Romance and Mystery Novels

by Alina Adams

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Thursday, September 30, 2004


1992 European Champion and Olympic Bronze Medallist Petr Barna was the first man to land a quadruple jump in an Olympic program. The 9-time Czechoslovakian champion retired after the World Championships the same year so that he could pursue a professional career in the United States.

However, the professional world proved different from what he’d expected. Revealed Barna, “In amateur skating, it matters how you skate. In professional, it matters how you “dance." And I don’t dance. I liked amateur skating better.”

These days, Barna coaches skating and leaves the dancing to his wife. He explains, “My wife, Andrea, she is a national ballroom dancer.”

The pair coach together in Florida, and have a daughter, Sofie, about whom the proud papa raves, “She started skating two years ago and she is, I think, a better skater than me!”



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