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    OES News 2014-15 Season

    To start this off, Jorik Hendrickx tweeted:
    Having a blast in Toronto !!! Programs are almost done ���� http://instagram.com/p/oTjSV4PNP-/

    Is that Lafuente in the photo?

    In case anyone missed it from the Retirements thread, Elena Glebova has called it a day (competitively):
    https://twitter.com/JorikHendrickx/s...12185824038912
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    Quote Originally Posted by kwanfan1818 View Post
    To start this off, Jorik Hendrickx tweeted:
    Having a blast in Toronto !!! Programs are almost done ���� http://instagram.com/p/oTjSV4PNP-/

    Is that Lafuente in the photo?
    Yes. Sonia Lafuente has been training in Toronto for a while now. That's David Wilson in the hat, right?

    In case anyone missed it from the Retirements thread, Elena Glebova has called it a day (competitively):
    Article in Russian (Glebova): http://rsport.ru/figure_skating/20140521/747550864.html

    Viktoria Helgesson showed off a photo of her brand new Edea skates on Instagram today. She also shared a photo of her and sister Joshi with choreographer Catarina Lindgren in Sweden last week - the photo is also published in Victoria's May 19th blog post titled "New Programs!": http://viktoriahelgesson.se/nya-program/ (Google Translation in English)
    She wrote she will use lyrics in both of her programs.
    Last edited by Sylvia; 05-22-2014 at 07:35 PM.
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    I'm glad VH is continuing. I was worried she might throw in the towel after she didn't skate well in Sochi.

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    I guess this means that Hendrickx is getting his programs done by David Wilson. I am not exactly thrilled but then, he's most likely going to do a better job than what Folle gave him last season (both of his programs were really bland). His basics aren't bad and he's got that special something, at least in my eyes. I would really like him to get choreography which is going to take his skating to the next level.

    Quote Originally Posted by blue_idealist View Post
    I'm glad VH is continuing. I was worried she might throw in the towel after she didn't skate well in Sochi.
    And not just in Sochi. The entire last season was an absolute disaster for her. I hope she can bounce back and regain her jumps because she has strong edges and is an elegant skater. An archetypal lady (and in a good way ).

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    Peter Gerber is looking for a new ice dance partner with whom to represent Poland - his IPS profile: http://icepartnersearch.com/showbio.php?i=4863

    Plutowska/Gerber's ISU bio: http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00034243.htm

    ETA:

    Today I came across an Austrian news article on Viktor Pfeifer's retirement (and have cross-posted these links in the Retirements thread where the news was first posted): http://www.austria.com/eiskunstlaeuf...apa-1518572126
    Google translation: http://translate.google.com/translat...apa-1518572126

    Links to existing European skating news by country threads in GSD (besides Russia):
    Finland: http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/show...g-news-part-II
    France: http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/show...la-Fran%E7aise
    Italy: http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/show...g-skaters-news
    Germany: http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/show...ng-news-part-2
    Spain: http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/show...h-skating-news
    Last edited by Sylvia; 06-07-2014 at 11:23 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylvia View Post
    Peter Gerber is looking for a new ice dance partner with whom to represent Poland - his IPS profile: http://icepartnersearch.com/showbio.php?i=4863

    Plutowska/Gerber's ISU bio: http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00034243.htm

    ETA:

    Today I came across an Austrian news article on Viktor Pfeifer's retirement: http://www.austria.com/eiskunstlaeuf...apa-1518572126
    Google translation: http://translate.google.com/translat...apa-1518572126
    Aw, really? I was just beginning to like Plutowska and Gerber. I can't remember.. did Lucie Mysliveckova and Neil Brown split up?

    ETA: Of course, that doesn't really have much relevance since Mysliveckova isn't Polish but Czech. Oops.
    Last edited by blue_idealist; 06-08-2014 at 04:12 AM.

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    Israel's netta Schreiber has been spotted at the cricket club with orser'steam/barkell. Unsure if the move is a tryout, or permanent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylvia View Post
    Peter Gerber is looking for a new ice dance partner with whom to represent Poland - his IPS profile: http://icepartnersearch.com/showbio.php?i=4863

    Plutowska/Gerber's ISU bio: http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00034243.htm
    Damn! Working with Shpilband has brought great results in a relatively short space of time and I thought that they had a lot of potential. There aren't any Polish female Ice Dancers anywhere near Gerber's level available unfortunately but he can probably find somebody in Canada or US.

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    Sorry, Ziggy. If Gerber has to look outside of Poland, I hope he can find a suitable partner who can obtain Polish citizenship by 2018.

