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    News German Nationals Berlin Dec 14 to 15 2013

    When:

    14. - 15.12.2013

    Location:

    Erika-Hess-Eisstadion; Müllerstraße 185, 13353 Berlin-Wedding

    Tickets: (Order process is in German - if you need help, let me know)

    https://shop.tixoo.com/eventlist.aspx 50 Euro All Event

    How to reach:

    If you come from outside of Berlin, take a train that either goes to Südkreuz or Gesundbrunnen. Both train stations have an international connection. Once there just take either the S 42 or S41.
    Just depart at Berlin - Wedding, its a walk of approximately 10-15 minutes.

    An alternative to the train is the Subway / Underground. You can reach the ice stadium by taking the U6, departing at Reinickendorfer Straße.

    Side note:


    The German Figure Skating Union is looking for 1 men, 1 lady, 2 pairs and 2 Ice Dance pairs - plus a potential team for Sochi.

    Entries:

    Sarah Hecken (defending champion)
    Nathalie Weinzierl

    Peter Liebers (defending champion)
    Paul Fentz

    Prölß / Blommaert (defending champion) (withdrawn)
    Wende / Wende
    Savchenko /Szolkowy

    Zhiganshina / Gazsi (defending champion)
    Kolbe / Karuso

    Full Line up below:

    http://www.eislauf-union.de/bilder/Z...ies_11_Dez.pdf

    Schedule:

    Saturday, 14.12.2013

    15:00 CET

    Men SP
    Pairs SP

    16:30 CET

    Novice / Advanced SYS LP
    Juniors + Adults SYS SP


    17:45 CET

    Ladies SP
    Ice Dance SP


    Sunday, 15.12.2013

    12:10 CET

    Men LP
    Pairs LP
    Juniors + Adults SYS LP

    Afterwards:

    Victory Ceremony for men, pairs / SYS

    15:00 CET

    Ice Dance LP
    Ladies LP

    Afterwards:

    Victory Ceremony for ladies & ice dance

    20:00 CET

    Gala

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    Is there a results or entries website yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorispulaski View Post
    Is there a results or entries website yet?
    Added the Entry PDF. I am not aware yet of a result´s page, but I keep looking

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    I was wondering, is there anything you ever wanted to ask one of our skaters?

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    Why aren't Vartmann/Van Cleave competing in pairs and Koch/Nuchtern competing in dance?

    ETA: Never mind. I see them on the PDF.

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    Will Anabelle Prölß be well enough to skate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by blue_idealist View Post
    Why aren't Vartmann/Van Cleave competing in pairs and Koch/Nuchtern competing in dance?

    ETA: Never mind. I see them on the PDF.
    Yes sorry, I felt it was easier to read with only a few names and not the full Line up That's why I added the PDF.

    Quote Originally Posted by dorispulaski View Post
    Will Anabelle Prölß be well enough to skate?
    I asked them and will get back to you once I know more.

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    Thank you! I really love their skating and wish them the best at German nationals!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorispulaski View Post
    Will Anabelle Prölß be well enough to skate?
    sorry... annabelle & ruben won't compete @ nationals this weekend.. annabelle is not fit enough yet... :-(

    i am sad.. they were the definding champions... an the rising stars in pair Skating in Germany...


    but it will be interesting to see what pair does get the 2nd spot for the olympics... wende/wende or vartmann/ van cleeve ... i think wende/wende.. clearly!

    does anyone know if the german fed has to decide it now... or if the nominate only for the europeans now

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    I think Vartmann/Van Cleave have finally met the minimum score required by the German Olympic Committee at NRW Trophy. Still, Wende/Wende have a higher average score this season and I believe they should be going.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorispulaski View Post
    Thank you! I really love their skating and wish them the best at German nationals!
    Unfortunately as mentioned by paircheck, Annabelle cant compete yet. She went to school and tried to practice, but its still to early for her and they had to sign off from the German Nationals :(

    does anyone know if the german fed has to decide it now... or if the nominate only for the europeans now
    At the end of the Gala Event our team for Budapest will be presented.

    As for Sochi, I just checked the DOSB and it says that on the 18th of December and 23th of January our athletes will be nominated for Sochi.

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    There have been a few changes regarding the timetable.

    For those interested, you can find those here http://www.eislauf-union.de/bilder/Z...ies_11_Dez.pdf

    Edit:

    When I arrive at Berlin either tomorrow or on Saturday, I will ask about a stream. While I don't have high hopes, I will definitely get back to you once I know more!

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    Nelli Zhiganshina & Alexander Gazsi

    If you think about Nelli and Alex, then you usually think about them with a big smile on your face. No other Ice Dance pair has the ability to entertain the different cultures all around the world like they do. For them Ice Dance is not so much about "tradition", but about evolution & fun. No wonder that several other ice dance pairs, started to copy some of their essential elements.

