Canada Gold (Times Two!) Skate Canada 2014

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Fell a little behind with this one….but has to be posted before I can talk about recent events.

Ladies:

The Ladies event here was quite exciting!

First, I think this was a great event for Canadian ladies. All three skated clean SPs! These girls are all quite young still and they have the difficult jumps and are now learning how to compete. It’s great to see! The LP was less successful but I’d still consider it a success.

I do like Ashley Wagner, I always have. However, I find I’ve gotten tired of her. It’s always the same with her jumps. I don’t see any improvement. And this year I just don’t like her programs. I love Moulin Rouge, one of my favourite films, and the music is amazing. But this program is boring and nowhere near as complex as others in the past. I feel so much more could be done with it.

I like a lot of things about Anna Pogorilaya. She has nice jumps and long lines. But she is still very young and needs a lot of refinement. As well, her program needs a lot of work. I may have criticized Ashley’s programs, but they’re still better than Anna’s. Yet I do think I could like Anna in the future.

I’m also excited for Satoko Miyahara! She is adorable, young and talented. I think she is exactly what Japan needs.

Dance:

I kinda watched the Dance event here. Kinda, meaning I simply watched the Canadian teams.

I’ve always been a fan of Kaitlyn and Andrew but I’ve never loved them. But I am glad the spotlight can finally be on them and I think they’re going to have a great season. However, I wasn’t the biggest fan of their programs. I think I preferred the SD, they fit the Spanish theme well. Early in the season I don’t know about the FD. I love Four Seasons, but something seemed lacking here. It didn’t have the same drama that we’ve seen from them in the past. I think that’s where they shine.

On the other hand, I’ve never been a big fan of Piper and Paul, but I love their FD! The 1930’s theme is super fitting. It’s adorable and complex and refreshing. I’m a fan!

Men:

Congrats to Takahito Mura! That must have been the skate of his life!! Plus I’m a huge fan of the Phantom of the Opera program. I think this could be a great year for Japanese men. Yet again, Japanese Nationals is going to be fun.

I love Javier, and love that he’s practically Canadian and received so much attention. However, I fear he’s never going to reach his full potential. He’s never going to win the titles he could. I’m not entirely sure why I think this is. He’s extremely talented and has come a long way with Brian Orser but every program there seems to be a mistake or 2 or 10. He could be receiving the same scores at Patrick and Yuzu but there’s always something that prevents it. I would love to be proven wrong. I would love for Brian to have two men competing back and forth for the next 4 years.

Pairs:

Congrats to Meagan and Eric! First Grand Prix Gold! I have always been a fan of these two. There’s just something about Meagan and her excitement next to Eric’s calm and collected nature that gets to me. More than once I have found myself crying at the end of a program.

I am a big fan of their programs this season. I love the Muse medley. Unlike in previous seasons where they seem rather unrefined, they’ve started this season looking smoother than ever before. I can imagine this program clean would be quite spectacular. Their scores here were ginormous. It’s not going to be easy, but they definitely have a chance at a world title this season.

I don’t have much to say about the other pairs, I only kind of watched them. I have mixed feelings about Kirsten and Michael Marinaro. I want to like them, but it was just so weird seeing her without Dylan. I guess we’ll have to wait and see how her choice affects her future. At the moment I imagine it isn’t easy being at the bottom of the pack when she could have had a medal here with her previous partnership.

Skate Canada was great, but Cup of China has already happened and there’s a lot to talk about there!

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