1.Figure Skating is Not Dying: http://www.figureskating-online.com/skating-is-not-dying.html
Interesting article that approaches the situation in a positive way. The judging system is not the issue! It’s been around for 10 years now, time to get used to it.
2. The sanity/sterility of tape delay, what about TES?: http://www.figureskating-online.com/skating-is-not-dying.html
I stopped reading negative articles a couple weeks ago. Here’s another discussing the judging system but from the point where people need to understand the system and not have the system changed. Also talks about broadcasting and tape delay which is interesting.
3. Virtue/Moir and Davis/White comparison (possibly from a slightly biased Canadian perspective). http://dubemoir.blogspot.ca/
I stumbled upon this blog the other day (why the blog seems to be a dedication to Jessica Dube and Scott Moir I don’t know, seriously are they still together??). Look back at a bunch of their posts, especially the screen caps. It’s a very interesting comparison between these two teams. I think they nail it, Scott and Tessa have a quality and grace to their skating. Meryl and Charlie are powerful but lack that connection found in the Canadians.
4. Battle of the Blades is back! http://www.cbc.ca/mediacentre/cbc-television-announces-21-renewals-expanded-seasons-of-hit-shows-and-new-titles-for-2013-14.html
Maybe I’ll watch this year.
5. Interview with Albena Denkova and Maxim Stavisky (nope he’s not in jail :-)) http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/showthread.php?87730-Interview-with-Albena-Denkova-and-Maxim-Stavisky&p=3894943&viewfull=1#post3894943 (link via FSU)
Talk about Denis and Patrick (actually supports Patrick!) and Ice Dance (prefers Scott & Tessa) at Worlds.
6. Alexander Abt to continue his career in Belarus http://www.tvr.by/eng/news.asp?id=2253&cid=18
This was reported earlier in the week, many thought it was an April Fool’s joke but it seems it might actually be true.
World Team Trophy happens next week, final event of the season….
Quite a few participants have dropped out:
Nathalie Pechalat/Fabian Bourzat – replaced by Pernelle Carron/Lloyd Jones
Florent Amodio – replaced by Romain Ponsart
Bobrova/Soloviev – replaced by Monko/Khaliavin (NOT one of the other 2 Russian teams at Worlds, one is apparently on vacation and the other in the US getting new programs already)
Nan Song – replaced by Yi Wang
The Ice Dance event should be pretty unexciting. On the positive side, could be a gold medal for Weaver and Poje.
Also, the event may be aired via the ISU channel. I don’t have any experience with the ISU channel so I can’t provide much insight on this. Also as the event is in Japan (and Yuzu isn’t competing) I doubt I’ll be watching it live. I can promise I’ll post videos when I find them 🙂
Gardena Trophy happened last week in Italy. Senior B event that also included Junior and Novice.
1 Takahiko KOZUKA JPN 228.63 1 2
2 Adam RIPPON USA 219.16 3 1
3 Stèphane WALKER SUI 193.71 4 3
4 Brandon MROZ USA 190.26 2 4
Both Rippon and Kozuka were left off their respective World teams and have been injured. Both had decent skates for being off the ice for a couple weeks. We’ll see if they can make their Olympic teams next year. Adam debuted his new freeskate here and got rave reviews online.
Junior ladies was won by Polina Edmund from the US. She’s 14 and being called the next US ‘It Girl’. She has the jumps, may be seeing more of her in the future.
World Synchro Championships happened this week. Canada finished 2nd, but that’s all I know about the event.
Here’s the silver medal skate by Nexxice: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYflCNgF5N0
Next week I’ll recap World Team Trophy! Also expect a post expressing my love for Yuzu in the coming weeks. This post lacked pictures and videos, I promise my Yuzu post will have plenty 🙂
Love, Luck and Lutzs