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Golden Boy of the Sixties

Every time when Emmerich Danzer went onto the frozen stage of European or World Figure Skating Championships, thousands of fans were crossing fingers at home while excitedly watching his elegant routine on the black-and-white screens of their TVs. In the mid-sixties of last century the Austrian Figure Skater started dominating the front pages of Austrian newspapers, because the signs boded well, that the talented young man could bring Austria on top of the world podium again.

Indeed, Danzer grabbed his first Gold Medal at Worlds 1966 in Davos. This victory was an historical moment, as no other Austrian figure skater had won the Man’s event since 1938. But not only just that, the Figure Skater repeated this success twice - in 1967 and 1968. And to cap it all off he won the European Title four times in a row (1965-68).

Sounds like a lucky man, this Mister Danzer. No, not always. Unfortunately. Danzer's moment of truth happened during the Winter Olympic Games 1968 in Grenoble when he had serious problems while performing one of his compulsory figures. This mistake caused the loss of many points. The Viennese sportsman just ended up fourth, even with the best Free Programm by far.

But the Olympic Gold Medal still decided to stay with Austria. Surprisingly Wolfgang Schwarz the second Austrian competitor who had been in Danzer's shadow for years could seize his opportunity.

After the end of his competitive skating time, Emmerich Danzer worked as a coach in Northamerica, commentated figure skating competitions on Austrian TV in the 1980s together with Ingrid Wendl and was President of the Austrian Figure Skating Federation for some years in the 90s.

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