Aurora Cotop

Bavarian Open ISU Junior Grand Prix in Slovenia 2017 Canadian Figure Skating Championships
Aurora Cotop
Aurora Cotop at the Junior Worlds in 2018 - 01.jpg
Aurora Cotop at the Junior Worlds in 2018
Personal information
Country representedCanada
Born (2002-07-13) July 13, 2002 (age 18)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Height1.64 m (5 ft 4 12 in)
CoachRavi Walia
Former coachJonathan Mills, Nancy Lane
ChoreographerLance Vipond
Skating clubIce Palace FSC
Former skating clubThornhill FSC
Training locationsEdmonton, Alberta
Former training locationsThornhill, Ontario
Began skating2005
ISU personal best scores
Combined total134.25
2018 ISU JGP Slovenia
Short program48.83
2019 World Figure Skating Championships
Free skate87.95
2018 ISU JGP Slovenia

Aurora Cotop (born July 13, 2002) is a Canadian figure skater. She is the 2019 Bavarian Open bronze medalist and 2019 Canadian national silver medalist. Earlier in her career, she won the junior ladies' title at the 2017 Canadian Championships and competed in the final segment at the 2018 World Junior Championships.

Personal life

Cotop was born on July 13, 2002, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[1] She is of Romanian descent.[2]

Career

Early years

Cotop began learning to skate in 2005.[1] She won the novice ladies' title at the 2016 Canadian Championships and the junior ladies' title the following year, at the 2017 Canadian Championships.

2017–2018 season

Cotop made her ISU Junior Grand Prix (JGP) debut in August, placing seventh in Brisbane, Australia. In October, she finished ninth at her second JGP assignment, in Gdańsk, Poland. Competing in the senior ranks, she won gold at the Skate Canada Challenge in December. As a result, she qualified to compete on the same level at the 2018 Canadian Championships, where she would place fifth.

She was then selected to represent Canada at the 2018 World Junior Championships in Sofia. In Bulgaria, she qualified to the free skate by placing twenty-first in the short program and went on to finish seventeenth overall. Following this, Cotop decided to move to Edmonton to train with Ravi Walia, the coach of Olympic and World medalist Kaetlyn Osmond.[3]

2018–2019 season

Cotop's move to Edmonton was complicated by a pelvic fracture and bone marrow edema which limited her jump content.[4] She placed eleventh at her lone JGP assignment, the 2018 JGP Slovenia, and subsequently withdrew from what would have been her senior debut on the ISU Challenger Series. In December 2018, Cotop finished fourth at the Skate Canada Challenge.

In January, she won silver at the 2019 Canadian Championships after placing sixth in the short program and second in the free skate. Cotop praised her new coach Walia, and said her free skate that it was "one of my best programs, because my run-throughs weren’t as good, so I feel like I sort of rose to the occasion."[4] Despite finishing in second place, Cotop lacked the senior technical minimums required to compete at the remaining senior ISU Championships for the season. Skate Canada subsequently assigned her to the Bavarian Open, in the hopes of obtaining them.[5] She won the bronze medal at the Bavarian Open, placing third in both segments, and obtaining the necessary technical minimum scores. Cotop called the result "pretty good", but said she still needed to work on integrated more triple jumps into her program, in particular the Lutz.[6]

On February 22, Skate Canada formally assigned Cotop to the Canadian team for the 2019 World Championships in Saitama, Japan.[7]

2019–2020 season

After placing first in her domestic summer competition, complications from a groin tendon injury forced Cotop to withdraw from her initial planned Challenger assignment, the Nebelhorn Trophy, as well as the 2019 Skate Canada International.[8]

While recovering from her groin injury, Cotop began to experience serious back pain. She attempted to compete at the 2020 Canadian Championships, but withdrew after placing twelfth in the short program.[9]

Programs

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2019–2020
[10]
2018–2019
[1]
2017–2018
[11]

