Trouble brewing for Carolina Kostner

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A recent news story has come to light that may have far reaching consequences for Olympic bronze medalist, Carolina Kostner. Kostner’s ex-boyfriend, Alex Schwazer, tested positive in a doping test and the skater faces a 4 year 3 month ban for allegedly helping him avoid a drug test.

The ban in itself is more damaging in terms of her endorsements as Carolina is unlikely to compete internationally again but it is also unclear if she will be retroactively banned and stripped of her medals. For the sake of her accomplishments, I hope that she didn’t do anything bad. Doping is a serious offense in the sporting world and we must remember that a representative for all athletes make this oath in the opening ceremony at the Olympics:

In the name of all the competitors I promise that we shall take part in these Olympic Games, respecting and abiding by the rules which govern them, committing ourselves to a sport without doping and without drugs, in the true spirit of sportsmanship, for the glory of sport and the honour of our teams.’

For more information on this story, check out the article from CBC and NBC Sports.

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Predictions: NHK Trophy 2014

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The last GP event before the Grand Prix Final is upon us! I’m not sure if I should cheer for the fact that the roster is half decent or if I should down some shots because there will be a lot of Phantom of the Opera programs this weekend. In any case, onwards as I attempt to predict the podium for each event for the NHK Trophy! More

Highlights and Recap: TEB 2014

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Last weekend, we were finally treated to a competition where the skating wasn’t actually that bad. Since I’m a little short on time and I’m rushing to get the predictions for the NHK trophy out, I’ll try to keep my thoughts short and sweet.

On a completely random note, I was 3/3 for podium predictions for TEB for the ladies, pairs and ice dance!

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Predictions: Trophee Eric Bompard

The Grand Prix series is nearing its end and for some reason, I’m really thankful. I’m looking forward to seeing the dust settle on this new generation of skaters and hopefully, see some good skating as everyone starts to get comfortable with their programs.

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The roster for this event is somewhat decent so… let’s begin! More

Weekend Off

If you’re wondering why there will be no prediction or recap/highlights for the Cup of Russia, refer to this post. I admit, a lot of my vitriol comes from the fact that such a huge event – the only one the general public cares about – was so gravely misjudged but  I still have a bad taste in my mouth and until it goes away, I’ll go on vacation (on post writing, that is) while competitions are held in Russia.

I think I will indulge in a few of my favourite programs from three skaters from the last cycle who I have nicknamed “The Holy Trinity” while I relax this weekend.

Enjoy!

~Rinkside Cafe

Cup of China 2014: Highlights and Recap

I apologize for the delay for this post. I was busy all weekend with friends out of town so it’s taken a while to get some time for myself and write this post.

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First of all, I think I should say that I did take a look at the results over the weekend and when I did, I was in utter shock. There are times when I don’t mind being wrong with my predictions but for the most part, I’m a little miffed that my predictions are wrong, mostly because the results and the skating last weekend was a complete clusterf*** with very few highlights. Expect another cranky post though I tried really hard to be less cranky this time. More

Predictions: Cup of China 2014

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The Grand Prix season is well underway and with the huge time different and personal commitments this weekend, I’m afraid livestreaming will not be possible. I will, however, do my best to catch up to all the competitions as fast as I can so that I can give you a recap/highlight post early next week. However, let’s not get too ahead of ourselves and make the predictions first. More

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