Backwards catchfoot spiral from today. I’m really enjoying these but it’s so much harder to practice now that hockey season’s starting again -__- And yes, my skating leg is bent, currently working to fix that. #figureskating#skater#spiral
⚫⚪ When sport becomes art #blackandwhite#SpeedSkating
Jeffrey Rosanelli @jeffreyrosanelli of Italy competes in the Men's 1000m during the ISU Junior World Cup Speed Skating at Olympiaworld Ice Rink on January 27, 2018 in Innsbruck, Austria. (Photo by Joosep Martinson @jmfotoz - ISU/ISU via Getty Images)
This article is from 2014, simply because there are not too many other ones about the key person of all international figure skating events, who is the author of all those great articles, interviews and books we love reading. Happy Birthday, Tatjana Flade! @tanjaflade ⛸🎈🎉🎊🌸.
How did you get to Figure Skating?
Figure Skating drew my interest as a kid, because my mother always used to watch it, and it kept fascinating me. At some point, I thought, one day I want to witness it for real, live, not just on TV. I want to be there as it happens. Back then I was 17 years old, I still went to school and really wanted to attend the European Championships. So I just skipped school and went to Goteborg for the European Championships – as a spectator of course. There I was in Scandinavia, the ice rink not very crowded back then. I had pretty much nothing with me; there was no internet and I was there without having bought a ticket. I still remember how overwhelmed I was, as here I was for the very first time, enjoying the sound of blades on ice for the very first time. On TV you only got to see the best, the last group or the last two groups, though here were even more skaters to appreciate, other skaters from other countries all over the world.
And your first interview? Do you remember it?
I had no accreditation back then, though still I did an interview with Viktor Petrenko. At this point, he was new to the scene, too. This was my first interview with a figure skater.
And then…he became Olympic Champion…
You were his lucky charm!
I also happened to be the first foreign person to interview him. I saw him and thought, there is something about him, he sure will be very successful someday (laughs) and he was my age, as well. Added to that, it was also exciting to introduce the readers of our school magazine to a competitive athlete….
And ever since you attended next to all competitions?
Yes, from that moment on I was there most of the time. I missed only one European Championship – Leningrad in 1990, I was studying in Paris back then and had no chance to go.
In 1992 I started to write for the German Figure Skating Magazine “Pirouette“.