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Re: Новости о соревнованиях || Competitions News

September, 21st to 24th, 2011 in Oberstdorf, Germany

Yuzuru HANYU - SP:


The medals for Yuzuru, Michal & Stephen were presented by Stephane Lambiel
2011 #Nebelhorn Trophy Men's Medallists
Romeo Hanyu... ;)
Nagasu in a class of her own in short program at Nebelhorn:
Hanyu starts season with gold at Nebelhorn, Carriere wins bronze:
by cekoni
23 Sep 2011, 22:51
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Re: Другие интересные новости || Other interesting news

What Lysacek has to "forgive" Plushy?! :kli_ny: .... probably Plushy should to forgive theft to him and his crew ! :)-(:
(it's amazing, how he convinced himself in own propaganda :ps_ih:)


Лайсачек выступит на Олимпиаде в Сочи

Олимпийский чемпион Ванкувера и чемпион мира-2010 Эван Лайсачек объявил, что планирует выступить на Играх-2014 в Сочи, сообщает AP. Американец объявил об этом на ежегодном собрании Олимпийского комитета США, где он получил награду как лучший атлет 2010 года. Прошлый сезон Лайсачек, известный российским болельщикам по неоднозначной победе над Евгением Плющенко на Олимпиаде-2010, пропустил из-за большой загруженности. "Ничто не сделает меня более счастливым, чем еще один шаг на олимпийский лед", - заявил Лайсачек.

При этом американец отметил, что не рассматривает турнир в Сочи как реванш со стороны Плющенко: "Все прощено. Желаю Евгению всего наилучшего. Как я уже говорил, молодые люди :-) в запале могут многое наговорить. Так что я не виню Плющенко".
by cekoni
24 Sep 2011, 16:44
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Re: "Вне льда" || OFF Ice

From some Ukrainian site ... 2006/2007

by cekoni
24 Sep 2011, 17:25
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Re: Пресса о Жене, интервью Жени || Press about Evgeni ON Ic
21.09.2011, №145 - Рассказова И.
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translated by me and Darina :ni_zia:

Evgeni Plushenko: No matter how unbearable and painfully...
Open interview of Turin Olympic Champion, who decided on the second returning. Before Plushenko, nobody did it

When you know that people love you, and love you SO much, you can do anything. And you will overcome anything - and unbearable things, and pain and the myriad of other human «I can not».
I was very touched by how Zhenya Plushenko’s fans love him. After his first Test Skating on Rublyovka, he stood with them for about an hour.
Not deny loving. And Plushenko didn't complain neither with facial expressions, nor with words, about the pain in his leg.
- Zhenya, if we'll cheer you up before you skating with your first tattoo motto "The path will be overcome by the one who walks it", you will not mind?
- Great idea - seriously replied Plushenko. – I don't mind!
- And may be our shouting does not let you focus?
- Come on! If you only knew, how it inspires me.
- But Artur Gachinsky complained that because of this, he sometimes falls on his jumps.
Plushenko made a politically correct pause, hinting at Arthur's young age.
- Artur is a good athlete. He has a great future.
- Why do you have only your wife's name tattoo, but no name of your son?
- I want Egor's name to be tattooed along with the names of babies we will have with Yana.


(here is a similar part, as in previous interviews about Test Skating: :mi_ga_et:

Plushenko: ... I tried to do a quad, but did only a triple.

- What prevented it?
- Prevent, perhaps, a long time "non-skating" to public. Still, five months I did not perform, had surgery, and this is forgotten. These feelings are forgotten!

- But this is pleasant excitement?
- Of course, pleasant. The next time I will try to do a quad.

- Some time ago you had surgery. How much it was needed? In my opinion, under the knife should go only when absolutely is no alternative.
- I have lived with this problem years, probably five. Do not dare to have surgery on my left knee. Meniscus. But as I look at the next three years, that I am going to stay in sport until 2014, I realized that I had to do this operation now. I have removed part of the meniscus, but healing, frankly speaking, all bad. Very slowly and painfully going recovery. But nothing, through the pain I jump complex elements. Put new programs. And free, and short. They just need more polish and polish.

- What are the hardest now?
- Everything!

