This has literally been a devastating off-season for the figure skating fans all around the world: a lot of couples in the pairs’ and ice dancing disciplines parted ways, for various reasons; and, if we took into consideration only the ice dancing event, we could name the bronze Olympic medalists Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov, the promising Victoria Sinitsina and Ruslan Zhiganshin, the Lithuanians Isabella Tobias and Deividas Stagniunas, the Ukrainians Siobhan Heekin-Canedy and Dmitri Dun, the Russians Ekaterina Riazanova and Ilia Tkachenko. Furthermore, on April 24th, the Italian skater Lorenza Alessandrini announced on her facebook page the end of her partnership with Simone Vaturi, adding that she hoped to continue her competitive career: „Unfortunately, Simone and I will no longer compete together. That really saddens me and, despite all the difficulties and the sacrifices that an athlete has to face, my passion for this sport is still alive. I would love to find a new partner to compete with at a high level and, though it’s not easy to find the right person, I still have hope and I’ll try my best to make it happen”.
At the end of a seven-year partnership, Inside Skating invites you to relive chapters of Lorenza and Simone’s career; the following photos were taken at the 2010 Worlds in Torino (the Italian couple was invited to skate in the Gala), at the 2012 Worlds in Nice (16th place) and at the 2014 Europeans in Budapest (19th place for Lorenza and Simone).
Photos taken by Florentina Tone
2010 Worlds in Torino: Gala
2012 Worlds in Nice: Short Dance
2014 Europeans in Budapest: Short Dance and Free Dance