Soccer player becomes figure skater aka Bestandigova news. (Threads Merged)

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by Hedwig, Aug 21, 2010.

  1. Andrey aka Pushkin

    Andrey aka Pushkin Brezina's Nemesis

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    Ok, should we do a poll, betting on who will be more successful - Ilhan in pairs or Andreev in ice-dance? :lol:
     
  2. MikiAndoFan#1

    MikiAndoFan#1 Well-Known Member

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    :lol:
     
  3. Asli

    Asli Well-Known Member

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    :rofl:

    For the moment Ilhan is winning 3-0.
    He is already dating his partner, he has won Skating with the Stars and he has appeared in a shampoo commercial on his skates.
    And all this, without the help of his mother.
     
  4. Finnice

    Finnice Well-Known Member

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    It is very easy to answer this one:
    PURPLE!:HA!:
     
  5. Hedwig

    Hedwig Rarely here anymore but I try to be better!

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    This is already quite an old thread - are these two still skating?
     
  6. lulu

    lulu New Member

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    Now we can add a new poll question, who will be more successful in pairs, KVP or Ilhan? :p
     
  7. ioana

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    Am pretty sure we would have heard about it if they still planned to compete. It's very possible they could still do shows and the like, though.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmw8xVLX1Yg (no idea what she said, or if any of it is relevant, but it's the latest video of her I could find)

    ETA: Strike the above. Apparently, Sochi is something they'd still like to try for according to this. The article mentioned trainining in the US in May 2012, but don't know if that actually happened.

    http://sport.cas.sk/clanok/218706/o...line-trenovat-so-slovakom-asi-s-vittekom.html

    Mean-spirited theory: article came out March 7th, so before new minimum TS were announced. That might explain scraping plans to travel to the US and train....
     
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  8. schiele_

    schiele_ New Member

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    https://twitter.com/mansiz26
    This is Ilhan's twitter account and according to recent tweets, plan Sochi is still on.
    On 10th september, he twitted he completed 2 training sessions and has 2 more to go. So seems they are training every day.
     
  9. ioana

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    ^Thanks! If they can afford it & don't mind daily training, more power to them.
     
  10. icetiff

    icetiff New Member

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    Ilhan and his partner just started training in Scottsdale, AZ and are taking from Doug Ladret.
     
  11. ioana

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    If you ever happen to see them training, please let us know how they look.

    ETA: thanks for the update!
     
  12. icetiff

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    They are on the ice when we train. They are looking good. His basic skating skills are amazing. You would never know that he didn't grow up skating. He's very strong and off ice they can do many of the pair lifts. On ice the lifts are coming and his feet on the turns are impressive, not scary. Oli is a very good partner for him. She's a strong pair girl.
     
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  13. ioana

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    Sounds like they made some good progress since they first teamed up over 2 years ago. Thanks again for the reports & good luck in SLC ;)!
     
  14. dots

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    I'm really curious about this pair. I hope to see them next year! :kickass:
     
  15. Jeschke

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  16. lulu

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    Thanks for the update. I haven't even heard of him until I read this thread, but I think I have my new favorite pairs team. :p His skating sounds very impressive, and I can't wait to see them skate in competition. :cheer2:
     
  17. luenatic

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  18. schiele_

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    Well, when I watched him on the Dancing on Ice show, his progress was mind boggling. I know he's an athlete, so he has a natural advantage over others but still.. The others really couldnt compete with him in any way. Even then a lot of ppl said he was a natural talent and he was insisting on being shown new and more difficult moves in training although he didnt need them to win. I think he immediately has gotten fond of skating and his pleasure from skating came across.
    I know its almost an impossible dream but all the more power to him for following it through..
     
  19. ioana

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    If nothing else, making this much progress in 2 years as an adult skater would make an excellent inspirational story for anyone who starts skating later on in life. I really don't know how realistic Sochi is, but it's always better to try and have no regrets later on :respec:
     
  20. Ziggy

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    And there are other competitions besides Sochi.

    Turkey has never had a pair team and it would be great to see them compete at some international competitions at least.
     
  21. Asli

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    I thought his career-ending injury was to the left knee. :confused:

    Thıs is too much information about football for me, but you just can't escape it! :scream:
     
  22. jjane45

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    Thanks icetiff!

    Does anyone know how his solo jumps progressed? Excerpts from October 2011 Absolute Skating interview:

    Updates are greatly appreciated. Mind boggling progress indeed, how much can an adult skater achieve with athletic talent + limitless resources + strong dedication in 4 years?
     
  23. Sylvia

    Sylvia On to GP & U.S. Sectionals!

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    New article in The Guardian: Ilhan Mansiz: from World Cup hero to Olympic pairs figure skater?
    ("Death star spirals" :lol:)
     
  24. Ziggy

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    Thanks for the update, Sylvia.

    It will be quite heartbreaking to watch them finish dead last at Nebelhorn Trophy. :/
     
  25. jjane45

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    Any training reports from Arizona? ;D
     
  26. barbk

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    I'm adopting "death star spirals" -- what a great concept.
     
  27. Eislauffan

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    They might finish last but by participating they get their chance to qualify maybe as substitutes eventually. Not all countries qualified might use their spots (as we know from the past) and not so many countries have pairs anyway.

    For the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, there was even one spot in Ice Dance left vacant as not everybody qualified wanted or could use their spot. The Greek-Canadian dance team had citizenship issues I think and the Swiss couple (or their Federation) were stupid enough not to go to Oberstdorf and try to qualify.
     
  28. Zemgirl

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    Performing death star spirals needs to be a new rep level.

    I saw that he's up to training double jumps, which, considering the depth of the pairs field, means that they might not finish last in NT. I wish them well, either way. It's pretty cool for a footballer to try to do this, and at such a late age.
     
  29. Kelvster

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    wish them all the very best!!

    it would be soooooooo cool to see them in Sochi ....
     
  30. Asli

    Asli Well-Known Member

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    That is true, if you are already a world-class athlete with phenomenal physical strength and stamina, have more money than you can spend in a lifetime, you are a national hero and heart-throb with sponsors forming a queue and therefore take no risk by spending some of your best years having fun in the rink with your girlfriend.

    In such a case, you can dream along at any age, no matter what. ;)
     
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