5 January 2013

Friction around the Italian and Russian teams designation for next Euros

As I already reported on Dec. 31, the FISG (Italian Ice Sports Federation) has published the names of the athletes who will compete at next Euros that will take place in Zagreb from 21st to 27th of January.

The spots for Italy are two per discipline, except in the Ladies field, where the Italian skaters will be three thanks to the gold medal won by Carolina Kostner at the 2012 Euros.

Here the Italian team that will skate in Zagreb:

Ladies: Carolina Kostner, Valentina Marchei, Roberta Rodeghiero.
Substitutes: Carol Bressanutti, Francesca Rio.

Men: Paul Bonifacio Parkinson, Paolo Bacchini.
Substitutes: Maurizio Zandron, Saverio Giacomelli.

Pairs: Stefania Berton / Ondrej Hotarek, Nicole Della Monica / Matteo Guarise.
No Substitutes.

Dance: Anna Cappellini / Luca Lanotte, Charlene Guignard / Marco Fabbri.
Substitutes: Lorenza Alessandrini / Simone Vaturi, Federica Bernardi / Christopher Mior.

But the designation of the Italian Team for the European Championships caused some friction within the Federation. After the Italian Championships, the Federation decided to send Maurizio Zandron, who placed third at Nationals, to the European Championships in Zagreb. Paolo Bacchini, who placed second, was going to attend the World Championships in Canada. Then the Federation's President, Giancarlo Bolognini, ordered to send Bacchini to Zagreb instead of Zandron. Franca Invernizzi, the Federation's Deputy President, and Riccardo Amort, council member, decided to resign immediately. Will know more about this "querelle" on January the 9th, when a summitt has been scheduled.

As I already reported on Dec. 28, the Russian Skating Federation has decided its team for next Euros, not without arousing bitter controversy.

Here the Russian team that will skate in Zagreb, as reported by Tatjana Flade:

Men: Plushenko, Voronov, Kovtun.

Ladies: Tuktamysheva, Sotnikova, Gosviani.

Pairs: Volosozhar/Trankov, Kavaguti/Smirnov, Bazarova/Larionov.

Dance: Bobrova/Soloviev, Ilinykh/Katsalapov, Riazanova/Tkachenko.

The controversy is born after the decision of the Federetion of sending Maxim Kovtun, who placed 5th at Nationals, instead of  Menshov, who placed 3rd. According to president Gorshkov, Kovtun was selected over Menshov as he had good junior results and he is the only one who can do 2 quads (meaning 4T and 4S).

Source: Art On Ice and Tatjana Flade

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