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    Roberta Rodeghiero

    Roberta Rodeghiero is an Italian figure skater. She was born on 7 April 1990 in Schio, Italy.

    She is the 2015 Trophee Eric Bompard bronze medalist, the 2014 CS Ondrej Nepela Trophy champion, the 2015 Lombardia Trophy champion, the 2012 Crystal Skate of Romania champion, the 2012 Egna Spring Trophy champion, and a three-time Italian national silver medalist (2015-2017). She has also competed in the final segment at six ISU Championships.


    Last updated on 15 April 2019 by Mohacz



    BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION


    ISU: http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00008959.htm
    Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roberta_Rodeghiero
    Tracing.net entry: http://www.tracings.net/rode-robe.html
    Rincresults.com entry: http://www.rinkresults.com/skater?skater_id=608

    SOCIAL MEDIA

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/robyrode?lang=de
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/roberta.rodeghiero.5

    Personal Best Scores under +5/-5 GOE

    Total Score
    160.66
    ISU CS Inge Solar Memorial / Alpen Trophy 2018
    SP
    55.50
    ISU CS Inge Solar Memorial / Alpen Trophy 2018
    FS
    106.64
    ISU World Team Trophy 2019

    Personal Best Scores under +3/-3 GOE

    Total Score
    170.76
    ISU European Championships 2016
    SP
    61.01
    ISU European Championships 2016
    FS
    109.75
    ISU European Championships 2016


    Programs and Videos
    2018/2019
    SP: "Proud Mary" by Tina Turner
    FS: "Frida" (soundtrack) by Elliot Goldenthal / "Poeta en el Mar" by Vincente Amigo

    2019 World Team Trophy2019 World Championships2019 Cup of Tyrol2019 Bavarian Open2019 Mentor Torun Cup2019 Italian Championships2018 CS Inge Solar Memorial - Alpen Trophy
    2017/2016
    She did not compete this season.

    2016/2017
    SP: "A levare" by Astor Piazzolla / "María de Buenos Aires" by Astor Piazzolla
    FS: "Non Dimenticar" / "L-O-V-E" / "Smile" / "It's Only a Paper Moon" performed by Natalie Cole
    2017 European Championship2017 Italian Championships2016 CS Warsaw Cup2016 GP Rostelecom Cup2016 GP Skate America2016 CS Lombardia Trophy
    2015/2016
    SP: "Pretty Woman": "He Sleeps" by James Newton Howard / "Oh, Pretty Woman" by Roy Orbison
    FS: "Evita" soundtrack by Andrew Lloyd Webber
    2016 World Championship2016 Sportland Trophy2016 European Championships2015 GP Trophée Bompard2015 GP Rostelecom Cup2015 CS Lombardia Trophy2015 Italian Competition in October2015 Nepela Trophy
    2014/2015
    SP: "Let It Go" performed by The Piano Guys
    FS: "Evita" soundtrack by Andrew Lloyd Webber

    2015 World Championships2015 Winter Universiade2015 Europeans2014 Ondrej Nepela Trophy
    2013/2014
    SP: Valetango
    FS: "Notre-Dame de Paris" by Riccardo Cocciante

    2014 European Championships2013 Winter Universiade2013 Lombardia Trophy
    2012/2013
    SP: "Angel and Devil" by Maxime Rodriguez
    FS: "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "Who Wants to Live Forever" by Queen performed by Vitamin String Quartet

    2013 European Championships2012/13 Italian National Championships
    2011/2012
    SP: "The Ludlows" from the "Legends of the Fall" soundtrack
    FS: "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Opus 43"

    2012 Val Gardena Trophy2011/12 Italian National Championships2011 NRW Trophy2011 Nebelhorn
    2010/2011
    SP: "Dracula" soundtrack
    FS: "Warsaw Concerto" by Richard Addinsell

    2010/11 Italian Championships2010 NRW Trophy
    2008/09
    FS: "El Conquistador by Maxim Rodriguez

