Michal Brezina: “My father helped me a lot in skating”


By Vladislav Luchianov
Photo: Liz Chastney

I think Michal Brezina will remember this past season for a long time. It was both the hardest one and the one of the most successful for this Czech skater. He had to miss the entire first half of the season due to rehabilitation after the surgery.

Nevertheless, he performed very well at the European Championships in Bern, where he finished at 8th place and at the World Championships in Moscow. In Moscow, he repeated his best result at the world championships, finishing at 4th place.

Although his father is a former figure skater, Michal was initially interested in playing hockey following the 1998 Olympics. His father advised him to learn to skate first, and after a few months, Brezina dropped hockey to focus on figure skating.

Brezina first landed a triple Salchow at the age of 12, and a triple Axel at 15. In practice, he has worked on a quad toe loop and quad Salchow. He trains mostly in his hometown of Brno, but also spends some time in Oberstdorf.

For the 2011/2012 season, skaters who had placed in the top six at the 2011 Worlds were given the option of competing at three Grand Prix events. Michal decided to do so, and was assigned to 2011 Skate America, 2011 Trophée Eric Bompard, and 2011 Cup of Russia.

This guy knows how to fight on the ice even if the tournament situation is not in his favor. Also, he does not give up if one of his programs was not so well – he squeezes everything out of the other.

You can read my interview with Michal Brezina on Icenetwork.com

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