Figure Skating News (July 8 – 28) Part 1

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It’s been quite a while since my last update! I had a lot of excitement going on with a wedding, Comic-Con and a Royal Baby!

This post is going to be divided into two parts! Look for Part 2 tomorrow. 

News Articles

  1. Russia and Gay Rights – this is a huge topic right now! I don’t have any thoughts that aren’t brought up below…

36 Photos From Russia That Everyone Needs to See:

Many are suggesting boycotting the Olympics and Olympians and visitors won’t be safe but then what will boycotting actually achieve??…below are a series of articles and quotes:

Russia’s Anti-Gay Crackdown:

A few days earlier, just six months before Russia hosts the 2014 Winter Games, Mr.Putin signed a law allowing police officers to arrest tourists and foreign nationals they suspect of being homosexual, lesbian or “pro-gay” and detain them for up to 14 days. Contrary to what the International Olympic Committee says, the law could mean that any Olympic athlete, trainer, reporter, family member or fan who is gay — or suspected of being gay, or just accused of being gay — can go to jail.

Mr. Putin’s campaign against lesbian, gay and bisexual people is one of distraction, a strategy of demonizing a minority for political gain taken straight from the Nazi playbook. In 1936 the world attended the Olympics in Germany. Few participants said a word about Hitler’s campaign against the Jews.”

Will gays be safe at Russia’s Winter Olympics?,0,3302742.story

If LGBT advocates want to make a difference, they’re better off doing it on Russia’s turf than silently at home.”

Here’s a crazy idea: Bring the 2014 Olympics back to Vancouver:

But with all the recent talk of a Sochi boycott, maybe it’s an idea worth revisiting? There’s a growing chorus of voices calling for a boycott of the next Games because of Russia’s anti-gay laws.”

Should Olympians Fear Russia’s Anti-Gay Laws?

The federal government has also updated its travel advisory for Russia, warning Canadians that “a federal law has been passed that prohibits public actions that are described as promoting homosexuality and non-traditional sexual relationships,” and which could make pro-gay statements a criminal offence.”

But Helen Kennedy, executive director of LGBT advocacy group Égale Canada, said Thursday she does not support boycotting the Games. “I don’t think that that is going to do the LGBT community in Russia any good. In fact, there probably may be more backlash if a boycott does occur,” she said in a phone interview. “The athletes who go can make a statement because they’re probably all very well protected by their countries. Sadly, there are still many countries in the world where you can be arrested or even executed simply for being gay,” he said. “The Olympics coming to Sochi has raised the awareness level of this horrible reality in a similar way that the Olympics going to China raised awareness of human rights issues.””

LGBT Olympians And Allies Should Show Up in Russia:

To send the strongest possible message of support to the LGBT community, we must send our athletes — those who are LGBT, those who are LGBT-supportive, those with LGBT family members or friends. Let them show that champions stand strong with their teammates and training partners. Send our openly LGBT and “publicly pro-gay” athletes and let them compete. Let them win. Show the world that there are elite LGBT athletes who are not afraid to be themselves, on and off the playing field. That the majority of the world’s finest athletes support their LGBT teammates, coaches, and opponents by treating them as equals in competition.

And finally, Johnny Weir Urges Countries Not to Boycott Sochi Olympics:

f there is anyone that understands the sacrifice that myself and others like me make as young people to attain a dream so few can comprehend, it’s the family of an aspiring Olympian. Rich or poor, a family goes through everything with you. To have a boycott would not only negate the career of some athletes who have only one chance at competing at the Games, but also the over-time shifts an exhausted father takes to make ends meet, or the social acclimatization of a brother who can’t go on spring break because his brother needed another costume, or the mother who works part-time at a job far beneath her, just so she can afford to watch her first born perform for the world. The Olympics are not a political statement, they are a place to let the world shine in peace and let them marvel at their youthful talents.”

  1. Coaching Change for Florent Amodio! French article: Finally! Yay! I’m curious to see the changes to his skating but it’s possible this change came a couple seasons too late.

Article summary:

  • Amodio still has huge respect for Morozov, but he felt when he went to the US this year that it was no longer working
  • He has been working in Lyon for the last 3 weeks on his free skate to La Vie en Rose
  • He’s temporarily working with Katia Krier (coach of Brian Joubert) says it has been working very well, having success even with quad toes
  • He knows he needs to find a new permanent coach, has had several meetings with Didier G. about it. He had almost come to an arrangement with Alexei Yagudin (has worked with him the last 2 summers) but believes that Morozov has scuppered that option.
  1. Skating Dispute Turns Icy, Father Sues Daughter’s Coach Yikes!

“When you get at a certain level, you need more time,” Widvey said, describing his daughter as a “natural, with Olympic qualities.” – i think this parent sounds like a nightmare.

  1. Johnny Weir will be designing a costume for Yuzuru Hanyu, “Fresh news that I can impart is that I was asked by Yuzuru Hanyu to design his Olympic costume and I couldn’t be more honored. I am already sketching and coming up with ideas to make him stand out more than he already does and I can’t wait to actually see my design prospering in major competition!” via this could be interesting.
  2. Cynthia Phaneuf is expecting a baby!

Barabé shared some news about Phaneuf, the two-time Canadian champion: “She is doing so well. She is expecting a baby with her boyfriend, [Philadelphia Flyers forward] Max Talbot””

  1. New TV series to delve into lives of skaters Virtue and Moir

W Network says it is commissioning a short-run series that will follow the Olympic gold medal winners and air right before the Sochi Olympics. The 30-minute Tessa & Scott will go into production this summer and is scheduled to debut Jan. 2, 2014. W Network promises to delve into the pair’s day-to-day lives as they seek a second gold medal at the 2014 Winter Games in Russia.”

This could be fun! I’m excited for it. I’ll never say no to more Scott on my TV 🙂

  1. Ice Dancer Piper Gilles pushing for citizenship exemption

The American-born Gilles has applied for Canadian citizenship, but a bureaucratic buildup at Canada’s immigration office has the duo’s Sochi dreams on hold. Without the appropriate passport, athletes cannot compete at the Olympics.

However, it’s being discussed that their 18th place at Worlds this season is not helping their chances. Additionally, the article implies their spot on the Canadian Olympic team is guaranteed when in reality there are 3 or 4 other teams who might pass them at Canadians, including Paul & Islam, Orford & Williams, and Ralph & Hill, especially since Paul’s broken ankle and result surgery may impede their training this year. Nationals will be exciting!

  1. Jamie Sale and Craig Simpson have a baby Congrats to them!


Yuzuru Hanyu 4T3A3A3A from Fantasy on Ice in Japan! Whoa!

Misha Ge – First exhibition @ 4 years old. Adorable!

That’s all for today! Next is a look at recent music announcements and some summer competitions. 
Thanks for reading!

2 Responses

  1. The whole Russian thing certainly brings the Nazi’s to mind. But I don’t think an Olympic boycott is really the most effective way for other governments to put pressure on the Russians. So long as the safety of all involved can be guaranteed.

    I’m a little scared for Hanyu – I hope there are no feathers involved in this costume!!

    Nationals will be exciting. Some of the results from Detroit this weekend show that men’s third spot and ladies’ second spot may be as interesting as the pairs and dance #3s.

  2. My thought:
    – Good for Florent…I like when anyone realizes Nikoli sucks.
    – That quote from Johnny on the Olympics was wonderful…it got me right in the heart.
    – Put Scott’s pretty face on my TV now please!

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