Carolina Kostner

Carolina Kostner (born 8 February 1987 in Bolzano, South Tyrol) is an Italian figure skater who starts in a single run. It is the world champion of 2012 and the European Championships of 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2013.


Carolina Kostner comes from Ortisei (South Tyrol ) and is the niece of the former 2nd degree skier Isolde Kostner. Since 2008 Kostner is in a relationship with former South Tyrolean athletes Alex Schwaz. Her father Erwin is a former professional hockey player and current coach of the second division HC Val Gardena. Her younger brother Simon (* 1990) plays in the Finnish Hockey League at JYP Jyväskylä and in the Italian national ice hockey team.


In 2003 she won with her first appearance at a European Championship with a strong free skating program in which she has presented two triple / triple combinations, the 4th Place. On March 19, 2005, she won the bronze medal at the World Figure Skating Championship in Moscow. At the opening ceremony of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin Carolina Kostner was the flag bearer for the host country Italy. Due to a fall in the short program, they only reached the 9th place at these games. On January 27, 2007, she was at the World Figure Skating Championships in Warsaw European champion. This title she successfully defended at the European Figure Skating Championship 2008 in Zagreb. At the 2008 World Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden Kostner led after the short program, but had to after their Kürleistung the Japanese Mao Asada defeated and won silver. She trained to March 2009 in Oberstdorf ( Germany ) Michael Huth and switched for the Olympic Season 2009/ 2010 in the USA to Frank Carroll and Christa Fassi. At the European Championships 2010 in Tallinn her again succeeded in winning the gold medal. However, for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver disappointed her by a Sturzkür with which they fell back by Rank 7 in the short program at the 16th place in the final standings. After the 2009/10 season, she returned to Oberstdorf to her long-time coach Michael Huth. With him, she came back on the winning track. With a victory at the NHK Trophy in Japan and a 3rd place at Skate America in Portland, she qualified despite knee problems for the Grand Prix Final in Beijing.

At the 2011 World Championships, which were moved due to a major earthquake in Japan Nagano to Moscow, they could be improved by its hitherto best Kürleistung from sixth to the bronze medal.


The 2011/12 season was Kostner's most successful. You could first win the ISU Grand Prix Final after two third places and one second place. With a win at the Cup of China and a second place finish at the Trophée Eric Bompard they had qualified third fastest runner. Kostner took the second time since 2003 not to the Italian championships, but could be European Champion for the fourth time. At the World Championships in 2012 Kostner won in its tenth participation for the first time. Kostner was third after the short program, but was able to win with a flawless freestyle. This could Kostner their personal best in the free skate and overall improve.


At the European Championships in Budapest, she could not defend her title last year and was behind the two young Russian girls third parties. At the Olympic Games 2014 Kostner launched in both the single ladies, as well as with the team. In individual they won for the first time the hoped- precious metal in their third Olympic participation. It was good third party and was beaten the Olympic champion Adelina Sotnikowa and the runner-up Kim Yuna. You could even put up with their performance, a new personal best. In team competition managed a 4th place behind Russia, Canada and the United States. At the World Championships she reached the third place again. It was their sixth medal at the World Championships, the fourth in a row. Result, it obtained in the same year at the European Championships, Olympic Games and World Championships each third place. Presumably this is their last season.


  • J = Junior