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PART 2. THE 2014 – ISU EUROPEAN FIGURE SKATING GRAND PRIX BUDAPEST – HUNGARY

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Summary of the Free Skating days at the ISU European Figure Skating Championship – Budapest – 2014.

ICE DANCE  – FREE DANCE … After the short program  Anna Cappellini – Luca Lanotte  – ITA duo won the ice dance competition. The Italian duo Bronze medalist last year came up with their sophisticated productions. They received high scored from the judges. They were very close behind second Jelena Ilinyih – Nikita Kacalapov –  RUS  duo.  The British pair, Penny Coomes and Nicholas Buckland of Great Britain took the bronze medal after their short program. The Brits did it again … Penny Coomes and Nicholas Buckland proudly received their sparkling bronze medals at the end of the ice dancing in Budapest. Indeed, the audience was thrilled, ongoing claps and cheers  filled the air throughout  Penny and Nicholas superb performance.  For many they were the favorites, the highlight of the night all began cheering as soon as they started dancing when  hearing the Old Big Ben’s clock hitting the hour and recognizing Michael Jackson’s tune. The cream on the cake was when they both copied the famous steps of Jackson to the music of Smooth Criminal … You are not alone … Billy Jean. Well, what can I say … one of the best production of the day at the Syma’s ice rink! The choreography was absolutely out-of-space! Well Done Penny and Nicholas!

Hungary’s young talented ice dance duo finished in the 21st. place. Dóra Turóczi – Balázs Major were extremely happy receiving all the loud cheers which supported them a lot. Wish to say in brief a few words of Hungary’s only ice dancers competing Dóra Turóczi – Balázs Major.  (Rolling back in time … Dóra first pulled on her skates at the age of 6. and at the age of 10 turned to synchronized skating and shortly then after figure skating. Turóczi and Major have been ice dancers since 2006. This is their fourth season as seniors and are very happy to have had already qualified to the World Championships.) Their coach is non less famous in the figure dancing than France’s World and European champion, Olivier Schoenfelder.

LADIES – FREE SKATING  … Carolina Kostner was in the hearts of many in the audience after her “Ave Maria”  performance  in the short program, but that wasn’t a full stop for her. Dancing on ice to the music of  Ravel’s “Bolero” was absolutely fantastic.  Had a nasty fall, but she was quick in continuing her elegant performance. No question, she is a classy lady on ice. This time she didn’t win her 6th European Gold, anyway she kept her kind smiles all along the way … even though winning the Bronze medal. Prehaps, I am not on my own by saying Carolina has something in her style, as a reminder of one of the great lady skater of  the 20th century … Ms. Katherina Witt. Julia Lipnitskaia  aged 15 was the youngest competitor at the ice rink and also became the youngest winner of the event. Lipnitskaia’s performance was to the music of the “Schindler’s List” Just a thought to Lipnitskaia’s outfit. She wore a red dress, evoking to the little girl in the Spielberg’s film, whose red coat was one of the only details of color in the black-and-white movie. Julia, thought wearing a red dress would distract her technique, but discovered that emotions help her a lot in improving her performance. So no wonder not only skates but deep emotions are needed to be an extremely talented skater. Watching her on ice you can think of nothing else than she was born to be on ice. Her performance was like a feather floating above the ice. While she presented her show you could hear the sound of her blade slipping on the ice and the audience held their breath witnessing the ease and confidence as she almost flew on the ice. Julia’s breathtaking performance was greeted by standing ovation. Following the announcement of results, she was questioned how she will be celebrating her golden victory … with a glass of champagne? Julia immediately answered by saying, Quote:  „No, I never drink alcohol and athletics should never-ever drink any alcohol. I will probably be celebrating my victory with having a nice slice of a yummy cake.” Worthwhile to keep an eye on this young lady, the talented skater as she is the ISU European Figure Skate Champion of 2014. Adelina Sotnikova  age 17 stunning ice dance skated to the non less stunning music “Rondo Capriccioso”. Absolutely perfect chose of music and her dance was extra-ordinary. She is also very young, but never-the-less already was the World Junior champion the 2010 and 2011. In 2012 at the Youth Olympics won the silver medal. Here in Budapest at the ISU Europeans Grand Prix she won her first Silver medal. Her performance was like a feather floating on the ice. In Adelina’s free skate we all witness her ease and confidence as she almost flew meters high on top of the ice. Adelina’s breathtaking performance was often greeted by standing ovation. Two Russian Julia Lipnitskaia won Gold, Adelina Sotnikova won Silver and the Italian Carolina Kostner won Bronze medal. Throughout the performances of the ladies’ for a length of time the audiences did not stop their cheers even for a  minute.

