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.
Finster/Nagy at the 2019 World Junior Championships
|Native name||Balázs Nagy|
|Country represented||United States|
|Former country(ies) represented||Hungary|
|Born||July 9, 1998|
|Home town||Colorado Springs, Colorado|
|Residence||Colorado Springs, Colorado|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|Former partner||Kate Finster, Krystal Edwards|
|Coach||Dalilah Sappenfield, Larry Ibarra|
|Former coach||Jessica Miller, Stephanie Miller, Oleg Efimov, Natalia Efimova|
|Skating club||Broadmoor SC|
|Training locations||Colorado Springs, Colorado|
|Former training locations||Wake Forest, North Carolina|
|ISU personal best scores|
2019 JGP Poland
2019 JGP Poland
2019 JGP Poland
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. 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. Nagy holds dual citizenship between Hungary and the United States. He is currently a student at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, studying exercise science. 
Nagy began skating under coaches Oleg Efimov and Natalia Efimova, a former Soviet pairs skater and ice dancer, respectively, in Wake Forest, North Carolina. 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.
Nagy briefly quit skating in 2017, before deciding to return and switch to pairs full-time. He tried out with Kate Finster in the fall of 2017, around Thanksgiving, and they officially teamed up in early 2018. 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.
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.
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. 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.
Finster / Nagy placed ninth at the ISP Points Challenge.
In December, Nagy announced that the pair had split.
|Season||Short program||Free skating|
JGP: Junior Grand Prix
|JGP Czech Republic||9th|
|JGP United States||6th|
|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
|Santa Claus Cup||15th|
|International: Adv. novice|
|Santa Claus Cup||3rd|
|Hungarian Adv. Nov. & Jun. Champ.||2nd N||4th J|
|Eastern Hungary Cup||2nd J|
|Levels: N = Novice; J = Junior|
|U.S. Junior Championships||9th V|
|Eastern Sectionals||3rd V|
|Levels: V = Juvenile|
Men's singles (for the United States)Edit
|U.S. Junior Championships||11th Q V||7th Q V
|8th Q I
|Eastern Sectionals||5th I|
|South Atlantic Regionals||5th V||3rd V||4th I||5th I|
| Levels: V = Juvenile; I = Intermediate |
Q = Qualifying round
|March 2–8, 2020||2020 World Junior Championships||5
|January 20–26, 2020||2020 U.S. Championships||1
|November 12–16, 2019||2019–20 U.S. Pairs Final||1
|September 18–21, 2019||2019 JGP Poland||2
|August 28–31, 2019||2019 JGP United States||5
|March 4–10, 2019||2019 World Junior Championships||10
|January 18–27, 2019||2019 U.S. Championships||2
|November 15–17, 2018||2018–19 Midwestern Sectionals||2
|September 26–29, 2019||2019 JGP Czech Republic||7
- "Kate Finster and Balazs Nagy". U.S. Figure Skating.
- Cloutier, Claire (August 28, 2019). "Finster/Nagy: Young Team on the Rise". A Divine Sport.
- "Kate FINSTER / Balazs NAGY". International Skating Union.
- "Team USA collects four medals at two international competitions" (Press release). U.S. Figure Skating. September 21, 2019.
- "U.S Figure Skating Announces Selections for World Junior Team" (Press release). U.S. Figure Skating. January 29, 2020.
- Nagy, Balasz (December 7, 2020). "Kate Finster and I have ended our partnership". Instagram.
- "Kate FINSTER / Balazs NAGY". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on July 16, 2019.
- "Kate FINSTER / Balazs NAGY: Competition Results". International Skating Union.
- "Balazs Nagy". Stats on Ice.
- "Krystal Edwards & Balazs Nagy". Stats on Ice.