Hans-Jürgen Bäumler

Hans-Jürgen Bäumler (born 28 January 1942) is a German pair skater, actor, singer and television host.

Hans-Jürgen Bäumler
Bäumler in 2011
Personal information
Country represented West Germany
Born (1942-01-28) 28 January 1942
Dachau, Bavaria, West Germany
Former partnerMarika Kilius


Hans-Jürgen Bäumler became famous in pair skating with his skating partner Marika Kilius. Between 1958 and 1964 they won the German nationals four times, they became six times European champion and twice World champion in pair skating.[1][2] Their coach was Erich Zeller.

They won a silver medal at the 1960 Olympic Winter Games, and he became one of the youngest male figure skating Olympic medalists. At 1964 they won a silver medal again.[1] The skaters had signed professional contracts and skated as professionals with Holiday on Ice before the 1964 Olympics, a violation of their amateur status and strict IOC rules.[3][4][5] In 1966, because the team had signed a professional skating contract before the 1964 Winter Olympics – against the rules at the time – they were stripped of the medal.[3][4] As the New York Times reported, "prodded by two German members, the IOC "quietly re-awarded the West Germans their silver medals in 1987, 23 years after the Innsbruck Games, at an executive board meeting in Istanbul. The couple was deemed 'rehabilitated.'"[6][7][8]

In 1964 they turned professional and skated in the Vienna Ice Revue and later at Holiday on Ice.

Also, after their amateur figure skating career both became singers of German Schlagers (German version of pop songs). In the mid-1960s they recorded some songs together. Hans-Jürgen Bäumler had also some songs as a solo singer. Bäumler's greatest success was the song "Wunderschönes fremdes Mädchen". The most successful songs of the duo Kilius/Bäumler were "Wenn die Cowboys träumen" ("When Cowboys Dream") and "Honeymoon in St. Tropez" (both 1964).[2]

From 1964 Hans-Jürgen Bäumler has also worked as an actor. Apart from some movies, the Eisoperette ("Ice Operetta") became famous. In 1969 he had a main role in The White Horse Inn and in 1970 in Maske in Blau (Mask in Blue), both operettas. He was also successful in the TV series Salto Mortale. In the mid-1970s he hosted several quiz shows, among others Der Apfel fällt nicht weit vom Stamm (The apple does not fall far from the trunk), Das waren Hits (These were hits) and Was wäre wenn (What If) on ZDF (a public German TV-channel). Between 1990 and 1993 he worked for RTL (a private German TV-channel). The name of the show was Riskant (Risky. a Germany version of Jeopardy!). Later he was also seen as a theater actor.[2][9]

Since 1974 he has been married to Marina, a teacher. The couple has two sons, Christoph and Bastian, and lives in Nice, France.[2]


In 1965 Bäumler as a singer received the bronze "Löwe von Radio Luxemburg".

Schlager (German hits)

  • "Wenn die Cowboys träumen" 1964 (with Marika Kilius)
  • "Honeymoon in St. Tropez" 1964 (with Marika Kilius)
  • "Wunderschönes fremdes Mädchen" 1964
  • "Sorry little Baby" 1964


  • 1964: Die große Kür (The great free program)
  • 1965: Die Liebesquelle (The love source)
  • 1965: Call of the Forest
  • 1966: Happy End am Wolfgangsee (Happy End at the Lake Wolfgang)
  • 1966: The Sinful Village
  • 1967: Das große Glück (The great happiness)
  • 1967: Paradies der flotten Sünder (Paradies of perky sinners)
  • 1970: Hurra, unsere Eltern sind nicht da (Hooray, our parents are not here)
  • 1971: Holidays in Tyrol
  • 1972: Die lustigen Vier von der Tankstelle (The comic Four from the petrol station)
  • 1973: Sonja schafft die Wirklichkeit ab oder … ein unheimlich starker Abgang (Sonja abolishes reality or … A weird strong leave)


Men's singles

Event 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
World Championships12th14th
European Championships14th6th8th
German Championships4th3rd2nd3rd3rd

Pairs with Marika Kilius

Event 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964
Winter Olympic Games2nd2nd
World Championships6th2nd3rd1st1st
European Championships5th1st1st1st1st1st1st
German Championships1st1st2nd2nd2nd1st1st


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