Robert Kunkel

Robert Kunkel (born 28 April 1999) is a German pair skater. With Annika Hocke, he is the 2020 Bavarian Open silver medalist and 2019 German national silver medalist.

Robert Kunkel
2019-2020 ISU Junior Grand Prix Final Annika Hocke Robert Kunkel 2019 12 07 2048.jpg
Personal information
Country representedGermany
Born (1999-04-28) 28 April 1999 (age 21)
Berlin, Germany
Height1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
PartnerAnnika Hocke
Former partnerTalisa Thomalla
CoachRico Rex, Dmitri Savin, Alexander König, Romy Österreich
ChoreographerCatherine Papadakis, Dmitri Savin
Former choreographerStefano Caruso
Skating clubSC Berlin
Training locationsBerlin
Began skating2005
ISU personal best scores
Combined total167.15
2020 Junior Worlds
Short program63.57
2020 Junior Worlds
Free skate107.67
2020 Europeans

With his former skating partner, Talisa Thomalla, he competed at three World Junior Championships, placing 12th in 2017, 7th in 2018, and 12th in 2019.

Partnership with HockeEdit

Kunkel formed a partnership with Annika Hocke shortly after the dissolution of her pairing with Ruben Blommaert. Despite Hocke having previous attended the Olympics, the two were still age-eligible for international junior competitions, and so began on the Junior Grand Prix, where they won two bronze medals at JGP Croatia and JGP Poland, and were the only non-Russian team to qualify to the Junior Grand Prix Final, where they placed sixth.[1] On the senior leve, Hocke/Kunkel debuted at the 2019 CS Warsaw Cup, placing sixth, and then won silver medals at the German nationals championships and the 2020 Bavarian Open. They were seventh at the 2020 European Championships. Hocke/Kunkel concluded the season at the 2020 World Junior Championships, where they placed fourth and won a small bronze medal for a third-place finish in the free skate; only Kunkel invalidating their pair spin element by putting both feet down kept them from winning the overall bronze medal. Despite this, Hocke remarked "our first and last Junior World Championships — it was amazing!"[2]


with HockeEdit

Season Short program Free skating

with ThomallaEdit

Season Short program Free skating
  • Heartbreak Hotel
    by Elvis Presley
  • Don't
    by Elvis Presley
  • Hard Headed Woman by Elvis Presley
    choreo. by Stefano Caruso, Dmitri Savin
  • Petite Fleur
    by Sidney Bechet
    performed by Henri René and his Orchestra
  • Booty Swing
    by Parov Stelar
    choreo. by Paul Boll

Competitive highlightsEdit

CS: ISU Challenger Series; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

Pairs with HockeEdit

Event 2019–20
Europeans 7th
CS Warsaw Cup 6th
Bavarian Open 2nd
International: Junior[7]
Junior Worlds 4th
JGP Final 6th
JGP Croatia 3rd
JGP Poland 3rd
German Champ. 2nd
TBD = Assigned

Pairs with ThomallaEdit

International: Junior[8]
Event 14–15 15–16 16–17 17–18 18–19
Junior Worlds 12th 7th 12th
JGP Austria 9th
JGP Belarus 10th
JGP Estonia 13th
JGP Germany 16th
JGP Poland 8th
Bavarian Open 5th 4th
Cup of Tyrol 1st
NRW Trophy 1st
Volvo Open Cup 4th
International: Advanced novice
Bavarian Open 1st
NRW Trophy 1st
Germany 1st N 1st N 1st J 1st J
Levels: N = Novice; J = Junior

Men's singlesEdit

Event 10–11 11–12 12–13 13–14 14–15 15–16
Bavarian Open 8th N 15th J
Coupe du Printemps 9th N
NRW Trophy 11th N
Challenge Cup 5th D
German Champ. 4th N1 3rd N1 4th N2 7th N2 6th J 7th J
Levels: D = Debs; N1= Novice Under-13; N2= Novice Under-15;
N = Advanced novice; J = Junior


  1. ^ Slater, Paula (December 7, 2019). "Panfilova and Rylov take junior Pairs' title in Russian sweep in Torino". Golden Skate.
  2. ^ Slater, Paula (March 5, 2020). "Panfilova and Rylov claim Pairs' title at Junior Worlds". Golden Skate.
  3. ^ "Annika HOCKE / Robert KUNKEL: 2019/2020". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 27 June 2020.
  4. ^ "Talisa THOMALLA / Robert KUNKEL: 2018/2019". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 3 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Talisa THOMALLA / Robert KUNKEL: 2017/2018". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 29 May 2018.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  6. ^ "Talisa THOMALLA / Robert KUNKEL: 2016/2017". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 20 May 2017.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  7. ^ a b c "Competition Results: Annika HOCKE / Robert KUNKEL". International Skating Union.
  8. ^ a b "Competition Results: Talisa THOMALLA / Robert KUNKEL". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 5 September 2018.
  9. ^ a b "Robert KUNKEL".

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