Rudi Swiegers

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Rudi Swiegers
Paige LAWRENCE Rudi SWIEGERS Skate Canada 2010.jpg
Lawrence/Swiegers in 2010.
Personal information
Country represented Canada
Born (1987-08-31) August 31, 1987 (age 27)
Cape Town, South Africa
Home town Virden, Manitoba
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Former partner Paige Lawrence, Kristin Bonkowski
Coach Patricia Hole, Lyndon Johnston
Choreographer Bernard Ford, Lance Vipond, Tammy McKay
Skating club Wawota FSC
Training locations Virden, Manitoba
Ellenton, Florida
Began skating 1998
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 168.88
2014 World
Short program 59.84
2014 World
Free skate 113.54
2013 Four Continents

Rudi Swiegers (born August 31, 1987) is a Canadian pair skater. With former partner Paige Lawrence, he is the 2011 Four Continents bronze medalist and a four-time Canadian national bronze medalist (2011–2014).

Personal life[edit]

Swiegers was born in Cape Town, South Africa.[1] His family moved to Canada for his mother, a physician, to work in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.[2] In 2009, he began studying part-time at Brandon University, focusing on psychology.[2]

Skating career[edit]

Swiegers began skating at age ten in Saskatchewan and began pairs at age fifteen. In 2005, his first partner, Kristin Bonkowski, decided to focus on her singles career. In summer of that year, he teamed up with Paige Lawrence, one of few skaters at his club who jumped in the same direction as him, clockwise.[2]

Lawrence/Swiegers had a slow start in the junior ranks, placing 14th at Junior Nationals in 2006 and 2007. In 2008, however, they moved up to 2nd at the junior level and received several international assignments for the 2008–09 season. They were eighth and fifth at their two junior Grand Prix assignments before finishing fourth at the 2009 World Junior Championships. They also skated to a fourth place finish the senior division at Canadian Nationals.[2]

In the 2009–10 season, the pair moved up to seniors. They were seventh at the NHK Trophy but dropped to sixth at Nationals, receiving no further assignments for the season.

Lawrence/Swiegers started the 2010–11 season at the 2010 Skate Canada International, where they won their first international medal, a bronze. They were fifth at the 2010 Cup of Russia. At the 2011 Canadian Nationals, they made several mistakes in the long program to finish in third place, their first podium finish at the event as seniors.[3] They were named to the Canadian team for the 2011 Four Continents Championships. At the event, Swiegers was recognized as an example of good sportsmanship after lending his skate to Mark Ladwig during the short program.[4] Ladwig's boot heel broke during his program and Swiegers, who had skated earlier in the day, quickly offered his own skate so that Ladwig and partner Amanda Evora could return to the ice to finish their program within the time allowed.[5] Lawrence/Swiegers finished second in the short program and fourth in the free skate, with new personal best scores in both segments, and won the bronze medal. Swiegers later received a sportsmanship award from U.S. Figure Skating for his actions.[6]

In late December 2011, Lawrence sustained a concussion in a training accident.[7] The next month, the pair competed at the 2012 Canadian Championships, where they won their second national bronze medal.

Lawrence and Swiegers announced the end of their partnership on May 8, 2014.[8]

Programs[edit]

(With Lawrence)

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2013–2014
[1]
  • Olivier
  • I Put a Spell on You
  • Rudy's Bock
2012–2013
[9]
2011–2012
[10]
2010–2011
[11]
2009–2010
[12]
2008–2009
[13]
  • Orange Blossom Sorbet
    by Joe Trio

Competitive highlights[edit]

Lawrence/Swiegers with the other medalists at the 2010 Skate Canada

(with Lawrence)

Results[14]
International
Event 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14
Olympics 14th
Worlds 12th
Four Continents 3rd 7th 6th
GP NHK Trophy 7th 6th
GP Rostelecom 5th 4th
GP Skate Canada 3rd 8th 4th 4th
Nebelhorn Trophy 5th
U.S. Classic 2nd 5th
International: Junior
Junior Worlds 4th
JGP Belarus 8th
JGP Germany 4th
JGP Great Britain 5th
National
Canadian Champ. 14th J. 14th J. 2nd J. 4th 6th 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd
SC Challenge 1st
GP = Grand Prix; JGP = Junior Grand Prix; J. = Junior level

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Paige LAWRENCE / Rudi SWIEGERS: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on January 7, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d Mittan, Barry (July 19, 2009). "Scion of Rodeo Family Roped into Pairs". Golden Skate. 
  3. ^ Hoyt, Melanie (January 24, 2011). "Moore-Towers and Moscovitch win Canadian pairs title". Golden Skate. 
  4. ^ Flade, Tatjana (February 17, 2011). "Pang and Tong dominate pairs in Taipei". Golden Skate. 
  5. ^ Rutherford, Lynn; Stevenson, Alexandra (February 17, 2011). "Disaster strikes, but Swiegers saves the day". IceNetwork.com. Retrieved February 17, 2011. 
  6. ^ Golinsky, Reut (October 28, 2011). "Paige Lawrence and Rudi Swiegers: "We like to get the crowd going"". Absolute Skating. 
  7. ^ Nealin, Laurie (January 23, 2012). "Virden's Lawrence earns bronze in pairs at nationals". Winnipeg Free Press. Archived from the original on January 23, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Saskatchewan pair skaters Paige Lawrence and Rudi Swiegers end partnership". Skate Canada. May 8, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Paige LAWRENCE / Rudi SWIEGERS: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on March 12, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Paige LAWRENCE / Rudi SWIEGERS: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 19, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Paige LAWRENCE / Rudi SWIEGERS: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on August 16, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Paige LAWRENCE / Rudi SWIEGERS: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on March 29, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Paige LAWRENCE / Rudi SWIEGERS: 2008/2009". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 1, 2009. 
  14. ^ "Competition Results: Paige LAWRENCE / Rudi SWIEGERS". International Skating Union. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Rudi Swiegers at Wikimedia Commons