Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by Sylvia, Apr 18, 2012.
Oh so I imagine Zsolt Kerekes has relocated to UAE now. Interesting.
Latest article about Zahra Lari (UAE): http://gulfnews.com/sport/other-sports/emirati-figure-skater-zahra-lari-melts-hearts-1.1299998
Lari scored 66.74 total in the Junior Ladies event at the 25th Sportland Trophy in Budapest this past weekend (ETA that I've created a competition results thread in the Kiss and Cry forum), which was an improvement from her 62.23 total at the 2014 New Year's Cup in Bratislava in January. More significantly, she was credited with landing a 2A in the SP (her first in international competition?) in Budapest (she fell on the 2A, called rotated, in the FS as well in both programs in Bratislava).
That's fantastic news, thanks Sylvia!
Kerekes used to coach in the Netherlands and from what I heard, he is a pretty good coach indeed so it will be great not just for Lari but also other skaters there.
Thank you for sharing all the news. Very much appreciated.
Competition thread started in Kiss and Cry: Golden Cup of Dubai 2014 - UAE's inaugural ISU international competition, May 4-7
Zsolt Kerekes is also coaching UAE's Amira Abdul Moati, age 14, who competed as a junior internationally this past season, according to this May 2014 local article: http://m.gulfnews.com/sport/just-another-step-to-stardom-1.1336428
Another article (April 2014): http://m.gulfnews.com/sport/ice-cool-amira-eyes-stardom-in-the-rink-1.1323430
This recent article mentions that Moati holds dual citizenship (her mother is Russian, her father Egyptian) and would like to represent Egypt at the 2018 Olympics if Egypt can become a member of the ISU: http://www.thenational.ae/uae/tourism/uae-ice-skating-teen-sets-her-sights-on-2018-winter-olympics
Bumping this up after 8 months (Ziggy, I still really miss reading your posts in threads like this one)...
I came across this English article on Amira Abdul Moati in an Egyptian publication that was published in December 2014: http://egypttoday.com/blog/2014/12/11/amira-abdul-moati/
Moati (UAE) competed in Volvo Open Cup in Latvia in May 2014 and placed 5th of 5 (65.17 total score) in the Junior Ladies A category.
SP protocol: http://kristalice.lv/Results/Volvo24th/VOCUP24_JuniorALadies_SP_Scores.pdf
FS protocol: http://kristalice.lv/Results/Volvo24th/VOCUP24_JuniorALadies_FS_Scores.pdf
Zahra Lari, the original subject of this thread, competed in Senior Ladies at Challenge Cup in The Hague this week and placed 11th of 11:
11 Zahra LARI UAE 59.16 12 11
She's currently incorrectly listed under 2 different names in the ISU's Season Technical Scores list which hopefully will be corrected in the near future:
Zahra LARY UAE Sportland Trophy 2014 04.03.2013 10.58 J Sportland Trophy 2014 04.03.2013 17.23 J
Nahid YUSEF UAE Dubai Golden Cup 2014 05.05.2014 15.08 J Dubai Golden Cup 2014 05.05.2014 19.60 J
Lari ZAHRA UAE Dubai Golden Cup 2014 05.05.2014 13.48 J New Year Cup 2014 03.01.2014 20.31 J
(I assume Moati is not yet listed here because she has yet to compete in a junior international that meets the minimum entries standard.)
Here's the announcement for a new ISU international competition called FBMA Trophy that will also serve as the UAE National Championship in April 2015:
It's linked from this page of the UAE Ice Sports Federation website: http://www.uaeihf.ae/news.php?type=7&active=9
(I came across this comp. when I noticed that an Australian skater is scheduled to compete here.)
"The UAE Ice Sports Federation
The Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Academy
is honored to welcome you to the first FBMA Trophy
April 3-5, 2015
This ISU International Figure Skating Competition is for
Senior, Junior, Advanced Novice, Basic Novice A, Basic Novice B (Ladies / Men)
Venue: Abu Dhabi Ice Rink (an indoor heated ice-rink with the ice surface of 60 x 30 m)"
Mentioned Zahra Lari in the latest Skate Guard blog "Nineteenth Century Muslim Figure Skaters: Yes, You Read That Right!":
^ That was a surprise!
The UAE Ice Sports federation site is down -- here's the ISU's event page for the competition (entries were due by March 5): http://www.isu.org/en/single-and-pair-skating-and-ice-dance/calendar-of-events/2015/04/fbma-trophy
I'm still missing Ziggy every time I bump up an old thread in which he posted.
NEW URL and link to the UAE Ice Sports federation website with an interesting news item here: http://uaeisf.com/viewNews.php?nid=116
2015 FBMA Trophy/UAE Nationals thread in Kiss & Cry (currently open to all): http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/ind...y-uae-nationals-april-3-5-in-abu-dhabi.95329/
New article on Zahra Lari in The National (Abu Dhabi Media's first English-language publication): http://www.thenational.ae/arts-lifestyle/well-being/my-sport-zahra-lari-professional-figure-skater
I adore Zahra Lari and how she's not only a trailblazer for skaters in the UAE, but also women who choose to wear the hijab and want to skate. And everything about her look in that picture is stunning! Too bad to hear she had injuries this season, but I hope to hear good news for the upcoming season for her!
Five Minutes with... Emirati figure skater Zahra Lari
By Lubna Hamdan May 25 2015
(includes link to a photo gallery)
Those are great outfits she is wearing in the photos. I'm sure there are some traditionalists (for lack of a better word) who would find something about them to object to, but IMHO they are feminine and attractive while still meeting the standards of modesty.