Worlds 2012 – Ice Dance FD

I’m not sure if I can deal with the clusterfuck that is the ladies’ SP right now so I’ll leave you to read the delightful post by Morozombie, who is my new favourite figure skating blogger who seriously sounds like my darling friend and reader, Ay-sa.

As for dance, the results were a little more palatable though the results for bronze are seriously pissing me off. Let’s go through the final top 5, shall we?

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Worlds 2012 – Ice Dance SD

So, unlike the pairs and ladies event that just ended, ice dance wasn’t as random and unpredictable. The top two teams are undoubtedly from King Igor and Queen Marina’s kingdom, the question was, who would be first after the SD?

Surprisingly, the ones on top after the SD are Tessa & Scott. Not that these two aren’t great but the result is surprising because this is their first SD victory over Davis and White this season. Both top teams earned a level 3 for their rhumba sequence but the rest of their elements were enough to keep them on top.

In the case of Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir, this is the best I’ve ever seen them skate their SD. The changes they made to the program since the beginning of the program has made the overall choreography look more smooth, less choppy and schizophrenic and therefore, super sexy. I’m also in love with those twizzles. I’ve never seen them do them so fast. They skated with attack and they were glowing with confidence and I’m happy to say that this is the first time I’ve actually enjoyed watching this SD. (I’ve preferred Kaitlyn & Andrew’s programs this season.)

On another note, I love Queen Marina’s sense of style. Very diva.

1st – 72.31

Admittedly, I liked Meryl & Charlie’s SD better at the beginning of the season. It was somehow more catchy and less… bad than Tessa and Scott’s cluttery FD-turned-SD. Technically, these two are proficient and they zoom across the ice effortlessly. Performance-wise, they can take a page out of their training partners’ book. They can make all the jibes of faking a romance all they want but throughout the program (and especially during the ending pose), I thought I was watching some cheesy brother and sister team. Also, Meryl seems to have taken a page out of Evan Lysacek’s book and has started to swing her arms wildly about. Please stop, you’re better than that.

2nd – 70.98

Of the top 3, Nathalie Pechalat & Fabian Bourzat are the only ones to have gotten a level 4 for their rhumba pattern. Despite their scores and whatnot, I just have to ask: what the hell did I just watch? From the beginning, I could just feel the aura of their weird “Life is Beautiful” goes to the circus FD from a few years back that gave me nightmares. When the music changed and became faster, they started moving like preppy cheerleaders. There was no sex in that program and even worse than cheesy brother and sister, it felt like watching asexual circus clowns dashing about. (I think I’m going to have nightmares of their circus FD again…) Their lift at the beginning was cluttery a la Marina Zueva/Igor Shpilband and what the f&5$ is up with those costumes? I don’t get it. Maybe it’s because they’re French and having creative borderline-weird dance programs is mandatory. I really try to like these two because they are super nice to their fans but I don’t know if I can fully appreciate their… um… uniqueness…

3rd place – 69.13

Sadly, unless P&B splat like they did last year, Kaitlyn and Andrew are not likely to win the bronze despite having a great FD. They are in some sort of striking distance of bronze (which I’m sure they’re aiming for) but I’m not sure if they can beat P&B’s home ice advantage. Here’s to hoping that Kaitlyn & Andrew snatch the bronze. They skated this SD with as much attack as they could muster. You can tell that they want this bronze badly. If they weren’t so sloppy in some of their transitions, I would’ve easily given them the 3rd spot but as it stands, I would say that the margin between them and P&B should’ve been a bit smaller. I don’t think any other program got the crowd as much as these two.

4th – 66.47


Elena Ilinykh & Nikita Katsalapov are a gorgeous couple who move across the ice with great speed and wonderful deep edges. For such a young team, I’m very impressed with their technical ability. My issue with this SD? They’ve taken a page from Evan Lysacek’s book and their arms are all over the place during the non-rhumba sections. The ending was super frantic and it looked like some crazy epileptic attack on ice. These two have a lot of potential as competitors as well as skaters that can bring the art even further but they seriously need to get better music and choreography that doesn’t completely suck. Also, they both need to go to twizzle boot camp.
5th –  65.34

Special mentions

The Shibutanis are really getting screwed over this season after their successful senior debut last year. The SD this year required teams to do a sexy dance style which isn’t very advantageous for brother-sister teams while they and Meryl & Charlie should’ve switched FDs. Here, they skated with more maturity than last season and they were somehow less cheesy and sibling-like than Meryl & Charlie. There was good energy throughout the performance but the program itself was pretty bland in terms of choreography and chemistry. They also earned a level 2 on their circular step sequence. I think it’s obvious that they’re being put aside by Marina and Igor for the #1 and #2 team in the world. I also think it’s safe to say that they’re not within striking distance of the podium but as long as they’re patient enough to wait for Meryl & Charlie’s retirement, they’ll have a bright future.