Competitive highlights

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

International
Event 15–16 16–17 17–18 18–19 19–20
Worlds 35th
GP Skate Canada WD
CS Nebelhorn WD
CS Warsaw Cup WD
Bavarian Open 3rd
International: Junior[12][13]
Junior Worlds 17th
JGP Australia 7th
JGP Poland 9th
JGP Slovenia 11th
Autumn Classic 1st
Bavarian Open 4th
International: Advanced novice[13]
Coupe du Printemps 9th
National[14]
Canadian Champ. 1st N 1st J 5th 2nd WD
SC Challenge 2nd N 4th J 1st 4th
Levels: N = Novice; J = Junior
TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew

Detailed results

Senior level

2019–20 season
Date Event SP FS Total
January 13–19, 2019 2020 Canadian Championships 12
49.42
WD
WD

Junior level

2018–19 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
March 18–24, 2019 2019 World Championships Senior 35
48.83

35
48.83
January 16–22, 2019 2019 Bavarian Open Senior 3
55.52
3
107.04
3
162.56
January 13–20, 2019 2019 Canadian Championships Senior 6
58.98
2
110.37
2
169.35
October 3–6, 2018 2018 Junior Grand Prix in Slovenia Junior 11
46.30
12
87.95
11
134.25
2017–18 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
March 5–11, 2018 2018 World Junior Championships Junior 21
49.15
17
92.49
17
141.64
January 8–14, 2018 2018 Canadian Championships Senior 14
48.83
5
108.06
5
156.89
October 13–16, 2017 2017 Junior Grand Prix in Poland Junior 8
48.70
12
84.94
9
133.64
September 23–26, 2017 2017 Junior Grand Prix in Australia Junior 9
43.39
6
96.75
7
140.14
2016–17 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
February 14–19, 2017 2017 Bavarian Open Junior 3
54.15
4
91.85
4
146.00
January 16–22, 2017 2017 Canadian Junior Championships Junior 1
59.55
1
103.56
1
163.11
September 29 – October 1, 2016 2017 Bavarian Open Junior 3
47.06
1
92.50
1
139.56

References

  1. ^ a b c "Aurora COTOP: 2018/2019". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on January 19, 2019.
  2. ^ Cotop, Mihai (February 9, 2016). "Aurora Cotop din Toronto a castigat Campionatul National la patinaj artistic / Novice din Canada in Halifax (18-24 Ianuarie 2016) si avansat la juniori, la doar 13 ani". observatorul.com (in Romanian). Archived from the original on April 17, 2016.
  3. ^ Curley, Sean (January 18, 2019). "Gabrielle Daleman leads ladies in Saint John". Golden Skate.
  4. ^ a b Curley, Sean (January 19, 2019). "Alaine Chartrand nabs second Canadian National title". Golden Skate.
  5. ^ Ewing, Lori (January 20, 2019). "Nam Nguyen, Alaine Chartrand will lead Canada's figure skating team at the world championships". The Hamilton Spectator.
  6. ^ "Canadians win two more medals at Bavarian Open". Skate Canada. February 10, 2019.
  7. ^ "Canada adds Gabrielle Daleman to team ahead of world figure skating championships". CBC Sports. February 22, 2019.
  8. ^ "The New Season 2019/2020". Skate Aurora.ca.
  9. ^ Cotop, Aurora (January 19, 2020). "It is with a very, very heavy heart that I must withdraw from the rest of the 2020 National skating championships due to a more recent injury" (Instagram).
  10. ^ "Aurora COTOP: 2019/2020". International Skating Union.
  11. ^ "Aurora COTOP: 2017/2018". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 29, 2018.
  12. ^ "Competition Results: Aurora COTOP". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on January 19, 2019.
  13. ^ a b "Aurora COTOP". rinkresults.com.
  14. ^ "Aurora Cotop". Skate Canada. Archived from the original on January 19, 2019.