Dušková and Bidař at the 2015–16 JGP Final
|Country represented||Czech Republic|
|Born||24 February 1999|
České Budějovice, Czech Republic
|Home town||České Budějovice, Czech Republic|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|Former partner||Anna Dušková|
|Coach||Eva Horklová, Richard Gauthier, Bruno Marcotte|
|Former coach||Iveta Bidařová, Markéta Procházková|
|Choreographer||Maurizio Margaglio, Rostislav Sinicyn|
|Former choreographer||Gabriela Žilková Hrázská|
|Skating club||BK České Budějovice|
|Training locations||Prague |
|Former training locations||Brno |
|ISU personal best scores|
Martin Bidař (born 24 February 1999) is a Czech pair skater. With partner Anna Dušková, he is the 2016 World Junior champion, 2016 Youth Olympic silver medalist (individually and in the team event), and 2015 JGP Final silver medalist.
- 1 Personal life
- 2 Skating career
- 3 Programs
- 4 Competitive highlights
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Martin Bidař was born on 24 February 1999 in České Budějovice, Czech Republic. He is the son of a figure skating coach, Iveta Bidařová, and the younger brother of a former pair skater, Petr Bidař. His sisters were also figure skaters.
Martin Bidař started learning to skate in 2003. Originally single skaters, he and Anna Dušková began skating together as a pair after their coach, Eva Horklová, suggested the idea. Recalling their beginnings, Dušková stated, "It was quite embarrassing at first, because everybody was skating singles and we had to hold hands. We were so young and shy." In the 2011–2012 season, they competed together on the novice national level.
2013–2014 season: Junior international debut
Dušková/Bidař's ISU Junior Grand Prix (JGP) debut came in the 2013–2014 season; they finished 8th in September 2013 in Košice, Slovakia, and 6th the next month in Ostrava, Czech Republic. In March 2014, the pair placed 10th at the World Junior Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, having ranked 10th in both segments.
In 2014–2015, Dušková/Bidař continued on the JGP series, finishing 10th in Estonia and 8th in Germany. They came in 8th at the 2015 World Junior Championships in Tallinn, Estonia, after placing 9th in both segments.
2015–2016 season: Gold at World Junior Championships
Although based mainly in the Czech Republic, Dušková/Bidař also spent some time training in Montreal and Sochi in the summer of 2015 and made another visit to Montreal during the competitive season.
Competing in the 2015 JGP series, Dušková/Bidař won a silver medal in August in Linz, Austria, and finished 4th the following month in Riga, Latvia. The results qualified them for the 2015 JGP Final, held in December 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. Ranked third in the short program and second in the free skate, Dušková/Bidař edged out Russia's Amina Atakhanova / Ilia Spiridonov by 0.33 for the silver medal behind Ekaterina Borisova / Dmitry Sopot, who won gold by a margin of 9.53 points. They became the first Czech pair to step on the podium at a JGP Final.
In February 2016, Dušková/Bidař competed in Hamar, Norway, at the Winter Youth Olympics, placing first in the short program, second in the free skate, and second overall with a total score 2.53 less than Borisova/Sopot. Their silver is the Czech Republic's first Youth Olympic medal in figure skating. In March, Dušková/Bidař won gold at the 2016 World Junior Championships in Debrecen, Hungary. Ranked first in both segments, they outscored two Russian pairs – silver medalists Anastasia Mishina / Vladislav Mirzoev by 9.22 points and bronze medalists Ekaterina Borisova / Dmitry Sopot by 12.82 points – to become the Czech Republic's first World Junior champions in figure skating. They are also the first pair skaters from outside China, Russia, or the United States to win the competition since 2001. On their future plans, Dušková stated that "there will be less and less singles competitions for me. We will concentrate on pairs."
