Could someone possibly bump up or refresh my memory of the title for the obscure 4CC athletes thread? After 4CCs, it seems like there are few comments I have wanted to add but I can't remember the abbreviation for that thread title. In any case, it would be nice to post this link from the ISU's current article about Donovan Carrillo somewhere:
When you're a skater from a very small fed ...
Julia Sauter has found a sponsorship for WC: A Jeweller from Kiel (city in the very north of Germany) saw her live in Minsk, and decided to sponsor her for WC.
Sauter lives and trains in Ravensburg, Southern Germany.
It's interesting how her life as a skater differs from what it's supposed to be. She has a couple of odd jobs to support herself, studies, and manages somehow all things.
She had already signed a contract for ice shows on a cruise ship. She had also back problems (discs). Then things changed.
But suddenly the health was better again, suddenly there were strong results. "I fell in love with ice skating again," says Julia Sauter. "The sport is really fun again." This is partly because the native Weingartenerin [town next to Ravensburg] has no more health problems. On the other hand, of course, also on the recent successes. Above all, 14th place at the European Championshipsin in Minsk. "I left the two Germans behind me, so I was the best German."
Marius Negrea, her coach at the ESCR, is Romanian, and had the idea, she skates for Romania.
Since she is not part of the German national squad, she is of course not sponsored by the national association. Instead of standing in the sports promotion group of the Bundeswehr, as many other German professionals do in marginal sports, Julia Sauter has a job. Better said: several. "I'm a trainer at the ESCR, have an online learning course as a non-medical practitioner, work as a supervisor in the St. Konrad School in Ravensburg and occasionally as a waitress."
The flight and hotel costs for the World Cup in Japan Sauter gets paid by the National Olympic Committee in Romania. "But only because my coach has complained to the association," says Sauter. Next year's European Championship in Graz, the World Cup in Montreal. "I currently do not know how to finance it." Although there are a few supporters, recently, for example, a jeweler from Kiel, whose earrings Sauter then carries in the competition. Or the agency of Ravensburger Florian Dietrich.
"I go to the gym three times a week. That's when I was asked, if I used to do sports as well. Then I was asked what kind of sport figure skating was."
– Emmerich Danzer, Austrian, three-time World champion and four-time European champion