Ondřej Hotárek

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Ondřej Hotárek
2012 WFSC 04d 192 Stefania Berton Ondřej Hotárek.JPG
Hotárek with Berton in 2012
Personal information
Country representedItaly
Former country(ies) representedCzech Republic
Born (1984-01-25) 25 January 1984 (age 34)
Brno, Czechoslovakia
Height1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
PartnerValentina Marchei
Former partnerStefania Berton, Laura Magitteri, Veronika Havlíčková
CoachFranca Bianconi, Bruno Marcotte, Richard Gauthier
Former coachJason Dungjen, Karel Fajfr, Rosanna Murante
ChoreographerMassimo Scali, Corrado Giordani, Franca Bianconi
Former choreographerPasquale Camerlengo, Anjelika Krylova, Muriel Zazoui, Frank Dehne
Skating clubFiamme Azzurre
Training locationsMontreal
Milan
Began skating1989
ISU personal best scores
Combined total216.59
2018 Winter Olympics
Short program74.50
2018 Winter Olympics
Free skate142.09
2018 Winter Olympics

Ondřej Hotárek (born 25 January 1984) is a Czech-Italian pair skater who began competing for Italy in 2006. He currently competes with Valentina Marchei. With former partner Stefania Berton, he 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 pair skaters to win European and Grand Prix medals.

Earlier in his career, Hotárek competed as a single skater and pair skater for the Czech Republic.

Personal life[edit]

Ondřej Hotárek was born 25 January 1984 in Brno, Czechoslovakia.[1][2] He moved from the Czech Republic to Italy in 2005 and became an Italian citizen in September 2010.[3] In January 2012, he became a member of the sports group of the Italian police.[3][4]

Hotárek's engagement to his girlfriend, Italian ice dancer Anna Cappellini, was announced in August 2014.[5] The couple married on June 20, 2015, in Breccia, Italy.[6] Figure skater Michal Březina was the best man at their wedding.[7]

Early career[edit]

Hotárek began learning to skate in 1989.[1] He competed in men's singles for the Czech Republic. He became the 2003 and 2004 Czech national bronze medalist and appeared in international events.[8]

Hotárek found the jump elements difficult, and believed his skill set would be better suited to pair skating.[9] His first partner was Veronika Havlíčková. In January 2006, he teamed up with Laura Magitteri to compete for Italy.[10] They were the 2007 and 2008 Italian national champions. Their partnership ended in January 2009.[11]

Partnership with Berton[edit]

Berton and Hotárek at the Skate Canada podium.

Hotárek teamed up with Stefania Berton in early 2009.[12] 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 2010–11 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 2011–12 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, making them the first Italian pair to medal on the Grand Prix circuit.[13] At the 2012 European Championships, they placed 4th, historically the highest Italian result in pairs.[9]

In the 2012–13 season, Berton/Hotárek were assigned to the 2012 Skate Canada International and 2012 Trophée Eric Bompard.[14] After taking bronze at both events, they won bronze at the 2013 European Championships, becoming the first Italian pair skaters to medal at Europeans.[15][16]

Berton/Hotárek started the 2013–14 Grand Prix season at the 2013 Skate America and finished 5th. They won their first GP title at the 2013 Skate Canada and then finished 4th at the 2014 European Championships, behind Vera Bazarova / Yuri Larionov. Berton/Hotárek finished 11th in the pairs event at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.[2]

For the 2014-15 season, Berton/Hotarek were assigned to 2014 Skate America and the 2014 Rostelecom Cup.[17] On 2 July 2014, La Gazzetta dello Sport reported that their partnership had ended.[18][19]

Partnership with Marchei[edit]

On 2 July 2014, La Gazzetta dello Sport wrote that Hotárek and Valentina Marchei, a single skater, were considering a partnership.[18] Bruno Marcotte confirmed on 26 July 2014 that the two were training together.[20] They are coached by Marcotte in Montreal and by Franca Bianconi in Milan.[20]

Marchei/Hotárek won the Italian national title in December 2014. In January 2015, they placed fourth at the European Championships in Stockholm, Sweden and 11th at the World Championships in March.[21]

They ended their partnership in September of 2018[22].

