Maxi Herber

Maxi Herber

German figure skater
Date of Birth: 08.10.1920
Country: Germany

  1. Biography of Maxi Herber
  2. Early Career and Olympic Success
  3. Continued Success and Transition
  4. Post-Skating Career and Personal Life
  5. Later Years and Legacy
  6. Final Years and Philanthropy

Biography of Maxi Herber

Maxi Herber was a German figure skater who achieved great success in the 1930s and 1940s. She was born on December 6, 1920, in Mannheim, Germany.

Maxi Herber

Early Career and Olympic Success

Maxi Herber began her figure skating career at a young age and quickly rose to prominence. She partnered with Ernst Baier, and together they became a formidable pair in the sport. In 1936, they won the gold medal in pairs figure skating at the Winter Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. This victory made them the first pair to ever execute a parallel jump in competition.

Continued Success and Transition

Following their Olympic triumph, Herber and Baier went on to dominate the figure skating world. They won four consecutive World Championships from 1936 to 1939 and five consecutive European Championships from 1935 to 1939. In addition to their success in pairs figure skating, Herber also competed in singles competition. She became a three-time German champion in women's singles from 1933 to 1935 and finished seventh at the 1934 World Championships.

Post-Skating Career and Personal Life

After retiring from competitive skating in 1940, Herber and Baier married and had three children. They continued to perform in various ice shows and eventually established their own company, "Eisballett Maxi und Ernst Baier" (Maxi and Ernst Baier Ice Ballet) in 1951. However, they later sold their business to the owners of "Holiday on Ice."

Later Years and Legacy

In 1964, Herber and Baier divorced, and she found herself relying on social assistance. With the help of the German sports organization "Deutschen Sporthilfe," she moved to Oberau near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria. Despite her personal struggles, Herber remained passionate about art and took up watercolor painting. Her works were exhibited in a nursing home in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Final Years and Philanthropy

Maxi Herber battled Parkinson's disease later in her life. In an interview shortly before her death, she revealed that she and her ex-husband had sold their Olympic medals from 1936 and donated the proceeds to an Israeli fund for Holocaust victims. Maxi Herber passed away on April 20, 2006, at the age of 86, leaving behind a lasting legacy in the world of figure skating.