- Still?
- This summer it was incredibly hard. This summer was a disaster. Because I starting from the scratch, and the General Physical Preparation, and choreography, and work on the ice. And it looked like this: two days training ... everything! Muscles are clogged, everything hurts. And several times I wanted to finish. I thought that I should throw this too bold idea, not that age, not that muscles, the pain was unbearable....

A few moments it was... almost stalemate. And the flash of despair, and hopelessness. The hands dropped - I not could anything. Came away from training. I was ready to go right out of Novogorsk to St. Petersburg. Skate in shows, exhibitions. But the show - is show. There's no such drudgery, as before a big tournament, which seemed to me in the summer, I can not stand neither morally, nor physically.
And who help me especially? (Mishin, Vitaly, Yana) ... Each in their own way. They told me: "Zhenya, what do you want? One month after surgery you want jump quadruple jumps?! Calm down!" And little by little, listening to them, knowing that they are right, I felt: I did not have enough wisdom and patience.
... I actually made ​​a mistake - began to forced. I wanted everything at once, but in fact, only stronger injured my operated leg. And still I feel the consequences this unnecessary haste.


- Why this impatience? You are not a boy.
- If you are a champion, you want always to be like that. And yes, I have such a character. I need all and at once! I do not accept any half-tones or half measures. But, as I said before, never too late to understand something. And now everything is going by order - and let go. I am calm. If something did not work, do not think about this as tragedy. I say to myself: "Do not worry! I will do that in the next training!"
Mental crises, breakdowns, which I survived the summer, changed me. I have been learned from childhood: "Do not delay anything for later". No matter how unbearable and painfully - necessarily I had to do on same training. Now I do not see the big sin in to break, no training one time, but on the next training to make a splash. Both, I and my whole team - we look at the situation, to my momentary health, and on this basis, we act.

- Zhenya, you do not to worry that figure skating in your absence has made dramatic leap forward. Patrick Chan, who established the world record for number of points at the last Worlds, you do not demoralize?
- And what exactly should demoralize me, according to your logic? Yagudin and I did this 10 years ago, the same two quads in one program. Patrick did a triple axel, but we did two triple axels, including cascades. Patrick Chan has demonstrated nothing new. He has not demonstrated us a new quad… lutz, for example. Or the new quad flip. Or four and a half, or 4-4. Well, so what we have to talk about? He did not do 4-3-3 cascade. Nobody has done it yet.

- But 4-3 he jumps great.
- Between 4-3 and 4-3-3 is difference, I'm sorry, there is, and not small.

- You can do that?
- Once I jumped 4-3-3, then first and only one in the world.

- But now?
- We shall see. I'm trying and will continue to try to approach to this. Absolutely! Generally, to back what I could before - this is probably limit of my dreams. This will be enough. Two quadruple jump is already, of course, difficult. But once again I say: we'll see. If we back to Chan, he did not show nothing extraordinary on the Moscow World Championships. He skated great, with this I do not argue. At that time...

- And you feel the strength, at least potentially, to break his record in the amount of points? Or the concept "amount of points" is not something to which you are oriented?
- I am oriented on my skating. On the work, that I should do. Let judges do his job and put me scores.

- You said that you try to approach again to 4-3-3. It's need this risk? With the injured leg? Is it justified?
- Justified. Of course. Leg will not pain forever...

- Why do you think the risk is justified? Lysacek won the Olympics in Vancouver without a quadruple jump. Which gave cause, well-known Elvis Stojko to make a blog entry: "Night, when they killed the figure skating." It turns out, not killed?
- I think that now everybody will jump quads. Look at the post-Olympic season, when passions are usually calm down, most favorite nonetheless went on quads. There was no such, that all give priority to a smooth, clean sliping, and with thus turn the figure skating into ballet, stopped to take risks with the quads.

- Coach and choreographer Nikolai Morozov said that if you look from position of today's score rules on great, already legendary programs of Plushenko and Yagudin, it turns out that the steps there - the first level, spins - also. Can you change and overcome that?
- Do you know that football boots before were also, as our boots. But now they weight 146 grams. And I and my coach - we are appropriate people. We do not live in yesterday's day. Yes, there are new requirements for steps and spins. And they now have levels. Naturally, we keep that in mind.