2016–2017 season: Senior debut
Ahead of the season, Dušková/Bidař spent three weeks training in Montreal before returning to the Czech Republic. Opening their season on the JGP series, the pair won gold at their September event in Ostrava, ahead of Atakhanova/Spiridonov, and then silver the following month in Dresden, behind Mishina/Mirzoev. Later in October, making their senior international debut, they outscored Miriam Ziegler / Severin Kiefer to win the International Cup of Nice. In December, they placed second to Mishina/Mirzoev at the JGP Final in Marseille.
In September 2017, Dušková/Bidař competed at the Nebelhorn Trophy, the final qualifying opportunity for the 2018 Winter Olympics. The pair placed 9th and earned a spot for the Czech Republic in the pairs' event at the Olympics.
Dušková injured a knee ligament during a warm-up before training in late October and decided later to undergo an operation. As a result, the pair withdrew from their two Grand Prix assignments – the 2017 Cup of China and 2017 Internationaux de France.
Dušková/Bidař returned to competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. They qualified to the free skate by placing 15th in the short program and went on to finish 14th overall. Ranked 13th in the short and 11th in the free, the pair finished 11th at the 2018 World Championships in Milan, Italy. On 27 April 2018, they announced that they had parted ways.
|Season||Short program||Free skating||Exhibition|
|GP Cup of China||WD|
|Cup of Nice||1st|
|JGP Czech Rep.||6th||1st|
|Ice Challenge||1st N||1st J||1st J|
|NRW Trophy||1st J||2nd J|
|Czech Champ.||1st N||1st N||1st J||1st J|
|Youth Olympics||2nd T
| WD = Withdrew |
Levels: N = Advanced novice; J = Junior
T = Team result; P = Personal result. Medals awarded for team result only.
|Ice Challenge||4th N|
|New Year's Cup||2nd N|
|Seibt Memorial||2nd N|
|Tirnavia Ice Cup||2nd N|
|Warsaw Cup||6th N|
|N = Advanced novice level|
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- Kalinics, Michael (19 December 2012). "Jihočech na ledě Martin Bidař si vyjel v Polsku titul mistra republiky". Deník (in Czech).
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- "Anna DUSKOVA / Martin BIDAR: 2015/2016". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 27 May 2016.
- "Competition Results: Anna DUSKOVA / Martin BIDAR". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 28 April 2018.
- Decool, Mélissa (17 March 2016). "Duskova and Bidar win historic gold for Czech Republic". Golden Skate.
- Bőd, Titanilla (14 April 2016). "Anna Dušková and Martin Bidař - first in the most important moment". Absolute Skating.
- Flade, Tatjana (16 January 2017). "Featured interview: Anna Duskova & Martin Bidar (CZE)". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 16 January 2017.
- "Grand Prix 2017". Czech Figure Skating Association (in Czech). 1 November 2017. Archived from the original on 1 November 2017.
- "Nejlepší česká sportovní dvojice má problém, Dušková musí na operaci" [The Czech Republic's best pair has a problem, Dušková needs an operation]. Česká televize (in Czech). 1 November 2017. Archived from the original on 1 November 2017.
- "Athlete Profile - Martin BIDAR". pyeongchang2018.com. Archived from the original on 28 April 2018.
- Johnstone, Chris (27 April 2018). "Czech ice skating duo Dusková and Bidař announce split". radio.cz.
- "Sportovní dvojice Dušková a Bidař se rozdělila. České krasobruslení by mohlo získat dva nové páry" [Pair skaters Dušková and Bidař have parted ways. Czech figure skating may have two new pairs]. czechskating.org (in Czech). 27 April 2018. Archived from the original on 28 April 2018.
- Macek, Tomáš (28 April 2018). "Bidař o rozchodu s Duškovou: Dva týdny existovala naděje, že to vyřešíme" (in Czech). IDNES.
- "Anna DUSKOVA / Martin BIDAR: 2016/2017". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 24 June 2017.
- "Anna DUSKOVA / Martin BIDAR: 2014/2015". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 20 May 2015.
- "Anna DUSKOVA / Martin BIDAR: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 21 June 2014.
- "Competition Results: Martin BIDAR". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 28 April 2018.
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