    2008 Italian Championships

    Competitive History

    Short program Free skating Total
    Competition Category Score No Score No Score No
    2018/2019
    2019 World Team Trophy (individual / team) senior 48.45 12 11 106.64 155.09 11 / 6
    2019 World Championships senior 51.50 31 FNR 51.50 31
    2019 Cup of Tyrol senior 49.07 7 105.81 2 154.88 5
    2019 Bavarian Open senior 54.36 4 106.84 4 161.20 4
    2019 Mentor Torun Cup senior 43.32 12 88.32 6 131.64 8
    2019 Italian Championships senior 49.61 7 91.82 7 141.43 6
    2018 Bosphorus Cup senior 50.78 2 WD WD
    2018 CS Inge Solar Memorial - Alpen Trophy senior 55.50 6 105.16 6 160.66 6
    2016/2017
    2017 Winter Universiade senior 59.03 4 102.17 7 161.20 6
    2017 European Championship senior 57.77 8 103.23 12 161.00 9
    2017 Italian Championships senior 61.73 2 120.24 2 181.97 2
    2016 CS Warsaw Cup senior 48.17 8 88.39 9 136.56 8
    2016 GP Rostelecom Cup senior 52.57 12 107.23 8 159.80 8
    2016 GP Skate America senior 52.62 9 96.51 10 149.13 9
    2016 CS Lombardia Trophy senior 56.65 5 108.17 4 164.82 4
    2015/2016
    2016 Team Challenge Cup senior 61.75 2 - - - -
    2016 World Championship senior 57.90 13 100.51 19 158.41 16
    27th Sportland Trophy ISU senior 59.46 1 106.83 1 166.29 1
    European Championship 2016 senior 61.01 4 109.75 5 170.76 5
    2016 Italian Championships senior 50.05 3 100.64 2 150.69 2
    2015 GP Rostelecom Cup senior 56.85 7 105.87 8 162.72 7
    2015 GP Tropheé Eric Bompard senior 58.81 3 - - 58.81 3
    4th CS Denkova-Staviski Cup 2015 senior 49.50 6 100.31 4 149.81 4
    23rd CS Ondrej Nepela Trophy 2015 senior 53.19 8 103.45 8 156.64 8
    2015 CS Lombardia Trophy senior 59.66 2 107.61 1 167.27 1
    2014/2015
    2015 World Championship senior 51.42 17 83.32 21 134.74 20
    2015 Hellmut Seibt Memorial senior 49.00 3 94.30 2 143.30 2
    2015 Winter Universiade senior 58.03 3 93.82 11 151.85 5
    2015 European Championship senior 51.79 11 102.73 7 154.52 8
    2015 Italian Championships senior 51.35 2 90.20 4 141.55 2
    47th Golden Spin of Zagreb 2014 senior 42.98 18 85.28 12 128.26 14
    17th Merano Cup 2014 senior 49.09 4 98.03 1 147.12 1
    22nd CS Ondrej Nepela Trophy 2014 senior 47.53 6 103.30 1 150.83 1
    2014 CS Lombardia Trophy senior 50.41 8 100.53 4 150.94 4
    2013/2014
    2014 Hellmut Seibt Memorial senior 50.61 1 90.91 1 141.52 1
    2014 European Championship senior 48.52 15 92.73 9 141.25 11
    2014 Italian championships senior 44.60 4 101.53 2 146.13 3
    2013 Winter Universiade senior 42.15 10 90.53 5 132.68 8
    2nd Denkova-Staviski Cup 2013 senior 50.52 3 97.13 1 147.65 1
    2013 Ice Challenge senior 44.35 7 85.21 4 129.56 4
    16th Merano Cup 2013 senior 47.62 3 76.51 5 124.13 4
    21st Ondrej Nepela Trophy senior 51.80 5 66.86 17 118.66 12
    2013 Lombardia Trophy senior 36.16 8 87.84 3 124.00 5
    2012/2013
    23rd Gardena Spring Trophy 2013 senior 38.44 11 82.93 6 121.37 7
    Bavarian Open 2013 senior 46.77 5 79.94 12 126.71 9
    European Championship 2013 senior 44.71 27 FNR 44.71 27
    2013 Italian championships senior 51.36 3 91.46 4 142.82 4
    24th Golden Bear 2012 senior 43.83 2 74.00 3 117.83 3
    13th Crystal Skate senior 46.85 1 78.79 3 125.64 1
    20th Ondrej Nepela Memorial senior 45.41 5 73.10 6 118.51 6
    Lombardia Trophy 2012 senior 41.20 2 81.46 1 122.66 1
    2011/2012
    22nd Gardena Spring Trophy 2012 senior 44.92 2 82.42 1 127.34 1
    21st Triglav Trophy 2012 senior 44.04 9 79.15 8 123.19 9
    2012 Coupe du Printemps senior 37.36 10 75.23 6 112.59 9
    2012 Bavarian Open senior 46.09 4 91.95 1 138.04 2
    2011 NRW Trophy senior 47.34 12 92.70 7 140.04 8
    Cup of Nice 2011 senior 42.70 14 74.47 10 117.17 12
    19th Ondrej Nepela Memorial senior 30.79 14 73.03 6 103.82 8
    Lombardia Trophy 2011 senior 40.46 1 72.07 1 112.53 1
    2010/2011
    20th Triglav Trophy senior 40.43 10 84.90 6 125.33 7
    2011 Winter Universiade senior 44.42 10 84.75 6 129.17 6
    NRW Trophy 2010 senior 40.12 17 73.32 15 113.44 16
    13th Merano Cup 2010 senior 35.31 17 67.63 14 102.94 15
    18th Ondrej Nepela Memorial 2010 senior 37.13 8 73.33 6 110.46 6
    2009/2010
    Bavarian Open 2010 senior 48.34 3 80.84 2 129.18 2
    2009 NRW Trophy senior 45.10 9 63.57 18 108.67 14
    2008/2009
    19th Gardena Spring Trophy 2009 junior 37.31 3 62.08 1 99.39 3
    2009 Bavarian Open senior 40.86 2 68.76 2 109.62 2
    NRW Trophy 2008 junior 43.76 1 67.04 4 110.80 1
    JGP Madrid Cup junior 43.92 5 74.06 7 117.98 7
    JGP Merano junior 40.23 13 63.17 14 103.40 13
    2007/2008
    JGP Pokal der Blauen Schwerter 2007 junior 38.80 9 53.61 18 92.41 15
    10th Merano Cup 2007 junior 37.74 6 72.03 2 109.77 2
    17th Heiko Fischer Pokal 2007 junior 31.20 11 57.39 6 88.59 7
    2006/2007
    2006 JGP Harghita Cup junior 32.95 12 53.85 13 86.80 13
    2005/2006
    JGP Sofia Cup 2005 junior 32.70 15 49.91 23 82.61 17


