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    Páfos Net have today published another article about Giorgia. The Cyprus Olympic Committee held their annual Youth Awards ceremony last night (for the announcement, see this article on the Committee's website), and Giorgia won the award for best figure skater.



    Here is the story (in Greek):

    http://pafosnet.com/giorgia-sechi-i-...erous-athlites

    There are a couple of really lovely photos of her and Petra included in the story.

    And now that Páfos Net have mentioned it at the end of their story, I can reveal that Giorgia and Laura will be competing at the Cup Of Tyrol at the end of this month. Since Daniella is currently on a sabbatical, and since he has so many commitments with the ISU, Pavel Chernoushov is no longer coaching in Cyprus. So, Laura has moved to working with Petra.

    Before that, we will see Angelina and Ilia in action in Advanced Novice Ice Dance next week at the Bavarian Open. And again at the Ice Mall Cup in Israel in 3 weeks time.

    In terms of the Singles skaters, it is a smaller contingent of largely younger skaters going to the Ice Mall Cup this year. There will be 5 girls going, of which Christiana Afxentiou in Advanced Novice is the only one in the ISU part of the event (the others, including Christiana's sister, are in the Interclub part).

    ALL THE BEST EVERYBODY!!!

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    Today is 10th March.

    For fans of martial arts films, it is Chuck Norris’ birthday.
    For fans of American Idol, it is Carrie Underwood’s birthday.
    For fans of Ice Dance, it is Sergey Mozgov’s birthday.

    But for us fans of Cypriot figure skating, today is the day that Laura Farran becomes a teenager!!!

    HAPPY 13TH BIRTHDAY LAURA!!!



    I hope you are having an enjoyable day, and that the next year is a good one for you, both on and off the ice!

    And if her results from a couple of weeks ago are anything to go by, it WILL be a good year on the ice!

    [To be continued in a separate post, due to the limit in the number of emoticons per post…]

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    […continued from previous post]

    At the end of February, Laura Farran was part of a 3-strong delegation from FSC Glace that competed at the Cup Of Tyrol in Innsbruck.

    Laura finished 23rd out of 29 in the Basic Novice Girls competition, with a score of 21.49.

    Results: http://skateaustria.vs91-250-98-130....171/SEG005.HTM
    Protocols: http://skateaustria.vs91-250-98-130...._FS_Scores.pdf
    Video (whole day): https://livestream.com/sportevents/e...deos/188031607 (Laura starts at 4h 22m 34s)

    I know she will be annoyed that she had 2 falls, but when you look past them, that was a great skate from Laura!!!

    It has been a couple of years since I last saw Laura in competition (2017 Nationals), and she has progressed so much in that time.

    We actually had FSC Glace skaters topping and tailing Group 3. Laura was the last of the 8 skaters in the group to skate, but the first was a skater I hadn’t actually seen before, Vanessa Toderenko Papas.

    Video (whole day): https://livestream.com/sportevents/e...deos/188031607 (Group 3 Warm-Up starts at 3h 40m 06s)

    If you look carefully at the end of the warm-up, Laura is at the far end of the rink to the camera and carries on the move she is doing after the skaters are told to leave the ice, and then exits at a different opening to the others. And she did all so that she could wish Vanessa good luck as she was coming off the ice!

    Vanessa finished 29th out of 29 in the Basic Novice Girls competition, with a score of 12.07.

    Results: http://skateaustria.vs91-250-98-130....171/SEG005.HTM
    Protocols: http://skateaustria.vs91-250-98-130...._FS_Scores.pdf
    Video (whole day): https://livestream.com/sportevents/e...deos/188031607 (Vanessa starts at 3h 46m 34s)

    As I said, I am not familiar with Vanessa, so I hope we get to see more of her over the coming years.

    The following day, Giorgia Isabella Sechi was in action in the Junior Ladies SP.

    Giorgia finished 20th out of 20 in the Junior Ladies SP, with a score of 14.27.

