World Championships in Helsinki: 14th place and olympic qualification!
Natalia Kaliszek and Maksym Spodyriev took 14th place in the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Helsinki and won the Olympic qualification. Torunian ice-dancers has made their plan in 100%.
Just after the short dance, Natalia and Maksym took 15th place with the best result of the season of 63.37 points. On Saturday, they skated fantastically and after free dance they ended in 14th place in the final classification, with 157.15 points, ahead of the Ukrainian pair Aleksandra Nazarova and Maksym Nikitin. This is also a 2-place promotion against last year’s World Championships in Boston. 14th place in Helsinki gives our sports duo the right to take part in the Winter Olympics in Pjongchang.
It is worth mentioning that this is the first Olympic qualification of Poles in this sport for eight years.
8th place at the European Championships in Ostrava and a new personal record
Natalia Kaliszek and Maksym Spodyriev succeeded in Ostrava taking eighth place in the European Figure Skating Championships. Thus they moved up three places compared to last season, when in the European Championships in Bratislava they took 11th place.
Polish dancers already in the short dance acquired a new personal record and with a score of 63.35 points occupied the 10th place. Their free dance was another record with 92,67 points – which provided them promoted to eighth place in the final classification of the competition. This is the best result of Polish representatives in figure skating for ten years.
Now Kaliszek and Spodyriev are preparing for the most important performance of the season – the World Championships in Helsinki (March 29 – April 2), in which they will fight for Olympic qualification.
Natalia and Maksym won gold in Torun
Natalia Kaliszek and Maksym Spodyriev won the gold medal in the competition Mentor Toruń Cup 2017. They took the lead after the short dance, obtaining 69.30 points. In free dance they confirmed their superiority over their rivals gaining 99.46 points. They ended the competition with a total score of 168.76 points thus setting their new personal record. Natalia and Maxim after winning the Polish Championship in December, confirmed that they are in the form before the European Championships in Ostrava, where the participants will be eligible for Olympic qualification.
Gold medal in Four Nationals Championships
Excellent performance of Kaliszek-Spodyriev in Four Nationals Championships. The representatives of Axel Torun won gold in Polish Championships and Four Nationals Championships in Katowice. A pair finished the competition with a final result of 154.24.
After short program Natalia Kaliszek and Maksym Spodyriev were the leaders in ice dance competition, with a score of 60.55 points. Their rivals were skaters from Slovakia, the Czech Republic and other Polish pair. The free dance of Natalia and Maksym went very well and they maintained the first position winning the gold. The performance in Katowice is a very good summary of the struggles of our representatives in the skating competitions so far and confirmation that it is the best pair of ice dancing in Poland.
Video – here
7th palce in NHK Trophy
Natalia Kaliszek and Maksym Spodyriev took 7th place in the last qualifying competition of the Grand Prix – NHK Trophy, in Sapporo (Japan). Our representatives after the short dance with a score of 59.92 occupied sixth place. On the second day of competition, for their free dance they gained a score of 88.01 points and with total score of 147.93 they finally took seventh place. It is worth noting that in Japan, our representatives competed with the world’s best dancers on the ice, and their performance aroused great enthusiasm among the Japanese audience who spontaneously responded with applause.
The debut of our representatives in both competitions of Grand Prix can be considered successful. This is the first, after eight years, start of Polish ice dancers in the prestigious Grand Prix, which brings together only the best skaters in the world. Thanks to the points earned during the Grand Prix our team advanced to 18th place in the world ranking, and to 9th place in the ranking of the season among all ice dancers around the world.
After a successful debut, it’s time for Japan
Polish Ice Dance Champions, Natalia Kaliszek and Maksym Spodyriev, after a successful performance in the Cup of China, are preparing for the last Grand Prix competition – NHK Trophy in Sapporo, Japan. A personal record of total score in Cup of China of 150.78 points, allows to have high hopes for their performance in Japan.
Our representatives will be competing:
– in short dance on Saturday 26th Nov, 12:45 PM Japan time (4:45 AM Polish time)
– in free dance on Sunday, 27th Nov, 11:45 AM Japan time (3:45 AM Polish time)
Due to the different time zone the ice dance competition can be seen in retransmission on TVP Sport:
– Sunday, 27/11/2016 – free dance, 11:05 AM
– Thursday, 01/12/2016 – free dance, 13:15 PM
fot. Irina Tsimfer
A successful debut of Kaliszek and Spodyriev in China
Natalia Kaliszek and Maksym Spodyriev took a very good 5th place in a prestigious competition of the Grand Prix, Cup of China with a final result of 150.78 points. Polish ice dancers have improved thus their personal record from last year.
Despite the difficulties and health problems before the competition, the skaters presented two correct and strong technical programs. Both gathered a lot of positive feedback, but there are also some things that still need improvement.
The next competition for which the Polish ice dancers will train next week is the Japanese NHK Trophy in Sapporo, which also belongs to the Grand Prix competition.
