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Eva Romanová

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Eva Romanová
Eva Romanova and Pavel Roman in 1965
Personal information
Country represented Czechoslovakia
Born (1946-01-27) 27 January 1946 (age 73)
Olomouc, Czechoslovakia
Former partnerPavel Roman

Eva Romanová (born 27 January 1946) is a former Czech figure skater. Together with her brother Pavel Roman she won four World Figure Skating Championships titles in ice dancing.

Career

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Demonstrations in figure skating at the Jaap Eden baan in Amsterdam, with a.o. Manfred Schnelldorfer; Olympic and world champion 1964, Eva Romanová/Pavel Roman, and Sjoukje Dijkstra doing her program.
Demonstrations in figure skating at the Jaap Eden baan in Amsterdam, with a.o. Manfred Schnelldorfer; Olympic and world champion 1964, Eva Romanová/Pavel Roman, and Sjoukje Dijkstra doing her program.

The Romans started their competitive careers in pair skating rather than ice dance, placing third at the Czechoslovakian championships in 1957 and second in 1958 and 1959. They won the ice dancing title at the Czech championships in 1959, the first year that discipline was competed in Czechoslovakia. They competed in both disciplines at the 1959 European Figure Skating Championships, placing 7th in dance and 12th in pairs. After that they focused on ice dancing.[1]

In 1962 they won their first World Championship in their home city of Prague, defeating their greatest rivals, Christian and Jean Paul Guhel of France. Eva was 16 and Pavel was 19. One year later they won the silver medal at the European Championships, behind Linda Shearman and Michael Phillips. After this competition they won every event they entered, winning the European title in 1964 and 1965, and World titles from 1962 to 1965. (Ice dancing was not an Olympic sport in those times.)

After retiring from competition they skated in the professional revue Holiday on Ice.

Marriage

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Romanová married Jackie Graham. After living in the US they returned to Great Britain. In 2000 they moved to Czech Republic due to Eva's mother's poor health. In 2006, after the death of Eva's mother they resettled in the UK where Graham died. Eva still lives in Great Britain.

Results

Pairs (with Pavel Roman)

Event 1957 1958 1959
European Championships 12th
Czechoslovakian Championships 3rd 2nd 2nd

Ice Dance (with Pavel Roman)

Event 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965
World Championships 1st 1st 1st 1st
European Championships 7th 7th 5th 3rd 2nd 1st 1st
Czechoslovakian Championships 1st

References

  1. ^ "Europe's World Champions... 1962", Skating magazine, June 1962.
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