Last week we caught up with 16-year-old figure skater, Kloe Rozgonyi. In another Q&A with our CBBC Ice Stars, find out more about Kloe and her love for all things ice skating...
Who/what inspired you to step on the ice and how old were you? My Mum took me skating for the first time when I was seven years old because she wanted me to do something after school a few times a week and I really enjoyed it so I started going more and more.
Does anyone else in your family skate? My Great Grandmother used to be an ice dancer and I've seen videos of her skate, she is definitely a big inspiration for me. My Dad and both Grandads also used to be hockey players.
What made you decide to join figure skating over speed skating/ice dance etc? At the rink back in Hungary where I first started training figure skating was the main discipline. If you wanted to do ice dance/pairs you had to go through the process of finding a partner so I decided to stick with figure skating and I enjoy every second of it.
How many hours/days a week do you train at the NIC? I’m at the rink training six times a week, with Sunday being my only day off. I usually train between 20-22 hours a week including off ice and ballet sessions.
Do you have a skating hero you admire? Mao Asada has always been my favourite skater and has always inspired me and was the first skater I ever looked up to.
What was the whole Ice Stars experience like? It has been one of the best experiences I have ever had and very different to anything I’ve done before. At first it was a bit weird having cameras following me both on and off the ice but by the end there were times when I didn't even notice if they were filming.
What has been a highlight from the show so far? I liked every minute of it but one of my favourite parts would have to be the whole preparation for the Gala, and the Gala itself. Getting to know the camera crew and spending time with them was also great, they were all so funny and kind and it was one of the coolest things to be 'behind the scenes' of a TV programme for once.
What is your favourite subject at school and why? My favourite subject is probably Art because I am a really creative person and I’m also quite good at it, unlike Maths.
What is your favourite thing to do when off the ice? I have two moods; I either love to go out and spend time with my friends outside of training or sometimes I prefer just staying at home watching Netflix and chilling.
If you could be any animal, what would you be and why? A panda, because nothing beats the cuteness of pandas.
Kloe’s Mum, Orsi, told us that ice skating is one of the best things that ever happened to Kloe and is so proud of how far her daughter has come. She said:
“When someone has a passion for a sport like Kloe does for skating I think it teaches them so much, not just about the sport but about life in general too.
“I’m so proud of Kloe and would have to say my proudest moments would have to be when Kloe won the British Championships in 2013 and Hungarian National Championships in 2009, 2010 and 2011.”
5th October 2015
Photo credit, National Ice Centre