25 Nov 2015
in Competition predictions
Tags: alex shibutani, Alexa Scimeca, anna pogorilaya, ashley wagner, boyang jin, Chris Knierim, dmitri sloviev, ekaterina bobrova, eric radford, figure skating, madison hubbell, maia shibutani, mao asada, maxim kovtun, meagan duhamel, morgan cipres, nhk trophy, nicolas buckland, penny coomes, satoko miyahara, vanessa james, xiaoyu yu, yang jin, yuzuru hanyu, zachary donohue
Another competition is upon us! The NHK Trophy is the last of the GP series before the Grand Prix Final and I am super excited!
In other news, CBC has reported that the ISU will use the standings from the SP as the final standings to calculate who gets into the GPF. This means that my predictions have completely gone into the garbage for TEB but in all honesty, I’m just glad that the skaters are safe. My continued thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by all of the terrible acts of terrorism around the world.
And now, back to our regular programming of predictions for this year’s NHK Trophy. More
21 Nov 2015
Tags: alexandra stepanova, charlie bilodeau, cheng peng, daisuke murakami, denis ten, elizaveta tuktamysheva, figure skating, gracie gold, hao zhang, ivan bukin, julia lipnitskaia, julianne seguin, kanako murakami, madison hubbell, matteo guarise, maxim kovtun, maxim trankov, morgan cipres, nicolas buckland, nicole della monica, paris, patrick chan, paul poirier, penny coomes, piper gilles, Roberta Rodeghiero, shoma uno, tatiana volosozhar, teb2015, vanessa james, zachary donohue
Shocked. Heartbroken. Devastated. Words cannot describe my sadness over the events of last Friday in Paris, and as many have noted, the violence that is going on all around the world. I don’t know if there’s much I can say to help or improve the situation at all but I’ll share a quote from the late Jack Layton, a famous Canadian politician and just an all-around decent guy.
My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.
In the wake of the tragedy, I’ll spare a bit of space here to say, don’t just pray for Paris, think. Use your head to light the dark corners of ignorance and sweep away the webs of misunderstanding that divide us. Use your heart to feel the pain of all those affected – Parisians, Lebanese, refugees – and remember that at the end of the day, we’re all just people trying to find happiness in the life that we’re dealt.
Moving onto the debrief on TEB, I guess I should start with the news that, as far as I know and from news articles, it seems that the ISU is still in the midst of making a decision on how to treat the results of TEB in terms of whether or not skaters qualify for the Grand Prix Final. Day 2 of TEB was cancelled in the wake of the attacks as France began a three day period of mourning. There were quite a few surprises in the short program and if the results of the SP become the final rankings then my predictions were completely and utterly wrong. Nonetheless, whatever they decide, let’s take a look at what went on last weekend. More
11 Nov 2015
in Competition predictions
Tags: cheng peng, daisuke murakami, elizaveta tuktamysheva, evgenia tarasova, figure skating, gabriella papadakis, gracie gold, guillaume cizeron, hao zhang, julia lipnitskaia, kanako murakami, marissa castelli, max aaron, maxim trankov, mervin tran, nicolas buckland, patrick chan, paul poirier, penny coombes, piper gilles, shoma, tatiana volosozhar, trophee eric bompard, vladimir morozov
The competition looks pretty stacked for TEB 2015 so let’s get to it! My predictions last week were way off their mark and I have a feeling with so many wildcards about, it will be the same here. So onwards! More
09 Nov 2015
Tags: alexander smirnov, anna cappellini, boyang jin, cong han, elena ilinykh, elena radionova, evan bates, javier fernandez, luca lanotte, madison chock, mao asada, rika hongo, ruslan zhiganshin, wenjing sui, xiaoyu yu, yang jin, yuko kavaguti, zijun li
Well… most of my predictions went out the window last weekend. But what can I say? Ice is slippery and besides, at least we got a lot of great skating from it! Here are some highlights and some random comments here and there on the Cup of China. Feel free to jump in and add your own thoughts in the comments! More
05 Nov 2015
in Competition predictions
Tags: alexander smirnov, anna cappellini, anna pogorilaya, boyang jin, cong han, cup of china, dylan moscovitch, elena ilinykh, elena radionova, evan bates, han yan, javier fernandez, karen chen, lubov iliushechkina, luca lanotte, madison chock, mao asada, ruslan zhiganshin, sergei voronov, wenjing sui, xiaoyu yu, yang jin, yuko kavaguti
Wow! I had seriously forgotten how fast-paced the GP series is! With the time difference, I hope that this post makes it in time before the competition starts. Either way, this was written before the competition starts so onward we go with predictions! May they be just as good as they were last week. Though now I think I’ve jinxed myself. More
04 Nov 2015
Tags: alex shibutani, andrew poje, ashley wagner, daisuke murakami, elizaveta tuktamysheva, eric radford, evgenia tarasova, kaitlyn weaver, kanako murakami, kirsten moore-towers, maia shibutani, marissa castelli, meagan duhamel, mervin tran, nam nguyen, patrick chan, rob marinaro, skate canada, vladimir morozov, yuzuru hanyu
It was such a busy weekend for me that I actually didn’t get to watch Skate Canada live at all. Life, work and everything else in between has left me pretty sleep deprived at the moment. I will say though, I am very proud that my podium predictions were spot on for the men, pairs and ice dance competition. The ladies podium definitely threw me off but then again, I don’t think anyone expected Elizaveta Tuktamysheva to not win. More