- Mishin named you as "Shakespeare of figure skating", because Shakespeare has described all the known human senses, and you - all shown on the ice. Are there more white spots?
- We have reached that point, that it is difficult to me, to pick up my new image. That's just for this reason! Insanely hard, insanely! And why examined the images of a madman, violinist, a Jewish dance ... They also have been somewhere ... But after long creative search, pains, joys and big doubts, I decided to return to the old images, simply modifying them. Remake Plushenko to a new way is very difficult, figure is molded. But add new moves, a new dance - this is possible.

- Are you sure you will never regret for the decision to the second return?
- Give skates to the museum is easy. This can be done at any time. Towards this, all come. I want - a little later. Still, the Olympics will take place at home ... And after the Olympics will be shows. In addition, I have a big dream: to build a school, and maybe academy Plushenko. With boarding school, where little skaters will live, learn and train. Perhaps with someone of the famous hockey players we will do a joint project, and the academy will have a hockey school, and even football. Personally, I would like to train at the same time, to continue, in short, to live in figure skating.

- Your son you do not wish, for some reason, this life ...
- Why, I wished him this life, only in hockey. And for what, I would do not like this life... Here, today I again skating. Survived the courage, the adrenaline. And I love skating, because it is not so simple... when something does not work, but then comes a moment when you manage do that... Wow! This is so cool!

- We can often see you at social events. You do not think that your goal - the Olympics in Sochi - assumes the full asceticism and monastic rules? (... and so on 3 years? :kli_ny: )
- On the parties, I have not seen for more than six months. But basically, I do not see there any crime.

- But, really, a social life might have something to give the mind and heart? (...but now she gave him the idea :-) )
- In my heart, I just do not like this. I do not like clubs. In the ages of 18 and 21 years I walking in the clubs. I loved it then, but it is long gone. I'll go better in the movies, or to the theater.

- Zhenya, you sometimes lying yourself?
- Myself? (a little surprised). Myself - no.

- So, you will not lie to me. Can you survive, if you not become in Sochi double Olympic champion, you will not curse the suffering of your second return?
- One hundred percent - no! I was already two times second at the Olympics. This question I already asked myself. And had time to think about the answer. And the answer is: "So, what will happen, if I can not win? Well, that would be something?". I want to try to skate on the fourth Olympics. No one did. And I want to be the first.
by cekoni
25 Sep 2011, 03:38
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Re: Мужчины || Men

I dont know why Lambiel practice at "Nebelhorn Trophy 2011" - maybe he will perform on Gala? :plush38:

NHT 2011 - Practice Stéphane Lambiel 4T-3T

by cekoni
23 Sep 2011, 18:54
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Re: Свадьба Евгения и Яны (фото, видео, статьи..) || Wedding

Рудковская и Плющенко. Два года женаты, а будто всю жизнь!

На свадьбе Яны Рудковской (36) и Евгения Плющенко (28) два года назад гулял весь бомонд! Пара делилась своим счастьем! И какие планы строила! Прямо во время торжества Яна заявила, что скоро родит Жене... двойню! Мол, работа над этим вовсю кипит!

И вот прошло два года, но пока итога этой деятельности, увы, не видно. Однако празднование двухлетия со дня свадьбы данный факт не испортил. Ведь молодые по-прежнему счастливы вместе. Годовщину бракосочетания Яна и Женя отметили в узком кругу все тех же сливок шоу-бизнеса.

— Мы женаты два года, а как будто всю жизнь! — призналась друзьям Яна Рудковская. — Я никогда не думала, что стану такой счастливой!

Радующиеся за молодых Филипп Киркоров (44), Дима Билан (29), Лера Кудрявцева (40), Ани Лорак (32), Валерия (43) и Миша Галустян (31) ели сдержали слезы умиления.

— Ребеночка бы вам! — крикнул кто-то из гостей. — Вам его, ребята, так не хватает!

В ответ Плющенко и Рудковская лишь улыбнулись...

— Я очень люблю Яну! — поднял тост Евгений. — И я хочу... Я уверен, что проживу с ней всю оставшуюся жизнь!

После этих слов пара слилась в страстном поцелуе. А гости, оставляя подарки, потихоньку стали расходиться.

