Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Brazil's 2-women Bobsled Team wins Gold

Park City, Utah - Fabiana Alves Santos and Daniela Ribeiro da Silva Santos made Brazilian bobsled history when they captured a gold medal at the America's Cup in Park City, Utah yesterday. The girls hope to become the first Brazilian women in the sport to qualify for an Olympics. Winning gold in one of the qualifying events will go a long way in helping them to realize their Vancouver 2010 dream.

After receiving her medal on the podium, team Brazil pilot Fabiana Santos had this to say, "After all of the difficulties I've had getting to this point, I define this victory with these words: overcoming all obstacles through dedication. The union of the team also is very important. We don't have the best equipment but we make up for that by our unity."

Brazilian Ice Sports Federation president Eric Maleson had this comment on the team's results, "This result clearly demonstrates the potential Brazilian athletes have in winter sports. The team has a long road ahead but they begin their quest for Vancouver with great honor. We are very proud of Fabiana and Daniela and we would also like to express our appreciation for the Brazilian Olympic Committee's support - it would have been impossible to arrive at the podium without it."

The result impressed team coach Arend Glas and he expressed his compliments to Fabiana for her piloting skills, "Fabiana's piloting today was right up there with the best in the world. If she continues in this way I have no doubt that she'll be able to qualify for Vancouver. Now the team must work to improve their push-start."

Brazil's 2-man team of Edson Bindilatti and Odirlei Pessoni finished in 15th place, scoring 33 points and improving their world ranking.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Team Brazil - 2-women Bobsled in Park City, Utah

Brazilian Bobsled Teams Compete for Vancouver

With the season's first competition behind them (European Cup, Igls Austria), the Brazilian 2-man, 4-man, and 2-women's bobsled teams have arrived in Park City, Utah for the next leg of competitions toward Olympic qualification. All teams scored points but the women's team of Fabiana Santos and Daniela Ribeiro scored the best results of 92 points with a world ranking of 32. Brazilian team coach Arend Glas hopes to add points and improve the teams' rankings during the Park City America's cup which begins on November 28th.

In the sport of Skeleton, Emilio Strapasson will compete for Brazil in the Intercontinental Cup in Winterberg, Germany beginning November 25th.
Team Brazil at Challenge Cup 2009 - Bismarck, ND (USA)

Brazilian Curling Team to challenge the US again in 2010

Brazil will challenge the US in Grafton, North Dakota (Feb 5-7) for a berth at the 2010 World Men's Curling Championship next April in Cortina, Italy. The Brazilian team continues to train in Canada and has received support from Asham, The University of Sherbrooke, the Lennoxville Curling Club and coach Marc Richard.
"Participation in International events is a key factor for the growth of curling in Brazil," said Brazilian ice sports federation general secretary, Lisa Papandrea, "The team understands what they're up against and that's helped to strengthen their commitment - they've been working hard all year on improving their game. We're using the same formula with our curling program that we've used to develop other Olympic ice sports for Brazil which is basically getting athletes out there participating internationally and building from there. This strategy has created interest and generated more opportunities for growth. We've done the same with bobsledding and figure skating for example and now we're getting some good results."
The Brazilian Ice Sports Federation is aware that the biggest challenge for the future growth of curling and other ice sports is the building of facilities in Brazil. This continues to be their most important goal.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Synchronized Skating Seminar in Finland

As part of a plan to form the first Brazilian Synchronized skating team, Brazilian skater Elena Rodrigues attended an important seminar in Finland this past September. In addition to skating with world class Finnish teams such as the Rockettes and Team Unique, Elena gained valuable information that will be used to help form the first Brazilian Synchro team.

"During the off-ice portion of the seminar I was able to speak with Kathy Dalton, a technical specialist and coach from the Canadian team Black Ice," said Elena, "She knows so much about what it takes to form and coach a high level team. I was also able to connect with coaches from other countries that like Brazil, are trying build up their synchro program."

