This is Love

Whether your love is the sweet and pure kind, the sexy kind or the “it’s complicated” kind, let’s hope that your life is full of love and its ups and downs.







Happy Valentine’s Day~!

~The Rinkside Cafe

Predictions: Four Continents 2012

Wahhhhhhh!!! It’s that time of year again! Euros has just passed and the rest of the figure skating world is testing the waters before the World Championships later on this season. Four Continents is here! It’s time for PChiddy to win another medal! Onwards to predictions!


By now, I’m just expecting Patrick Chan to get ludicrous scores for everything he does. His recent 300+ score at Canadian Nationals indicates that Skate Canada is behind him full force. I have yet to watch those performances in fear of projectile vomiting onto my lovely laptop. Then again, I might be just a tad disappointed if Chan doesn’t get a crazy score just because the spectacle is somewhat amusing. There’s always a sense of excitement when you wonder many points can the judges award to a program that Chan bombed whether or not he’ll be in 1st place.

Daisuke Takahashi will probably take silver even if he skated two perfect mesmerizing programs. At this point, I’ll look at the positive and just hope that Daisuke will skate his best because those programs deserve perfection and I know he can achieve it. So in short, screw Chan and just skate your heart out, Daisuke.

Bronze, however, presents a bit of a conundrum for me in terms of predictions. There’s no clear cut competitor who’s evidently ahead of the rest but behind Chan and Daisuke. It seems that a lot of the major figure skating unions are opting to put some fresh faces out there to give the youngin’s a bit of experience in a competition that doesn’t have as many high stakes. Most the competitors are pretty much in the C/D/F-lists anyways. It’s a pity that Jeremy Abbott withdrew from injury but I guess my best guess for bronze would either be Adam Rippon, the young talent that the USFSA has been promoting for the last few years and Nan Song, a surprising young skater from China and first alternate at this year’s GPF. Adam has been known to be inconsistent but he also has the USFSA behind him. At the moment, it’s a bit of a tossup.


Gold: Patrick Chan (Prove me wrong, Daisuke. Or at least try to.)
Silver: Daisuke Takahashi
Bronze: Nan Song


I expect some favouritism to be shown for Ashley Wagner as she will have some home ice advantage at Colorado Springs but in the end, I don’t think she can trump the survivor and legend that is Mao Asada. Mao has shown herself to be the most resilient and courageous of competitors. She doesn’t have the “instant win” fairytale story that Yuna Kim had but in that sense, I think I find her more endearing that way. Life will always be full of ups and downs and sometimes you don’t win but Mao shows us that with hard work, courage and the determination to never give up, you can achieve great things. Hopefully, her newfound consistency will be present at 4CC and I can’t wait for another dazzling performance of her Liebestraume LP.

As for the bronze, Cynthia Phaneuf could surprise us (or perhaps not bore us) with some consistency now that she’s being coached by Brian Orser. To tell you the truth though, I don’t know think even Brian Orser can give people ***STAR POWER*** I mean, he couldn’t do that with Christina Gao and that girl had potential. Phaneuf on the other hand… let’s just say that the Olympics aren’t in Vancouver anymore and she has a snowball’s chance in hell to win a medal at Worlds. She might be able to pull through with a medal here but I sincerely hope that Kanako Murakami has practiced the shit out of her LP so she can snatch the bronze.


Gold: Mao Asada
Silver: Ashley Wagner
Bronze: Kanako Murakami (please, please, please Kana-chan, don’t let me down)


Gosh, this pairs competition is going to be lame. The itty bitty Chinese pair (Wenjing Sui & Cong Han) are going to be there as will Narumi Takahashi & Mervin Tran. The latter and Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford are the only teams to have made it to the GPF. There’s also the possibility that the crowd will favour Caydee Denney & John Coughlin.

I have no clue how this competition is going to turn out (and this doesn’t even make the competition that exciting which shows how lame this competition is) so I’m just going to make a wild guess.


Gold: Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford
Silver: Narumi Takahashi & Mervin Tran
Bronze: Caydee Denney & John Coughlin (prove me wrong, itty bitty Chinese pair!)

