Tobias returns to the ice with Tkachenko
- Created on Wednesday, 22 July 2015 20:47
Photos by Robin Ritoss
Sometimes you must go back to go forward.
Isabella Tobias & Ilya Tkachenko skated together briefly in 2008.
“When we tried out that summer, and he decided he wanted to skate with me, it was a dream come true,” Tobias said.
Potential citizenship issues caused the team to go their separate ways after only six months.
“That January, Ilyaʼs coach decided it would be in Ilyaʼs best interest to skate with a partner that had Russian citizenship,” Tobias said. “At the time it was absolutely devastating to me, and I was sad about it for a long time. Looking back on it now, with all of my citizenship struggles, I can understand where his coach was coming from.”
Two years later, Tobias teamed up with Deividas Stagniunas, a four-time Lithuanian national champion with a competitive international resume. Stagniunas had been paired with American Katherine Copely, but the two had parted ways in 2010 after an injury led Copely to retirement.
Copely had applied for Lithuanian citizenship after the team had earned a spot at the 2010 Olympic Games, but her request was denied and the spot went unfilled.
2015-16 Pattern Dances - An Overview
- Created on Tuesday, 21 July 2015 21:29
Our annual technical breakdown of the pattern dances for the 2015-16. This season, it has been expanded to include patterns for the juvenile, intermediate and novice levels.
Waltz, March, Foxtrot, Polka
PD: Ravensburger Waltz
This year, the Senior dancers will have the same required rhythm patterns as the juniors. The required rhythm is the waltz and teams may use any number of the following rhythms: foxtrot, march, or polka. With the vast rhythm styles, we should see a variety of interpretations from classical to modern.
Teams will be required to do one pattern of the Ravensburger Waltz, one short lift, one set of a sequential twizzles, and a partial step sequence. This year, the partial step sequence can be skated to any of the aforementioned rhythms and will not have required elements from the pattern dance featured. There is a mandatory stop to show when the partial step sequence will begin. The partial step sequence should characterize the rhythm chosen by the team. The technical panel will evaluate the partial step sequence with similar criteria as the Style B Step Sequence by the technical panel, however there are no pattern retrogressions, loops, separations, or stops (besides the one in the beginning) permitted in the sequence.
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!
2015 Minto Summer Skate29 Jul 2015 All Day
July 30 - August 2, 2015
The Minto Skating Center
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
2015 ISU JGP Bratislava18 Aug 2015 All Day
August 19-23, 2015
2015 ISU JGP Riga25 Aug 2015 All Day
August 26-30, 2015