It’s now been months since the figure skating season ended and I’m only now posting my second review post. Oops.
1. Team Orser Rocks
Team Orser simply rocks. Brian Orser has the current European, Junior World, World and Olympic Mens Champions. That’s a bit of an accomplishment! Why isn’t everyone flocking to Brian Orser! I want to be a part of Team Orser!
2. There is such a thing as home ice advantage
I was never one to complain when Canadians did well while skating in Canada but I definitely had a few things to say during the Sochi Olympics. It’s unfortunate this exists but it’s true. If you’re skating on home ice it’s likely you’ll get a 5-10 point score boost. I guess it’s a good thing the next Olympics will be in Korea, at least right now there are not many top competitors from Korea (as Yu-Na is now retired).
3. I will never like Gracie Gold or Meryl and Charlie
I just won’t. Never.
Taken from KP, this is how we feel when we have to watch you Gracie.
4. An Olympic gold medal does not define your career.
I’ve already discussed this is my Olympic post ‘Thank you Patrick Chan’. Patrick Chan is no less a skater than he would have been with an Olympic title. And winning the Olympics does not make Adelina Sotnikova a better skater than Mao Asada, Yu-Na Kim or Carolina Kostner.
5. Change is good???
This off-season has already brought a large number of changes and many things are still up in the air. It’s likely we’ve seen the last of Tessa & Scott and Meryl & Charlie competitively but that’s to be expected (and unfortunate in the case of the Canadians). As well, there’s a large number of Men and Ladies we’ve seen competitively for the last time. It’s a time for change, bring on the young ones!
Highly unexpected have been the large number of splits in Pairs and Dance so far this off-season! Kirsten and Dylan! No! I’ll try to remain optimistic on these, perhaps something better will emerge? Change is good, right??
For those who haven’t been following skating blogs as obsessively as me, here’s a list of splits I know of and new teams:
Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch
Paige Lawrence and Rudi Swiegers
Natasha Purich and Mervin Tran
Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov
Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir
Stefania Berton and Ondrej Hotarek (unconfirmed)
Elena Ilinyh and Nikita Katsalapov
Victoria Sinitsina and Ruslan Zhiganshin
Kharis Ralph and Asher Hill
Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot
Natasha Purich and Drew Wolfe (unconfirmed)
Natalia Zabijako and Yuri Larionov
Vera Bazarova and Andrei Deputat
Elena Ilinyh Ruslan Zhiganshin
Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov