World Championships 2015: Highlights

Hello everyone! I am still in the process of catching up with some parts of the Worlds 2015 competition so I’ll be writing my recap posts throughout the week. While you’re waiting, here are some of the highlights from the competition. I’ll probably be adding some more videos throughout the week so stay tuned!

Qing Pang & Jian Tong may not have won the world title but in all honesty, that really does not matter at all. This performance was lovely and breathtaking.

The triple axel was glorious. I was surprised to see that Elizaveta decided to go for it. I thought that she wasn’t going to in case she loses a world title over it but I’m so happy that a lady is bringing the triple axel back.

Despite the rough landing on the opening 4T, the rest of this program went down smooth as butter as you would expect from Jeff Buttle’s intricate choreography and Yuzuru’s solid skating skills.

As mentioned above, I’ll likely be adding to this list as I catch-up with the segments I didn’t manage to watch live and I’ll be writing recap posts throughout the week. Stay tuned for that and my World Team Trophy Predictions!

~The Rinkside Cafe

Predictions: World Championships 2015

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The World Championships are upon us! I’m not sure if I should be sad that the season is almost over (we do have the World Team Trophy afterwards, after all) or if I should be happy that we’ve wrapped up a post-Olympic season and that we can look forward to more polished competitors in the fall. Either way, it’s time to make some predictions! More

Four Continents 2015: Highlights and Recap

Ok! This is super late and I’m down to the wire in terms of my personal deadline for this post but hey, better late than never, right? For my lovely readers, thank you so much for your patience and support – it really does mean a lot to me! As for the recap and highlights – let’s get right to them! More

European Championships 2015: Highlights and Recap

kavaguti smirnov euros 2015 spThe World Championships are looming ahead and I finally have time to sit down and catch up. First up: Euros. Let’s get right down to business, shall we? More

Look-Alikes: Ksenia Stolbova

I swear, I’m working on the Euros and 4CC recaps/highlights posts. It’s just been up and down lately with my health, personal life and work and I apologize for neglecting this blog for a bit. In the meantime, I thought I’d do another look-alikes post since they’re fun.

I’m terrible when it comes to celebrities and pop music and whatnot so I usually let youtube pick out what songs I should listen to. “Heart Attack” comes on my suggestions list and I decide to listen to the original by Demi Lovato since a friend of mine who does pay attention to pop music played a cover with Sam Tsui when we were hanging out. I decide to listen and watch the music video and lo and behold, I see Demi Lovato with dark hair…

Upon seeing this, I couldn’t help but think that she looked quite like Ksenia Stolbova.

ksenia stolbova faceWhat do you think?

~The Rinkside Cafe

Sad Farewell: Aliona Savchenko & Robin Szolkowy

I fear that I haven’t quite finished my goodbyes that began last season so here is another. Although Aliona is still planning to compete, this partnership is sadly over and to me, it’s a sad loss for the skating world.

savchenko szolkowy 2009I also have a personal story about Savchenko & Szolkowy from 2009. Back then, I was a humble student, living at home and doing my best to save money to ensure that I had a nest egg when I was out in the world alone and working my way up. The 2009/10 season was the Olympic year, however, and I wasn’t going to pass up a chance to watch some of my favourite skaters when they were competing in a town an hour away from where I was and I could get free lodging from a friend who was attending a university in the area. Nonetheless, I had to buy tickets and when the time came, I had to choose events that would maximize my experience at Skate Canada 2009 and yet not spend exorbitant amounts of money on them.

However, a misunderstanding came up and a friend ended up buying a ticket to events that I didn’t have tickets for – the dance OD and pairs LP. I didn’t want that friend to go alone so fellow friend and reader, Ay-sa (who came with me to that competition) and I decided to purchase one more ticket. I would go to the OD since I adore Tessa & Scott and she would go to the pairs competition since she was more partial to that event. It was nearing crunch time so both Ay-sa and I brought our homework so I could do a reading while the pairs event was happening. Alas, that was not meant to be since there was a TV in the lounge of the arena and I eventually got distracted as the last group came on the ice.

Up until the moment when Savchenko & Szolkowy took the ice, I was satisfied. As most of you would know, I am a Canadian with opinions that are rather unpopular with Canadians – Maria Murkhortova & Maxim Trankov had just trumped home-ice favourites, Jessica Dube & Bryce Davison and had that been the story at Skate Canada that year, I would’ve been satisfied with that particular competition. I was not a fan of Dube and Davison and Murkhortova & Trankov produced enough solid skating to warrant their victory… had they won. When Aliona & Robin took the ice with their new “Out of Africa” LP, it felt as if time stopped and something magical had unfolded in front of our eyes. A group of people were mesmerized in front of the television – so much so that Samuel Contesti, who had just come in crouched down to try and sneak past us without interrupting our reverie.

Savchenko & Szolkowy brought something that was beyond anything that had happened before them. I was more than satisfied with this competition, I was floored with them and that program. To this day, this remains one of my favourite pairs programs ever and in history, this was the first time a judge gave the 10.0 score in PCS.

I’m going to miss these two. They pushed the creative and technical envelope and I enjoyed watching them every season.

~The Rinkside Cafe

Predictions: Four Continents 2015

Italy Figure Skating Worlds

See? I said I would put this up on time! The Four Continents Championships are upon us and it’s time to make some predictions! Like the European Championships, there will be a few interesting match-ups amidst the relatively weak roster including, the return of Pang & Tong!

As for my Euros recap post, I’m working on it so please bear with me. More

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