Justyna & Peter got their first Gold Medal a week ago in the Bavarian Open, in Oberstdorf! They want to thank everyone that helped them on their way there!
Justyna & Peter are in Milan already! Tomorrow their first training day there. They are very thankful to have this opportunity to train with Barbara Fusar Poli. Today they are sending Hugs & Kisses and great big "Thank You" to Rabiega Family for their wonderful gift.
Wow! Starting a New Year with a great surprise! A donation from people that never stopped believing in us. Thank you Justyna & Damian! Your wonderful gift will help us during our stay in Europe.
Dear Friends! We are in a bit of a pickle! We need to travel to Milan this week for training. From there we will go to Budapest to compete at the European Championships in two weeks, returning to Milan after that for another 2 weeks before competing at the Bavarian Open in Oberstdorf at the end of January. We need help with our Milan tickets. The cost is over $3300 for both of us... that's 10,000 zł (Polish Złoty), that number is a bit overwhelming for our Polish Figure Skating Association this late in the year; no more money and yet... we do need to go to Milan this week.
Can you help?
Every penny will be appreciated! Perhaps you have some extra Aeroplan or PeteroPoints that you could share with us?
Keeping you all, close to our hearts each time we step onto the ice. J&P
Justyna & Peter took a short break in their busy training schedule and managed to visit family over Christmas. After the Four National Championships last Sunday, where they placed 3rd overall and earned Polish National Championship Title; Peter traveled from Bratislava to Vienna, from Vienna to Warsaw... from Warsaw to Gdansk, from there to Frankfurt and then to Detroit. From Detroit he drove 6 hours to get home for Christmas Eve. It's great to be young and in great shape, isn't it?
Justyna traveled by car, from Bratislava to Gdansk, where she spent Christmas with her Family. Today she is already back in Detroit, waiting for Peter's arrival tomorrow. They get back into high gear on Monday. Europeans are in few weeks.
They are both focused and determined; ready to take on the challenges that next few months will bring.
2014 Senior Polish National Champions
We wanted to send a great big thank you to someone who continues to support us. Your donations are very much appreciated and will be used wisely. THANK YOU Mr. D!
We wanted to send a Great Big THANK YOU to Sandy. Your generous gift from the heart is very much appreciated.
There are so many Wonderful People out there! Thank you Alison for your support and donation to Justyna & Peter's training fund! It is very much appreciated! :)
Wonderful Thank You goes to Leśniak Family from Oakville! Their donation towards Justyna's & Peter's training will help help our skaters stay on track! Thank you!
Wow! What a day! Three wonderful Families offered their support today! It will allow Justyna & Peter to participate in those ballet lessons they need! Thank you with all out hearts!
A Random Act of Kindness and Justyna & Peter are on the receiving end! This last donation was the biggest surprise of all. Thank you with all our hearts for your beautiful gift. Together with our skaters we will do all we can to "pay it forward" one day.
We are so grateful for every single offer to help. This morning another beautiful gift from Zuzanna & Henry from Chatham. Thank you!
WOW! Way to go! We are inching closer and closer with each donation. Great Big Thank You from Justyna and Peter goes out to our Friends in Chatham, Ontario tonight! Thank you for your donation and support! We can now book two ballet lessons! Thank You!
Another Great Big Smile from Justyna & Peter together with a heartfelt Thank you, goes out to Jozef from Chatham for his donation towards their training fund.
We are sending out Thank You's and Hugs to Lucy from Mississauga! your donation brings us closer to our Dream! Thank you!
Great Big Thank You goes out to our First Supporter! Anna your contribution means so much, and your help is truly appreciated.
Justyna Plutowska and Piotr (Peter) Gerber are members of Polish National Elite Team
, 2014 Senior National Ice Dance Champions, 2013 Senior Ice Dance Silver Medalists and former Junior Ice Dance Champions - (2008 & 2009 - Justyna with former partner and 2010 - Peter with former partner). They have great hopes of reaching their full potential (and compete at the next Olympics) while helping to restore the positive image of the Polish Figure Skating. Within the first 4 months
of training together they became the only Polish Senior Ice Dance Team that received the points required to qualify for the World Figure Skating Championships in London Ontario in March 2013, where they finished 27th
in the World.
Other success followed:
Results of every International competition that they entered were better than their previous results.
In September 2013, they competed at the Nebelhorn Trophy in Oberstdorf with hopes to qualify for the Olympics in Sochi. Regretfully it wasn't meant to be: two judges decided to hold them back: Justyna & Peter (with just 0.9 points off the last qualified team) became the second alternative ice dance team to compete at the Olympics in Sochi.
Just a week later, on October 6th
, 2013 they won their first International Medal
, finishing third (after 2010 Olympic Champions Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir, and USA Silver Medalists Madison Chock and Evan Bates) at The Finlandia Trophy in Espoo. This was the first Polish Medal in 16 years!
Source: Sari Niskanen from yes3.1g.fi
In December they competed at the Four Nation Championships in Bratislava, becoming Polish National Champions.
Source: Walley Lyzwy Dobra Zabawa
Source: Walley Lyzwy Dobra Zabawa
In January 2014, during their European Championships debut they not only qualified for the final, but also finished in a very strong 16th
Their first GOLD MEDAL
came just a week later! They finished 1st
(with 9 points ahead of a German team in the second place) during The Bavarian Open in Oberstdorf with personal best scores in both programs. This was the first Polish Gold in 19 years!
Next step for Justyna & Peter is Japan! They are going there in March for World Figure Skating Championships.
Just like many other skaters at the senior level, their lives were uprooted and re-planted to a new country. Peter (Polish Canadian) left Canada in January of 2012 to train with Justyna in Poland.
Since then, they moved to Novi in Michigan to train with the World class Coach, Igor Shpilband and his team. An opportunity of a lifetime that Justyna and Peter are very grateful for.
They dream big: they also know that there is nothing more important than their training right now. Both Justyna and Peter chose to put everything on hold for next few years to be able to go after their dreams, because the time to do this was now. The University and College studies were suspended, their personal relationships put on hold.
The monthly cost of training in with Igor's team exceeds $7,000.00; that does not include the accommodations, food, transportation, insurance, costumes and travel cost to and from competitions.
We are kindly asking for donations towards some of their training and living cost.
To give you an idea of what they need:
An hour with a lift/acrobatic coach is $110.00
An hour of Ballet is $80.00
Justyna & Peter should take those lessons 2-3 times a week:
Monthly accommodations are $1150.00
Cost of monthly utilities is $150.00
Food: well they are training athletes: food cost amounts to quite a bit, but they try to manage.
Justyna and Peter are focused and determined, they have lived their lives "on the ice" since she was 5 and he was 7. Their Parents have put everything they have in this beautiful dream and now almost at the finish line this talented team just needs a bit of help to get them there.
If you can help, they will keep you in their hearts each time they step onto the ice to compete.
Please consider sponsoring them, donating few dollars to help them pay their rent or just send good wishes their way.Justyna Plutowska & Piotr Gerber:
2008 Junior Polish National Ice Dance Champion (Justyna with David Pietrzynski)
2009 Junior Polish National Ice Dance Champion (Justyna with David Pietrzynski)
2010 Junior Polish National Ice Dance Champion (Peter with Baily Carroll)
2011 Polish National Ice Dance Silver Medalist (Justyna with David Pietrzynski)
2012 Polish National Ice Dance Silver Medalists
2013 Ice Dance National Champions of Poland
2013 World Figure Skating Championships Competitors
2013 Finlandia Trophy Bronze Medalists
2014 European Championships Competitors (16th)
2014 Bavarian Open Gold Medalists