Rodrigues has skated with the University of Miami's varsity teams and is also continuing her training in freestyle.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Pilot Delivers!
It isn't everyday that a freight company gets a request to move a bobsled but Pilot Freight was up for the challenge. The 2-man sled plus container weighs over 600lbs and was being stored in a barn without a loading dock making the move more difficult. But Pilot's Boston office came up with an idea. A local company was called in to hoist the container on to a flatbed tow truck that could shovel it on to Pilot's delivery truck.
The sled made it to Lake Placid on time for the Brazilian teams to use it as they prepare for the Olympic qualifying season. Our sincere thanks to all the folks at Joseph's Pontiac in Norwell and everyone at Pilot!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Eric Maleson in London's Heathrow Airport - Go Rio!
Rio de Janeiro wins bid to host 2016 Summer Games!
October 2, 2009 - The Brazilian Ice Sports Federation (CBDG) congratulates the Rio 2016 organizing committee for their unprecedented success in bringing the games to South America for the first time.
CBDG president Eric Maleson and secretary general Lisa Papandrea were in London on their way home from heading up the Brazilian figure skating delegation in Germany when they received the news.
"It was between Rio and Madrid when we had to head for our gate," said Papandrea, "And as we hurried along the corridor at Heathrow, Eric pointed at the wall ahead of us where I could see there was a huge mural of Cristo Redentor, Rio's famous statue. That's when we both knew that Rio would win. As we boarded, I asked the flight attendant if there was any way to notify us on the plane and he said he'd try. When we saw him hurrying down the aisle fifteen mintues later he had two thumbs up and Eric and I started to cry. People around us looked concerned and I had to reassure them that we were crying out of happiness!"
As a member of the Brazilian Olympic Committee, CBDG will be involved in this historic time for Brazil and hopes to take advantage of the benefits as Australia did when they won the bid for Sydney in 2000. "Australia successfully used the Olympic summer momentum to also develop its winter program," said Papandrea, "CBDG will continue in building the necessary infrastructure in Brazil to practice ice sports which are quickly growing in popularity."
"We have a huge opportunity," said CBDG president and Rio de Janeiro native Eric Maleson, "The world will be focusing on Brazil, discovering Brazil and realizing that it's a big place. I always thought of my country as a sleeping giant - now we awaken and we will show the world that Brazil is a major player. With a population of over 190 million, Brazil is the 10th largest economy in the world and the plan is to become the 5th in the near future. This is our opportunity to shine - to show what we can do. Brazil has it all and we can't wait to share our culture and natural beauty with the world. It's a very exciting time for my country and I am extremely proud."
"I would like to congratulate Brazilian Olympic Committee (COB) President Mr. Carlos Arthur Nuzman, Mr. Joao Havelange, Mr. Carlos Roberto Osorio, and everyone at COB for their vision, stamina and relentless hard work," Maleson continued, "Congratulations also to Rio de Janeiro Governor Sergio Cabral and Mayor Eduardo Paes. I want to express my gratitude and appreciation for all of their sacrifice and dedication."

Brazilian Skaters in Germany

Kevin Alves and Alessia Baldo both represented Brazil at the Nebelhorn Trophy in Oberstdorf, Germany last month. Kevin had his best skate ever and both athletes gained a lot of valuable experience.

"We're very proud of them," said Canadian coach Robert Burk. Alessia will join Kevin in Canada for training as they prepare for next season.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Brazilian Bobsled Athletes going for 2010!

Harderwijk, The Netherlands - October 6, 2009

The Brazilian bobsled team is preparing for their chance to participate in the 2010 winter games in Vancouver. Fabiana Santos and her push athletes Silvia Oliveira and Daniela Ribeiro hope to make history by becoming the first qualified women's team for Brazil and South America.

Edson Bindilatti, a two time Olympian in the sport (2002 & 2006), has made the switch from push-athlete to pilot for both the 2 and 4 man teams. His push-athletes are Fernando Reis, Marcio Sousa, Sergio Muniz and Odirlei Pessoni.

"All are excellent athletes - very strong," says coach Arend Glas, retired pilot of the Dutch 4-man team for both 2002 and 2006 Olympics, "Now we're working on the specifics of the start - power, speed, and synchronicity. The start is extremely important for the performance of the team and must be under 5 seconds to be competitive."

The team is working hard on improving their start before heading to Lake Placid for driving training. "We're having a great experience here in Holland," says Bindilatti, "Learning a lot. It's fantastic to be able to get a head start on the season."

The first competition for the Brazilians will be a Europa Cup in Innsbruck, Austria next month.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Loja de Inverno

CBDG is proud to announce our newest sponsor - Loja de Inverno (the winter store) providing winter clothing and accessories to the Brazilian market for more than 20 years. As the Brazilian ice sports federation's official sportswear supplier, Loja de Inverno is proud to be supporting all of our athletes as they prepare for Vancouver 2010.

Friday, April 10, 2009

CBDG Meets Canadian Prime Minister

Brazilian Ice Sports Federation (CBDG) president Eric Maleson (left) and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper (right) discuss ice sports in Brazil.

April 8, 2009 - When Brazilian Ice Sports Federation (CBDG) president Eric Maleson attended the annual World Curling federation (WCF) congress in Moncton, New Brunswick, he had no idea he'd be meeting Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Prime Minister Harper arrived to watch the 2009 Ford Men's Curling Championships.

