Valentina Marchei & Ondrej Hotarek
Valentina and Ondrej need a thread because they are FANTASTIC!
I love them so much and it is so heart-warming to see them both succeed after a difficult path in figure skating.
Vale was a single skater until 2014. She was at the olympics in Sochi where she finished 11th. She was a very good single skater and always had very enjoyable programs but she never managed to completely break through.
Here is her SP at WC07 with an epic ending.
Here is her LP at Euros 2014 where she finished 6th. (Her best result was 4th in 2013)
Ondrej was born is Czech Republic but moved to Italy to skate pairs. He was very successful with Stefania Berton. They were the bronze medalist in 2013 European championship.
Valentina and Ondrej teamed up in July 2014 and are training in Canada with Marcotte and in Milan with Bianconi. At 1st they teamed up to do some show together but then they thought they had a chance to succeed in competition.
They won the Italian championship in December 2014 and went to be 4th at Euros 2015 and 11th at worlds! How badasse can you be???????
Here is their SP
Here is their LP
They have such good chemistry on ice. They are both lovely and Valentina truly is a champion! She transitioned from singles to pair in such a short amount of time it is really admirable. They also do flawless side by side triple lutz because they are BOSS.
Apparently Meagan Duhamel said they would be dangerous competition around 2017 if they keep improving at that way. So Marchei/Hotarek olympic champions has a good sound to it
May 2015 Update
Valentina's Wikipedia entry
SP Malagueña by Ernesto Lecuona
FS La Strada soundtrack by Nino Rota
2015 Worlds SP. Season's Best. 60.56
2015 Worlds FS
2015 Europeans SP
2015 Europeans FS. Season's best FS. 117.44 and Season's best total score. 175.39
2014-15 Italian Championships SP
TV Interview following Italian Championships
2014 Warsaw Cup SP
2014 Warsaw Cup FS
2015 - World Championships - 11th
2015 - European Championships - 4th
2015 - Italian Championships - 1st
2014 - Golden Spin of Zagreb - 2nd
2014 - Warsaw Cup - 3rd
Videos from Before they Became a Pair
Valentina's highest scoring SP 2013 NHK
Berton & Hotarek Time of My Life EX
Ondrej 2009 Tutti in Pista, Sesta Ice Skate EX
2015 Europeans EX All of Me by John Legend
Valentina Marchei e Ondrej Hotarek pattinano al buio #view4theblind (Skating in Blindfolds)
2014 Oberstdorf Show
Golden Skate Articles and Threads
July 2014 Thread - New Pair Team Marchei and Hotarek
April 2012 Interview "Italy's Berton and Hotarek Gain Ground"
July 2004 "Vivacious Valentina"
Other media and articles
March 2015. Report about Worlds
Posted 1/31/15 "Fast success has Marchei, Hotárek dreaming big; Former Italian singles champion has had to quickly learn intricacies of pairs,"
by Jean-Christophe Berlot
Posted 8/11/14 "Two disciplines, one skater: Marchei's bold move; Five-time Italian champion not ready to give up singles career just yet"
by Vladislav Luchianov
July 2014 Article about the formation of the team
Last edited by dorispulaski; 06-16-2015 at 10:52 AM.
Wicked Yankee Girl
Olympic Champions! Yes, they can!
thanks for the thread,i love them too!!! and i absolutely loved their LP! i cant wait to see what they will show us next season, their chemistry is amazing as if they have been a pair team for years
I love Valentina when she was a single skarter. Two programs are so lovely. And sbs 3lz is amazing.
I met them at worlds when they cheered up for Anna and Luca. They were very nice and sweet to fans.
Last edited by tara; 05-09-2015 at 09:54 AM.
Wicked Yankee Girl
Welcome to Golden Skate, tara!
It is great that you were able to meet them
@daphenaxa - thanks, they definitly need a fan-thread!
I liked Valentina as a single skater, but I like her better as a pair skater, because sometimes I thought she was overly expressive to the audience, now she can also focus on Ondrej and she brings out something in him that I havent't seen before, even though I always thought that he was a very strong pair skater. They're really exciting to watch.
I'm pretty sure they'll have the 3Tw next season and then they should be on the podium at Europeans, as they were really close this season without it.
Count me in as a fan. I always liked Valentina's skating and glad she found the right pairs skater in Ondrej.
In general, I don't really follow pairs that closely but they are a team I look forward to seeing develop.
haha! so cool! that's very cute that she says Ondrej has super powers because she never landed triple loop when she was single. Their relationship really seems nice. They bring the best out of each other. Very impressive also for his recovered 3lz after 11 years!
Originally Posted by tara
Didn't she say in some interview that he never lost his 3Lz? And showing the younger guys on the rink how to do it?
Originally Posted by daphenaxa
oh i didn't know that! well great that he never lost it then! and could incorporate it in their routine
Wicked Yankee Girl
Check out the OP! I have added a lot of stuff to it. I particularly like their exhibitions.
Here is a link to a better quality video of their SP in Warsaw Cup
I always liked Valentina. She looks like a real Italian girl with Italian temper I'm very happy that her teamork with Ondrej is so succesfull. They're awesome on the ice together. Wish them medal in next EC
thanks doris and cathlen! i think medal is possible once they have triple twist and if they can add 3Lz to their SP