View Poll Results: Which man will be crowned the 2011 Swedish national champion?

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  • Kristoffer Berntsson

    17 26.56%
  • Adrian Schultheiss

    35 54.69%
  • Alexander Majorov

    12 18.75%
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    Which man will be crowned the 2011 Swedish national champion?

    Who do you think has the best chance of making it the top of the podium? Berntsson, the defending champ, had subpar results in his last 3 competitions (even by his own headcase standards), most likely because he's stretching himself too thin by having to split his time between his Master's thesis and a part-time job in addition to his training. Schultheiss recently changed coaches and currently has a groin injury. Majorov doesn't have a consistent 3A, but he did beat Kristoffer at the Ice Challenge. It's too bad that Adrian had to withdraw of the NRW Trophy because I would've liked to see how he would have fared against Sasha (who won the event).

    The Swedish men have 2 spots for both Euros and Worlds, and I wonder if Majorov might be able to move ahead of one of his seasoned teammates.
    Last edited by siberia82; 12-07-2010 at 06:25 AM.

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    I like what I've seen of Adrian Schultheiss. Too bad he is injured. I hope he recovers well and can reclaim his season.

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    I really love Berntsson,hope he can get a good result and make the World team...

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    I think Schultheiss will take it, unless he has been rattled by his coaching change and/or Majorov's gotten better nerves.

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    Berntsson is done, he really doesn't have much to offer anymore. Schultheiss will win.

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    ^ That's ridiculous. He's training, competing, working part-time, and studying for a Master's degree in a very difficult subject. So he's had a particularly bad season. So what? He's bounced back from less than stellar seasons and still won the national title. As for your claim that he no longer has much to offer, that's just idiotic. He's a very creative, entertaining skater who could have a good career doing shows should he decide to do that.
    My job requires me to be a juggler, but that does not mean that I enjoy working with clowns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nomad View Post
    ^ That's ridiculous. He's training, competing, working part-time, and studying for a Master's degree in a very difficult subject. So he's had a particularly bad season. So what? He's bounced back from less than stellar seasons and still won the national title. As for your claim that he no longer has much to offer, that's just idiotic. He's a very creative, entertaining skater who could have a good career doing shows should he decide to do that.
    It could be any of the 3 winning, really hard to call. But either way, Kris' SP is gorgeous. He has a lot to offer, in all areas of life. I'd happily be his wifey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinky166 View Post
    Berntsson is done, he really doesn't have much to offer anymore.
    If he's "done" in skating, it's not so much because of his age, but a lack of training time due to other priorities in his life. Of the 3 Swedes, Kris probably has the least amount of mileage behind his programs, so that may hurt him at Nationals, but Adrian isn't in tip-top shape due to his injury. After losing to Sasha at the Ice Challenge, Berntsson must know that he's in danger of placing out of the Top 2, and I assume he will fight that much harder to get back on the World team. His chances of winning are probably slimmer than his teammates, but it's not impossible.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nomad View Post
    He's a very creative, entertaining skater who could have a good career doing shows should he decide to do that.
    Absolutely! Kristoffer was such a joy to watch when I attended SC last month. It didn't matter than he ran out of steam during his free skate; the Canadian crowd screamed like crazy at just about everything he did!

    Quote Originally Posted by haribobo View Post
    But either way, Kris' SP is gorgeous.
    I totally agree, and I'm so happy that I got to see it in person! "Comptine d'un autre été" was my 2nd favourite Men's SP at SC. During the bold commentary, PJ Kwong and David Pelletier complimented Berntsson's engaging performance despite his costly mistakes.

    Quote Originally Posted by haribobo View Post
    He has a lot to offer, in all areas of life. I'd happily be his wifey.
    I would too! Such brains, talent and beauty!

    Unfortunately for the both of us, Kris has a steady girlfriend, and the lucky lady may even be his fiancé now (there's a recent picture on his official website where he's wearing what I believe to be an engagement ring.)

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    Did Adrian switch coaches? to whom? I've missed this news.... and skatesweden.se gives me no info!

    Love all three boys, always have, always will!! can't really say who'll be swedish champion, but a voice in my head says Adrian will grab the title...

    does anyone know how Majorovs 3a is doing?

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    I've never seen Majorov, so I can't vote.
    My favorite is Kristoffer, so much talent ! I hope to see him again at the best !