— Не будем им мешать! — рассуждали они. — Даст Бог, и через девять месяцев мы соберемся вновь, но уже по другому поводу!
by cekoni
23 Sep 2011, 01:55
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Re: Другие интересные новости || Other interesting news

Kudryavka wrote:
cekoni wrote:What Lysacek has to "forgive" Plushy?! :kli_ny:

Evan might get hurt or upset because all skaters returned to the quad :plush35:

I just feel sorry for him! ::yaz-yk:
by cekoni
26 Sep 2011, 01:40
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Re: Видео с Женей (разные старые) || Videos with Evgeni

Some Sex Bomb's :ta_n_cor: .... homevideos from 2006 Hyundai Card Supermatch - Superstars on Ice, Korea

MVI 2430:

MVI 2431 ... short K&C :hi_hi_hi:

by cekoni
26 Sep 2011, 02:22
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Re: Пресса о Жене, интервью Жени || Press about Evgeni ON Ic

whitebamboo wrote:....
(And oh, by the way, shall we perhaps see some "viam supervadet vadens" banners at future competitions? :-) )

Great idea - of course, together with his tattoo graphic! :plush45:

by cekoni
26 Sep 2011, 02:06
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Re: Женя “вне льда” (cтатьи,фото,видео)|| Evgeni OFF the ice

Евгений Плющенко в гостях у наших подопечных!
Аутор Фонд Подари жизнь - 26.09. 2011

Вчера, 25 сентября, у подопечной Фонда «Подари жизнь» Сони, которая проходит лечение в Институте Рентгенорадиологии, был День Рождения!

До болезни маленькая Соня увлекалась фигурным катанием, поэтому волонтёры придумали пригласить на День Рождение девочки в больницу известного фигуриста Евгения Плющенко! Волонтёры позвонили Евгению накануне Дня Рождения Сони! И что всех приятно удивило – Евгений тут же согласился приехать и на следующий день уже был в больнице!

Соня была рада такому сюрпризу! Она обсудила с Женей трудности тренировок, рассказала, как правильно падать на льду и пожаловалась, что ещё не освоила прыжок сальхов.

Евгений подарил Соне КУЧУ подарков: медведя, зайца, несколько кукол и ещё много всего. И, конечно, не оставил без внимания и других маленьких пациентов! Евгений пообщался со всеми ребятами и с каждым сфотографировался!

Большое спасибо волонтёрам за то, что организовали такой сюрприз для Сони! И, конечно, спасибо Евгению Плющенко

Translation.... :ni_zia:

Evgeni Plushenko visiting our little patients!
Author: Foundation "Give life" - 26.09. 2011

Yesterday, 25 September, to Soni, patient of the fund "Give Life", which is treated at the Institute of Radiology, was a birthday!

Before the illness, little Sonia fond of figure skating, so volunteers are came up to invite on her birthday in the hospital, renowned figure skater Evgeni Plushenko! Volunteers call Evgeni on the eve of Soni's Birthday! And all were pleasantly surprised - Evgeni immediately agreed to come the next day in the hospital!

Soni was very pleased with this surprise! She discussed with Evgeni about the difficulties of training, told how to fall on the ice, and complained, that she not yet mastered the Salchow jump.

Evgeni gave Soni a LOT of gifts: a bear, rabbit, a few dolls, and much more. And, of course, he did not leave without attention and other young patients! Evgeni talked with all children, and with everyone is photographed!

Many thanks to the volunteers for organization of such a surprise for Soni! And, of course, thanks to Evgeni Plushenko!
by cekoni
27 Sep 2011, 01:54
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Re: Женя в Твиттере & ВКонтакте || Evgeni at Twitter & VKont!/EvgeniPlushenko/status/118672435011780608
Хочу помочь котику найти свою семью!!!

Axelbusha is soooooo cute :plush31:
and I also hope to find Cute Kitten's family! :plush47:!/EvgeniPlushenko/status/118651825548304384
Знакомьтесь, Аксельбуша!
Meet Axelbush!!/EvgeniPlushenko/status/118672435011780608
Хочу помочь котику найти свою семью!
I want to help kitten to find his family!