    EXHIBITIONS AND GALAS


    2016 European Championships Gala2012 Saggio Sesto Skate
    Articles and Other Media

    Interview January 2015December 2015 - "Rodeghiero does star turn in 'Pretty Woman' short; Italian talks about skating in Kostner's shadow, competing in Grand Prix" - posted 12/15/15 by Vladislav LuchianovInterview at Grand Prix 2015Interview at Grand Prix 2014
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    Roberta Rodeghiero (born 7 April 1990 in Schio, Italy) is a very elegant italian figure skater, and she just gave maybe the performance of her life at the 2015 Trophée Eric Bompard in the Short Program: clean , engaging, mature and very elegant! She's been around a couple of years and got really better in the recent months.
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    Congrats Roberta! Have to admit I've never heard of her and she was superb today, presenting lively, mature skating. Impressive stuff.

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    Thanks for starting this! I had no idea she could even do that, LOL. Her 3T-3T was, dare I say, better than about 80% of the 3-3s in this competition and that is saying a LOT. You go, Roberta!

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    Wonderful!!

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    Roberta was looking a bit tense yesterday, quite understandable because she must have had an exhausting week. But the SP was good, she was behind the music at the end of the program, it looked like she missed the axel because of it. So 60+ points in the SP are definitly possible for her.
    I wish her luck for today, keeping the 7th place would be a very good result for her in that tight field.

