Ria Falk

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameRia•Falk (Baran-)
Used nameRia•Falk
Born29 November 1922 in Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen (GER)
Died12 November 1986 in Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen (GER)
AffiliationsDüsseldorfer EG, Düsseldorf (GER)
NOC Germany
Nationality West Germany
Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1


Born Ria Baran, she married her partner Paul Falk during their career in pairs figure skating. They were undefeated in their career and won the gold medal at the 1952 Oslo Olympic Winter Games. In 1952, the father of Peter and Karol Kennedy challenged their amateur status, and investigations lasted until shortly before the start of the Winter Olympics, but they were then dismissed.

From 1947-52 the Falks won six consecutive German titles. In 1951 they were allowed to participate in international competitions and won the European and the World Championships that year, defending both titles in 1952. In 1951 they also became roller skating World Champions. Ria was elected Sportswoman of the Year in 1950-52. Both later joined the professional ice revue Holiday On Ice. Ria Falk’s profession was as a secretary.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1952 Winter Olympics Figure Skating (Skating) GER FRG Ria Falk
Pairs, Mixed (Olympic) Paul Falk 1 Gold

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