Евгений: Знакомьтесь, Аксельбуша! / Meet Axelbush!:
by cekoni
27 Sep 2011, 22:47
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Re: Женя в Твиттере & ВКонтакте || Evgeni at Twitter & VKont!/EvgeniPlushenko/status/118728291879366656

Видео с гольфа. В этом спорте не так сильно нагружается колено!! Качество подкачало..
translation: :ni_zia:

Video from the golf. In this sport, knee is not so much loaded! Quality of video is disappoint...
by cekoni
27 Sep 2011, 22:42
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Re: Пресса о Жене, интервью Жени || Press about Evgeni ON Ic

But what sure can is the Olympics and SLC 2002. It was there where Zhenya was the first one who landed 4-3-3. He still remains the only who landed 4T-3T-3L combo in compeitions recognized by ISU....
On 2002 Olympics third triple was not incomplete, that is, 2 foot-landed :du_ma_et: ... how much I know, Plushy's first 4-3-3 was on COR 2002 :plush45: ... etc... :-):

Evgeni Plushenko 2002 Cup of Russia LP:

St Petersburg 300 at GPF 2002-2003:

02~03 Worlds QL_ Carmen:
by cekoni
28 Sep 2011, 17:48
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Re: Женя в Твиттере & ВКонтакте || Evgeni at Twitter & VKont

let`s talk wrote: ....
What does Axelbush means? I know what Axel means. And "bush" stands for "пушистик" or "the branch of plush"? :son-ce:

I guess the kitten appears from the "bush", thereby making "Axel" jump :hi_hi_hi:
by cekoni
28 Sep 2011, 17:52
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Re: Другие интересные новости || Other interesting news

Our Irina is now busy with a new pet in the family - Axelbush! :plush45: :hi_hi_hi:

Sveta Polnyakova:
Мы с мамой (Ирина павлова) очень рады Аксельбуше. Спасибо ,Женя)) фото Аксельбуши))))

My mom (Irina Pavlova) and I are very happy with Axelbush. Thank you, Zhenya)) photos of Axelbush))))
by cekoni
29 Sep 2011, 10:33
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Re: Мы желаем счастья Вам!


by cekoni
26 Sep 2011, 02:47
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Re: Видео с Женей (разные старые) || Videos with Evgeni

I have never seen this video completely: :plush32: :plush31:
You have here (litle better) this video :mi_ga_et:


Also by Soloviev (about Plushy-Yags rivalry)... :du_el:


by cekoni
29 Sep 2011, 09:35
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Re: Другие интересные новости || Other interesting news

Да,Аксельбуша теперь у нас живет! Милый умный котеночек :plush33:
Спасибо Жене) .Ещё бы узнать,почему так назвал???? :hi_hi_hi:

Еще несколько фоток тогда.Фоткала Света

So symbolically! :son-ce: Thanks for caring, Irina! :plush40:

.... although I know, that you actually received from Plushy cat as a "precious gift" :plush33: (like anything that comes from him) :plush45:
by cekoni
29 Sep 2011, 20:16
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Re: Новости - Сентябрь || Monthly News - September 2011


- Женя в Твиттере / Evgeni at Twitter: (+ translation)
About the end of rehabilitation and kitten Axelbush (photo): (+ translation)
PHOTOS with Axelbush:
VIDEO with Axelbush:
+ same on youtube:
VIDEO from golf:

- Evgeni's message to Japanese fans about withdrawing from Japan Open (and on official sites):

- Контрольные прокаты 03-04.09.2011 || Open Test Skating:
Vera's homevideos:

- Photos / Фото
Акция "Мусору НЕТ!" || Ecological Action, Moscow 17.09.2011 (by Alenka):
Контрольные прокаты 03-04.09.2011 || Open Test Skating:

- Old videos (recently uploaded) / Старые видео, загруженные недавно
Evgeny Plushenko 2006 Theater on Ice - Tosca Fantasy:
Plushenko + Arakawa Interview 2006 Theater on Ice:
2001-2002 (NTV, Soloviev) - K Olimpiade (interview with Plushy): + here:
plushVSyags (Soloviev):

- Other news / Другие новости
Акция "Мусору НЕТ!"/ Ecological Action - Самый лучший "звездный дворник"? / Poll - Best worker:
by cekoni
29 Sep 2011, 10:15
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Re: Новости о соревнованиях || Competitions News

An International Senior Competition for Men, Ladies, Pairs and Ice Dance organized by the Slovak Figure Skating Association
September 28th – October 2nd, 2011 in Bratislava, Slovakia

Entries and Results:
some interesting Entries:
- Men
22 Jonathan CASSAR USA
- Ladies
- Pairs

Time Schedule
29. 9. 2011
13:15:00 Ladies Short Program
17:45:00 Men Short Program
21:45:00 Pairs Short Program
30. 9. 2011
13:00:00 Ice Dance Short Dance
15:00:00 Pairs Free Skating
17:00:00 Ladies Free Skating
1. 10. 2011
12:15:00 Ice Dance Free Dance
16:00:00 Men Free Skating
by cekoni
28 Sep 2011, 18:22
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Re: Evgeni's message about withdrawing from JO

Dear my Japanese fans.

It is pity for me to announce you that I decided to withdraw from Japan Open 2011 and Carnival on Ice 2011 which will be held in Saitama Super Arena on October 1st. As you all know well, I did my best to train my body and skating to show my best performance to my important fans and friends in Japan since I decided to participate in these event on May. However, my doctor finally advised me to stop training until October 10th for complete recovery of my injury . Believe or not, I was seriously irresolute if I should participate in Japan Open 2011 with ignoring the advice from my doctor to show my performance for my dear friends in Japan. After long deliberation, I finally decided to obey to the advice of my doctor and withdraw from Japan Open 2011 and Carnival on Ice2011.
I really hope that you people understand my decision which was not easy for me.
Lastly, I will promise you that I will be back to Japan to show my best performance to you in the near future.

Evgeni Plushenko
Same message and on official JO and CaOI sites :mi_ga_et:
by cekoni
27 Sep 2011, 23:03
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Re: Мужчины || Men

Mroz attempting to push boundaries of sport
Colorado Springs skater plans to incorporate three different quads into free skate

(09/27/2011) - Brandon Mroz is taking figure skating to new heights -- four revolutions at a time.

Over the past month, Mroz has been adding several quads to his repertoire: quad loops, quad flips and quad Lutzes . As of Sept. 16, 2011, none of those quads had been landed successfully in competition -- until Mroz landed a quad Lutz in his short program at the Colorado Springs Invitational (CSI).

So, now U.S. Figure Skating officials are trying busily to get Mroz's achievement into the skating record book. Mroz's coach, Tom Zakrajsek, said he talked to ISU officials (ISU sports directorate Peter Krick among them) last week at the Nebelhorn Trophy in Oberstdorf, Germany, where he was coaching another skater, Max Aaron, the 2011 U.S. men's junior champion.

Meanwhile, in Colorado Springs at the World Arena Ice Hall, home of the famed Broadmoor Skating Club, Mroz's quads continue to be the talk of the sport on this side of the Atlantic. Mitch Moyer, U.S. Figure Skating's senior director of high performance, stopped by last week to get a firsthand look. U.S. Figure Skating Executive Director David Raith said he has been in contact with the ISU, and spokeswoman Barb Reichert said U.S. Figure Skating plans to submit a formal request to the ISU soon.
Even Olympic champion Sarah Hughes, who was in town to emcee the 2011 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Assembly awards dinner, said she wanted to get a look.

And emails and texts were flying from the rink to Zakrajsek to see if any skaters in Germany (most notably Michal Brezina of the Czech Republic) were going to take their stab at skating history, too. According to Zakrajsek, Brezina was landing a host of quads in practice. (In competition, however, Brezina did not land a quad loop, flip or Lutz.)

The big question is not whether Mroz landed the quad Lutz but whether he landed it in a competition worthy of such a record. Typically, skaters landed in the record book at major events. Even though the Colorado Springs Invitational is a nonqualifying competition, it still followed the rules of the international judging system, and top-caliber officials were presiding over the event.

Mroz, 20, has been taking the dizzying news in stride and chuckled a bit over the attention when a reporter stopped by last week.
"It is kind of groundbreaking," Mroz said after practice. "Everyone wants to get a peek at it and see if the urban legend is true."

