Alexander Gazsi

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Alexander Gazsi
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Zhiganshina/Gazsi during the free dance at the 2007 German Championships
Personal information
Country represented Germany
Born (1984-10-06) 6 October 1984 (age 29)
Chemnitz, East Germany
Residence Oberstdorf, Germany
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Partner Nelli Zhiganshina
Former partner Sandra Gissmann, Mandy Kästner, Julia Novikov
Coach Rostislav Sinicyn, Martin Skotnicky
Former coach Alexander Zhulin, Oleg Volkov, Elena Kustarova, Svetlana Alexeeva
Choreographer Ilia Averbukh
Former choreographer Maxim Staviski, Rostislav Sinicyn, Elena Kustarova, Natalia Ulianova
Skating club SC Berlin
Training locations Oberstdorf
Former training locations Moscow
Began skating 1988
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 154.27
2013 Worlds
Short dance: 62.27
2014 World
Free dance 93.68
2013 Worlds

Alexander Gazsi (born 6 October 1984) is a German ice dancer. With partner Nelli Zhiganshina, he is a four-time German national champion (2007, 2011–2013) and has won twelve international medals. They have placed as high as 6th at the European Championships and 10th at the World Championships.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Alexander Gazsi was born 6 October 1984 in Chemnitz, East Germany. His mother is German and his father Hungarian.[2] He is in the sports division of the German army.[3][4]

Career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Gazsi began skating in 1988 at the age of four. The kids in his kindergarten class in East Germany were tested in various sports and he was chosen for the first one tested, figure skating.[3] He switched from singles to ice dancing at age nine.[3]

Early in his career, Gazsi skated with Mandy Kästner and Julia Novikov. By 2003, he was competing with Sandra Gissmann. They appeared four times on the ISU Junior Grand Prix series and placed 17th at the 2004 World Junior Championships.

Partnership with Nelli Zhiganshina[edit]

2005–2010[edit]

In June 2005, Gazsi had a successful tryout with Nelli Zhiganshina in Moscow.[2] At the start of their partnership, they trained mainly in Moscow with coaches Elena Kustarova and Svetlana Alexeeva and, during summers, in Berlin and Chemnitz due to Gazsi's army service.[3] They later changed coaches to Alexander Zhulin and Oleg Volkov, also in Moscow.

Zhiganshina/Gazsi won bronze at their first German Championships in 2006, their only competition of the season. The next season they won their first national title, placed 16th at the 2007 Europeans and 18th at Worlds.

During the 2007–08 season, they made their debut on the Grand Prix circuit, placing 7th at Skate Canada and 8th at Cup of Russia. They won silver at German Nationals and again finished 18th at Worlds.

During the 2008–09 season, Zhiganshina/Gazsi did not compete on the Grand Prix circuit. Zhiganshina continued to visit Germany on a three-month tourist visa because the low income from the sport meant she did not qualify for residency and Germany did not have as high caliber ice dancers as Moscow to train alongside.[5] Although favored to win 2009 German Nationals,[5] they placed second and missed the European and World teams. They considered leaving competition to focus on show skating and worked with circus acrobats in Moscow but decided to continue their competitive career and moved to Oberstdorf, Germany in spring 2009 to work with coaches Rostislav Sinicyn and Martin Skotnicky.[4] During the 2009–10 season, they placed third at German Nationals and were not sent to the European or World Championships. They were not eligible for the 2010 Winter Olympics due to Zhiganshina not having German citizenship.

2010–present[edit]

During the 2010–11 season, Zhiganshina/Gazsi again received no Grand Prix invitations but won three medals at senior B events. They won their second national title and were selected to compete at the European Championships for the first time in three years. At Europeans, they were 8th in the short dance,[6] then edged past Nora Hoffmann / Maxim Zavozin by 0.39 points into 7th place overall after the free dance. This was the first top-ten result for German ice dancers since 2003 (Kati Winkler / Rene Lohse).[7] The result gave Germany two berths to the 2012 European ice dancing event.[8] Zhiganshina/Gazsi finished 11th at the 2011 World Championships, earning invitations to two Grand Prix events the following season.

In preparation for the 2011–12 season, Zhiganshina/Gazsi went to Sofia, Bulgaria, to work with choreographer Maxim Staviski, with whom they also worked in previous years.[9] They began their season at the 2011 Nebelhorn Trophy where they won the silver medal.[10][11] After placing fourth at both of their Grand Prix events, the 2011 Skate America and 2011 NHK Trophy, the duo finished eighth at the 2012 European Championships and eleventh at the 2012 World Championships.

In 2012–13, Zhiganshina/Gazsi placed a career-best sixth at the 2013 European Championships and tenth at the 2013 World Championships. As a result of their Worlds placement, Germany qualified two spots in ice dancing at the 2014 Olympics.

In 2013–14, Zhiganshina/Gazsi won their fifth national title and were selected to represent Germany at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Germany assigned them to the team event short dance, where they placed sixth; Germany, however, did not qualify for the free dance.