7th – 62.35


After watching this program by Ekaterina Bobrova & Dmitri Sloviev, all I have to say is that i want those 2 minutes of my life back. I am now not surprised as to why they’re in 9th place with 58.29 points. Firstly, I had always noted that this team was a tad off somehow but I couldn’t put my finger on it until my fellow friend and reader, Ay-sa, noted that Bobrova has poor posture. Now I can’t think of anything but that. The skate felt very sloppy throughout and it didn’t help that they fell randomly after the second rumba sequence. I guess the Russian splatfest lives on in ice dance. As for their music… well, if Florent Amodio stays with Morozov after this season, I suppose he can use it seeing how random the cuts are. It’s just right up Florent’s alley according to the voodoo gino.


In any case, the FD should be an exciting event, especially when watching the battle for gold and bronze. Both the U.S and Canada should expect 3 spots at Worlds next year barring some freak accidents. I’m uber excited for “Je Suis Malade!” Don’t disappoint me, Kaitlyn & Andrew!

~The Rinkside Cafe

Worlds 2012 – Pairs SP

For me, both events were last night. I somehow missed most of pairs but my internet couldn’t handle the livestream so I missed watching the last 4 pairs to skate even though I was just in time to see half a death spiral from Sui and Han before my internet bailed on me. As for dance, the event went so late at night (or really early morning, really) that I couldn’t watch it in case I showed up to work half asleep. Luckily, I do have a day off tomorrow so hopefully, I can watch the ladies SP and dance FD live.

So… let’s start with the pairs post.

First of all, let me say this about the current pairs results: W.T.F. Takahashi & Tran are in 3rd while Volosozhar & Trankov are in 8th? A possible 3 spots for pairs for Japan next year even though they don’t have enough pairs teams to fill those spaces up? Mother Russia’s best hope for a medal right now is Bazarova & Larionov? Whaaa???

Let’s go through the top 5 performances as well as a few performances from important contenders.

In the lead is Aliona Savchenko & Robin Szolkowy with 68.63.

It wasn’t their best skate. Aliona two-footed the landing on the throw 3A (but at least they actually landed it this time) and Robin stepped out of the SBS 3T and their triple twist was a hair lower than I would expect from them but overall, it was better than the Russian splatfest that we’ll be looking at later. Only a point separates them from Pang & Tong, who are in second though S&S tend to be better long program skaters while the Chinese pairs have been known to come out short in the LP. Furthermore, S&S tend to get really shit choreography for their SP. I can’t decide whether or I like the pose-y step sequence here where they have good interesting movements with awkward bent leg poses that are just plain fugly. I’m not sure whether the good defeats the bad in this section of the program. Overall, this program is quite forgettable though it is an improvement over their kitschy country folk SP from last season. Ugh. I can’t remember a SP from them that I’ve ever liked from them. Nonetheless, I’m very excited to see their Pina program again.

Currently in second: Qing Pang & Jian Tong with 67.10

These two are trying to win another World championship despite not participating in the Grand Prix series this season. This is their first international competition and these two are off to a good start. Rank-wise. In terms of this short program, all I have to say is, “Bloody hell, that was boring.” According to this article, their choreographer is Lori Nichol, who seems to need a vacation or something. Anything to get her creative juices flowing again because I haven’t been impressed with anything she’s done for a while. While Pang & Tong have lovely flow and connection with each other, the choreography doesn’t make use of the music and in the end, the whole this is just pretty but with no substance. It’s like looking at a pretty dress in a store and you try it on, only to find out that it washes you out. In this case, the choreography for this program would wash even Gordeeva & Grinkov out so I doubt there’s anything Pang & Tong could do with it to make it any better.

The team in 3rd right now is a complete and total – but delightful – surprise. Narumi Takahashi & Mervin Tran – 65.37.

