Bavarian Open 2013 - Obertsdorf, 6-11.02
An absolutely incredible amount of entries. I am really surprised given Obertsdorf is not easy to get to. I guess this is the last attempt for many skaters to reach the Worlds minimum score.
29 Senior Men (Nakamura, Oda, Hendrickx returning from injury, Pfeifer, voidy Mattick et al)!
38 (!!!) Senior Ladies (Hecken, Weinzierl, McCorkell, Nishino, Maxwell, Olsson et al)!
10 Senior Pairs (Della Monica/Guarise, Antipova/Maisuradze, Stolbova/Klimov et al)!
21 Senior Ice Dance teams (Kolbe/Caruso, Zhiganshina/Gazsi, Coomes/Buckland, Tobias/Stagniunas, Pushkash/Guerreiro et al)!
20 Junior Men, 50 Junior Ladies (!!!), 7 Pair teams, 33 Junior Ice Dance teams (!!!), 12 Novice Boys, 56 Novice Girls (!!!)
Looking through the entries:
Armenian Hayrapetyan brothers are back. I don't remember them competing a lot (if at all) this season so far.
This will be the first competition for Hendrickx since returning from injury (with Challenge Cup to follow soon after).
I feel really sorry for Gaylord Lavoiser. Nursery and school probably weren't very much fun. :/
Harry Mattick is awesome and I hope he can skate another clean SP but a better FS than at Nordics.
I hope Couwenberg can land her jumps and come closer to reaching the minimum Worlds scores. She's such a stunning, elegant skater.
Hecken will skate against Weinzierl and I wonder whether whoever will come on top be sent to Worlds?
This will be the first competition for Siudeks' trained Foucher/Magyar (with Challenge Cup to follow soon).
Lech/Tyc and Klatka/Chruscinski will finally skate against each other and I hope the winner goes to Junior Worlds.
First international comp for the new team Antipova/Maisuradze, I think.
Senior Ice Dance
First event for Tobias/Stagniunas since missing Euros because of his injury.
There is a Novice Girl from Luxembourg which is nice to see because Maxwell has been this country's lone representative for a long time now.
Last edited by Ziggy; 02-04-2013 at 09:52 PM.
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Tobias / Stagniunas are still looking for TES for Worlds in one of the programs, I don't remember which, so this event is important for them. The Dance TES has not been changed. I hope Deividas is healed up all right.
It will be interesting to see how the Polish pairs do against each other.
Not to mention how Hecken will skate against Weinzierl.
Austrian and Polish Ice Dance teams will skate against each other as well. All four of them are looking for Worlds minimum scores also. Not a very high chance of that happening but I will be keeping my fingers crossed for them and other skaters as well.
Plutowska/Gerber have been training with Igor Shpilband for over 6 months now IIRC and I hope they've made some good progress.
Weinzierl has had better results so far this season (that's why she was sent to Euros) but when they competed head to head at German Nationals, Hecken won.
If Hecken wins again, but only by a small margin, I would still send Weinzierl to be honest as she's skated very well to place 8th at her first Europeans.
Last edited by Ziggy; 02-05-2013 at 04:47 AM.
Agafonova/Ucar of TUR are also competing for minimum TES of short dance. They came close in Torun Cup and Europeans (28.5) but unfortunately couldn't make it. I hope they will make it here, otherwise Turkey won't be represented at Worlds this year.
Are you kidding me? Agafonova/Ucar gave an incredible, jaw-dropping performance in the SD (and had a great FS as well) and I was sure that they've easily made both scores. :(
Originally Posted by Totentanz
Unfortunately they have this last chance to go to World Championships. I hope they have prepared very well with Zhulin.