Natálie Taschlerová (born 9 December 2001) is a Czech ice dancer. With her brother and skating partner, Filip Taschler, she is the 2020 Nebelhorn Trophy champion and two-time Czech national champion (2022–2023). They represented the Czech Republic at the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Natálie Taschlerová
Taschlerová / Taschler at the 2020 European Championships
Born (2001-12-09) 9 December 2001 (age 22)
Brno, Czech Republic
Height1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Figure skating career
CountryCzech Republic Czech Republic
PartnerFilip Taschler
CoachNikola Višňová
Matteo Zanni
Skating clubVSK Technika Brno
Began skating2004

On the junior level, she is the 2019 JGP USA bronze medalist and has competed in the final segment at three World Junior Championships, their highest placement being fourteenth in 2019. Nationally, she is a three-time Czech national junior champion.[1]

Career edit

Early career edit

Taschlerová began learning to skate in 2004 and subsequently began learning ice dance alongside her brother Filip following the end of his partnership with Karolína Karlíková.[1] Years later, Taschler would say that "our relationship is better since we started skating together. When we were younger, we fought like small kids, but now we are adults. We respect each other."[2]

Taschlerová/Taschler made their international junior debut in the 2017–18 season, including two appearances on the ISU Junior Grand Prix, placing twelfth in Poland and thirteenth in Austria. After winning what would be the first of three Czech junior national titles, they made their first appearance at the World Junior Championships, where they finished eighteenth.[1]

Competing their second season on the Junior Grand Prix, Taschlerová/Taschler were thirteenth at JGP Lithuania and eleventh at their home JGP Czech Republic. They then won their first international junior medals competing at minor events, a bronze at the Open d'Andorra and a silver at the junior category at the Inge Solar Memorial. Junior national champions for the second time, they finished the season placing fourteenth at the 2019 World Junior Championships.[1]

2019–2020 season: JGP medal & senior debut edit

In the off-season, Taschlerová/Taschler began training part-time in the United States with Collin Brubaker and Oleg Epstein, in addition to longtime coach Matteo Zanni in Milan.[3] They returned to the Junior Grand Prix, competing first at 2019 JGP United States in Lake Placid, New York. In a significant improvement over their previous two years, they came fourth in the rhythm dance. Then they overtook Canadians Makita/Gunara in the free dance for the bronze medal.[4] They finished in fifth place at their second JGP in Croatia.[1]

Following the Junior Grand Prix, Taschlerová/Taschler elected to make their international senior debut, winning the silver medal at the Open d'Andorra and thereby obtaining the technical minimum qualifications to attend their first European Figure Skating Championships, where they finished in nineteenth position. They participated in a third senior event, coming eighth at the Egna Trophy.[1]

Winning the Czech junior title for the third time, they were again their country's entry to the World Junior Championships. Taschlerová fell out of her twizzle at the beginning of the rhythm dance, landing them in nineteenth place in that segment.[5] They rose to sixteenth position following the free dance.[1] Taschlerová/Taschler had been assigned to make their senior World Championship debut at the 2020 World Championships in Montreal, but these were cancelled due to the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.[6]

2020–2021 season: Worlds debut edit

Due to the pandemic, the siblings could not continue training in the United States under Epstein and Brubaker and entered the season with only Zanni as their coach.[7] They began their first full senior season at the 2020 CS Nebelhorn Trophy, their first Challenger event, which due to the pandemic was attended only by European teams largely training in the area.[8] Taschlerová/Taschler won the gold medal.[9] They attended their second Egna Trophy, also winning gold there.[1]

To conclude the season, Taschlerová/Taschler competed at the 2021 World Championships in Stockholm, where they placed twenty-second in the rhythm dance and did not advance to the free dance.[1] As a result, they did not qualify a berth for the Czech Republic at the coming Winter Olympics on the first of two opportunities to do so.[10]

2021–2022 season: Beijing Olympics edit

Taschlerová/Taschler began the new season on the Challenger series, placing fifth with new personal bests at the 2021 CS Lombardia Trophy.[1] In continued pursuit of an Olympic spot, they were next assigned as the Czech entry to the 2021 CS Nebelhorn Trophy, the second and final opportunity for dancers to qualify to the Olympic Games. They were second in the rhythm dance with another new personal best but dropped to fifth after the free dance due to a twizzle error, but their placement was sufficient to clinch the fourth of four available berths at the 2022 Winter Olympics.[11] Afterward, their federation formally named them to the Czech Olympic team.[12]