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    Quote Originally Posted by SmallFairy View Post
    Did Adrian switch coaches? to whom? I've missed this news...
    You can read it here: http://www.flutzingaround.com/2010/1...ch-evgeni.html The injury is also mentioned.

    Quote Originally Posted by briancoogaert View Post
    I've never seen Majorov, so I can't vote.
    Sasha's performances from the NRW Trophy:

    SP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJM9thdc_ng

    LP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SdY_60XPJY

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    Quote Originally Posted by siberia82 View Post
    Thank you !
    Well, I don't really like his style, nor his long or weird jump entries.

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    [QUOTE=siberia82;2980458]You can read it here: http://www.flutzingaround.com/2010/1...ch-evgeni.html The injury is also mentioned.



    thanks a lot, I hope the new coaching situation works out well for him!!

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    You're welcome briancoogaert and SmallFairy.

    Adrian reported on his official website yesterday that he's suffering from an unspecified illness, but he's starting to feel better: http://adrianschultheiss.t35.com/pages/news.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by siberia82 View Post
    Adrian reported on his official website yesterday that he's suffering from an unspecified illness, but he's starting to feel better: http://adrianschultheiss.t35.com/pages/news.html
    I hope he recovers in time for nationals.

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    I've been informed by one of the photojournalists on AbsoluteSkating.com that Sasha's goal this season is to have a good placement at Junior Worlds. If he finishes in the Top 2 at Nationals, though, will the Swedish federation consider sending Majorov to senior Worlds instead? I don't know how the politics would work, so I hope someone can enlighten me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pinky166 View Post
    Berntsson is done, he really doesn't have much to offer anymore.
    What I saw in Finlandia Trophy in October, he had lots to offer.

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    Härryda-Posten.se published a a short interview with Kristoffer earlier today (though the photo they chose isn't very flattering ): http://www.harrydaposten.se/nyhet_vi...&sidnamn=Sport Google Translate did a weird job translating the text into English, so although I understand the main points of the article, the finer details elude me because some of the translated sentences don't make much sense. (For example, "som att sätta de hoppen som är med i programmet" becomes "such as getting the shop which is included in the program". )

    TV4 had a brief video interview with Alexander Majorov (he's too young for me, but I have to admit that he's cute! ): http://www.tv4play.se/nyheter_och_de...ideoid=1175108 I would greatly appreciate it if a Swedish speaker translated this news clip into English for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by siberia82 View Post
    Härryda-Posten.se published a a short interview with Kristoffer earlier today (though the photo they chose isn't very flattering ): http://www.harrydaposten.se/nyhet_vi...&sidnamn=Sport Google Translate did a weird job translating the text into English, so although I understand the main points of the article, the finer details elude me because some of the translated sentences don't make much sense. (For example, "som att sätta de hoppen som är med i programmet" becomes "such as getting the shop which is included in the program". )

    TV4 had a brief video interview with Alexander Majorov (he's too young for me, but I have to admit that he's cute! ): http://www.tv4play.se/nyheter_och_de...ideoid=1175108 I would greatly appreciate it if a Swedish speaker translated this news clip into English for me.
    Quick translation:

    He's 19 years old and one of the best figure skaters in Sweden. Today he and five other skaters from Luleå travels down to Malmö to participate in the Swedish national championships that starts on Thursday and continues the whole weekend. If he finishes first or second he is likely to be one of two who will be representing Sweden at euros and worlds, and he says that he has become better and should have a chance at beating his main competitors, both hailing from Gothenburg.

    Majorov: Since I have skated a lot this season I have developed a new style in my skating, it's broader, I can't explain how for those who doesn't skate but other figure skaters understand what I mean. I don't rush on the ice, I try to stretch all my movements, I try to, I don't know, skate nicely.

    Interviewer: You seem calm, it's a big competition, isn't it?

    Majorov: Nationals is not that big, for me any way. I'm more focused on worlds, that is real worlds and euros that's big, nationals is the sort of competition that we usually have in Sweden, there's not a big audience, it's important but it's not big, you could say.

    Interviewer: So than one must hope that you win that ticket to the next level then.

    Majorov: Yes, I have to do it.

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    Thanks a lot for your help, Veronica!

    I found a short article on Sasha from Kuriren.nu (hmmm, could he be the favourite heading into this competition?): http://www.kuriren.nu/nyheter/defaul...icleid=5700912 Google Translate does a better job here with the English translation than on Berntsson's interview.

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