MEN FREE SKATING …  The Spaniard, bombastic skater Javier Fernandez won the Gold medal. His victory could have had been already signed, sealed and delivered showing his art on ice within his performance. Javier’s performance was a hell of a good show. He was the best clown on ice to have been seen for long time ago. Five minutes ain’t so long, yet he formed so many in individuals in his free dance show. Following him by the two Russia’s, Sergei Voronov – Silver and Konstantin Menshow – Bronze. For Konstantin Menshov aged 30 this was his first European medal. Soared from 11th place at the short program and  captured the Bronze medal at the Men’s free Skating… have a Hungarian saying: „From the last can be the firsts!” Well, have to keep an eye on Konstantin, he is a real talent and on the road, meaning on the ice rink ice to  onwards follow. Kristóf Forgó, 20 years old athlete, skates from the age of four. In free skating he reached the required score at the beginning of the current seasons. His wish upon a star to come closer to be in the top 10 will have to wait a bit,  at this event he finished in the 30th place.  His coach Zoltán Tóth highlighted Forgó’s summer preparation by saying, Quote: “He participated at a two-week summer training camp in Russia with Alexei Mishin’s team, his choreography has been prepared by another Russian, Alexei Vasilevski.”  A stunning skating was presented by Alexei Bychenko – ISR who accomplished all the figures awaited by the jury and the audience highly appreciated his show with  rolling applauses.

 PAIRS FREE SKATING   The Russia’s Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Tranykov performance lead them in defending their championship. They both had a couple of loops and falls, but together with their previously earned points at the short program lead them to their victory. The three medalist: Gold – Tatiana Voloszozsar – Maxim – RUS,  Silver Kszenija Sztolbova – Fedor Klimov – RUS,  Bronze – Vera Bazarova -Yuri Larionov RUS.  All the three  pairs were rewarded for their outstanding superb show with minutes-and-minutes of standing ovation by the audience.

Throughout the history in the European Figure Skating Grand Prix, there was  at 14 championships, when the first three medals were won by one nation. One time Germany had the first three stands many-many years ago. Eight-time the former Soviet Union and  five time the current State of Russia. Two years ago these three  pairs at the European Champs in Pairs were on the medal stands, but not in the same order, except for the gold medalist pair, which was won by the same pair as now. All the three Russian skaters are working together with the same coach, and all of them expressed their accomplishment to their coach. Cannot miss saying a word about Tatiana and Maxim performance within the beautiful choreography, bringing alive as actors in the role of Jesus and Maria Magdalena just like as the actors in the Rock Opera. As they said, they have traveled to study the actors play these roles at the Russian Theater. Been to Broadway to see the show. Watched the movie several times to make their production as the best they can. We were carried away for 4 minutes as they were forming their own Rock Opera.  As they mentioned, it wasn’t an easy task for them, but surely did their best as they could.

The ISU Europeans  Figure Skating  Victories  of 2014 in Budapest, ended with the Exhibition Gala. All the medalist  in the top three at each category were present and by all means was a present by them given to the audience … that’s for sure.   Some of the skaters come out in another costume having the same music and some also skated to a different music and outfit. At the Gala, the Hungarian ice dance duo was continuously cheered so loud that their music  was hardly heard by the homeland audience.   All participants were welcomed with cheers, drum beats, gadgets making noise  …  just as being at a footy match.  International flags were floating all around  and slowly the athletics waved  farewell to the audience and to Budapest.  In a month time will be again continuing their breathtaking performances, fighting hard for themselves to step up on the high podium at ice rink  at the World Olympics in Sochi.

Good Luck Europeans in Sochi  … Beat the Rest of the World!

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter

 

BUDAPEST 2014 – ISU EUROPEAN FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIP

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 The Europe’s best skaters will be descending in Budapest.

Hungary is in full swing.

The ISU European championships being held in Budapest for the seventh time starting on January, 13.- 19. 2014.

The XXII Olympic Winter Games, Sochi 2014 is just around the corner, but before the road leads to that corner comes Budapest to host Europe’s classified skaters. Anyway, do not wish to skate ahead, first here comes Budapest with hosting the 2014 years ISU European Figure Skating Championship between January, 13-19. Happy to say, the Hungarian capital opens the Ice Ground to Europe’s growing up, talented, ice skaters whose names will ring the bell in the forthcoming years as the Figure Skating Champions of the early 21st. Century.

