Status: 02.10.2023, 07:10 a.m.
By: Diane Kofer
The whole of Germany knows Rudi Cerne as the face of "Aktenzeichen XY ... unsolved" on ZDF. But before he started as a presenter, he convinced with a completely different talent.
Mainz – When "Aktenzeichen XY ... unsolved", one should not be missing: presenter Rudi Cerne (65). Since 2002, he has been the face of the show, which takes a closer look at unsolved criminal cases. Previously, the sports journalist had also moderated "Das aktuelle Sportstudio" – what many do not have on their radar: Rudi Cerne himself has a sporting past. He was a professional figure skater.
Successful presenter today: Rudi Cerne won figure skating medals 40 years ago
Just a few days ago - on September 26, 2023 - the sports journalist celebrated a milestone birthday. At the age of 65, he can look back on a successful career – two to be precise. Before Rudi Cerne slipped into the TV industry through various internships and was able to get many big moderation jobs there, he had dedicated his life fully to professional sports. He started figure skating at the age of six, where he later experienced some moments of success.
Rudi Cerne is now a successful TV presenter – but he began his career as a figure skater. © Imago/ Eibner, Laci Perenyi (photomontage)
"My father sparked my enthusiasm for this sport at an early age," he revealed about the beginnings of his passion for figure skating. In 1978 and 1980 he won the German Championships, at the 1984 Olympic Games he reached fourth place – so he just missed out on a medal.
Today, however, the young athlete from back then is hardly recognizable. After all, more than 40 years have passed since then. Even the once dark head of hair is now much lighter. After an episode of "File number XY ... unsolved" a few weeks ago, a surprising phenomenon occurred: masses of viewers simply switched off on ZDF. Sources used:Gala