Ernst Baier

Ernst Baier

German figure skater
Date of Birth: 27.09.1905
Country: Germany

Biography of Ernst Baier

Ernst Baier was a German figure skater who competed in both pairs skating and men's singles. He formed a successful partnership with Maxi Herber in pairs skating and together they became four-time consecutive world champions from 1936 to 1939. They also won five consecutive European championships from 1935 to 1939 and five German championships from 1934 to 1939. Baier and Herber were the first to perform a parallel jump in competition.

In men's singles, Baier won a silver Olympic medal, two bronze and two silver medals at the World Championships, and three silver and two bronze medals at the European Championships.

Parallel to his sporting career, Baier studied architecture. He and Herber also appeared in the film "Olympia" directed by Leni Riefenstahl.

After retiring from amateur skating in 1940, Baier and Herber got married and had two sons and a daughter. After World War II, they performed in various shows and in 1951, they founded their own company called "Eisballett Maxi und Ernst Baier" (Maxi and Ernst Baier Ice Ballet). Later, they sold their business to the owners of "Holiday on Ice" tour.

In 1964, Baier and Herber divorced. A few years later, Baier married a Swedish figure skater and had another daughter. However, this marriage also ended in divorce. He later remarried Maxi Herber, but they divorced again shortly after.