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03-27-2013, 06:41 PM
Associated Press article by John Leicester on Florent Amodio: An Olympic life and 7 vital minutes at Sochi Games (http://www.greenwichtime.com/sports/article/An-Olympic-life-and-7-vital-minutes-at-Sochi-Games-4388580.php)

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story is the first in a series exploring how an Olympian prepares — mentally, physically, athletically, financially — for the biggest rendezvous of a sports career. During the next 10 months, The Associated Press will periodically check in with Amodio to discuss and track his progress on the road to Sochi.

03-27-2013, 09:20 PM

Thnx Sylvia! :)

03-28-2013, 07:46 PM
Thank you! Very nice article.

04-27-2013, 02:11 PM
Re-posting a working link to the March 27 article on Florent Amodio by the Associated Press: http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/mar/27/an-olympic-life-and-7-vital-minutes-at-sochi-games/

Here's the second article in the series by John Leicester (April 26): http://www.ctvnews.ca/sports/how-do-olympians-prepare-for-the-biggest-rendezvous-of-their-sports-careers-1.1255043

04-27-2013, 04:33 PM
Thanks for the new article. I didn't know they get so much money from shows.

04-28-2013, 07:09 AM
Thanks for the new article. I didn't know they get so much money from shows.

I thought the same. Maybe only bigger and more rich shows pay that much? It is of course great if skaters can make a bit bigger money on shows.
So Art on Ice was the reason of Amodio's injury and being not well at Worlds... pity.

04-28-2013, 10:46 AM
Thanks for the new article. I didn't know they get so much money from shows.

Some get even more. :)

09-17-2013, 10:29 PM
Here's the third article in the series: http://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/On-skater-s-road-to-Sochi-Games-a-flight-of-tears-4821225.php

Morozov guided Amodio to the 2011 European title. Before their relationship soured, "I'd always imagined that Nikolai would be my coach to the end of my days," Amodio said.

He's reluctant to dredge up details of what went wrong. "He gave me so much. I adored him. I don't bear any grudges," Amodio explained.

"There was a clash, a rupture, it felt like a divorce," he said. "I had a choice: Either I stay with Nikolai, where I was unhappy, things weren't working on the ice, they didn't suit me — it would, quite simply, have been the end of me — or I, quote, unquote, 'live again.' It was a renaissance."

"Separating from him felt like finding oneself alone in the middle of the ocean. I said to myself, 'Oh, crap. What do I do? How will I cope? How will I live?' But I also knew it was the only solution."

Time and the ice in Sochi's Skating Palace will tell if Amodio was right.

10-05-2013, 09:21 PM
Re-posting a working link for the third article of the series (excerpt posted above in post #8):


The latest update in the AP series following Amodio's preparation for the Olympic season, he talks a little bit more about his reasons for splitting with Morozov. Also, his free program will be Mack the Knife, La Vie en Rose and music from the band C2C.

ETA link to Jean-Christophe Berlot's Sept. 14 article: Folle steps in as Amodio's new coach at Bercy (http://ww2.icenetwork.com/news/2013/09/14/60594220/folle-steps-in-as-amodios-new-coach-at-bercy)

Amodio was 2nd with 71.09 in SP (4S fall, 3A +2, 2Lz no combo) - French Masters SP protocol: http://www.ffsg.org/evenements/documents/masters2013/RESULTATS/MAST2013_SeniorsMessieurs_SP_Scores.pdf
His Masters SP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXJVhZVQykc

10-05-2013, 09:43 PM
WOW, I love Florent's SP! :encore: Elegant, sophisticated, joy to watch. LOVE IT! :cheer2:

I can definitely seeing him securing his 3rd National Title if skated clean. What a showdown it's going to be between him & Brian. :cool:

10-05-2013, 10:17 PM
Stéphane Lambiel talking about his work with Florent on his SP:

10-17-2013, 10:31 PM
Here's the fourth article in the Associated Press' series on Amodio - re. costumes: http://summergames.ap.org/article/costumes-get-skater-character-olympics

Despite all the fussy details with the pockets and buttons, Amodio thinks his Olympic costumes hit the right notes. In years past, the French skater also has made some questionable fashion choices, notably including a tiger-stripe shirt with lime green collars and a black and red outfit with flaps and shoulder epaulettes that would have suited a Star Trek baddie.

But for his Olympic season, Amodio wanted "simple and sober."

"They're there simply to accompany the music. You see skaters with gigantic costumes. They don't know how to skate. What counts most is the work on the skates. And I have to be comfortable," he said.

Part 3 (Sept. 17): http://summergames.ap.org/article/skaters-road-sochi-games-flight-tears
Part 2 (April 26): http://summergames.ap.org/article/olympic-year-half-battle-keeping-fit
Part 1 (March 27): http://summergames.ap.org/article/olympic-life-and-7-vital-minutes-sochi-games

10-21-2013, 09:17 AM
From Florent's Instagram:

Love my team !! @ Vaujany

Also, there was a video report about the French team:

But the video doesn't play for me (geoblock, I guess). Can someone tell what is there? Or maybe even download and upload it somewhere?

10-21-2013, 04:22 PM
When I saw Mae Berenice Meite skate last night, I thought "she and Florent need to do a duet." She was rockin' it out!

10-21-2013, 04:39 PM
When I saw Mae Berenice Meite skate last night, I thought "she and Florent need to do a duet." She was rockin' it out!

They did an ex together in the gala at Master's ;) I hope they do it again at TEB so there'll be a good video of it!