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jiggs
04-14-2012, 10:25 AM
I thought it's about time our new world champion deserves her own news thread! She has been so great this season and I am so happy for her ... Who would have thought that after three major meltdowns and being ripped apart and written off by the Italian media and the majority of people, she would come back this confident and win pretty much everything this season! I really look up to her for never giving up and fighting for her dream. It must have been so hard for her but her love for figure skating kept her going and I admire her for that :kickass:

She has been mighty busy since Worlds, here are some news from the past two weeks:

Photos from the reception in her hometown St. Ulrich/Urtisei: http://www.stol.it/Artikel/Panorama-im-Ueberblick/Panorama/Grosse-Feier-fuer-Carolina-Kostner

On the red carpet with Roberto Cavalli at the screening of her show "Opera on Ice" in Milan (btw, there will be a second show on September 22, more info on www.operaonice.eu): https://twitter.com/#!/Roberto_Cavalli/status/190722124149821440/photo/1

Photos from the award ceremony where she won the "athlete of the year" award in South Tyrol: http://www.stol.it/Artikel/Sport-im-Ueberblick/Sportlerwahl/Carolina-Kostner-und-Roland-Fischnaller-Sportler-des-Jahres

Receiving the "key" of the city of Verona (I don't know what is up with that but it seems to be a great honour): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aoh24Zc-DV8

Bournekraatzfan
04-14-2012, 10:36 AM
thank you for starting this thread, jiggs! I am THRILLED for Carolina! I have been a fan of hers for years, and it is so great to see her achieve her dream!

I loved her programs this year...the SP really showed off her range, and both programs showcased her gorgeous skating skills. and she uses the music so beautifully.

I look forward to hearing more news about her in the coming weeks/months.

YAY Carolina :cheer:

briancoogaert
04-14-2012, 10:43 AM
Carolina is a joy to watch !


Receiving the "key" of the city of Verona (I don't know what is up with that but it seems to be a great honour): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aoh24Zc-DV8
Really nice interview. :swoon:

spikydurian
04-14-2012, 10:43 AM
That's nice jiggs. Any news on Carolina can be posted here to share with all.
It's heartening to know that hard work and persistence (of course with talent too) do pay off. Congrats to Carolina for the Worlds gold. She looks like a model on ice in her Ex. :) Beautiful skater with a gorgeous smile.

l'etoile
04-14-2012, 10:53 AM
Wow, terrific welcome from her home town and country!

You know, I was kinda bit surprised to hear Carolina saying that her love of skating is not like before, that she's really fallen in love with it. I don't know what her future plane will be from now on but I think this season was really important, key moment for her. I hope she'll continue to compete, maybe she could be match the career of Irina, her (European) predecessor!

She's got splendid skating skills and that makes up for pretty much anything.

jiggs
04-14-2012, 04:01 PM
I don't know what her future plane will be from now on but I think this season was really important, key moment for her. I hope she'll continue to compete, maybe she could be match the career of Irina, her (European) predecessor!

She said in interviews that she still doesn't know whether she will continue or not, the chances are 50/50. It's a big decision for her and another 2 years till Sochi, that's still a long time and a big commitment. She said she wants to take her time for that decision.

Personally, I would love for her to continue just to see two more seasons of her competitive programs. I think her and Lori work very well together and it would be nice to see what else they can come up with. On the other hand, I would certainly understand if she retires, she has been an elite skater for so long and deserves some rest!

Katarzyna
04-14-2012, 04:09 PM
THANK you for opening this thread Jiggs and of course also for the links. :)
Love Caro! Seeing her winning gold in Nizza was my 2nd best “ladies moment” in more than 20 years of figure skating. (It has been only toped by Irina winning the gold in Moscow). :40beers:

BIG Congratulations to Caro! I really was in tear of joy that evening. Loved both of her programmes! :cheer2::cheer2::cheer2:

And despite some people criticizing the missing Lutz – I think Caro and Michael Huth made the right choice. I’d rather watch a clean programme, that looks just light and easy, than a performance with more difficult triples that seems to be laboured and forces the skater to only focus on jumps. Caro’s skating looked so effortless. Her basic skating skills are just :swoon:



She said in interviews that she still doesn't know whether she will continue or not, the chances are 50/50. It's a big decision for her and another 2 years till Sochi, that's still a long time and a big commitment. She said she wants to take her time for that decision.

