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Petr Barna!

Discussion in 'The Trash Can' started by aftershocks, Feb 12, 2013.

  1. aftershocks

    aftershocks Well-Known Member

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    In the thread about favorite step sequences, someone brought up Petr Barna and posted this absolutely :swoon: worthy performance of his sp from 1989 Europeans. I could watch it all day. Petr's performance IMO should win gold among today's men, even without the god-almighty quad!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFiCaXo5dxs

    This performance brought back wonderful memories of Petr. I had the chance to meet him once when he was touring with COI. He was very down to earth and approachable. He has a great sense of humor and a sweet smile.

    It would be nice if manleywoman ever got the opportunity to interview Petr. I checked online and found the following website for Petr, which indicates that he has been coaching for awhile. Apparently he coached in the United States for 16 years, and he has since opened his own skating school. The location doesn't appear to be listed on his website. I wonder if it's located in the United States or Europe. He says on his website that he combines the positives from the teaching systems that he learned in his country and in the United States.

    https://sites.google.com/site/petrbarna/


    Under the "Coaching" link on Petr's website he mentions:

    Very wise words, indeed!

    Under "Results" there are photos of Petr's students, one of whom appears to be his daughter.


    **Further checking online shows that Petr may be located in Palm Harbor, Florida, as the Director of Skating Ventures of Florida, Inc.
     
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  2. Bosha

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    The bottom of the website page says that the school is in Basel, Switzerland. What a beautiful location.

    Petr was a wonderful skater. I met him briefly at a qualifying competition here in the U.S. and he was very nice.

    No doubt that he has many fans here at FSU who wish him well in his new endeavor. I sure do!
     
  3. aftershocks

    aftershocks Well-Known Member

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    ^^ Oh, thanks Bosha. The bottom of the webpage for some reason was cut off on my computer's view. Maybe Petr incorporated his company in Florida, but the school is located in Switzerland. It did seem as if most of the students whose photos appear on the website are from and compete in Europe.

    Yes, Petr is an intriguing skater. I always enjoyed watching him skate, and he was a pleasure to meet and talk with too. :)
     
  4. ChelleC

    ChelleC Well-Known Member

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    That program was just great. Thank you for sharing it.
     
  5. shine

    shine Well-Known Member

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    OMG :swoon: that was such a wonderful performance. What a gem of a skater he is. Such musicality, dancibility, and flow! Thank you for sharing!!
     
  6. aftershocks

    aftershocks Well-Known Member

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  7. paskatefan

    paskatefan Well-Known Member

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    Oh, I loved his Chaplin program!
     
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  8. Loves_Shizuka

    Loves_Shizuka Gettin' my sass out

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    WOW; a name I've always heard but a skater I've never seen. Great performance. I just went and watched his Olympic LP too - loved it!
     
  9. N_Halifax

    N_Halifax Well-Known Member

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  10. Nours

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    The performance at 89 worlds was even better than at Euros !
     
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  11. Seerek

    Seerek Well-Known Member

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    It was great to see Barna end his career with a perfect 6.0 for presentation in the Original Program at the 1992 World Championships

    Also, it can be argued that Patrick Chan should be giving Petr Barna some substantial royalties, as it was Barna who had the original "high kicks". ;)
     
  12. N_Halifax

    N_Halifax Well-Known Member

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    You know what? In going back and watching those programs again, I have to just sit back and say wow. :)

    Definitely a skater whose work withstands the tests of time.
     
  13. gk_891

    gk_891 Well-Known Member

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    I've always liked Barna's skating. I know the Browning-Petrenko rivalry was sometimes presented as the athlete vs. the artist but I personally found Barna much more interesting to watch than Petrenko.
     
  14. rhapsody

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    This is actually my all-time favorite step sequence! It's no wonder he kept this program for 2 years.

    He was (and is) also quite the looker... :D. He has a very good looking family, too.
     
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  15. Finnice

    Finnice Well-Known Member

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    I loved Petr Barna┬┤s skating. He really was an artist.
     
  16. N_Halifax

    N_Halifax Well-Known Member

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    I was (and still am) a huge Kurt Browning fan but Barna definitely was one of my faves from that 1989-1992 era. Petrenko could certainly jump but his choreography and movement style were not always to my personal taste.
     
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  17. gk_891

    gk_891 Well-Known Member

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    Same here. Petrenko's choreography was kind of empty IMO with ton of posing, preening, and stroking across the ice. Browning and Barna definitely had a lot more content to their programs choreographically when it came to skating in-between the jumps.
     
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  18. N_Halifax

    N_Halifax Well-Known Member

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    I'd definitely agree. He could certainly jump and was one of the best of his era, but if I think back to the Albertville Games, it is Wylie and Barna's performances that I remember.
     
  19. gk_891

    gk_891 Well-Known Member

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    He definitely could jump in the short program and the first half of the long program but more often than not, he sometimes looked like he was barely keeping it together after the mid-way point in his LP. Endurance seemed to be a major issue with him. He also had an incredible triple axel triple toe loop combination but I can't recall him performing jump combinations after that.
     
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  20. znhurston

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    Thanks for starting this thread. I adored Petr Barna when he was competing and was so happy when he won bronze in Albertville, although his Hamlet program was my least favorite of his competitive programs.
    Would anyone happen to have a link to Petr's show program set to the soundtrack from the movie, Swing Kids?
     
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  21. N_Halifax

    N_Halifax Well-Known Member

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    Certainly not his best performance of it, but here you go!:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6NE1ab0THU
     
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  23. upnights

    upnights New Member

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    At the beginning of a Champions on Ice show (last century), when each skater was introduced & did a bit, Barna did a straight-line step sequence the entire length of the ice. It was so intricate & swift. I was dazzled.
     
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