"I know that Brazil has been developing Olympic winter sports and I read about your curling team," Prime Minister Harper told Maleson. Maleson informed the Prime Minister about the Olympic ice center that CBDG is building in Brazil and the Prime Minister expressed enthusiasm.

"It was an incredible surprise and honor," said Maleson, who was invited by WCF president Les Harrison to join the Prime Minister and New Brunswick Premier Shawn Graham at the Moncton Coliseum, "It's inspiring to know that the Canadian Prime Minister is aware of our federation's work and a great boost of confidence for our Vancouver 2010 efforts."

Other good news for Brazil came during the Congress when WCF president Les Harrison announced that South America would have its own curling spot at the first Youth Winter Games which will be held in January 2012 - Innsbruck, Austria "This is a huge opportunity for Brazil in the sport of curling," said Maleson, "We're proud of our curling athletes who were the pioneers in the sport. When we challenged the US in Bismarck, ND this past January, one of our objectives was to demonstrate our commitment."

Monday, April 6, 2009

Bye Bye Lake Placid Hello Vancouver

The competition season is over for Brazil's ice sports athletes but there is still much to accomplish to qualify athletes for Vancouver 2010. Figure skaters Kevin Alves and Stacy Perfetti have returned to their training (Stacy trains in New Jersey and Kevin in Toronto) to improve their skills before next season and the sliding athletes (photo above) have returned to Brazil for summer training.

The Brazilian Ice Sports Federation has already made a decision regarding its bobsled athletes based on national and international criteria. Edson Bindilatti will be Brazil's bobsled pilot for both the 2 and 4 man while Fabiana Santos will pilot the 2-woman bob (push-athletes for the Brazilian teams to be announced).

"It was clear from the beginning who would make it and who wouldn't," said Brazilian Ice Sports Federation president and former bob pilot Eric Maleson, "All of the athletes who attended the Bobsled school in Lake Placid are brave souls and deserve a lot of credit but in the end it comes down to who is the better pilot - its the pilot who qualifies a team."

Skeleton athlete Emilio Strapasson, who improved a great deal during the training and America's Cup races in Placid, will do his best to qualify for Vancouver and Stefani Salani, Brazil's first female luge athlete, could also go all the way to 2010.

"Bobsled was Brazil's first ice sport and I'm proud that we've been able to keep the program alive - we have a new generation of pilots including the first woman's team. But now we hope to qualify athletes in other modalities too like skeleton, women's luge and figure skating. We've competed internationally in curling and short track speed skating, but it will be a while before we're able to say we're ready to try and qualify for an Olympics in those modalities," said Maleson, "And next is ice hockey - after many years of work to form the first Brazilian ice hockey team, that would be a dream come true."

Friday, April 3, 2009

Brazilian Skeleton Athlete's Second Chance

Emilio Strapasson missed the Torino 2006 Games by one position. It was a tough blow for the athlete but he's got a second chance - Vancouver 2010.

Strapasson, who has 6 years of sliding experience, finished 13th overall today in the final America's Cup race in Lake Placid, NY.
"The two weeks I spent here in Lake Placid training and competing in the America's Cup were very important," said Strapasson who lives in Brazil's southernmost state, Rio Grande do Sul, "I learned so much during the training week and was able to gain speed and reduce my time by two full seconds - in this sport that's huge."

"I'm very happy with his results," said Brazilian Ice Sports Federation President Eric Maleson, "He's ahead of everyone he needs to be for Vancouver - the best of the developing nations. But what he really needs is a new sled."

A new skeleton sled can cost up to $5000.00 and the federation is currently looking for sponsorship to give Strapasson everything he needs to improve his chances for Vancouver 2010. "Emilio turned 32 this year and really wants to finish his career with an Olympic qualification - to be Brazil's first skeleton Olympian. He's a pioneer in the sport for Brazil - he deserves it," said Maleson

Brazilian Team Heats Up Lake Placid

From left to right:
Top: Eric Maleson, Jonathan Vieira, Flavio Cruz, Marcio Souza, and Edson Bindilatti.
Below: Alcione Almeida, Fabiana Santos, Marcio Silva and Ricardo Raschini.

The Brazilan sliding delegation brought their warmth and passion to the America's Cup races in Lake Placid this week. The team, headed up by Brazilian Ice Sports Federation president Eric Maleson and two time Olympian Ricardo Raschini (luge and bobsled), is preparing for Vancouver 2010.

"We are very proud of our athletes," Maleson said,"Edson Bindilatti and Fabiana Santos have proven themselves as bobsled pilots and have mastered one of the most difficult tracks in the world." Bindilatti, Brazil's top pilot for the 2-man event also had his debut in the 4-man.

