Gheorghe Chiper

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Gheorghe Chiper
Personal information
Country represented Romania
Born (1978-04-08) 8 April 1978 (age 39)
Miercurea Ciuc, Romania
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Former coach Sandra Schär-Chiper, Sylvia Holtes, Marius Negrea, Maria Loffler Bogyo
Former choreographer Sandra Schär, Pasquale Camerlengo
Skating club SC Miercurea Ciuc
Began skating 1983
Retired 2006
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 191.95
2005 Trophée Eric Bompard
Short program 67.66
2006 Olympics
Free skate 125.70
2005 Trophée Eric Bompard

Gheorghe Chiper (born 8 April 1978) is a Romanian former competitive figure skater. He is an eight-time Romanian national champion and competed at two Olympic Games. He is the first Romanian skater to win a medal on the Grand Prix circuit and the first Romanian to land a quadruple toe loop in competition.[1]

Career[edit]

Chiper competed at three World Junior Championships; his best result was 15th in 1997.

Chiper made his senior World Championships debut in 1998, finishing 16th in the qualifying round. The following season, Chiper won his first senior national title.

In the 2000–01 season, he was coached by Sylvia Holtes in Groningen, Netherlands.[2] In 2001–02, Sandra Schär became his coach in Küsnacht, Switzerland.[3] Chiper competed at his first Olympics in 2002, placing 23rd.

At the 2005 European Championships, Chiper achieved his best European result, 8th.

In winning bronze at the 2005 Trophee Eric Bompard, Chiper became the first Romanian to ever medal on the Grand Prix series.[1] He placed 14th at his second Olympics in Torino, Italy. He competed for the final time at the 2006 World Championships where he also placed 14th, his career-best Worlds result.

Since his competitive retirement, he has worked as a coach in Switzerland.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Chiper was born on 8 April 1978 in Miercurea Ciuc, Romania.[1] He speaks Romanian, Hungarian, English, and German.[5][6] He is of part-Hungarian descent.[6] In 2000, he married Sandra Schär, with whom he has a daughter, Flora, born in May 2000 and a son, Aurel.

Programs[edit]

Season Short program Free skating
2005–06
[1][7]
  • Groove Collection
    by Brigade Mondaine

  • Marrocon
    (modern Gypsy collection)
    choreo. by Sandra Schär
2004–05
[8]
  • Groove Collection
    by Brigade Mondaine
  • Balkan gypsy music
2003–04
[9]
  • Spirit of Morocco
  • The Groove Maker
    by Michel Besson
  • Triangle
    by Lydie Auvray
  • Saint Luce
    by Lydie Auvray
2002–03
[10]
  • The Groove Maker
    by Michel Besson
  • Triangle
    by Lydie Auvray
  • Saint Luce
    by Lydie Auvray
2001–02
[3][7]
  • El Mostro (Tango)
    by Evan Lurie
2000–01
[2]

Results[edit]

GP: Grand Prix

International[11]
Event 94–95 95–96 96–97 97–98 98–99 99–00 00–01 01–02 02–03 03–04 04–05 05–06
Olympics 23rd 14th
Worlds 31st 21st 18th 17th 18th 14th
Europeans 20th 29th 15th 18th 9th 9th 8th 9th
GP Bompard 3rd
GP Cup of Russia 7th
GP NHK Trophy 7th
GP Skate Canada 12th
Crystal Skate 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
Finlandia Trophy 12th 3rd 2nd 1st
Golden Spin 10th 7th 8th 6th 1st
Schäfer Memorial 4th 6th
Nebelhorn Trophy 11th 17th 9th
Nepela Memorial 11th
Universiade 14th
International: Junior[11]
Junior Worlds 27th 23rd 15th
National[11]
Romanian Champ. 4th J. 4th 3rd 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
J. = Junior level

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Gheorghe CHIPER: 2005/2006". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 15 June 2006. 
  2. ^ a b "Gheorghe CHIPER: 2000/2001". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 17 April 2001. 
  3. ^ a b "Gheorghe CHIPER: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 11 June 2002. 
  4. ^ Osborne, Magdalena (2008). "Gheorghe Chiper behind the boards". AbsoluteSkating.com. Retrieved December 23, 2010. 
  5. ^ Dobor, Helga (2005). ""The only important thing is to improve" - A chat with Gheorge Chiper, Part I". AbsoluteSkating.com. Retrieved February 7, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Dobor, Helga (2005). ""The only important thing is to improve" - A chat with Gheorge Chiper, Part II". AbsoluteSkating.com. 
  7. ^ a b "Programs". Official website of Gheorghe Chiper. Archived from the original on 23 April 2016. 
  8. ^ "Gheorghe CHIPER: 2004/2005". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 5 April 2005. 
  9. ^ "Gheorghe CHIPER: 2003/2004". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 18 June 2004. 
  10. ^ "Gheorghe CHIPER: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 18 June 2003. 
  11. ^ a b c "Gheorghe CHIPER". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 23 April 2016. 

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