Some Highlights from the 2010/2011 Season

I just started with this picture of Miki Ando because I thought this shot was simply gorgeous.

There were tons of ups and downs in the 2011/2012 season. Seeing that this is the first part of my wrap-up posts, I probably will not be writing about the men’s event at Worlds as I said I would. I apologize but it’s been so long after the fact and I still can’t bring myself to watch the event. (On another note, I saw Patrick Chan doing an interview on a Chinese TV channel the other day…) So, I say, let’s not dwell on the not so pleasant events of this season (there’s enough unpleasantness in the world to deal with anyways) and think of some of the highlights this season. More

A Call to Arms!

First of all, it took me forever to re-find this video:

I had to sift through a ton of videos in order to find a video of Mao and Takahiko practicing their ice dance/pair program to music from Lupin the 3rd with that twizzle sequence. Seriously, I’m super impressed with Mao’s footwork. (She’s one of the few ladies with footwork sequences that are intricate and NOT boring to watch.) If she can’t jump anymore, I hope she finds a good partner and takes up ice dancing. She could be pretty darn good at it.

I’ve been searching for the finished product for a little while and can’t seem to find it. Does anyone know if such a video exists? If so, a link would be greatly appreciated.

Also, the new figure skating season is approaching. I’ll probably be posting something on the highlights of the 2010/2011 season and some exciting things to look forward to in the 2011/2012 season.

~The Rinkside Cafe

Edit: Many thanks to Rino, who found it!

Jeff Buttle continues to be fabulous and it’s lovely to see Mirai be her charismatic self. I sense some sort of improvement from her but I have yet to pinpoint how she’s improved in the past few months. As for Mao, I still think she should take up ice dancing when her singles days are over. Footwork and twizzles are no joke.

Look-Alikes: From SYTYCD Season 7

I was watching a re-run of So You Think You Can Dance season 7 and noticed that two of the contestants looked a lot like two figure skaters who used to date each other. Clues to who they might be? Both are Americans who have won medals at the Olympics.

Skater #1 looks like Lauren from SYTYCD:

Doesn’t she look like Tanith Belbin?

Then there was Robert from SYTYCD7.

He looked like the young Orange Bro Evan Lysacek and so I had a hard time liking him.

Any other look-alikes that I should know of?

~The Rinkside Cafe

Love for the (temporary) Underdogs: Queen Flexible and Hot Model Guy

Jana Khokhlova and Fedor Andreev may be a new team but they have a good chemistry together and even though Fedor has just started his ice dance career, he’s coming along quite nicely. I’ve got a feeling that he’ll be taking his twizzles a lot more seriously this upcoming season as he has yet to do a decent one in competition. Still, this exhibition program gives me hope for their future and unlike most of the underdogs I’ve featured here, they may be able to break into the top 10 at Worlds someday.

What are your views of this pair’s future?

~The Rinkside Cafe

Some Entertainment…

I know I haven’t been posting lately as my life has once again become very hectic. In any case, here’s a post to entertain you while I think of something substantial to post about. Between Aunt Joyce, ice network and ontd_skating, there should be enough news on music choices and whatnot so I’ll think of something unique to write about soon.

Without further ado, some entertaining show/exhibition programs!

I love this chair tango with Shae-Lynn:

My favourite exhibition program of the season:

I love this program to shreds as well. This is the best they’ve skated it and they reminded me once again why I love them so much.

Edit: Here’s a video where the person taking it wasn’t as far:

Simply Exquisite:

Because we need to be reminded of the beautiful things in life when the news all around the world isn’t all that happy…


~The Rinkside Cafe

Can’t give up on this girl…

This is a recent video of Mao at The Ice skating show in Japan. I’m not a huge fan of the music or the choreography but it’s nice to see her landing her jumps. They’re a hair lower than I’d like to see them but she’s landing them and that’s a good sign for next season.

Whenever I watch Mao, I just can’t help but note her wonderful qualities like her great skating skills and her lyrical movement. I simply cannot relegate her to the position of “has been” like Caroline Zhang because she’s far from being a “has been.” She’s still sublime and she’s got fans who hope that her divinity can transfer to medals when the competitive season begins. For now, it’s encouraging to see that’s she’s still got a hopeful energy (her little speech in the opening program was pretty cute – it was all about giving happiness and hope to people after the devastating earthquake in Japan) and the beginnings of solid jumps.

Here’s to hoping that Mao can be competitive against Yuna and the baby Russian divas! Cheers!

~The Rinkside Cafe

For more videos from The Ice, the lovely people at ontd_skating have made a post about it.

Just a postscript: doesn’t Kanako Murakami’s skating in this show sort of remind you of Joannie Rochette? Not that being an Olympic bronze medalist is a bad thing, but I feel as if Kanako can do a lot better in terms of choreography.

Starting anew with a dose of the Kween

Hello my wonderful readers!

I hope you haven’t completely lost patience with me and the fact that I haven’t updated in ages. July was an extremely busy month for me since I was working and doing some intense studying but things have changed and I will be able to blog again! Unlike Aunt Joyce, who has also come back after an even longer hiatus (Welcome back, Aunt Joyce, if you happen to grace this page with your lovely presence!), I cannot offer anything as epic as an interview with a past Olympic champion but I humbly offer this lovely Michelle Kwan program. I just love her costume.


~The Rinkside Cafe