Oliver Wessel-Therhorn

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Oliver Wessel-Therhorn (born February 26, 1960 in Münster ; † November 12, 2010 ) was a German dancer , dance sports trainer and choreographer .

Oliver Wessel-Therhorn also acted as a judge . He was multiple world and European champion of amateurs in standard dances and in combination (10 dances). He won the German championship in standard dances nine times. Oliver Wessel-Therhorn was awarded the Silver Laurel Leaf for his athletic achievements . Together with his wife Martina Wessel-Therhorn, he was named Sportsman of the Year by the Münster City Sports Association at the 1983 Sports Ball. The Westdeutsche Zeitung described him in 2007 as a "dance sport legend".

From 1983 to 2003, Oliver Wessel-Therhorn was formation trainer at the Dancing Club Düsseldorf Rot-Weiss and achieved several victories with his teams at German, European and world championships. On July 4, 2010, Wessel-Therhorn was made an honorary member of the Dance Sports Association of North Rhine-Westphalia at the DanceComp in Wuppertal.

Wessel was Therhorn since 2001 national coach of the German Dance Sport Association and the cadres of the German couples supervised Dance Sport Federation. His first marriage was to the multiple world champion in standard dances and in the combination (10 dances) Martina Wessel-Therhorn. His two children come from his second marriage to Vera Wessel-Therhorn.

Oliver Wessel-Therhorn was honored with the Bill and Bobbie Irvine Award in Los Angeles in 2008 . In 2009 he became the first recipient of the Roll of Honor: Presidents Award of the World Dance Council . The publication of his first book The Irvine Legacy , in which he introduces the life and work of the legendary dance and sport couple, took place at the end of May 2009. In his second book, Music Was My First Love , he writes about his dance career, but first and foremost about music and musicians, which have accompanied and shaped his (dancer) life.

On the night of November 11th to 12th, 2010, Oliver Wessel-Therhorn died of cancer in a hospital .

The danceComp Award of the Tanzsportverband Nordrhein-Westfalen (TNW) will bear his name from 2011 in memory of Oliver Wessel-Therhorn.

Individual evidence

  1. Short résumé of Oliver Wessel-Therhorn at the Workshop Festival Düsseldorf / Bremen, accessed on December 13, 2008.
  2. Westfälische Nachrichten : The last round has started - high-speed final spurt: Many candidates are already giving full throttle in the new year , Münster's athlete of the year 2012, January 30, 2013
  3. Dancing: On the floor of the town hall . In: “Westdeutsche Zeitung” of July 5, 2007, accessed on December 13, 2008.
  4. a b Oliver Wessel-Therhorn stops working as a formation trainer ( Memento from November 14, 2003 in the Internet Archive ) Press release of the Tanzsportclub Düsseldorf Rot-Weiss eV from February 14, 2003, accessed on December 13, 2008 (-> News-> News- Archive).
  5. Trainer list ( Memento of the original from February 21, 2009 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.tanzsport.de
  6. Sporty vita on Martina Weßel-Therhorn's website, accessed on December 13, 2008.
  7. Mourning for Oliver Wessel-Therhorn , Deutscher Tanzsport e. V., accessed on November 12, 2010.
  8. Oliver Wessel-Therhorn-Award