Grand Prix Final 2012: Predictions

It’s the GPF! Aka the competition that’s really worth watching in the GP series. This year’s roster will provide ample drama on the ice and Kurt Browning has taken some time on this blog post to talk a little about each competitor. I agree with him on the most part and I’ll include a few highlights here:

On Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir’s FD:”The long program of Carmen on paper did not ring as such a good idea, but I love being wrong about something that turns out so right.”

On Takahiko Kozuka:”He is still my pick as best ‘skater’. Patrick has amazing feet and builds speed with ease, almost magical actually, but for blade magic it’s still Taka for me.”
So for those Chan-stans, even Kurt Browning thinks that there are others who surpass Chan in skating skills.

“My pick for a winner is….the audience. Get used to it, I’m not picking winners.”Only someone as congenial and magical as Kurt Browning can do this. That and he’s the most reasonable CBC commentator.

“A big part of me wishes that I still competed[…]” As someone who started watching figure skating when you were still competing, I wish you could still compete too.

In any case, onto the predictions!

Yuzuru Hanyu and Winnie the Pooh

Yuzuru and his Winnie the Pooh tissue box beckons you to read on… More

Favourite Programs of the 2012/2013 Season So Far

Tessa and Scott Carmen

So the Grand Prix series is nearly over and we’re all anticipating the final. In the meantime, we’ve seen most of the programs being offered this season and here are my favourites so far:


SP: Yuzuru Hanyu – Parisienne Walkways

Gorgeous choreography, wonderful execution. I think I’ve talked about this program a lot already this season. Now it’s time to shut up and watch it again.

LP: Florent Amodio – Jumpin’ Jack/Broken Sorrow/To Build a Home

Still typical Morozov choreography but least this plays to Florent’s strengths. My preference for this program does not stem from any sense of amazement at seeing this program, rather it’s a sign that I’m not really that impressed with any of the LPs for the men this season and this was the most entertaining so far.


SP: Kiira Korpi – La Fille aux Cheveux de Lin

Dreamy, elegant and perfect for Kiira Korpi. She has yet to skate this to absolute perfection but when she does, it will be a delight to watch. This program reminds me of Chen Lu, circa 1997, Rachmaninoff no. 2.  Composed, soft and lovely.

LP: Akiko Suzuki – O (Cirque du Soleil)

The judges need to stop screwing Akiko over with low PCS. She deserves 8s in some of those categories. The energy, focus and beauty of this program really shone through here at NHK. I hope for a repeat performance that will be rewarded appropriately. Preferably a gold. At Worlds. Though one can only dream, really…


Ugh… do I really have to do this for discipline? Watching pairs is painful. As is making predictions.

SP: Kirsten Moore-Towers & Dylan Moscovitch – Motley Crew

Another difficult decision due to the mediocrity of the programs this year. This program would be a lot better if they actually, you know, put some energy into the performance.

LP: Yuko Kavaguti & Alexander Smirnov – February

The choreography needs to get smoothed out and it would be nice if the music had a few more accents and crescendos but overall it’s a lovely program. If only this team was consistent enough to do Tamara Moskvina’s work any justice.

Ice Dance

SD: Meryl Davis & Charlie White – Giselle

Floaty, joyful and playing to their strengths. I was dreading the incorporation of the Yankee Polka sequence into the SD this year but I’m glad these two relieved by fears. According to this article, Alex Wong from So You Think You Can Dance helped them with the choreography. I quite liked Alex when he was on SYTYCD. It’s too bad he got injured, I think he could’ve won.

FD: Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir – Carmen

Passion, skating and erogenous zone grabbing. Sex on ice and I love it.

What are your favourite programs of this season so far?

~The Rinkside Cafe

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