    Looking back almost 10 years though, their whole story sounds like a fairytale. In 2004, Alex was desperately looking for a new girl on his side, but for some reason they just didnt fit. If it was the size, the attitude, their hair colour or just something else will always stay his secret, fact remains though that there was just none to find and Alex the young horse he was, thought about his retirement.

    Around spring Alex got a number, a number that lead to a phone at Russia. Behind the phone was Elena Kustarova - she knew Alex and his "taste" if it came to women. Therefore she offered him four girls, number one wasnt so much after his liking, but already number two was! Problem, that girl was actually taken - so Alex needed all his strength and charme to convince her to leave her current partner and start working with him.
    From this day on both trained at Moskau and in 2009 they moved over to Oberstdorf where they still practice today, together with Rostislvav Sinicyn.

    Top 10 results at worlds and europeans came frequencetly, but competing at those events wasnt enough anymore. No! Now the big goal Sochi came up, but again there was a problem. Nelli was a Russian, Alex a German and this doesnt work out quite well after the IOC.

    Therefore they had to make a decicion, a decision for life.

    Since women are usually those that make big decisions, Nelli decided to become a German. Germany though, a country of big burocrats didnt make it easy for her. So Nelli had to pass a German Citizenship test and she had to renounce her Russian citizenship. Not an easy step for sure but a few weeks ago, Nelli posted a picture with her new passport and therefore she is now officially a German citizen and can compete for Germany at Russia / Sochi!

    Their homepage:

    http://www.nelli-alex.de/de/ (German Only)

    Their current SD

    Le Jazz Hot - performed by Glee cast

    Their current FD


    Carrigan & Dips - by James Horner
    Mrs. ES Dancecard - by Elliot Goldenthal
    I'm Happy - by the Gorillaz


    Aljona Savchenko & Robin Szolkowy

    Just like Nelli and Alex before, many obstacles had to be taken to become the world No. 1 pair, 4 time european & worlds champion and also a bronze medalist at Vancouver.

    Robins story actually starts with the daughter of one of Germany´s best, former olympic champion Anett Pötsch - Claudia.

    Szolkowy & Claudia became german national champions in 2001, but with her retirement Robin was alone again. So alone that he had to compete for 1 year and a half in syncronzied ice skating with the formation "Skating Mystery" to stay fit.

    At this time Aljona was already the junior champion in pair figure skating with Stanislaw Morosow in 2000, a "relationship" that didnt last long though.

    In 2002 / 03 both skaters were looking for a new partner and Ingo Steuer had the lucky guess when he told Robin to give it a try with that young Ukrainien girl, Aljona. A while later both came together at Chemnitz, made a few practice sessions and decided to give it a try. In 2004 here at Berlin, at the Erika Hess Ice Stadium both became the german national champion, a result both could repeat six times!

    In the following years both skaters advanced to the top, they won their first major international competition at the Euros in 2007, followed by the win of the Grand Prix final and the world title in 2008.

    While those years sound like heaven, they also had a few big obstacles prepared for both skaters and their coach Ingo Steuer.

    Due national inquires before the olympic games in 2006, Robin lost every type of support by the german "Bundeswehr" and only with the help of private sponsoring and fans, their work could actually be continued. Sometimes it felt that especially their coach Ingo was more on court than at the actual ice rink.

    Nevertheless the trio continued and won their first international titles, which they could successfully defend in the following year.

    2010 should had been their final footpring on the ice - crowned by olympic gold. But yet again a major setback happened when Robin missed the double Axel and Aljona the triple Toe. Big favorites, but only Bronze.

    That said, the story of Aljona and Robin had to be continued and after a few long talks, Robin decided to go for another 4 years with the goal of Sochi.

    But yet again a big obstacle needs to be crossed, world record holder and also big favorite Maxim Trankov & Tatjana Voloszhar. Both pairs won two Grand Prix in 2013 / 14, but the big final at Fukuoka the German duo could decide for themselves - for the fourth time! A good Omen you can say, but as in 2010 - Olympic Games have their own rules and it will be a thriller on the ice for sure.

    Website:

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    Their current SP:


    When Winter Comes - by André Rieu

    Their current LP:

    The Nutcracker - by Pyotr Tchaikovsky


    I hope there are a few things in those 2 articles that you might not had known before If not I must try harder next time

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    I also have the results page for you, including the just found starting orders for the SP´s.

    http://www.deu-event.de/results/dm2014/index.htm

    Very intersting is at the Ladies that Sarah Hecken and Nathalie Weinzierl are both skating next to each other with Sandy Hoffman closing the competition!

    If you have any questions, just shoot. I will be back tomorrow morning during the practice, now I go to bed GN!

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    Just had a close look at the practice with Peter Liebers and he has a very sensual SP, the jumps looked solid as well. We only have 6 male skaters left though and Franz was missing from group 1.

    Those that will compete though are,

    15.00 Warm up

    15:06:30 Matthias Hechler
    15:12:20 Paul Fentz
    15:18:10 Christopher Berneck
    15:24:00 Martin Rappe
    15:29:50 Franz Streubel
    15:35:40 Peter Liebers

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