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Samuel Contesti has decided to retire (Gazzetta dello Sport article)

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by Sylvia, Jun 17, 2012.

  1. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

    Thanks to YukiNieve for finding/posting the link to this Italian news article:
    Best wishes to him in his new coaching career and the on the anticipated arrival of a second child with his wife, Geraldine, in October! Their first son, Ennio, was born in June 2009. (ETA aside: I didn't know that! July 2009 article: http://www.goldenskate.com/2009/07/sweet-revenge/)

    ETA: I see this article link was also posted in the Grand Prix Assignments thread (where discussion of "who will get his GPs" is happening):
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2012
  2. Mevrouw

    Mevrouw living every minute

    He had reached the point of the shoe and the shoe has run out. Samuel Contesti, the best individual male Italian athlete (Azurri) of the last five seasons (including a European silver in Helsinki 2009 and five national titles), is hanging the blades up on the wall. Seventh at European Championships in Sheffield in January, 10th at the World Championships in Nice in March and once again on the national team at the World Team in Tokyo in April, his decision is a surprise, but only to a certain point. "I am at peace with the decision- he says - there weren't any more conditions to make me continue. Needless to argue. Besides I couldn't keep going until I was 90 ...". Contesti, born and raised in France, is Italian by marriage: the father of his wife Geraldine, his coach and choreographer, is a native of Tolmezzo. In 2007, after he "broke" with the federation on the other side of the Alps, he chose the Italian tricolor. Since January 2007, he has been living in Courmayeur, where he has been warmly received and accepted.

    The REASONS - The resort of Val d'Aosta is now no longer able to offer what it has always offered and Samuel, with his family (in October, after Ennio, they are expecting a second child), must seek new shores. There was a broken promise of a new course in Castiglione delle Stiviere (Mantua). There is a meeting with federal leadership that came to nothing. "There is above all - he says - the necessity of a fixed base. I'll teach. I want to give back to the sport so that gave me so much. I'll begin with two stages: in early July in Megeve and in early August in Pinerolo. I am proud to have given Italy the possibility of having two representatives in European and World Cup 2013 ".

    Thank you, Samuel. And au revoir.
  3. Marta24

    Marta24 Well-Known Member

    Wow, I didn't expect that. I am really going to miss seeing him, his programs were always a lot of fun and he is the only one to get Italy 2 spots at the big competitions.
  4. SamuraiK

    SamuraiK Well-Known Member

    He was always entertaining.. Not the best skater, but you coul feel he enjoyed every second of his performances even when he was having a bad time with the jumps.. Loved his 2008-2009 season.

    Bye Bye Samuel.
  5. Eislauffan

    Eislauffan Well-Known Member

    Sounds like he would have continued but wasn't happy with the conditions provided. Also, he probably wants to focus more on his growing family and I think he has achieved the best he could in the sport. Thank you, Samuel, for your interesting programs and your career.
  6. SamuraiK

    SamuraiK Well-Known Member

    This also means we'll have both Parkinson and Bacchini at Euros and Worlds ! Which also means Italy won't be at World Team Trophy this season.
  7. npavel

    npavel Well-Known Member

    If I remember right, they are redoing the ice ring he used to train and so there is no ice there for the whole next season. He should got some other place to train, but ...
    sad, I hoped he would be around until a few more years and there was a possibility for Italy on team trophy next year too
  8. pingu

    pingu Well-Known Member

    Thank you for the translation, Mevrouw :)
  9. Marta24

    Marta24 Well-Known Member

    Yes, it's really sad and what's worse is that the next Worlds will decide the Olympic spots. But it seems like he had no other choice.
  10. barbk

    barbk Well-Known Member

    Too bad -- D told me it was really a lovely rink. (Actually, a whole athletic facility.)

