|Posted on April 28, 2011 at 11:59 PM|
Michal Brezina, born 30 March 1990 in Brno, Czech Republic is a Czech figure skater. He is the 2010 Czech national champion and the 2009 World Junior silver medalist.
Czech Republic's Michal Brezina performs during the men's free skating event of the ISU World Figure Skating Championships on April 28, 2011 in Moscow.
Czech Republic's Michal Brezina celebrates after the results of the men's free skating event of the ISU World Figure Skating Championships on April 28, 2011 in Moscow.
Czech Republic's Michal Brezina is offered a present while waiting for the results of the men's free skating event of the ISU World Figure Skating Championships on April 28, 2011 in Moscow.
Get to know Michal Brezina
Although his father is a former figure skater, Brezina was initially interested in playing hockey following the 1998 Olympics. His father advised him to learn to skate first, and after a few months, Brezina dropped hockey to focus on figure skating.
Brezina first landed a triple Salchow at the age of 12, and a triple Axel at 15. In practice, he has worked on a quad toe loop and quad Salchow. He trains mostly in his hometown of Brno, but also spends some time in Oberstdorf.
Brezina won the 2007 Nebelhorn Trophy over compatriot and reigning champion, Tomas Verner. Two weeks later, he won his first Junior Grand Prix medal, a silver, in Chemnitz. Brezina placed 16th at his first Europeans. He missed training time because of a broken wrist, but was able to compete at the junior World Championships, where he was 5th.
In the 2008-9 season, Brezina won both his junior Grand Prix events, but was forced to miss the junior Grand Prix Final and the Czech national championships due to a knee injury that required surgery. He returned in time for the 2009 Europeans, where he finished 10th, and then set a new personal best at the 2009 Junior Worlds, finishing second behind Adam Rippon.
In 2009-10, Brezina debuted in the senior Grand Prix, finishing fourth at 2009 Skate Canada International. He captured bronze at 2009 NHK Trophy, and defeated Tomas Verner to win the Czech Championship. He finished 4th at the 2010 Europeans and 10th at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. Competing at his first senior World Championships, he earned a fourth place finish with a new personal best score of 236.06.
During the 2010-11 Grand Prix season, Brezina was forced to withdraw from 2010 Cup of China after undergoing surgery for a varicose vein in his abdomen. He later withdrew from the 2010 Trophée Eric Bompard as well. He took silver behind Verner at the Czech Championships. At the 2011 European Championships, Březina placed second in the short program and finished 8th overall.