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    Her program yesterday wan't clean, she wasn't really satisfied with her performance afterwards, but I thought there were some very nice moments in it (she really is a very solid jumper) and she finished 7th!

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    An interesting interview for IceNetwork:

    http://web.icenetwork.com/news/2015/12/15/159622170

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    Roberta's SP from Euros
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLyZoVsz_yY


    http://web.icenetwork.com/news/2016/01/27/162954080
    Italy's Roberta Rodeghiero, who skated to a third-place finish in the short program of the Trophée Eric Bompard in November, delivered a clean program, including a triple toe-triple toe combination and a triple flip, and she heads to the free skate in fourth place.

    "I'm really happy," she said as she left the ice. "My goal coming here was to reach 60 points in the short program, which I had never done. I scored 61.01 points, which is even better.

    Now I've worked on most elements I needed to work on, so I feel much better skating it. The more you like a program, the better you'll skate it. I really love my program and the music, the choreography, so I think it shows!"

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    I feel that a little celebration is in order: 5th at Europeans! Well done Roberta!
    And new personal bests in both the SP and FS!

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    Roberta Rodeghiero (What a Lovely Skater!)

    Has anyone heard of this girl? She's an Italian skater....just found her out on youtube watching her sp and lp programs at Europeans. I really enjoyed her skating. If only she was a stronger jumper, she'd be a strong contender, imo I thought I would share her videos because her interpretation of music is so lovely, I found myself watching her programs over and over again. She is a very mature skater. Just found out she ended up in 5th place overall at Europeans. She definitely would have medaled if she was a stronger jumper.

    short program
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MK1Y...BVD5kKr9Bi_TQW

    long program (with tarasova talking too much)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIANafqUCsg

    here's the spanish commentating (less talking)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQEPiBAAOnM

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    I think she is a strong jumper, she only needs improve her skills and lines... so glad to see another good italian skatersince Caro

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    Roberta has been around for donkey's years. But for most of her career she was in the third tier of Italian Ladies skating (Carolina Kostner and Valentina Marchei being the first tier, and Francesca Rio being the second tier). And because the gaps between the tiers were so big, we never got to see Roberta or any of the other third tier skaters.

    But then Franesca retired, Valentina switched to Pairs, and Carolina took a sabbatical. So, everybody had to step up to claim the international slots.

    Because she was the oldest and most experienced of the skaters left, everybody expected Roberta to clean up at Italian Nationals last year. But she didn't. She actually bombed, and the title was won by this relatively unknown skater that had just come up from Juniors, called Giada Russo.

    So, in the wake of this, Roberta really stepped up her game in her international assignments. The improvement in her skating was massive, and was obvious to see. She became a regular on the podium in Senior B's, and then started winning them. And she started troubling the top skaters at the big events as well.

    In the past calendar year, Roberta Rodeghiero has became the dominant Italian Ladies skater on the international scene. So, when Nationals came around again, we were sure she would clean up, to prove a point that what happened a year earlier was just a one-off. She didn't. She bombed again, and Russo won again.

    Over the past year, everybody has been raving about Rodegheiro. But, because I know her history, I am not convinced that she is the next big thing to come out of Italy. It has taken her so long to get herself noticed, and she is now in her mid-20's. So, her age will put a limit on how long she is able to compete with the best.

    Also, there are up and coming young skaters. Russo may have announced herself on the Italian scene with that surprise win at Nationals last year, but she didn't on the international scene. Her international results were very poor compared to Rodegheiro's, and she had absolutely no reputation. But then she announced herself big time at Europeans last week. And, like Roberta a year earlier, the improvement was obvious to see.

    So, given her new found reputation, I would expect Russo to start challenging Rodegheiro for the title of top Italian on the international scene over the next year or so.

    But then there is the return of Carolina Kostner. And if she picks up where she left off, Rodegheiro and Russo will both be in trouble.

