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Israeli Ice Dancers Alexandra and Roman Zaretsky

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Israeli Ice Dancers Alexandra and Roman Zaretsky

Israeli Ice Dancers Alexandra and Roman Zaretsky

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Israeli Sister-Brother Ice Dance Team:

Figure skaters, Alexandra and Roman Zaretsky, are an Israeli sister-brother ice dance team. They have competed on the international level since 1999 and participated in the 2006 Winter Olympics.

Alexandra "Sasha":

Alexandra is called "Sasha." She was born on December 23, 1987 in Minsk, Belarus.

Roman:

Roman was born on December 4, 1983 in Minsk, Belarus.

Interests and Hobbies:

Sasha is interested in writing. Roman is interested in history.

Hometown:

The Zaretskys call Metulla, Israel home.

Coaches :

Alexandra and Roman Zaretsky are coached in the United States by former Olympic ice dancer Galit Chait.

Competition Highlights:

  • 2008 Nebelhorn Trophy - 2nd
  • 2008 World Championships - 9th
  • 2008 European Championships - 8th
  • 2007 Cup of China - 4th
  • 2007 Skate America - 7th
  • 2006 Cup of China - 4th
  • 2006 Nebelhorn Trophy - 3rd
  • 2006 Winter Olympics - 22nd
  • 2005 Skate Israel - 4th
  • 2005 World Junior Championships - 4th
  • 2004 Junior Grand Prix Final - 8th
  • 2004 JGP Romania - 2nd
  • 2004 JGP Chemnitz - 3rd
  • 2003 Junior Grand Prix Final - 6th
  • 2003 European Youth Olympics - 3rd
  • 2003 Israeli Junior Nationals - 1st
  • 2002 Israeli Junior Nationals - 1st
  • 2001 Israeli Junior Nationals - 1st
  • 1999 Israeli Novice Nationals - 1st

Made U.S. National News in 2008:

In 2008, the ice dance team of Alexandra Zaretski and Roman Zaretski made U.S. national news. The skaters and their coach, former Olympian Galit Chait, filed a discrimination case against an ice arena in New Jersey. A lawsuit was filed against certain employees from the arena. Apparently, some of the rink’s coaches advised Chait, not to teach the Israelis. Then, one day, in September of 2008, the skaters arrived at the rink and were told they were not allowed on the ice.
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