Happy New Year! When I woke up this morning it was already 2016 in Japan and I was greeted by so many new photos of Yuzu from his guest judging appearance on Kohaku! What an excellent way to celebrate the New Year!
My favourite photo I’ve seen is Seimei vs Darth Vader!
And talking about Yuzu, what a better start to 2016 for Yuzu than last year! No surgeries or hospital visits! Woot! Here’s hoping this good luck continues into 2016.
To celebrate the end of 2014 I compiled a list of My Top 10 Figure Skating Moments of 2014. This year I have My Top 10 Favourite Figure Skating Performances of 2015. And to make this list fairer to other skaters (as Yuzu probably would have had 1/2 the list!) I’ve tried to include an equal number of performances from each discipline and an equal number of both SP and FS programs. Also, I decided the same skater could only be on the list twice.
15. Patrick Chan FS: Skate Canada
I’m still over his comeback and don’t think he’s going to be making the World podium this season but it was very nice to see Patrick skate such an excellent FS in his first event after his return and have it be in Canada. Plus I was there which makes it a little more exciting.
14. Julianne Seguin & Charlie Bilodeau SP: Grand Prix Final
I’ve been completely blown away by these two! They lucked out and earned a spot to the GPF and then when everyone expected them to be last they skated lights out. These two have so much potential. They just make me so happy when I watch them. I can’t wait to see how they grow!
13. Gabriella Papadakis & Guillaume Cizeron FD: Worlds
I was definitely #TeamCanada during the Dance event at Worlds, but I can’t argue that this FD by Papadakis & Cizeron is exquisite. Everything about it is beautiful and romantic. Just the type of FD I love. I can’t wait to see how they fit into things the remainder of the season.
12. Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov FS: Grand Prix Final
I’ve never been the biggest Stolbova & Klimov fan but my goodness this was an amazing performance! Everything was solid and incredibly impressive. They without a doubt deserved their GPF win.
11. Mao Asada SP: Cup of China
I watched this program in the middle of the night and was completely amazed. Wow! Mao is back! There were a couple issues with the jumps and the score wasn’t quite what we were expecting but still, what a way to start her comeback. It’s just unfortunately she hasn’t had much success since.
10. Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje FD: Grand Prix Final
I saw this FD at Skate Canada and didn’t love it, but it has grown on me since. This program at GPF was mature elegance and they were without a doubt the class of the field. I just hope their success continues into the new year.
9. Shoma Uno SP: Trophee Eric Bompard
Shoma! Wow! I was not expecting to be blown away by Shoma this season as much as I have been. I was fully on board the Shoma train after his SP in France. This youngster is really making a name for himself this season. He’s adorable, has amazing skating skills and a quad in his back pocket. I can’t wait to see him live!
8. Elena Radionova FS: Rostelecom Cup
Elena’s Titanic program just might be my favourite this season. It’s completely over the top and completely ridiculous but I love every moment of it. And her performance of it at home in Russia when faced with Evgenia trying to take her throne was extra special. She really fought for this one and it was very exciting to watch!
7. Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford SP: Worlds
I knew Meagan & Eric had to be on this list but I struggled trying to find the perfect program. Their SP at Worlds in the spring was something special. I don’t think they’ve ever been so clean or solid and it really set them up to win their World Title.
6. Javier Fernandez FS: Grand Prix Final
I was so happy for Javi at GPF! Yes he won Worlds, but those programs weren’t stellar and this fall he’s been living in Yuzu’s shadow again. Yes he’s still behind Yuzu BUT he skated his cleanest FS to date, broke 200 points and did it at home in Spain. Just fantastic!
5. Ashley Wagner FS: US Nationals
I’ve been an Ashley fan for years and I was so excited to see her finally lay down a fantastic program and take back her National title! Her reaction after this skate was just pure joy. I love her Moulin Rouge program and am happy she’s had success with it again this season. I wouldn’t count her out just yet!
4. Alex and Maia Shibutani FD: Skate Canada
Looking back on every FD I’ve watched in the past year this one clearly stands out as being the most magical. And there was something extra special about seeing it live at Skate Canada. I’m excited to see how Fix You grows for the remainder of the season, I think it’s only going to get better from here.
3. Evgenia Medvedeva FS: Grand Prix Final
I absolutely adore Evgenia this season. So fresh and innocent and oh so talented. She’s yet to succumb to the pressure she’s under and I applaud her for that. I could give her a list of things I still want her to work on, but despite that her FS at GPF was quite magical.
2. Yuzuru Hanyu SP: Grand Prix Final
Let’s do two quads in the SP! What?!?! This program was finally clean and pretty stellar at NHK, but he topped it only two weeks later at GPF. This was pretty perfect and there’s only so much higher the score can go!
1. Yuzuru Hanyu FS: NHK Trophy
Obviously, no big surprise here. I still think I prefer this one to GPF. It might a little bit the shock of what Yuzu did with Seimei here for the first time. There’s also the fact that I stayed up till the middle of the night to watch this one live. Both NHK and GPF are without a doubt the best performances we’ve seen this year. Here’s a link if Youtube doesn’t want to work for you.
Honorable Mention: Elizaveta Tuktamysheva SP: Worlds, Shoma Uno FS: Grand Prix Final, Yuzuru Hanyu FS: World Team Trophy, Ashley Wagner SP: Skate Canada, Nam Nguyen FS: Canadian Nationals, Satoko Miyahara SP: Japanese Nationals and Boyang Jin SP: NHK Trophy.
Is there anyone I missed? Let me know in the comments!
Happy New Year! Stay tuned, my Japanese Nationals recap is coming in a few days!
– Justine Alyssa