    Results: http://skateaustria.vs91-250-98-130....170/SEG015.HTM
    Protocols: http://skateaustria.vs91-250-98-130...._SP_Scores.pdf
    Video (whole day): https://livestream.com/sportevents/e...deos/188086127 (Group 2 Warm-Up starts at 8h 23m 58s; Giorgia starts at 8h 44m 24s)

    Here is what was written in the Competition Thread:

    Quote Originally Posted by CaroLiza_fan View Post
    Awww. Petra's brought her son along! Love the way he was already sitting on the sofa waiting for Giorgia and his Mum!

    Feel so sorry for Giorgia. The programme actually started off really well, and you could see things had improved a lot from the last time we saw it. But then she lost her confidence after the fall. Like, not long afterwards, she was setting up a jump, and she bailed out of it. Her heart just wasn't in it towards the end, to the extent that she finished a bit early and had to wait for the music to finish.

    I just wanted to go and give her a big hug!

    Then I think of Czech Skate, where she was disappointed with her SP (it was her JGP debut, and you could see she was nervous before she even started). But then she did a lot better in the FS. So, hopefully the same will happen here.

    You can be sure I'll be cheering you on, Gio!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harriet View Post
    She has a really good program for the free skate too. Fingers crossed for her! And I won't be able to sit up to 3:30am and watch Laurine skate, so I'll just say chookas to her now too and check back in the morning for the scores (hoping for good news...)
    Quote Originally Posted by CaroLiza_fan View Post
    Thanks, Harriet. I really enjoyed her FS when she performed it at Czech Skate, so I'm looking forward to seeing it again here.

    Unfortunately, I am going to be away for most of today, so will not be watching the skating LIVE. I'm heartbroken that I'll miss Giorgia, but I should be home before the 4 hour catch-up limit reaches her FS.

    Hey, at least with being the first to go in the FS, she won't be waiting around all day for her turn.

    ["cheer" emoticon removed from quote] ALL THE BEST, GIORGIA!!! ["cheer" emoticon removed from quote]

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    And she did go on to do better in the FS the next day!

    Giorgia finished 20th out of 20 in the Junior Ladies FS, with a score of 28.33.

    Results: http://skateaustria.vs91-250-98-130....170/SEG016.HTM
    Protocols: http://skateaustria.vs91-250-98-130...._FS_Scores.pdf
    Video (whole day): https://livestream.com/sportevents/e...deos/188138962 (Group 1 Warm-Up starts at 1h 52m 38s; Giorgia starts at 1h 59m 00s)

    Here is what was written in the Competition Thread:

    Quote Originally Posted by CaroLiza_fan View Post
    Right, as soon as I arrived home, I wound back to watch Giorgia. And then I wrote this LONG message.

    When she fell twice not long into the programme, I was worried that it was going to turn out like yesterday and it was going to dent her confidence. But, thankfully it didn't. I think the difference today is that in both cases she was so close to staying upright. The second fall was a bit of a weird one. She managed the first part of the combo no problem, but just after she finished the second part, one foot hit the other and that was what actually sent her down, rather than the element itself.

    She managed alright through the rest of the programme. There was one moment where she hesitated as she thought she was too close to the boards (the irony to this, of course, is that she trains on a rink that is less than a quarter of the size of what she was on today!). But, she needn't have worried, there was just enough space.

    Giorgia didn't seem as annoyed after the routine as she did yesterday, and I can understand why. Even with the 2 falls, on the whole it went a lot better than the SP.

    On each occasion I've seen Giorgia competing this season, the FS has always gone better than the SP. It could just be nerves at the start of a competition, but there does seem to be something about the FS that works better for her.

    So, if her and Petra can work out what it is about the FS that agrees with her, and do something similar for the SP next season, it could be a very fruitful exercise.

    CaroLiza_fan

    Well done to all three girls that went to Innsbruck, and all the best to them and the other Cypriot skaters at Nationals!



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    Statement on the CSF website:

    "Due to the unforeseen circumstances, Cyprus National Skating Championships that was to be held on the 6th – 7th of April 2019 are cancelled.

    More information for this event will be published in the near future.

    Yours sincerely,

    OC"


    Source: http://www.csf.org.cy/

    I have no idea what is going on. But, I hope that they will get rescheduled.