Ice Dance

Oh my… a rematch between Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir and Meryl Davis & Charlie White. I think the big question on everyone’s minds is – if Scott didn’t fall in the SD, would they have won the GPF? The fall gave them a 1 point deduction but it definitely affected the presentation of the program, the score on skating skills, choreography, etc, which would account for the huge margin of win. I’ve got a feeling that they might let Tessa and Scott win 4CC to save some of their dignity but ultimately give the World medal to Meryl and Charlie. Who knows, Tessa and Scott are always free to prove me wrong and I hope they do so. In any case, the highlight for me would definitely be Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje’s “Je Suis Malade” FD, though this team will have to give it their all if they want to beat the Shibutanis who are definitely being bogged down by this year’s sexy SD but bolstered by home ice advantage. This will be one tough call, I must say…


Gold: Meryl Davis & Charlie White (taking home ice advantage and the fact that the Americans probably won’t win a gold in any other discipline)
Silver: Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir
Bronze: Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje

These were difficult predictions to make. What are you predictions?

~The Rinkside Cafe

All my tweets on Euros in one post

Rather than just spamming my Twitter with all sorts of tweets about Euros (most of my followers are my close friends and most of my readers don’t follow me on Twitter anyways – don’t worry, you’re not missing much), I’ll just write my sentiments in 140 characters or less here.

Savchenko & Szolkowy out of #Euros2012. Mother Russia is pleased.

Just saw the pairs results for #Euros2012. Mother Russia is laughing in her bejeweled fur-lined dress.#MotherRussiaDomination

You know that Bazarova/Larionov are just dreading the moment Vera has her growth spurt. Her jumps are barely existent.

Good for Stefania Berton and Ondrej Hotarek for a respectable 4th place finish at #Euros2012~! Very proud of this pair!

What happened Javier? What happened!? You could’ve taken silver at least!

I guess Plushenko is still the Platinum King. Now if only he would tone down the windmill arms. #MotherRussiadomination

Will Mother Russia be able to prevail against Skate Chanada? #MotherRussiadomination???

(On a side note, I think that Mother Russia might just lose the battle against Skate Chanada.)

Dear Florent, You’re wasting your talent on Morozombie program. Run, Florent, RUN!!!

Artur, I don’t see the vampire in you. Maybe you should add more sparkles to your costume.

Tomas and Michal are officially the washed out Czechs. Sigh. What are we supposed to do with you two?

#Euros2012 ladies event: a one pony race. The silver & bronze medalists should be glad Liza & Adelina weren’t there. #MotherRussiaDomination

Pechalat/Bourzat should be able to take bronze this year. Unless they fall again. Then Bobrova/Sloviev will probably pick up the pieces.

Let’s just say Liza & Adelina were in #Euros2012 – then Mother Russia would have 9 of 12 medals. #MotherRussiaDomination #Sochi2014

Tagline for the entire event basically: #MotherRussiaDomination

For the full results of #Euros2012, just click here!

Let’s see how Four Continents play out shall we?

~The Rinkside Cafe

Boggles the mind: Morozov Choreography

How is it that the man who choreographed this masterpiece:


And this piece of perfection:


can choreograph a monstrosity like this?


And then try to make up for his mistake by creating this instead?


No seriously, WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS FUCKERY??? Sure it’s a lot better than the fuckery that was that weird tiger-thing program but the music makes no sense whatsoever. It goes from elevator music so samba to calm quiet piano piece to pastoral music to more Latin music to WTF MOROZOV ARE YOU TRYING TO MAKE MY BRAIN EXPLODE WITH NONSENSICAL MUSIC CUTS!?!?!????? And who are those French commentators kidding when they say, “C’est magnifique ├ža.” No, it’s not magnifique, it’s just FUCKED UP, that’s what it is. They’re clapping because Florent cued them to do it. Oh Florent, so young, so talented. All going to waste. You may have won bronze at Euros this year but unless you leave the Russian Gino, I’m giving up on you and your figure skating future forever.

What do you think of Florent’s new LP?

~The Rinkside Cafe