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Fournier Beaudry and Sørensen Break New Ground
- Created on Monday, 22 June 2015 19:39
by Jacquelyn Thayer | Photos by Robin Ritoss
Danish ice dancer Nikolaj Sørensen has found much to reflect on after finishing 11th at the World Championship—and ninth in the short dance—with partner Laurence Fournier Beaudry.
“Back in 2004, I remember sitting down and having a meeting with the federation,” he said. “I was 15 and we [Sørensen and then-partner Anna Thomsen] did our first Junior Grand Prix [JGP Pokal der Blauen Schwerter] that year, and I remember setting my long-term goals. And you know, my long-term goal was to be top ten at Worlds.”
It was a result Sørensen, who finished 15th at that early JGP event before a series of lower-tier placements at the Junior World and World Championships with Thomsen and subsequent partners, once considered distant.
“It’s been weird to just think about where do we set the bar for next season after this, because this is where I thought I was going to end up when I was ready to quit, you know?” he continued. “Adriá Diaz told me straight after the short dance, he said ‘Well, Nik, it looks like you’re going to be quitting a lot sooner than you thought, because right now you’re top ten in the world.’”
Detroit’s Paul & Islam, Hubbell & Donohue Join Montreal Ranks
- Created on Friday, 12 June 2015 16:12
by Jacquelyn Thayer | Photos by Daphne Backman, Melanie Hoyt & Robin Ritoss
The move from Michigan to Montréal for two of the Detroit Skating Club's leading couples—two-time U.S. bronze and Grand Prix medalists Madison Hubbell & Zach Donohue and three-time Canadian bronze medalists and Olympians Alexandra Paul & Mitch Islam—was one that each team expected to make solo.
“We didn’t know each other were planning on it, because obviously it’s not something you want to discuss with a lot of people before you discuss it with your coaches,” Paul said. “So neither of us really knew that the other were planning on going there because we had to wait to have the meetings with Anjelika [Krylova] and Pasquale [Camerlengo], so as soon as we had those meetings, it was like ‘Oh, hey…’”
“‘…we had the same idea!’” Islam continued while Paul laughed. “So yeah, it’s been fun having them there with us, you know, some familiar faces, and I think they’re just as excited as we are to train there.”
For the Canadian duo, motivation to join the camp led by coaches Marie-France Dubreuil, Patrice Lauzon, and Romain Haguenauer came after disappointing overall results in international competition. Despite achieving new ISU personal bests, they dropped to a 13th-place finish at Worlds after finishing tenth last year.
Hoptman & Filchenkov Announce Retirement
- Created on Thursday, 04 June 2015 22:35
Photo by Katie Weigel
U.S. ice dancers, Ginna Hoptman & Pasha Filchenkov have announced their retirement from competitive ice dancing. In their five years together, Hoptman & Filchenkov won the 2014 Eastern Sectional Championships and finished in the top 10 at the U.S. National Championships four times. The team has released the following message to share with their family, friends and fans via ice-dance.com.
With mixed emotions, we are announcing our retirement from competitive ice dancing. We are sad to say goodbye to each season's thrill of selecting music and putting together new programs, and to the satisfaction we got from training and performing in competitions and receiving support from fans, friends, family and fellow skaters. But we are looking forward to our next adventures in life, secure in the knowledge that we have given our all to competitive skating and have made the right decision. Our free dance last year said it for us - we have no regrets!
For me (Ginna), skating has always been my passion and creative outlet. It has been important as a way to express myself, especially as a shy kid starting out on the ice. But after several years toughing it out with several difficult injuries, I need to take care of my body and put my health first. I greatly appreciate Natalya, Pasha, and Kat Arbour for the care and respect they have shown for my injuries and helping to come up with creative ways to train and choreograph around my limitations. I have learned so much about myself and others from being in this sport -- the tough lessons build character and a positive attitude goes a very long way! I look forward to finishing my higher education with concentrations in exercise science and nutrition, and to expanding my time on the ice coaching and choreographing with the goal of making sure that all young skaters feel good about achieving their goals at whatever level they aspire to. I am also excited to have time to let myself try new things!
Siblings in Skating #7: Louisville Skating Academy Edition
- Created on Monday, 25 May 2015 21:38
Our seventh edition of the Siblings in Skating series focuses on two brother-sister teams that share the same training base and coaches. Both Sophia Elder & Christopher Elder and Claire Purnell & Lucas Purnell have been training at the Louisville Skating Academy (LSA) in Louisville, Kentucky, with the husband and wife coaching team of Kelley Morris-Adair and Donny Adair for the past five years.
Claire Purnell & Lucas Purnell
The Purnells finished 23rd in their first trip to the U.S. Junior Championships in 2012. The junior and senior U.S. Championships were combined in 2013, and the team just missed qualifying. They were eighth in 2014 at the juvenile level and finished ninth at the intermediate level at the most recent U.S. Championships in January in Greensboro, NC.
How were you each introduced to skating and, particularly, ice dance?
Claire: We were introduced to skating by our mom [Rebecca Hatch-Purnell] who is a coach and director of LSA.
Lucas: Around age 7, I started skating with my friend, Ana, because we liked to hang out together on the ice. We did one dance competition together, and then she moved, so Claire stepped in.
What has been your favorite skating memory in your career so far?
Claire: My favorite memory was making Donny cry during our winning juvenile free dance in Lake Placid in 2013.
Lucas: For me, it was placing 2nd at Sectionals last year.
Volunteer to Help Team IDC in Lake Placid
- Created on Friday, 22 May 2015 17:25
Want to help out the IDC staff at the Lake Placid Ice Dancing Championships? Volunteers are a big reason why IDC's coverage has been so successful for the past 12 years. In order to be able to produce our standard quality and quantity of coverage, we rely on the tireless efforts of those who volunteer to work with us.
This year, we are looking for photographer assistants to assist us with coverage for the 2015 event. As and assistant, you will learn about our photography process by sitting with us during an event and downloading photos from memory cards and sorting them into folders. You will learn how we select the photos that are displayed on ice-dance.com as well as how we make adjustments to camera settings to get better photos. If you have some free time during the event and would like to volunteer, please fill out our volunteer form.
2015 Lake Placid Ice Dance Championships29 Jul 2015 04:00 AM to 01:00 PM
July 29 - August 1, 2015
Lake Placid, NY
2015 Minto Summer Skate29 Jul 2015 All Day
July 30 - August 2, 2015
The Minto Skating Center
2015 Lake Placid Ice Dance International30 Jul 2015 04:00 AM to 01:00 PM
July 30-31, 2015
Lake Placid, NY Website
2015 Central Ontario Summer Skate12 Aug 2015 All Day
August 13-16, 2015
Thornhill Community Centre
2015 BC/Yukon Summer Skate12 Aug 2015 All Day
August 13-14, 2015
Burnaby 8 Rinks