Karol Divín

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Karol Divín
Personal information
Country represented  Czechoslovakia
Born (1936-02-22) 22 February 1936 (age 78)
Olympic medal record
Men's figure skating
Competitor for  Czechoslovakia
Silver 1960 Squaw Valley Singles

Karol "Karcsi" Emil Divín, born Finster, (born February 22, 1936, Budapest, Hungary) is a former Czechoslovak figure skater who represented Czechoslovakia in the late 1950s and early 1960s. He is the 1960 Winter Olympics silver medalist, 1958-1959 European champion and the 1962 World silver medalist. Shortly after finishing his competitive skating, he married a fellow Czech pair skater Olga Reinišová. They have a son, Peter, who with his wife Outi and four children live in Surrey, BC, Canada.

His mother Irma was Czech and father Anton was Hungarian of German descent. He grew up in Bratislava, Slovakia. At young age he showed interest in ball games, soccer and tennis, but his father led and kept him to figure skating. His father was his coach since childhood. Since 1959 Karol started to work under coach Ivan Mauer.

For many years, he was coaching figure skating in North Bay, Ontario, Canada. In the late 1960s his best student there was Doug Leigh, who later coached World Champions Brian Orser and Elvis Stojko. Karol, as an expert in compulsory figures, was helping Brian Orser from 1983 to 1987 to win his World title. In 1984, Karol married his second wife Mirka. He also has two stepdaughters, Renata and Jana. Nowadays, Karol alternates his residency between Surrey, BC, Canada and Brno, Czech Republic.


Event 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964
Winter Olympics 5th 2nd 4th
World Championships 5th 6th 6th 5th 2nd 4th 3rd
European Championships 3rd 3rd 3rd 2nd 1st 1st WD 2nd 3rd
Czechoslovak Championships 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st