Roberta Rodeghiero

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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 1 April 2020 by dorispulaski
Last updated on 15 April 2020 by Mohacz




BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION​


ISU: http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00008959.htm

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roberta_Rodeghiero

Tracings.net entry: http://www.tracings.net/rode-robe.html

Rinkresults.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

TypeScoreCompetition
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

TypeScoreCompetition
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​


2019/2020
SP: "Always Remember Us This Way" (from "A Star Is Born" soundtrack); choreo by Lukas Csolley, Riccardo Morelli
FS: Frida (soundtrack) by Elliot Goldenthal; Poeta en el Mar by Vincente Amigo; choreo by Lukas Csolley, Riccardo Morelli

2019-20 Italian Championships
2019 Volvo Open
2019 Shanghai Trophy
2019 Nepela Memorial
2018/2019
SP: "Proud Mary" by Tina Turner
FS: "Frida" (soundtrack) by Elliot Goldenthal / "Poeta en el Mar" by Vincente Amigo; choreo by Lukas Csolley, Riccardo Morelli

2019 World Team Trophy
SP: no video found​

2019 World Championships
SP: no video found
FS: FNR​

2019 Cup of Tyrol
2019 Mentor Torun Cup
2019 Italian Championships
2018 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 Championship
2017 Italian Championships
2016 CS Warsaw Cup
2016 GP Rostelecom Cup
2016 GP Skate America
2016 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 Championship
2016 European Championships
2015 GP Trophée Bompard
2015 GP Rostelecom Cup
2015 CS Lombardia Trophy
2015 Italian Competition in October
2015 Nepela Trophy
2014/2015
SP: "Let It Go" performed by The Piano Guys
FS: "Evita" soundtrack by Andrew Lloyd Webber

2015 World Championships
2015 Europeans
2013/2014
SP: Valetango
FS: "Notre-Dame de Paris" by Riccardo Cocciante

2014 European Championships
SP: no video found​

2013 Winter Universiade
2013 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 Championships
2012/13 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 Trophy
2011/12 Italian National Championships
2011 NRW Trophy
2011 Nebelhorn
2010/2011
SP: "Dracula" soundtrack
FS: "Warsaw Concerto" by Richard Addinsell

