Stefania Berton

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Stefania Berton
2012 WFSC 04d 192 Stefania Berton Ondřej Hotárek.JPG
Personal information
Full name Stefania Berton
Country represented Italy
Born (1990-07-19) 19 July 1990 (age 24)
Home town Milano
Height 1.61 m (5 ft 3 in)
Former partner Ondrej Hotarek, Marco Fabbri
Coach Franca Bianconi
Karel Fajfr
Former coach Christina Mauri
Pierre Trente
Choreographer Pasquale Camerlengo
Anjelika Krylova
Former choreographer Muriel Zazoui
Raffaella Cazzaniga
Corrado Giordani
Skating club Sesto Ice Skate Milano
Began skating 1994
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 195.61
2014 European
Short program 70.31
2014 Winter Olympics (Team)
Free skate 126.39
2014 European

Stefania Berton (born 19 July 1990) is an Italian pair skater. With former partner Ondřej Hotárek, she is the 2013 European bronze medalist, the 2013 Skate Canada International champion, and a three-time Italian national champion. Berton/Hotárek are the first Italian pairs skaters to win European and Grand Prix medals.

Berton previously competed as a single skater and ice dancer.


Partership with Hotarek[edit]

Berton and Hotárek at the Skate Canada podium.

As a singles skater, Berton won the silver medal at the 2007 Italian Nationals and placed 6th at the 2006 Junior Grand Prix Final. As an ice dancer, she competed on the novice level with Marco Fabbri.[1]

Berton teamed up with Ondřej Hotárek to compete in pair skating in early 2009.[2] They won the silver medal at 2010 Italian Nationals and were selected to compete at the World Championships. They placed 11th in their debut at the event.

During the 2010–2011 season, Berton/Hotárek won silver at the Nebelhorn Trophy and also debuted on the Grand Prix circuit, finishing sixth at Cup of Russia. They won their first Italian national title and were sent to the 2011 European Championships. They placed fourth in the short program and fifth in the free program, setting personal bests in both, and finished fifth overall with their best combined total to date, 164.83 points.

Berton/Hotárek began the 2011–2012 season at the 2011 Ondrej Nepela Memorial, where they won the silver medal. In the Grand Prix season, they placed 4th at 2011 NHK Trophy and then won bronze at 2011 Rostelecom Cup, their first Grand Prix medal and the first for an Italian pair to medal on the Grand Prix circuit.[3] At the 2012 European Championships, they placed 4th, historically the highest Italian result in pairs.[4]

In the 2012–2013 season, Berton/Hotárek were assigned to the 2012 Skate Canada International and 2012 Trophée Eric Bompard.[5] They won bronze medals at both events. They then won bronze at the 2013 Europeans becoming the first Italian pair skaters to medal at a European Championships.[6][7]

In the 2013–2014 season, Berton/Hotárek started their Grand Prix season competing at the 2013 Skate America and finished 5th. They won their first GP title at the 2013 Skate Canada. They finished finished 4th at the 2014 European Championships behind Vera Bazarova / Yuri Larionov. At the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi Russia, Berton/Hotárek finished 11th in the pairs event.

For the 2014-2015 season, Berton and Hotarek were assigned to 2014 Skate America and the 2014 Rostelecom Cup.[8] On July 2nd, it was announced that she and Hotarek had ended their parternship.[9][10]

Personal life[edit]

In January 2012, Berton became a member of the sports group of the Italian police.[11][12] Berton became engaged to American pair skater Rockne Brubaker on 2 February 2013.[13]


With Hotarek[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
  • Dirty Dancing
  • Caos Calmo
    by Buonvino

Single skating[edit]

Season Short program Free skating

Competitive highlights[edit]

Berton/Hotárek at the 2011 Rostelecom Cup
Berton/Hotárek at the 2010 World Championships.

