Thank you so much for the update, Sylvia, I might have missed that thread
Some More News
We have three new Junior Dance Teams.
Baily Carroll/Peter Gerber train in Canada under David Islam. She's Canadian and he's Canadian-Polish.
Natalia Kaliszek/Michal Kaliszek have switched from Pairs to Ice Dance. I think that's a great idea. They have good basics and his lack of height impacted their pair elements. They are coached by Sylwia Nowak-Trebacka (who got elected to the Ice Dance Technical Committee btw).
Olga Yazkova/Rafal Dawidowski have split. She went back to Russia, whilst he is skating with former single skater Kinga Kucharska now.
No information about the status of Vykhodtseva/Moscicki I'm afraid.
No opening of the season competition this year (first time I can remember). The reason being: pretty much the entire National Team is in Canada (with Gauthier's team).
Instead, the National Team members will be required to compete at the Diamond Spin event in Katowice, at the end of October (I will almost certainly be there and will report ).
Anna Jurkiewicz is slowly going back to form (her old ankle injury flared up again in the Summer). She has recently reported having skated a full SP and a full FS during one 45-minute training session.
No coaches wanted to take the JGP Courchevel Men spot. Ice rinks are closed in the Summer in Poland which means skaters aren't usually ready this early in the season.
Ola Kamieniecki got both the Ladies spots. I don't think they've even considered other skaters, which seems a tad unfair. But understandable.
Kamil Bialas and Kamil Dymowski each got two. Edwin Siwkowski was offered a Brasov spot but he refused as he wasn't ready yet.
Klatka/Chruscinski and Jaskolka/Snopek are getting two spots each (Siedlecka, Tyc's new partner is too young for Juniors).
Zajac/Binkowski and Carroll/Berger are getting two spots each.
Furthermore, Aneta Michalek and Anna Jurkiewicz are both assigned to Ondrej Nepela Memorial but have to pass a test skate first.
Cieplucha, Iwasaki and Sulej/Chruscinski will be competing at Nebelhorn Trophy.
S/C are trying the throw 3flip in their SP this season.
Cieplucha has won that competition after skating a dismal SP (mistakes on all three jumps) and a very strong FS (almost clean).
I have to say that I somewhat agree with Andrey's assessment ("he's Preubert without the voids").
However, his basics have improved somewhat (basic skating especially) and this upbeat entertaining style suits him well.
Kamil Bialas unfortunately is in a very poor form. He bombed at that competition and tanked his SP in Austria yesterday.
Many thanks, Ziggy!
"'Is this new BMW-designed sled the ultimate sledding machine for Langdon and Holcomb?' Leigh Diffey asked before the pair cruised to victory. I don’t know, but I know that sled is the ultimate Olympic Games product placement.." -- Jen Chaney
The story was:
After the doping scandal, he quit skating and took on a job as a coach for the Euro 6 Warsaw club.
But then he changed his mind and wanted to go back to training.
I guess he must have changed his mind again.
Anna Jurkiewicz is scheduled to compete at Cup de Nice (is that what it's called?) as well, together with Paulina Turkowska and Olga Szelc (they will be competing in Juniors).
I've just seen her new pics and she looks GREAT. She seems to have lost a lot of weight.
Keep your fingers crossed for her return to form, guys!
I'm glad the competition is back and now it's even mandatory for the National Team!
I was so hoping they're coming back...She's on icepartnersearch... So they probably have split :s
My best wishes for Ania Jurkiewicz, hope she comes back strong!
And I'm looking forward to seeing the new programs of Sulej/Chruscinski.
Last edited by gosia.douceur; 09-18-2010 at 06:56 PM.
Ola K. placed 26th in her JGP debut!
Jumps in the FS were:
3Lz<< e (fall)
2A+2T (base value)
And in the SP, she did a step out (with hand) from her 3salchow and then did a 2toe with arm above the head. Loop was only double.
Element levels quite low in both programs but much much better than last season.
Both skates were quite rough for her but great to see her going for pretty much all the triples in the FS!
I can see now why Polish Federation so heavily invested in her and sent her to both JGP events.
She will get there eventually. I'm so happy to see somebody GOING FOR IT finally and not being conservative on the jumps.
Good on her! I hope she develops well.
Just realised that I haven't posted it yet.
The Singapore Federation has finally acquired a proper training facility with a full-size rink.
They have contacted Siudeks and wanted to give them the job of head federation coaches and offered them great conditions.
Thank god, they really care about developing skating in Poland and have turned down the offer!
They really are respected abroad much more than they are at home.
This info is from an article/interview that was posted online a while ago. I'll try to translate it, if I can find it again.
^ The Siudeks
I wish that they really will get the appreciation they deserve in Poland, as well!
I am looking forward to check Matej´s current voidiness level in Finlandia Trophy.
Joanna Plutowska has quit skating, which means we have no Senior Ice Dance teams at present.
Anna Jurkiewicz is competing at Ondrej Nepela Memorial and Coupe De Nice.
Aneta Michalek isn't (I don't think she took part in the test skate).
Juniors Olga Szelc and Paulina Turkowska will also be competing in Nice.
Last edited by Ziggy; 09-30-2010 at 02:06 AM.
Anna Jurkiewicz skated at Ondrej Nepela Memorial this afternoon.
She missed her 3flip but landed 3toe/2toe and 2axel.
She got 42.94 points (one of her highest SP scores ever, considering there's one element less now) and is currently in 5th place.
She's been landing 3toe/3toe combinations in practice too.
She's coming back to form!
I am so happy!
Last edited by Ziggy; 09-30-2010 at 10:20 PM.
Go Anna! Hopefully she can get back to something like Worlds 2009 or even better!
Rockin' Finnish commentator: "And that was supposed to be a flip but it turned out to be a flop."
More good news!
After the Free Skating, Anna climbed to 4th place and was only 0.39 points off the podium.
In other news, Maciej Cieplucha is back to Canada for training after Finlandia Trophy.
And according to Poggi, our spy in the thread in the KnC, she had a really good skate! Check out her pbp-notes, if you haven't done so, Ziggy!
Btw, Anna's programs this season are:
SP: Tango de los Exilados by Walter Taieb performed by Vanessa Mae
FS: Paganini Rhapsody (on Caprice 24) by David Garrett
Both choreographed by Sylwia Nowak-Trebacka.
3toe/3toe is starting to work in practice and she'll be aiming for it in competition this season.
So happy for Anna!