Valentina Marchei

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Valentina Marchei
Valentina Marchei at 2010 European Championships.jpg
Marchei in 2010.
Personal information
Country representedItaly
Born (1986-05-23) 23 May 1986 (age 32)
Milan, Italy
Home townBasiglio, Italy
Height1.61 m (5 ft 3 in)
PartnerOndřej Hotárek
CoachFranca Bianconi, Bruno Marcotte, Richard Gauthier
Former coachJason Dungjen, Yuka Sato, Nikolai Morozov, Valter Rizzo, Cristina Mauri, Pierre Trente
ChoreographerMassimo Scali, Corrado Giordani, Franca Bianconi
Former choreographerRoberto Campanella, Yuka Sato, Nikolai Morozov
Skating clubSesto Ice Skate
Training locationsMontreal
Milan
Former training locationsBloomfield Hills, Michigan
Hackensack, New Jersey
Annecy
Began skating1993
ISU personal best scores
Combined total216.59
2018 Winter Olympics
Short program74.50
2018 Winter Olympics
Free skate142.09
2018 Winter Olympics

Valentina Marchei (born 23 May 1986) is an Italian figure skater. As a singles skater, she is a five-time Italian national champion (2004, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014). Her highest ISU Championship placements were 4th at the 2013 European Championships and 8th at the 2012 World Championships. She represented Italy at the 2014 Winter Olympics and placed 11th.

Marchei competed as a pair skater with Ondřej Hotárek, representing Italy. The pair finished 6th at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Personal life[edit]

Valentina Marchei was born 23 May 1986 in Milan, Italy.[1][2] She is the daughter of Marco Marchei, a competitor in the marathon at the 1980 and 1984 Olympics.[3] Her early interests were speed skating and gymnastics.[3] She studied with a focus on sport at university and has worked as a reporter for Italian television.[4]

Career in singles[edit]

Marchei began skating in 1993.[1] She was coached by Cristina Mauri from the age of nine.[5]

Ahead of the 2007–08 season, Marchei spent the first part of July training with Viktor Kudriavtsev in Flims, Switzerland. She trained in Courchevel in the remainder of July and August and then Paris and Milan in the winter, coached by Pierre Trente and Cristina Mauri.[5] Marchei injured her knee in September 2007.[5]

In September 2008, Marchei began working with Nikolai Morozov in Hackensack, New Jersey.[6] She missed most of the 2008–09 season after injuring her right ankle on a triple Lutz at 2008 Skate America.[6] Marchei did not receive any Grand Prix invitations in 2009–10.[6] She finished 8th at the 2010 European Championships. In 2010–11, Marchei returned to the Grand Prix series, competing at 2010 Skate Canada International and 2010 Cup of Russia.[7][8] She was 10th at the 2011 European Championships.

Marchei at the 2012 Rostelecom Cup

In 2011, Marchei changed coaches to Jason Dungjen and Yuka Sato in Detroit.[9] She had ankle and knee injuries in 2011.[10] She finished 8th at the 2012 World Championships in Nice, France.[10] Marchei represented Italy at the 2014 Winter Olympics, where she placed 11th.[2] In September 2014, she withdrew from both of her Grand Prix assignments, the 2014 Skate Canada International and 2014 Rostelecom Cup.[11]

Career in pairs[edit]

On 2 July 2014, La Gazzetta dello Sport wrote that Marchei and Ondřej Hotárek were considering skating as a pair.[12] Bruno Marcotte confirmed on 26 July 2014 that the two were training together.[13] They are coached by Marcotte in Montreal and by Franca Bianconi in Milan.[13] On 6 August 2014, Marchei sprained the medial collateral ligament of her right knee.[11] On 8 September, she said she would resume light on-ice training in a few days.[11] Commenting on her switch to pairs, Marchei stated: "At the beginning practicing pairs was just to do shows or stuff like that, but then it was something that got to me. It's crazy. I still do single programs at shows, but it is strange, I'm looking around, where is he?"[14]

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.[14]

On 16 September 2018 Marchei announced the end of her partnership with Hotárek via Instagram.[15]


Programs[edit]

With Hotárek[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2017–18
[16]
2016–17
[18]
2015–16
[1][19]
2014–15
[20]

Single skating[edit]

Marchei at the 2006 Skate America
Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2013–14
[21]
2012–13
[22][23]

2011–12
[9]
  • Johnny's Mambo
2010–11
[24]
2009–10
[25][26]
2008–09
[27]
2007–08
[5][28]

2006–07
[29]
2005–06
[30]
2004–05
[31]
  • Xotica
    by Rene Dupere
2003–04
[32]
2001–02
[33]
  • Flamenco

Competitive highlights[edit]

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

Pairs with Hotárek[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

Ladies' singles[edit]

International[35]
Event 01–02 02–03 03–04 04–05 05–06 06–07 07–08 08–09 09–10 10–11 11–12 12–13 13–14
Olympics 11th
Worlds 23rd 23rd 11th 13th 8th 18th 16th
Europeans 15th 31st 19th 5th 6th 8th 10th 8th 4th 6th
GP Bompard 10th 6th 9th
GP Cup of China 9th
GP NHK Trophy 11th 6th
GP Rostelecom 5th 9th
GP Skate America 9th 10th WD 9th 4th 7th
GP Skate Canada 8th
Challenge Cup 2nd
Cup of Nice 2nd 2nd
Denkova-Staviski 1st
Finlandia Trophy 12th 8th
Golden Spin 7th 6th
Ice Challenge 2nd
Lombardia Trophy 1st
Merano Cup 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 3rd
NRW Trophy 1st
Nepela Memorial 2nd
Schäfer Memorial 4th
Universiade 2nd 2nd
International: Junior[35]
Junior Worlds 14th 16th
JGP Bulgaria 9th
JGP Czech Rep. 12th
JGP Germany 13th
JGP Japan 6th
JGP Netherlands 6th
JGP Serbia 6th
Gardena 5th J
National[35]
Italian Champ. 1st 2nd 3rd 1st 4th 1st 2nd 1st 2nd 1st
Team events
Olympics 4th T
3rd P
World Team
Trophy
6th T
8th P
J: Junior level; WD: Withdrew
T: Team result; P: Personal result. Medals awarded for team result only.

Detailed results[edit]

With Hotarek[edit]

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

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

References[edit]

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  4. ^ Shkrebtienko, Oxana (19 October 2013). "Valentina Marchei: "When I'm in Italy, my heart is warmed."". Absolute Skating.
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External links[edit]

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