Many skating fans have seen Mroz's quad Lutz on YouTube, but, indeed, it is the real deal live, too.

During a run-through of his short program to Frank Sinatra's "Mack the Knife," Mroz landed a gorgeous quad Lutz, which garnered cheers from onlooking skaters. Mroz was happy with the jump but wanted more.

"I wanted to do the combination," he said.

Translated: he wanted to land a quad Lutz-triple toe.

Talk about pushing the envelope.
In fact, for his free skate, he plans to perform the quad Lutz, quad flip and quad loop .

Perhaps the most surprising aspect of Mroz's surge of quads is how sudden it has come about. He just started trying them last month.
"I just decided to go for it," he said.
One day, while warming up, he tried the loop. Then came the flip and then the Lutz. He didn't use a harness. He didn't consult a sports psychologist.

The result?
"I landed one [quad loop] that day," he said. "It wasn't a plus-three GOE, but I did it."

The sensation of landing these quads is unlike anything else he has experienced.
"It feels like a drill," he said, "A power drill." Then he added, "It's very intense."

These quads might have appeared overnight, but they have been in the back of Mroz's mind for some time. He knew the jumping technique was there; it was just a matter of taking it to another level.
Mroz has never been one to back off from trying new things, even if they are risky. At the 2009 U.S. Championships in Cleveland, he performed a quad toe and earned a silver medal in his senior debut at nationals.
He continued to attempt quads, with varying degrees of success. He dropped to sixth at nationals in 2010 and missed making the U.S. Olympic team in Vancouver, a setback that almost ended his competitive skating career. He continued on, and heading into the 2011 U.S. Championships, he was the only American man in the field to have land a quad at an international competition. But a dislocated shoulder thwarted his efforts at nationals, and he placed seventh.

In recent years, many skaters shied away from quads because the judging system did not make the risk worth the reward. The rules have changed, however, making the jump a risk worth taking, but Mroz said the judging system never played into his strategy.

He wanted to push the sport.
"For me, the quad is not a race for the record book," he said. "It was a race for my own pride. I'm just a true athlete at heart."
"I think the quads would've happened for me regardless [of the rules]. Not risking the quad has never been taboo. There have been competitions where I'd done it and it paid off, and competitions where I hadn't done it and it didn't."

For Mroz, the biggest challenge might be keeping his composure should he land his opening quad Lutz combination in the short program.
"That was the hardest part when I did it at CSI -- keeping the rest of the program intact," Mroz said. "I had to stop and think, 'OK, how many more elements do I have left? I'm only 20 seconds into this.'"

Those who witnessed his quad lutz at CSI were impressed.
"It was a beauty," said Kathy Casey, a world and Olympic coach who was at the competition. "There was no doubt about it."

The technical specialist for the senior men's event was Terry Kubicka, who, interestingly, was the first American to land a triple Lutz. The referee at CSI, Les Cramer, who witnessed Kubicka's triple Lutz at the 1974 national championships, had no doubt that Mroz landed the jump.
"It was very clear that it happened," said Cramer, a skating official for 48 years. "It was a small competition, but I think Brandon is very fortunate that Terry had been assigned to the event. I think the most important point here was that this was done with the IJS [being used] in full force."

Still, the ISU needs to decide whether Mroz's quad Lutz is good enough, and as of yet, no official determination has been made.

History has shown this can be a tricky process. When Timothy Goebel landed a quad Salchow at the Junior Grand Prix Final in 1998, he was ever so fortunate that the father of another skater caught the moment on videotape. Still, it was not until the ISU reviewed the film at the 1998 world championships that he earned his spot in history.
Goebel, who has worked with Mroz in the past, heard the news about the quad Lutz and said he was excited by it.

Mroz is entered in the 2012 Southwestern Regional Championships, set for Oct. 21-25 in Grapevine, Texas. He is required to compete in this event because he did not place among the top five at nationals. For most top skaters, competing at regionals might not seem like a drag, but for Mroz, it might be the perfect place for him to get his quad Lutz (and perhaps other quads) in the public eye.

And, perhaps, into skating history.


The Inside Edge: The new quad king
Sarah and Drew catch up with Brandon Mroz after he lands first-ever quad Lutz
by cekoni
27 Sep 2011, 18:46
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