Meryl Wins the Mirror Ball Trophy!

I suffered through 2 hours of kitsch but was rewarded when our girl, Meryl, won the 18th season of Dancing with the Stars!


Other than the frustrating fillers in the episodes, there were a few dances by our lovely ice dance couple, including one where Meryl danced with Charlie.

Those lifts and moves look awfully familiar…

And here was Meryl & Maks’ fusion dance:

In any case, congrats to Meryl and Maks for winning! They totally deserved it!

~The Rinkside Cafe

For a look on Meryl (and Charlie’s) journey in DWTS, check out these links:

Week 1 to 3

Week 4 to 6

Week 7 to 9


Meryl Goes for Gold (aka the Mirror Ball Trophy)

Although Charlie hasn’t made it to the finals, Meryl is still in the running to be crowned this season’s winner of Dancing With the Stars. I admit, the public’s fascination with Meryl is still obvious on my blog as many posts about her are still popular. This week is finals week and I believe the winner is to be announced today.

The Rinkside Cafe wishes you the best of luck! I want to see you with that trophy in the end!

Do you think Meryl will win? Let me know in the comments!

~The Rinkside Cafe

For past dances…

Week 1 to 3

Week 4 to 6

Week 7 to 9

More Details on the Ilinykh/Katsalapov Split

So sometime before Worlds this season, the shocking news that Olympic bronze medalists, Elena Ilinykh & Nikita Katsalapov were going to split. (I mentioned this in this post.) There were some whispers that these might have been rumours (I’ve even heard that it was a rumour perpetuated by Marina Zueva for some strange reason) but months have passed and it seems that the split is official. Nikita is going to skate with Victoria Sinitsina while Elena seems to be training with Ruslan Zhiganshin, Victoria’s former partner.

elena ruslan

More photos of Ilinykh/Zhiganshin in practice can be found here.

So far, media reports (such as this one here) have quoted Elena saying that Nikita was responsible for initiating the split while she was against the idea. Apparently, Nikolai Morozov is not coaching either of the new teams but it is rumoured that Sinitsina and Katsalapov’s test skate with Marina Zueva has gone well and she will be their new coach. (When definite sources emerge, I will post links.) From the photos, it seems as if Yelena Kustarova is Ilinykh/Zhiganshin’s new coach.

Things are bound to clear up in the future so stay tuned to this new skating drama!

What do you think of these new partnerships and the split? Do you have more info or sources you can enlighten us with? If so, tell us in the comments!

~The Rinkside Cafe

Lysacek might have won the Olympics but he’s not a pop icon…

That title might go to his main foil and rival, Johnny Weir who seems to have grabbed a lot of attention from his outfits and role as commentator at the Sochi Olympics. This week, Johnny and Tara Lipinski are catching people’s attention with their really neat hats at the Kentucky Derby.

johnny tara kentucky derby

For more news on it, check out this Buzzfeed article.

What do you think of Tara and Johnny’s hats? Let me know in the comments!

~The Rinkside Cafe

Sad Farewell: Brian Joubert

With the season over, I continue to bid sad farewells to some of the talented skaters who decided to retire after this season.

To me, Brian Joubert appeals to my girly side in that I don’t really find this skating or choreography appealing by itself (he had good jumps in his heyday) but his attractiveness does make the copious pelvic thrusts and smouldering looks in his programs somewhat acceptable in my books.

Brian Joubert

To me, Brian Joubert is something of a sentimental favourite. Even though I don’t like or understand the logic of the 6.0 judging system, Joubert back in his heyday reminds me of the skating men I admired back in my childhood: Yagudin, Plushenko and Browning. I’m not sure what it is about Joubert that brings back this nostalgia but it could be the focus on jumps and personality. Nowadays, many top skaters tend to take a self-effacing stance towards the media, which focuses on their hard-work and presents a generally “white-bread, down-to-earth good guy/girl” image. But not Joubert. Some of us interested in the skating world remember the Chan/Joubert spat that was overblown a few years ago and his programs for this past season, which were unapologetically easy in IJS standards but were full of his trademark crotch-grabbing sexiness. A nice farewell on his terms, I suppose.

No sex on ice here but it’s a quintessential “macho man” Joubert program. Enjoy!

What did you think of Brian Joubert and his skating or personality? I’d love to hear your opinions in the comments!

~The Rinkside Cafe