Promotional video of Natalia and Maksym [VIDEO]
We are pleased to inform that we have just released a promotional video of Natalia Kaliszek and Maksym Spodyriev – currently the best ice dance pair in Poland. The film is a compilation of the most interesting and best-evaluated performances at international sporting events, including the World Championships and European Championships. It also shows a fragment of everyday life of Natalia and Maks, which consists of daily workouts at the ice rink, gym and ballet hall.
We invite you to watch the video.
5th place in Finlandia Trophy 2016 (VIDEO)
Last weekend (8-9 October) Natalia Kaliszek and Maksym Spodyriev took 5th place in the final classification of the Finlandia Trophy 2016 within the ISU Challenger Series. A pair won a total of 147.46 points, thereby improving their score from Bratislava (146.86 points).
The video from the competition:
Finlandia Trophy 2016 (LIVE)
This weekend Natalia and Maksym will compete in the next contest of Challenger Series ISU – Finland Trophy. The performance of our representatives will be broadcast live on internet: Saturday, October 8th, in the short program at 5:00 PM (4:00 PM in Poland) and in free dance on Sunday starting from 4:00 PM (3:00 PM in Poland).
Natalia and Maksym in Bratislava – watch the competition on-line
Natalia Kaliszek and Maksym Spodyriev will compete in the Ondrej Nepela Trophy in Bratislava within the ISU Challenger 2016/2017. The competition will begin on September 29th, and our pair will perform on Friday, September 30th in the short dance (hr. 15.00 – 17.20) and on Saturday October 1st in free dance (h. 17.00 – 19.30).
We invite you to watch the competition on-line.
Natalia and Maks have started the season 2016/2017
Already during next weekend (10th -11th September 2016) on Warsaw TORWAR a competition is opening a new skating season. A pair Natalia Kaliszek and Maksym Spodyriev are going to start on Saturday around 6.05 pm in the short dance, presenting the new program to the blues music and the hip-hop. However the Sunday performance in the free dance, based on the music from the film ‘Dirty Dancing’ will be taking place around 1.30 pm. Both programs were worked out specially for the new season and with them our pair will go to the ISU Grand Prix in China and Japan, as well as to the ISU European Figure Skating Championships 2017 in Ostrava.
Open Mazowsze Championship 2016 – a Competition Opening the Season, are not ticketed, so it is possible to seat on TOR-WAR podiums for free and watch the beginning of the new skating season. We will include reports from these starts on our website and FB.
Polish skaters invited to the ISU Grand Prix
The best present Polish ice dance pair Natalia Kaliszek and Maksym Spodyriev received an invitation from ISU to two starts in the ISU Grand Prix cycle. It is a maximum amount of GP competitions in the figure skating, which is possible to take part in the sequence of one season. ISU GP in figure skating is a cycle of 6 championships and the final. Natalia Kaliszek and Maksym Spodyriev will take part in GP of China (Audi Cup of China in Beijing) on 18th -20th November and in GP of Japan (NHK Trophy in Sapporo) on 25th -27th November.
A participation in the cycle of ISU Grand Prix is a huge distinction, because it is only for those being invited by ISU – International Skating Union. It is necessary to work hard not only with the sport results – only a world leaders are allowed to take part, but also with an artistic image. A successful performance of Polish ice dance pair Kaliszek-Spodyriev in GP can earn the points necessary for the world ranking of skaters and, what is behind it, a good setting on the European championships and the World championships.
The last Polish accent in the ISU Grand Prix was 8 years ago a performance of a soloists Anna Jurkiewicz, a skater who now lives and trains in Norway.
Natalia Kaliszek and Maksym Spodyriev are making a history
The first Polish pair Natalia Kaliszek and Maksym Spodyriev will enroll in the history of the ice dancing. It concerns the dance to the music of the foxtrot, which the pair, under direction of a coach Sylwia Nowak-Trębacka, for the first time danced in a short program of the season 2015/2016. The ISU (International Skating Union) Technical Committee of the ice dancing with its Director Kristina Regöczy, has just submitted official notifying, that in the opinion of all members of the Committee and international judges, a part of the short dance of Polish pair to the music of foxtrot is meeting all conditions and requirements in order to become a pattern dance. It means that soon all ice dancers in the world will be dancing the foxtrot of Natalia and Maksym. What gained a recognition of the Committee is an excellent reflection of a traditional character of the foxtrot from the parquet, the lightness pleasing the eye and the dance-ness of steps, the technical difficulty, and of course its model execution.
The foxtrot of Polish ice dance pair, which is supposed to be found on the list of pattern ice dances, was worked out by a coach Sylwia Nowak-Trębacka and for the first time executed by our representatives in the passing season, on international competitions in Oberstdorf in the September 2015. Now what remains is only a pleasant duty of naming this dance. This name, alike Ravensburger Waltz, Finnstep soon will be officially used in the world of ice dance.