Gaby Seyfert at the 1968 European Championships.

Gabriele ("Gaby") Seyfert (born November 23, 1948 in Chemnitz) is a former German figure skater.


She skated for the club SC Karl-Marx-Stadt and represented the GDR (East-Germany). Her coach was her mother Jutta Müller.

Seyfert was a long-time rival of Peggy Fleming (U.S.), but could never win against her.

She was one of the first world famous sport-stars of East Germany. In 1966, after two silver medals at the Europeans and the Worlds, she was voted as “The GDR female athlete of the year”. In 1968 she became the first woman to land a clean triple loop.

In 1970 she ended her figure skating career. Her daughter Sheila was born in 1972. Unlike Peggy Fleming she could not skate for the ice revue Holiday on Ice. The offers made by Holiday on Ice were refused by East German authorities.

At first Seyfert worked as a coach. In this position she worked together with Anett Pötzsch. When Anett Pötzsch was transferred to the group of Jutta Müller, Gabriele quit coaching and studied languages at the university. She eventually worked as a professional translator. From 1985 to 1991 she led the ice ballet at the Friedrichstadtpalast in East Berlin, where she also skated occasionally.

Results Edit


Event 60-61 61–62 62–63 63–64 64–65 65–66 66–67 67–68 68–69 69–70
Winter Olympics 19th 2nd
World Champ. 21st 5th 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st 1st
European Champ. 21st 12th 10th 5th 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 1st
Prague Skate 2nd
East German 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st

Books Edit

  • Seyfert, Gaby: Da muss noch was sein: Mein Leben - mehr als Pflicht und Kür, 1998, ISBN 3-360-00869-3
  • Seyfert, Gaby: Auf Wolke eins ist immer Platz. Single sucht Single, 2000, ISBN 3-360-00935-5

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