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    I think it was just a planned appereance to promote figure skating and Stefi and Ondrej and they are not actually competing
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    if this is not against the rules, I would like to let you new a little new project which involves pingu and me (and italian figure skating, of course).
    We will soon post new contents in a new website called Neveitalia and its facebook page.
    The website is temporarly only in Italian, but we will be uploading contents in english soon (mostly interviews). It covers all the others winter olympic sports as well and it is run, among others, by Massimiliano Ambesi, Eurosport Italy commentator.

    The figure skating section is updated daily as well as the facebook page. I think you might find it interesting because, besides articles, videos are also posted and linked from you tube as soon as they're online. By following (liking) the facebook page, you will be able to find links for figure skating videos and results in real time.

    I really hope it's not against the rules to promote a website, but I couldn't find any FAQ or guideline about it, so if you think it is just let me know about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eleonorad View Post
    if this is not against the rules, I would like to let you new a little new project which involves pingu and me (and italian figure skating, of course).
    We will soon post new contents in a new website called Neveitalia and its facebook page.
    The website is temporarly only in Italian, but we will be uploading contents in english soon (mostly interviews). It covers all the others winter olympic sports as well and it is run, among others, by Massimiliano Ambesi, Eurosport Italy commentator.

    The figure skating section is updated daily as well as the facebook page. I think you might find it interesting because, besides articles, videos are also posted and linked from you tube as soon as they're online. By following (liking) the facebook page, you will be able to find links for figure skating videos and results in real time.

    I really hope it's not against the rules to promote a website, but I couldn't find any FAQ or guideline about it, so if you think it is just let me know about it.
    I have to say that of the few articles that I read in the past days, I was very pleasantly surprised not only by their overall quality but also by how well-researched they are. Being a fan, I remember being very surprised when I read this article by the sheer amount of information in there -- very in depth, very accurate, with extensive quotes of interviews that were translated from japanese... I think you'd do international fans a favour if you could really upload content in English in the future keep up the good work!

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    Thank you! We're really glad that our effort is being appreciated. We just posted an article with the latest news from the italian rinks and clubs. http://www.neveitalia.it/sport/figur...olo-zanica-etc
    Unfortunately, the Palavela rink will be closed this season and the Zanica one is temporarly closed as well
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    Interview with Vale Marchei on Absolute Skating:

    Valentina Marchei: "When I'm in Italy, my heart is warmed"
    http://www.absoluteskating.com/inter...namarchei.html

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    Thanks! It was interesting to read about her new programs and the way her costumes are designed. I really wonder when she is going to retire, I hope she's going to stay at least one more season after this one.
    A grumpy Canadian will always be nicer than a polite Milanese

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    Quote Originally Posted by pingu View Post
    Thanks! It was interesting to read about her new programs and the way her costumes are designed. I really wonder when she is going to retire, I hope she's going to stay at least one more season after this one.
    I have never seen her look as strong and glamorous as she does this season. It would be so great if she could put two solid programs together. I'm glad she has stayed in. But unless it is one of those all-time great skaters, say Daisuke, where fans just cant stand to say goodbye when there is a hope of glory, it is always better to leave on a high note. JMO. Not that it happens very often!

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    Saturday the first national competition for ice dance was held in the skating rink of Forum in Assago, Milano. Pingu was there and interviewd the couples involved. This was a first test towards the designation for the 2nd ice dance couple to compete in Sochi. As pointed out before during the press conference at the Forum, the federation will sum up the tech scores of the national competitions + the 2 best international competition and therefore decide who to send in Sochi.

    Here is the article about the competition in italian, and the interviews in italian and english, also !
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    Stefania and Ondrej performed last night during the semifinals of Italia's got talent, and qualified for the final which is going to be held live next Saturday

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    Good to see the process for selecting the second Italian Ice Dance team for the Olympics being so transparent. I guess Guignard/Fabbri have it in the bag barring a disaster.

    Quote Originally Posted by mathil View Post
    Stefania and Ondrej performed last night during the semifinals of Italia's got talent, and qualified for the final which is going to be held live next Saturday
    Great for them! Hopefully it's going to open more opportunities for them.

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    Interview with Ivan Righini - Bariev on artonice.it
    Ivan Righini’s challenge: I chose Italy to make history

    http://www.artonice.it/?q=en/node/14202

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nalachika View Post
    Interview with Ivan Righini - Bariev on artonice.it
    Ivan Righini’s challenge: I chose Italy to make history

    http://www.artonice.it/?q=en/node/14202
    thanks, he seems quite determined. he might be the guy plus a lot of luck the italian team needs for an outside chance for the team bronze.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeschke View Post
    thanks, he seems quite determined. he might be the guy plus a lot of luck the italian team needs for an outside chance for the team bronze.
    Only if the ISU grants an exception to Rule 109:
    http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/show...=1#post4039436
    "The team doesn't get automatic capacity because management is mad" -- Greg Smith, agile guy

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwanfan1818 View Post
    Only if the ISU grants an exception to Rule 109:
    http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/show...=1#post4039436
    Given that 3 Chinese teams were able to compete at the World Junior Championships without ISU noticing, maybe they haven't noticed yet that Ringhini-Bariev has competed for Russia last season.

    kwanfan1818 - You are such a party pooper.

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    The ISU won't notice because of his name change.

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    There is no other competitive Italian man?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    There is no other competitive Italian man?!
    Parkinson (who always bombs), Bacchini (who always bombs). ;P

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    Maybe the Italian fed should crawl on their knees to Samuel Contesti....
    http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00005918.htm

    He did not always bomb. Perhaps he has time to get in enough shape to skate Italian Nationals and whatever Senior B to get a qualifying score?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DORISPULASKI View Post
    He did not always bomb.
    It sounds like you're writing his epitaph.

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    According to Art on Ice, Righini has been already granted permission from the ISU to compete in both Senior Bs and ISU Championships.
    Both Art on Ice and Neveitalia are reporting that clearance has been given because 12 months since Ivan's last international competition for Russia have passed (he competed in 2012 Coupe of Nice which ended on 29 October 2012); but what Rule 109 says is that 12 months had to pass before July 1, 2013 for Senior Bs, and 18 months for ISU Championships. Following this rule, he'd have to sit out all of the season.
    The rule itself on the other hand says that the skater or the interested country may ask the Council for exceptional permission to be granted, so I think this must be what happened.

    Olympic clearance on the other hand is a totally different matter, and is not in the hands of the ISU. The Olympic Charter is unclear on the issue, it says that three years have to pass since the last 'games or championships', but does that include Senior Bs? If yes, then Righini won't be able to compete in the Olympics, if not, then he'll be okay since the last ISU Championship he attended was 2008 Junior Worlds.

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