|Country represented Italy|
Role Figure skater
Home town Basiglio, Italy
Height 1.61 m
|Partner Ondrej Hotarek|
Weight 55 kg
Name Valentina Marchei
Parents Marco Marchei
|Born 23 May 1986 (age 29) (1986-05-23) Milan, Italy|
Former coach Jason Dungjen, Yuka Sato, Nikolai Morozov, Valter Rizzo, Cristina Mauri, Pierre Trente
Choreographer Massimo Scali, Corrado Giordani, Franca Bianconi
Former choreographer Roberto Campanella, Yuka Sato, Nikolai Morozov
Siblings Lorenzo Marchei, Francesco Marchei
Coach Franca Bianconi, Bruno Marcotte
Similar People Ondrej Hotarek, Carolina Kostner, Anna Cappellini, Stefania Berton, Nicole Della Monica
Valentina MARCHEI & Ondrej HOTAREK 4K 180225 Pyeongchang 2018 Figure Skating Gala Show
Valentina Marchei (born 23 May 1986) is an Italian figure skater. As a singles skater, she is a five-time Italian national champion (2004, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014). Her highest ISU Championship placements were 4th at the 2013 European Championships and 8th at the 2012 World Championships. She represented Italy at the 2014 Winter Olympics and placed 11th. She currently competes as a pair skater with Ondrej Hotarek, representing Italy. Hotarek and Marchei finished 4th at the 2015 European Figure Skating Championships and 11th at the 2015 World Figure Skating Championships.
- Valentina MARCHEI Ondrej HOTAREK 4K 180225 Pyeongchang 2018 Figure Skating Gala Show
- Valentina marchei road to sochi ep 2 zagreb 2013 figure skating european championships
- Personal life
- Single skating
- Partnership with Hotarek
- Competitive highlights
Valentina marchei road to sochi ep 2 zagreb 2013 figure skating european championships
Valentina Marchei was born 23 May 1986 in Milan, Italy. She is the daughter of Marco Marchei, a competitor in the marathon at the 1980 and 1984 Olympics. Her early interests were speed skating and gymnastics. She is a university student focusing on sport and has worked as a reporter for Italian television.
Marchei was coached by Cristina Mauri from the age of nine.
Ahead of the 2007–08 season, Marchei spent the first part of July training with Viktor Kudriavtsev in Flims, Switzerland. She trained in Courchevel in the remainder of July and August and then Paris and Milan in the winter, coached by Pierre Trente and Cristina Mauri. Marchei injured her knee in September 2007.
In September 2008, Marchei began working with Nikolai Morozov in Hackensack, New Jersey. She missed most of the 2008–09 season after injuring her right ankle on a triple Lutz at 2008 Skate America. Marchei did not receive any Grand Prix invitations in 2009–10. She finished 8th at the 2010 European Championships. In 2010–11, Marchei returned to the Grand Prix series, competing at 2010 Skate Canada International and 2010 Cup of Russia. She was 10th at the 2011 European Championships.
In 2011, Marchei changed coaches to Jason Dungjen and Yuka Sato in Detroit. She had ankle and knee injuries in 2011. She finished 8th at the 2012 World Championships in Nice, France. Marchei represented Italy at the 2014 Winter Olympics. In September 2014, she withdrew from both of her Grand Prix assignments, the 2014 Skate Canada International and 2014 Rostelecom Cup.
Partnership with Hotarek
On 2 July 2014, La Gazzetta dello Sport wrote that Marchei and Ondrej Hotarek were considering skating as a pair. Bruno Marcotte confirmed on 26 July 2014 that the two were training together. They are coached by Marcotte in Montreal and by Franca Bianconi in Milan. On 6 August 2014, Marchei sprained the medial collateral ligament of her right knee. On 8 September, she said she would resume light on-ice training in a few days. Commenting on her switch to pairs, Marchei stated: "At the beginning practicing pairs was just to do shows or stuff like that, but then it was something that got to me. It's crazy. I still do single programs at shows, but it is strange, I'm looking around, where is he?"
Marchei/Hotarek won the Italian national title in December 2014. In January 2015, they placed fourth at the European Championships in Stockholm, Sweden and 11th at the World Championships in March.
GP: Grand Prix; CS: Challenger Series; JGP: Junior Grand Prix