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    No news yet on what is happening with Nationals, but Saskia Constantinou will be interviewing Daniella on her CYBC radio show, "Saskia Unreserved", tomorrow (Monday 8th April) at 12:30 EEST (10:30 BST; 11:30 CEST). So, 13h 30m from now.

    Here are the places where you can listen to it.

    CYBC4 Classic:
    FM Radio on the island

    Transmitter FM Frequency
    Mount Olympos 88.2 MHz
    Paphos 90.2 MHz
    Vavatsinia 90.2 MHz
    Armenochori 90.5 MHz
    Dhrousha 94.2 MHz
    Paralimni 100.9 MHz

    CYBC Website:
    http://cybc.com.cy/live-radio/%cf%80...9%cf%84%ce%bf/
    (and then click on the "RIK4 Classic" button)

    Saskia Constantinou's Facebook Page:
    https://www.facebook.com/SaskiaUnreserved/

    Saskia Constantinou's Website:
    https://saskiaconstantinou.com/saskia-unreserved/

    Although I don’t understand Greek, I’ll be listening in!

    CaroLiza_fan

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaroLiza_fan View Post
    No news yet on what is happening with Nationals, but Saskia Constantinou will be interviewing Daniella on her CYBC radio show, "Saskia Unreserved", tomorrow (Monday 8th April) at 12:30 EEST (10:30 BST; 11:30 CEST). So, 13h 30m from now.

    Here are the places where you can listen to it.

    CYBC4 Classic:
    FM Radio on the island

    Transmitter FM Frequency
    Mount Olympos 88.2 MHz
    Paphos 90.2 MHz
    Vavatsinia 90.2 MHz
    Armenochori 90.5 MHz
    Dhrousha 94.2 MHz
    Paralimni 100.9 MHz

    CYBC Website:
    http://cybc.com.cy/live-radio/%cf%80...9%cf%84%ce%bf/
    (and then click on the "RIK4 Classic" button)

    Saskia Constantinou's Facebook Page:
    https://www.facebook.com/SaskiaUnreserved/

    Saskia Constantinou's Website:
    https://saskiaconstantinou.com/saskia-unreserved/

    Although I don’t understand Greek, I’ll be listening in!

    CaroLiza_fan
    On air now.

    And it is being conducted in English!!!

    Watch it on Facebook - you can see them in the studio!

    EDIT: Here is the link to the archived video of the interview on Saskia's Facebook page:

    https://www.facebook.com/SaskiaUnres...6516973238189/

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    Thank you for the link! I watched on Facebook, and it was a really interesting interview, in perfect English from both. I thought the interviewer, although obviously not a Skating fan, had done some research, and asked great questions. The part about changing her coach because he was sweary and only allowed her to eat 1 apple in 2 days was eye opening! And great that the interviewer said "that's a starvation diet, good that you changed coach". It's such a shame there is no Zamboni in Cyprus, and she has to train in such poor conditions with snow on the ice, but all the best to Daniella for the future.

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    I went back and watched the interview again from the beginning, and posted the link on Twitter (where incidentally there is a Saskia Constantinou, but a different one in London). Good job I checked before tagging her!

    It's such a pleasure to hear an interview with a teenager speaking so eloquently in what is not even her native language. Amazing! In marked contrast to some of our teenage skaters who sadly are nowhere near as eloquent in their mother tongue, and every second word is "Like".

    I hope Daniella is successful in her A Levels and goes on to achieve her ambition of studying in America where she can resume her Skating career with hopefully better facilities and coaching.

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    OK, so a couple of important updates.

    Firstly, today is the 20th birthday of the reigning Senior Ladies Champion, Polina Ustinova!!!

    С ДНЕМ РОЖДЕНИЯ ПОЛИНА!!!



    I hope you are having an enjoyable day, and that the next year is a good one for you, both on and off the ice!

    I also hope that your twenties will be even better for you than your teenage years were!




    Secondly, we have had an update on this year’s Nationals.

    Here what the statement on the CSF website says:

    "Cyprus Skating Federation, after the Council Decision on the 03/04/2019, announces that Cyprus National Skating Championships will be held on the 18th – 19th of May 2019.

    More information you can find in the announcement (link below) or contact your club representative in the Council.
    Cyprus National Championships 2019 – Announcement (filetype: pdf)
    Yours sincerely,
    OC"


    Source: http://www.csf.org.cy/

    Thank goodness for that!

