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    Children of Notable (or not) Skaters

    I have been trying to keep track of the children of past skaters who are now skating with some success at various levels. There are some that I recognize, but I am sure I am missing many. Could someone with more smarts than I, start a list? I'll be attending the US Nats 2014 and will be able to see the whole spectrum of levels and would like to recognize the children of skaters I have enjoyed in years past. (OK, I'm old.) Please don't limit this to US skaters, I'd be interested in any 'legacies'. Additionally, it would be interesting to see if these skaters are being coached by their parents (ex. Ashley Caine). The results of the parents and children, and any videos of the parents and children would also be interesting. It is exciting to see another generation of skaters develop.

    If this thread should be in the Trash Can, please move.

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    We've had threads on this topic in the Trash Can before. I'll go do a search and see what link(s) I can find.

    ETA: Here's the link to the thread about Klimova/Ponomarenko's ice dancer son before 2013 U.S. Nationals that also includes more examples posted by me and others (Juvenile to Junior levels in the U.S. so Ashley Cain, 12th in Senior Ladies at Nationals, was not mentioned): http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/show...omarenko-s-son

    My post-Nationals update re. children of famous skaters who qualified for U.S. Nationals:
    Anthony Ponomarenko - placed 8th in Novice Dance with his partner, Sarah Feng;
    Katia Shpilband - 12th in Junior Ladies (daughter of Igor Shpilband & his ex-wife Veronica Pershina whose pair partner was Marat Akbarov);
    Daniel Petrenko - 10th in Novice Men (son of Vladimir Petrenko, younger brother of Viktor);
    Gabriella Marvaldi - 3rd in Intermediate Pairs (daughter of Isabelle Brasseur & Rocky Marval) - she has a new partner now;
    Maxim Naumov - 1st in Juvenile Boys (son of Evgenia Shishkova & Maxim Naumov)

    ETA #2 (a modified version of what I posted yesterday in the U.S. Pairs thread in GSD):
    Gabriella Marvaldi and Cody Dolkiewicz are a new pair team that plans to compete at the Novice level this season. I believe she may have outgrown (hearsay info) her previous partner, Kyle Hogeboom, with whom she won the U.S. Juvenile Pairs title 2 years ago and the Intermediate bronze in Omaha.
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    Sylvia, Thank you so much. I appreciate the time, energy, and knowledge of skating (US in paticular) that you contribute to this forum.
    Would people also post the names children of skaters from other countries? Is the daughter of Gordeava and Kulik competing (Eliza, I think)?
    I really enjoy the NBC skating show featuring retired skaters and their children-even if they might not be medal contenders.

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    You're welcome and thanks! Elizaveta Kulik is mentioned in the thread link I provided above -- also includes video links of her, Nikita Romanov (son of Irina Romanova and Igor Yaroshenko) and Annabelle Morozov, starting here: http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/show...=1#post3749912
    "Randy [Starkman (1960-April 16, 2012)] lived by the same motto as the rest of us. The Olympics isnít every four years, itís every single day. He just got it." --Canadian Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden

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    Ksenia Makarova is the daughter of pairs skaters Selezneva-Makarov.

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    Julia Pfrengle (German bronze medalist 2010) is the daughter of Claudia Leistner and Stefan Pfrengle.
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    Thanks everyone for the info. Are Kitty Cruthers (sp?) sons still skating?

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    Kitty Carruthers' son, B.J. Conrad, competed up to the Novice level (he won the 2008 U.S. Intermediate pewter medal) but I haven't seen his name listed in any competition results in several years.

    Sharon Jones-Baker is a 4-time British ice dance champion and Olympian whose son Jean-Luc Baker (with his previous ice dance partner, Joylyn Yang, and now with Kaitlin Hawayek) has competed for the USA on the JGP and at his first Junior Worlds this year.
    Hawayek/Baker's 2013 Junior Worlds FD: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ih38RlWLRAk

    1989 British men's champion Christian Newberry has two skating sons that he coaches -- Jack and Graham. Jack qualified for U.S. Nationals once in Novice before switching to represent the country of his parent's birth (like Ksenia Makarova, who competed at 2007 U.S. Novice Nationals before switching to Russia). Jack has competed on the JGP, and his younger brother, Graham, represented GBR at the European Youth Olympic Festival competition this past season.

    Jack Newberry's Junior FS at 2012 Lake Placid JGP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1rlTUrfzIY
    Graham Newberry's Novice SP at Gardena Spring Trophy in April 2012:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rg4_8etf6Hg
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    Can you imagine if Elizaveta Kulik has skating skills from both her mom and dad? The US will have it's own Russian wonder baby in the future.

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    Dmitre Razgulajevs (Junior Dance in Canada with Katie Desveaux) is son of Juris Razgulajevs who was the Junior Worlds Dance Champ in 1991.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1-SdS8QB1o
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jammers View Post
    Can you imagine if Elizaveta Kulik has skating skills from both her mom and dad? The US will have it's own Russian wonder baby in the future.
    She will be a genetically engineered genius like Nastia Liukin.

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    Children of famous parents often do well because their parents know what it takes I think.

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    Yes.

    Also, in many cases, if the parents are coaches or performing pros and still spend a lot of time at the rink, the kids will get on the ice for the first time at a very early age and learn to find their balance on skates long before they're ready to take formal lessons. If their parents often bring them to the rink, they can get a lot of that kind of experience just playing around on the ice.

    I've heard (I think in a book by Robert Ogilvie) that that experience on the ice at age 2 or 3 can make a big difference in later success, even if the kid doesn't skate at all until they're ready to start serious training at 7 or so.

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    Artur Dmitriev (Jr), now 20: http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00012360.htm
    His ISU personal best FS score was set at the 2011 JGP in Poland: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8sSEUzlDnY4

    Natalia Mishkutionok coaches her young daughter, Natasha, at the Preliminary level in the U.S.
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    I notice people are aware of Isabelle Brasseur's daughter Gabriella Marvaldi who is skating novice pairs in the US but I am not sure people know her niece Justine Brasseur is skating novice pairs in Canada.

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    David Santee's son Ryan competed at one point. He'd be about 19 now, don't know if he is still competing.

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    (digging into my foggy memory for this one)
    Less then ten years ago, I saw one of those "skaters and family" shows, with Kristi Yamaguchi, Scott Hamilton, etc. I remember being impressed with Victor Petrenko's daughter (Victoria?). Did she ever pursue skating?

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    ^ I got to meet Viktor @ the Liberty Summer Competition in Aston, PA, either last summer or 2 years ago. I asked him about that. He said that his daughter Viktoria was not skating competitively any more, but was getting into tennis. I agree that she was very impressive in the family show(s).

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    The children of champion skaters follow their parents onto the ice: http://web.icenetwork.com/news/artic...&vkey=ice_news

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    Quote Originally Posted by gkelly View Post
    Also, in many cases, if the parents are coaches or performing pros and still spend a lot of time at the rink, the kids will get on the ice for the first time at a very early age and learn to find their balance on skates long before they're ready to take formal lessons. If their parents often bring them to the rink, they can get a lot of that kind of experience just playing around on the ice.
    Yuka Sato talks about this in the article dardar1126 links:

    "They didn't over-teach me," she said. "Because they didn't have much time for me, I had a lot of play time on the ice. By the time I was a teenager, my feet in skates were like being in sneakers. I didn't realize until much, much later that I had more 'tools' in my feet -- not maybe jumping or spinning, but I was able to do a lot more with what was hidden in the toolbox. So that when I was ready to use it, it was there."

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