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    A very bad translation:

    I started figure skating by chance, I was a gymnast, I was doing Rythmic Gymnastics.
    I had started a course with Giulia Staccioli when I was 6 years old, my dad had met her in Los Angeles during the Olympic Games, she was an Olympian in Rythmic Gymnastics.
    Half a year after I started the course, she had to leave to perform in the Momix shows around the world.
    My dad is from the Marche region, where the most popular sport is roller skating. When I was a kid I used to roller skate in the summer there, so we thought I could do ice skating in Milan.
    It was love at first sight; I still love Gymnastics although I was not good at all.
    I loved being at the center of the stage, and this is one of my strengths on the ice now. I love feeling the wind on my face, being in total control of my body's movements, flying like a butterfly.
    When I am on the ice, it's as if I am alone, as when you dance alone in front of the mirror, and you give your best because you know there's no one watching around. When I skate, I feel the same way.
    When people write conpliments to me, I always wish them to have the same feelings I have when I am on the ice, which you don't necessarily find in sport, but can also be in your studies, in your everyday life.
    I have learned to appreciate little things, small improvements, even having to wake up at 7 to be on the ice at 8, who wants to do that? Being on the ice, it's so cold... But it's not common to do what you love as your job, I am very lucky.
    My life is built around my training schedule, I have to sleep well, to eat well, and many people tell me that it requires many sacrifices. But whether you reach or not your goal, those sacrifices don't bother you, it doesn't bother you to have to eat well, to not be able to eat pizza for a whole season, or not be able to go out to the disco in the evening.
    It doesn't matter, because you make these sacrifices with a smile. The emotions you receive from this sport cancel everything else.
    My name is Valentina Marchei, four-time Figure Skating National Champion.
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    Really nice interview with Carolina:
    http://www.operaonice.eu/images/stor...rolina_web.pdf
    (Italina version is followed by English one)

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    Some Italian news:
    Mezzadri announcing her quitting after Sochi: http://www.artonice.it/?q=en/node/13788
    A picture of Carolina on top of a mountain in Oberstdorf

    Cappellini/Lanotte are now going to train in Italy for a while; Berton/Hotarek and Valentina Marchei should be back in Italy soon to take part in the Italian Summer Tour.
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    You could ask Ondřej Hotárek how long it took him to learn Italian
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    Quote Originally Posted by kosjenka View Post
    You could ask Ondřej Hotárek how long it took him to learn Italian
    He even learned Milanese dialect I was born here and I don't understand a word of it

    Anyway, Lorenza Alessandrini and Simone Vaturi have just created their own facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AlessandriniVaturiIceDance
    They are training in the USA now, but they should be back in Italy in September, when the rinks in Milan will open again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by reut View Post
    Really nice interview with Carolina:
    http://www.operaonice.eu/images/stor...rolina_web.pdf
    (Italina version is followed by English one)
    Thank you!

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    Videos from the Championnats Québecois d'été are now up:

    Federica Bernardi/Chris Mior SD: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLM0nu9scOQ
    Federica Bernardi/Chris Mior FD: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/37166823

    And the new senior pair, Kristina Bustamante/Luca Demattè: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/37133759 (SP)

    I love Bernardi/Mior's FD The music is from "Howl's Moving Castle", of course it's just August so the program is not perfect, but it looks very promising in my opinion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pingu View Post
    Videos from the Championnats Québecois d'été are now up:

    Federica Bernardi/Chris Mior SD: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLM0nu9scOQ
    Federica Bernardi/Chris Mior FD: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/37166823

    And the new senior pair, Kristina Bustamante/Luca Demattè: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/37133759 (SP)

    I love Bernardi/Mior's FD The music is from "Howl's Moving Castle", of course it's just August so the program is not perfect, but it looks very promising in my opinion.
    Federica is very expressive. I agree. Promising FD especially.

    Does anybody know what's up with Alessandrini and Vaturi? I enjoyed their Mary Poppins SD last season. I believe they were injured. Have not heard any updates.

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    An interview with them should be published soon. Btw I can say that Simone has healed from the injury, and they are training for the next season
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    Quote Originally Posted by reut View Post
    Really nice interview with Carolina:
    http://www.operaonice.eu/images/stor...rolina_web.pdf
    (Italina version is followed by English one)
    Thank you for posting this, reut. Luuuurve the beautiful pictures of Carolina.

    I read the GS interview and feel happy Carolina is having good summer training in Oberstdorf. BTW I thought she graduated from Torino Univ in 2010 but the article says she went back to her univ for exams at the end of this May. Is she still a student of Torino University? If so, what is she studying now?
    http://www.goldenskate.com/2013/07/k...mmer-training/
    Following the shows in Kazakhstan at the end of May, the five-time European Champion returned to her university in Torino, Italy for exams.
    Last edited by rosewood; 08-16-2013 at 09:37 AM.

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    It's called DAMS: Discipline of Arts, Music and Show Business
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    Thank you, pingu.

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    Today the Italian Government has decided to give the Italian citizenship to Charlène Guignard. Congratulations!
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    Congratulations!

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    Anna and Luca told me today that they are not going to compete at Ondrej Nepela Memorial, as Luca had a minor injury on his neck yesterday during training.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pingu View Post
    https://www.facebook.com/artonice.it...04142413057119
    Anna and Luca told me today that they are not going to compete at Ondrej Nepela Memorial, as Luca had a minor injury on his neck yesterday during training.
    Code of Points is becoming a killer for the athletes. The lifts in dance especially compared with just a few years ago have become so much more acrobatic. The girls are swinging around with speed often around the man's head that I am so often amazed that there are not more injuries in training.

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    Exactly, he got injured while performing a lift. It's not a big injury, but of course it's better to not compete this weekend, and let it fully heal.
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    Berton/Hotarek just performed their Dirty Dancing EX at Italia's got talent. Stefania explained to the judges that figure skating is losing popularity and that's why they decided to take part in the show they passed, obviously. If I find video I'll post it here.

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    I was wondering, what does happen once you pass? I mean, that's it or do you have to come back another day and perform again?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pingu View Post
    I was wondering, what does happen once you pass? I mean, that's it or do you have to come back another day and perform again?
    Basically, since they passed the first round they're now candidates to the semifinals once this part of the program ends (there's still two episodes until that), the judges will get together and decide who is going to get access to the semifinals.. If Stefania and Ondrej get selected, they'll have to perform again in the semifinals which are going to be aired live in a few weeks. In the semifinals, it's the audience who decides by televote who is going to the finals, and if Stefania and Ondrej pass again, they'll have to perform yet again in the finals.
    So assuming they get to the finals, it's three performances (which have to be different each time).

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