Petr Barna

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Petr Barna
Personal information
Country represented Czechoslovakia
Born (1966-03-09) 9 March 1966 (age 48)
Prague, Czechoslovakia
Former coach František Pechar
Retired 1992

Petr Barna (born 9 March 1966) is a Czech former competitive figure skater who competed for Czechoslovakia. He is the 1992 European champion, the 1992 Olympic bronze medalist, and a seven-time Czechoslovak national champion. He was the first man to land a quadruple jump in Olympic competition.

Personal life[edit]

Barna was born 9 March 1966 in Prague.[1] In 1990, he married ice dancer Andrea Juklová, with whom he has a daughter, Sofie Barnová, born in April 1992.[2]

Career[edit]

Barna started skating in Prague at an outdoor rink and received lessons from 1972.[2] He began appearing at senior internationals in the 1982–83 season. He was coached by František Pechar.[1]

Barna sprained his right ankle as he was leaving the airport in Birmingham on his way to the 1989 European Championships.[2] Despite the injury, he medaled for the first time at an ISU Championship, winning bronze.

1991–92 was Barna's best competitive season. He won gold at the 1992 European Championships and a bronze medal at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France. He became the first person to land a quad jump in Olympic competition, executing a quad toe loop in his free skate.[2]

After placing sixth at the 1992 World Championship, Barna retired from amateur competition. He then spent almost ten years as a professional skater, performing in the Champions on Ice tour and World cup tour, as well as competing in World professional competitions, ESPN Legends, Miko Masters and other events. He preferred amateur competition, saying, "In amateur skating, it matters how you skate. In professional, it matters how you dance. And I don't dance. I liked amateur skating better."[3]

Barna works as a coach now. He has appeared in several television skating programs.

Results[edit]

International
Event 1982–83 1983–84 1984–85 1985–86 1986–87 1987–88 1988–89 1989–90 1990–91 1991–92
Olympics 13th 3rd
Worlds 16th 13th 16th 8th 8th 5th 6th 4th 6th
Europeans 18th 10th 10th 7th 8th 7th 3rd 2nd 2nd 1st
Skate America 2nd
Skate Canada 1st
Fujifilm/Nations Cup 1st 1st
Int. de Paris 1st
NHK Trophy 10th 2nd
Prague Skate 1st 1st 1st 1st
Universiade 1st
National
Czechoslovak 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Petr Barna". Czech Olympic Committee. Archived from the original on 13 April 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d Russell, Susan D. (8 August 2013). "Petr Barna: Skating Out From Behind the Iron Curtain". IFS Magazine. 
  3. ^ Figure Skating Mystery Interview

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