OES News 2020/2021 Season

Sylvia

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^^^ Unfortunately Loena Hendrickx is no longer listed for this week's Nebelhorn Trophy :( (this was posted a few days ago in the Nebelhorn competition thread in the Kiss & Cry section).

From July 31 in this thread:
Via Benoit Richaud's Instagram stories, there was a gala earlier today in Courchevel (Peak Ice Camps) and Estonia's Eva-Lotta Kiibus performed her new SP, choreographed by Richaud to Harry Styles' "Sign of the Times."
@puglover asked about Kiibus in the 2020 Nebelhorn Ladies Podium Poll thread - she just skated at the Tallinn Open Championships this past weekend and here's a relevant excerpt (and FS video link) from that competition thread in Kiss & Cry:
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FPl. Name Nation Points SP FS
1 Eva-Lotta KIIBUS EST 186.53 2 1 (127.99 in FS to Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.18 by Sergei Rachmaninov): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2M9kLfARMU
2 Gerli LIINAMÄE EST 151.91 1 2
 

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Norway's Sondre Oddvoll Boe originally entered Nebelhorn Trophy but also is no longer listed. This August 31st article/interview recaps his last season and mentions his new programs at the end: http://www.absoluteskating.com/index.php?cat=interviews&id=2020sondreoddvollboe
Sondre kindly updates us on how he is doing the last months.
I spent quarantine in the best way I could. I tried to keep training hard and stay motivated. Being off the ice for long is never my favorite thing but I needed a break anyways. I was lucky enough to go to Finland in the middle of June to get my programs done by the amazing Tom Dickson. I loved working with him and I think we came up with two really good programs. At the moment I'm training hard for the season, hoping that it will begin as planned. If not I'm staying strong and motivated for whatever happens.
SP clip ("Someone You Loved" by Lewis Capaldi): https://www.instagram.com/p/CD6N5LUJx3l/
FS clips (selections from Winter, Spring and Summer from Vivaldi's The Four Seasons): https://www.instagram.com/p/CD9QTaQpQFC/ & https://www.instagram.com/p/CEL4N9mpuzz/

ETA that Norway's 2020-21 national team was published around Sept. 16:
 
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Weird, it seems that Anna Vernikov and Krasnopolski are signed up for the Russian GP. I am shocked! Is he keeping the same partner for TWO seasons? Is it because of the ********* that he had no opportunity to do his usual swap? Or is he getting wiser with his ‘older’ age?
 

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Belated Congrats to all the OES who won medals at 2020 Nebelhorn Trophy! :D Photos of the medalists: https://www.instagram.com/p/CFkfTThKjhR/ & https://www.instagram.com/p/CFsA97cqIgT/1

Gold: Deniss VASILJEVS LAT, Eva-Lotta KIIBUS EST, Rebecca GHILARDI & Filippo AMBROSINI ITA, Natalie TASCHLEROVA & Filip TASCHLER CZE
Silver: Gabriele FRANGIPANI ITA, Alexia PAGANINI SUI, Annika HOCKE & Robert KUNKEL GER, Sasha FEAR & George WADDELL GBR
Bronze: Nikolaj MAJOROV SWE, Jenni SAARINEN FIN, Cleo HAMON & Denys STREKALIN FRA, Darya POPOVA & Volodymyr BYELIKOV UKR
 

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Weird, it seems that Anna Vernikov and Krasnopolski are signed up for the Russian GP. I am shocked! Is he keeping the same partner for TWO seasons? Is it because of the ********* that he had no opportunity to do his usual swap? Or is he getting wiser with his ‘older’ age?
He skated for four seasons with Danielle Montalbano, so I wouldn't read too much into things if I were you.
 

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He skated for four seasons with Danielle Montalbano, so I wouldn't read too much into things if I were you.
Yes, but that was the only partner who managed more than one season (or one season and tiny bit extra, if we are accurate). Since then he never managed such commitment ever again.
 

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Vernikov/Krasnopolski have only competed internationally 6 times together since early 2019. If he wants to qualify for his 3rd Olympics, it would make sense to keep his current partner.
 

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Vernikov/Krasnopolski have only competed internationally 6 times together since early 2019. If he wants to qualify for his 3rd Olympics, it would make sense to keep his current partner.
Well, he switched the partners even in the off-season before the Olympics, so I don’t think he is so much worried about what makes sense. If he went for what makes sense, he would try to keep any of his partners longer than a year. Conners was not bad at all, for example.
 

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Conners was not bad at all, for example.
I give Paige Conners a LOT of credit for learning pairs quickly and well in the Olympic season and making it to PyeongChang. She talks about her experience, burnout and enjoyment of collegiate skating in this April 2019 University of Delaware article:
Excerpt:
“That whole season was so long, I got so run down,” Conners says of her Olympic run. “I didn’t put my skates on for six months after that. It’s crazy. I quit. I was like, ‘I’m done. I hate this.’”
...
At that practice I learned that most figure skater’s careers end around the time most people enter college. It makes sense. It’d be impossible to keep up with a world-class training regimen (Connors skated for roughly five hours a day in her buildup to the Olympics) and attend class regularly.
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It took a six-month hiatus for Conners to give it another chance. She did so at the urging of the coaches and maybe a quiet desire to reconnect with the sport she’s dedicated most of her life too.
 

