17 August 2012

Ghiaccio Spettacolo - Stars On Ice LIVE

The 5th date of the Ghiaccio Spettacolo Italian Summer Tour  at Baselga di Piné can be watched LIVE this evening at 21:00 GMT+1 on Idealweb.tv (EXCEPT for users in the area code 0461).

This year the main theme is Brodway. The cast is full of international and well kown skaters:

- Evgeny Plushenko: the tsar, this year special guest (who will miss the show in Corvara).
- Tomas Verner: his great interpretive skills and irony make him ​​one of the most loved skaters.
- Valentina Marchei: she's loved by all Italian and international fans for her charisma and interpretative skills.
- Stefania Berton & Ondrej Hotarek: their combination of strength, elegance, smoothness, and interpretation make them unique.
- Aidas Reklys & Akop Manoukian: the acrobatics on ice at its highest levels, .
- Lorenza Alessandrini & Simone Vaturi: they combine high level technical skills with a great artistic expression.
- Elisa Angeli: performer at the New York Ice Theater, she combine skating skills and circus performances.
- La Compagnia di Ghiaccio_Spettacolo: more than 15 professional skaters who have been part of the Italian team, among wich 10 are selected every year to performe in the Summer Tour.

For more infos read Ghiaccio Spettacolo Italian Summer Tour.

10 August 2012

Evan Lysacek Returns

Ok, admit it: it did not really come as a surprise. Plushenko's back, Weir's back, Kim's back, Ando's back, Rochette's (pondering to be) back... Slutskaya's back, Jagudin's back, Arakawa's back... No, wait! I let my enthusiasm run away with me! 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, The Third Age Olympics!

Obviously, I'm only joking. But there have been a lot of comebacks, of late. And Lysacek is only the last one, in terms of time.

Indeed, Evan Lysacek announced this morning on NBC's "TODAY" in London his plans to return to competitive figure skating after a two-season layoff.

U.S. Figure Skating confirms that Lysacek has completed the necessary paperwork and is set to compete at 2012 Hilton HHonors Skate America. The opening event of the 2012 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series, Skate America will take place Oct. 19-21, at the ShoWare Center in Seattle/Kent, Wash.

U.S. Figure Skating has also announced that that single-session tickets for 2012 Hilton HHonors Skate America will be available at 10 a.m. (PT) Friday, Aug. 10. Starting at $10 per session, tickets will be available by visiting www.2012skateamerica.com/tickets or the ShoWare Center box office.

"I am returning to competitive skating with the ultimate goal of representing the U.S. at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi and successfully defending my Olympic title," Lysacek said. "I'm excited that my first competition back will be at 2012 Hilton HHonors Skate America. Kicking off my return on home soil will make it even sweeter."

Lysacek has not skated competitively since he earned the gold medal at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.

Training with longtime coach Frank Carroll, Lysacek has chosen to skate to music from the album Poeta by Spanish flamenco composer Vincent Amigo for his short program and to "Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix," an aria from Camille Saint-Saëns's opera Samson and Delilah, for his free skate.

"He's stayed in extremely good shape physically. He's got lovely programs. Everything seems a go for him at this point," Carroll said. "I'm delighted he's going to try to skate again."

If you are Evan's fan and want to learn more about what he did during his two-season layoff, read the May 2011 cover story of SKATING magazine below!

Source: USFSA and Icenetwork

9 August 2012

Shpilband and Fusar-Poli talk about coaching toghether in Novi

Igor Shpilband
It seems that the figure skating world doesn't want me to go on holiday...

The Shpilband's Saga goes on, and Shpilband talks about his new home in Novi.

After Igor Shpilband and coaching partner Marina Zoueva parted ways, and Davis/White along with the Shibs and Virtue/Moir decided to continue training under Zoueva, Shpilband began negotiations with the Novi Ice Arena, where he found a new home for him and his skaters, including Madison Chock and Evan Bates, Lithuanians Isabella Tobias and Deividas Stagniunas, and  Italian Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte who combine training in Milan with coach Paola Mezzadri with trips to Novi before major competitions.

"There was a little problem with [getting] ice in the beginning, because I approached them quite late and some ice was already sold, but now I have it starting at six in the morning [and going] into the afternoon," Shpilband said to Lynn Rutherford, special to icenetwork.com. "There are two [NHL-size] surfaces -- I'm using one of them -- and there's a sports center next door with all kinds of off-ice training available. There's a pool, tennis courts, gym, yoga, Pilates, you name it. I have as much time as I need and coaches I like to work with, so it's good."

Among those coaches: Russia's Marina Klimova and Italy's Barbara Fusar-Poli.

"I am very happy I'm working with Igor," said Fusar-Poli, who brought two of her teams with her from Milan: the recently re-teamed Tanja Kolbe and Stefano Caruso and new Italian junior team Carolina Moscheni and Adam Lukacs. "I have a good feeling with him."

"Igor's wife, Adrienne [Lenda], is very nice, so we can work very well together," Barbara added. "I am working with all of the couples. Of course, Igor did the choreography, but I'm helping with the choreography of the arms in the step sequences, the faces [expression] and, of course, I have some other ideas. I've known Igor for many years, but I have never worked with him before, so everything is new. I am staying at their home, and everyone is so sweet with me. I feel like a queen."

With a husband (former Olympic short track competitor Diego Cattani) and two children in Milan, Fusar-Poli does not plan a permanent move to Michigan, and she will stay only until mid-August. Shpilband hopes she can return later in the season.

"Everyone is enjoying working with Barbara," Shpilband said. "I was also very lucky Marina Klimova was able to come and help me for a few weeks, and hopefully she will be coming back later this month. She worked with all of our teams, on all kinds of different things. She's such a talented coach."

Well, good luck to all, skaters and coaches, with their new home!

Source: Icenetwork

3 August 2012

Kostner out of Grand Prix Series

I know, I said I was on holiday! And strictly speaking I am, but... Let's say that's a bit of news worth talking about in this hot summer.

As Icenetwork has reported, Carolina Kostner's name was scratched from the entry lists for the Cup of China and Trophée Eric Bompard, the two Grand Prix events in which she was scheduled to compete.

No formal announcement has been made, not even on Carolina's official website or from the FISG.

First Kostner told the Italian weekly magazine Gente in early July that was considering turning professional. Than, a few days later, she changed her mind and with a message on her official website and on Facebook decided to continue her competitive career until the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

I'll update you on possible further develops.

Source: Icenetwork


A statement has been made by Carolina's manager about her reasons for withdrawing from the GP, just after her boyfriend (Alex Schwarzer, the Italian race walker and 2008 Olympic champion) has been disqualified for doping from London Olympics and throwed away a career, (about wich she said to ANSA "I do not approve of what he did, but I love him).

Carolina decided to continue her competitive career only in July, thus was not in shape to compete in the GP. Carolina and her coach decided she will start her season in December, with the Italian Championships.

Source: ArtOnIce

1 August 2012

Hiatus - Blog closed for holidays

It's August, folks! And even if  I'm going to study and work like the rest of the year, at least I can do it near a beach! I'll be not updating the blog for the month, unless some major news or event happen. But I'll be on Facebook and on Twitter if you want to reach me. Or you can always send me a message through the Contact Form of the blog.

But I'm not going to leave you with nothing to watch. It's summer, it's sunny... Let's dance with the Shibs! Do you join me?

This video has been shared a lot in the last days on Facebook. Directed by Alex Shibutani and with on-ice choreography by Jeffrey Buttle, it is really amazing!

Also USA Olympic swimming team performs 'Call Me Maybe' in London. What do you think? Team Skaters or Team Swimmers, who wins?