I'm glad Nora & Max get to compete now.
Ha! More news with rather shocking detailes about the Hoffmann-Zavozin partnership!! Article in the online version of Blikk, the main Hungarian tabloid.
They purchased a guy for her
At the European Championships next January, they are expected to finish in the top 5.
Nora Hoffmann was bought a guy! Well, not literally, as she is in a relationship for years now. It was the Hungarian Skating Federation that looked deep into the pocket so that the [junior] world silver medalist can continue ice dancing.
It came to our attention that the Hungarian Federation payed 50 000 US dollars (10 million HUF) to the US Figure Skating Association to get Nora's partner's, Maxim Zavozin's competitive release. Half of the sum is already payed to the USFSA, the other half, 25 000 dollars (5 million HUF) will be payed in smaller instalments. No similarly high amount of money was ever payed in the history of Hungarian figure skating, but insiders claim it was all worth.
"Maxim Zavozin is a junior world champion and had other offers too and we are delighted that he picked Nora to skate with, for our country" Gabriella Remport told the Blikk, who will guide the team's progress in Hungary with her husband, Sandor Nagy. "Everybody in this discipline came together to help us, even Nikolai Morozov helps. He charges less for the choreography than usual. Hoffmann & Zavozin can place in the top 5 at the European Championships next January."
Nora & Max trained in Budapest this Wednesday, but they'll head to train in Russia on Sunday. If everything goes well, they will compete at the international competition of Zagreb next week.
"Max had indigestion, and I had an inflammation in my foot, I lived on antibiotics. We will only compete if we'll completely healthy" Nora told us.
Zavozin tries to find his place here so he is taking Hungarian lessons.
"He can already understand and use the terms and words connected to ice dance. My parents can't speak English, so he speaks Hungarian with them. If he messes up some words, he just smiles and says 'I'm tired'" Nora added.
Zavozin already has a residential permit, now he applied to the citizenship by the president.
Photo caption #1: Nora Hoffmann & Maxim Zavozin waited longer than a year to be able to compete.
Photo caption #2: They're already used to eachother.
Holy shiz! 50 000 buks!
I so can't wait to see these two.She is sooo talented .I hope they do well.
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I'm pretty sure they will look fabulous together, can't wait to see them compete again! However, knowing how judges can take time to reward a team and how quickly they can forget some couples and make them drop the rankings (for example the Beiers), I'm not so sure they'll achieve their 5th place so quickly...9th or 10th at Europeans would already be quite an achievement I think!
Come on, it's a tabloid after all.
Originally Posted by IneZR
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No pressure Maxim, the Federation paid $50,000 for your....umm.....talent, don't trip or drop diva Nora and make sure your place in the top five.......
Originally Posted by igniculus
They'd do well to crack the top 10, and/or beat the Zeretskis
Very interesting! $50,000 USD is a lot of money.
I wonder how much the USFSA is going to have to pay Skate Canada to release Gislason?
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I'm under the impression Gislason has been released, or maybe USFS will wait and see how they place before offering the big .
Originally Posted by Rafter
A bit more than the minivan in the Japan-Russia deal.
I read the Hungarian text, and the (quote by coach?)/article actually says that H+Z "could" - as in "there is possibility for this team to finish within the Top 5 at Euros...." so therefore, I would interpret this remark as being a competition goal for H+Z rather than as a definitive statement.
Originally Posted by IneZR
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Hell yeah, it is - actually the worst ever It kind of reminds me that the only Croatioan newspaper publising anything about Idora Hegel was totally in the same category. I don't remember the name of the paper, but I do remember, that no "regular" or sports paper even wrote about her retirement. (Which was sleightly offtopic, but still.)
Originally Posted by igniculus
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So, are they at Golden Spin? If so, any reports?
I just caught the end of an interview in the radio with Júlia, and she talked about "possibly going to Zagreb", but I suppose that was not live... I'm not sure.
Originally Posted by sashaisgreat
Hoffmann/Zavozin are definitely don't, as he is sick, and Kati Hatford and Tigran Vardanjan are about sure to be there.. Júlia is a big question mark as always.
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A bit older article with Julia Sebestyen, was published around the weekend of Cup of China.
Julia Sebestyen healthy again
She should have been in Beijing skating at the Cup of China, but our European champion figure skater watched the competition only on TV. She won it two years ago. Her injury is cured, however, and she can start her season at the Golden Spin international competition in Zagreb, on the 14-15th November.
Why are you here at home and not in Beijing?
All my problems started during summer but I didn't really care about them: about the fact that my Achilles was hurting a bit. At the beginning of September, however, after a training session, I got such pains in my leg that I almost wasn't able to take the ice the next day. I was on injection threapy and had to have a two-week pause, because my doctors found out I hade tendovaginitis. After the break I started training again but it turned out I wasn't fully healthy yet. I recieved every kind of treatment imagineable, physiotherapy, I had vibration training, I was icing my leg, but no success. Another MRI examination showed that my jumping muscles were inflamed due to probable overload. I recieved medicines to cure the inflammation and they helped finally. In between it turned out too, that my old boot probably had something to do with my inflammation too, so I got new ones. I train for 3 weeks now in this new one and I had no problems at all.
But you couldn't start the competitive season at the time you wanted to.
I entered 3 competitions, at Oberstdorf, in Vienna and in Beijing but I couldn't go to them. The Cup of China is happening right now, I watch it on Eurosport... But to get completely healthy again is of highest priority. No sense to risk anything. My doctors warned me to do everything step by step to not fall back and get the muscles inflamed again.