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



Competitive History​

EventLevelSPFSTotal
ScoreNoScoreNoScoreNo
2019/2020
Nordics Open 2020Senior847.58890.35137.938
Dragon Trophy 2020Senior456.191108.82165.011
Italian Championships 2020Senior748.35WD
52st Golden Spin 2019Senior1149.8510101.26151.1110
40th Volvo Open Cup 2019Senior951.041390.76141.8012
Shanghai Trophy 2019Senior650.65677.20127.856
27th Ondrej Nepela Trophy 2019Senior1148.1210102.57150.6910
2018/2019
2019 World Team Trophy (individual / team)senior48.451211106.64155.0911 / 6
2019 World Championshipssenior51.5031FNR51.5031
2019 Cup of Tyrolsenior49.077105.812154.885
2019 Bavarian Opensenior54.364106.844161.204
2019 Mentor Torun Cupsenior43.321288.326131.648
2019 Italian Championshipssenior49.61791.827141.436
2018 Bosphorus Cupsenior50.782WDWD
2018 CS Inge Solar Memorial - Alpen Trophysenior55.506105.166160.666
2017/2018
Roberta withdrew from Skate Canada and did not compete at all this season.
2016/2017
2017 Winter Universiadesenior59.034102.177161.206
2017 European Championshipsenior57.778103.2312161.009
2017 Italian Championshipssenior61.732120.242181.972
2016 CS Warsaw Cupsenior48.17888.399136.568
2016 GP Rostelecom Cupsenior52.5712107.238159.808
2016 GP Skate Americasenior52.62996.5110149.139
2016 CS Lombardia Trophysenior56.655108.174164.824
2015/2016
2016 Team Challenge Cupsenior61.752----
2016 World Championshipsenior57.9013100.5119158.4116
27th Sportland Trophy ISUsenior59.461106.831166.291
European Championship 2016senior61.014109.755170.765
2016 Italian Championshipssenior50.053100.642150.692
2015 GP Rostelecom Cupsenior56.857105.878162.727
2015 GP Tropheé Eric Bompardsenior58.813--58.813
4th CS Denkova-Staviski Cup 2015senior49.506100.314149.814
23rd CS Ondrej Nepela Trophy 2015senior53.198103.458156.648
2015 CS Lombardia Trophysenior59.662107.611167.271
2014/2015
2015 World Championshipsenior51.421783.3221134.7420
2015 Hellmut Seibt Memorialsenior49.00394.302143.302
2015 Winter Universiadesenior58.03393.8211151.855
2015 European Championshipsenior51.7911102.737154.528
2015 Italian Championshipssenior51.35290.204141.552
47th Golden Spin of Zagreb 2014senior42.981885.2812128.2614
17th Merano Cup 2014senior49.09498.031147.121
22nd CS Ondrej Nepela Trophy 2014senior47.536103.301150.831
2014 CS Lombardia Trophysenior50.418100.534150.944
2013/2014
2014 Hellmut Seibt Memorialsenior50.61190.911141.521
2014 European Championshipsenior48.521592.739141.2511
2014 Italian championshipssenior44.604101.532146.133
2013 Winter Universiadesenior42.151090.535132.688
2nd Denkova-Staviski Cup 2013senior50.52397.131147.651
2013 Ice Challengesenior44.35785.214129.564
16th Merano Cup 2013senior47.62376.515124.134
21st Ondrej Nepela Trophysenior51.80566.8617118.6612
2013 Lombardia Trophysenior36.16887.843124.005
2012/2013
23rd Gardena Spring Trophy 2013senior38.441182.936121.377
Bavarian Open 2013senior46.77579.9412126.719
European Championship 2013senior44.7127FNR44.7127
2013 Italian championshipssenior51.36391.464142.824
24th Golden Bear 2012senior43.83274.003117.833
13th Crystal Skatesenior46.85178.793125.641
20th Ondrej Nepela Memorialsenior45.41573.106118.516
Lombardia Trophy 2012senior41.20281.461122.661
2011/2012
22nd Gardena Spring Trophy 2012senior44.92282.421127.341
21st Triglav Trophy 2012senior44.04979.158123.199
2012 Coupe du Printempssenior37.361075.236112.599
2012 Bavarian Opensenior46.09491.951138.042
2011 NRW Trophysenior47.341292.707140.048
Cup of Nice 2011senior42.701474.4710117.1712
19th Ondrej Nepela Memorialsenior30.791473.036103.828
Lombardia Trophy 2011senior40.46172.071112.531
2010/2011
20th Triglav Trophysenior40.431084.906125.337
2011 Winter Universiadesenior44.421084.756129.176
NRW Trophy 2010senior40.121773.3215113.4416
13th Merano Cup 2010senior35.311767.6314102.9415
18th Ondrej Nepela Memorial 2010senior37.13873.336110.466
2009/2010
Bavarian Open 2010senior48.34380.842129.182
2009 NRW Trophysenior45.10963.5718108.6714
2008/2009
19th Gardena Spring Trophy 2009junior37.31362.08199.393
2009 Bavarian Opensenior40.86268.762109.622
NRW Trophy 2008junior43.76167.044110.801
JGP Madrid Cupjunior43.92574.067117.987
JGP Meranojunior40.231363.1714103.4013
2007/2008
JGP Pokal der Blauen Schwerter 2007junior38.80953.611892.4115
10th Merano Cup 2007junior37.74672.032109.772
17th Heiko Fischer Pokal 2007junior31.201157.39688.597
2006/2007
2006 JGP Harghita Cupjunior32.951253.851386.8013
2005/2006
JGP Sofia Cup 2005junior32.701549.912382.6117


EXHIBITIONS AND GALAS​


2012 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
Excerpt from the Original Post
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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witcher

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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. :clapper:
 

Layback11

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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! :hap57:
 

solani

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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. :agree:
I wish her luck for today, keeping the 7th place would be a very good result for her in that tight field.
 

solani

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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! :clap:
 

turquoiseblue

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Roberta's SP from Euros :love:
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!"
 

solani

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

topaz emerald

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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=MK1YMag6EvA&list=PLewQOpQCn20fWp8-DDEBVD5kKr9Bi_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
 

LuisRollerArg

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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
 

CaroLiza_fan

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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
 

solani

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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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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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solani

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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.
 

topaz emerald

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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

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.
 

topaz emerald

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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

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

bartlebooth

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Feb 19, 2010
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.
 

thoakun

Final Flight
Joined
Jun 7, 2014
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.
 

solani

Record Breaker
Joined
Sep 8, 2014
Roberta won the Sportland Trophy today! SP FS (low quality)
Overall she received higher TES than at Europeans, but lower PCS. Looking good! :clapper:
She only doubled the loop and singled the toe in the lutz combo.
 
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