I’m very happy for these two seeing that they have the best SP hands down this season. For once, a pairs program is actually palatable. Happy sigh. What I’m most impressed with is that these two are really starting to look like a senior team while their itsy bitsy Chinese rivals are still struggling to look polished despite their big tricks. This program has the loveliest transitions and they looked smooth as butter in this performance. It’s a pity that Narumi two-footed the throw triple salchow but I suppose this minor mistake is preferable to a splatfest. Now, the two questions are: what would Japan do if they had 3 spots for pairs next season and is Mervin going to give up Canadian citizenship?

In fourth – Vera Bazarova & Yuri Larionov with 65.02

If you had told me yesterday that these two were going to be the top Russians after the short program, I would’ve laughed in your face and told you to lay off the vodka. Weirdly enough, this is the reality right now. They are within striking distance of Narumi and Mervin in a fight for bronze though I know that Mother Russia bullshit judging will somehow come through and Volosozhar & Trankov will somehow muster at the VERY LEAST a top 5 finish.

In any case, onto the program. This program seriously has to be the least dramatic interpretation of Tosca ever. Sure, I didn’t get a chance to see it live this season at the Canadian Opera Company but we all know that Tosca is an angsty, dramatic opera. The music didn’t quite help since it sounded like an elevator-fied version of Tosca and both skaters did very little to express anything really. At least there was that amazing triple twist. And luckily Vera has good lines despite being beanpole thin. I find that a lot of girls who are built similarly (ie, Qing Pang and Carolina Kostner) have terrible lines, especially with their feet since it almost seems as if their ankles and feet operate as one unit. It looks stiff and the lines break off despite the fact that they usually have long limbs and it’s horrendously ugly when you get into the jump landing position. In any case, I guess these positives made up for Yuri’s stepout of his 3T and the really random collapse in the end (which did not incur any deductions since I suppose the program had already ended).

Fifth place belongs to Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford with a score of 63.69, who have been having a pretty good season.

I was actually quite pleased with this performance and despite the wipeout by Eric on the SBS 3Ts, I felt that the program was pretty good overall because of the commitment that both had put into the performance. They skated the program with attack (and you can’t properly pull off a flamenco routine without attack) but good flow despite the staccato nature of the music. Despite the fall, I would have put them above Bazarova & Larionov.

Special mentions:

Former junior World champions, Wenjing Sui & Cong Han are in 6th place currently, a strange place to be seeing that they’ve had a record of consistently beating Takahashi & Tran. Despite their mistakes (a fall from Sui on their SBS 3T) and the ongoing need for polish and skating skills, I was very happy with one aspect of their performance: Sui seems to have turned up the maturity level and was a natural flirt in the program. I hope she brings that to their flamenco LP.

It never helped that Tatiana Volosozhar & Maxim Trankov were skating to a cheap version of an Evanescence song (which doesn’t help at all) and seriously, you’re reigning World silver medalists? Since when did you f&%$ up a death spiral of all things? That kind of f%$& up is reserved for amateurs with no core strength. It also doesn’t help that this program was rather painful to watch. I could feel my blood curdling during the step sequence as if I was listening to someone rubbing two pieces of styrofoam together. Ugh. 60.48 – 8th place.

The Russian splatfest continues! I had pegged these two for bronze since they were on the comeback but Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov have found themselves in… 11th place with 59.59. They started out quite well and despite Yuko’s confusing costume, I thought that this program suited them pretty well. It’s edgy and Yuko’s anything but soft and cuddly really so Tamara Moskovina was quite clever in using their lack of classical lines to their advantage. Everything was going well until the lift when somehow, Smirnov collapsed when he was about to set Yuko down which resulted in both of them falling and a -2 penalty. Is it bad that I derive a little bit of entertainment from the aura Yuko was exuding at the end of the program? She didn’t even want to hold onto Sasha’s hand and Tamara Moskovina didn’t look too happy either. I think Sasha better brace himself. Let’s hope their “Claire de Lune” LP will be better since I really do love the choreography.

Overall, this has been a surprising competition. Volosozhar & Trankov can still muster a medal if 1) they skate clean in the long and 2) if teams ranked second to seventh screw up (which is likely because very few of these teams are very adept at skating clean LPs and/or 3) Mother Russia pulls some bullshit judging. If the third point doesn’t come through, I can’t see them taking anything more than a bronze though I admit I do like the podium as it stands now. So, it’s all down to the LP. Maybe it’ll be just as random as the SP.

