Oh yeah, it was time for him to retire 4 years ago! He's 31 but man it seems like he should be so much older I think that's a sure sign and you've overstayed your welcome!
I forgot to post that Carolina Kostner withdrew from Italian Nats due to injury and Valentina Marchei won her 5th National title. Marchei also joined the Italian Air Force!! Cappellini and Lanotte won in ice dance & Stefania Berton and Ondrej Hotarek won pairs. I had no idea who any of the men were but apparently, there's some controversy over who Italy will be sending to Sochi. Here's a blurb from the article:
Confusion, controversy marks men's event
Former Russian competitor Ivan Righini, who had competed for Russia as Ivan Bariev until the fall of 2012, won the men's event with 199.49 points. Righini has an Italian father and a Russian mother, and when his parents split, he grew up in Russia with his mother, taking her family's name. Recently, he adopted his Italian father's name. In Merano, he said the Figure Skating Federation of Russia had released him and he has all of the papers, including an Italian passport, to compete for Italy.
Paul Bonifacio Parkinson, who trains in Colorado Springs, was second with 194.82 points. Former champion Paolo Bacchini was third with 178.05 points.
There is controversy about which man Italy will send to Europeans and Olympics, having only one spot for each of these events. The federation had earlier announced that only the free program points of the two best international competitions and of Italian nationals will count. Having won 15 more points at nationals than Righini, Parkinson is first on this ranking list. Bonifacio's coach, Tom Zakrajsek, accompanied him to Italy and said the federation will stick with the qualification system it announced, and Bonifacio will be sent to Sochi.
"Remember, he is the one who earned Italy's Olympic spot at Nebelhorn Trophy in September," Zakrajsek said.
However, Righini said he thought that total competition points, which include the short program, would count, and according to these points, he is first and should be nominated. The Italian federation plans to decide which man to send to Europeans and Olympics in January.
Sounds like a big mess to me. Not that this will have any effect on the men's event in Sochi but still, looks like there needs to be some kind of clarification on what the Italian federation and the ISU requires to compete.
Edited by Space Cadet Mary, 27 December 2013 - 07:51 AM.