Is Jennifer Urban switching to ice dance?
Does anybody know something? There a lot of pictures with her (and whomever) of ice dome2014
"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
Anyone heard any updates about Ingo's situation? He said they had until the end of last month, and well, it's July...
sounds like someone may have had a change or heart
Jessica Fuessinger is looking for partner too, she is on Ice Partner Search, anyone know if she has found one?
And it looks like Katharina Mueller & Tim Dieck have teamed up. At least according to their coaches homepage.
It also says that Ingo wants them to compete for Germany.
The report also quotes Aljona as saying that skating conditions in Chemnitz are way better than in Caen. But it is also mentions that France signalled to them that they probably won't release Bruno to skate for Germany.
Ingo is then quoted as saying that this would not be too bad; they would have to sit out 2 years instead of one if he does not get released.
Then the article also quotes Ingo saying he has another offer from a different federation. It would be a four year contract "and his life insurance".
My question: Is he right with the 2 years? I mean Lubov apparently still is not released by Russia.
And I think messing with the French federation is not a good idea. I again wonder whether the absence of German skaters at next seasons's TEB has something to do with this new pairing.
Here is the article
Last edited by sus2850; 07-09-2014 at 10:16 AM.
It depends on what the policies of the French Fed are. If they are specific and he meets the criteria for a release in two years, then, presumably yes, until Gailhaguet changes them. If the criteria are vague, then if denied, after two seasons out he can apply for an exception under Rule 109, clarified in Communication 1420 (old, but still referenced) under the "hardship" track. There's no guarantee the ISU would grant one, especially if Gailhaguet is running the ISU, but he can try.
They've got to settle on a country, because they can't have competed for another country within three years of the Olympics, and the Olympics are the only reason she's doing this.
"The team doesn't get automatic capacity because management is mad" -- Greg Smith, agile guy
They talk about choosing a country as though getting citizenship for either won't be an issue. Does anyone know anything about how difficult it would be for her to get French or him to get German citizenship in time for the Olympics? Would one be easier than the other? I really want this to work for them, but I'm starting to get worried!
something tells me it would be easier for him to get a German one coming from a French one that for her to get a french one with the history of changing from Ukraine to Germany already
France normally requires 5 years residency for citizenship, but it can be reduced to 2 years for someone who has "rendered exceptional service to France through their talents and abilities", which perhaps could cover an elite athlete. There is also a provision for it to be waived completely, but only in truly exceptional circumstances. Germany normally requires 7 years residency, but that can be reduced if the individual can demonstrate sufficient ties to justify their claim to citizenship & there must be some provision to speed things up for athletes because Savchenko got her citizenship after only 4 years.
Thanks for explaining, morqet!