Ruben Blommaert

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Ruben Blommaert
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Prölß/Blommaert at the 2013 German Championships
Personal information
Country representedGermany
Former country(ies) representedBelgium
Born (1992-03-05) 5 March 1992 (age 26)
Bruges, Belgium
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
PartnerAnnika Hocke
Former partnerMari Vartmann, Annabelle Prölß
CoachKnut Schubert, Alexander König
Former coachMaylin Wende, Daniel Wende, Karel Fajfr, Vera Vandecaveye, Silvie De Rijcke
ChoreographerMark Pillay, Aliona Savchenko
Former choreographerRostislav Sinicyn, Jeffrey Buttle
Skating clubEC Oberstdorf
Former skating clubGSK Gent
Training locationsBerlin, Germany
Oberstdorf, Germany
Former training locationsBruges, Belgium
Deurne, Belgium
Toronto, Canada
Began skating1998
ISU personal best scores
Combined total184.83
2018 Worlds
Short program63.26
2018 Worlds
Free skate123.61
2017 CS Nebelhorn Trophy

Ruben Blommaert (born 5 March 1992) is a German pair skater. With Annika Hocke, he has won silver medals at the 2017 CS Minsk-Arena Ice Star and 2017 International Cup of Nice.

He also holds Belgian citizenship and competed for Belgium in single skating until 2010. He began representing Germany after teaming up with Annabelle Prölß to compete in pairs. They won the 2013 Cup of Nice and 2013 German national title. He and his next partner, Mari Vartmann, won four ISU Challenger Series medals and the 2015 Cup of Nice.

Personal life[edit]

Ruben Blommaert was born 5 March 1992 in Bruges, Belgium.[1] He became a German citizen on 1 July 2014 while retaining his Belgian citizenship.[2][3] He has a twin brother, Sander, who dances with the Royal Ballet in London.[4]

Career[edit]

Blommaert began learning to skate in 1998.[1] He competed for Belgium in single skating until 2010, appearing at the European Championships and Junior World Championships.[5]

Partnership with Prölß[edit]

Blommaert teamed up with Annabelle Prölß in October 2011.[6] They won the junior pairs title at the 2012 German Junior Championships.

In 2012–13, Prölß/Blommaert made their Junior Grand Prix debut in Lake Placid, finishing 6th, and then placed 4th in Germany. They won gold medals in the junior events at the 2013 Ice Challenge and 2013 Bavarian Open. Prölß/Blommaert won gold in their senior national debut at the 2013 German Championships. They then finished 7th at the 2013 World Junior Championships.

In 2013–14, Prölß/Blommaert debuted on the senior international level. After finishing 4th at their first two events, they took gold at the International Cup of Nice. They received their first senior Grand Prix assignment, the 2013 Trophée Éric Bompard, after France's Daria Popova / Bruno Massot withdrew.

Partnership with Vartmann[edit]

In the 2015–16 season, Blommaert started skating with Mari Vartmann.[7] They won the 2015 Cup of Nice. At the 2016 Europeans they placed 4th in the short program, 8th in the free program and 8th overall.

Vartmann and Blommaert started the 2016–17 season on the Challenger Series, winning bronze at both Nebelhorn Trophy and Finlandia Trophy. On 10 January 2017, the Deutsche Eislauf-Union announced that the two had parted ways.[8]

Partnership with Hocke[edit]

Blommaert and Annika Hocke announced their partnership on 9 February 2017.[9]

Programs[edit]

Pairs with Hocke[edit]

Season Short program Free skating
2018–2019
  • Land of All
    by Woodkid
2017–2018
[10]

With Vartmann[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2016–2017
[1]
2015–2016
[7][11]

With Prölß[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2014–2015
[4][12]
2013–2014
[6][13]
  • O mio babbino caro
    (from Gianni Schicchi)
    by Giacomo Puccini
2012–2013
[14]
  • Italian Fantasia
    performed by Orchestra Mantovani

Single skating[edit]

Season Short program Free skating
2009–2010
[15]
2008–2009
[16]
2007–2008
[17]
2006–2007
[18]

Competitive highlights[edit]

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

Pairs with Hocke for Germany[edit]

International[19]
Event 2017–18 2018–19
Winter Olympics 16th
World Champ. 13th
European Champ. 8th
GP Skate America 7th
GP NHK Trophy WD
CS Golden Spin 6th
CS Ice Star 2nd
CS Nebelhorn Trophy 5th
CS Warsaw Cup 4th
Cup of Nice 2nd
National
German Champ. 3rd

Pairs with Vartmann for Germany[edit]

International[20]
Event 2015–16 2016–17
European Champ. 8th WD
GP Cup of China 6th 7th
GP NHK Trophy 5th
CS Finlandia Trophy 3rd
CS Ice Challenge 2nd
CS Nebelhorn Trophy 4th 3rd
CS Tallinn Trophy 2nd
Cup of Nice 1st
International[20]
German Champ. 2nd 1st
TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew

Pairs with Prölß for Germany[edit]