Programs[edit]

With Marchei[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2017–18
[23]
2016–17[25]
2015–16
[26]
2014–15
[27]

With Berton[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2013–14
[28]
2012–13
[29][4][30]
  • Dirty Dancing
2011–12
[12]
2010–11
[31]
2009–10
[32]
  • Caos Calmo
    by Buonvino

Single skating[edit]

Season Short program Free skating
2001–02
[33]

Competitive highlights[edit]

GP: Grand Prix; CS: Challenger Series; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

Pairs with Marchei for Italy[edit]

International[34]
Event 2014–15 2015–16 2016–17 2017–18
Olympics 6th
World Champ. 11th 14th 9th 10th
European Champ. 4th 5th 6th 5th
GP Cup of China 5th
GP Rostelecom Cup 6th 4th 4th
GP Skate America 8th
GP Skate Canada WD
CS Golden Spin 2nd
CS Lombardia Trophy 2nd 3rd
CS Warsaw Cup 3rd WD 1st 1st
Lombardia Trophy 1st
Seibt Memorial 1st
National[34]
Italian Champ. 1st 2nd 2nd
TBD: Assigned; WD: Withdrew

Pairs with Berton for Italy[edit]

Berton/Hotárek at the 2011 Rostelecom Cup.
Berton/Hotárek at the 2010 World Championships.
International[35]
Event 09–10 10–11 11–12 12–13 13–14
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
Nepela Memorial 2nd 2nd
NRW Trophy 2nd 1st 2nd
National[35]
Italian Champ. 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st
Team events
Olympics 4th

Pairs with Magitteri for Italy[edit]

Magitteri/Hotárek in 2008
International[36]
Event 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09
World Champ. 16th 13th
European Champ. 9th 11th
GP Cup of Russia 8th
GP NHK Trophy 6th
GP Skate America 6th
Cup of Nice 3rd
Nebelhorn Trophy WD 9th
National[36]
Italian Champ. 1st 1st 3rd
WD: Withdrew

Men's singles for the Czech Republic[edit]

International[8]
Event 98–99 99–00 00–01 01–02 02–03 03–04
Nepela Memorial 6th
Grand Prize SNP 5th
International: Junior[8]
JGP Czech Rep. 12th
JGP Italy 15th
JGP Serbia 13th
EYOF 7th
Grand Prize SNP 3rd J
National[8]
Czech 4th 3rd 3rd
Czech Junior 4th 3rd 3rd 3rd 2nd
J: Junior level

Detailed results[edit]

With Marchei[edit]

2017–18 season
Date Event SP FS Total
March 19–25, 2018 2018 World Championships 8
71.37
8
130.65
10
202.02
February 14–15, 2018 2018 Winter Olympics 7
74.50
6
142.09
6
216.59
February 8–12, 2018 2018 Winter Olympics (Team event)
\
2
138.44

\
January 15–21, 2017 2018 European Championships 4
71.89
5
132.31
5
204.20
November 16–19, 2017 2017 CS Warsaw Cup 1
66.70
1
126.44
1
193.14
November 3–5, 2017 2017 Cup of China 5
59.53
4
128.48
5
188.01
October 20–22, 2017 2017 Rostelecom Cup 3
68.48
4
125.15
4
193.63
September 14–17, 2017 2017 CS Lombardia Trophy 3
61.32
3
119.54
3
180.86
2016–17 season
Date Event SP FS Total
March 29 – April 2, 2017 2017 World Championships 9
71.04
9
132.88
9
203.92
January 25–29, 2017 2017 European Championships 6
66.53
6
125.40
6
191.93
November 17–20, 2016 2016 CS Warsaw Cup 1
67.04
1
122.22
1
189.26
November 4–6, 2016 2016 Rostelecom Cup 3
66.82
5
120.79
4
187.61
October 21–23, 2016 2016 Skate America 6
62.49
8
107.20
8
169.69
September 8–11, 2016 2016 CS Lombardia Trophy 1
59.40
2
120.16
2
179.56
2017–18 season
Date Event SP FS Total
March 28 – April 3, 2016 2016 World Championships 13
59.76
15
110.97
14
170.73
January 25–31, 2016 2016 European Championships 8
58.47
4
124.14
5
182.61
November 20–22, 2015 2015 Rostelecom Cup 4
62.43
6
115.76
6
178.19
September 17–20, 2015 Lombardia Trophy 1
63.85
1
113.57
1
179.56

References[edit]

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External links[edit]

Media related to Ondřej Hotárek at Wikimedia Commons