Figure Skating – In Hohenschönhausen's Lions Cave – Sports

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In Berlin, a new pair run center was born: Minerva-Fabienne Hase and Nolan Seegert surprise.

Cycling tourists now sometimes turn off in Höhenschönhausen to the ice rink. There, where on a mirror-smooth surface small and large people in the air two to three times whirl around its own axis. The pair-running national coach Alexander König had recently suggested to organizers of bike tours when the opportunity arose, to suggest to the clientele perhaps a side trip to the ice artists in the sports forum: "We need spectators," says King. "Also during training."

The power of public sports Figure skating has faded, since the Olympic champion and world champion Aljona Savchenko / Bruno Massot withdrew after the gold rush in 2018 from the competition. In Höhenschönhausen, however, it is now possible to observe how the pair-run ice lab may be creating spectacular new things. And for Berlin enthusiasts, this may well be an alternative capital city experience. On Monday, Minerva-Fabienne Hase and Nolan Seegert returned from Moscow, where they surprisingly finished third in the Russian Grand Prix. It was the biggest international moment of her young career, and the first medal for skateboarding in the country since Savchenko / Massot slipped out of the limelight.

Minerva-Fabienne Hase, 20, and Nolan Seegert 27, have come together as an ice duo four years ago and have since made a "fantastic move", as national coach Alexander König finds. Romy Oesterreich, who accompanied the duo Hase / Seegert in Berlin as a trainer from the beginning, also believes that the two are on a very good path. But she warns against creating the highest standards and making comparisons between the current German masters and the glamor team Savchenko / Massot. "That would be unfair," she says, because their protégés are just beginning to feel their way into the skating world's top on sharp runners; and because the terrain is known to be treacherous.

Berlin has always had good pair runners. Now the forces are bundled

At least Hase / Seegert at the Grand Prix last weekend even brought the Moscow audience to wonder. Because they pushed right into the middle of the three favored Russian couples and ended up despite a free-skier error in the triple Salchow behind the duos Boikowa / Koslowski and Tarasova / Morozov – but far ahead of their colleague Stolbowa / Novoselov. A success "in the middle of the cave of the lions", coach Oesterreich was appreciative. They want to continue to tinker with the stability of the programs, because the duo was also stumbling recently at the Grand Prix in Grenoble, where they finished seventh.

Since it is quite helpful that they now build their own cave of the lions in Berlin – or at least a small Hohenschönhausener lion enclosure. Since Alexander König, who had led to Olympic gold as coach Savchenko / Massot, moved from Oberstdorf to Berlin in the summer of last year, a pair-run performance center has sprung up there in the Sportforum. Berlin has always had good pair runners. But now all the forces are bundled under the coaches Austria, Knut Schubert and Rico Rex, who is responsible for the youngsters. The top federation, the German skating union (DEU), created for king, until then only honorary trainer, a place as pair running national coach. Occasionally Dmitri Savin arrives, an expert from Moscow who used to work with Hase / Seegert on technology elements; he brings "the international flair" in the hall, as King says. Ten pairs of runners whirl around in the two to three training sessions, and everyone benefits from the daily exchange, the group dynamics that develop in this way, confirms Romy Oesterreich, on the ice and at the gang.

Not only Minerva-Fabienne Hase and Nolan Seegert, the national top pair, have recently rekindled the interest in the pair run. The 19-year-old Annika Hocke, who debuted with Ruben Blommaert at the Olympics in 2018, is attracting astonishing circles with her new partner, Robert Kunkel, 20. Only in April they ran for the first time, hand in hand, over the ice, and yet they have qualified in a short time with two third places for the Grand Prix final of the juniors in December. In Turin they then play lion-like against five Russian junior couples. Another success for the Paarlauf performance center in Berlin. Anyone who asks Alexander Koenig where the legacy of Savchenko / Massot's goldmine has been left will be referred to the Sportforum, Berlin's new attraction. Because King says: "Well, here!"

. (tagsToTranslate) Figure Skating (t) Sport (t) Süddeutsche Zeitung

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