SEBESTYÉN Júlia

 

Hungary

 Single

Date of birth / Születési idõ

 14 May 1981

Place of birth / Születés helye

 Miskolc

Height / Magasság

 164 cm

Home town  /Lakóhely

 Budapest

Profession / Foglalkozás

 Student

Hobbies / Hobbi

 music, cinema, reading

Start skating / Korcsolyázás kezdete

 1984

Club

 Tiszaujvárosi SC

 

Coach / Edz§

Gurgen Vardanjan

Choreographer / Koreográfus

Nina Petrenko, Jerena Ipakjan

Former choreographer / Régebbi koreográfus

Tatiana Tarasova, Evgeni Platov, Nikolai Morozov

Former coach / Régebbi edzõ

Száraz András, Jurek Eszter

Practice low season / Gyakorlás holtszezonban (h/week)

20 at at Newington (USA), Budapest (2005/2006)
15 at Newington, Budapest, Novy Zamky SVK (2006/7)
15 at
Budapest, Zvolen/SVK (2008/2009)
20 at Budapest  

Practice high season / Gyakorlás fõszezonban  (h/week)

13 at Budapest (2005/2006)
15 at Budapest (2008/2009)
20 at Budapest  

 

Music Short Program as of 2000/2001 season

 Culture by Chris Spheeris

Music Free Skating as of 2000/2001 season

 The Glass Mountain (soundtrack) by Nino Rota

Music Short Program as of 2002/2003 season

 Hungarian Dance  by Johannes Brahms

Music Free Skating as of 2002/2003 season

 Selection of Music  by Raul di Blasio

Music Short Program as of 2003/2004 season

 Waltz by Shostakovich

Music Free Skating as of 2003/2004 season

 Selection of Tangos

Music Short Program as of 2004/2005 season

 Fire on Ice  by Bizan Mortazavi

Music Free Skating as of 2004/2005 season

 Carmen by G. Bizet

Music Short Program as of 2005/2006 season

 Esperanza  by Maxime Rodriguez 

Music Free Skating  as of 2005/2006 season

 Selection of Hungarian Dances by J. Brahms

Music Short Program as of 2006/2007 season

 Serenade by Franz Schubert

Music Free Skating as of 2006/2007 season

 Otonal by Raul di Blasio

Music Short Program as of 2007/2008 season

 Serenade by Franz Schubert

Music Free Skating  as of 2007/2008 season

 Medley of music by Edvin Marton

Music Short Program as of 2009/2010 season

 Song from a Secret Garden
 Libertango by Astor Piazzolla performed by Bond 

Music Free Skating as of 2009/2010 season

 Selection of Music by Raul di Blasio

Results / Eredmények

 

Olympic Games
Olimpia 

World Champs
Világbajnokság

European Champs
Európabajnokság

World Junior
Junior Világbajnokság

National Champs
Nemzeti Bajnokság

1995

 

 

14

21

2

1997

 

 

 

 

3

1998

15

19

17

14

 

1999

 

19

6

9

2

2000

 

7

6

 

2

2001

 

18

6

 

2

2002

8

8

10

 

1

2003

 

14

3

 

1

2004

 

6

1

 

1

2005

 

12

4

 

1

2006

18

22

14

 

1

2007

 

12

9

 

1

2008

 

11

4

 

1

2009

 

8

 

1

2010

17

6

 

1

 

Personal Best Total Score

165.22

01.11.2003

MasterCard Skate Canada Int. 2003

Personal Best Score Short Program

61.28

28.01.2005

European Championships 2005

Personal Best Score Free Skating

107.60

01.11.2003

MasterCard Skate Canada Int. 2003

International Competition:

