Roman Sadovsky: Vaughan skater a rising star
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Vaughan resident Roman Sadovsky is moving up the ranks in men's figure skating
Vaughan resident Roman Sadovsky is moving up the ranks in men's figure skating
Having laced up his first pair of skates at the age of five, Roman Sadovsky has come a long way in the 10 years since. Today, the 15-year-old Vaughan figure skater is one of Canada's brightest prospects in his sport.
“Both my parents got me into skating and I think at the time they just wanted to keep me busy,” recalls the Bill Crothers Secondary School student with a laugh.
Like a lot of young Canadians, Sadovsky first put on his skates with the intention of playing hockey.
“Initially I wanted to play hockey, which is pretty much every Canadian boy's dream,” he says. “But then some of the instructors suggested that I should try out figure skating.”
He followed up on their suggestion—and has not looked back.
While young Roman also took part in gymnastics and swimming, at the age of nine, he made the decision to focus his efforts.
“I realized that I needed to focus on one sport to really be good at it; so I decided to pick figure skating because I found it more interesting and something I really enjoyed,” he explains.
According to Sadovsky's longtime coach, Tracey Wainman, it's the talented skater's dedication and willingness to take constructive feedback that have allowed him to excel in the sport.
“It's been about eight years, but I remember that he definitely showed a lot of talent and he was extremely good at making corrections,” she recalls her first impressions of Sadovsky.
“He was also really good at taking his lessons and working on his own. So his progression was really fast,” adds Wainman, a two-time Canadian women's champion.
In the eight years he has worked with Wainman at the York Region Skating Academy in Richmond Hill, Sadovsky has skated his way to some impressive results.
In the 2011-2012 season, the then-12-year-old posted a second place finish in the novice division of the national championships.
Another notable accomplishment came at last season's Canadian nationals in Ottawa, where he skated to an eighth place finish as a 14-year-old in the senior men's division.
“Just to put that accomplishment into perspective, most 14-year-olds still compete in the novice division or are just starting out at the junior division,” said Wainman about Sadovsky's eye-opening experience at the Canadian Figure Skating Championships this past January.
“A lot of those skaters in the competition Roman watched and looked up to, and then all of a sudden he was on the same ice surface as them. It just made the whole experience an amazing one for him,” she says. “To go out there and do two great performances was just icing on the cake.”
Sadovsky agrees his performance at the national competition has been the highlight of his young skating career.
“It was just a great experience skating in front of so many people; and it was just priceless bowing to thousands of people who were standing and cheering for you,” says Sadovsky, who received standing ovations after both his short and long programs.
With the 2014-2015 season just getting underway, the skater recently enjoyed a taste of international success on the junior circuit, when he recorded a first place finish at a Junior Grand Prix event in the Czech Republic in September.
“Standing on top of the podium with the Canadian anthem playing, that's when I realize that I'm bringing a gold medal home back to my country. And I just have that sense of pride,” says Sadovsky of his recent triumph.
While Wainman believes Sadovsky is capable of earning podium finishes at the senior level of international competitions, she stresses there's more work to be done first.
“We're still in skill development. Over the next year or two, we'll be working on triple axels and quads,” she says of her star pupil, who trains six days a week. “We're also working on improving his skating and his spins and choreography. But he's definitely progressing in the right direction.”
Looking ahead, the talented young figure skater says he has visions of representing Canada at future international competitions as well as the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.  
“I just need to keep training as hard as I can, but also I just need to trust my coach, trust myself and trust in my abilities,” he says.

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