Kevin van der Perren

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Kevin Van der Perren
Kevin VAN DER PERREN EC2009.jpg
Kevin Van der Perren in 2009.
Personal information
Full name Kevin Van der Perren
Country represented Belgium
Born (1982-08-06) 6 August 1982 (age 32)
Ninove, Belgium
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Former coach Silvie De Rijcke
Yuri Bureiko
Vera Vandecaveye
Nikolai Morozov
L. van Troyen
H. Beelaert
Former choreographer Lorna Brown
Yuri Bureiko
Skating club KSC Heuvelkouter, Liedekerke
Began skating 1991
Retired April 2012
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 219.36
2009 Europeans
Short program 75.80
2009 Europeans
Free skate 147.66
2012 Worlds
In this name, the family name is Van der Perren, not Perren.

Kevin Van der Perren (born 6 August 1982 in Ninove) is a Belgian figure skater. He is the 2007 & 2009 European bronze medalist, a three-time Grand Prix medalist, and a seven-time (2000–2004, 2007, 2011) Belgian national champion. Van der Perren was the flagbearer for Belgium at the 2006 and the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Career[edit]

Van der Perren in 2003

Van der Perren became interested in figure skating after a traveling ice show came to his town to perform. Although his parents wanted him to play soccer and he was teased by his classmates at school, he refused to give up his dream of being an elite figure skater.

At the 2002 World Junior Championships, Van der Perren won the silver medal and also became the first skater to land a three jump combination, consisting of a triple salchow-triple toe loop-triple loop. He included this combination in his free program until the end of the 2003–2004 season. In November 2005, he sustained a back injury.[1]

A hip injury he suffered after the 2006 Winter Olympics forced him to withdraw from the 2006 World Championships. Van der Perren considered not going to the 2007 European Championships, but in the end he participated and finished on the podium, after edging Sergei Davydov by 0.07 for the bronze. This made him the first Belgian singles skater to win a medal at Europeans since 1947.[2] He missed the 2007 World Championships after re-injuring his back a week before the event when he slipped on back crossovers and fell into a barrier.[1] He trained in Belgium and also Coventry, England, due to ice being expensive in his native country.[1]

In the 2007–2008 season, Van der Perren was assigned to the 2007 Skate Canada and the 2007 Trophée Eric Bompard as his Grand Prix events. He finished second at Skate Canada, where he won the free skate, and fourth at Trophee Eric Bompard, qualifying him for the Grand Prix Final. He then finished 6th at the Grand Prix Final and 5th at Europeans. At the 2008 Worlds, Van der Perren finished 9th in the SP and 3rd in the LP for 6th place overall. He underwent hip surgery shortly afterward.[3] He returned to competition at the start of the 2008–2009 season. After being forced to withdraw from two events, he finished 5th at the 2008 Cup of Russia. Despite skating with a painful hip injury, Van der Perren won the bronze medal at the 2009 European Championships, his second medal at Europeans.[4]

In the 2009–10 season, Van der Perren competed at the Finlandia Trophy where he took a hard fall on his injured hip but completed the competition.[5] He finished 11th at the Europeans and 17th at his third Olympic games. At the 2010 World Championships, he finished 8th after a strong free skate in which he landed a quadruple toe loop-triple toe loop-triple toe loop combination being the first skater ever to have done this in competition. Van der Perren later said that he had never done this combination followed by a triple axel in practice, and that he had skated in honor of his grandfather, who died the night before the free skate.[6]

Although he had considered retirement following the 2009–2010 season,[3] Van der Perren decided to continue through the 2011 European Championships,[7] where he finished 4th. He decided to change coaches from Yuri Bureiko to Sylvie De Rijcke and continue on.[3] He competed at the 2011 World Championships, where he finished in 17th place.

Van der Perren continued his competitive career in 2010–11. He won the silver medal at the 2011 Skate America after finishing first in the free skating, equaling his best showing on the Grand Prix circuit.[8] It was the third Grand Prix medal of his career. He stated that the 2012 European Championships would be his final event.[3] He was forced to withdraw from the 2012 Europeans prior to the free skating due to a wrist injury.[9][10] Van der Perren later announced via his website that the injury was not a fracture but a ligament strain, and that he hoped to be able to compete at the 2012 World Championships in Nice, France. At the World Championships, he had a disappointing short program but skated a personal best free skate, for which he received a standing ovation.[10]

Van der Perren retired from competition after the 2012 World Championships and is now a full-time coach in Belgium as well as running a skating show with his wife.[11][10] In September 2012, Van der Perren said that he was discussing training in pair skating.[12]

In October 2012, Van der Perren began training for the 5th edition of Sterren Op De Dansvloer (Belgium's Dancing with the Stars) with partner Charissa van Dipte and debuted on the show in November.[13] In January 2013, they were named as the champions.[14]

Jumping ability[edit]

Van der Perren is the first Belgian skater to land a quadruple jump (toe-loop) in competition, and the first skater ever to have done a quadruple toe loop-triple toe loop-triple toe loop combination in competition. At the 2005 World Figure Skating Championships, he completed a triple flip-triple toe loop-triple loop combination in his free program, although he touched down with his hand on the final jump. Van der Perren landed the combination again at the 2008 Worlds, this time with no touchdown.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Van der Perren married British skater Jenna McCorkell on 17 May 2008.[16][17] The couple has an ice show, Ice Fantillusion.[10]

In addition to his coaching, Van der Perren has stated that he would like to study physical education.[10]

Programs[edit]

Van der Perren at the 2010 World Championships
Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2011–2012
[16]
2010–2011
[18]
  • Reflections on Earth
2009–2010
[19][20]


