Roman Sadovsky snares Olympic spot for Canada at Nebelhorn Trophy

OBERSTDORF, Germany – Roman Sadovsky accomplished his goal on Friday by earning a second Olympic spot in men’s singles for Canada by placing eighth at the Nebelhorn Trophy, a stop on the ISU Challenger Series figure skating circuit.

The 22-year-old from Vaughan, Ont., needed to be in the top-seven countries competing for a spot. One skater in the top-eight was not eligible for a qualifying spot.

‘’I didn’t think it would nearly as hard as what it was,’’ he said. ‘’I was training for this competition and I felt confident but once I stepped on the ice it hit really differently. I’m glad I got that Olympic spot and it’s out of the way.’’

Vincent Zhou of the U.S. took the gold medal with 284.23 points, Adam Siao Him Fa of France was second at 243.78 and Mark Kondratiuk of Russia third at 241.06. Sadovksy scored 207.62, just over four points ahead of two skaters from Turkey.

Skating to Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol, Sadovsky had a rough start to his program falling on his opening quad Salchow. However he quickly regained his composure and improved throughout the skate.

‘’It would have been a little bit of a nightmare if I didn’t get the spot,’’ he said. ‘’I know I’d be beating myself up but I did what I had to do and I’m happy about it.’’

Canada earned one spot in men’s singles at the word championships this past spring when Keegan Messing posted a sixth-place finish.

Sadovsky was the only Canadian entry at the competition.

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Roman Sadovsky to Compete at Nebelhorn Trophy

OTTAWA, ON: Roman Sadovsky, Canada’s 2020 National Men’s Champion is headed to Nebelhorn Trophy to compete for Canada’s second men’s berth at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games. The Nebelhorn Trophy is an Olympic qualifier and the third stop of the ISU Challenger Series. The event is scheduled to take place from September 21-25, 2021, in Oberstdorf, Germany.

Roman Sadovsky is 22 years old, from Vaughan, Ont., and is the reigning Canadian men’s champion having won the gold medal at the 2020 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. Sadovsky also took home the gold medal at 2021 Skate Canada Challenge and won a bronze medal at both the 2019 NHK Trophy and the Finlandia Trophy in 2019. Roman is coached by Tracey Wainman and Grzegorz Filipowski.

Mike Slipchuk, Skate Canada High Performance Director will be the team leader at this event. Karen Butcher, Skate Canada President of Greely Ont., will also be attending the event. Physiotherapist Scott Fraser of Kingston, Ont., will be the Canadian medical staff onsite and Andrea Derby of Uxbridge, Ont., will be the Canadian Official attending the event.

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Roman Sadovsky (22) / Vaughan, Ont. / York Region Skating Centre / Coached by Tracey Wainman and Grzegorz Filipowski


Athlete Spotlight: Roman Sadovksy

Roman Sadovksy

Q: What’s your go to song to get pumped up for training and competition?
Roman: Lose Yourself by Eminem

Q: Who is someone in the sports world, past or present, you’d love to have dinner with and why?
Roman: Ulrich Salchow because he invented my favourite jump and I need to thank him.

Q: What is the best advice that you were given?
Roman: JUST DO IT!!!

Q: What is your favourite place in the world and why?
Roman: Home. Despite living there, I barely spend any time at home, and it’s the best place to chill out.

Q: What’s your biggest pet peeve?
Roman: CanSkaters walking with skates on concrete without guards.