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reut

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That was a really nice interview Reut. He comes across very well and great to hear that he really enjoyed his Olympic experience especially after all his hard work in getting Israel there.
Actually I didn't really plan to talk to him, I happened to be near the mixed zone and then decided to just tell him how great it is that he continues, but he was suddenly so chatty. And he is lovely positive person in general, always a joy to have a conversation with. He continued talking even after I switched off the recorder. :) Told, for example, that he was very surprised when he got recognised in Israel. He was at his mother's hometown, Netanya, went to his bank and then one lady there was like: "Noooo, is that really you?!" He was sure she was talking about someone else at first. People here don't really follow skating and don't really follow Winter Olympics even, but he was second at the team event after the short with his "Hava Nagila", and it made news here (some posters on social media were even sure he got silver at Olympics. :D I was tired to correct everyone who was wrong on the Internet that day :rolleyes:). And so apparently people now recognise him.

I seen his SP for the first time at Skate America last night, it really works for him I only wish they went with the Hebrew version. One of my favourite Eurovision songs.
There are other Harel Skaat's songs I love much more, but that one is also great (unfortunately live performance at Eurovision was not good at all and he was out of tune, something I never heard him doing before or after that :( ). Alexey said that Hebrew version is the one he loves and listens to, but maybe Galit's suggestion to take the version with the lyrics people can understand made sense?
 

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There are other Harel Skaat's songs I love much more, but that one is also great (unfortunately live performance at Eurovision was not good at all and he was out of tune, something I never heard him doing before or after that :( ). Alexey said that Hebrew version is the one he loves and listens to, but maybe Galit's suggestion to take the version with the lyrics people can understand made sense?
I also love skaat - he has a beautiful pure voice. Here’s one of my favourites for all of you doubters:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4C9_TL-WS64 (Not an original, an Israeli classic)

Or this https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zHJ45m_jzFY
 

reut

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So it is that time of the year when coming to FS competition takes me less than an hour.
Unfortunately I could come only today and came quite late, couldn't leave work earlier. But I will have some photos to publish on AS at some point.

Israel Olympic Committee's FB posted some nice photos:
https://www.facebook.com/IsraelOlympicCommittee/posts/2735536629840564?__tn__=-R
https://www.facebook.com/IsraelOlympicCommittee/posts/2736753353052225?__tn__=-R (young boy on the photos is Nikita Kovalenko who will represent Israel in Lausanne at Youth Olympics)
https://www.facebook.com/IsraelOlympicCommittee/posts/2733234526737441?__tn__=-R (Shira Ichilov and her new partner Laurent Abecassis)

I had a breif talk with Shira. She is very pleased with her new partner, says it's for the best. Laurent was injured after Lake Placid, was undergoing treatment in Israel, should be back in US in the coming week or two, they hope to get technical minimums at Bavarian Open and to come to Worlds. He seems like a lovely boy, talked to him a bit too.

Daniel Samohin is still injured (that same injury which forced him to withdraw in Moscow). He mentioned "they" (federation? Boris?) said he still "had to" come to Zagreb and to Nats, which is unfortunate because he needs more time to heal. Injury is something connected to his knee, he explained, but I didn't quite understand. It hurts both in take off and in landing of the jump, sometimes the leg holds and sometimes it doesn't and he falls. He hopes to have some time to heal now. It is still not clear which two out of the three will go to Euros (as reigning National champion is now Mark Gorodnitsky which means close to nothing but still).
 

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