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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
Stefano Caruso bei der Olympia-Einkleidung Erding 2014 (Martin Rulsch) 01.jpg
Stefano Caruso in 2014
Personal information
Country representedGermany
Former country(ies) representedItaly
Born (1987-04-19) 19 April 1987 (age 32)
Rome, Italy
Home townMilan, Italy
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Former partnerTanja Kolbe, Isabella Pajardi
CoachBarbara Fusar-Poli, René Lohse, Martin Skotnický
Former coachValter Rizzo, Brunilde Bianchi, Luca Mantovani
ChoreographerJutta Deutschland
Former choreographerNikolai Morozov, Michela Boschetto, S. Atti, Mathew Gates
Skating clubTSC Berlin
Former skating clubIcelab FORUM ASSAGO,Milan
Training locationsMilan
Began skating1996
ISU personal best scores
Combined total142.54
2013 Europeans
Short dance56.54
2013 Europeans
Free dance86.00
2013 Europeans

Personal lifeEdit

Stefano Caruso was born 19 April 1987 in Rome, Italy,[1] to a Hungarian mother and a father from Naples. He moved to Milan in 2000. He studied languages and communication in Bergamo.[2] In September 2013, he became a German citizen while retaining his Italian citizenship.[3][4] In January 2014, he began working for the Bundeswehr's sports group.[2]


Early careerEdit

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.[5][6] 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.[2]

Partnership with KolbeEdit

Caruso teamed up with Tanja Kolbe in 2010 to represent Germany.[7] In their first season together, they took bronze at the 2010 Ice Challenge and at the 2011 German Championships.

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.[8][9]

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.[1] They announced the end of their partnership in June 2014.[10]

Post-competitive careerEdit

After ending his competitive career in 2014, Caruso began a coaching partnership with Barbara Fusar-Poli at Milan's Agorà ice rink.[11]


With KolbeEdit

Kolbe/Caruso at the 2012 German Championships
Season Short dance Free dance
  • New York, New York
    performed by Liza Minnelli, Luciano Pavarotti
  • Borsalino
    performed by Tokyo Hosei Orchestra
  • New York, New York
    performed by Liza Minnelli, Luciano Pavarotti
by Alan Menken:
  • Narissa Arrives
  • Storybook Ending
  • Andalasia
Beethoven's Last Night
by Trans-Siberian Orchestra:
  • Overture – Moonlight Sonata
  • Dream of Candlelight
  • Moonlight Sonata
  • Bla Bla Cha Cha
    by Petty Booka
  • Besame Mucho
  • Give It Up
    by The Goodman

With PajardiEdit

Pajardi and Caruso at the 2008 NHK Trophy.
Season Original dance Free dance
Italian folk:
  • Canone Inverso
    by Ennio Morricone
  • Concerto Grosso No. 1 – Tengo Allegro
    by New Trous
Notre-Dame de Paris
by Riccardo Cocciante:
  • Les Sans-Papiers
  • Belle
  • Le Temps des Cathedrales

Competitive highlightsEdit

With Kolbe for GermanyEdit

Event 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14
Winter Olympics 19th
World Champ. 21st
European Champ. 12th 8th 11th
GP Trophee Bompard 7th
Bavarian Open 4th
Cup of Nice 4th
Finlandia Trophy 6th
Golden Spin 7th 6th 5th
Ice Challenge 3rd 3rd
Istanbul Cup 3rd
New Year's Cup 3rd
NRW Trophy 8th 1st
Ondrej Nepela 3rd
Pavel Roman 4th
Volvo Open Cup 3rd
German Champ. 3rd 2nd 2nd 2nd
GP = Grand Prix

With Pajardi for ItalyEdit

Event 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10
Europeans 16th
GP NHK Trophy 10th
Nebelhorn 10th
Golden Spin 5th
Universiade 9th
International: Junior
Junior Worlds 9th
JGP Final 7th
JGP Austria 3rd
JGP Bulgaria 1st
JGP Czech Rep. 10th 8th
JGP France 11th
JGP Poland 11th
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


  1. ^ a b c "Stefano CARUSO". Organizing Committee of the XXII Olympic Winter Games. Archived from the original on 7 April 2014.
  2. ^ a b c Wenck, Dietmar (16 February 2014). "Zwei Berliner, die ohne Liebe ihr Glück bei Olympia suchen" [Two skaters from Berlin hope for luck at the Olympics]. Berliner Morgenpost (in German).
  3. ^ "Caruso erhält deutsche Staatsbürgerschaft" [Caruso receives German citizenship]. SID (in German). 4 September 2013. Archived from the original on 16 February 2014.
  4. ^ "Kolbe/Caruso trennen sich" [Kolbe/Caruso split up] (in German). Rheinische Post. Deutsche Presse-Agentur. 18 June 2014. Archived from the original on 19 June 2014.
  5. ^ Mittan, Barry (14 July 2009). "Italy Fields Another Strong Dance Team". SkateToday. Retrieved 30 July 2011.
  6. ^ Sanità, Nadia (28 December 2007). "Interview with Isabella Pajardi and Stefano Caruso". Retrieved 3 January 2012.
  7. ^ "Deutsch-italienische Leidenschaft" [German-Italian passion]. Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (in German). 17 February 2014.
  8. ^ "Kolbe und Caruso wieder vereint" [Kolbe and Caruso reunited]. Sport-Informations-Dienst (in German). Focus. 20 July 2012.
  9. ^ "Kolbe & Caruso REUNITE!". 20 July 2012.
  10. ^ "Official statement". 25 June 2014.
  11. ^ Elfman, Lois (9 March 2017). "Fusar-Poli, Caruso embrace teaching roles".
  12. ^ "Tanja KOLBE / Stefano CARUSO: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 19 June 2014.
  13. ^ a b c d "Programs". Official website of Kolbe/Caruso. Archived from the original on 19 June 2014.
  14. ^ "Tanja KOLBE / Stefano CARUSO: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 5 October 2013.
  15. ^ "Tanja KOLBE / Stefano CARUSO: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 2 October 2012.
  16. ^ "Isabella PAJARDI / Stefano CARUSO: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 26 August 2012.
  17. ^ "Isabella PAJARDI / Stefano CARUSO: 2008/2009". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 31 May 2009.
  18. ^ "Isabella PAJARDI / Stefano CARUSO: 2007/2008". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 12 June 2008.
  19. ^ "Competition Results: Tanja KOLBE / Stefano CARUSO". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 23 April 2014.
  20. ^ "Competition Results: Isabella PAJARDI / Stefano CARUSO". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 11 October 2012.

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