Sabina Wojtala

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Sabina Wojtala
Personal information
Country represented Poland
Born (1981-09-12) 12 September 1981 (age 35)
Bielsko-Biała, Poland
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Coach Iwona Mydlarz-Chruscinska
Choreographer Elena Tchaikovskaia
Skating club Dwory Unia SA
Former training locations Oświęcim
Began skating 1986
Retired 2006

Sabina Wojtala (Polish pronunciation: [saˈbina vɔjˈtala]; born 12 September 1981) is a Polish former competitive figure skater. She won eight senior international medals and six Polish national titles. She reached the free skate at nine ISU Championships – four Europeans, two Worlds, and three Junior Worlds.

Personal life[edit]

Sabina Wojtala was born on 12 September 1981 in Bielsko-Biała, Poland.[1] She attended Górnośląska Wyższa Szkoła Pedagogiczna.[2]

Career[edit]

Wojtala started skating in 1986.[1] She was coached by Iwona Mydlarz-Chruścińska in Oświęcim and represented Dwory Unia SA.[1]

At the 1995 World Junior Championships in Budapest, Wojtala advanced out of her qualifying group but was eliminated after the short program. At the Polish Championships, she won the bronze medal in senior pairs with Janusz Komendera but decided to focus on her single skating career.

In the 1995–96 season, she began appearing on the senior international level but continued competing also on the junior level. She reached the free skate and finished 23rd overall at the 1996 World Junior Championships in Brisbane, Australia.

In the 1996–97 season, Wojtala won her first senior international medal – bronze at the Golden Spin of Zagreb. She progressed out of her qualifying group but missed the cut-off for the free skate at the 1997 World Junior Championships in Seoul, South Korea.

In 1997–98, Wojtala competed only as a senior. She won gold at the Ondrej Nepela Memorial and silver at the Polish Championships. In January 1998, she was sent to her first European Championships; she ranked 17th in the short, 16th in the free, and 16th overall at the event in Milan, Italy.

Wojtala began the 1998–99 season on the junior level. She appeared at two ISU Junior Grand Prix events, winning bronze in Bulgaria. In November 1998, she finished a career-best fifth at the World Junior Championships in Zagreb, Croatia, having placed second in her qualifying group, ninth in the short, and fifth in the free. She then won the first of her six senior national titles. In January 1999, she achieved another career-best result, finishing tenth at the European Championships in Prague (third in her qualifying group, 12th in the short, and tenth in the free). In March, she reached the free skate at her first World Championships. Ranked 11th in qualifying, 23rd in the short, and 19th in the free, she finished 22nd overall at Worlds in Helsinki, Finland.

Wojtala's best World Championship result came at the 2000 Worlds in Nice. She placed ninth in her qualifying group, ninth in the short, 15th in the free, and 13th overall in France. The following season, she received her first Grand Prix invitations; she placed seventh at both the 2000 Skate America and 2000 Sparkassen Cup on Ice.

2002–03 was Wojtala's final season of international competition. She placed 18th at the 2003 European Championships in Malmö, Sweden, but did not appear at the World Championships. She made a brief competitive return in the 2005–06, winning the national title, but has not competed since. She currently works as a coach.

Programs[edit]

Season Short program Free skating
2002–03
[1]
2001–02
[3]
  • Music
    by Raul di Blasio
2000–01
[4]
  • Tango
    (from Cirque du Soleil)
    by René Dupéré
1999–2000
[5]
  • Gypsy Romance
  • Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
    by Sergei Rachmaninov
1998–99
[5]
  • Gypsy Romance

Competitive highlights[edit]

GP: Grand Prix; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

International[6]
Event 94–95 95–96 96–97 97–98 98–99 99–00 00–01 01–02 02–03 05–06
Worlds 22nd 13th 35th 28th
Europeans 16th 10th 26th 15th 25th 18th
GP Cup of Russia 8th
GP Skate America 7th
GP Spark./Bofrost 7th 9th
Czech Skate 12th
Golden Spin 3rd 5th
Nebelhorn Trophy 12th 12th 15th 12th
Nepela Memorial 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Pajovic Cup 1st
Schäfer Memorial 9th 5th 3rd 3rd
St. Gervais 7th
Universiade 2nd
International: Junior[6]
Junior Worlds 27th 23rd 27th 5th 14th
JGP Bulgaria 3rd
JGP Japan 6th
JGP Slovakia 6th
JGP Sweden 12th
EYOF 11th 4th
Blue Swords 19th J 15th J 10th J
PFSA Trophy 8th J 2nd J
National[6]
Polish Champ. 3rd 3rd 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
J: Junior level; WD: Withdrew

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Sabina WOJTALA: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 27 November 2006. 
  2. ^ "Sabina WOJTALA". Polish Figure Skating Association. Archived from the original on 28 May 2005. 
  3. ^ "Sabina WOJTALA: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 11 February 2002. 
  4. ^ "Sabina WOJTALA: 2000/2001". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 19 April 2001. 
  5. ^ a b "Programs". Official website of Sabina Wojtala. Archived from the original on 13 March 2005. 
  6. ^ a b c "Sabina WOJTALA". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 25 April 2016. 

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