Balazs Nagy (figure skater)

Balazs Nagy (born July 9, 1998) is an American pair skater. With his former skating partner, Kate Finster, he is the 2020 U.S. national junior champion, the 2019 U.S. national junior silver medalist, and the 2019 JGP Poland silver medalist.

Balazs Nagy
Kate Finster and Balazs Nagy - 2019 Junior Worlds.jpg
Personal information
Native nameBalázs Nagy
Country represented United States
Former country(ies) represented Hungary
Born (1998-07-09) July 9, 1998 (age 22)
Budapest, Hungary
Home townColorado Springs, Colorado
ResidenceColorado Springs, Colorado
Height1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Former partnerKate Finster, Krystal Edwards
CoachDalilah Sappenfield, Larry Ibarra
Former coachJessica Miller, Stephanie Miller, Oleg Efimov, Natalia Efimova
ChoreographerDalilah Sappenfield
Skating clubBroadmoor SC
Training locationsColorado Springs, Colorado
Former training locationsWake Forest, North Carolina
Budapest, Hungary
ISU personal best scores
Combined total166.22
2019 JGP Poland
Short program60.91
2019 JGP Poland
Free skate105.31
2019 JGP Poland

Personal lifeEdit

Balazs Nagy was born on July 9, 1998 in Budapest, Hungary and later emigrated with his parents to the United States. He has three sisters.[1] Nagy is fluent in both Hungarian and English. He moved back to Budapest for several years during his childhood, before returning to the U.S. to finish high school.[2] Nagy holds dual citizenship between Hungary and the United States.[2] He is currently a student at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, studying exercise science.[1] [2]

Nagy's hobbies include reptiles and crystal healing.[3] He enjoys watching movies, driving, and dancing and he loves desserts with cinnamon.[1]

CareerEdit

Early careerEdit

Nagy began skating under coaches Oleg Efimov and Natalia Efimova, a former Soviet pairs skater and ice dancer, respectively, in Wake Forest, North Carolina.[2] During this time, he also trained as a gymnast at Apex Gymnastics under coaches Todd McLaughlin and Jeremy Waters. He trained primarily in singles skating, representing first the United States, and then Hungary internationally after his family moved back to Budapest. At the suggestion of his coaches, Nagy briefly tried pairs with Krystal Edwards during the 2011–12 season, but the team split due him being "not ready" and his family returning to Hungary.[2]

Nagy briefly quit skating in 2017, before deciding to return and switch to pairs full-time.[2] He tried out with Kate Finster in the fall of 2017, around Thanksgiving, and they officially teamed up in early 2018.[2] The pair relocated from training with her coaches, Jessica Miller and Stephanie Miller, in Louisville to work full-time with Dalilah Sappenfield and Larry Ibarra in Colorado Springs.[2][1]

2018–2019 seasonEdit

In their first season as a team, Finster / Nagy were assigned to 2018 JGP Czech Republic, where they finished ninth. They then won silver at Midwestern Sectionals. At the 2019 U.S. Championships, Finster / Nagy won the junior silver medal behind Laiken Lockley / Keenan Prochnow. As a result, they were named to the 2019 World Junior Championships team. At Junior Worlds, they were tenth after the short program and thirteenth in the free skating, to finish eleventh overall. Nagy called the experience "humbling" and motivation for the next season.[2]

2019–2020 seasonEdit

Finster / Nagy opened the season with a sixth-place finish at 2019 JGP United States. They then won their first international medal at 2019 JGP Poland, earning the silver medal, behind Apollinariia Panfilova / Dmitry Rylov of Russia and ahead of Germany's Annika Hocke / Robert Kunkel.[4] Their results qualified them as first alternates to the 2019–20 Junior Grand Prix Final.

