I’ve been lacking in news updates now that Grand Prix Events have begun.
Here are some articles from the past few weeks.
1. Johnny Weir has officially retired from competitive skating. I’m sure most people have heard this already, here’s his official retirement statement that’s definitely worth a read.
“Seventeen years have passed since I first set foot on the ice. I have fallen thousands of times, rotated millions of rotations, and been called everything from a “national treasure” to “a disgrace.” I have lived enough to fill many lifetimes and been afforded more opportunities than even the greatest businessmen and celebrities. I’ve won and lost and through it all I have never lost sight of who I am or what I want from this world –which I believe to be the greatest achievement in my young life.”
You can’t read this and not love Johnny 🙂
2. Figure skater Alexander Smirnov suffered a knee injury and may miss Olympics http://translate.google.com/translate?depth=1&nv=1&rurl=translate.google.com&sl=auto&tl=en&u=http://sochi2014.rsport.ru/sochi2014_figure/20131010/692885968.html
“At Alexander Smirnov during a competition fall happened that caused the patellar tendon rupture,” – said Moskvin by telephone, adding that the timing of recovery is still unknown.
Always unfortunate, especially this season.
3. Elvis Stojko not a fan of new Olympic figure skating team event http://olympictalk.nbcsports.com/2013/10/16/elvis-stojko-figure-skating-team-event-sochi-olympics/
“It’ll be tough. I don’t know if it’s such a great choice if they want to have good skating for the actual (individual) events. But for skaters, to be able to do another competition right before the Olympics, if they’re trying to get trained, it’s great. If they’re at their peak, it might be tough. The ones that will be able to balance it out, they might not push very hard because they’re going to save it for the next week because that takes a lot out of you, for sure, to be able to be at that level, and then have to do it right before the Olympics, right before their actual competition.”
My favourite part of his statement is how multiple times he calls the individual events the ‘Actual Olympics’. Yes I understand this mentality but this Team Event is also part of the ‘Actual Olympics’.
4. Johnny Weir retires, joins NBC Olympics as figure skating analyst http://www.today.com/news/johnny-weir-retires-joins-nbc-olympics-figure-skating-analyst-8C11446723
Johnny also shares some thoughts on the Russian Anti-Gay laws: “I’m a gay American. I’ve married into a Russian family. I’ve been a longtime supporter of Russia, the culture, the country, the language, everything about Russia,” Weir said on TODAY Wednesday. “While this law is a terrible thing that you can’t be gay publicly in Russia, I plan to be there in full support of our brothers and sisters there and not be afraid. If I get arrested, I get arrested; if not, great, but our presence is needed. For all the Olympians that worked so hard, a boycott is just the worst thing that you could do to all these young people.”
Again, gotta love Johnny!
5. Canadians pairs team Duhamel, Radford pay tribute with short program http://www.montrealgazette.com/sports/Canadian+pairs+team+Duhamel+Radford+tribute+with+short+program/9078215/story.html
“It’s emotional, it’s something you might hear on a film soundtrack,” Radford said. “I’m very lucky my two major talents, skating and music, are able to complement one another and come together in a moment like this.”
“I think (using the music) was a good idea, and I think there’s no better time to do it than at the Olympics, when the whole world will be watching and they’ll see it,” Duhamel said. “That’s the most inspirational time of our careers that we’re going to have.”
Fabulous program, very beautiful and difficult. I can’t wait to see it clean.
6. Revived Verner finds new inspiration in Slovakia http://web.icenetwork.com/news/2013/10/24/63261304
Icenetwork: I would say that in Bratislava people saw a renewed Tomáš Verner, especially taking in account last season, which was a difficult one in your career. How did you manage to regain your confidence, your passion for performances and your complex technical arsenal?
Verner: As I said earlier, I have moved from one great team in Toronto back to Oberstdorf, to another great working team. Before I decided to move back to Oberstdorf, I had to make a far bigger decision: whether or not I want to keep on skating one more year. After this decision, I had to make sure I was physically ready for the coming season. My physical shape had a lot to do with my poor results in the past two years, which affected my confidence. I haven’t regained my confidence quite yet, but I am working with Mr. Huth, and Carolina Kostner is a great inspiration to get back on track.
Oh Verner, best of luck in your final season. Based on some early results it seems you’re back on track, we’ll just see if it lasts.
7. Chan says Japanese his main rivals http://www.japantoday.com/category/sports/view/chan-says-japanese-his-main-rivals
“Probably my biggest rivals for the 2014 Olympics” is how Chan described the Japanese, “They perfect every element of figure skating. I think that’s why figure skating is growing so quickly there because they’re making a real statement internationally.”
Yes probably Patrick 🙂 (just don’t forget about Spain and possibly a couple others)
8. Canada’s Chan hopes move propels him to Olympic Gold http://www.tsn.ca/figure_skating/story/?id=434955
I like his thoughts on Detroit: “Honestly, sure the first thing people say about Detroit is how they’re bankrupt and its run down. But honestly it’s growing, it’s making a reversal,” Chan said. “I go out every weekend with friends, we go to really great restaurants, it’s not like it’s Armageddon. It’s not like it’s wasteland, it’s still a really nice place, it’s culturally abundant and a place I’m really happy to be at.”
“(I have) a new long program but I’m not trying any new jumps or anything, because I believe I have all the elements I need. I still haven’t skated a competition yet where I’ve done both a great clean short program and a clean long program.
9. Eager Farris battles nerves before Skate Canada http://web.icenetwork.com/news/2013/10/21/63206796
Don’t know much about Josh Farris. Mostly I included this article for this: “Honestly, Yuzuru [Hanyu],” he said. “Yuzuru and Takahashi are my two favorites right now.” 🙂
10. Brian Orser offers advice to Canadian figure skating star Patrick Chan leading into Sochi Olympics http://www.torontosun.com/2013/10/23/brian-orser-offers-advice-to-canadian-figure-skating-star-patrick-chan-leading-into-sochi-olympics
“Look at it, face it. Be inspired by it. Get jazzed about it,” said Orser. “I think he’s been around enough to know how to pace himself,” said Orser of Chan. “He’s been to the Olympics so he has that advantage to know that it’s different. Just take it head on and take it has a huge inspiration and a huge motivator. It’s exciting and motivating.”
And coming up later this weekend is my thoughts on Skate Canada.
Thanks for reading.