Jamal Othman

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Jamal Othman
Jamal Othman Jump 2 - 2006 Skate Canada.jpg
Othman in 2006.
Personal information
Full name Jamal Aziz Othman
Country represented Switzerland
Born (1986-08-13) 13 August 1986 (age 28)
Worb
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Coach Jacqueline Kiefer
Choreographer Michèle Colberg
M. Kudriavtseva
A. Kapranova
Skating club Schlittschuh Club Bern
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 182.14
2007 Europeans
Short program 63.71
2007 Worlds
Free skate 121.29
2009 Europeans

Jamal Aziz Othman[1] (born 13 August 1986 in Worb, Canton of Bern) is a Swiss figure skater. He is the 2009 Swiss national champion and a five-time (2002, 2005–2007, 2010) national silver medalist.

Career[edit]

Othman began skating at age six after previously trying gymnastics and rock and roll dancing.[2][3] He was the 1999 Swiss Novice Champion and the 2000 and 2001 Swiss Junior Champion. He qualified for three Junior Grand Prix Finals, withdrawing from one due to a foot injury,[4] and competed four times at Junior Worlds.

In the 2005–2006 season, Othman had to fight to earn his spot on the Swiss Olympic team. Switzerland had two spots to the Olympics, but Othman's silver medal at the Swiss Championships only secured him spots on the teams to Worlds and Europeans. Othman competed at the German Championships, but did not place high enough to qualify for the Olympics. At the European Championships, Othman finished 21st. The Swiss Olympic Committee gave him one last chance and Othman skated his programs in front of a panel. He performed well enough to be placed on the Olympic team. At the Olympics, he failed to make it out of the short program.

Othman began the 2006–2007 season by placing ninth at Skate Canada International. He then went to Trophée Eric Bompard, where he placed 11th. He won his third consecutive silver medal at the Swiss national championships. At the 2007 European Figure Skating Championships, Othman went in as the top-ranked Swiss skater, due to the withdrawal of Stéphane Lambiel. Othman skated two personal best program and cracked the top ten for the first time. His placement, combined with that of countryman Moris Pfeifhofer, ensured Switzerland two spots in the 2008 Championships.

At 186 cm, Othman is very tall for a single skater,[2] and his height allows him to perform rare positions in his spins. He has competed at both French and German nationals to gain competitive experience.

Programs[edit]

Othman's signature half-Biellmann spin.
Season Short program Free skating
2009–2010
[5]
  • A Transylvanian Lullaby
    (from Young Frankenstein)
    by John Morris
  • Devil's Dance
    (from The Witches of Eastwick)
    by John Williams
  • Asturias
    by Isaac Albeniz
2008–2009
[6]
  • Ice Queen
  • Raks Afrika
    by Paul Dinletir
  • Asturias
    by Isaac Albeniz
2007–2008
[7]
  • Ice Queen
  • Raks Afrika
    by Paul Dinletir
2006–2007
[8]
  • Lunatico
2005–2006
[1]
2004–2005
[9]
  • My Affectionate and Tender Beast
2003–2004
[10][2]
2002–2003
[4]
  • L'ultimo bacio
    by Paolo Buonvino
2001–2002
[11]
  • Anna and the King
    by George Fenton
2000–2001
[12]
  • Caprice Viennoise
  • Gipsy Carnival
    by Fritz Kreisler
    F. Liz Chamber Orchestra

Competitive highlights[edit]

Results[13]
International
Event 1998–99 1999–00 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10
Olympics 27th
Worlds 21st 28th 18th 26th 22nd
Europeans 11th 21st 8th 12th
GP Bompard 12th 11th
GP Cup of China 8th
GP NHK Trophy 12th
GP Skate Canada 11th 9th 10th
Ondrej Nepela 3rd 3rd
NRW Trophy 8th
Crystal Skate 5th
Finlandia 6th
Nebelhorn 5th 9th
Universiade 9th 21st
International: Junior
Junior Worlds 31st 18th 39th 20th
JGP Final 9th WD 7th
JGP Canada 3rd
JGP China 2nd
JGP Germany 1st
JGP Italy 4th 3rd
JGP Japan 6th
JGP Netherlands 2nd
JGP Norway 20th
JGP Poland 13th
JGP Romania 5th
Gardena 4th
Golden Bear 1st N.
Heiko Fischer 1st J.
Triglav Trophy 1st N.
National
Swiss Champ. 1st N. 1st J. 1st J. 2nd 3rd 2nd 2nd 2nd 3rd 1st 2nd
GP = Grand Prix; JGP = Junior Grand Prix; WD = Withdrew
Levels: N. = Novice; J. = Junior

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Jamal OTHMAN: 2005/2006". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 15 June 2006. 
  2. ^ a b c Mittan, Barry (23 August 2004). "Othman Towers Above Other Skaters". Golden Skate. 
  3. ^ Dobor, Helga; Oreiller, Celine (2005). "Jamal Othman interview, part I". AbsoluteSkating.com. Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Jamal OTHMAN: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 4 August 2003. 
  5. ^ "Jamal OTHMAN: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 4 December 2011. 
  6. ^ "Jamal OTHMAN: 2008/2009". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 5 June 2009. 
  7. ^ "Jamal OTHMAN: 2007/2008". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 29 May 2008. 
  8. ^ "Jamal OTHMAN: 2006/2007". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 26 June 2007. 
  9. ^ "Jamal OTHMAN: 2004/2005". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 8 March 2005. 
  10. ^ "Jamal OTHMAN: 2003/2004". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 4 June 2004. 
  11. ^ "Jamal OTHMAN: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 2 June 2002. 
  12. ^ "Jamal OTHMAN: 2000/2001". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 27 April 2001. 
  13. ^ "Competition Results: Jamal OTHMAN". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 27 November 2012. 

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