    Also, looking a few years further down the line, and Alessia Tornaghi will be the name everybody is talking about. Currently 12 years old, she got special dispensation to compete in the Italian Junior Championship because she was the reigning Novice Champion. She went out and won the SP, and came within a whisker of winning the Junior title at her first attempt.

    Tornaghi is a really beautiful skater, and she has the jumps. And because she has Russian ancestry, she has managed to bag herself a Russian coaching team. Specifically, Liza Tuktamysheva's original coach. So, I am expecting big things from her.

    So, whilst Roberta is currently the one grabbing the headlines, her reign as undisputed top Italian skater may turn out to be short.

    If only she had stepped up her game a few years earlier...

    CaroLiza_fan

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    @ CaroLiza_fan
    Well, I don't think that Roberta is "the next big thing to come out of Italy", I just think that it's great that she's doing so well in her mid 20's and that she was able to improve so much. She was lucking winning that GP medal this season, but she did earn her 5th place at Europeans. She'll probably never place higher than that at any international event, but those are very good results. And Italy can be very happy to have her, she safed the spots for Europeans and we'll see what she can do at Worlds.
    There are times for everything in life, maybe she had different priorities when she was younger, or she thought that she wouldn't have a chance against Marchei anyway? It's true that we'll probably never see her real potential, because she would have had to train harder when she was younger, but she seems to want to prove something, if only to herself and I think that's admirable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by psusanne View Post
    @ CaroLiza_fan
    Well, I don't think that Roberta is "the next big thing to come out of Italy", I just think that it's great that she's doing so well in her mid 20's and that she was able to improve so much. She was lucking winning that GP medal this season, but she did earn her 5th place at Europeans. She'll probably never place higher than that at any international event, but those are very good results. And Italy can be very happy to have her, she safed the spots for Europeans and we'll see what she can do at Worlds.
    There are times for everything in life, maybe she had different priorities when she was younger, or she thought that she wouldn't have a chance against Marchei anyway? It's true that we'll probably never see her real potential, because she would have had to train harder when she was younger, but she seems to want to prove something, if only to herself and I think that's admirable.
    That comment was directed towards topaz emerald, who started a thread asking about Roberta. But, in the time it took me to write that comment, it was merged into your thread.

    I do agree with you that what she has done this past year or so is remarkable. And admirable. But, it has come too late.

    If Roberta wanted to have a long-ish reign as the top Italian skater, she really needed to be challenging Rio, and maybe even Marchei, when they were still around. That way, when they disappeared, the younger skaters would not have been able to catch her.

    Truthfully, given the way Marchei stepped it up in the final few years of her singles career, I don't think Rodegheiro would have caught her. But, catching Rio was a possibility.

    But, the mistake Roberta made was that she thought she would a clear run when the Top 3 disappeared. She didn't realise that she needed to actually step it up until Russo beat her at Nationals.

    And now, Russo has stepped it up as well.

    I don't know much about Roberta outside of skating, so I don't know what else was going on in her life at the time. But I do feel that the door was open for her to become the undisputed top Italian Ladies skater, but she didn't realise it was open until it was too late.

    Which is a shame, because it is always nice to see older skaters blossoming.

    CaroLiza_fan
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    I see, I did wonder why Roberta's fan thread was in the "The Edge" a couple of hours ago.
    It's true that Roberta didn't do well at Nationals, but she did do very well at Europeans and that's where it counted. Because although I think Giada is a exceptionally talented and gifted figure skater, she doesn't seem to be a talented jumper. As long as Giada isn't able to rotate all her jumps she is no real competition for Roberta. And when Carolina comes back in form Roberta will be Italy's no. 2. Because after Europeans I think it's safe to say that Roberta is Italy's no. 1 at the moment and that she will be send to Worlds. So I believe that Roberta could have a couple of good years ahead of her.
    And we don't know what Roberta wants to achieve in her figure skating career anyway, what her goals are. She probably wants to go to the next Olympics and that's definitely within her reach.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaroLiza_fan View Post
    Roberta has been around for donkey's years. But for most of her career she was in the third tier of Italian Ladies skating (Carolina Kostner and Valentina Marchei being the first tier, and Francesca Rio being the second tier). And because the gaps between the tiers were so big, we never got to see Roberta or any of the other third tier skaters.

