Figure Skaters doing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

It’s the phenomenon sweeping the nation – the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge! Tons of celebrities and politicians were nominated and it’s not surprising that a ton of figure skaters have done the challenge as well.

To donate money to the ALS Association, please click here.

As for the videos…

Joannie Rochette

Gracie Gold

Charlie White + Alex & Maia Shibutani

Meryl Davis (and Danica McKellar)

Tara Lipinski

Johnny Weir

Tessa Virtue

Scott Moir

Piper Gilles and Garrett MacKeen

Shawn Sawyer

Let me know if you find other ones and I’d be happy to put the link up in the post!

~The Rinkside Cafe



Elena Radionova EX

For some reason, I had an inclination to see how Elena Radionova was doing as the 2014/15 figure skating season approaches. A quick search on youtube came up with this video of a neat little exhibition number she did in Japan.

While the commentators are gushing about how cute she is, I’m actually more amazed at the edgework in the program. Compared to last season, her skating skills seem to have gelled and you can see a sort of steadiness in the blade as she does her crossovers and spread eagles. I’m not sure how her jumps will look once she competes – I’m sure it’s hard to do a triple jump in that puffy skirt here – but I’m excited to see how she’ll develop as the next season rolls around. She has star quality and a great talent of expression on the ice that you can’t teach.

What did you think of Elena’s program or skating? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!

~The Rlnkside Cafe

Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir Exhibition Number in China

I found this while Youtube gave me suggestions. Strange costume choice for a tame song.

On another note, I hope that everyone is having a good summer! As some of you know, summer is generally quiet around the Rinkside Cafe since I usually take a break and relax until the season starts anew. If you have any suggestions for articles, however, please feel free to leave a comment! I’m always looking for new ideas for posts and whatnot!

~The Rinkside Cafe

Male/Male Pairs Skating (sort of) feat. Johnny Weir & Hongbo Zhao

In a Chinese ice show, Johnny Weir and Hongbo Zhao did a routine with a few pairs moves (well… the throw axel and they skated together). This program could’ve been more substantial as most of it consisted of Johnny doing laborious crossovers on the ice but the costumes were nice.

What did you think of this performance? Let me know in the comments!

~The Rinkside Cafe

Congratulations, Tanith and Charlie!

According to this news article, Tanith Belbin and Charlie White are now engaged! And there’s a picture from Charlie’s instagram to prove it!

tanith and charlie

Congratulations, the two of you! I can’t wait for the wedding photos! Tanith will be stunning, as she always is.


~The Rinkside Cafe

Grand Prix Assignments 2014

As promised, here are links to the GP assignments for this upcoming season:




Ice Dance

The field seems to have considerably thinned out after the Olympic season so this is the time for new movers and shakers to make their mark in figure skating history.

Any match-ups or up and coming skaters you’re excited for? Let me know in the comments!

~The Rinkside Cafe

Yuzuru’s New SP

I apologize for the lack of posts, it’s been a bit busy lately as my life has, yet again, changed (for the better). I thank my readers again for their patience and support and I hope that you will continue reading!

In any case, I was wandering Twitter today for pictures of World Pride 2014 (I took my own pictures but I wanted to see if I missed anything) and while I was wandering Twitter, I found a video of Yuzuru Hanyu’s new short program.

EDIT: Old video got taken down. New video found. The program is relatively clean. I hate the meandering emptiness when he sets up the quad though.

Yuzuru is skating to one of my favourite piano pieces, Chopin’s Ballade no. 1. (Mao did a wonderful exhibition to it years ago as well.) From a little googling and lurking on figure skating forums, it seems that the choreographer is Jeffrey Buttle. I really love watching Jeff’s choreography. It’s such a breath of fresh air. However, this time around, this program gave me a bout of nostalgia. It has a very 90s 6.0 feel with touches of Ilia Kulik here and there. Overall, Yuzuru seems to have made an interesting decision in that he’s trying to show versatility and maturity coming off his Olympic season. The program looks shaky overall right now but I sincerely hope that Yuzuru can pull it off. I have a feeling that this program can be something magical when it’s skated to perfection.

Anyways, it’s late and I really shouldn’t be awake at this time so I’ll post the link to GP assignments tomorrow. Stay tuned!

In the meantime, let me know what you think of Yuzuru’s new SP in the comments!

~The Rinkside Cafe

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