Carlo Fassi

Carlo Fassi ( born December 20, 1929 in Milan, † March 20, 1997 in Lausanne ) was an Italian figure skater and figure skating coach.

During his career as a figure skater Fassi was 1945-1954 times in a row Italian masters. At the European Championships, he won five medals. 1950 and 1951 he finished third, 1952 Vice European Champion and 1953 and 1954 European champion eventually. At the World Championships, it was enough for a bronze medal, which he won in 1953 behind the two Americans Hayes Alan Jenkins and James Grogan. He participated in two Olympic Games. 1948 in St. Moritz, he was 15 and in 1952 in Oslo sixth. His own sporting achievements are not comparable by far with the success that he was able to celebrate as a coach.

After the end of his career as a figure skater Fassi pursued a coaching career. From 1956 to 1961 he coached the Olympic Stadium in Cortina d' Ampezzo. There he was for four years the coach of the Italian World Cup team. One of his first pupil was the young German figure skater Christa von Kuczkowski who later became his wife, and had with him three children, Riccardo, Monika and Lorenzo.

In 1961, the entire crew of the United States, which was en route to the World Figure Skating Championships in Prague, in a plane crash near Brussels killed, prompting the World Series was canceled. As a result of this tragic accident was sought in the United States new coach and Fassi became head coach at the famous Broadmoor Skating Club in Colorado Springs, as the successor of fatalities Edi Scholdans. From this point, Carlo Fassi was one of the most successful coaches in the world. So he trained, among others, Peggy Fleming, Dorothy Hamill, John Curry, Robin Cousins ​​and Jill Trenary. Scott Hamilton and Paul Wylie, he coached in the early stages of their career. Figure skaters from around the world came to train with Fassi what his training camp gave an international and cosmopolitan atmosphere. On Fassis trainer account are four Olympic medals and eight World Championship titles. For comparison: Jutta Müller's students brought it to three Olympic medals and ten world titles. In addition to his reputation as an excellent technical coach, he was also a master of politics in the figure skating world. He had the ability to draw the attention of the judges on his students. Fassi became an icon of the figure skating sport. In the cartoon series Peanuts, Snoopy developed an alter ego as a figure skating coach, the Fassi served as a template.

Fassi died unexpectedly during the World Cup 1997 in Lausanne from a heart attack. There he was present as coach of the U.S. -American Nicole Bobek.