After winning the Pavel Roman Memorial and placing sixth at the 2021 CS Warsaw Cup, Taschlerová/Taschler won the Czech national title (finishing second overall at the 2022 Four National Championships). They were assigned to the 2022 European Championships in Tallinn and finished eleventh, qualifying for the free dance for the first time.[1]

Taschlerová/Taschler began the 2022 Winter Olympics as the Czech entries in the rhythm dance segment of the Olympic team event. They placed sixth in the segment, securing five points for the Czech team. This was the highest Czech placement on day one of the event.[13] Ultimately, the Czech team did not advance to the second stage of the competition and finished eighth overall.[14] In the dance event, Taschlerová/Taschler placed seventeenth and qualified for the free dance.[15] They moved up one place in the free dance, finishing sixteenth.[16]

The team concluded the season at the 2022 World Championships, held in Montpellier with Russian dance teams absent due to the International Skating Union banning all Russian athletes due to their country's invasion of Ukraine.[17] Taschlerová/Taschler finished thirteenth.[1]

2022–2023 season: Grand Prix debut edit

For the new season, Taschlerová and Taschler opted to perform a free dance based on the theme of climate change, a concept they had discussed since their junior career.[18] Competing at two Challengers to begin, they won the bronze medal at the 2022 CS Lombardia Trophy before finishing fourth at the 2022 CS Finlandia Trophy.[1] They were invited to make their senior Grand Prix debut, and came fifth at the 2022 MK John Wilson Trophy.[19] They also finished fifth at their second assignment, the 2022 Grand Prix of Espoo, 5.40 points back of bronze medalists Turkkila/Versluis of Finland.[20]

After winning the Czech national title and finishing first overall at the 2023 Four National Championships, Taschlerová/Taschler competed at the 2023 European Championships in Espoo. They finished fifth in the rhythm dance, qualifying to the final flight in the free dance by a margin of 0.42 over the French team Lopareva/Brissaud.[21] They dropped behind the French in the free dance, finishing sixth overall.[22] This was the highest placement for a Czech dance team at Europeans since Mrázová/Šimeček in 1995. Taschlerová/Taschler's result qualified a second berth for the Czech Republic at the following year's European championships, which was anticipated to be important given the rise of another Czech sibling team, Kateřina Mrázková and Daniel Mrázek, in the junior ranks that season. The siblings said afterward that "we definitely wanted to go for a medal. But overall, this experience of skating in the strongest group will strengthen us in the future."[23] They hoped to finish in the top ten at the 2023 World Championships to earn a second berth there as well.[24]

Ninth in the rhythm dance at the World Championships in Saitama, Taschlerová/Taschler moved up to eighth place after the free dance. This was the highest placement for a Czech team since Mrázová/Šimeček also finished eighth in 1994. The siblings cited their appreciation for the Japanese audience's love of figure skating, with Taschlerová adding that "we hope that we will have such an audience in Prague as well," as the 2026 edition was scheduled to be held in Prague.[25]

2023–2024 season edit

The siblings decided that their new free dance would be a tribute to their late father, after discarding their original plan for a Western theme in favour of something they considered "more internal and original."[26] For the third consecutive year, they began the season at the Lombardia Trophy. Coming second in both segments, they won the silver medal.[27] Weeks later they won a second Challenger medal, a bronze, at the 2023 CS Nepela Memorial.[1]

Taschlerová/Taschler's first Grand Prix assignment, the 2023 Skate America, was also the Grand Prix debut of fellow Czech sibling team Mrázková/Mrázek, which Taschlerová called "nice" as "we are great friends all together."[28] This was the first time two Czech teams competed on the Grand Prix in the same year.[26] They finished fourth in the rhythm dance, but dropped to fifth after the free dance, where their choreographic lift was invalidated.[28] The duo were scheduled to compete at the 2023 Cup of China, but withdrew after what they had believed to be a minor injury to Taschler proved to be more serious. They issued a state saying: "We will do everything to be back on the ice as soon as possible, but of course health always comes first."[29] It was subsequently revealed that Taschler had been suffering from a spinal fracture.[30]