    But then Franesca retired, Valentina switched to Pairs, and Carolina took a sabbatical. So, everybody had to step up to claim the international slots.

    Because she was the oldest and most experienced of the skaters left, everybody expected Roberta to clean up at Italian Nationals last year. But she didn't. She actually bombed, and the title was won by this relatively unknown skater that had just come up from Juniors, called Giada Russo.

    So, in the wake of this, Roberta really stepped up her game in her international assignments. The improvement in her skating was massive, and was obvious to see. She became a regular on the podium in Senior B's, and then started winning them. And she started troubling the top skaters at the big events as well.

    In the past calendar year, Roberta Rodeghiero has became the dominant Italian Ladies skater on the international scene. So, when Nationals came around again, we were sure she would clean up, to prove a point that what happened a year earlier was just a one-off. She didn't. She bombed again, and Russo won again.

    Over the past year, everybody has been raving about Rodegheiro. But, because I know her history, I am not convinced that she is the next big thing to come out of Italy. It has taken her so long to get herself noticed, and she is now in her mid-20's. So, her age will put a limit on how long she is able to compete with the best.

    Also, there are up and coming young skaters. Russo may have announced herself on the Italian scene with that surprise win at Nationals last year, but she didn't on the international scene. Her international results were very poor compared to Rodegheiro's, and she had absolutely no reputation. But then she announced herself big time at Europeans last week. And, like Roberta a year earlier, the improvement was obvious to see.

    So, given her new found reputation, I would expect Russo to start challenging Rodegheiro for the title of top Italian on the international scene over the next year or so.

    But then there is the return of Carolina Kostner. And if she picks up where she left off, Rodegheiro and Russo will both be in trouble.

    Also, looking a few years further down the line, and Alessia Tornaghi will be the name everybody is talking about. Currently 12 years old, she got special dispensation to compete in the Italian Junior Championship because she was the reigning Novice Champion. She went out and won the SP, and came within a whisker of winning the Junior title at her first attempt.

    Tornaghi is a really beautiful skater, and she has the jumps. And because she has Russian ancestry, she has managed to bag herself a Russian coaching team. Specifically, Liza Tuktamysheva's original coach. So, I am expecting big things from her.

    So, whilst Roberta is currently the one grabbing the headlines, her reign as undisputed top Italian skater may turn out to be short.

    If only she had stepped up her game a few years earlier...

    CaroLiza_fan
    Wow, thanks for telling us some of her skating history. Yes, it's really unfortunate about her age being 25 years old, that's Mao's age. I just think it's nice to see others from other countries other than Russia or Japan receiving good results, it's like a breath of fresh air. Quite frankly, I'm American, but I do not enjoy watching any our of American girls perform, it's either you can reach the audience with your performance or you can't. For example, I really enjoyed Ashley Wagner's moulin program the first time she performed it, but when I saw her do it a second time, I don't know why I cringed....it was like, is that the best she got? Why do the program again? And then we have stone faced Gracie Gold and her overextended arms, and the still immature programs from Edmunds. It makes me appreciate Michelle Kwan's skating so much more because you realize at 16 years old, Michelle Kwan really reached the audience with her skating. I'll always remember her Romanza program and I think she was even younger than 16. I bring Michelle up because Roberta's skating at Europeans reminded me of her and is the kind of skating I want to see and wish of our American girls.

    You are probably right, she probably only has a few more years left, but what about Costner, isn't she 27 years old? That woman can still do triple triples, her speed still incredible, and you said she may come back. I think performance points should be rewarded more highly than it is under the current judging system. Maybe that can stop these 15-16 year old jumping beans atop the podium with mediocre performances. Anyway, I think Roberta's performance at Europeans blows the top three finishers away Italy should be lucky to have her. She just needs to work on her jumps for consistency, imo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaroLiza_fan View Post
    Roberta has been around for donkey's years. But for most of her career she was in the third tier of Italian Ladies skating (Carolina Kostner and Valentina Marchei being the first tier, and Francesca Rio being the second tier). And because the gaps between the tiers were so big, we never got to see Roberta or any of the other third tier skaters.

