Breath of Fresh Air

As some of you might know, I’ve been recharging over the summer and I think I’m about ready to dive into the next season. Life is still up and down for me but I think some good figure skating will help me cope with some of the down days. A youtube recommendation reminded me that there are promising young skaters coming up the pipeline and I happened upon this video.

Marin didn’t do as well in her LP at this competition but I quite enjoyed watching this SP. She’s a breath of fresh air and she reminds me of a young Carolina Kostner, full of potential though far from perfect. I look forward to watching her skate in the future.

What are some young skaters who, in your opinion, look promising? Let me know in the comments!

~The Rinkside Cafe

Beijing to Host 2022 Winter Olympics

I’m not sure if you remember but late last year, I wrote a post about the clip on John Oliver talking about how no one wanted to host the 2022 Olympics. Except Beijing, China and Almaty, Kazakhstan. I even put up a poll to see which city you wanted to see the Olympics at! If you’re wondering about the results…

poll 2022

Alas, for those who voted for Kazakhstan, it was announced today that the 2022 Olympics will be held in Beijing – the first capital city in the world to hold both Summer and Winter Olympics. Somehow I’m not surprised and I’m not sure how to feel about it. I think I’ll wait and see what’s in store.

What do you think of the IOC’s decision to put the Olympics in Beijing? I’d love to hear your opinions in the comments!

~The Rinkside Cafe

Slowly Recharging

Hello darling readers!

I know I’ve been neglecting this blog but after the long season, I really needed to recharge, especially since my life has gone up and down furiously. There have been a lot of difficult times this year and I’ve been struggling to keep it together sometimes. Things are still up and down but I know I can manage somehow. For now, I’ll recharge and post once in a while until the season starts so I hope you can be patient with me.

In any case, I thank you all who have read, commented or followed me on Twitter and I hope that you’ll continue to participate in the discussion on this blog. I started writing here as a way to write down my thoughts on skating and I didn’t expect anyone to start reading this. I’m always surprised and happy whenever I see a comment from a reader – it really makes my day. I still have a lot of content and ideas for this blog and I think next season will be very exciting. One of the things I’m excited about are the return of two legends…

If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that I’ll be more excited for one skater than the other but good skating is appreciated nonetheless. What are your thoughts on the return of Mao Asada and Patrick Chan? Let me know in the comments!

~The Rinkside Cafe

2015/16 Dance Pattern

For the 2015/16 season, skaters will be skating a waltz rhythm for the short dance with the senior dance pattern being the Ravensburger Waltz – incidentally, the compulsory dance for the 2006 Torino Olympics. For an example of the pattern:

For the juniors, they will be skating the Starlight waltz pattern. An example is also below:

And for a full list of requirements as stipulated by the ISU, click here.

I generally adore waltz music, though I admit that teams tend to overdo it when they try to create that light and airy quality of it. Maybe it’s just me but I’ve always found it a bit awkward when these teams plaster this ginormous fake smile on their face. Still, I’m looking forward to the round of waltzes.

What about you? Do you like the choice in short dance pattern for this season or would you rather see something else? Let me know in the comments!

~The Rinkside Cafe

World Championships 2015: Ice Dance

papadakis cizeron 15 fdI apologize for the lateness of this post. I realize it’s been about a month and a half since the World Championships but hey, better late than never, right? Let’s get to it, shall we? More

#Flawless – Tanith Belbin

The ice dance recap post from Worlds is coming, I swear. It’s just been a difficult patch for me lately as I’m trying to stay afloat mentally in my life. Admittedly, this rough patch is more than just stress and I’m doing my best to make sure that I stay in a good state of mind, so thank you so much for your ongoing patience and support. I really do appreciate all your comments on the blog and on Twitter.

tanith and charlieWhile you’re waiting for the Worlds ice dance post, we should celebrate the nuptials of two lovely ice dancers – Tanith Belbin and Charlie White. Congratulations to the lovely couple!

People magazine took some gorgeous photos of Tanith and her wedding dress and she looks flawless. For the photos and the article, click here~!

What do you think of Tanith’s dress?

~The Rinkside Cafe

World Championships 2015: The Ladies

Elizaveta TuktamyshevaThe ladies event at Worlds this year held a few surprises after a lackluster season. I’ve only recently accepted the fact that it will be a while before we see anyone with the ability of Mao Asada, Yuna Kim and Carolina Kostner and I think that with that in mind, the next season will be a little easier to swallow. Nonetheless, the results of Worlds this year are promising in a few respects and I thought I’d share a few thoughts about it in this post. More

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