He’s not competing, but he has no time. Figure skater Tomáš Verner’s (30) main occupations include exhibition performance, training young figure skaters and the new project Czech Dance Tour 2017: Make Czechia Dance.
Figure skating also involves dancing, so it’s not that unusual for me. On the other hand, the Czech Dance Tour mainly consists of choreography like street dance, disco, show and art dance. Over 12 dancing days and 13 disciplines in 8 cities, people will compete for the titles of champion of Bohemia, Moravia and the entire Czech Republic. I will be a silent observer and a member of the final jury.
The tour across Czechia starts on 18 March in Pilsen and culminates with the announcement of the best performance of modern dance styles. The dancers will gather for the two-day final in Prague on 20 and 21 May. In addition to the aforementioned cities, competitive dancing performance will be held in Brno, Chrudim, Spořice, Jindřichův Hradec, Otrokovice and Havířov. You will see, everybody will be dancing and I’m really looking forward to it.
Definitely not as great as it might seem. I know three basic dances which belong to figure skating, and beyond that it’s just a matter of movement. I definitely prefer dancing on skates then in shoes. This is why I keep my fingers crossed for all the dancers, choreographers and coaches, who have danced through hundreds of pairs of shoes in order to present their very best at the competition. Dancing and figure skating are very similar; they are both a sport and an art. Therefore, choosing the best performers is not just a question of figures on the stopwatch or meters in the field, but also about the dancers’ “drive” and how they perceive the music and choreography together.
That is a lengthy subject and I think concentration in itself is the main thing. There are many thoughts going through one’s mind. In the beginning it was harder. Now I think I have more control over the flow of thoughts and I tend to be professional at the given moment. If I fall during the routine, the aim should be to disengage from all the mistakes and to keep going and concentrate always on the next element. Sometimes this is hard to do, but I continuously hear from the coaches to forget everything I did, whether good or bad, and to keep on focussing.
Figure skating was always the first among all sports in our family. My siblings and I tried everything – football, tennis, even gymnastics which my sister does now. My brother also did figure skating. I wanted to put on skates because I was platonically in love with my friend Štěpánka and I wanted to spend as much time with her as possible. Our parents knew each other and somehow a decision was made that we could skate together. For some time I was only interested in Štěpánka and didn’t care about skating. Then it all turned around, skating became my passion and I won my first national championships at fifteen.
I like all sports, it doesn’t matter what it is. I prefer ball games. On the other hand, I have to admit that I don’t do sports professionally anymore and I don’t have time anyway. Therefore, it’s very nice for me that I don’t have to drive around the country and perform. I can just sit down and judge.
I will be able to answer this question in a few months. I’ll see, perhaps it won’t be. The question of fair/unfair is always the subjective opinion of the juror and this will vary. Now it will depend on how much the dancing differs, because in figure skating it differs a lot.
In my view, it applies in figure skating that the sooner a child starts training, the better. Ideally by the age of 7. Having skates on your feet and moving around on the ice is entirely different from other sports.
I would like my children to try the widest range of sports and other activities. Then I will let them decide what they enjoy and which direction they want to take. In short, just like my parents did. I certainly want to avoid attempting to make my own dreams come true through my children and forcing them into sports that only I like. It is important for them to expand their horizons and get a few lessons…
Children are generally less active nowadays and this may be one of the reasons for widespread overweightness or even obesity. When I was a boy, I dropped off my backpack at home after school and went out to play. Today’s children don’t know this and are used to spending time in front of the computer. It would be great to restore the same attitude towards activity and sports that we used to have.
I would like to hope so. Even many adults have taken up cross-country skiing after witnessing the victories of our biathletes. The task of top athletes is to show their peers how fulfilling and beneficial sports really are. Remember Nagano (Olympics)? The Czech Republic was in the grip of hockey madness back then. Every kid took his hockey stick and tried to play, if not on skates then at least on a tarmac with a ball. Everybody wanted to be a hockey hero, the Jagr or Hasek from the television. I hope I might be an inspiration for some children.
I would definitely take them out for dinner or somewhere quiet. I wouldn’t take her out on the ice if she didn’t know how to skate. Discos aren’t very peaceful and I’m not really the disco type.
To be honest, I’m not really the type to go out to a bar and hit on girls. On the other hand, everybody enjoys attention and the male ego enjoys being soothed, so it’s nice to be hunted occasionally. But I have discovered one crucial thing, pointed out by my fitness trainer, who said that if I want to find the right woman, I shouldn’t go to the club or disco, but rather to the gym.
It would be nice if she were younger than me, meaning she should be less than 30 years old and about 170 cm tall. Given that sport is one of my top priorities, she should be interested in sports and I would appreciate it if she enjoyed my sense of humour. As for appearances, I like blondes. What I like most about women is not just a pretty face, but also a nice derriere.
It’s definitely an advantage but not a necessity. I am very self-sufficient and I’ve learned not only how to cook, but also to bake. (laughs)
My plan for the future is children. But because I haven’t been hunted and haven’t hunted anybody down yet, I’m still working on it. I’m not going to stress it, but I would like to have a family and I will work towards that, even with respect to my present situation. I will participate in fewer exhibition performances, and will only choose a few. I will continue to be involved in sports, and will pursue cooperation with the Olympic committee, the Czech Figure Skating Union, the International Figure Skating Union and I will still be visible in sports, but less in my active sphere – rather more as a coach, advisor or manager. Two years ago we founded the Czech Skating Academy, which functions sporadically throughout the year, when we can operate without taking children out of school. We insist strongly on this.