    But congratulations to him on the birth of his second child, and nice for Italy to have a coach with such great experience.
  11. pinky166

    pinky166 #teamtrainwreck #teamdiva

    About time haha. Although I assumed he was going to stick around until Sochi considering he had a very dissappointing Olympics in 2010 and it's so close and he doesn't really have competition in Italy. But I guess he is 28 (29?) so he's been around awhile now.
  12. Lansi

    Lansi New Member

    too bad
  13. Katarzyna

    Katarzyna Well-Known Member

    Thank you for the link and the info, Sylvia!

    What a sad reason to retire. I'm very sad about his decision to retire as well. Guess bearing responsiblity for a family doesn't make competing easier. I'll miss Samuel. Sure he didn't have the best jumps or skating skills of the guys, but he was always entertaining and had programmes that were interesting to watch. I really liked him. :cheer:

    However, good luck and all the best to him for his future career as a coach and for his family. Good to see that Ennio will have a little brother or sister soon. :)

    Maybe he can occasionally also skate at shows as a pro?
  14. Ziggy

    Ziggy Well-Known Member

    Nice to see he is going to stay involved with the sport and give back with coaching. :)

    And it also means that finally Parkinson is going to get the chance to compete at ISU championships. Good luck to him! :)
  15. kwanfan1818

    kwanfan1818 I <3 Kozuka

    Best wishes to him and his growing family and in his new career.
  16. spikydurian

    spikydurian Well-Known Member

    All the best to Contesti. You may not be a constant podium occupier, but your skating were always entertaining and fun to watch. Preparing for competition takes a lot of time and it is understandable that now you have a second child in your family, it's time to hang up the skates and seek a path where you can spend more time with your family. Family is important.
  17. blue_idealist

    blue_idealist Well-Known Member

    I'm sorta sad about this. :( I found him entertaining. Two programs of his I like were his "Whammer Jammer" from the 2010 season and his "La Vie En Rose" program this past season.
  18. IceIceBaby

    IceIceBaby Active Member

    I am sad that he has to retire! He was a true showman!
  19. paskatefan

    paskatefan Well-Known Member

    I'll miss him as a competitor. Always found him entertaining. Wishing him the best with his growing family and glad he'll stay involved in the sport by coaching.
  20. Jaana

    Jaana Well-Known Member

    I´ll miss him, he was very entertaining, but great to hear that he´ll start coaching. Good luck to him and his family!
  21. Andrey aka Pushkin

    Andrey aka Pushkin Brezina's Nemesis


    I'm a bit surprised about Contesti, though. I must say, he did look out of place in the top 10 of Europeans and Worlds with the current amazing depth of talent; still, he was quite successful, entertaining and popular, plus definitely a lock for the Italian team.
  22. briancoogaert

    briancoogaert Well-Known Member

    Not that he is very young. But I'm surprised.
    And I'm still sad he didn't compete at 2006 Olympics for France.
  23. ioana

    ioana Well-Known Member

    It's always sad when someone is forced into retirement either by injury or lack of training conditions, instead of doing it on their own terms...Best of luck to him in the future!
  24. skatak

    skatak Well-Known Member

    I remember a French nationals several years ago, he faced a music problem in his program and did not cope with it well... shame because I notice he had a really nice skating (and probably already a good 3A). Shame that comp. because he ended so low when he could have been much higher, ...
    anyway it was always nice to see him skate ! Au revoir Sam !
  25. kittyjake5

    kittyjake5 Well-Known Member

    Lots of Luck to Samuel! I always enjoyed his skating. Also, Congrats to him on becoming a father for the second time.
  26. bardtoob

    bardtoob Former Choreographer for Anna Maria Tragikova

    I really enjoyed his programs this last season. I could really feel the pride he felt in skating them, and ending his career in Nice was just right :'-)
  27. AusTechSpec

    AusTechSpec Member

    Noticed parkinson was at Broadmoor Open,, not protocols but someone blogged the event here....

    Paul Parkinson: 3A, 3A (both solid); 3Lz+2T+2Lo; 2 falls on 4S attempts.

    wouldn't count him out just yet...