For all the scores and detailed breakdown for the pairs SP, click here.

What did you think of the pair’s SP?

~The Rinkside Cafe

The dance blog will be coming soon. I’ll try to finish it before the last two groups come out for the FD tonight.

Rivalries: The Young Russian Divas

One of the most exciting developments this season was the addition of two very interesting competitors to the senior ladies’ field: the young Russian divas, Elizaveta Tuktamysheva and Adelina Sotnikova. In the junior field, these two were great rivals and we had no doubt that they’d make a splash in the senior ranks (even though they can’t go to Euros Worlds this season AND next season). The questions on everyone’s minds was: how well would they stack up to the somewhat weak ladies’ field and how would they would stack up to each other once they were on the senior stage. Because let’s face it: other than Mao and Carolina, the ladies field is pretty wide open at this point and it only takes a little bit of Mother Russia bullshit judging and/or mistakes from either of the aforementioned skaters and Mother Russia can take over most of the podium spots with the young divas.

In the last few years, it looked as if Adelina had the upper hand, beating Liza at Russian Nationals, the GPF and Junior Worlds. However, Adelina suffered from a leg injury over the summer and lost a month of training and possibly some momentum as she went into her senior debut. Then she came out with two programs – one with overused music (not to mention a fugly costume)…

… and another which used the same music as Mao Asada, whose version was clearly superior – that probably didn’t show her off as well as they should have.

 

Liza’s programs weren’t any better but Adelina’s rival knows how to work her programs and use her charisma to enchant a crowd. It became clear that in their senior debut, Elizaveta was having the upper hand with wins at Skate Canada and TEB as well as a slot in the GPF. (That and the fact that she beat veterans and World medalists such as Akiko Suzuki and Carolina Kostner.)

 

 

Adelina, sadly, did not fare as well, though she did get some respectable results – a bronze in both the Cup of China and Cup of Russia but no GPF spot. Adelina’s season, it seemed was not as good as some predicted it to be, especially in regards to how her results stacked up against Liza’s. But then came Russian Nationals and Adelina redeemed herself by winning the competition while Liza bombed and placed in 4th.

Adelina seemed to be regaining her upper hand and then the cheezfest known as the Youth Olympics came along and Liza won gold over Adelina. Only time can which of these Russian ladies Mother Russia will support. The results of junior Worlds this year doesn’t really help as Liza withdrew to train for next season while Adelina only won bronze after Julia Lipnitskaia and Gracie Gold.

Who do you prefer in this rivalry?

~The Rinkside Cafe

Worlds Predictions – Nice 2012

When I saw all the tweets on “Nice 2012” on my Twitter feed, I panicked, just a little bit. This must be the twenty millionth time I’ve apologized for not updating but my life has been crazy in unpleasant sort of ways. I was forced to move recently and previous to that, there were a lot of issues that I didn’t cause but had to deal with. I sincerely hope that I can say that things are calming down now but I have no clue what life will throw at me next. In any case, I promise to do my best to update. I have a few unfinished posts that I need to publish but since Worlds is looming so closely ahead, I figure I should get this out of the way first.

Prediction time. Breathe. Okay.

Men

I can think of who can win gold without much debate here. I’d be disappointed if Patrick Chan 1) didn’t fall several times 2) get crazy high scores and 3) get gold despite all of his mistakes. As I said in an earlier post, the REAL question is what Patrick Chan has to do in order to NOT win anything at this point. At least his Aranjuez LP is a lot more watchable than his PotO program. Sigh. Whatever. I want to say I can’t wait to see him retire but I’ve got a sinking feeling that we’re going to get Patrick Chan, Russian edition, in his place. Anyways, let’s not dwell too much on the unpleasantries.

Daisuke Takahashi should have the skills and the passion for silver, though I will unabashedly admit that I wish that he could be the champion at the end of the day. Unfortunately, I don’t think Skate Canada will allow it. Let’s just hope he skates his programs well because they’re absolutely wonderful. His SP especially so. If you want a REAL 10 in choreography and interpretation (not the PChiddy kind), look to Daisuke. He becomes the music.

I wish I could say that Yuzuru Hanyu would be the one in bronze position, he can probably only accomplish the great feat of being in the top 10, possibly top 5 men this year. More likely candidates for bronze are Javier Fernandez who has gotten decent choreography since switching coaches to Brian Orser. The Spaniard has enjoyed great success this season despite bombing the European Championships. None of his programs are especially inspiring and it’s clear that he runs out of gas in the second half of the program but with semi-consistent quads (a toe and I believe, a salchow as well), he’s not one to underestimate. That and I don’t think the ISU would allow a North American sweep of the men’s podium.