2008–2009
[21]
  • Heroes in Action
    by Safri Duo
2007–2008
[22][23]
  • Xotica
    by Rene Dupere

  • Episode 2
    by Safri Duo

2006–2007
[24][25][26]

2005–2006
[27][26]
2004–2005
[28][29][26]
  • Everything
    by Safri Duo

  • The Matrix
2003–2004
[30][26]
2002–2003
[31][26]

  • Jazz

  • Grease Lightning

  • Samson and Delilah

  • Quidam
    (from Cirque du Soleil)
2001–2002
[32][26]
  • The Tango Lesson
  • Trouble Man
    by Marvin Gaye
2000–2001
[33][26]
  • Reflection of Earth

Competitive highlights[edit]

Van der Perren and the other medalists at the 2009 Europeans
Results[34]
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 2010–11 2011–12
Olympics 12th 9th 17th
Worlds 31st 33rd 14th 19th 14th 8th 6th 14th 8th 17th 15th
Europeans 28th 23rd 13th 10th 11th 6th 7th 3rd 5th 3rd 11th 4th WD
Grand Prix Final 4th 6th
GP Bompard 2nd 4th
GP NHK Trophy 5th 6th 8th
GP Rostelecom 6th 5th
GP Skate Canada 5th 5th 2nd 11th 8th
GP Skate America 4th 4th 6th 2nd
Finlandia 4th 3rd WD 12th
Ondrej Nepela 6th 9th 4th 2nd 2nd 1st 2nd
Nebelhorn 15th WD 5th
Golden Spin 2nd
NRW Trophy 1st 3rd
International: Junior
Junior Worlds 26th 16th 2nd
JGP Final 3rd
JGP Czech Rep. 2nd
JGP Japan 14th
JGP Netherlands 13th 1st
JGP Norway 11th
Gardena Spring 9th J.
National
Belgian Champ. 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
GP = Grand Prix; JGP = Junior Grand Prix; J. = Junior level; WD = Withdrew

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Mittan, Barry (27 November 2007). "Belgium’s Best". SkateToday. 
  2. ^ "2007 European Figure Skating Championships: Men’s Highlights". GoldenSkate. 21 January 2007. Retrieved 2008-06-16. 
  3. ^ a b c d Rutherford, Lynn (23 October 2011). "Rink Notes: Van der Perren a retiring sort". Icenetwork. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "ISU European Figure Skating Championships 2009 – Helsinki (FIN)". International Skating Union. 22 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-10. 
  5. ^ Geurts, Mireille (2010). "Jenna McCorkell and Kevin Van Der Perren’s bumpy ride through the season". AbsoluteSkating.com. Retrieved 22 December 2010. 
  6. ^ Kondakova, Anna (25 March 2010). "Takahashi becomes first Japanese man to win World title". GoldenSkate. Retrieved 2010-03-29. 
  7. ^ Flade, Tatjana (29 January 2011). "Amodio wins European title in his debut". GoldenSkate. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 
  8. ^ "Brezina wins Skate America men's title". The Associated Press (CBC). 22 October 2011. Retrieved 23 October 2011. 
  9. ^ Flade, Tatjana (29 January 2012). "Plushenko takes seventh European title". Golden Skate. 
  10. ^ a b c d e Bőd, Titanilla (18 April 2012). "Kevin van der Perren: "I always hoped that my last skate would be like this"". Absolute Skating. 
  11. ^ Berlot, Jean-Christophe (2 April 2012). "Candid van der Perren gets nostalgic in last skate". Ice Network. 
  12. ^ "Van der Perren kiest voor het paarrijden" [Kevin van der Perren and pair skating]. sporza.be (in Flemish). 9 September 2012. 
  13. ^ Elfman, Lois (31 January 2013). "Solo skater van der Perren turns dance champ". IceNetwork. 
  14. ^ "Emotionele Kevin Van der Perren wint 'Sterren op de Dansvloer'". De Standaard. 11 January 2013. 
  15. ^ "ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2008". International Skating Union. 22 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-16. 
  16. ^ a b "Kevin VAN DER PERREN: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 23 September 2012. 
  17. ^ "Ice skating champ ties the knot". newsletter.co.uk. 19 May 2008. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. 
  18. ^ "Kevin VAN DER PERREN: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 13 August 2011. 
  19. ^ "Kevin VAN DER PERREN: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 2 April 2010. 
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  22. ^ "Kevin VAN DER PERREN: 2007/2008". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 30 May 2008. 
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  25. ^ "Kevin VAN DER PERREN: 2006/2007". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 4 November 2006. 
  26. ^ a b c d e f g "Programs". Official website of Kevin van der Perren. Archived from the original on 1 August 2012. 
  27. ^ "Kevin VAN DER PERREN: 2005/2006". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 15 June 2006. 
  28. ^ "Kevin VAN DER PERREN: 2004/2005". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 4 April 2005. 
  29. ^ "Kevin VAN DER PERREN: 2004/2005". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 11 October 2004. 
  30. ^ "Kevin VAN DER PERREN: 2003/2004". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 4 June 2004. 
  31. ^ "Kevin VAN DER PERREN: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 18 June 2003. 
  32. ^ "Kevin VAN DER PERREN: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 5 August 2002. 
  33. ^ "Kevin VAN DER PERREN: 2000/2001". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 9 June 2001. 
  34. ^ "Competition Results: Kevin VAN DER PERREN". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 15 October 2012. 

External links[edit]

Olympic Games
Preceded by
Simon Van Vossel
Flagbearer for  Belgium
Turin 2006
Vancouver 2010
Succeeded by
Hanna Mariën