The siblings were able to resume training in early December, and participated in the 2024 European Championships, coming seventh. Taschler said they were "happy to be back."[30] With their fellow sibling team placing ninth, it was the first time since 1980 that two Czech dance teams placed in the top ten.[31]

At the 2024 World Championships, Taschlerová/Taschler encountered difficulties in the rhythm when she slipped on attempting to go up in their lift, and they failed to execute the element. As a result they placed eighteenth in the segment, while Mrázková/Mrázek were thirteenth. He called it "a shock, we've never had a mistake like this before."[32] They were fifteenth in the free dance, and rose to fifteenth overall, while their fellow Czechs remained thirteenth. Taschlerová said they were "satisfied with how the season was for us."[33]

Programs edit

With Taschler edit

Season Rhythm dance Free dance Exhibition
2023–2024
[34]
2022–2023
[35]
2021–2022
[36]
2020–2021
[7]
2019–2020
[3]
2018–2019
[37]
  • Tango: Tu Sentimiento
    performed by Tango Jointz
  • Flamenco: Consedor Flamenco
  • Street music: Ramalama (Bang Bang)
    by Róisín Murphy, Matthew Herbet
Short dance
2017–2018
[38]
2016–2017

Competitive highlights edit

GP: Grand Prix; CS: Challenger Series; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

With Taschler edit

International[1]
Event 16–17 17–18 18–19 19–20 20–21 21–22 22–23 23–24
Olympics 16th
Worlds C 22nd 13th 8th 15th
Europeans 19th 11th 6th 7th
GP Cup of China WD
GP Finland 5th
GP Skate America 5th
GP Wilson Trophy 5th
CS Cup of Tyrol C
CS Finlandia Trophy 4th
CS Lombardia Trophy 5th 3rd 2nd
CS Nebelhorn Trophy 1st 5th WD
CS Nepela Memorial 3rd
CS Warsaw Cup WD 6th
Cup of Nice WD
Egna Trophy 8th 1st WD
Open d'Andorra 2nd
Pavel Roman Memorial 1st
International: Junior[1]
Junior Worlds 18th 14th 16th
JGP Austria 13th
JGP Croatia 5th
JGP Czech Rep. 11th
JGP Lithuania 13th
JGP Poland 12th
JGP USA 3rd
Bavarian Open 4th 6th
Halloween Cup 2nd
Inge Solar 2nd
Leo Scheu 5th
Open d'Andorra 3rd
Pavel Roman 4th
Santa Claus Cup 14th
International: Advanced novice
NRW Trophy 11th
Pavel Roman 2nd
Santa Claus Cup 6th
National[1]
Czech Champ. 1st J 1st J 1st J WD 1st 1st
Four Nationals 2nd J 1st J 1st J WD 2nd 1st
Team events
Olympics 8th T
6th P
TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew; C = Event Canceled
J = Junior level

Detailed results edit

Small medals for short and free programs awarded only at ISU Championships.