International[21]
Event 11–12 12–13 13–14 14–15
GP Rostelecom Cup 6th
GP Skate America 7th
GP Trophée Bompard 7th
Challenge Cup 2nd
Cup of Nice 1st
Lombardia Trophy 4th
Nebelhorn Trophy 4th
International: Junior[21]
Junior Worlds 7th
JGP Germany 4th
JGP United States 6th
Bavarian Open 1st J
Ice Challenge 1st J
NRW Trophy 1st J
Warsaw Cup 1st J
National[21]
German Champ. 1st J. 1st
Levels: N = Novice; J = Junior

Men's singles for Belgium[edit]

International[5]
Event 05–06 06–07 07–08 08–09 09–10
European Champ. 25th 25th
Merano Cup 19th
Triglav Trophy 12th
International: Junior and novice[5]
Junior Worlds 38th 28th
JGP Bulgaria 17th
JGP Italy 11th
JGP Netherlands 24th
JGP United Kingdom 17th 10th
JGP United States 16th
EYOF 13th J
Warsaw Cup 2nd J
Triglav Trophy 6th N
National[5]
Belgian Champ. 1st J 1st J 2nd J 2nd
Levels: N = Novice; J = Junior

Detailed results[edit]

With Prölß[edit]

2012–13 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
February 27 - March 3, 2013 2013 Junior World Championships Junior 6
49.95
4
97.88
7
147.83
February 6–11, 2013 2013 Bavarian Open Junior 1
50.25
1
99.35
1
149.60
December 21–22, 2012 2013 German Championships Senior 1
50.60
2
97.02
1
147.62
December 4–9, 2012 2012 NRW Trophy Junior 1
46.36
1
94.27
1
140.63
November 15–18, 2012 2013 Warsaw Cup Junior 2
48.68
2
88.17
2
136.85
November 6–11, 2012 2012 Ice Challenge Junior 1
40.83
1
80.52
1
121.35
October 10–13, 2012 2012 JGP Germany Junior 2
47.84
5
85.64
4
133.48
August 30 – September 1, 2012 2012 JGP USA Junior 7
40.53
6
81.92
6
122.45
2011–12 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
January 6–7, 2012 2012 German Championships Junior 1
-
1
-
1
118.01

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Mari VARTMANN / Ruben BLOMMAERT: 2016/2017". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 9 February 2017.
  2. ^ "Paarläufer Ruben Blommaert wird Deutscher" [Pair skater Ruben Blommaert becomes a German citizen] (in German). Thüringische Landeszeitung. Deutsche Presse-Agentur. 16 July 2014. Archived from the original on 18 July 2014.
  3. ^ "Kunstschaatser Ruben Blommaert verkrijgt Duitse nationaliteit" [Figure skater Ruben Blommaert receives German citizenship] (in Dutch). Het Nieuwsblad. Belga (news agency). 16 July 2014. Archived from the original on 18 July 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Annabelle PRÖLSS / Ruben BLOMMAERT: 2014/2015". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 20 May 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d "Competition Results: Ruben BLOMMAERT". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 9 March 2014.
  6. ^ a b "Annabelle PRÖLSS / Ruben BLOMMAERT: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 25 March 2014.
  7. ^ a b Flade, Tatjana (September 1, 2015). "Germany's Vartmann and Blommaert hope for strong start". Golden Skate.
  8. ^ "Vartmann/Blommaert gehen getrennte Wege" [Vartmann and Blommaert part ways]. Sport-Informations-Dienst (in German). rp-online.de. 10 January 2017. Archived from the original on 10 January 2017.
  9. ^ "Kurzinterview mit dem neuen deutschen Paarlaufpaar Annika Hocke und Ruben Blommaert" [Short interview with new German pair Annika Hocke and Ruben Blommaert]. figureskating-online.com (in German). 9 February 2017. Archived from the original on 9 February 2017.
  10. ^ "Annika HOCKE / Ruben BLOMMAERT: 2017/2018". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 1 November 2017.
  11. ^ "Mari VARTMANN / Ruben BLOMMAERT: 2015/2016". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 27 May 2016.
  12. ^ "Video Interview: Annabelle Prölß/Ruben Blommaert". figureskating-online.com. July 2014.
  13. ^ "Annabelle Prölß and Ruben Blommaert: Video interview, Oberstdorf". figureskating-online.com. July 2013.
  14. ^ "Annabelle PRÖLSS / Ruben BLOMMAERT: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 20 July 2013.
  15. ^ "Ruben BLOMMAERT: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 9 May 2010.
  16. ^ "Ruben BLOMMAERT: 2008/2009". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 2 June 2009.
  17. ^ "Ruben BLOMMAERT: 2007/2008". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 30 April 2008.
  18. ^ "Ruben BLOMMAERT: 2006/2007". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 24 March 2007.
  19. ^ "Competition Results: Annika HOCKE / Ruben BLOMMAERT". International Skating Union.
  20. ^ a b "Competition Results: Mari VARTMANN / Ruben BLOMMAERT". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 9 February 2017.
  21. ^ a b c "Competition Results: Annabelle PRÖLSS / Ruben BLOMMAERT". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.

External links[edit]

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