SKATING BACK THEN AND NOW: TOMORROW KICKS OFF THE FIGURE SKATING AND ICE DANCING EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP 2014!

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In a couple of hours the music and dancing on the ice will fill the air at the Budapest’s Figure Skating European Championship.

Before turning onto today’s press call, here is a little preview: Today, January 14, one day before the Budapest’s European Championship Race Day to be held at the Syma Hall (District XIV., 2. Ifjúság Street – Budapest) where throughout the day the athletes are carrying out their “dry workouts,  the media representatives were called to the opening of an exhibition at the Sport Museum introducing the prominent ice-skaters of  Hungary. The highlight at the opening ceremony was as to see  in person the grand ice-stars still being with us. The title of the exhibition is „Skating anno Chapters in the history of figure skating by Hungarians”. The exhibition shows in time and space the grand skaters of Hungary along with the decades ago in use of figure skating outfits, tools and precious relics. The press conference ceremonial welcomed the presence of class players and Hungarian skating defining personals as Zsuzsa Almássy, Julia Sebestyén,  Klári Kozáry,  Krisztina Regőczy, Klári Engi,  Éva Saáry, Lili Krész and György Czakó. The list of the a/m figure skaters would be pretty long, but wish to mention two amazing skaters in Hungary from the time when most of us were not around, yet they gave so much joy to the Nation with their performances. Éva Saáry (born:1926) in  ’46, ’51 and ’52 won the Hungarian championship. In 1948 second in the figure-skating at Saint Moritz. She was nominated as the best Hungarian woman figure skater in 1951. György Czakó (born:1933) the  three times Hungarian Champion figure skater in his career he repeatedly participated in senior European and World Championships, featured in the 1952 Olympics and beyond that the winner of several international competitions.

In addition to the Hungarian excellencies, the French classic and coach of the Túróczi-Major ice-dancing pair former World and European Champion Olivier Schoenfelder was present as well. As he said: Quote: “Since the beginning of the summer in 2013 we have been working together. Our cooperation is going very smoothly. They both are developing very quickly, we have also been accredited to the next World Cup. I see in them a developing opportunity and I hope they will arrive to the next Olympics. Lajos Szabó – Director of the Museum and Krisztina Regőczy Olympic silver medalist, world champion figure skater held a short guided tour for the visitors. Revived reality of the past, when she stood at her former world-class tableau seeing herself and recalling the amazing career standout stations with  András Sallay her pair at world  and olympic championships. Krisztina said: Quote „I have all my outfits which I preformed in our role on figure skating. Only missing one, which will remain as a great sorrow of mine, loving it so deeply … that was the Hungarian folk-art outfit, which was a gorgeous product  by an American designer, I wore it at the figure skating. After the performance I had to leave the outfit in the States. Have no idea where it landed, or even if it is still in one  piece. About the  superb Hungarian pair of all times in figure skating in a nutshell: They won the World Professional Figure Skating Championship two-times in 1980 and 1982.Also earned a degree in coaching at the College of Physical Education in  ’88. Been a remember of the board of directors of the Hungarian Olympic Committee since 2009 and chairman of the Women in Sport Committee. Later she accepted an important position in the International Skating Union, becoming the Sport Director of the figure skating, ice dancing and synchronized skating disciplines in the year 2010. Her pair András Sallay after leaving the ice, became an art dealer, later painted him as well. Never-the-less he still remain in connection with the international figure skating, serving as figure skating expert and the representative in East Europe for IMG, global sport and media business.

Perhaps in a few years on these Wall of Fame at the exhibition, new chapters will increase in the history of Hungarian skating.

This unique exhibition is worthwhile to visit not just for visually interested of to-day ice-skaters but to learn a bit of those  way back  times of the Hungarian individuals of who’s life was all about ice and skating back in the early 20th century.

The exhibition will be open on the dates during the European Championship and also visited free of charge by those person holding their tickets.

György Sallak – MOKSZ and the Executive Director of the European Championship said: Quote: „Everyone is welcome to the Syma Hall and we will do everything in our possibility to avoid having to have to wait for over ten years for Hungary to host a forthcoming European Championship. The sale of tickets is good, 70 to 80 percent are already sold out.” Lajos Kósa – Chair of the Hungarian National Skating Federation (MOKSZ) told us, that there is no medal chance to fall into the hands in the men’s for Kristóf Forgó and for Turóczi Dora – Balázs Major ice dancing pair. At the moment at the Sochi Olympics. István Simicskó – Minister of State for Human Resources of the Ministry of Sports spoke about amount of three billion HUF to be received at the MOKSZ by 2020 within the framework of the state funding for 16 priority sports and that sort of 50-million EUR contribution to the ministry. He did this and has high hopes that the continent fighting will boost into the sport world, which will enable to choose more and more young people. Zsolt Laszló Szabó – Acting CEO of the Media Service Support and Asset Management Fund (MTVA) reported there will be twelve hundred mins. live broadcasting on the European Championship. Hundred million people may follow the Figure Skating European Championship in HD broadcast worldwide.

The Championship organisers said, the men skaters are expected to have tough fights with the Spanish defending champion Javier Fernandez since winning three former European championships and with the three-time French Championship gold medalist Brian Joubert, who won the first title in Budapest ten years ago. The current participants were present at the previous European Championship in Hungary. As for the rest of the numbers for men, well count on to be an exciting prospect at the competition.

As for tomorrow … „Successful past and a hopefully future, great role models and talented youth. Thus kicks off in figure skating and ice dancing European Championships of 2014 in Budapest. World Stars on Ice, 350 thousand USD prize money, the defending champion and unchallenged and by nature for us Hungarians is probably the most important is our three outstanding young ones to make it their best.

The European Championship has a line up of 170 competitors from over 30 nations. The individual winners will receive 20,000 EUR, while the pair and ice dance gold medalist will receive 30,000 EUR.

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter

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