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Allons-y! French skating news & updates

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by Sylvia, May 14, 2010.

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  1. Eris

    Eris New Member

  2. katasardi

    katasardi New Member

    As far as I know from FFSG documentation, one of the technical specialists were the very good hungarian specialist, Ms. Zsófia Kulcsár (attended at men SP, LP, ladies SP, LP).
    But do you have any idea why they invited an outsider specialist to the French Nationals? I didn't hear any kind of scandal or sg what should have justified this action. (I mean the Hungarian Skating Federation - MOKSZ - invites an outsider specialist or controller if there is any kind of suspection about favouring someone or not favouring someone).

    Any news?
  3. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

    French team named for Euros:
    French team for Winter Universiade (Erzurum, Turkey, Jan. 27-Feb. 5) that was posted today in the event thread in Kiss and Cry:
    :cool: if Ponsero competes here! So it's allowed for one country to send 3 entries in one discipline?

    French team for Junior Worlds:
    Last edited: Dec 31, 2010
  4. poths

    poths Well-Known Member

    I fricken HOPE this is true.It would mean Ponsero is planning on a 2012 comeback :kickass:
  5. cholla

    cholla Fearless musher

    - What do you have to say about this Short Dance ?
    Nathalie : We skated without apprehension. We were maybe not as sharp technically as we were for the Grand Prix or the GP Finale. Our goal today wasn't to present something hyper-clean, but just to meet again with the French public, that was the most important thing. I think that this SD wasn't techincally perfect but it was skated relatively well, [well] danced and moving.

    - You look a bit tired now that we've reached the end of the mid-season...
    Fabian : True, these championships are our 7th competition this season, it's starting to be a bit wearing but we are delighted to be back on a 56 x 26 [meters] rink, which means Olympic size. All in all, I think that lately we proved we could perform in all the competitions we did so we are going to do it again, right ?
    Nathalie : Of course. We are tired because we're just back from Beijing, we have had no time to rest, we have to cope with let lag again. Honestly, the legs are OK and the most positive thing these days is we have a very strong mind. So, although we are physically tired, we live through this [competition] without stress nor pressure.

    - Do you think/feel that this first half of season is heavier, regarding competitions but also your performances and results ? Do you thinkl you've reached a new milestone ?
    Fabian : I think that both [the competitions and performances + results]helped us but the most important thing is that the two programs we built this season are made to our measure and above all, that we really want to skate them every time [at every competition]. We have no apprehension while skating and I think that, for our mental [comfort], it's also a good thing to be able to say : we love our programs, we are going to give our all to it.
    Nathalie : We added two international competitions [to our schedule] at the beginning of the season to validate our SD, it was essential.
    Fabian : And it was not...
    - You changed it.
    Nathalie : Yes, we did, but see, it was a good thing, it means we had enough time to do it. True, our objectives were mainly Bompard Trophy and the GP Finale and now, we're a bit in the 'trough of the wave', but the performance is still there.

    - Is the French title important to you ?
    Nathalie : Yes, yes it's important because even if the [main] goal is to win the European title, we couldn't compete [at Nationals] last year due to an injury and it was impossible to give up on this title for two years [in a row].
    Fabian : It's important because we are abroad all the time, we train in Moscow, most of our competitions are abroad except for Bompard Trophy. So it's important to say we think of you [the public], here we are and we are going to do good to please you.
    Nathalie : There is the audience, the federation and also the judges. At Bompart Trophy, there was only one French judge. Here the best French judges are present.
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  6. cholla

    cholla Fearless musher

    A big, well, HUGE thank you to all the people who read my interview of Péchalat/Bourzat @ Annecy-Infosports last spring. It is, to this day, the page that has been visited the most during the entire year 2010 ! Figure skating fans are really THE BEST. Thank you again !! :biggrinbo. The site is about many other sports and I would never have thought that an ITW of Fskaters would generate the 2010 greatest number of hits ! Thanks to Nathalie and Fabian too :respec:
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  7. barbk

    barbk Well-Known Member


    That's awesome, Cholla. Thanks for bringing us such interesting interviews.
  8. cholla

    cholla Fearless musher

  9. sus2850

    sus2850 Well-Known Member

    Thanks for that interview!
    I was a bit sad to hear that he apparently did some shows in Otober I hadn't known about. Not much publicity on that I guess. He could have put that on his website but it was never renewed after nationals in December 2009...
  10. Eris

    Eris New Member

    cholla, I've just noticed your translation, sorry!:shuffle: And thank you so much for that!
    And for the interview too, I love it.:respec:
  11. briancoogaert

    briancoogaert Well-Known Member

    Very interesting ! Thanks Cholla !
  12. ioana

    ioana Well-Known Member

    I'm not sure if this was already posted in another thread, but TF1 has a short video of Nathalie and Fabian after they won Euros.

    The floppy ear hats around :47 and Oleg Volkov yelling "Sabotage!" during a training session in Moscow at 1:03 are brilliant.

    cholla, the Annecy website is 'undergoing maintenance.' Hopefully it gets back online soon. I'd love to read the interviews.
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  13. cholla

    cholla Fearless musher

    I know. We're having troubles but it should be solved within 24 hours. So much for all what was supposed to be published from and right after Bern. It must all be edited and pruned now :wall:
  14. ioana

    ioana Well-Known Member

    Site is back up-and-running, but now I feel like an idiot for getting all excited about Yannick's showing in Turkey and how well his comeback is going. When this was part of the plan all along and he has no plans to compete in 2012. I really hope he does miss skating and decides to eventually make a comeback. So much of ease of movement in all his skating....:swoon:

    Hopefully the re-pruned and re-edited news after Berne will show up soon, as well ;).
  15. Squibble

    Squibble New Member

    Has the FFSG named its team for Worlds yet?