Do you know by now when your first competition will be and where?
Yes, I'll leave to Zagreb at the end of the next week to the Golden Spin, where I entered late and the week after, on Wednesday, I'll leave to Moscow to compete at the Cup of Russia.
How many Hungarian competitors will there be in Zagreb?
In the ladies, Kati Hadford will be there too, in the men's singles Tigran Vardanjan will compete. It's also possible that the team of Nora Hoffmann & Maxim Zavozin will compete in the ice dance category too. They're currently training in Moscow but it's possible that they might come too.
You already competed in Zagreb this year, at the past European Championship where you placed 4th. But if I'm not mistaken, you also competed at the Golden Spin before.
Yes, around the year 2000 more than once, but after that, I was always invited to Grand Prix competitions and the schedule conflicted [with the Golden Spin]. But I have dear memories of this competition, I usually stood at the podium, even if the competitions were not easy at all.
Will the competition be hard this year too?
To be honest, I haven't even checked the entry list on the internet yet.
You haven't?! One would believe the competitors start to look for the entries as soon as they are posted to see who they'll need to compete against.
I skate to get the best results possible, of course. But this is my first competition this fall, and for me, the most important thing right now is to try my programs for the first time, to compete before a judging panel or to see how easy I can tire out.
What are your programs for the 2008/2009 season?
In the long, I'll still skate to Edvin Marton's selections and some parts of the program are the same as last year. But in the middle, we changed the choreography totally. We changed the jumping layout, and according to the new rules, I'll need to perform only 3 spins instead of 4, and we upgraded the levels in them, as well as in the spiral sequence. So it's quite a change. My short program music is totally new, the first part is to Secret Garden's slow piece, the second half is to Libertango, which means a completely new choreography too.
Which also means the costumes will be new this season, too, I assume, even though they were gorgeous last year too.
Yes! They are designed (and made) by [Hungarian designer] Tamas Naray, and I'll skate in them in Zagreb, even though I still haven't recieved them.
There is also a pic, but I dunno when it was taken.
And this one was posted today after her victory in Zagreb at the Golden Spin.
Julia Sebestyen victorious in Zagreb
Due to her injury, Julia Sebestyen was forced to start her competitive season late, and our former European champion debuted quite impressive as she won the Golden Spin international competition in Zagreb.
The traditional competition of Zagreb, the 41st Golden Spin was held in the very same Dom Sportova arena as the European Championships this past January.
The 2004 European champion Julia Sebestyen finished 4th at the Europeans last time and barely missed the podium. Now, she won with an impressive lead at this international competition. She won the short programs on Friday with the highest score, just like the freeskate on Saturday.
Julia Sebestyen won the ladies event with 146,78 total points, ahead of Jenna McCorkell (134,98) of Great Britain and Josh Helgesson of Sweden (134,02). The competition of 20 ladies had another Hungarian competitor, Katherine Hadford, who finished 11th with a score of 102,97.
"I had many problems with my right foot during summer. The doctors diagnosed me with tendovaginitis first, it turned out later that my jumping muscles were inflamed too. I had to withdraw from the Cup of China, so I'm very pleased that after only 2-3 weeks of training I was able to win here in Zagreb. I'm sad I messed up the 2Axel in the short program, but the 3Lutz-2TL and the 3Flip were beautiful, everybody was so complementary of my new program. In the freeskate, the first part was great, the 3Lutz-2TL-2Ritt, the 3Flip-2TL combinations and the second 3Lutz were easy. I must admit I got a little bit tired in the middle, I can feel the missed training time on my stamina, but the 2Axel at the end was beautiful again. Before I left to Croatia, I recieved my new dresses from designer Tamas Naray, they were successful too. I'll participate in the gala on Sunday, but I'll come home in the evening. I'll train on Monday and Tuesday, and on Wednesday, I'll leave to Moscow for the Cup of Russia" Julia Sebestyen said.
In case you are still interested in the small and obskure state of Hungarian figure skating, I have some new tidbits for you that I just noticed on the homepage of the HUN federation.
There was a meeting between the Hungarian Olympic Comittee and the heads of the various skating disciplines this week where they discussed the state of progress towards Vancouver 2010, funding, and all the of course.
Most important parts:
- it would be great if Julia Sebestyen could place well at Worlds in LA and could secure 2 spots for women at the olympics.
- they don't have such high hopes for Tigran Vardanjan (2-time national champion), the son of Sebestyen's coach.
- Kristof Trefil seems to have a new pairs partner, a girl with the family name "Yarkunova", but I haven't got the faintest idea who she might be. Their absolute goal is to make the 24-cut at Worlds to present their LP too.
- apparently the tabloids were wastly exaggarating when it came to the sum the federation payed for Maxim Zavozin to get him released (like anyone is going to believe it now, ha ). Nora & Max made a deal with the federation that they'll pay the money back, which they'll earn at shows. Max's Hungarian citizenship migth be a little problematic though as he has no Hungarian roots and to get the citizenship otherwise, he needs to spend quite some time in Hungary... but the fed is still hopeful.
- the Hungarian Olympic Comittee learned from all the mistakes they made at the Beijing Olympics [-> Hungarian athletes performed much poorer than expected and they all blamed the lack of support financially, physically, mentally, etc.]. They want to provide better support for the athletes competing towards the Vancouver Olympics. There is a possibility to make an application, for the first time for winter Olympic athletes too, to get a monthly financial support from the Olympic Comitte. But they'll only recieve it if the application is successfully accepted.
Thanks for these informations
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