Victor Kraatz

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Victor Kraatz
Bk dance spin.jpg
Victor Kraatz with Shae-Lynn Bourne.
Personal information
Full nameVictor Kraatz
Country representedCanada
Born(1971-04-07) April 7, 1971 (age 43)
West Berlin, West Germany
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Former partnerShae-Lynn Bourne
Taryn O'Neill
Former coachNikolai Morozov
Uschi Keszler
Natalia Dubova
Tatiana Tarasova
Josee Picard
Eric Gilles
Retired2003
 
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Victor Kraatz
Bk dance spin.jpg
Victor Kraatz with Shae-Lynn Bourne.
Personal information
Full nameVictor Kraatz
Country representedCanada
Born(1971-04-07) April 7, 1971 (age 43)
West Berlin, West Germany
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Former partnerShae-Lynn Bourne
Taryn O'Neill
Former coachNikolai Morozov
Uschi Keszler
Natalia Dubova
Tatiana Tarasova
Josee Picard
Eric Gilles
Retired2003

Victor Kraatz, MSC (born April 7, 1971 in West Berlin, West Germany) is a Canadian ice dancer. In 2003, he and his partner, Shae-Lynn Bourne, became the first North American ice dancers to win a World Championship.

Career[edit]

Victor Kraatz began to skate at the age of 9. In Switzerland he became an ice dancer and skated with Analisa Beltrami (Switzerland). After having moved to Canada, he teamed up with Taryn O'Neill. On April 20, 1991, Kraatz began skating with Shae-Lynn Bourne, who had been a pair skater until that time.

Bourne / Kraatz missed the 2000 Four Continents and 2000 World Championships due to Bourne's knee surgery.[1] In spring 2000, they changed coaches, moving to Tatiana Tarasova and Nikolai Morozov.[1]

Bourne / Kraatz withdrew from their 2002 Grand Prix events due to Bourne's injury.[2] They won their 10th Canadian national title and then took their third Four Continents title. Bourne / Kraatz went on to win gold at the 2003 World Championships. They retired from competition at the end of the season.

Their coaches included Josée Picard, Eric Gillies, Tatiana Tarasova, Natalia Dubova, Uschi Keszler, Marina Klimova, Sergei Ponomarenko, and lastly Nikolai Morozov.

Kraatz represented the club of Boucherville while Bourne represented Brossard FSC, in the Quebec section. Their final training location was Newington, Connecticut.

Bourne / Kraatz are the first World champions in ice dancing representing Canada. They were the first ice dancers to include hydroblading elements in their routines.

Personal life[edit]

Born in West Berlin, Kraatz grew up in Switzerland and later moved with his mother to Canada.[2] On June 19, 2004, Victor Kraatz and Finnish ice dancer Maikki Uotila were married in Helsinki, Finland. Their first son, Oliver, was born September 14, 2006, in North Vancouver, British Columbia. Their second son was born on July 10, 2010.[3]

Programs[edit]

(with Bourne)

SeasonOriginal danceFree dance
2002–2003
[2]
2001–2002
[4]
  • Billie Jean
  • Keep it in the Closet
  • Smile
  • Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'
  • Don't Stop Til You Get Enough
    by Michael Jackson
2000–2001
[1]

Results[edit]

(with Bourne)

Results[1][2][4]
International
Event1992–931993–941994–951995–961996–971997–981998–991999–002000–012001–022002–03
Olympics10th4th4th
Worlds14th6th4th3rd3rd3rd3rd4th2nd1st
Four Continents1st1st1st
GP (CS) Final4th1st2nd5th1st
GP Cup of Russia2nd
GP Lalique2nd
GP Nations/Spark.5th2nd2nd3rd
GP NHK Trophy2nd2nd1st
GP Skate America3rd
GP Skate Canada6th3rd1st1st1st1st1st1st
Nebelhorn1st
National
Canadians1st1st1st1st1st1st1st1st1st1st
GP = Became part of Champions Series in 1995–1996, renamed Grand Prix in 1998–1999

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Shae-Lynn BOURNE / Victor KRAATZ: 2000/2001". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 18, 2001. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Shae-Lynn BOURNE / Victor KRAATZ: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on July 15, 2003. 
  3. ^ Barden, Brett (July 14, 2010). "Victor and Maikki Kraatz welcome second son". Skate Today. Retrieved April 9, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Shae-Lynn BOURNE / Victor KRAATZ: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 2, 2002. 

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