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    Three female skaters from Morocco!

    (Maybe the Association of Moroccan Ice Sports will tempt Léna Marrocco to switch federations. )

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    Starting orders/Results page for Saturday's competition (free skates): http://www.pfsa.com.pl/results/2012/WDT2013/index.htm
    Quote Originally Posted by Vagabond View Post
    Three female skaters from Morocco!
    12 countries/skating federations are represented: Andorra, Armenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Cyprus, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Luxembourg, Morocco, Norway, Serbia, and Slovenia.
    "Randy [Starkman (1960-April 16, 2012)] lived by the same motto as the rest of us. The Olympics isn’t every four years, it’s every single day. He just got it." --Canadian Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden

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    Also, if I remember correctly Gres's skaters do not do any jumps during their first year of training because the idea is that you shouldn't be jumping if you can't really skate (and you see some other coaches - which won't be named - entering their skaters into competitions before their first year of training is over - the parents pay big bucks so they need to see their little darlings win medals even if you can't tell their lips, flutzes and 'loops' apart ).

    Cherise Hanvey wrote in her blog:
    Speaking with the other coaches here, they all find it amazing what our skaters can do given the limitations they have with regard to ice time. They all complement the skaters constantly on how well they are keeping up with their skaters who skate every day, 2 hours before school and 2 hours after. Which I think gives our skaters a bit of a boost at the same time!
    Fred do you know how much the Irish skaters are able to train every day? I wonder which skaters who are at the Development Trophy have such good conditions at home, that they are able to skate 4 hours a day. Luxembourg maybe?

    P.S. Julia Sebestyen is on the technical panel for this event.
    Last edited by Ziggy; 03-30-2013 at 06:42 AM.

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    I think I want to marry her.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kwanfan1818 View Post
    I think I want to marry her.
    We are very lucky to have her.

    Here is the SP of her student Elizaveta Labunets, from Polish Youngster Nationals. It featured all the Pre-Novice levels and Labunets placed 2nd in Gold Class (one level below Novice).
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5PbQZNZIyY (Jena Gres is standing behind the boards in a grey coat, looking like she's about to pass out from nerves )

    Whilst her jumps are not very impressive, what is really impressive to me is the quality of her basic skating, her non jump elements and how sophisticated the choreography is for a skater this young. She definitely has a good foundation to build on and who cares about the jumps at this stage anyway. It's the technique that matters. The jumps will eventually come with time if you have the basics right. I wish that more coaches (and more importantly parents!) were able to understand this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ziggy View Post
    Fred do you know how much the Irish skaters are able to train every day?
    The rink they train at is a two hour drive from where most of them live so it's really only at weekends they are able to train, ie twice a week. When the seasonal ice rinks are open, they can skate more often, but the size of the sheet and quality aren't great.
    To think that fun is simple fun, while earnest things are earnest, proves all too plain that neither one thou truthfully discernest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by allezfred View Post
    The rink they train at is a two hour drive from where most of them live so it's really only at weekends they are able to train, ie twice a week. When the seasonal ice rinks are open, they can skate more often, but the size of the sheet and quality aren't great.
    Wow! It's incredible indeed that they are at the competitive level in the first place, given such conditions.

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    "Randy [Starkman (1960-April 16, 2012)] lived by the same motto as the rest of us. The Olympics isn’t every four years, it’s every single day. He just got it." --Canadian Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylvia View Post
    It looks like Fianait Bligh didn't compete after all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ziggy View Post
    It looks like Fianait Bligh didn't compete after all.
    She injured herself in an awkward fall in practice. Thankfully nothing was broken but very disappointing for her.
    Last edited by C_T_T_; 03-30-2013 at 07:55 PM.

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    Really nice to see countries like Cyprus and Iceland represented! Definitely new countries on the scene. I think this competition is a wonderful idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C_T_T_ View Post
    She injured herself in an awkward fall in practice. Thankfully nothing was broken but very disappointing for her.
    That is so unlucky.

    I hope it's nothing serious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylvia View Post
    Official event site for the inaugural ISU World Development Trophy in Cieszyn, Poland: http://www.pfsa.com.pl/iwdt2013/index.php

    From the Announcement: http://www.pfsa.com.pl/iwdt2013/inde...e=announcement


    Also to come:
    ISU World Development Trophy
    16 - 20 Apr
    Manila, Philippines
    this will be a mall rink! at the SM Mall of Asia. that's what i'm thinking.

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    Videos from the event are now online.

    http://www.youtube.com/wdt2013
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    Some (mainly off-ice) photos have been uploaded to the Ice Skating Association of Ireland's Facebook page here.
    To think that fun is simple fun, while earnest things are earnest, proves all too plain that neither one thou truthfully discernest.

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    Kudos to the ISA of Ireland for having such an active social media presence currently via their federation's site, Facebook & Twitter!

    The 2nd ISU World Development Trophy for figure skating includes ice dancing and is being held this week, April 16-20, 2013, at the SM Mall of Asia International Skating Rink in Manila, The Philippines.

    "The program consists of a four-day-long preparational training camp and a one day competition as closing event" - an event schedule by day is published on page 8 of this Announcement document: http://www.hksu.org/contents/upload/...Manila2013.pdf
    "Randy [Starkman (1960-April 16, 2012)] lived by the same motto as the rest of us. The Olympics isn’t every four years, it’s every single day. He just got it." --Canadian Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden

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    Article: http://www.philstar.com/sports/2013/...r-way-moa-rink
    MANILA, Philippines - The SM Mall of Asia plays host to another high-class figure skating competition today when as many as 53 foreign skaters and their Filipino counterparts vie in the 2013 International Skating Union World Development Trophy.

    Action starts at [Saturday] 12 noon at the popular Mall of Asia ice-skating rink. It will be open and free to the public.
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    It is the first World Development Trophy competition to be held outside Europe. The event is organized by the SM International Ice Skating Rink, and drew entries from 13 foreign countries.

    As a prelude to today’s competition, a training camp was held since Tuesday until yesterday, and provided the participants an intensive development program.

    Among the foreign countries who brought their representatives here are Argentina, Grenada, India, Malaysia, Mongolia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand and Uzbekistan.
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    New Zealand entries http://www.nzifsa.org.nz/news/Januar...SLETTER%20.pdf

    Junior Ladies -Brin Berge, Madelaine Parker, reserve Jessie Park
    Junior Men -Thomas Woodbridge
    Basic Novice A Ladies -Anastasia Kutznetsova, Abbey Heale, reserve Haylee Booth
    Basic Novice A Men -Harrison Bain
    Basic Novice B Ladies -Tracy Danbrook, Rebecca Lau, reserve Keely McGuigan
    Last edited by Sylvia; 04-19-2013 at 05:37 PM.
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    No official results page or videos from the Philippines that I can find, but the ISU has listed the top 3 finishers in each event here: http://www2.isu.org/vsite/vnavsite/p...0.html?id=1313
    "Randy [Starkman (1960-April 16, 2012)] lived by the same motto as the rest of us. The Olympics isn’t every four years, it’s every single day. He just got it." --Canadian Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylvia View Post
    No official results page or videos from the Philippines that I can find, but the ISU has listed the top 3 finishers in each event here: http://www2.isu.org/vsite/vnavsite/p...0.html?id=1313
    ... and the complete competition protocol on the calendar site:

    http://isu.sportcentric.net/db//files/serve.php?id=4452

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    This is good for the skaters in smaller countries or countries where figure skating is not the main sport!
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