    All the best to everybody who is taking part!

    CaroLiza_fan

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    And hot on the heels of one birthday, we have another!

    Today is the feast day of St. George. Which can only mean one thing - it is also Giorgia Isabella Sechi's birthday!!!

    TANTI AUGURI GIORGIA!!!



    But it is not just any birthday - it is actually Giorgia's 18th birthday. So, since it was a milestone birthday, I decided to do something special to mark it:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLf4Dagfitg

    There is actually a story behind the choice of singer. I haven’t made many Fan Videos because my video editing skills are very basic. But for those videos that I have made, I have used music that involves somebody from Northern Ireland. This time, I went for a singer from London. Why? Because the singer in question has a Northern Irish Mum and a Cypriot Dad!

    And although the song is not her own, I loved the message behind it. It is about being a strong woman, just like Giorgia is.

    Everything just seemed to fit perfectly.

    All the best to Giorgia for Nationals next month, and also for the coming season.

    CaroLiza_fan

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    Firstly, I have to start with an apology. With everything that has been happening this week, I missed a couple of important birthdays.

    Danai Hadjimisti’s birthday was on Friday:

    HAPPY BELATED 16th BIRTHDAY DANAI!!!

    And Eliana Kalogirou’s birthday was on Saturday:

    HAPPY BELATED 18th BIRTHDAY ELIANA!!!



    I hope you both had enjoyable days, and that the coming year is a good one for both of you.




    Sadly, the rumours are true. The Ice Dance partnership between Maria Miliukova and Nikita Vityranyuk has split up.

    However, Nikita has already re-appeared with a new partner, Diana LEKHTMAN from Saint Petersburg.

    Here is Diana’s fskate.ru Bio

    Diana started this season with Fedor Sharonov (with whom she finished 3rd in the first stage of the St. Petersburg Cup), and finished this season with Roman Atoyar (with whom she finished 6th in the St. Petersburg Championships).

    As with Maria and Nikita in last season’s Nationals, Diana and Nikita are entered as guest competitors in Advanced Novice Ice Dance.

    As Diana has been competing for Russia this season, she is not currently eligible to compete for Cyprus. Hence why they are competing as guest skaters.

    Given that we were expecting Maria and Nikita to move up to Juniors next season, it is surprising that Diana and Nikita are entered in Advanced Novice. But there are a couple of plausible explanations for this. Firstly, Diana’s Bio doesn’t give her exact DOB, so she might still be too young for Juniors. But the more likely explanation is that the timing of the Cypriot Championships means that there was simply not enough time to put together two Junior programmes.

    I wonder what is happening with Maria. She is too good to be left on the sidelines.




    The Cypriot National Championships were held over the weekend. For more see the dedicated thread:

    https://www.goldenskate.com/forum/showthread.php?80783




    Although she was not competing this year, Daniella was presented with an award at Nationals for everything she has achieved during her career.

    She has put up a lovely post about it on both her personal Facebook profile and her Instagram page. Since the privacy settings on the Facebook version (which has more photos) is not set to public, here is the Instagram version:

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BxpLL56Fcrr/

    Fortunately, one of the additional photos that was in the Facebook version has been posted separately on Instagram:

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BxpzCmwlukY/

    Daniella also put a lovely close-up photo of the trophy and plaque up on her Facebook profile. So, hopefully she will put this photo up somewhere public as well.

    As a fan, I really hope that this presentation is not a sign that Daniella’s sabbatical is becoming something more permanent. I would really miss her if it was.

    But as a friend, I just want her to live the life she wants and be happy.

