Elladj Baldé

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Elladj Baldé
2011 Canadian Championships Elladj Baldé.jpg
Baldé in 2011
Personal information
Country represented Canada
Born (1990-11-09) November 9, 1990 (age 24)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Home town Montreal, Quebec
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Coach Yuka Sato, Jason Dungjen
Former coach Eric Therrien, Lynette Ouellette, Anna Sherbatov
Choreographer Yuka Sato
Former choreographer Pasquale Camerlengo
Skating club CPA Pierrefonds
Training locations Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Former training locations Pierrefonds, Quebec
Began skating 1997
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 212.50
2014 NHK Trophy
Short program 72.46
2013 Skate Canada
Free skate 145.00
2014 NHK Trophy

Elladj Baldé (born November 9, 1990) is a Canadian figure skater. He placed 8th at the 2009 World Junior Championships and 11th at the 2014 Four Continents Championships. He is the 2008 Canadian Junior champion.

Personal life[edit]

Elladj Baldé was born in Moscow to a Russian mother and Guinean father.[1][2] His elder sister died from leukemia.[3] After a year in Bonn, Germany during his sister's treatment,[4] the family moved to Canada in 1992.[3] He speaks English, French, and Russian.[3]

Career[edit]

Elladj Baldé was introduced to skating at the age of seven by his mother.[5] Initially, he disliked it so much that he would hide his skates in the closet in order to miss practice.[6] He began to love figure skating when he was ten.[5]

Baldé won the junior silver medal at the 2007 Canadian Championships and won the junior title at the 2008 Canadian Championships. During the 2008–09 season, he won a pair of medals on the ISU Junior Grand Prix series and made his senior national debut at the 2009 Canadian Championships, finishing 10th. Baldé was 8th at the 2009 World Junior Championships.

In 2009, Baldé underwent major surgery after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee, keeping him off the ice for six months.[7] His doctor gave the go-ahead to resume practicing triples after three months of lighter training on the ice.[7] He missed the entire 2009–10 season.

Baldé returned to competition the following season and placed 5th at the 2011 Canadian Championships. In late 2011, he moved to the United States to train with Yuka Sato and Jason Dungjen at the Detroit Skating Club in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.[8] He was 4th at the 2012 Canadian Championships.

After identifying a problem with the blade positioning on one of his new boots, Baldé decided to compete at the 2013 Skate Canada International with an older left boot and new right boot, even though one was soft and the other stiff.[6] Both his knees were taped as a result of tendinitis.[6] In the short program, he landed his first quad toe in competition and added a double toe to the end.[6]

Baldé withdrew from the 2014 Skate Canada International on October 30, having sustained a concussion.[9]

Programs[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2014–2015
[4][10]
  • Barrie San Miguel
  • Galicia Flamenca
  • Jumpin' Jack
    by Scotty Morris
2013–2014
[8][11]
2012–2013
[12]
  • Malaguena
  • Montana Skies
  • Futuro Flamenco
  • Girlfight (soundtrack)
2011–2012
[13]
  • Malaguena
  • Montana Skies
  • Futuro Flamenco
  • Girlfight
2008–2009
[14]
  • Freedom
    by Mei Li and Yin Yue Hui
    performed by 12 Girls Band
  • Drum Solo from Ozlem
    by Turku
2007–2008
[15]
  • Freedom
    by Mei Li and Yin Yue Hui
    performed by 12 Girls Band
  • Drum solo from Oziem
    by Turku

Competitive highlights[edit]

GP: Grand Prix; CS: Challenger Series (began in the 2014–15 season); JGP: Junior Grand Prix

International[16]
Event 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15
Worlds 18th
Four Continents 18th 11th
GP NHK Trophy 6th
GP Skate Canada 10th 7th 7th WD
CS Nebelhorn 10th 14th 5th
Lombardia 4th
International: Junior[16]
Junior Worlds 21st 8th
JGP Final 7th
JGP Czech Rep. 6th
JGP Germany 14th
JGP Mexico 2nd
JGP Romania 10th
JGP South Africa 3rd
JGP U.K. 7th
National[1]
Canadians 2nd J. 1st J. 10th 5th 4th 4th 4th 6th
J. = Junior level; WD = Withdrew

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Elladj Balde". Skate Canada. Retrieved September 15, 2014. 
  2. ^ Mittan, Barry (August 9, 2008). "Balde Wins Canadian Junior Men’s Gold". Skate Today. 
  3. ^ a b c Nealin, Laurie (February 24, 2009). "Balde seeking redemption in Sofia". IceNetwork. Retrieved September 18, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Jangbro, Eva Maria (November 1, 2014). "Elladj Baldé: "You take both cultures and learn from them"". Absolute Skating. 
  5. ^ a b Boisvert, Philippe (February 23, 2008). ""Le patin, c’est ma vie" – Elladj Baldé" [Elladj Baldé: "Skating is my life"]. Cités Nouvelles (in French). 
  6. ^ a b c d Smith, Beverley (November 6, 2013). "Elladj Baldé finds his quad in Detroit". SkateCanada.ca. 
  7. ^ a b Smith, Beverley (October 27, 2011). "Baldé always the thriller". The Globe and Mail. 
  8. ^ a b "Elladj BALDE: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 23, 2014. 
  9. ^ Ewing, Lori (October 30, 2014). "Figure skaters Weaver and Poje enjoy being Canada's top team". CTV News. The Canadian Press. 
  10. ^ "Elladj BALDE: 2014/2015". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on November 3, 2014. 
  11. ^ Elladj Balde: 2013/2014 at Skate Canada at the Wayback Machine (archived April 7, 2014)
  12. ^ "Elladj BALDE: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on September 21, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Elladj BALDE: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on January 3, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Elladj BALDE: 2008/2009". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 28, 2009. 
  15. ^ "Elladj BALDE: 2007/2008". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 29, 2008. 
  16. ^ a b "Competition Results: Elladj BALDE". International Skating Union. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Elladj Baldé at Wikimedia Commons