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    Olympic Rink opens in Georgia

    The first Olympic standard ice rink in Georgia was opened in Batumi by the president Mikhail Sakashivili on Tuesday, August 23rd.

    Elene Gedevanshivili and other skaters were said to have performed. It's named after Elene . The president and his son Nikols and other members of the public got on the ice after the opening ceremony, which took 45 minutes.

    The Republican party had been opposed to the construction of the rink, budgeted at 1.5 million Lari, but it eventually was passed and allocated this sum. However, there was spent 2.5 million Lari (about 1.5 million dollars).

    Free lessons will be available for children aged four to eleven years old, starting with the beginning of the school year.

    The photo showed an arena that has adequate seating for JGP or GP events.

    Also planning to build a 30,000 spectator arena in Batumi that Sakashivili says will be the best and biggest in the Caucasus.

    The president is hopeful the ice rink will encourage tourism to Black Sea city of Batumi, which already has dolphin arena, kickin musical fountains (I'm so serious on this, it's really quite impressive actually), boardwalks, renovated city center, unreal botanical garden, etc., etc. And the best hachapuri

    The news is in Russian language www.georgiatimes.info

    BTW, Does this mean Elene didn't skate at Moran? Any reports on Moran?

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    Batumi for Skate America 2012!
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    When I saw the headline I thought it was in the US state of Georgia!

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    Congratulation Georgia!
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    Congrats to Georgia and Elene! By it's being named after her, it’s nice to learn she’s a celebrity there. For its small population Georgia has been a powerhouse in sports, and I look forward to many more elite skaters to come out of the country.

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    Here's a short video of the opening gala: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfZ6Infpmlc

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    Didn't Elene switch coaches this summer? Orser?? I can't remember...She stayed with Robin Wagner one season too many. Elene is talented but she's got real consistency issues...hopeful whoever she's with now can help her with that...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwanatic View Post
    Didn't Elene switch coaches this summer? Orser?? I can't remember...She stayed with Robin Wagner one season too many. Elene is talented but she's got real consistency issues...hopeful whoever she's with now can help her with that...


    According to Moran registration, Robin Wagner was listed as her coach there.

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    Elene didn't skate at Moran.

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    Ugh my hopes got dashed - I thought this was the state of Georgia which is suffering for good ice time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by allezfred View Post
    Batumi for Skate America 2012!
    Then Allison Reed could go too, and finally set foot on Georgian soil. Oh, wait...
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    Quote Originally Posted by OrioleBeagle View Post
    When I saw the headline I thought it was in the US state of Georgia!
    me too! I was wondering how they would pronounce Gedevanishvili in the South!
    I think I will have a snack and take a nap before I eat and go to sleep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwanfan1818 View Post
    Then Allison Reed could go too, and finally set foot on Georgian soil. Oh, wait...
    And Otar Japarizde continue skating.

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    I hope Georgia actually has coaches and can start a proper FS program now.

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    Lol, I MUST admit I went into this thread just to check whether it's about the US state

    I'm sure there are better ways the money could have been spent, but I know what Saakashvili has been working hard to make Batumi a city of his dreams. Personally I remember it very distantly, just the dolphinarium a bit and the endless spots of oil on the Black sea. But those are nice memories anyway somehow
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