Tanja Szewczenko

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Tanja Szewczenko figure skating
Tanja Szewczenko, 2007
nation GermanyGermany Germany
birthday July 26, 1977
place of birth Dusseldorf
size 161 cm
Weight 46 kg
society Düsseldorfer EG
Trainer Hugo Dümler,
Peter Meyer,
Peter Jonas
status resigned
Medal table
World Cup medals 0 × gold 0 × silver 1 × bronze
EM medals 0 × gold 0 × silver 1 × bronze
ISU World figure skating championships
bronze Chiba 1994 Ladies
ISU European figure skating championships
bronze Milan 1998 Ladies

Tanja Szewczenko (born July 26, 1977 in Düsseldorf ) is a former German figure skater who started in a single run . She has been working as an actress since 2001 .


Athletic career

Tanja Szewczenko started in figure skating for the Düsseldorfer EG , her coaches were Hugo Dümler, after her move to the Dortmund performance center Peter Meyer (until 1995) and Peter Jonas . In 1992 she had her first major international success when she won gold at the junior competition Cup of Blue Swords in Chemnitz . In 1994 she became German champion for the first time at the age of 16 and won bronze at the World Championships in Chiba, Japan, behind Yuka Satō and Surya Bonaly . In 1995 she defended her German championship title. At the European Championships , as in 1993 , she just missed a medal with fourth place. In 1996, Pfeiffer's glandular fever and a simultaneous Coxsackie virus infection forced her to take a break for almost two years.

In 1998 she became German champion for the third and last time and, despite an almond operation, won the bronze medal at the European Championships behind Russian Marija Butyrskaja and Irina Sluzkaja . Before the 1998 Olympic Games in Nagano , she was one of the extended favorites for a medal, but had to give up participation because of a flu virus. After further injuries and frequent cancellations, Szewczenko's sporting future was unclear since 1999. Her last competition as a figure skater was at the German Championships in January 2000 in Berlin, where she came third. A year later, on January 15, 2001, Szewczenko announced her official retirement from figure skating.


Competition / season 1992/93 1993/94 1994/95 1995/96 1996/97 1997/98 1998/99 1999/00
winter Olympics 6th
World championships 7th 3. 6th 9.
European championships 4th 5. 4th 5. 3. Z
Grand Prix Final 2.
Junior World Championships 3.
German championships 3. 1. 1. 2. 1. 2. 3.
  • Z = withdrawn

Life after retirement

Tanja Szewczenko, 2014

Szewczenko tried to continue her career on another level as a photo model (including several times in German Playboy ) and actress. From 2002 to 2005 she played the role of Katinka "Kati" Ritter in the daily soap Unter uns . In the RTL - soap opera All that matters played Szewczenko 2006-2009 the role of Diana summer. In December 2009 she presented her children's book debut Kiki Kufenflitzer - Der Eiskristall, which was published by the Schneekinder Verlag, which she founded.

In the Show Elements by Holiday on Ice , Szewczenko appeared again in front of an audience from 2007 to 2009 in Hamburg, Vienna and Munich, among others. She showed herself both as a solo runner and as a pair runner with her partner Norman Jeschke . Their daughter was born on February 25, 2011. In 2013, she and her partner took part in the game show My Husband Can and was a participant in Celebrity Shopping Queen . In 2014 she took second place in the seventh season of Let's Dance . In August 2015 she opened the Abracadabra language school in Cologne .

On January 27, 2016, RTL announced that she would be back in the spring as Diana Sommer in Everything that counts . Her first day of shooting was on February 10, 2016; in the episode of April 22, 2016, she was again present on television, as well as in the second season of the competition show Eternal Heroes broadcast from February 14 to April 4, 2017 .


Studio album

  • 2004: Step Into My Life


  • 2004: Step Into My Life
  • Always wanna be in love



  • 2002–2003: A husband to view (Kleines Theater Bad Godesberg / Neuwied)
  • 2004: Under vultures (Karl May Festival Bad Segeberg)
  • 2005–2006: fluttering trousers ( Comödie Wuppertal / Duisburg )

Ice shows

  • 1994: Tom Collins Tour (USA)
  • 1994: Elvis Stojko Tour (Canada)
  • 1993–2000: Stars on Ice (Germany)
  • 1997–1999: Art on Ice (Germany / Switzerland)
  • 2007–2009: Holiday on Ice (Germany)


  1. Die Welt: Tanja Szewczenko fights bravely April 1, 1998 ("The 19 months long break from competition after a life-threatening virus infection and the flu that forced her to give up her participation in the Olympics in Nagano did more to her than initially feared.")
  2. ^ Washington Post: The Flu Plagues Olympics February 19, 1998 ("Germany's top-ranked figure skater, Tanja Szewczenko, withdrew from the Games before her event started. She had been sick with flu for more than a week and chose to return home to recuperate [...] ")
  3. Tanja is now dancing without ice - Rhein-Zeitung online, January 15, 2001
  4. derwesten.de: Tanja Szewczenko presented the book
  5. Tanja Szewczenko She shows us her baby! Bunte.de
  6. bild.de: These celebrities will soon be dancing across the TV floor
  7. Szewczenko opens language school . In: pirouette . Volume 48, No. 6, 2015, p. 20.
  8. Spielsprachschule Köln-West - Contact. spielsprachschule.com, accessed October 16, 2015 .
  9. EEZ: Tanja Szewczenko returns to "Everything that counts"
  10. Tanja Szewczenko about her time at "Alles was geht"
  11. AWZ preview, episode 2415 ( Memento of the original dated December 2, 2016 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.rtl.de

Web links

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