|Courtesy Nevent - photo credits: Alessandro Fiocchi|
After the Russian Federation granted Bariev, early this month, its permission to skate for Italy, we have more good news for figure skating fans, and Italian fans in particular. Dario Betti made official his switch from roller skating to ice skating on Wednesday, May 29, with a press conference at the Agorà ice rink in Milan.
Since “Roller skating is not an Olympic sport, and a gold medal at the World Championships is the highest result you can achieve,” as Dario himself said, the reigning European and World champion started to train with Lucia Civardi in February.
|Courtesy Nevent - Photo credits: Alessandro Fiocchi|
After a tough start, it seems nevertheless that we can expect much from Dario. “I was aware of the technical difficulties, especially because the blade is a completely new tool for me. The jumps and spins technique is different, but the main difference is in the basic skating and gliding, which is what I am mainly working on now. The muscles are stimulated in a different way, in fact at the beginning I struggled to be in good shape. I am able to execute all the triple jumps, and I am now working on the Flip and Toeloop combinations, on the triple Axel and on the quad Toeloop", Betti said to ArtOnIce.
Dario Betti has started to work on his FP one week ago. He will keep the same program he had last season as a roller skater: Napoleon. The SP will be a tango.
Last year Betti had the chance to watch Worlds live in Nice, where he also meet Patrick Chan, who is Dario's role model. “In my opinion he is the most complete skater now, both under the technical and artistic point of view; moreover he is a very down-to-earth guy.”
Undoubtedly, Dario knows his own mind: “This season I will surely compete at the National Championships; in a few weeks we will plan my whole competition schedule. Anyway I want to compete quite early in the season, in order to gain as much experience as possible. This is going to be my first year on the ice, I have nothing to lose and I only want to show what I am able to do.”
Good luck Dario! We'll be rooting for you!