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Wow, thank you very much for that, @Sylvia . I kept wondering why he got rid of her, and it seems that actually she was the one who quit because she was burned out. Now I feel bad for making fun out of him for changing partners every year!

We often see how a pair skater suddenly appears with a single skater partner (or a pair beginner partner) and everything seems to be going so well, we don’t even realise the pressure the partner must have been under to learn everything so fast. Kadyrova who skates with Balchenko, Sobinina who skated with Volodin, Vasilieva who skates with Volodin now, Solovieva who skates with Ivanov... they all managed to learn pairs within a few months. And while we are amazed by their fast progress, we don’t see what is behind the progress and the price they paid for that, both physical and emotional.

Antipova went from being an under average junior single skater who has never even qualified for the nationals to eight place at the world championship (seniors, pairs) within two years. And then she was diagnosed with anorexia. Obviously I am not saying that learning a new discipline should be blamed for causing her problems; I am pretty sure that their coach Pavlova and her partner Maisuradze significantly contributed to her developing anorexia, but the pressure of learning pairs so fast must have been overwhelming! That definitely didn’t help.
 
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Copying into this thread (from the Swiss competitions thread in Kiss & Cry):
Dreitannen-Cup 2020 in Olten, Sept. 18-20...
Junior Ladies
1 Kimmy Vivienne REPOND Basel ELS ELS 165.81 1 1 (107.55 in FS, cleanly rotated 5 of 7 triples incl. 3F+3T; was supposed to make her JGP debut this fall :() - she uploaded her FS video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZcNPMuhpcQ
TICINO CUP BANCA STATO 2020 in Bellinzona, Oct. 9-11 ...
JUNIOR
1 Kimmy Vivienne REPOND ELS 162.29 1 1 (111.43 in FS - jumps: 3Lz!b, 2A, 3Lob, 3S+2T, 3F+3T<<, 2A+3Tq+2T, 3F< b=Bonus point); she shared a SP clip of her level 4 step seq.: https://www.instagram.com/p/CGOqOXZh5Xj/
From @reut's post in the Team Champéry news thread in GSD re. last month's Dreitannen-Cup, "the first among Swiss Cup events (qualifiers for nationals)":
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Also, Skating Federation of Iceland asked us to use the photos for their long post about Ísold Fönn Vilhjálmsdóttir who is now training in Champéry: https://www.instagram.com/p/CFiDrFJgS8D/
Ísold Fönn Vilhjálmsdóttir is the "first Icelander to complete a triple flip during a figure skating competition and have it judged valid" :) - brief article in English:
 

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Loena Hendrickx wins the gold in her return to competition (brother Jorik accompanied her to Budapest): https://www.instagram.com/p/CGdFVXnpYVs/

Burak Demirboga shared 3 photos on his Instagram :): https://www.instagram.com/p/CGakiMRJcqB/

From the Turkish federation' website:
Machine translated:
Our National Athlete Burak DEMİRBOĞA, representing our country in the Senior Men category in the Budapest Trophy competition in Hungary, won the Silver Medal, and our national athlete Alp Eren ÖZKAN, representing our country in the Junior Men category, won the bronze medal.
Another National Athlete, Başar OKTAR, representing our country in the Senior Men category, finished 4th among 11 athletes.
Congratulations to our athletes.

"A bit of history was made when [Moscow-born] Anastasiia Shabotova 🇺🇦 became the 12th (?) female skater to land a triple Axel in international competition at the #BudapestTrophy earlier today." Clip: https://www.instagram.com/p/CGc-kPHJdMF/
Her ISU bio: http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00108905.htm
 
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"A bit of history was made when [Moscow-born] Anastasiia Shabotova 🇺🇦 became the 12th (?) female skater to land a triple Axel in international competition at the #BudapestTrophy earlier today." Clip: https://www.instagram.com/p/CGc-kPHJdMF/
Her ISU bio: http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00108905.htm
She landed the triple axel and still earned only 153 points? :( I will have to see the protocols. I was already getting excited that there will be some competition for Russian girls, and now it doesn’t look that promising yet. That’s a pity; it would have been fun to watch the Russian federation regret that they let her go. But Russian junior girls get around 180-190, the better ones around 200 and Valieva 227, so it looks their medals are quite safe.
 

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Last season there were two Spanish pair teams, are Broda/Betegon still around?
Yes, they were invited to compete in the first Gran Premio Italia (new Italian Grand Prix series) comp. in Bergamo, Oct. 24-25 (refer to the competition thread in the Kiss & Cry section; info also is posted in the Italian news thread). Here's their updated ISU bio: http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00054996.htm

I saw in Instagram stories shared via the hunskate account that Ioulia Chtchetinina was granted Hungarian citizenship in a ceremony earlier today. She and Márk Magyar skated their new programs (music is listed in their updated ISU bio) out of competition at Budapest Trophy this past weekend. ETA link to hunskate's photos/clips: https://www.instagram.com/p/CGk7ZC4pfRd/
 
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Lentia Cup took place this weekend in Linz.
It was part of 🇦🇹 #EurosRace.
Results
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Tbh, this was a disastrous seniors event.
Sophia Schaller outskated every senior men besides Zandron by more than 20points!

Schaller is leading the race now for the ladies.
For the men, I don't even start calculating unless Maierhofer joins the game.

Edit: What's going on with Maierhofer? Pretty silent these days.
 

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