19 March 2012

Worlds 2012 - Will Nice be Nice Again?

I couldn't help using Paul Peret's pun in my title. What can I say, professional bias...

While we are all waiting for the 2012 Worlds in Nice, what do you think about using the time machine and go back to 2000 Worlds in Nice?

In an unprecedented move in the summer of 1999, the ISU reassigned the 2000 World Championships from its original location in Brisbane, Australia to Nice, France.
“In less than six months, we were able to stage a world-class competition, but Russia recently proved to the skating family they could do it faster. So we will have no excuse if we fail,” said Didier Gailhaguet, president of the Fédération Française des Sports de Glace in reference to the fact that Russian authorities organized 2011 Worlds in less than six weeks.

"So used to traveling to cold places to compete, Nice was a welcome change!" said Canadian ice dancers Megan Wing and Aaron Lowe. "We spent our downtime walking through the city and along the French Riviera."

It was the first year that vocals were allowed in ice dancing, and Christopher Dean choreographed Lang and Tchernyshev's free dance to Sarah Brightman's "Anytime, Anywhere."
"The best part is that Christopher Dean, my idol, was actually there standing by the boards to send us off to compete," Lang said. "It was such an honor and a proud moment in my life, that he would come to support us."

U.S. men's champion Michael Weiss put down a solid performance and wound up with the bronze medal ahead of the pre-event favorite Evgeni Plushenko of Russia, who made costly mistakes. Although it wasn't Plushenko's night, Weiss vividly recalls Plushenko's intense rivalry with countryman Alexei Yagudin, who claimed his third consecutive men's title in 2000.
"I've never seen two more dominant people that were consistently right at the top for the entire four years," Weiss said. "I've never seen two guys more competitive. It was fun to be in the mix there and be a part of it."

But not everything went well in these Worlds. The Ukrainian pair, Julia Obertas and Dmitri Palamarchuk, had a terrible fall [A/N: see minute 4:04 of the video below], with Palamarchuk ending up in hospital.
Paramedics arrived at once, but first one of them almost fell on the poor soul that couldn't get up from the ice, and then they dragged him out of the rink while he clerly wasn't in any shape to stand up, let alone to walk. And, indeed, he fainted as soon as he was off the ice. Needless to say, his partner, Julia, was so scared she couldn't stop crying.
One of the worst fall I've ever seen in this sport. It was a scary scene.

And to answer the question in the title, I'm sure that Nice will be great. It is a wonderful city in which I was lucky enough to spend a week and in which I'd love to return: Nice is wonderful in spring.

So, for all the lucky one who will be there for Worlds, enjoy the competition and enjoy the city!

Source: Icenetwork.com


  1. Se fosse davvero possibile
    mi piacerebbe troppo tornare indietro nel tempo ai Campionati Mondiali del 2000!
    Anche perchè ci sarebbe ancora in competizione Stéphane ....

    Invece per ora visto che non esiste macchina del tempo mi tocca solo aspettere l'edizione dei Campionati Mondiali di Nizza 2012|

  2. Come ti capisco...
    Ancora 7 giorni!! Manca poco!! ;)