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    Kristoffer Berntsson will retire after this season

    He made the announcement on a Sveriges Radio interview: http://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel...rtikel=4390787 Could someone please translate it?

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    All right, there is the written article:

    Kristoffer Berntsson is going to leave skating.
    When this season´s competitions are over, the 28-year old from Gothenburg is going to put his skates on the shelf.
    Kristoffer Berntsson: "This is going to be the last season."

    Figure skater Kristoffer Berntsson shall not continue to skate at the elite level.
    - I have had a long career. I have figure skated nearly 24 years and been among the eliter skaters for many years. This (quitting) is something that has just grown on me, I can´t put a finger on any special reason or incident that has happened, says Berntsson to Radiosporten (the radio program).

    Berntsson´s biggest merit is the 9th place in Worlds 2007. He also skated in the Torino olympic Games 2006.

    - That (Worlds 2007) is clearly my best skate and placement. It is the strongest performance I have ver done, says Berntsson.

    Either Swedish or English are my native tongues, but I guess the ideas are right.

    Koffe, tusen tack för alla underbara program du har gjort!

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    well, a top ten placement in the World championships, and making it to the olympics in 2006. nothing to be ashamed of!

    wish him all the best in his future endeavours. hope that he will look back with fond memories but not look back so much that he'll stop chasing his next dream.

    K.

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    Finnice, thanks for working on the text. I know that it's only a small section of the radio interview, but at least the English speakers on this forum have a partial translation which is better than Google Translate.


    SkateSweden.se has an article on Koffe's retirement: http://iof2.idrottonline.se/SvenskaK...tstorsatsning/

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    I understand his decision but it's still sad!

    I don't really like Majorov's style, it's too traditional.

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    Quote Originally Posted by siberia82 View Post
    He made the announcement on a Sveriges Radio interview: http://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel...rtikel=4390787 Could someone please translate it?
    A Swedish speaker on another FS forum was kind enough to volunteer this approximate English translation :



    Kristoffer Berntsson quits

    Interviewer: Figure skater Kristoffer Berntsson, who once placed number 9 in the world, is now looking at what could be the final competitions of his career. Kristoffer, please share your thoughts.

    Koffe: It looks like this will be my final season and I won't try for any major championships next season. Consequently, this season will be the last where I train fully. This is how I feel right now.

    Interviewer: What is behind your decision?

    Koffe: A lot of things. I've had a very long career, I've been doing this for almost 24 years, and many things have happened in life, both in my private life, finishing school, etc., so this is a decision that just evolved naturally. Nothing specific brought it on.

    Interviewer: But when next season rolls around, don't you think you'll get hungry again?

    Koffe: (laughing) It's very possible! Of course, it's easy to sit here and say this while I'm still training every day, and I still have two competitions left in the season, a major gala in Stockholm, and so on. If I stop skating, it's quite possible the desire will return, I can't guarantee that it won't because I've never quit before. However, right now it feels like I've made my last effort.

    Interviewer: If it turns out to be the case, do you look upon the 9th place at the World Championships as your crowning achievement or what are your criteria?

    Koffe: Oh yes, it is without doubt my best performance, my best competition and my best placement! There are also many other things along the way that's been a lot of fun, all the things I've had a chance to experience, but yes, it is my most outstanding achievement.

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    He's been skating for 24 years? He must be older than I thought. Best of luck to him in his future endeavors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Civic View Post
    He's been skating for 24 years? He must be older than I thought. Best of luck to him in his future endeavors.
    He's 28. I'm not surprised he's choosing to quit after not getting picked for Worlds, I sort of assumed this'd be his last season anyway, considering injuries and age. I hope Schultheiss continues and that Majorov keeps working on his presentation.

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    I will miss him.
    Good luck to him, whatever his future choices.

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    I'll be really sorry to see him go. His programmes were always interesting and he really felt his music. He always made me feel that he had choreographed the routines himself, though I have no idea if he did or not.

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    Aw, I will miss him even though I didn't even get to see him that much. I went back and watched his 2007 Worlds LP today, just for nostalgia's sake. His skating was definitely at a better level then than it is now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IceIceBaby View Post
    I understand his decision but it's still sad!
    Although I was expecting Koffe to retire, it's nevertheless hard for me to say goodbye. I did get a bit emotional when I first discovered the news. His wondrous skating motivated me to learn more about Sweden through stamp collecting (and I've been at it for nearly 3 years now ), so he did have an influence on me outside of my FS fandom. All good things must come to an end, and I can't help but feel a little sad that the final page has been reached...

    Quote Originally Posted by Civic View Post
    He's been skating for 24 years? He must be older than I thought.
    He started when he was 5, and he will be turning 29 in July, so it has been nearly 24 years.