International Bobsled Federation (FIBT) coach Joe Kilburn was very enthusiastic about Santos' driving skills. "Fabiana's qualification chances are very good," Kilburn said referring to Vancouver 2010, "She needs more ice time and push-start improvement but she has the natural talent and the eye hand coordination necessary for a bob pilot."

If successful, not only would Santos be the first woman bobsled pilot to qualify a team for Brazil, she would also be the first in all of Latin America.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Edea Sponsors Brazilian Skaters

Brazilian skater Kevin Alves loves his new Edeas. "The boots are so comfortable and light it's like wearing a pair of slippers," said the 17 year old.

"We love to help countries that are coming up," said Caterita of Edea who has been in the industry since 1962, "It's good for everyone."

Kevin finished 37th out of 52 skaters at the World Figure Skating Championships in Los Angeles, ending with a season's best score and valuable experience.

Los Angeles was Kevin's first World Championship and while he's proud of his performance he also understands that he has a lot of work to do to prepare for the qualifier - the Nebelhorn Trophy in September.

"Kevin has shown what he's capable of and has had tremendous progress in a short period of time," said Coach Robert Burk, "He's a completely different skater than he was only 6 months ago and I have no doubt that he'll be ready for September."

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Fabiana Santos returns to bobsledding

Brazilian athlete Fabiana Santos excels in everything she does. She practiced gynmnastics before becoming a hammer thrower. After showing excellent inital progress in bobsledding she decided to turn her attention to weight lifting and became the best in her weight class. She participated in the 2007 Pan American games in Rio de Janeiro.
Now Fabiana is happy to return to bobsledding and is committed to giving her best to the sport. She is currently training at the FIBT school in Lake Placid with Alcione Almeida, a triple jumper and double skiff rower turned bobsled push-athlete.
Santos and Almeida are sliding well at the school and want to qualify for the America's Cup race immediately following their training. Santos will continue to develop her piloting skills and hopes to become the first Brazilian woman to qualify a bobsled team for the Olympics.
Fabiana is also a baton twirler and she volunteers time teaching children to read. She is from Sao Paulo.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Kurt Browning Gives Some Good Advice to Brazilian Skater Kevin Alves

By Lisa Papandrea

The Brazilian team has arrived in Los Angeles for the 2009 World Figure skating Championships. Stacy Perfetti and Kevin Alves have been skating well during their practice sessions and both athletes are very excited to be the first Brazilian skaters to participate in the event.

3 time Olympian and 4 time World champion Kurt Browning who designed Kevin’s short program was on hand during yesterday’s practice session and noticed that that Kevin was looking rather tense on the ice. Browning enthusiastically offered some words of support. “Wow!! You’re at Worlds! You’ve got everything to gain and nothing to lose so lighten up! Smile! Have fun and don’t take yourself so seriously!”

Kevin is skating to a lively Samba hop piece he chose himself.

“We brought the music to Kurt and he loved it,” Coach Robert Burk told me, “It’s really special. Kevin’s only 17 – so the program was designed to be young and fun and to showcase Kevin’s performing ability which is one of his strengths.

Browning continued to encourage Kevin with his exuberant outbursts “Show us that Brazilian joyfulness! Show us what you’ve got baby! We know it’s a lot!”

Thanks Kurt for making us all smile!

Kevin Alves will compete on Wednesday followed by Stacy Perfetti on Friday.

Good Luck Skaters!!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Brazilian Sliders Head to Lake Placid

The Brazilian Ice Sports Federation will send ten athletes to Lake Placid for training and competition this month. Brazil will be represented in the sport of Bobsleigh with two 2-man teams and one 4-man team as well as a women's team. Seasoned Skeleton athlete, Emilio Strapasson has his eye on being the first Brazilian to ever qualify for an Olympics in the sport. Emilio was just one position shy of realizing that goal in 2006.

Bobsleigh pilots Edson Bindilatti, Marcio Silva and Fabiana Santos will hone skills at the challenging Lake Placid track during a sliding school March 23-29, 2009 follwed by America's Cup competitions March 30- April 4, 2009.

"First of all the athletes are focusing on the good training they'll receive at the school," Brazilian Ice Sports Federation president Eric Maleson said, "Then they want to qualify for the America's Cup and score some points for what really matters the most which is next season. It's also about measuring ourselves against our competition - against the teams we'll need to beat next season in order to qualify for Vancouver. Teams like Korea, Mexico, Australia and Jamaica - that's who we'll be sizing up."

Brazil was the first South American nation to qualify a bobsled team for the Olympics. A 4-man team competed in Salt Lake City 2002 and again in Torino 2006.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

First Brazilian Skaters Attend Worlds

Stacy Perfetti and Kevin Alves will skate at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships on March 23-29, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. As the first skaters to represent Brazil at worlds, their goal is to qualify for the next winter Olympics in Vancouver 2010.