Predictions: Skate Canada International 2015

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I had forgotten about how fast-paced these GP competitions are in terms of the blogging schedule. I have just recovered from Skate America and now we’re on to Skate Canada! Some of the competitions here will feature some great and exciting match-ups, making predictions hard but I’ll do my best! More

Debrief: Skate America 2015

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The figure skating season started last week at Skate America. The competition had many surprises and overall, I thought it was a great start to the season! Let’s start with some highlights.
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Predictions: Skate America 2015

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The Grand Prix Series is upon us and it’s time for predictions! It’s been a long summer and I’m a little rusty so let’s hope that I can make some predictions that aren’t completely embarrassing. I have yet to get completely caught up with the test skates and whatnot so many of these may end up being a shot in the dark. More

Dear Canadians: Please vote!

Hello darling readers!

For any of you who have read my blog for a while, you would know that the democratic process is something that I heartily believe in. In stereotypical Canadian fashion, I apologize if you were expecting a post a figure skating but as someone who does manage to get a message out to people outside my immediate circle of friends, I will take up a small bit of space on my blog to urge my fellow Canadians to please vote! Because voting is contagious.

It doesn’t matter who you vote for but please, please, please, take the time out of your day to express your opinion on how you think what Canada should be going forward.

Election day is today. PLEASE VOTE!

As for my readers, if you can retweet this or post this on facebook or even change your picture with http://votenation.ca/ I encourage you to do so! Please spread the word to your Canadian friends that being part of the democratic process is important!

Fun fact: If all of the people who did not vote in the last election voted for a single party, that party would be in power today. So for those who didn’t vote: did the Harper government produce policies that you agreed with? Express your opinion with your vote!

5 Reasons I’m Excited for this New Season

First off, HAPPY 5TH ANNIVERSARY!

WordPress has informed me that this blog is now 5 years old – wow! Thank you to all my readers who have supported me and this blog! Love and hugs to you all!

And since the blog is turning 5, I’ve decided to ease into the season with a listicle of 5 reasons why I’m excited for the 2015/2016 season.

1. MAO-CHAN

Let’s start us off with the best reason why – Mao Asada is back and is starting off well with a strong skate at the Japan Open. Honestly, my heart wept with joy in the first five seconds purely by her lovely edges and by the end, I was tearing up. I think I forgot what great skating was last season.

2. It’s no longer the first year in the Olympic cycle.

So let’s hope that the young ones have gained their experience and use the lessons they learned last year to dazzle us all. Remember, Tessa and Scott had their breakthrough program in the second year of an Olympic cycle. Then Meryl & Charlie had their breakthrough the year after and it was all uphill from there.

3. The possibility of pairs skating reaching new heights.

A lot of people grumbled last year when Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford won the World Championships and admittedly, I’m not a fan of their style either. Nonetheless, I decided to treat their decisive win as a promising prelude to the next season. Duhamel & Radford won mostly because of how they pushed the technical limits of pairs skating and I have to say that that in itself was exciting. I’d love to see other pairs do other side by side jumps other than the standard toeloop or salchow. The last season showed indications that other teams were slowly catching up to the current World Champions – Wenjing Sui & Cong Han, who have been known to do quad twists and throw quad salchows were only 2 points lower than D&R in the LP last year at Worlds.

4. Redemption stories.

A few more skaters are coming back this year, including Patrick Chan and Adelina Sotnikova.

After taking a year off, Chan is ready to go back into the fray and perhaps best the current Olympic Champion. He had a rough start at the Japan Open but it’s been a while since I’ve seen difficult choreographic elements and step sequences skated so well that I didn’t really mind the imperfect program. I’m very excited for Skate Canada International this year and if someone could tell me what there is to do in Lethbridge, Alberta, I may consider going. Also, I confess, that now that Chanflation seems to have calmed down a bit and since it’s a new Olympic cycle, I’m willing to bury the hatchet. It’s not like he won the Olympic gold on Chanflation anyways.

Speaking of Olympic gold, Adelina Sotnikova’s is one I still refuse to acknowledge. I am still very angry at the judging for that event but I have also decided that my embargo on posts on competitions in Russia will end after the 2018 Olympics. We will have a clean start after PyeongChang. As for Sotnikova’s skating – she can prove to us all she wants that she deserved the gold by beating the competition this season but as it stands, I stand by my belief that the Adelina Sotnikova we saw in Sochi still did not deserve the title of Olympic Champion.

5. Growth and new programs!

More than anything, I love seeing skaters grow and the thrill of new programs. A new season, a fresh start – cheers!

What are you excited about this season? Let me know in the comments!

~The Rinkside Cafe