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Zuzana Babiaková

Zuzana Babiaková, née Paurová, (born 21 April 1978) is a Slovak former competitive figure skater. She is the 2003 Golden Spin of Zagreb champion, a two-time Ondrej Nepela Memorial champion (1998–99), and a nine-time Slovak national champion. She qualified for the free skate at seven European Championships, four World Championships, and the 2002 Winter Olympics, where she placed 21st.

Zuzana Babiaková
Personal information
Alternative namesZuzana Paurová
Country representedSlovakia
Born (1978-04-21) 21 April 1978 (age 41)
Žilina, Czechoslovakia
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Former coachVadim Musin
Milan Harant
Dana Lakatosová
Viera Novaková
Former choreographerAlena Furmanková
Skating clubMKK Nitra
KK Banska Bystrica
Training locationsNitra
Banska Bystrica
Began skating1983
Retired2004
ISU personal best scores
Combined total109.10
2004 Nebelhorn Trophy
Short program40.82
2004 Nebelhorn Trophy
Free skate69.58
2004 Skate Canada

Personal lifeEdit

Zuzana Paurová was born on 21 April 1978 in Žilina, Czechoslovakia.[1] After her marriage, she changed her surname to Babiaková. She gave birth to a son, Marian, on 19 June 2000.[2]

CareerEdit

In later 1993, Paurová competed at her first ISU Championship – the 1994 Junior Worlds in Colorado Springs, Colorado – but did not qualify for the short program.

Paurová began the 1994–95 season on the junior level. In November 1994, she appeared at the 1995 World Junior Championships in Budapest but was eliminated after the qualifying round. Having won her first senior national title, she was sent to her first World Championships in March 1995. Ranked 14th in her qualifying group, she did not advance to the short program at the event in Birmingham, England. She was likewise unsuccessful at her first European Championships, in January 1996.

In November 1996, Paurová qualified for the free skate at the 1997 World Junior Championships in Seoul, South Korea; she placed 22nd in the short program, 19th in the free skate, and 21st overall. In January 1997, she reached the free skate at the European Championships in Paris and finished 24th overall. She won the Ondrej Nepela Memorial in 1998 and 1999.

By the 2000–01 season, she was competing as Babiaková. In February 2002, she represented Slovakia at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. She qualified for the free skate by placing 20th in the short program and went on to finish 21st overall.[3] She finished a career-best 13th at the 2002 World Championships in Nagano after placing 11th in her qualifying group, 9th in the short, and 13th in the free.

In the 2003–04 season, Babiaková won the Golden Spin of Zagreb and her ninth national title. She achieved her best ISU Championship result, 9th, at the 2004 Europeans in Budapest. She reached the final segment at a total of seven European and four World Championships before retiring from competition in 2005. As of 2016, she is coaching at Krasokorčuliarsky klub Iskra in Banská Bystrica.[4]

ProgramsEdit

Season Short program Free skating
2003–05
[5][6]
  • Circus World
    by Henrich Lesko
2002–03
[7]
2001–02
[8]
  • Acropolis
    by Yanni
2000–01
[2]
  • White, Blue Rose
    (soundtrack)

ResultsEdit

GP: Grand Prix

International[1]
Event 90–91 91–92 92–93 93–94 94–95 95–96 96–97 97–98 98–99 99–00 00–01 01–02 02–03 03–04 04–05
Olympics 21st
Worlds 14th Q 27th 21st 28th 24th 13th 33rd 22nd
Europeans 11th Q 24th 14th 14th 13th 15th 16th 9th
GP Skate America 11th
GP Skate Canada 9th 5th 12th
Finlandia Trophy 4th 9th
Golden Spin 2nd 7th 1st
Nebelhorn Trophy 18th 9th 14th 8th
Nepela Memorial 1st 1st 4th 3rd
Schäfer Memorial 13th 3rd 8th
Skate Israel 8th
International: Junior[1]
Junior Worlds 19th Q 16th Q 27th 21st
National[1]
Slovak 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
Slovak – Youth 1st N. 1st J. 1st J. 1st J.
Czechoslovak 1st J.
Q: Qualifying round; Levels: N. = Novice; J. = Junior

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Zuzana BABIAKOVA". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 25 April 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Zuzana BABIAKOVA: 2000/2001". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 19 April 2001.
  3. ^ "Zuzana Babiaková". Sports Reference.
  4. ^ "Mgr. Zuzana Paurová-Babiaková". Krasokorčuliarsky klub Iskra Banská Bystrica. Archived from the original on 15 June 2016.
  5. ^ "Zuzana BABIAKOVA: 2004/2005". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 25 November 2005.
  6. ^ "Zuzana BABIAKOVA: 2003/2004". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 5 June 2004.
  7. ^ "Zuzana BABIAKOVA: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 21 June 2003.
  8. ^ "Zuzana BABIAKOVA: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 2 June 2002.

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