Stefano Caruso (born 19 April 1987) is an ice dancer with dual German and Italian citizenship. Representing Germany with Tanja Kolbe, he won seven international medals and two German national silver medals. They placed eighth at the 2013 European Championships and competed at the 2014 Winter Olympics, finishing 19th. Earlier in his career, Caruso competed for Italy with Isabella Pajardi.
Stefano Caruso in 2014
|Former country(ies) represented||Italy|
|Born||19 April 1987|
|Home town||Milan, Italy|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Former partner||Tanja Kolbe, Isabella Pajardi|
|Coach||Barbara Fusar-Poli, René Lohse, Martin Skotnický|
|Former coach||Valter Rizzo, Brunilde Bianchi, Luca Mantovani|
|Former choreographer||Nikolai Morozov, Michela Boschetto, S. Atti, Mathew Gates|
|Skating club||TSC Berlin|
|Former skating club||Icelab FORUM ASSAGO,Milan|
|Training locations||Milan |
|ISU personal best scores|
Stefano Caruso was born 19 April 1987 in Rome, Italy, to a Hungarian mother and a father from Naples. He moved to Milan in 2000. He studied languages and communication in Bergamo. In September 2013, he became a German citizen while retaining his Italian citizenship. In January 2014, he began working for the Bundeswehr's sports group.
Caruso started skating as an eight-year-old in Mentana, Rome. He trained in ice dance from the start and teamed up with Isabella Pajardi in 2000. They won the 2008 Italian national junior title and placed 9th at the 2008 World Junior Championships. After they split up in 2010, Caruso had tryouts with an American, Isabella Tobias, and a Canadian.
Partnership with KolbeEdit
In their second season together, Kolbe/Caruso won two international medals, gold at the 2011 NRW Trophy and bronze at the Istanbul Cup. They took the silver medal at the German Championships and were assigned to the 2012 European Championships where they finished 12th. The duo split up after the event but teamed up again in July 2012.
In the 2012–13 season, Kolbe/Caruso took silver again at the German Championships and earned another trip to the European Championships where they finished 8th. They won two international medals – bronze at both the New Year's Cup and Volvo Open Cup.
In the 2013–14 season, Kolbe/Caruso were invited to their first Grand Prix event, the 2013 Trophee Eric Bompard where they placed 7th. They added two more international medals to their collection – bronze at the 2013 Ondrej Nepela Trophy and Ice Challenge. In February 2014, Kolbe/Caruso competed at the Winter Olympics in Sochi and finished 19th. They announced the end of their partnership in June 2014.
|Season||Short dance||Free dance|
by Alan Menken:
|Beethoven's Last Night |
by Trans-Siberian Orchestra:
|Season||Original dance||Free dance|
||Notre-Dame de Paris |
by Riccardo Cocciante:
With Kolbe for GermanyEdit
|GP Trophee Bompard||7th|
|Cup of Nice||4th|
|New Year's Cup||3rd|
|Volvo Open Cup||3rd|
|GP = Grand Prix|
With Pajardi for ItalyEdit
|GP NHK Trophy||10th|
|JGP Czech Rep.||10th||8th|
|Pavel Roman||11th J.||5th J.|
|Italian Champ.||6th J.||4th J.||3rd J.||3rd J.||1st J.||3rd|
|GP = Grand Prix; JGP = Junior Grand Prix; J. = Junior level|
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- "Kolbe und Caruso wieder vereint" [Kolbe and Caruso reunited]. Sport-Informations-Dienst (in German). Focus. 20 July 2012.
- "Kolbe & Caruso REUNITE!". ice-dance.com. 20 July 2012.
- "Official statement". 25 June 2014.
- Elfman, Lois (9 March 2017). "Fusar-Poli, Caruso embrace teaching roles". IceNetwork.com.
- "Tanja KOLBE / Stefano CARUSO: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 19 June 2014.
- "Programs". Official website of Kolbe/Caruso. Archived from the original on 19 June 2014.
- "Tanja KOLBE / Stefano CARUSO: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 5 October 2013.
- "Tanja KOLBE / Stefano CARUSO: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 2 October 2012.
- "Isabella PAJARDI / Stefano CARUSO: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 26 August 2012.
- "Isabella PAJARDI / Stefano CARUSO: 2008/2009". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 31 May 2009.
- "Isabella PAJARDI / Stefano CARUSO: 2007/2008". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 12 June 2008.
- "Competition Results: Tanja KOLBE / Stefano CARUSO". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 23 April 2014.
- "Competition Results: Isabella PAJARDI / Stefano CARUSO". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 11 October 2012.