Finster / Nagy won the inaugural U.S. Pairs Final to qualify to the 2020 U.S. Championships. They won their first junior pairs title at the 2020 U.S. Championships, ahead of Anastasiia Smirnova / Danil Siianytsia and Winter Deardorff / Mikhail Johnson. Their result earned them a berth on the 2020 World Junior Championships team.[5]

2020–2021 seasonEdit

Finster / Nagy placed ninth at the ISP Points Challenge.

In December, Nagy announced that the pair had split.[6]

ProgramsEdit

With FinsterEdit

Season Short program Free skating
2020–2021
[1]
2019–2020
[3]
2018–2019
[7]

Competitive highlightsEdit

JGP: Junior Grand Prix

With FinsterEdit

International: Junior[8]
Event 18–19 19–20 20–21
Junior Worlds 11th 6th
JGP Czech Republic 9th
JGP Poland 2nd
JGP United States 6th
National[8]
U.S. Champ. 2nd J 1st J
U.S. Pairs Final 1st J
Midwestern Sect. 2nd J
ISP Points Challenge 9th
TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew
Levels: J = Junior

Men's singles (for Hungary)Edit

International: Junior[9]
Event 2013–14 2014–15
Ice Challenge 9th
Santa Claus Cup 15th
International: Adv. novice[9]
Santa Claus Cup 3rd
National[9]
Hungarian Adv. Nov. & Jun. Champ. 2nd N 4th J
Eastern Hungary Cup 2nd J
Levels: N = Novice; J = Junior

With EdwardsEdit

National[10]
Event 2011–12
U.S. Junior Championships 9th V
Eastern Sectionals 3rd V
Levels: V = Juvenile

Men's singles (for the United States)Edit

National[9]
Event 09–10 10–11 11–12 12–13
U.S. Junior Championships 11th Q V 7th Q V
10th V
8th Q I
11th I
Eastern Sectionals 5th I
South Atlantic Regionals 5th V 3rd V 4th I 5th I
Levels: V = Juvenile; I = Intermediate
Q = Qualifying round

Detailed resultsEdit

With FinsterEdit

Junior resultsEdit

2019–20 season
Date Event SP FS Total
March 2–8, 2020 2020 World Junior Championships 5
58.33
7
97.93
6
156.26
January 20–26, 2020 2020 U.S. Championships 1
63.89
2
105.48
1
169.37
November 12–16, 2019 2019–20 U.S. Pairs Final 1
55.60
1
92.48
1
148.08
September 18–21, 2019 2019 JGP Poland 2
60.91
2
105.31
2
166.22
August 28–31, 2019 2019 JGP United States 5
54.33
9
78.76
6
133.09
2018–19 season
March 4–10, 2019 2019 World Junior Championships 10
50.30
13
81.99
11
132.29
January 18–27, 2019 2019 U.S. Championships 2
59.65
2
89.83
2
149.48
November 15–17, 2018 2018–19 Midwestern Sectionals 2
48.17
2
83.32
2
131.49
September 26–29, 2019 2019 JGP Czech Republic 7
50.29
9
78.02
9
128.31

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "Kate Finster and Balazs Nagy". U.S. Figure Skating.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Cloutier, Claire (August 28, 2019). "Finster/Nagy: Young Team on the Rise". A Divine Sport.
  3. ^ a b "Kate FINSTER / Balazs NAGY". International Skating Union.
  4. ^ "Team USA collects four medals at two international competitions" (Press release). U.S. Figure Skating. September 21, 2019.
  5. ^ "U.S Figure Skating Announces Selections for World Junior Team" (Press release). U.S. Figure Skating. January 29, 2020.
  6. ^ Nagy, Balasz (December 7, 2020). "Kate Finster and I have ended our partnership". Instagram.
  7. ^ "Kate FINSTER / Balazs NAGY". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on July 16, 2019.
  8. ^ a b "Kate FINSTER / Balazs NAGY: Competition Results". International Skating Union.
  9. ^ a b c d "Balazs Nagy". Stats on Ice.
  10. ^ "Krystal Edwards & Balazs Nagy". Stats on Ice.

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