    Michal Brezina coaching change: http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/show...=1#post4276246

    Cross-posted in the Retirements thread (Neil Brown is retiring):
    https://www.facebook.com/LucieMysliveckovaNeilBrown
    Hi everybody, Lucie and I have decided to end our partnership. I'm retiring from competitive skating to focus on my degree next year. We want to thank everybody who supported us : our eternally devoted parents and family, our incredible friends and Federation without forgeting our fans who believed in us and for whom it has been an absolute pleasure skating for over the last 3 years!! We wish you all the best!! What an incredible journey it has been! So from the bottom of our hearts : Thank you!!!
    Last edited by Sylvia; 06-09-2014 at 05:00 AM.
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    So who is Myslivechkova skating with now and is there any chance the Czech federation will get rid of Ukolova?

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    Cross posting from another thread, as this is probably a more relevant place for it! Thanks to Sylvia for pointing me here! :-)

    From Danielle Montalbano's Facebook page....Hopefully an official announcement isn't far behind?

    "I have had a long 2 years, ups and downs.. (more ups) I wasn't sure I was going to be able to continue doing what I love, with injuries, emotions, finances.. then came a decision. I'm glad to say my ankle is 100% healed, my mind is strong and I have a few more dreams to fulfill and plenty of hard work and fighting spirits left in my mind, body and soul. On July 7th I will move to Florida to start the next chapter of my amazing journey, which will be in pairs once again. thank you to my amazing family and boyfriend for supporting me through everything!"


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    Wonderful news that Danielle found a partner. I will be waiting and watching for this team. She deserves the best after the most difficult years I have seen !! I respect her loyalty to stay with Israel, although I have heard she was offered monetary compensation to skate for another country, and she turned it down.......hmmm...that is definitely loyalty since she is having difficulty now making it with the move . I applaud you Danielle and your convictions.
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    Cross posting from another thread, as this is probably a more relevant place for it! Thanks to Sylvia for pointing me here! :-)

    From Danielle Montalbano's Facebook page....Hopefully an official announcement isn't far behind?

    "I have had a long 2 years, ups and downs.. (more ups) I wasn't sure I was going to be able to continue doing what I love, with injuries, emotions, finances.. then came a decision. I'm glad to say my ankle is 100% healed, my mind is strong and I have a few more dreams to fulfill and plenty of hard work and fighting spirits left in my mind, body and soul. On July 7th I will move to Florida to start the next chapter of my amazing journey, which will be in pairs once again. thank you to my amazing family and boyfriend for supporting me through everything!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robin26 View Post
    Wonderful news that Danielle found a partner. I will be waiting and watching for this team. She deserves the best after the most difficult years I have seen !!
    You must not have been following skating very long, in that case.

    I do wish Montalbano well, but I will reserve judgment on her new partnership until I've seen them compete.

    Quote Originally Posted by fan View Post
    Israel's netta Schreiber has been spotted at the cricket club with orser'steam/barkell. Unsure if the move is a tryout, or permanent.
    Could it be maybe a short-term training camp? She is still quite young and I wonder how open she and her family would be to relocating like that for her training.

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    [QUOTE=Zemgirl;4277837]You must not have been following skating very long, in that case.

    I have been following , photographing and writing about skating longer than I care to remember .it was a statement reflecting on a myriad of issues ,not just one or two injuries. No matter how they skate I am looking forward to seeing her return because that shows the human spirit ! A message for us all.

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    People are entitled to have their favorite skaters and to wish them well. What's the harm in wanting to see someone succeed? You don't have to like the skater or agree with other people here, but it's not necessary to be rude to the ones who do show support. If you dislike the skater so much, why bother partaking in the conversation at all? Just keep scrolling....Damn.


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    This is the OES news thread, not an uber thread. Are you under the impression that FSU is meant only for positive discussions?

    Nobody has anything against Montalbano personally. Some people just don't feel that she is a great skater, or has dealt with more adversity than others, or any number of other statements made by some of her fans.

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    It wasn't intended to become an uber and no one said FSU should only be a place for positive discussion. I don't think you have something against her but it's clear someone does....I'm not here to take up a personal battle with anyone and so I'll refrain from continuing this conversation further.

    If I hear any news about the partnership becoming official I will post here. I'm excited to see her return to pairs and wish them all the best.

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    Have I mentioned ?

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    Nm, wrong thread.
    Last edited by kwanfan1818; 06-12-2014 at 05:45 PM.
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