Nebelhorn Trophy 2012 – Preview
By Olga Fluegge,
special to World Figure Skating
The traditional prestigious competition Nebelhorn Trophy will be held at the 44th time at the ice arena of the beautiful Bavarian resort Oberstdorf from September 27 to 29, 2012.
Oberstdorf became the center of figure skating in Germany in the 60s, when the German dream couple Marika Kilius and Hans-Jurgen Bäumler was constantly presented in that ice rink.
Also the Olympic and world ice dance champions Jayne Torvill / Christopher Dean (England), world champions French siblings Isabelle and Paul Duchesnay and European champions Susanna Rahkamo / Petri Kokko of Finland trained in Oberstdorf. It hosted three World Junior Championships. This spring the ice rink has got a new cooling technology and new heating system to offer the best quality of the ice.
The field of competitors is very deep. The main contenders for medals in pairs will be 2012 European champions Tatiana Volosozhar / Maxim Trankov (Russia), 2012 European vice-champions Vera Bazarova / Yuri Larionov (Russia) and the 2012 4CC silver medalists Caydee Denney / John Coughlin (USA).
The ice dancers from Oberstdorf Nelli Zhiganshina / Alexander Gazsi could not miss the opportunity to compete at home. The German champions will fight for the victory after they finished second last year. But there is a strong rivalry. Two couples coached by Igor Spilband Madison Chock / Evan Bates (USA) and the Lithuanians Isabella Tobias / Deividas Stagniunas are also among contenders for the podium. Russia will be represented by 2011 World junior champions Ksenia Monko / Kirill Khaliavin.
A duel between the Czech’s Tomas Verner and Michal Brezina is expecting in the men’s competition. Both skaters won the Nebelhorn Trophy in the past years and both worked in Oberstdorf before moving to train to North America. But the two Czechs should not forget the Japanese Nobunari Oda. Like Verner and Brezina he also won the Nebelhorn Trophy before.
Adelina Sotnikova from Russia, the 2011 World junior champion, is considered as the main favorite in competitions among ladies. But maybe Caroline Zhang (USA) will be able to repeat her success, when she won in Oberstdorf the World junior championships five years ago. Kaetlyn Osmond (Canada), Haruka Imai (Japan), Elena Glebova (Estonia) and sisters Helgesson (Viktoria and Joshi) of Sweden will also make a run for the medals.
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