    Candice Didier just won the Ladies' competition at the Winter Universiade with a Total Score of 144.08. (Her ISU Total Personal Best Score is 135.25.) That's significantly higher than the best scores Silete and Méité have earned.
  16. Nomad

    Nomad Celebrity cheese-monger

    Wow. Congratulations, Candice!
  17. ioana

    ioana Well-Known Member

    Candice had an ugly fall on her 3toe in the program and landed in the splits. She finished the rest of the program (only about 1 minute left), but she was reclining/almost laying down in the KnC, looking much like she did at World a couple of years ago. They had to get about 3 coaches and someone who I assume was the team doctor in the KnC to help move her.

    I would think she won't get named to any World teams or the like until it turns out she's ok first. Fingers crossed she is. Girl seems to have the worst possible timing when it comes to injuries.
  18. Nomad

    Nomad Celebrity cheese-monger

    ^ Damn. That poor girl sure has had more than her share of ugly falls. (((Candice)))
  19. annie_mg

    annie_mg Active Member

    :eek:Poor her..aren t skaters supposed to know how to fall so they wont hurt themselves? Im not a skater but its not often you see a skater fall hard and go into the splits.
  20. ioana

    ioana Well-Known Member

    Candice actually rotated the jump to land on one foot, but from what I could see her free leg was low to the ice and she was late getting it out on the landing. And then her right edge caved in. So her right leg was going in one direction once she lost the edge and the left was still swinging out going in a different direction. I think she was pretty lucky to fall straight down because that's how you could do serious knee damage.

    You're right about freak falls like hers not happening very often, though. Thankfully!
  21. Ziggy

    Ziggy Well-Known Member

    They are but accidents happen.

    I am betting on FFSG making a test skate between Meite and Silete for the Worlds spot (unless Silete's score at JW is much much lower than Meite's at Euros).

    IMO, they should do a test skate between the three girls but I don't think Didier is on FFSG's good books. ;)

    And of course, it's very possibly that she's injured again. :(
  22. Finnice

    Finnice Well-Known Member

    They seem to be politikkin´:bribe::mitchell:very hard for Meite. I thinks she was hugely overmarked in the Europeans. Or maybe I am blind to her skating qualities.
  23. millyskate

    millyskate Well-Known Member

    Meite had big jumps, a couple of absolutely gorgeous spins (gorgeous layback to Bielmann), her arm movements are graceful and delicate, and I find her basics tremendously improved. Her SP was wonderfully fluid IMO. And to please the anti two-foot skating brigade, she even has her circular SQ on one foot.
    What's not to like? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpc2jxrlpZc

    I was not there live, but I'm just not getting the criticism to her basics... from the tv, her ice coverage seemed absolutely fine in comparison with the skaters who were placed around her.
  24. mella

    mella Well-Known Member

    Agreed re: her short programme. I had never seen her skate at all and was surprised by how light and airy she seemed in the SP. I thought she had pretty nice basics (although not spectacular). The LP was much less fluid and a bit stilted in my opionion, but of course there were mistakes which always make a programme seem less smooth. Overall the LP wasn't as good a programme imo regardless of the quality of the skate. I didn't feel like she was particularly overmarked at the time. She seemed to get penalised for the mistakes but I don't really remember the detail.

    Of course though the FFSG will find the route that offers the most :drama: for making their selection ;)
  25. poths

    poths Well-Known Member

    She's scratches like a herpes a victim, but I see loads of great qualities to her skating.

    Milly has outlined all of the things I like, mainly the one foot ss and height AND width on jumps but also her calmness and eye contact. She is so relaxed on the ice and almost self assured. It's rare for an OES.
  26. Asli

    Asli Well-Known Member

    It is especially rare for a French skater (except for men's singles.) Sometimes French leadies look so miserable that one wonders why they want to compete in the first place. So it's good to see a skater who looks happy to be there!
  27. Finnice

    Finnice Well-Known Member

    Then I am blind. :p But of course happy, if Maite enjoys being on the ice.
  28. Ziggy

    Ziggy Well-Known Member

    Jumps - yes

    Spins - yes

    Skating Skills - Her SS being on one foot was to meet the level requirement. It's not like there was loads of mastery of the blade shown elsewhere. Her edges are still shallow and scratchy.

    Arms - Even if her arm movements weren't bad, the fact that they were completely detached from the rest of her body just accentuated the fact that she moves like a brick even more. Her back is stiff, her movements are heavy and there is no fluidity to them. And there is pretty much no connection with the music whatsoever.

    Her posture has improved but is still awful and possibly the worst out of all Euro ladies. Stiff, hunched with visibly rounded shoulders.

    She was way overmarked IMO.

    Silete is a stronger skater on the PCS front. I hope she lands her jumps at Junior Worlds and gets a much higher overall score.
  29. Seerek

    Seerek Well-Known Member

    I agree that Silete is probably a better overall package at this point, and hope she does make top 10 at Junior Worlds.

    But I would say that Miete has actually improved over the course from Trophee Eric Bompard through to Europeans.... she'll have to continue improving or else she'll be left behind by Gilleron-Gorry and Miete (perhaps Marrocco too)
  30. kirkbiggestfan

    kirkbiggestfan Well-Known Member

    Any news from James/Cipres? You would think that they would enter a competition at this point.
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