Ernst Baier

Ernst Baier ( born September 27, 1905 in Zittau, † July 8, 2001 in Garmisch -Partenkirchen ) was a German figure skater, who started in a single run and pair skating.

In pair skating with Maxi Herber Baier was from 1935 to 1939 five times. Consecutive European Champion, from 1936 to 1939 four times world champion and 1936 Olympic gold medalist in Garmisch -Partenkirchen

Ernst Baier and Maxi Herber have revolutionized pair skating. They were the first who showed parallel jumps. The couple also occurred in the official Olympic film by Leni Riefenstahl. Ernst Baier had the freestyle designed and a composer found that she painted musical, to produce one unit between running and music.

Ernst Baier, who started for the Berliner SC, but also had the single drive success and brought it here three times as Vice - European Champion (1931, 1932, 1933), twice as Vice World Champion (1933, 1934) and the silver medal win at the Olympics 1936 behind Karl Schäfer.

Baier is - beside the British Madge Syers, who succeeded in this 1908 - one of only two people, and the only man to have won two medals in figure skating at one and the same Olympic Games, both in the individual race as well as in pair skating.

Parallel to the sports career ended Baier studying architecture.

After the Amateur career Baier and Herber married in 1940 and had two sons and a daughter. The marriage was divorced in 1964. Some years later, Ernst Baier married again - a Swedish figure skater -, had a daughter and was divorced again. Later he married a third time.

After the Second World War in 1951 they founded the revue Eisballett Maxi and Ernst Baier. Later, the couple sold their business Baier at Holiday On Ice.

His grave is in the cemetery of Partenkirchen.


Single run

Pair of running

( with Maxi Herber )