    CaroLiza_fan

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    Just letting you know that all the photos I was talking about did eventually get put together into a public post on the Skate Cyprus club's Facebook Page. They can be viewed in this post:

    https://www.facebook.com/skatecyprus...79630792115071

    Included at the end of this post is a nice group photo of most of the Junior and Senior skaters, as well as the Ice Dancers, with their trophies, medals and certificates. Here is the direct link:

    https://www.facebook.com/skatecyprus...type=3&theater

    As we look at them from left to right:

    • Ekaterina Luneva (1st Junior Ladies)
    • Diana Lekhtman and Nikita Vitryanyuk (1st Advanced Novice Ice Dance Guests)
    • Polina Ustinova (1st Senior Ladies)
    • Ilia Karankevich and Angelina Kudryavtseva (1st Advanced Novice Ice Dance)
    • Giorgia Isabella Sechi (3rd Junior Ladies)
    • Daniella Vanessa Ipsarides (Special Achievement Award)


    All the best to them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaroLiza_fan View Post
    Although she was not competing this year, Daniella was presented with an award at Nationals for everything she has achieved during her career.

    She has put up a lovely post about it on both her personal Facebook profile and her Instagram page. Since the privacy settings on the Facebook version (which has more photos) is not set to public, here is the Instagram version:

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BxpLL56Fcrr/

    Fortunately, one of the additional photos that was in the Facebook version has been posted separately on Instagram:

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BxpzCmwlukY/

    Daniella also put a lovely close-up photo of the trophy and plaque up on her Facebook profile. So, hopefully she will put this photo up somewhere public as well.

    As a fan, I really hope that this presentation is not a sign that Daniella’s sabbatical is becoming something more permanent. I would really miss her if it was.

    But as a friend, I just want her to live the life she wants and be happy.

    CaroLiza_fan
    Daniella has just made the following announcement:

    After 10 years of competitive figure skating until the level of junior ladies and after participating in the top international figure skating competitions like the ISU Junior Grand Prix and the European Youth Olympic Festival it is time for me to pass on my knowledge of this amazing sport to the younger generation. I am ready to teach the skills of figure skating to our future champions immediately. Those who are interested in this beautiful sport can contact me through, Instagram- @daniellaipsarides or through my personal Facebook account- Daniella Ipsarides or even by telephone!!It will be a great pleasure for me to help young beginner athletes to love our sport. Looking forward to see you on the Ice soon!!!!!

    Source: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.p...49071529156646

    Daniella has done so much to put Cyprus on the figure skating map. So, it is so good to hear that she is going to stay in the sport in a coaching capacity, and pass on the knowledge that she has acquired to the next generation.

    I'm sure she'll be great at it.

    All the best to her.

    CaroLiza_fan

    P.S. I hope you guys like my new avatar of Daniella and Giorgia. It is such a beautiful photo that as soon as I saw it, I just had to make it into an avatar!

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    Barely 2 ½ months after Nationals, and the new season kicks off this week for Team Cyprus.

    After a very busy 2018–19 season, it looks like Angelina Kudryavtseva and Ilia Karankevich are going to continue in the same vein this season. The difference is that they have now moved up to Junior level.

    This weekend, they will be competing in the NRW Summer Trophy in Dortmund. The Junior Ice Dance SD starts at approximately 17:10 CEST on Saturday 10th August, while the Junior Ice Dance FD starts at approximately 10:30 CEST on Sunday 11th August.

    Then, two weeks later, they will be in Courchevel making their Junior Grand Prix debut. The Ice Dance SD starts at 14:15 CEST on Friday 23rd August, while the Ice Dance FD starts at 15:30 CEST on Saturday 24th August.

    2019 Junior Ladies Bronze Medallist Giorgia Isabella Sechi will also be in Courchevel for her second ever Junior GP. The Ladies SP starts at 14:00 CEST on Thursday 22nd August, while the Ladies FS starts at 17:10 CEST on Friday 23rd August.

    Two weeks after that, Angelina and Ilia will be making their second Junior GP appearance at the Riga Cup. The Ice Dance SD starts at 13:00 CEST on Friday 6th September, while the Ice Dance FD starts at 17:20 CEST on Saturday 7th September.

    Joining them in Riga for what will be her Junior GP debut is the 2019 Junior Ladies Champion, Ekaterina Luneva. The Ladies SP starts at 13:00 CEST on Thursday 5th September, while the Ladies FS starts at 16:30 CEST on Friday 6th September.

    Although I will be posting further updates, I would like to just take this opportunity to wish all the Cypriot skaters all the best in all their upcoming competitions.

    ALL THE BEST, GUYS!!!

    CaroLiza_fan

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