    Quote Originally Posted by Morelli View Post
    I'll be really sorry to see him go. His programmes were always interesting and he really felt his music.
    Not only is he a pioneer in modern Swedish men's figure skating, but he also pushed the artistic boundaries of the sport. He's one of the voidiest skaters EVER!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Morelli View Post
    He always made me feel that he had choreographed the routines himself, though I have no idea if he did or not.
    His choreographer for the past several seasons is Zerjon Abebe. You can watch a fluff piece which includes him and Koffe here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-uVUYuKG_YM

    Quote Originally Posted by blue_idealist View Post
    I went back and watched his 2007 Worlds LP today, just for nostalgia's sake. His skating was definitely at a better level then than it is now.
    I've noticed that, too, but it was still such a huge joy for me to see him compete for the first (and last) time at the 2010 Skate Canada International. Despite the flaws, his performance was so inspiring that I decided to try to make the careers of Sweden's top male figure skaters more accessible to English-speaking fans even though I faced an intimidating language barrier.
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    I really, really hope he continues to stay involved in the sport, as he's inspired a lot of people (including my son who is a skater and loves Kris's programs). I would love to see him work on choreography with other skaters -- he has a very unique artistic vision. It would be fun to see what he and a skater like Florent Amodio could come up with together.
    "In no way do I think I stopped commanding a spotlight. I think I travel with one." -- Johnny Weir

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    I wish him well. I always enjoyed him and that beautiful hair of his. I hope he finds a fulfilling role in the sport in some way, whether as a coach, a technical specialist, a judge, a referee, a choreographer, or something else.

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    AbsoluteSkating.com just published an interview with Kristoffer earlier this morning: http://www.absoluteskating.com/index...=2011berntsson

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    Ohh goodie, so not hanging up his skates entirely yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flutzilla1 View Post
    I would love to see him work on choreography with other skaters -- he has a very unique artistic vision.
    Oooooo, I really like the idea of Koffe as a choreographer! However, I'm not sure if he has time for a second career. I would imagine that he'll probably be working full-time as an electrical power engineer from now on.

    Quote Originally Posted by a56 View Post
    I always enjoyed him and that beautiful hair of his.
    If I can be superficial for just a moment, I adore Kris' gorgeous hair, that sunny smile and those quasi-exotic eyes!!! ♥ ♥ ♥ I've always thought the shape of his eyes looked vaguely Asian, and this unusual feature makes him even more beautiful IMHO. In fact, in certain photos, he resembles a younger/cuter/Scandinavian version of one my maternal uncles (I'm of Asian descent, btw).

    Quote Originally Posted by Alanya View Post
    Ohh goodie, so not hanging up his skates entirely yet.
    Although he's no longer aiming for big competitions like Euros or Worlds, the silly fan in me hopes he might still compete at the next Swedish Nationals. I can at least watch the live feed for that event. There was no streaming for the Nordic Championships this season, but it was available last year, so that could be another option.
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    I felt nostalgic this past week and decided to rewatch some of Kristoffer's performances in chronological order. These are all the different programs that I could find on-line. It was interesting to watch him evolve from a blank skater to the awesome showman that we know today.

    2001 Euros SP:
    http://www.nicozon.net/watch/sm3242858

    2003 Euros Ex:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Buyi6QHI_xc

    2004 Euros SP:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtpqPGyupBY

    I do have his 2004 Worlds LP, so if you'd like a copy of it, just send me a PM.

    2005 Worlds SP:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvnEoNuiJFI

    2005 Worlds LP:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_c6_lIDbD4

    2006 Euros LP:
    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xhm...euros-lp_sport

    2007 Worlds SP:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVMNnfhb4ps

    2007 Worlds LP:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DO8aHvBPgX8

    2007 Ingolstadt Gala:
    http://www.nicozon.net/watch/sm10446361

    2008 Worlds SP:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T70TEACraMQ

    2008 Worlds Ex:
    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xhm...orlds-ex_sport

    2009 Euros LP:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bu1jgwtr5AI

    2009 iceDOME Gala (partial):
    http://www.nicozon.net/watch/sm10450412

    2010 Euros SP:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tm5YtDoMnuw

    2010 Euros LP:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-B8V9fCyHcE

    2010 Stockholm Ice:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxBejzzwY6U

    2010 Swedish Nationals LP:
    http://svtplay.se/v/2275445/konstakn...k103700,3,f,-1

    2011 Euros SP:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoxuFYHuMw8
    Last edited by siberia82; 03-16-2011 at 06:12 PM.

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    Härryda-Posten.se posted an article on Koffe's retirement yesterday: http://www.harrydaposten.se/nyhet_vi...&sidnamn=Sport

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    Sad but totally understandable. He was a very unique skater who always gave very interesting performances, despite seeming very shy and introverted.

    It would be awesome if he worked as a coach and choreographer but I guess that he won't.

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