Latin American Future?????
I want to ask to you if you think there is is a little bit of future with latin americans sk8ers????
I´m a Mexican sk8er, maybe with not a lot of future but there are so many other girls (mexicans) and boys who maybe could reach good places in future.
MICHELLE CANTU(NL)-Now she is 15 years old but she is in Junior.
MANUEL SEGURA(DF)-He´s in Junior too
So I want to know what do think about it
do you think we have future in this sport or you not?
Hi N@d&a! I know nothing about figure skating in Mexico. Give us some more information about yourself and what type of training that you are doing. The skaters you mentioned, have they competed internationally?
Maybe you could educate us about the future of skating in Latin America.
Most of us don't know anything about Mexican skaters. They're never shown on TV in Canada or the United States. I would be interested in seeing them if I could. Skaters from different parts of the world tend to have different styles, so I'd like to see skaters from other countries rising up, because that would give skating more variety.
How advanced are skaters in Mexico now? What jumps can they do? Do they ever go to countries where figure skating is more popular for help, like skaters in China used to do when they first appeared?
Last summer I had the pleasure of seeing one of those North American Challenge Competitions(these are run by Canada and the Usfsa to promote the novice and some Junior talent) at Lake Placid. It was very exciting to see the talent of Mexico. They didn't place well but skated very good. The Mexicans are doing a fine job developing their skaters. I think the interest is not there yet and it will take some time before they can develop a top ten level skater on the wolrd scene. Soccer rules in Mexico as well as the rest of the world, except of course the U.S.
OK, First I want to apologize about my English I know it is not good at all
Anyway, here in Mexico we don´t have a very high level but I really think that in a couple of years we will.
Not all states have their own rinks we have very few and only the ones in Mexico City are big enough in order to skate better but but in other states we have smaller but at least ice rinks in wich we can practice, we have mexican and many russian coaches and everyone has different ways of training and techniques that unfortunate it is not alwasys the correct one.
That´s why many of us has to travel to another country (U.S, CAN.) in order to improve our level but is very expensive and not all of the talent girls can do it.
All the skaters I mentioned before have compited on Internatinal competitions(JGP, 4 Continents)
Ricardo Olavarrieta is the only Mexican who has been an Olympic competitor (1988, 1992) now he is coach and he works in the ISU as technic specialist (in Alexei Urmanov´s place I guess)
Seems like many of them train in the US (some with Zmievskaya). I don't think it's possible to develop a good figure skating school until there is ample opportunity to train at home. Also, I guess FS as a sport develops more in the colder countries, where ice skating is more natural. I am sorry if my post reads somewhat discouragingly -- it's not meant to be.
Wicked Yankee Girl