Saturday, May 10, 2014

Italian Stars Melt the Ice: Valentina Marchei and Carolina Kostner's Olympic-Year Freeskates

Valentina Marchei is a 4-time Italian Champion. The 27-year-old Milan-native competed at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and placed 11th.
Her freeskate this year to the music of "Nyah" by Hans Zimmer was sultry, sexy, and passionate. Marchei skated this program very well in the team-event in Sochi, but unfortunately, I can't find a video. Here are videos of her "Nyah" program at the 2014 European Championships in Budapest,Hungary where she placed 6th, and at the 2014 Worlds in Saitama, Japan, where she placed 16th.

2014 European Championships:

2014 Worlds:

Carolina Kostner is a 7-time Italian Champion, the 2012 World Champion, a 5-time European Champion, and the 2014 Olympic bronze medalist. Her freeskate to "Bolero" by Maurice Ravel, choreographed by Lori Nichol, is a masterpiece. It's seductive, suggestive, sophisticated, and is more like a work of art than a competitive program. After imploding at the 2006 and 2010 Olympic Games, the 27-year-old finally pulled it together and delivered a terrific freeskate to win a medal. Here is Kostner's gold-medal winning performance at the 2014 Europeans and her bronze-medal winning skate at the Sochi Winter Olympics.



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