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    O-4CC-S News 2014-15

    Since the Philippines has its own thread, that leaves less than a handful of obscure Asian skating Feds, so this can cover Mexico, South Africa, and South American skaters, too.

    Misha Ge made it onto a postage stamp:
    http://instagram.com/p/pJpxkPnH32/#
    Last edited by kwanfan1818; 06-12-2014 at 06:03 PM. Reason: fixed link
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    This is the correct Misha Ge stamps link:
    Quote Originally Posted by Skittl1321 View Post
    Here's a link to the stamps: http://instagram.com/p/pJpxkPnH32/#

    What an honor! (I also noticed his twitter changed @sk8prince is now empty, and he is tweeting from @mishageofficial
    We currently also have general skating news threads for Japanese and Chinese skaters (links added).
    Last edited by Sylvia; 06-12-2014 at 06:07 PM.
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    Pilar and Leonardo Maekawa were nominated for Latincouver's Inspirational Latin awards in the sports category (scroll):
    http://carnavaldelsol.com/events/lat...rdsbc/nominees

    They'll be awarded on 2 July during Vancouver's week-long Carnaval del Sol.
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    South African (RSA) Nationals were held last month - article & video: http://www.enca.com/figure-skaters-live-their-sport

    Results are posted in Kiss and Cry: http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/show...S-amp-Synchro)
    Senior champs are Lejeanne MARAIS and Johann WILKINSON (only men's competitor) and
    Junior champs are Michaela DU TOIT and Ancio VAN TONDER.
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    Re-posting here:
    Quote Originally Posted by N_Halifax View Post
    Article on the Korean ice dance team of Yura Min/Timothy Koleto: http://ice-dance.com/main/news/gener...step-at-a-time

    Their ISU bio: http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00014720.htm
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    Hopefully they will improve and will not be Obskur for long.
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    Re-posting from the Programs thread: http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/show...=1#post4287358
    Quote Originally Posted by kwanfan1818 View Post
    Min/Koleto made it to 4C's, and they're within three points of the Worlds minimums. They competed at two Senior B's too, but like most obskur teams, will likely compete at Worlds before they get a GP. Maybe they'll get a Senior B with live streaming this year, especially as there are 11 Senior B's in the Challenger Series, and the events need a lot of teams from different countries to qualify the skaters higher WS points and potential cash prizes. Then we can see the program online. I wonder if the Korean media will start broadcasting more with an Olympics coming up.
    The IN blog article states Min/Koleto plan to debut their programs (SD to "Malaguena" and "Fiesta Flamenca" by Monty Kelly choreographed by Shpilband and FD to The Triplets of Belleville soundtrack & Caravan Palace's "Suzy" choreographed by Christopher Dean) at the U.S. International Classic in Salt Lake City in September.

    ETA the Korean skaters who will make their Senior Grand Prix debut this fall:

    So Youn Park (Skate America, Rostelecom Cup)
    Hae Jin Kim (Skate Canada)
    Jin Seo Kim (NHK)

    Rebeka KIM / Kirill MINOV are #39 on the ISU SB scores list (6th in ice dance at the 2014 World Junior Championships). Their ISU bio says they are coached by Irina Zhuk and Alexander Svinin in Moscow: http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00054325.htm
    Last edited by Sylvia; 07-04-2014 at 12:44 AM.
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    Anna Nagornyuk and Elizaveta Tretyakova from Uzbekistan both appear to have new partners and both are also still with Kustarova.

    At the 2:00 mark of the Latvian video posted a few weeks ago, you see Nagornyuk and her new partner Igor Ogay. http://m.liepajniekiem.lv/tv-kurzeme...nometne-117404

    In this photo from Sergey Mozgov, you see Tretyakova and her new partner in the background.

    http://instagram.com/p/qH_zycoQbq/

    Anybody know if Viktor Kovalenko has found a partner yet?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kwanfan1818 View Post
    Pilar and Leonardo Maekawa were nominated for Latincouver's Inspirational Latin awards in the sports category (scroll):
    http://carnavaldelsol.com/events/lat...rdsbc/nominees

    They'll be awarded on 2 July during Vancouver's week-long Carnaval del Sol.
    Local Canadian article on the Maekawas: http://www.sookenewsmirror.com/sports/265257211.html
    They also got a jump start into the new 2014-2015 season with an early trip to Detroit, where they worked with Marina Zoueva (Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir’s coach) on their choreography. They stayed there for an entire month, and in June they came back to the Victoria Racquet Club where they trained with coach Matt Willis for the month of June.

    Their upcoming agenda is just as busy.

    In mid-July, they will head back to Detroit where they will train until October. From there, they will compete in USA, Finland and Canada.
    ...
    In November, Pilar and Leo will also compete in Mexico. They also qualify again for the Four continents Championships on January 2015 in Korea. Their main goal for this season is to qualify to the Senior Worlds in March 2015.
    It sounds like they are planning to compete at Finlandia Trophy in Espoo, October 10-12, as well as the inaugural Autumn Classic International in Barrie, Canada, October 14-17, 2014.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylvia View Post
    The IN blog article states Min/Koleto plan to debut their programs (SD to "Malaguena" and "Fiesta Flamenca" by Monty Kelly choreographed by Shpilband and FD to The Triplets of Belleville soundtrack & Caravan Palace's "Suzy" choreographed by Christopher Dean) at the U.S. International Classic in Salt Lake City in September.

    Rebeka KIM / Kirill MINOV are #39 on the ISU SB scores list (6th in ice dance at the 2014 World Junior Championships). Their ISU bio says they are coached by Irina Zhuk and Alexander Svinin in Moscow: http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00054325.htm
    I know this is very early in the Olympic cycle, but I find it interesting that there are already 2 Korean teams vying the dance slot needed for the 2018 Olympic team competition in Pyeongchang. I wonder if any pairs team will surface in the upcoming year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seerek View Post
    I know this is very early in the Olympic cycle, but I find it interesting that there are already 2 Korean teams vying the dance slot needed for the 2018 Olympic team competition in Pyeongchang. I wonder if any pairs team will surface in the upcoming year.
    I remember Sergei Astashev relocating from US to South Korea after being hired by the Korean Federation to help develop Ice Dance and Pairs programs there. I wonder if he's still there an whether the federation has any other projects with that aim.

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