Programs[edit]

With Zhiganshina[edit]

Season Short dance Free dance Exhibition
2013–2014
[12][13]
  • Le Jazz Hot
    performed by Glee cast
  • Carrigan & Dips
    by James Horner
  • Mrs. ES Dancecard
    by Elliot Goldenthal
  • I'm Happy
    by the Gorillaz
2012–2013
[14][15]
"Two from the Grave":
  • Tore My Heart
    performed by Oona
  • Et Maintenant
    by Jean-Marc Zelwer
  • Rama Lama
    by Roisin Murphy
2011–2012
[16]
2010–2011
[17]
Original dance
2009–2010
2007–2008
[18]
Ukrainian dance:
  • Black Eyebrows and Hazel Eyes
  • Marusia
    performed by Joseph Kobzon
2006–2007
[19]
  • New Tango Besta Rio
  • Sandunga
    by Arturo Sandoval
  • Summertime
    by George Gershwin
  • Jazz Police
    by Goodwin

With Gissmann[edit]

Season Original dance Free dance
2004–2005
[20]
  • Quickstep: Tuxedo Junction
  • Slow foxtrot
  • Quickstep: Song of Dancing
Queen:
  • We Will Rock You
  • Who Wants to Live Forever
  • Innuendo
2003–2004
[21]
  • Blues: Business of Love
    (from The Mask)
  • Swing: Run Lama Run
    by John De
  • Palladio
    by Karl Jenkins
  • Buenos Aires Tango
    by Jacques Loussier
  • Palladio
    by Karl Jenkins

Competitive highlights[edit]

With Zhiganshina[edit]

Zhiganshina/Gazsi perform their zombie-themed free dance at the 2012 Nebelhorn Trophy
Zhiganshina/Gazsi perform their short dance at the 2012 Rostelecom Cup
Results[1]
International
Event 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14
Olympics 11th
Worlds 18th 18th 11th 11th 10th 11th
Europeans 16th 7th 8th 6th 7th
GP Bompard 4th
GP Cup of Russia 8th 5th
GP NHK Trophy 4th
GP Skate America 4th 5th
GP Skate Canada 7th 6th
Golden Spin 5th 1st
Nebelhorn 4th 2nd 3rd
NRW Trophy 2nd
Ondrej Nepela 1st 6th 3rd 1st 5th
Pavel Roman 1st 3rd 1st 1st
Volvo Open 2nd
National
German Champ. 3rd 1st 2nd 2nd 3rd 1st 1st 1st 1st
Team events
Olympics 8th
GP = Grand Prix

With Gissmann[edit]

Results[20]
International
Event 2003–2004 2004–2005
World Junior Championships 17th
JGP China 6th
JGP Japan 6th
JGP Romania 7th
JGP Slovakia 5th
National
German Championships 2nd J.
J. = Junior level; JGP = Junior Grand Prix

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Competition Results: Nelli ZHIGANSHINA / Alexander GAZSI". International Skating Union. 
  2. ^ a b "Eine eiskalte Karriere" [An ice-cold career]. Moskauer Deutsche Zeitung (in German). 11 November 2007. 
  3. ^ a b c d Mittan, Barry (17 December 2007). "German Dancers Make Good Start". SkateToday. 
  4. ^ a b Flade, Tatjana (14 August 2011). "Zhiganshina and Gazsi turn disappointment into strength". GoldenSkate. 
  5. ^ a b Mai, Marina (15 December 2008). ""Wir passen zueinander wie zwei Puzzleteile"" [We fit together like two pieces of a puzzle] (in German). Die Tageszeitung. Retrieved 8 September 2011. 
  6. ^ Flade, Tatjana (26 January 2011). "Pechalat and Bourzat grab lead in the Short Dance". GoldenSkate.com. Retrieved 6 February 2011. 
  7. ^ Flade, Tatjana (29 January 2011). "Pechalat and Bourzat dance to first European title". GoldenSkate.com. Retrieved 6 February 2011. 
  8. ^ "Hecken von Rang neun enttäuscht". SID Newsticker (in German). 28 January 2011. Archived from the original on 18 February 2012. 
  9. ^ Gerontiev, Yavor (13 June 2011). "Двойка от Германия иска на олимпиада с Максим" [Pair from Germany consults Maxim] (in Bulgarian). 24 Chasa. Archived from the original on 18 February 2012. 
  10. ^ Flade, Tatjana (22 September 2011). "Zhiganshina and Gazsi dance to lead at Nebelhorn". GoldenSkate. Retrieved 22 September 2011. 
  11. ^ Flade, Tatjana (24 September 2011). "Hubbell and Donohue capture gold at Nebelhorn Trophy". GoldenSkate. Retrieved 24 September 2011. 
  12. ^ "Nelli ZHIGANSHINA / Alexander GAZSI: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 17 October 2013. 
  13. ^ Flade, Tatjana (25 July 2013). "Zhiganshina and Gazsi looking to entertain again". Golden Skate. 
  14. ^ "Nelli ZHIGANSHINA / Alexander GAZSI: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 12 March 2013. 
  15. ^ Flade, Tatjana (8 July 2012). "Zhiganshina and Gazsi prepare to up the ante". Golden Skate. 
  16. ^ "Nelli ZHIGANSHINA / Alexander GAZSI: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 9 June 2012. 
  17. ^ "Nelli ZHIGANSHINA / Alexander GAZSI: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. 
  18. ^ "Nelli ZHIGANSHINA / Alexander GAZSI: 2007/2008". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 7 June 2008. 
  19. ^ "Nelli ZHIGANSHINA / Alexander GAZSI: 2006/2007". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 18 August 2007. 
  20. ^ a b "Sandra GISSMANN / Alexander GAZSI: 2004/2005". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 16 October 2005. 
  21. ^ "Sandra GISSMANN / Alexander GAZSI: 2003/2004". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 5 June 2004. 

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