Personally, I would love for her to continue just to see two more seasons of her competitive programs. I think her and Lori work very well together and it would be nice to see what else they can come up with. On the other hand, I would certainly understand if she retires, she has been an elite skater for so long and deserves some rest!

I hope she will not retire. I’m very happy she now seems to have learned to hold together her nerves in competition. Hope she will continue like this till Olympics Games in Sochi. I so much wish her to win a medal there. Whatever she decides to do, I just wish her the very best for her future. :cheer:

PashaFan
04-14-2012, 07:59 PM
Love Carolina. I remember the first time I saw her at the Europeans in 03'. I've been a fan ever since.
She has had many high points & many low points but has always shown grace & beauty.
I really felt for her during the Turin Olympics. Many would not have recovered from such a drama. But the very next season she won the first of her European titles because she is a fighter.
I wish her nothing but the best.
I would love to see her put this seasons free program away & try something non-classical next season but then bring the Mozart program back for Olympic year. She seems to have really connected with the music.
Carolina is a true Champion :D

jiggs
04-15-2012, 02:35 PM
Carolina just posted a thank you note and some personal photos from the past two weeks to her Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/carolinakostner

Katarzyna
04-15-2012, 08:12 PM
Love Carolina. I remember the first time I saw her at the Europeans in 03'. I've been a fan ever since.
I too saw her first in 2003. Here are some links to revive memories:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZBz7juIsg4&feature=related http://– 2003 World SP
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28djAK9g4-0– 2003 Euros LP


I really felt for her during the Turin Olympics. Many would not have recovered from such a drama. But the very next season she won the first of her European titles because she is a fighter.
Yes she is! It must have been devastating to have stellar practices so many times and then sub-par performances in competitions. Most people probably would have given in. After 2010 I too thought that Caro will never learn to handle her nerves. Rarely in my life I’ve been so happy to be proven wrong. :40beers:

Need to add here, that I'm pretty much impressed by her personality as well. She really seems to be a very nice girl and quite humble considering the talent she is and the results she had in her career. Great skater, great character! :cheer:

Aussie Willy
04-15-2012, 11:58 PM
And despite some people criticizing the missing Lutz – I think Caro and Michael Huth made the right choice. I’d rather watch a clean programme, that looks just light and easy, than a performance with more difficult triples that seems to be laboured and forces the skater to only focus on jumps. Caro’s skating looked so effortless. Her basic skating skills are just :swoon:

I don't think I have ever seen her jump so well. It wasn't just that she did the jumps but the beautiful quality they had. When it works it is a pleasure to watch.

PashaFan
04-16-2012, 11:12 AM
I don't think I have ever seen her jump so well. It wasn't just that she did the jumps but the beautiful quality they had. When it works it is a pleasure to watch.

She looks like she really has belief in herself. Instead of being scared.
Also, she seems to take more time instead of rushing.
Pure bliss watching her this season :)

aftershocks
04-16-2012, 03:57 PM
I agree Carolina has learned how to pace herself -- to slow down and feel the music. She has also seemed to gain more confidence and belief in herself and her skating. That's wonderful to see.

Katarzyna
04-16-2012, 09:31 PM
She looks like she really has belief in herself. Instead of being scared.
Also, she seems to take more time instead of rushing.
Pure bliss watching her this season :)
To me it looks as if she is not only taking more time to set up jumps, but if she also enters them a bit slower. When watching her earlier it was not only her who seemed to be scared, actually it was scary to watch her as a viewer. It was scary & breathtaking at the same time to watch her when she went into the jumps with racing car speed.

BTW I thought it would be a nice idea to post here step by step chronologically all of Carolina's competitive programmes. - There are skaters, whose programmes I can just keep watching over and over again and Caro is such a skater for me. Here is season 2004 and 2005:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuwrdXlFVRc&feature=related - 2004 SP at Worlds

http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMTgwMDk4NDI4.html - 2004 Euros LP

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mHrWWWdp-g&feature=related - 2005 SP at Worlds

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omkV2Za9nws&feature=relmfu - 2005 LP at Worlds

The flow and ease of her moving accross the ice is gorgeous. :swoon:

Laney
04-16-2012, 09:47 PM
Wow, terrific welcome from her home town and country!


I had the great honour to be there and celebrate with her and all the people who love her. I´ll always remember this! She´s a great skater and a great person! She´ll always be one of my all-time favourite skaters! I´m soooo happy she won worlds! Still can´t believe it´s true ;-) But I´m soooo happy it is :-)