Here’s a short recap of what happened over the past week in the world of figure skating.
Stefania Berton Speaks Out
After the seemingly endless announcements of partnership splits, new teams and coaching changes, it had been a quiet week until Stefania Berton spoke out on the end of her partnership with Ondrej Hotarek. The reasons behind the dissolution of the most successful Italian pair in the history of the sport had been shrouded in secrecy over the past few weeks, but with Berton’s statement (translated by Laura Sciarrillo for snowalps.com) sheds some light on the matter. While she does not go into detail, it is clear that the split was not initiated by her and came as a surprise.
Berton plans to continue pairs skating and is currently searching for a new partner.
Tickets for the Finlandia Trophy in October and the Trophee Eric Bompard in November both went on sale this week.
Finlandia Trophy which will once again be held in the Baron Arena in Espoo will be headlined by Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu. An all-event ticket for the competition, which is now a part of the ISU Challenger Series, costs €48.50. Skaters will participate in three disciplines, men, ladies and ice dance.
The Trophee Eric Bompard will be hosted by the Pationoire Meriadeck in Bordeaux for the very first time. The field includes Olympic bronze medallist Denis Ten, European champion Julia Lipnitskaia, Olympic silver medallists Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov, and World and European champions Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte. Ticket prices ranges from €6-65.
There’s bad news if you are interested in attending the Junior Grand Prix event in Nagoya, Japan next month though. Due to the popularity of skating in Japan, tickets have already sold-out.
Robin Szolkowy Marries Romy Born
Happy news for Robin Szolkowy who married his long-term girlfriend Romy Born in Chemnitz, Germany on 1 August. The honeymoon has been postponed due to Szolkowy’s coaching and show appearance commitments.