    But then Franesca retired, Valentina switched to Pairs, and Carolina took a sabbatical. So, everybody had to step up to claim the international slots.

    Because she was the oldest and most experienced of the skaters left, everybody expected Roberta to clean up at Italian Nationals last year. But she didn't. She actually bombed, and the title was won by this relatively unknown skater that had just come up from Juniors, called Giada Russo.

    So, in the wake of this, Roberta really stepped up her game in her international assignments. The improvement in her skating was massive, and was obvious to see. She became a regular on the podium in Senior B's, and then started winning them. And she started troubling the top skaters at the big events as well.

    In the past calendar year, Roberta Rodeghiero has became the dominant Italian Ladies skater on the international scene. So, when Nationals came around again, we were sure she would clean up, to prove a point that what happened a year earlier was just a one-off. She didn't. She bombed again, and Russo won again.

    Over the past year, everybody has been raving about Rodegheiro. But, because I know her history, I am not convinced that she is the next big thing to come out of Italy. It has taken her so long to get herself noticed, and she is now in her mid-20's. So, her age will put a limit on how long she is able to compete with the best.

    Also, there are up and coming young skaters. Russo may have announced herself on the Italian scene with that surprise win at Nationals last year, but she didn't on the international scene. Her international results were very poor compared to Rodegheiro's, and she had absolutely no reputation. But then she announced herself big time at Europeans last week. And, like Roberta a year earlier, the improvement was obvious to see.

    So, given her new found reputation, I would expect Russo to start challenging Rodegheiro for the title of top Italian on the international scene over the next year or so.

    But then there is the return of Carolina Kostner. And if she picks up where she left off, Rodegheiro and Russo will both be in trouble.

    Also, looking a few years further down the line, and Alessia Tornaghi will be the name everybody is talking about. Currently 12 years old, she got special dispensation to compete in the Italian Junior Championship because she was the reigning Novice Champion. She went out and won the SP, and came within a whisker of winning the Junior title at her first attempt.

    Tornaghi is a really beautiful skater, and she has the jumps. And because she has Russian ancestry, she has managed to bag herself a Russian coaching team. Specifically, Liza Tuktamysheva's original coach. So, I am expecting big things from her.

    So, whilst Roberta is currently the one grabbing the headlines, her reign as undisputed top Italian skater may turn out to be short.

    If only she had stepped up her game a few years earlier...

    CaroLiza_fan
    And thanks for telling us about the up and coming Italian girls...I will check them out on youtube

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    She's working on a 3lz-3toe, but I don't know when it will be reliable enough. To her credit, so far she has improved slowly but steadily.

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    I only discovered Roberta at Euros an she was superb and poised, as expected of an Italian skater. Her story reminds me of Houry Gebeshian, a US born and bred gymnast who now competes internationally for Armenia. Gymnastics has always been a big part of her life but she was not good enough to make the US national team and competed at college instead. So it wasn't until she was 22 that she made the debut to elite gymnastics at the 2011 World Championships, representing Armenia. Since gymnastics in Armenia is pretty much nonexistent, she trains alone, competes alone, coaches herself and while working as a physical assistant to support her gymnastics dream.

    In general, I think it can be incredibly hard to third-tier athlete in a powerhouse country to pursue their dreams and they have to prioritize other things while they're still young. On the other hand, old competitors in a teenage playground can have their own advantages. They have significantly matured, their confidences have improved and since their times are ticking, they are super motivated to stay on track and be the best persons they can be in all assets of their lives. I hope to see more of Roberta in the years to come and the presence of seasoned skaters like her will send a positive message to skating fans in general.

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    Roberta won the Sportland Trophy today! SP FS (low quality)
    Overall she received higher TES than at Europeans, but lower PCS. Looking good!
    She only doubled the loop and singled the toe in the lutz combo.

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