A sports event of this caliber is welcomed all around the world not only for the locals, but also draw international attention. Skaters and their groups at the Ice Rink is hosted at the Syma Sport and Event Center in Budapest. During the past years  Syma held major sport and entertainment events. Even though the schedule will be pretty tight, hopefully, the delegations may have a short visit to some of the most spectacular scenes in Budapest which are about 10 minutes ride to reach.

The European Figure Skating Championship was previously held in Budapest six occasion. This will be the first time again after 10 years to have six of the athletics in having triple and a single winning the gold medal. Just mention a couple, the French Brian Joubert who won his first title in here in Budapest. Besides the men’s skaters, the Italian Carolina Kostner the outstanding single world and five times European champion, currently will be defending her championship. Also the European champion in 2008, the Czech Tomas Verner will be competing in Budapest.

Four events  beginning January, 15. with Short Dance, January,16 Free Dance, January, 17 Lady’s Free Skate, January, 18 Men’s Free Skate, January, 19  Pair Dance and “GALA” VICTORY CEREMONY.

Ticket sale will be opened for everyone on the spot at the ticket-box and available at http://www.ticketpro.com

Beside the 170 competitors, from Europe’s 33 countries, a delegation of observers arrived from United States of America, Japan, China. A delegation from Stockholm came to study the championship premises, to gather information to their planning procedures for the next years ISU European Figure Skating Championship to take place in Stockholm, Sweden.

Day 1. and Day 2.  Offical Workout Tuesday and Wednesday, January, 13 and 14., featuring both the men’s and ladies individual specific requirements  must be included in the short programs. These are, with slight variation by gender as the double or triple-axel jump, connecting steps into a triple-jump or for some skaters the possibility of the quadruple-jump for men. The jump combination consisting of at least a double and triple jump, flying spin and a spin combination with a change of foot. The audience had to have a sharp view to follow these attractive combinations.

Also MEN’S practise ice dancing. To be seen Brian Joubert, Florent Amodio – FRA, Maxim Kovtun – RUS, Michal Brezina – CZE, Peter Liebers – GER, Alexei Bychenko – ISR, Tomas  Verner – CZE, Sergei Voronov – RUS, Konstantin Menshov – RUS, Jorik Hendrickx – BEL, Alexander Majorov – SWE and of course Kristóf Forgó – HUN …  and so forth will definitely be fighting for a place on the podium stand or to get close to it here in Budapest.

The LADIES official practice day. The best lady skaters of Europe entered with sharpened skates into the ice podium on their practice day, as: Carolina Kostner – ITA, Mae Berenice Meite – FRA, Julia Lipnitskaia – RUS, Adelina Sotnikova – RUS, Alena Leonova – RUS, Valentina Marchei – ITA, Elena Glebova – EST, Nathalie Weinzierl – GER, Joshi Helgesson – SWE and Danielle MONTALBANO – ISR … just mentioning a couple of princesses on ice. 

The PAIRS official practice day.  Be ready to watch live the performance of their beauty in pair dancing with their enormous talent which surely will  be an extremely delightful evening for many in the audience. On ice will be Andrea Davidovich – Evgeni Krasnopolski – ISR, Stacey Kemp – David King – GBR, Tatiana Volosozhar – Maxim Trankov – RUS, Stefania Berton – Ondrej Hotarek – ITA, Ksenia Stolbova – Fedor Klimov – RUS, Vanessa James – Morgan Cipres – FRA, Vera Bazatova – Yuri Larionov – RUS, Maylin Wende – Daniel Wende – GER, Nicole Della Monica –  Matteo Guarise – ITA.

The ICE DANCE official practise day. One of the gems of the day, breathing the same air with the Europeans awesome free skaters of the year. Hungary will be represented by Dóra Túróczi – Balazs Major, Anna Cappellini – Luca Lanotte – ITA, Elena Ilinykh  – Nikita Katsalapov, – RUS, Penny Coomes – Nicholas Buckland – GBR, Victoria Sinitsina – Ruslan Zhiganshin – RUS, Ekaterina Riazonova – Ilia Tkachenko – RUS, Julia Zlobina – Alexei Sitnikov – AZE, Nelli Zhiganshina – Alexander Gazsi – GER, Charlene Guignard – Marco Fabbri – ITA.

Updated  and snaps by Aggie Reiter