Karel Zelenka

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Karel Zelenka
Karel Zelenka.JPG
Zelenka in 2007
Personal information
Country represented Italy
Born (1983-03-31) March 31, 1983 (age 34)
Louny, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Coach Karel Zelenka Sr., Mirco Botta, Edoardo De Bernardis
Choreographer Barbara Melica, Edoardo De Bernardis, Frank Dehne, Barbara Fusar-Poli, Andrea Gilardini, Walter Rizzo
Skating club Agora Skating Team
Training locations Milan,Italy
Began skating 1988
Retired 2010
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 191.73
2007 Europeans
Short program 64.53
2007 Europeans
Free skate 127.20
2007 Europeans

Karel Zelenka (born March 31, 1983) is a Czech-Italian former competitive figure skater. He is a five-time (2003–2007) Italian national champion and competed at the 2006 Winter Olympics. He qualified to the free skate at eleven ISU Championships – three World, three World Junior, and five European Championships – and finished in the top ten twice.

Personal life[edit]

Zelenka was born in 1983 in Louny, Czechoslovakia.[1] His father is a figure skating coach.[2] The family moved to Italy when the younger Zelenka was six years old.[2] He received Italian citizenship in January 2006.[3]

Career[edit]

Zelenka debuted on the ISU Junior Series (ISU Junior Grand Prix) in 1997. He won the Italian junior title in the 1998–99 season and was sent to his first ISU Championship1999 Junior Worlds in Zagreb, Croatia, where he finished 20th after qualifying to the final segment.

Zelenka placed 19th at the 2000 Junior Worlds in Oberstdorf, Germany, and 8th at the 2001 Junior Worlds in Sofia, Bulgaria. In October 2001, he won the silver medal at his JGP assignment in Poland.

Zelenka won the first of his five consecutive senior national titles in the 2002–03 season. He reached the free skate at the 2003 European Championships in Malmö but was eliminated after the short program at the 2003 World Championships in Washington, D.C..

Zelenka competed at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin; he placed 25th in the short program and missed qualifying to the free skate by one spot. He achieved his career-best ISU Championship placement, 7th, at the 2007 European Championships in Warsaw.

He trained in Milan, Italy; Oberstdorf, Germany; and Switzerland.[4][5][6]

Programs[edit]

Season Short program Free skating
2009–10
[1]
  • Burn the Floor
    • Cheek to Cheek
    • Let Yourself Go
    • Top Hat
    • White Tie and Tails
2008–09
[7]
  • Burn the Floor
    • Cheek to Cheek
    • Let Yourself Go
    • Top Hat
    • White Tie and Tails
2007–08
[8]
  • Blues for Klook
    by Eddy Louiss
2006–07
[9]
  • Blues for Klook
    by Eddy Louiss
2005–06
[3]
  • Alexander
    by Vangelis
2004–05
[10]
  • Elements
    by Frank Nimsgren
2003–04
[11]
  • Lord of the Dance
    by Ronan Hardiman
2002–03
[12]
  • Quixote
    by Magnus Fiennes
    performed by Bond
2000–01
[13]

Competitive highlights[edit]

GP: Grand Prix; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

International[14]
Event 98–99 99–00 00–01 01–02 02–03 03–04 04–05 05–06 06–07 07–08 08–09 09–10
Olympics 25th
Worlds 25th 20th 25th 17th 16th
Europeans 19th 16th 19th 7th 15th 23rd
GP Cup of China 6th
GP Skate America 10th 12th
GP Skate Canada 10th
Finlandia Trophy 7th 16th
Golden Spin 10th 4th 6th
Nebelhorn Trophy 5th
Nepela Memorial 3rd
NRW Trophy 13th
Schäfer Memorial 4th
Triglav Trophy 4th
International: Junior[14]
Junior Worlds 20th 19th 8th
JGP Germany 12th 5th
JGP Italy 6th
JGP Norway 15th 8th
JGP Poland 2nd
JGP Slovakia 14th
JGP Slovenia 10th
National[14]
Italian Champ. 1st J 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 2nd WD 3rd
J = Junior level; WD = Withdrew

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Karel ZELENKA: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 13 November 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Mittan, Barry (2 February 2006). "Italy's Zelenka Aims for Olympics". SkateToday. 
  3. ^ a b "Karel ZELENKA: 2005/2006". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 15 June 2006. 
  4. ^ "Interview with Karel Zelenka". figureskating-online. 10 March 2008. Archived from the original on 16 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Interview with Karel Zelenka, July 2008 in Oberstdorf". figureskating-online. 1 August 2008. Archived from the original on 16 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "Karel Zelenka: "my life without skates? Impossible"". ArtOnIce.it. 9 February 2007. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "Karel ZELENKA: 2008/2009". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 2 June 2009. 
  8. ^ "Karel ZELENKA: 2007/2008". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 29 May 2008. 
  9. ^ "Karel ZELENKA: 2006/2007". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 2 July 2007. 
  10. ^ "Karel ZELENKA: 2004/2005". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 5 April 2005. 
  11. ^ "Karel ZELENKA: 2003/2004". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 6 June 2004. 
  12. ^ "Karel ZELENKA: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 14 October 2003. 
  13. ^ "Karel ZELENKA: 2000/2001". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 26 April 2001. 
  14. ^ a b c "Competition Results: Karel ZELENKA". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 7 March 2016. 

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