Other candidates: Artur Gachinski who won the bronze at Worlds last year and 1) did well at Euros this year and 2) is Russian and currently Mother Russia’s best shot for a medal on the men’s podium in Sochi, though I don’t think she’s putting any bets on this guy. Jeremy Abbott had a better season this year and can be contender at Worlds, though he tends to peak at Nationals and implode at the most important competition of the year. Oh Jeremy, so much talent, too many nerves. His programs this year are a bit too cluttered for my liking though it’s packed with points and super hard. The fight for bronze will certainly be interesting this year. Despite the almost certainty that he won’t get bronze, I’m cheering for Yuzuru.

Predictions:

Gold: Patrick Chan
Silver: Daisuke Takahashi
Bronze: Javier Fernandez

Ladies

I think this year might be Carolina Kostner‘s year to be World Champion. It’s a pity that she didn’t get the title when she was doing those giant 3F-3Ts at the beginning of her programs… in fact she’s really regressed in terms of jump content in the last 2 seasons but I suppose that we’ll have to chalk up her possible win to a weakened ladies’ field.

Mao Asada is slowing regaining her consistency though I’m not sure if she’s improving fast enough to ward of Kostner and the young Russian divas. The latter is a lesser threat to Mao in the long run since Carolina will be pretty old when Sochi rolls along but those Russian divas are only going to get better and more powerful politically as the clock ticks closer to 2014. As much as I would like Mao to win after all the hardships of last season and this season, I don’t think she has what it takes right now to beat the momentum that Carolina has built over the season. I just hope that this little Japanese fighter proves me wrong.

Bronze. Bronze. Bronze. Why is it that the bronze is always the hardest to predict? I seem to always get stumped when I have to decide who gets the bronze these days. Likely candidates: (a very deserving) Akiko Suzuki, who hasn’t skated 2 clean programs together this season but has vastly improved her performance level. I’ve never seen Akiko so radiant and confident and if she doesn’t win a medal in Nice, I think she should reuse her “Die Fledermaus” program. It shows off her cheeriness, confidence and love of skating very well. Ashley Wagner has been doing well this season and actually beat Mao at Four Continents this year, though in Nice, she won’t have home-ice advantage as she had then. With Wagner as a contender, I don’t think the USFSA will put any money on Alissa Czisny now. I know that Aunt Joyce sees something in Czisny but I fail to grasp at what it is. She has nice flow, line and spirals – qualities I adore in female skaters but she is unfortunately forgettable and lacks star quality. Then again, I don’t think that Wagner has any more of that “it” quality than Alissa does. In the case of Wagner… well… at least Czisny doesn’t have a poor attitude as I’ve gleamed from her tweets. But enough about that.

Predictions:

Gold: Carolina Kostner
Silver: Mao Asada
Bronze: Akiko Suzuki

Pairs

Confession: I hate writing pairs predictions. I also have very little interest in watching pairs for the past few seasons because other than the top 3 teams (which I sometimes force myself to watch) and the 2 itsy bitsy teams (Sui & Han and Takahashi & Tran), I find the entire discipline rather painful most of the time. The pairs field right now is… well, pretty darn lame right now. Actually, in recent times, it’s been pretty lame since Shen & Zhao went back into retirement. Ugh. Ok. Let’s make this quick.

Gold – as always, a toss off between Aliona Savchenko & Robin Szolkowy and Tatiana Volosozhar & Maxim Trankov. Aliona was injured at Euros and I wouldn’t put it past the Russians to take this opportunity and run away with it. Still, it’s been a while since Euros and S&S’ Pina LP is unique and wonderful.

