German National Championship Jan 3-7
Junior Ladies will be the most exciting event this year. there are a lot of good girls competing:
The strongest contenders should be:
Junior Men should be between
What has happened to the Beiers in Ice Dance?
ZHIGANSHINA - that name seems familiar somehow, but I couldn't place it. Did she used to skate for another country?
Sandra, do you happen to have the schedule for German Nationals?
Penny & Nick!
The Beiers are just coming back from injury. They skated really well at the Oberstdorf Gala last night, to last season's OD, but their new programs won't be ready in time for either German Champs or Europeans. If they are ready by the end of Feb, they will have a skate off with the 2nd couple for Worlds selection.
Junior Champs Kolbe & Rebe skated their Tando OD last night and looked very good, a v. stylish dance.
The only person I know with that name is Natalia Zhigashina a Russian gymnast. Who is injured right now i believe.
Originally Posted by chuckm
Interesting, because this ice dancer is also named Natalya Zhiganshina.
Originally Posted by Buzzz
I knew I had heard her name before. She used to skate for Russia with Denis Bazdirev, under the name "Nelli Zhiganshina". They last skated together in the 2004-2005 JGP. They were 4th at Courchevel (total score 136.16) and 6th at Kiev (total score 128.03). Apparently they split right after that season.
Last edited by chuckm; 01-03-2007 at 12:16 AM.
German Nationals Preview tidbits
Some more preview comments from the German press association article: http://de.sports.yahoo.com/03012007/...-em-titel.html
Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy have made some changes to their programs and will use Nationals as a test run. They are in excellent shape and expect to use Nationals as a springboard to the gold medal at Europeans. Ingo Steuer had no problem getting accredited by his home federation (Saxony).
Stefan Lindemann made a coaching change after the Olympics (he's now in Berlin), but he has been out for months fighting a bacterial infection. Expectations are low because he's only been training full out since mid-December. He could have trouble getting his 6th national title.
Annette Dytrt, who spent the fall participating in a skating reality show, is skating singles again after Norman Jeschke decided not to continue. She had lost all her triples, except the toeloop, and has hired Karel Fajfr. "He's the one coach who can help me in this situation," she said. The competition is weak, so Annette may well be able to defend her title.
The Beiers are still out because of injury. As the only ice dance competitors, the Russian/German combination of Natalya Ziganschina and Alexander Gazzi are assured of the title.
I read this article earlier and if one thing is not true its the comment about Senior Ladies. I know we will see a lot of falls but I doubt Anette will be able to win if she only shows 3T. Guess we will know more by Saturday we will know more.
Originally Posted by Anke G
I for one am more interested in the Junior Ladies A competition. I think these youngsters will show more tripples than the senior ladies.
Denis Bazdyrev, former partner of Nelli Zhiganshina, is competing at Russian Nationals during this same time period with his new partner Xenia Schmyrina.
First results are up:
Junior Ladies A:
1 Sarah HECKEN 41.67
2 Isabel DRESCHER 38.24
3 Katharina GIEROK 36.02
Junior Ladies B:
1 Jessica KOSUCH 37.67
2 Jessica HUJSL 33.17
3 Jenny PAVLU 31.14
1 Daniel DOTZAUER 52.37
2 Denis WIECZOREK 40.32
3 Martin RAPPE 40.29
Sandra is definitely correct in having doubts about Annette Dytrt. She withdrew today citing lack of preparedness. Apparently she's been working 7 hours a day, but for only 3 weeks, and her coach said, "The problems with her triple jumps are still too great." Thus ends her season, but she apparently plans to continue working with Karel Fajfr at least through the winter.
Originally Posted by Sandra_persch
Final Results for Junior Ladies are up (no surprises here)
1 Sarah HECKEN 125.95 1 1
2 Isabel DRESCHER 110.89 2 2
3 Katharina GIEROK 105.62 3 3
4 Mira SONNENBERG 103.40 4 4
5 Cornelia KLUKOWSKI 97.74 6 5
1 Jessica KOSUCH 91.24 1 2
2 Jessica HUJSL 90.76 2 1
3 Caroline MEY 82.11 4 3
4 Olga HILKEVITCH 77.23 6 6
5 Anita RUTTKIES 76.32 5 8
Senior Mens short programm is on right now!
Senior Men short programm results:
1 Stefan LINDEMANN ESCE THR 59.01 1
2 Philipp TISCHENDORF SCB BER 55.27 2
3 Michael BIONDI MEV BAY 53.87 3
4 Clemens BRUMMER SCC BER 52.20 4
5 Martin LIEBERS SCB BER 52.10 5
6 Tobias BAYER ESCE THR 50.63 6
7 Frederik PAULS ESGE B-W 45.01 7
8 Julian BÄßLER TSVK BAY 39.18 8
9 Norman KECK MERC B-W 36.05 9
WD Adrian SCHAGER MERC B-W