Ernst Baier

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Olympic medal record
Figure skating
Gold medal – first place 1936 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Pairs
Silver medal – second place 1936 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Singles
Ernst Baier
Personal information
Country represented Germany
Born(1905-09-27)27 September 1905
Died8 July 2001(2001-07-08) (aged 95)
Former partnerMaxi Herber
Herber und Baier

Ernst Baier (27 September 1905 in Zittau, Saxony, Germany – 8 July 2001 in Garmisch, Bavaria, Germany) was a German figure skater who competed in pair skating and single skating. He became Olympic pair champion in 1936 together with Maxi Herber; the duo also won several World and European championships.

Ernst Baier skated for the club Berliner SC, he also enjoyed success as a single skater. He won silver at European, World and Olympic games in singles.

Maxi Herber and Ernst Baier revolutionized pair skating by performing the first side by side jumps in competition.

After the Second World War they skated in ice revues. Later the couple owned a business.

Maxi Herber and Ernst Baier married after their skating career in 1940, they had 3 children. In 1964 they were divorced.

On 15 May 1965 he married the Swedish figure skater Birgitta Wennström (born 10 November 1935 in Enskede, Stockholm, Sweden) known by the stage name "Topsy" from Holiday on Ice together with her partner Steve, they had a daughter in 1968, but divorced in 1973.

Some years later he remarried Maxi Herber, but they later divorced again.


(men's singles)

Event 1929 1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938
Winter Olympic Games 5th 2nd
World Championships 3rd 3rd 2nd 2nd
European Championships 7th 5th 2nd 2nd 2nd 3rd 3rd
German Championships 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st

(pairs with Maxi Herber)

Event 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941
Winter Olympic Games 1st
World Championships 3rd 1st 1st 1st 1st
European Championships 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
German Championships 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st

Further reading[edit]

  • E.R. Hall & T.D. Richardson – Champions all: camera studies by E.R. Hall (Frederick Muller, 1938)
  • Richardson T.D – Modern Figure Skating (Methuen, 1938)

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