The porcelain figure „White Bear“ was developed by artist Johannes Henke for the Kingly Porcelain Manufacture Berlin.
The Berlin manufacture acknowledges its location with this bear figure, where it has been producing porcelain in difficult handiwork for more than 250 years. Such a bear is casted in single parts and after that trimmed together. After the first prefire the 250 mm high figure is glazed and in the end fired again with 1380°C.
The Berlin bear has a big meaning for the capitol, as it decorates the Berlin city crest since 1280. Therefore the figure is often given away by the Berlin senate.
In July 2008 Barrack Obama visited Berlin as US presidential candidate. As a hospitality gift he received a white bear of the Kingly Porcelain Manufacture from Klaus Wowereit, the then reigning mayor. In November 2008 Obama won the US elections and became the 44th president of the United States.
The "White Bear of Berlin" is always a meeting place for former fencers, fencing enthusiasts and curious "unsuspecting", too. It is realistic to meet the one or other Olympic champion besides the pistes, as here at the 58th "White Bear of Berlin" in 2018: left the Italian Matteo Tagliariol, 2008 Olympic champion in Beijing in the men's individual and Uwe Proske, Olympic champion 1992 in Barcelona with the German national team.
Uwe Proske is so far the only one athlete who could win the "White Bear" for Berlin. In 1991, he prevailed in the final against Elmar Borrmann (Tauberbischofsheim) and won the coveted porcelain trophy.
On the eve of the 60th "White Bear of Berlin", the Senate Department of the Interior and Sport hosted a Senate reception in the Berlin Bärensaal on the occasion of the anniversary tournament. State Secretary Aleksander Dzembritzki welcomed more than 50 guests, including DFB President Claudia Bokel, the entire board of the Berlin Fencing Association, representatives of the 15 Berlin fencing clubs, the State Sports Association and the German Disabled Sports Association. Show fencing, among others between Richard Schmidt (FC TBB) and pentathlon relay world champion Alexander Nobis (FZB/ Wasserfreunde Spandau), commented by epee national coach Mario Böttcher, provided a fitting setting.
Order your tickets for the Gala Final of the 61st "White Bear of Berlin" and the 14th "Little White Bear" easily at eventim.de and experience an incomparable sporting event on 12 February 2023 in the historic domed hall of the House of German Sport in the Olympiapark Berlin. Children under 13 are admitted free of charge.
men's epee seniors - berlin rankings, Berlin Fencing Federation
men's epee seniors - german rankings, German Fencing Federation
men's epee seniors - world rankings, FIE (International Fencing Federation)
men's epee U20 Berlin rankings, Berlin Fencing Federation
men's epee U20 German rankings, German Fencing Federation
men's epee U23 European rankings, EFC (European Fencing Confederation)
men's epee juniors - world rankings, FIE (International Fencing Federation)
„I've tried it a few times, every time almost successful. But today everything was right and I finally win the White Bear of Berlin.“,
Tristan Tulen (NL) 2019
„ It was a super finale, Tristan did a great job... next time I grab him.“,
Marco Brinkmann (DE) 2019
„For me its almost like a world cup and its amazing that I won. That I did not expect. Its a really good tournament and its really hard. So, its amazing.“,
Jakub Jurka (CZ), Winner 2018
„It feels good, because it is the first international tournament I have won at all. It was a very hard tournament with many many participants.“,
Aymerick Gally (FR), Winner 2017
„The White Bear belongs to Berlin like the Six-Day-Race or the German Football Association’s Final.“,
Jürgen Statzkowski (State secretary senate administration for Interior and Sport) 2016
„Here are top fencers from all over the world and it is not far away from Prague.“,
Pavel Pitra (CZ) 2016
„There is a mass of fencers, of divers fencing styles and of course the possibility to fence against world class fencers.“,
Jörg Fiedler (FC Leipzig) 2016
„As the Berlin Fencing Association, Olympia Park, several associations and the modern penthathletes supported us ,I can say like Angela Merkel: We can do this!“,
Dieter Bergmann (FC Grunewald) 2016
„This win is special for me as I don’t have a lot of titles yet.“,
Niklas Multerer (Heidenheimer SB) 2016
„I think fencing is still a combat sport with a weapon. Many people forget that and just fence nicely and elegant and don’t show any emotions. I throw down the mask and sometimes rage a bit.“,
Toni Kneist (PSV Berlin) 2016
„I always like to be here. Every year they manage to have top participants, helps you to classify yourself for the world cup season.”,
Norman Ackermann (FC Tauberbischofsheim) 2014
„I want to know where I still am.” and “I want to make it as hard as possible for the young people.“,
Elmar Borrmann (FC Tauberbischofsheim), 2011
„It is a weird feeling to fence against people whose coach is in our age.“,
Igor Borrmann (TSF Ditzingen), 2011
„After millions of trys I finally won the white bear.“,
Christoph Kneip (TSV Bayer Leverkusen) 2009
„It will be hewing and stabbing.“,
Dagobert Remus (Tournament Director) 2000
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