Presumably, she applied to join the French team and was accepted? And may have already started working toward French citizenship?Does anyone know why the russian junior girl (Kuzmenko?) represents france? I know in pairs/dance usually at least one of the partners are french but she is a singles skater and was born and lives in Russia so what makes her eligible to represent france?
It makes sense for her (Mazarra) to join team france because she was born there and I am assuming her parents must either be from their/lived their for some time. I don't really understand how someone could represent a country they have no correlation with, especially if they don't have a citizenship at the time. It's not like I can wake up tomorrow and skate for germany if I am not german or lived there for sometime. We don't know the whole situation with why Kuzmenko represents France (other than the fact that they need more ladies) so maybe there is something I am missing.Presumably, she applied to join the French team and was accepted? And may have already started working toward French citizenship?
It looks like Maia Mazarra who used to skate for Switzerland is also in the process of transferring to the French team (hasn't skated for Switzerland internationally since her JGP event at the start of the season, did her final Swiss-cup event 'outside of competition' so that her score wouldn't be recorded as eligible for Swiss Senior Nationals, competed at both Senior and Junior French Nationals as a guest), but she was born in France according to her ISU biography and could possibly have French citizenship already. She was one of Jean-Francois Ballester's students IIRC.
Kuzmenko has a French choreographer: Romain Gazave. That should be enough to represent France. I don't think that she has ever represented Russia internationally. That is usually the biggest hurdle when you are trying to switch countries. It would interesting to hear her story.It makes sense for her (Mazarra) to join team france because she was born their and I am assuming her parents must either be from their/lived their for some time. I don't really understand how someone could represent a country they have no correlation with, especially if they don't have a citizenship at the time. It's not like I can wake up tomorrow and skate for germany if I am not german or lived their for sometime. We don't know the whole situation with why Kuzmenko represents France (other than the fact that they need more ladies) so maybe there is something I am missing.
However, the new season will come soon and Aymoz already has started to think about it. “I haven't discussed yet my goals with my coaches and the Federation, but I know that I personally want to be on the podium in one of my Grand Prix events and top five in both, so move up a bit and to be on the podium at Europeans,” he shared. “I will try to get into the last warm up group for the free skating at the World Championships. This was my goal for this season - make it to the penultimate group this time and now get into the last one is the new goal,” he added. Technically, he hopes to add the quad Salchow to his arsenal. “The Salchow I've landed in training, but I was not ready yet mentally to do it in competition. Salchow and toe are planned next year, maybe we'll do two in the short, if I'm really ready for it, but for sure two in the long,” the skater said.
Kevin sees his strength in his creativity. “My strength is that I really like to create things, create new and different things, listen to the music, the artistry. The second mark is for sure my strength, but I still have to improve a lot on my body lines, the legs, I can listen better to the music, can be more precise with the music.
When asked where she finds motivation to keep on going when the technical level of figure skating has risen dramatically over the last couple of seasons, Maé Bérénice maintains that it is not about the age, but about goals one sets for themselves.
"I know that I have not done everything I could. I have goals and I am not a quitter. I will not lie, sometimes I do want to quit and focus on my studies. But I will not be able to do so until I feel that I have accomplished something for myself, for the country and for everybody who supports me. I learned to never give up on my dreams. And dreams are meant to be crazy, so I am crazy and I try."
Kévin telling us he has a love/hate relationship with EVERY jump is very Kévin!
Do you have any favourite jump or element?
No, because I feel that I love every jump and I hate every jump at the same time. The loop can be my favourite jump but then I miss it and I'm like: "I hate loop, I don't want to jump loop!"
The total prize money is $1 million. The winning team gets $200,000, then 170,000 for 2nd place and a dropoff of 10,000 at a time in descending order of placement.Congrats to all of Team France for the fourth place finish here! I don't know how much prize money that is, but it must be a significant amount and help quite a bit with the training expenses heading into next season.
Precious. They should skate pairs togetehr. She could throw him into a 44 and think of the lifts! John Z would coach.Cute photo of Maé-Bérénice with Shoma at the WTT banquet : https://twitter.com/MBMeite/status/1117057693875724288
I haven't heard anything about her switching. And I follow her Instagram too and didn't pick up any sense that she'd gone back to France before WTT, at least not that I remember.Is Meite still coached by them? Based on her Instagram, I got the impression she was training in France before the WTT.