Pair skating with Hotárek[edit]

Event 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14
Olympics 11th
Worlds 11th 10th 11th 10th 9th
Europeans 5th 4th 3rd 4th
GP Bompard 3rd
GP NHK Trophy 4th
GP Rostelecom 6th 3rd
GP Skate America 5th
GP Skate Canada 3rd 1st
Cup of Nice 1st
Ice Challenge 3rd
Lombardia Trophy 1st
Nebelhorn Trophy 2nd
NRW Trophy 2nd 1st 2nd
Ondrej Nepela 2nd 2nd
Italian Champ. 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st
Team events
Olympics 4th
GP = Grand Prix; TBD = Assigned

Single skating[edit]

Event 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09
Europeans 13th 16th
Crystal Skate 1st
Cup of Nice 3rd
International: Junior
Junior Worlds 10th 13th
JGP Final 6th
JGP Bulgaria 6th
JGP Croatia 12th
JGP Czech Rep. 3rd
JGP Estonia 9th
JGP France 12th 3rd 4th
JGP Great Britain 7th
JGP Norway 2nd
JGP Romania 17th
Gardena 5th J.
Italian Champ. 2nd 2nd 3rd
J. = Junior level; JGP = Junior Grand Prix


  1. ^ a b "Stefania BERTON: 2008/2009". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 3 June 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Stefania BERTON / Ondrej HOTAREK: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 22 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Kondakova, Anna (26 November 2011). "Savchenko and Szolkowy win Cup of Russia; Italians make history". Golden Skate. 
  4. ^ Bőd, Titanilla (22 March 2012). "Ondrej Hotarek: "Pairs' elements are much more suitable for me"". Absolute Skating. 
  5. ^ Sciarrillo, Laura (30 November 2012). "Ondrej Hotarek tells us about the Grand Prix competitions and the start of the season.".  "Ondrej Hotarek ci racconta le gare del Grand Prix e l'inizio stagione" (in Italian). 
  6. ^ Kany, Klaus-Reinhold (24 January 2013). "Volosozhar, Trankov oust rival Germans for gold". IceNetwork. 
  7. ^ Bőd, Titanilla (12 March 2013). "Stefania Berton and Ondřej Hotárek: "We always have new goals and we never stop"". Absolute Skating. 
  8. ^ "2014 - 2015 Grand Prix Assignments Pairs". June 28, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Ghiaccio, Berton-Hotarek, favola finita C'è un progetto Marchei-Hotarek (Italian)". 07-02-2014. 
  10. ^ "Italians Berton, Hotarek end partnership". 07-02-2014. 
  11. ^ Flade, Tatjana (29 April 2012). "Italy’s Berton and Hotarek gain ground". Golden Skate. 
  12. ^ a b Golinsky, Reut (20 January 2013). "Stefania Berton and Ondřej Hotárek: "You connect with people's hearts and they will remember forever"". Absolute Skating. 
  13. ^ Brannen, Sarah S.; Meekins, Drew (13 February 2013). "The Inside Edge: Brubaker engaged to Berton". IceNetwork. 
  14. ^ "Stefania BERTON / Ondrej HOTAREK: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 22 October 2013. 
  15. ^ "Stefania BERTON / Ondrej HOTAREK: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 17 October 2012. 
  16. ^ Sciarrillo, Laura; D'Eredità, Eleonora; Castellaro, Barbara (27 August 2012). "Berton/Hotarek: we are aiming high with our interpretation".  "Berton/Hotarek: una delle qualità su cui puntiamo è l'interpretazione" (in Italian). 20 August 2012. 
  17. ^ "Stefania BERTON / Ondrej HOTAREK: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 16 August 2011. 
  18. ^ "Stefania BERTON / Ondrej HOTAREK: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 16 July 2010. 
  19. ^ "Stefania BERTON: 2007/2008". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 26 May 2008. 
  20. ^ "Stefania BERTON: 2006/2007". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 2 May 2007. 
  21. ^ "Competition Results: Stefania BERTON / Ondrej HOTAREK". International Skating Union. 
  22. ^ "Competition Results: Stefania BERTON". International Skating Union. 

External links[edit]

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