Anett Pötzsch at the German Nationals 2006

Anett Pötzsch (born June 3 1960) is a German Figure skater. Pötzsch was born in Karl-Marx-Stadt, GDR (today renamed Chemnitz, Germany).


She represented the GDR (East Germany) in the ladies events at international championships and in 1980 became the Olympic Champion, as well as world champion in 1978 and 1980. She also won the European title four times, from 1977 to 1980. Her coach was Jutta Müller.

Pötzsch married Axel Witt, the brother of Katarina Witt. The couple has a child named Claudia Rauschenbauch, who was a German pairs skating champion.

Anett Pötzsch's second husband was Axel Rauschenbach, a former German champion in Pair skating, who became the stepfather of Claudia.

Pötzsch works now as a coach in Chemnitz, Germany. She is also an international judge for figure skating and an ISU technical specialist. She was interested in participating in shows after her amateur career, but that was impossible due to the political system in East Germany at the time.

Her first name is sometimes incorrectly spelled "Annett." The old East German newspapers always spelled it with a single 'n'.

Results Edit

Event/Season 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980
Winter Olympics 4th 1st
World Championships 14th 11th 8th 4th 2nd 1st 2nd 1st
European 8th 7th 3rd 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st
East German Championships 3rd 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
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