Ria Baran

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Ria Baran figure skating
nation Germany BRBR Germany BR Germany
birthday November 29, 1922
place of birth Dortmund
date of death 10th November 1986 (age 63)
Place of death Dusseldorf
discipline Pair skating
Partner Paul Falk
society Düsseldorfer EG
Medal table
Olympic medals 1 × gold 0 × silver 0 × bronze
World Cup medals 2 × gold 0 × silver 0 × bronze
EM medals 2 × gold 0 × silver 0 × bronze
Olympic rings winter Olympics
gold Oslo 1952 Couples
ISU World figure skating championships
gold Milan 1951 Couples
gold Paris 1952 Couples
ISU European figure skating championships
gold Zurich 1951 Couples
gold Vienna 1952 Couples

Maria Therese "Ria" Baran , married. Falk (born November 29, 1922 in Dortmund , † November 10, 1986 in Düsseldorf ) was a German figure skater who started in pair skating .

Her partner was Paul Falk . During their careers, the couple got married. They started for the Düsseldorfer EG and had neither a trainer nor a choreographer or even sponsors.

Ria Baran and Paul Falk never lost a competition. They became German champions as early as 1947, and they defended this title until 1952. However, they were only allowed to take part in international competitions from 1951, as Germany was largely excluded from international sport after the Second World War . In 1951 they promptly became European champions in Zurich and world champions in Milan . In 1952 they defended both titles at the European Championships in Vienna and the World Championships in Paris . They also won the gold medal at the 1952 Olympic Games in Oslo . They invented the lasso lift and were the first couple to do parallel double jumps in their freestyle.

Ria Baran and Paul Falk also became world champions in roller art for couples in 1951.

Ria Baran was athlete of the year three times in a row in Germany from 1950 to 1952 , including 1951 together with her husband as the overall winner. After their Olympic victory, the Falks switched to the professionals and went to Holiday on Ice . Ria Baran was a secretary by profession . Ria Baran was awarded the Silver Laurel Leaf together with her partner and husband Paul Falk .

In 2010 a street in Dortmund was named after her in recognition of her sporting achievements.


Pair skating

(with Paul Falk )

Competition / year 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952
winter Olympics 1.
World championships 1. 1.
European championships 1. 1.
German championships 1. 1. 1. 1. 1. 1.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Stadtanzeiger Dortmund - Ostanzeiger, January 19, 2011