Another Hungarian newsreel clip, although this one unfortunately has very faint sound.
1948 European Championship - Prague, Czechoslovakia
Skater IDs and rough synopsis of the commentary:
Alena Vrzáňová (Czechoslovakia) executed a well-received program, took the bronze medal. The young pair Blažena Knittlová / Karel Vosátka, (Czechoslovakia) were a pleasant surprise, winning second place silver out of 11 competitors. Andrea Kékesy / Ede Király (Hungary) captivated the crowd and won the pairs competition. Defending 1947 Ladies World Champion Barbara Ann Scott (Canada) takes the 1948 European title. Gorgeous style of skating presented by Dick Button (United States) - almost without opponents, a high-ranking European victory.
Some competition tidbits...
The winning Hungarian pair also competed in singles - Andrea Kékesy placing 7th in Ladies and Ede Király placing 4th in the Men's comp.
Interesting Slutskaya-Butyrskaya-esque Czechoslovak rivalry between 16yr old Alena "Aja" Vrzáňová (3rd) vs. her slightly younger teammate, Jiřína Nekolová (4th) - who spent the summer training in Canada as a guest of Barbara Ann Scott. Both ladies do well at the Olympics (Nekolová 4th, Vrzáňová 5th), and 1948 Worlds (Nekolová bronze, Vrzáňová 5th.) By 1949, Vrzáňová packs a 2 Lutz and begins to dominate. During the 1950 season both emigrate. Nekolová quietly obtains political asylum while training in the UK, skating 1950 Worlds under the ISU flag. Team Vrzáňová launches a not-so-quiet defection in London right after her victory at the World Championship. Both start their pro careers and join ice revues.
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More Alena Vrzáňová aka AJA ZANOVA - Trbute by Ice Theatre of NY - narrated by her close friend Dick Button:
- Rep Power
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Rene Novotny with previous partner
Short newsreel snippets of Freestyle Exhibition programs from 1960 Euros in Garmisch-Partenkirschen.
Featured are Men's gold medalist Alain Giletti (FRA) and pairs gold winners Marika Kilius+Hans-Jurgen Baumler (FRG)
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1948, Short fun clip of Valda Osbourne (GBR), Joan Lister (GBR) and Aja Vrzanova (CZE) training at the Richmond, Surrey ice ring
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Reason: deleting double link
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Reason: adding more links
How about Joannie when she had braces?
15 years old Joannie( this is the earliest i have for her but can't tell if she still has her braces JK)
Lucinda Ruh 1995-14 years
and another 14 years old
Elaine Zayak 1980
Emi Watanabe -1975(15 years)
Dagmar Lurz-1978(19 years)
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Thanks for the Jeff Buttle video but the second one turns up saying :Sorry, private video:.
Originally Posted by vivika1982
It wasn't private earlier but here is another video:
Originally Posted by stevlin
and small pieces of him as a child @ 0033
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Getting back on track with few more videos;
6 years old Emily Hughes skating with Nicole Bobek-1995
Jill Trenary - 1986
Barbara Underhill & Paul Martini-1978
Maria Butryskaya -1992
Moniotte & Lavanchy- 1987
This was the earliest i was able to find for Marina and Gwendal-1993/94
Rena Inoue-1992 competing as single
Rena Inoue competing in pairs with and Tomoyaki Koyama-1992
and John Baldwin Jr. as single skater -1995
From the figure skating vault -Hilde Holowsky-1933
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Reason: adding more videos
07-08-2012, 08:09 AM
That is because they skated with different partners before. Didn't someone post an Anissina/Averbuch video previously? I thought I'd seen it around.
Originally Posted by vivika1982