 1999

 Skate Canada, Saint John, NB

6

 1999

 Skate America, Colorado Springs

5

 1999

 Karl Schäfer Memorial, Vienna

3

 1999

 Skate Israel, Metulla

2

 2000

 Cup of Russia, St. Petersburg

8

 2000

 NHK Trophy, Asahikawa

7

 2000

 Finlandia Trophy, Helsinki

6

 2001

 Winter Universiade, Oswiecim

4

 2001

 Skate America, Colorado Springs

6

 2001

 NHK-Trophy, Kumamoto

5

 2001

 O. Nepela Memorial, Bratislava

1

 2001

 Karl Schäfer Memorial, Vienna

2

 2002

 Smart Ones Skate America, Spokane

8

 2002

 O. Nepela Memorial, Bratislava

3

 2002

 Golden Spin, Zagreb

3

 2003

 Bofrost Cup, Gelsenkirchen

3

 2003

 Skate Canada

3

 2003

 O. Nepela Memorial, Bratislava

2

 2003

 Trophee Lalique, Paris

3

 2003

 Grand Prix Final, Colorado Springs

6

 2004

 Cup of Russia, Moscow

3

 2004

 Trophée Eric Bompard Cachemire, Paris

3

 2004

 Skate Canada, Halifax

6

 2004

 Campbells Skating Challenge

6

 2005

 Skate America, Atlantic City

8

 2005

 Cup of Russia, St. Petersburg

6

 2005

 Japan Int. Challenge, Tokyo

6

 2005

 O. Nepela Memorial, Bratislava

1

 2006

 O. Nepela Memorial, Bratislava

2

 2006

 Finlandia Trophy, Vantaa

3

 2006

 Cup of China, Nanjing

1

 2006

 Cup of Russia, Moscow

2

 2006

 ISU Grand Prix Final, St. Petersburg

6

 2007

 O. Nepela Memorial, Bratislava

1

 2007

 Nebelhorn Trophy, Oberstdorf

5

 2007

 Cup of China, Beijing

5

 2007

 Cup of Russia, Moscow

7

 2008

 Cup of Russia, Moscow

7

 2008

 Golden Spin, Zagreb

1

 2009

 Nebelhorn Trophy, Oberstdorf

4

 2009

 Rostelecom Cup, Moscow

6

 2009

 Skate America, Lake Placid

3

 2009

 Crystal Skate, Galati

1


Hungarian hope
Although Hungary is not known for producing great figure skaters -- no Hungarian men's or ladies' singles skater has ever won an Olympic medal -- Julia Sebestyen has established herself as one of the best skaters from talent-laden Europe. She placed sixth the European Championships in 1999, 2000 and 2001. At the 1999 European Championships, she placed second behind Russia's Maria Butyrskaya in the long program. Unfortunately for Sebestyen, poor performances in the qualifying round and the short program meant kept her from finishing higher. Sebestyen placed third in the free skate at the 2001 European Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia. She had her best finish at the World Championships during the 2000 worlds in Nice, France, where she placed seventh. Sebestyen dropped to 18th at the 2001 worlds after a fire at her ice rink in Budapest disrupted her preparation. That result, coupled with teammate Tamara Dorofejev's 19th-place finish, means Hungary will have only one ladies' berth at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games. Sebestyen has finished second at the Hungarian national championships three years in a row (1999-2001) and also in 1995. She made her Olympic debut in 1998, placing 15th in Nagano as a 16-year-old.

Added artistry
Perhaps the biggest improvement in Sebestyen's skating of late has been in her artistry. Sebestyen had Nina Petrenko, the wife of 1992 Olympic men's champion Viktor Petrenko, choreograph her Olympic-year short and long programs, and the result is a much more artistic look on the ice. "People say it's a huge difference," Sebestyen says. She selected her own music - Rodrigo's "Adadgio" for the short and "The Man in the Iron Mask" soundtrack for the long.

Cold start
Unlike the vast majority of the world's elite skaters, who took figure skating lessons at indoor facilities from an early age, Sebestyen developed her talents at an outdoor rink where temperatures were often almost unbearably cold. She started skating at age 4 at an open-air ice rink in her hometown of Tiszaujvarosi and continued to train there until she was 13. After placing 21st at the 1995 World Junior Championships, she moved to Budapest. Sebestyen lived with Klara Kozari, who was the president of the Hungarian Figure Skating Association at the time. Sebestyen says that Kozari is "like a third grandmother to me." Sebestyen now has a flat of her own in Budapest. She is coached by Andras Szaraz, an eight-time men's national champion for Hungary who ended his competitive career in 1990.

Lost rink
Around Christmas 2000, the Budapest Sport Centre, which housed the rink where Sebestyen trained, burned down. Officials said the cause of the fire was probably some candles that were left burning at a nearby Christmas market. The fire severely impeded Sebestyen's skating, as there are only two other indoor rinks in Hungary. She trained in Simsbury, Connecticut, for a week before the 2001 World Championships, but she still arrived in Vancouver poorly prepared. Since the fire, she has done some training in Sweden and some in Connecticut. When in Budapest, she trains at a huge open rink in a park in the center of the city. Sebestyen trains on a part of the ice that is covered by a bubble, but she says it's still extremely cold.

Official Olympic Site 2002


Sebestyen started skating at age 4 on an open-air ice rink in Tiszaujvaros. She continued to train there until the age of 13 when she moved to Budapest after competing in the World Junior Championships. Coach Andras Szaraz was a National Champion and competed internationally for Hungary.In 2004 Sebestyen won the first European Ladies title for Hungary in history.


International Skating Union, Chemin de Primerose 2, CH - 1007 Lausanne 11.03.2010.

Pictures / Képek