Gabriele Seyfert in 1968
|Country represented||East Germany|
|Born||23 November 1948|
Chemnitz, East Germany
|Height||1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)|
|Skating club||SC Karl-Marx-Stadt|
Gabriele "Gaby" Seyfert (later Rüger, then Messerschmidt, now Körner, born 23 November 1948) is a German former figure skater. She is a two-time World champion (1969, 1970), and the 1968 Olympic silver medalist.
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Seyfert skated for the club SC Karl-Marx-Stadt and represented the GDR (East Germany). Her coach was her mother Jutta Müller, who also coached 1984 and 1988 Olympic champion Katarina Witt. She was a long-time rival of Peggy Fleming, but never defeated her.
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|Preceded by|| East German Sportswoman of the Year |