Bronze – another toss-off. This time between the Zhangs and Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov. K&S have been performing really well all year and their “Clair de Lune” LP is actually watchable this season due to improvement on Yuko’s part for not looking like a creepy voodoo ragdoll. As for the Zhangs… they’ve been really forgettable this year. I can’t even remember their programs right now. >_< I’ve got a feeling they’ve been inconsistent in their LP…

Predictions

Gold: Aliona Savchenko & Robin Szolkowy
Silver: Tatiana Volosozhar & Maxim Trankov
Bronze: Yuko Kavaguti & Alexander Smirnov

Ice Dance

It’s another toss-off as Tessa & Scott and Meryl & Charlie face off again! At this point, the team that skates with no mistakes (or in other words, better), wins! It’s just as skating should be. I have no clue which one of them will win at this point so I’ll just toss a coin to decide who will get gold in my predictions. In terms of choreography, the judges have determined that the programs are pretty much evenly matched though Meryl and Charlie’s SD has been beating Tessa and Scott’s throughout the season. Knowing Tessa and Scott, they’re probably going to make more changes to those programs and I’m looking forward to it. I’m also looking forward to new programs from both teams because frankly, both teams can do better. (And the Shibutanis might be a better match for that “Die Fledermaus” FD.)

As for bronze, Nathalie Pechalat has decided to postpone her nasal surgery so she can compete more effectively at Worlds. I’m not sure if this will affect them but I’m sort of hoping it would so that Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje can snatch the bronze with their wonderful “Je Suis Malade” program. This is what Anna Trebunskaya (who was Evan Lysacek’s partner in Dancing with the Stars) said about them after watching their FD in this article: “The chemistry are able to portray on the ice together, wow,” she said. “Some of the couples who are older, more mature and more experienced cannot showcase that much chemistry. I was very, very impressed with them,”  and “To me, they’re like the leading man and leading lady,” she said. “They have all the right ingredients; charisma, chemistry and great dynamics in their own bodies. They should do what they do and get better in all the technical elements. Everything else, they have.” Alas, I doubt the ISU would allow for 3 North American ice dance teams on the podium again so I think P&B will get their medal this year. Though they should really stop having delusions of gold, even if they are on home ice. Queen Marina and King Igor’s prize pupils are at the moment untouchable.

Predictions:

Gold: Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir (prove to me that the coin was right!)
Silver: Meryl Davis & Charlie White
Bronze: Nathalie Pechalat & Fabian Bourzat (though Kaitlyn and Andrew are free to prove me wrong and take their place)

What are your predictions for Worlds?

~The Rinkside Cafe

The Universe Seems to Hate Pechalat/Bourzat

Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat seem to have no luck. Even though they state that they’d like to be World Champions in Nice, France at this year’s Worlds (fat chance), it seemed likely that the French ice dance pair were poised to take the bronze after recovering from a shocking result from Worlds last year which left them off the podium and upstaged by a young duo that had just begun their senior career. Their Egyptian FD can be perceived as Orientalist (though it’s somewhat mind-bogglingly entertaining) but all in all, these two have the technical skills to medal at Worlds.

Now, all of that is uncertain. According to this article, Nathalie has fractured her nose during practice and will be undergoing surgery Thursday morning. Their participation at Worlds is uncertain and even if they do participate, it is less certain (though it was never absolutely certain) that they will be a shoo-in for the bronze if they avoid any major mistakes.

People who could fill in the void created by the French pair (either through their withdrawal or shaky performances) would be two Russian teams eager to make a name for themselves for Sochi (and winners of the silver and bronze at Euros this year) – Ekaterina Bobrova & Dmitri Sloviev and Elena Ilinykh & Nikita Katsalapov. I think these two teams have the highest chance of getting bronze after Nathalie & Fabian seeing that I don’t think the ISU would allow 3 North American teams on the podium.

When I’m talking about North American teams taking up the podium, I’m talking about the team with the best FD this season: Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje. Morozombie (whose blog I absolutely adore) thinks that these two will eventually be thrown off a cliff in favour of Gilles & Poirier but Kaitlyn and Andrew have improved leaps and bounds and they’ve been able to connect with the audience in a way that Paul Poirier and his partners cannot. I really hope that the Skate Gods will prove me wrong and allow Kaitlyn and Andrew to win. They’re a lovely couple who have the misfortune of being in Tessa and Scott’s shadow until the Olympic Gold medalists retire.

Anyways, time will tell. All I’m writing are opinions and conjectures.

March 26th to April 1st 2012. Worlds. Be there. Or at least online.

~The Rinkside Cafe

March 11th, 2011 – One Year Later

Today marks the one year anniversary of the Japan Earthquake that struck the Sendai region of Japan last year. Here are some exhibitions sending prayers and good wishes to Japan.

 

 
My heart goes out to the families who were affected by the great tragedy.

~The Rinkside Cafe

 

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