Gubanova and Nikitina left everybody else in the dust in Novice Girls FS. Fantastic jump content from both. Nikitina will be very exciting to watch on the JGP next season. Between her, Kuchvalska and Vassiljevs, this is probably the best Latvian National Team, they have ever had!
Iuferov was head and shoulders above everybody else in Novice Boys FS. All triples sans axel and a 3/3 attempt. Anybody knows how old he is?
Junior Ladies FS won by Kizalaite with two 3lutzes. Her and Januleviciute are two best Lithuanian ladies ever, so exciting times for LTU as well. Very decent skate from German Dastich with 5 (easier 3T-3Lo) triples and two 2axels.
Sondre Oddvoll Boe gave his best performance ever and skated a clean FS to win Junior Men. Krzysztof Gała landed a 3axel and fully rotated a 4toe (but fell) to place second. He's a very promising Junior. Sadly he totally lacks the PCS aspects.
Iuferov turned 12 in September
Thanks! Really impressive jump content for his age then.
Originally Posted by oleada
I am catching up on some of the events now.
Junior Men FS
Sondre Oddvoll Boe FS
He really gave it his 100%. All the jumps landed (although second 3toe was a little cheated), decent expression throughout. I hope he can build on this and make it to the FS at Junior Worlds this year.
Now what I am wondering is what is the correct spelling of his surname. ISU biography has it as Oddvoll Boe but Warsaw Cup organisers have it as Oddervoll Boe.
Krzystof Gała FS
3axel/2toe and a fall on a fully rotated 4toe! We haven't ever seen this kind of technical content from a Polish skater! I really wish he could develop more confidence and projection and stop sleepwalking through his programs, though.
Kamil Dymowski FS
Last season, Dymowski has beaten Gała at Nationals. I don't think that it's going to happen again. This was such a wooden, sloppy performance in all aspects. To think this guy used to be a ballroom dancer and that presentation was his strong point... Very disappointing.
no update for Senior Pairs in results page ?
want to see S/K
The results are up. No videos yet, though.
Senior Ladies SP and half of Senior Men SP is up though.
OMG, Agata Kryger won Senior Ladies!!!
Maciej Cieplucha was spoon-fed a chance for a silver or even gold, sadly he blew it. :(
Imported lady. Elizaveta is originally Russian.
Originally Posted by Ziggy
She is originally Russian but calling her imported is ridiculous. She's lived in the Czech Republic since she was two!
She may have lived in the Czech Republic, but the majority of her life she was a Russian Citizen. She only obtained Czech citizenship in 2012! 14 years of being Russian, against one year being Czech... That's in my view 'import'.
Originally Posted by cassiem
She's a homegrown Czech skater. She learned to skate in the Czech Republic, not Russia.
I think what makes a Czech person Czech is not where you learn to skate, but what culture you accept, what country you are proud of etc. She may have been taught skating in the Czech republic, but I wouldn't go as far as saying 'homegrown' because her citizenship indicates where her 'home' was for her. So it wasn't for her 'homegrown', she was just a Russian girl living abroad.
Originally Posted by cassiem
Russians occupied Czech republic for over twenty years (1968 - 1991). The Russians who lived on the Czech lands for 20 plus years did not become Czechs... Living somewhere does not make you automatically 'homegrown'.
Calling her an 'imported' skater was still wrong because she's been living there since she was 2 years old and she was taught how to skate there by Czech coaches.
Originally Posted by hanca
As for everything else you have said, you have no right to make those judgements when you have no idea how the process went, what her considerations were and what she actually thinks and feels.
You have to be a permanent resident for 10 years in order to apply for citizenship so it wasn't even an option until she was 12 (or maybe even later provided on how it was all handled by her parents when they moved there). Having first hand experience of Eastern European bureaucracy, it is very possible that the actual process itself is long, difficult and might take ages. Furthermore, in order to obtain Czech citizenship, she would have to renounce her Russian citizenship and that's not an easy decision to make.
We don't know why she didn't have Czech citizenship before. And I'm well aware of the history between the Czech Republic and Russia. Bad history between those countries, her citizenship, what her culture may be, etc., it's all irrelevant to this discussion. A homegrown athlete does not refer to where a person considers home but where they were trained. Elizaveta did not learn skating in Russia but in the CR therefore she's a homegrown Czech skater. Suggesting that she's an import is wrong because it subtly implies that the Czechs stole an athlete.