With Taschler edit

Senior results edit

2023–24 season
Date Event RD FD Total
March 18–24, 2024 2024 World Championships 18
68.25
15
111.92
15
180.17
January 10–14, 2024 2024 European Championships 5
76.68
7
114.87
7
191.55
October 20–22, 2023 2023 Skate America 4
75.21
5
109.63
5
184.84
September 28–30, 2023 2023 CS Nepela Memorial 4
74.34
2
113.00
3
187.34
September 8–10, 2023 2023 CS Lombardia Trophy 2
75.21
2
114.02
2
189.23
2022–2023 season
Date Event RD FD Total
March 22–26, 2023 2023 World Championships 9
76.56
8
119.83
8
196.39
January 25–29, 2023 2023 European Championships 5
76.91
6
111.43
6
188.34
December 15–17, 2022 2023 Four National Championships 1
77.92
1
114.84
1
192.76
November 25–27, 2022 2022 Grand Prix of Espoo 5
74.60
5
111.79
5
186.39
November 11–13, 2022 2022 MK John Wilson Trophy 5
74.09
6
103.80
5
177.89
October 4–9, 2022 2022 CS Finlandia Trophy 4
72.79
4
106.06
4
178.85
September 16–19, 2022 2022 CS Lombardia Trophy 2
75.41
3
108.14
3
183.55
2021–2022 season
Date Event RD FD Total
March 21–27, 2022 2022 World Championships 11
72.55
14
99.68
13
172.23
February 12–14, 2022 2022 Winter Olympics 17
67.22
17
101.10
16
168.32
February 4–7, 2022 2022 Winter Olympics — Team event 6
68.99
8T
January 10–16, 2022 2022 European Championships 11
69.72
13
102.67
11
172.39
December 17–18, 2021 2022 Four National Championships 2
73.27
1
106.68
2
181.09
November 17–20, 2021 2021 CS Warsaw Cup 5
73.22
8
102.26
6
175.48
November 4–7, 2021 2021 Pavel Roman Memorial 1
71.91
1
108.95
1
180.86
September 22–25, 2021 2021 CS Nebelhorn Trophy 2
70.51
5
102.47
5
172.98
September 10–12, 2021 2021 CS Lombardia Trophy 5
68.45
4
104.29
5
172.74
2020–2021 season
Date Event RD FD Total
March 22–28, 2021 2021 World Championships 22
64.00
DNQ 22
64.00
February 6–7, 2021 2021 Egna Dance Trophy 1
72.11
1
106.37
1
178.48
September 23–26, 2020 2020 CS Nebelhorn Trophy 1
64.28
1
99.34
1
163.62
2019–2020 season
Date Event RD FD Total
February 7–9, 2020 2020 Egna Dance Trophy 6
61.71
9
85.39
8
147.10
January 20–26, 2020 2020 European Championships 17
62.53
18
91.77
19
154.30
November 20–24, 2019 2019 Open d'Andorra 2
63.80
2
101.89
2
165.69

Junior results edit

2019–2020 season
Date Event RD FD Total
March 2–8, 2020 2020 World Junior Championships 19
52.80
16
81.78
16
134.58
December 14–15, 2019 2020 Four National Championships 1
60.89
1
94.72
1
155.61
October 17–20, 2019 2019 Halloween Cup 3
54.61
1
92.17
2
146.78
Septembers 25–28, 2019 2019 JGP Croatia 6
57.94
6
88.36
5
146.30
August 28–31, 2019 2019 JGP United States 4
60.69
3
89.31
3
150.00
2018–2019 season
Date Event RD FD Total
March 4–10, 2019 2019 World Junior Championships 16
51.02
14
80.89
14
131.91
February 5–10, 2019 2019 Bavarian Open 7
51.70
6
80.43
6
132.13
December 14–15, 2018 2019 Four National Championships 1
54.07
1
84.12
1
138.19
Nov. 29 – Dec. 2, 2018 2018 Open d'Andorra 3
51.87
2
80.42
3
132.29
November 12–18, 2018 2018 Inge Solar Alpen Trophy 5
45.80
2
78.54
2
124.34
November 9–11, 2018 2018 Pavel Roman Memorial 6
51.28
3
80.66
4
131.94
September 26–29, 2018 2018 JGP Czech Republic (Czech Skate) 12
49.18
12
76.30
11
125.48
September 5–8, 2018 2018 JGP Lithuania (Amber Cup) 10
46.62
15
60.13
13
106.75
2017–2018 season
Date Event SD FD Total
March 5–11, 2018 2018 World Junior Championships 16
50.25
18
60.05
18
110.30
January 26–31, 2018 2018 Bavarian Open 3
47.40
4
65.97
4
113.37
December 14–17, 2017 2018 Four National Championships 2
47.03
2
62.11
2
109.14
December 4–10, 2017 2017 Santa Claus Cup 9
45.06
17
54.55
14
99.61
November 8–12, 2017 2017 Leo Scheu Memorial (Ice Challenge) 5
37.96
4
62.16
5
100.12
October 4–7, 2017 2017 JGP Poland (Baltic Cup) 11
46.05
13
59.28
12
105.33
Aug. 30 – 2 Sept., 2017 2017 JGP Austria 14
36.30
11
53.19
13
89.49

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