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For those who could  not have had made it or was present at the Syma Sport and Event Center and like Figure Skating may wish to recall some of the highlights of the Europeans  in Budapest here is an upcoming report:

Over  now of the official  two days practice and  here comes the competition … the ice rink was ready awaiting for the Europeans to show their best.  OPENING CEREMONY  …   Was rather short, took 30 minutes with the participating countries flags floating around the ice rink, held by the young Hungarian emerging skater generation. At the opening ceremony Lajos Kósa, the president of HNSF said the following, Quote: “Ten months after following the successfully arranged World Short Track Speed Skating Championships at the City Debrecen, we are pleased to welcome for the 7th time the ISU European Figure Skating Grand Prix. The Hungarian National Skating Federation (HNSF) again faces new challenges, but having an experienced staff handling the event, will surely give a helping hand to the organisation and the competitors in many ways. Having to have been chosen the venue this time again is an acknowledgment of our work. Also dedication of our decades for the development of skating within the ISU.”  During the opening ceremony Balázs Havasi composed especially for the opening ceremony music called  “Storm”.  The opening ceremony’s ice show was highly appreciated by the audience. Within the awesome show starred Julia Sebestyén, winner at the last Europeans Figure Skating Grand Prix organized just about ten years ago here in Budapest.  Before getting into the ice rink … absolutely understandable by nature for us Hungarians the pumping heartbeat  minutes  will be at the Hungarian young ones.

LADIES’ SHORT PROGRAM … After the warm-up came the best lady skaters of Europe entering with their sharpened skates into the ice podium. Alena Leonova – RUS skated to a Russian traditional music which perfectly suited her style, she was cool.  Mae Berenice Meite – FRA, Mae even though she has the looks of a athletics, jumped high and her speed and spins were absolutely  awesome as she probably planned. She admitted she was a bit nervous slipping on the ice having to have to skate after Carolina Kostner and after her comes Adelina Sotnikova – RUS, the two grand skaters, but after all she had nothing to worry about at the end earning her 5th place out of 37 competitors. Carolina Kostner – ITA,  overwhelmed the Budapest’s audience by her grace and elegance in skating to the music of “Ave Maria” at her short program. Her dress in shades of blue with loads of sparkling Svarovski crystals was simply awesome.. Adelina Sotnikova – RUS most probably had an eye on her two strongest competitors Julia Lipnitskaia and Carolina Kostner knowing that the two of them are also fighting for the first place.  Julia Lipnitskaia– RUS took her role on ice very seriously with a perfect set of truly complicated jumps. Lipnitskaia, was second behind compatriot Sotnikova after the short program.

ICE DANCE SHORT PROGRAM … After the Ice Dance short program: Gold medal was handed over to Anna Cappellini – Luca Lanotte – ITA, Silver medal won by Elena Ilinyikh – Nikita Kasalapov – RUS. Bronz medal was received by the superb pair Penny Coomes – Nicholas Buckland GBR.

MEN’S SHORT PROGRAM …The men skaters were pretty much expecting to have tough fights on ice with the Spanish defending champion and with the three-time French Championship gold medalist Brian Joubert.  Joubert won his first title in Budapest ten years ago. Groups of fans especially came to see and cheer for Brian Joubert. The audience greeted by loud cheers to Tomas Verner – CZE as he rolled on ice and throughout his show.  The audience held their breath as Javier Fernandez held his short program. You could even hear the sizzling blade on ice when the cheers were kept for a second. The Spaniard was trying to defend his European title. All-in-all, Javier seemed determined to keep his European Crown for another year. It’s not a question of the other superb men skaters as:  Brian Joubert, Florent Amodio, Maxim Kovtun, Michal Brezina and so forth, who absolutely wish to fight for their own Victory on ice. Yakov Godrozha‘s from Ukraine short program show was something to have not to be missed. His blades were excellently smoothing on and above the ice. Kristóf Forgó – HUN, 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 is to be here in Budapest within one the 24 athletes. but this time he  gained 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.” At the Men’s short program  three winners were  1st. Javier Fernández – ESP, 2nd Sergei Voronov – RUS, 3rd. Tomas Verner – CZE.

PAIRS  SHORT PROGRAM … Aliona Savchenko – Robin Szolkowy – GER stood in the second place at the Short Program, but unfortunately Savchenko’s flu held them back in continuing the competition. Israeli’s Andrea Davidovich and Evgeni Krasnopolski skated into the ice rink as the tenth competitors. They we the audience favorites, loudly cheering at their perfect show. Andrea and Evgeni held their  first place within three quarters of skaters already on ice after their short program. Then came on ice the  4th quarter in the row of the extra talented skaters and by the end of the short program they finished at the 11th place. What a extra-ordinary show this was!

… To be continued …

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter


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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

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.

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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