988) is a German figure skater. He is the 2015 Winter Universiade champion, the 2010 Nebelhorn Trophy bronze medalist, the 2012 Ice Challenge champion, and a six-time German national champion. He placed eighth at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and as high as sixth at the European Championships (2014 and 2015).

Peter Liebers
Peter LIEBERS Cup of China 2010.jpg
Liebers in 2010.
Personal information
Country representedGermany
Born (1988-04-16) 16 April 1988 (age 31)
East Berlin, East Germany
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
CoachViola Striegler
Former coachRomy Österreich, Jürgen Bertko
ChoreographerLori Nichol, Shin Amano
Former choreographerRené Lohse, Andreas Fischer
Skating clubSC Berlin
Began skating1994
RetiredJanuary 19, 2018
ISU personal best scores
Combined total239.87
2014 Winter Olympics
Short program86.04
2014 Winter Olympics
Free skate153.83
2014 Winter Olympics

Personal lifeEdit

Peter Liebers was born on 16 April 1988 in Berlin.[1][2] He is the son of Mario Liebers and the younger brother of Martin Liebers, both of whom competed internationally in figure skating.[3] He speaks German and English.[2]

In the summer of 2014, he married German former competitive figure skater Denise Zimmermann.[3] On May 1, 2015, Zimmermann gave birth to the couple's first child, a son named Emil.[4][5]


Early yearsEdit

Liebers began skating in 1994.[2] He won the 2002 German junior national title and competed in four seasons of the ISU Junior Grand Prix series. He finished 13th at the 2006 World Junior Championships but, while practicing following the event, he broke his left leg when he hit a rut in the ice.[6] As a result, he missed the 2006–07 season and had a metal insert in his leg until March 2007, returning to the ice in May.[6]

2007–08 to 2012–13Edit

In 2008, Liebers finished 13th in his debut at the European Championships and 32nd at the World Championships. The next season, he competed at two senior Grand Prix events and won his first German senior national title.

In the 2010–11 season, Liebers won bronze at the 2010 Nebelhorn Trophy and competed at two Grand Prix events. He finished 11th at the 2011 Europeans and 15th at the 2011 Worlds.

In June 2011, Liebers broke his sacrum while working on a new program in Toronto, Canada.[7] He won the silver medal at the 2011 NRW Trophy and bronze at the 2012 Coupe Internationale de Nice. Liebers finished tenth at the 2013 European Championships and eleventh at the 2013 World Championships. It was the best World result of his career and qualified a spot for Germany in men's singles at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

2013–14 seasonEdit

Liebers placed a career-best sixth at the 2014 European Championships in Budapest. In February 2014, he was training six to seven hours a day.[8] At the Olympics in Sochi, he represented Germany in the team event short program and then finished eighth in the separate men's event.[2] In March, he competed in Saitama, Japan at the 2014 World Championships, where he placed 14th.

2014–15 seasonEdit

Having fallen and broken his left shoulder while working on a modified spin, Liebers underwent an operation in the second half of August 2014.[9] Estimated to lose up to eight weeks following the operation, he withdrew from the 2014 Cup of China.[9] He later withdrew from his second Grand Prix assignment, the 2014 NHK Trophy, and the German Championships. In January 2015, he took bronze at the Toruń Cup and finished sixth at the European Championships in Stockholm, Sweden. The following month, he won gold at the Winter Universiade in Granada, having climbed from fourth in the short program to finish ahead of Takahiko Kozuka and Artur Gachinski.

2015–16 seasonEdit

Liebers began his season on the ISU Challenger Series (CS), placing 5th at the 2015 Nebelhorn Trophy. He dropped out of his next CS event, the 2015 Finlandia Trophy, due to an adductor strain and later withdrew from his GP assignments, the 2015 Skate Canada International and the 2015 Rostelecom Cup, and the German Championships for the same reason.[10][11] On 20 December 2015, the Deutsche Presse-Agentur reported that Liebers had ended his season, the injury being more serious than initially thought.[12] As a result of a gap in the acetabulum, caused by a fall, he underwent an arthroscopic operation on 23 February 2016 and was expected to rest for six weeks.[13]


Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
  • Who Wants to Live Forever
    performed by David Garrett
  • Smells Like Teen Spirit
    performed by David Garrett
    choreo. by Shin Amano
  • Resistance
    by Muse
    performed by 2Cellos
  • Hurt
    by Muse
    performed by 2Cellos
  • Blues Deluxe
    by Joe Bonamassa
  • Resistance
    by Muse
    performed by 2Cellos
  • Hurt
    by Muse
    performed by 2Cellos
  • Blues Deluxe
    by Joe Bonamassa
    choreo. by Lori Nichol
  • Les Lacs du Connemara
    by Michel Sardou
  • Habanera
    (from Carmen)
  • Symphony No. 9
    by Ludwig van Beethoven
  • For Elise
    by Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Piano Concerto
    by Ludwig van Beethoven
    (all modern arrangements)
  • Les Lacs du Connemara
    by Michel Sardou
  • Ying and Yang
    (selection of Asian music)[6][22]
  • Ying and Yang
    (selection of Asian music)[6][22]
  • Dirty Boogie
    by Brian Setzer
  • Ying and Yang
    (selection of Asian music)[6][22]
  • La Primavera
    by Sasha
  • Cool Runnings
    by Hans Zimmer, Ernie Freeman

Competitive highlightsEdit

GP: Grand Prix; CS: Challenger Series; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

Seasons: 2007–2008 to presentEdit

Event 07–08 08–09 09–10 10–11 11–12 12–13 13–14 14–15 15–16 16–17 17–18
Olympics 8th
Worlds 32nd 25th 25th 15th 20th 11th 14th 29th
Europeans 13th 15th 11th 15th 10th 6th 6th WD
GP Bompard 6th 10th 7th
GP Cup of China 9th 7th WD
GP NHK Trophy 10th WD
GP Rostelecom Cup 7th WD
GP Skate Canada WD
CS Autumn Classic 7th
CS Finlandia WD
CS Ice Star 10th
CS Nebelhorn 5th
CS Tallinn Trophy 4th
Universiade 1st
Challenge Cup 5th 5th
Cup of Nice 6th 5th 4th 3rd 4th 3rd
Finlandia Trophy 5th 8th
Golden Spin 7th 5th
Ice Challenge 1st
Nebelhorn Trophy 15th 9th 3rd 10th
Nepela Trophy 5th 3rd
NRW Trophy 2nd 3rd 4th
Seibt Memorial 1st
Toruń Cup 3rd 2nd
German Champ. 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st WD WD 1st 2nd
Team events
Olympics 8th
TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew

Seasons: 1999–2000 to 2005–2006Edit

International: Junior[26]
Event 99–00 01–02 02–03 03–04 04–05 05–06
Junior Worlds 13th
JGP Germany 4th
JGP Hungary 10th
JGP Italy 14th
JGP Japan 4th
JGP Mexico 8th
JGP Poland 11th
JGP Slovakia 12th
JGP Slovenia 10th
Dragon Trophy 3rd J
German Champ. 1st N 1st J 5th 5th 6th
Levels: N = Novice; J = Junior


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External linksEdit

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