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Figure Skating – 1982 – Skate America Womens Finals – WGER Claudia Leistner – With Peggy Fleming

Claudia Leistner is a former German  figure skater…..who is a two-time World silver medalist and the 1989 European champion…..as Leistner was a roller skater before taking up ice skating…..after which sh landed on the 1981 – 82 German senior national podium for the first time taking the silver medal behind Manuela Ruben. Making her senior ISU Championship debut, she placed fifth at the 1982 European Championships in Lyon….and fourth at the 1982 World Championships in Copenhagen.

With her outstanding jumping ability, she went on to become European champion in 1989 and a two-time silver medalist at the World Championships in 1983 and again in 1989. She trained in Mannheim, Germany…..whle initially being coached by Günter Zöller and later by Ondrej Nepela and Martin Skotnicky…..plus, she represented West Germany (the Federal Republic of Germany and the Mannheimer ERC club.

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