Look-Alikes: Alexa Scimeca

While I was watching Alexa Scimeca & Chris Knierim’s SP to Metallica, there was one shot of Alexa Scimeca’s face that gave me the impression that I’ve seen a face similar to hers before. The dramatic makeup really changed her look and then came the ah ha moment.

Alexa Scimeca in her Metallica SP makeup.

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Love the edgy look. This also makes her look like…

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Predictions: Four Continents 2016

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The Four Continents competition is upon us! The competition will be held in Taipei, Taiwan this year and if you’re going, be sure to check out some awesome local food and here’s a survival guide for a happy journey around Ilha Formosa! As for the skating – here are my predictions! (I sincerely hope I redeem myself a little bit after those disastrous predictions for the GPF…)

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Mid-Season Favourites for 2015/2016

It’s a little late but I thought, why not? It’s time to make my mid-season picks for my favourite programs! As always, I will select my favourite short and long program from each discipline.

Men

There are moments in the step sequence where it looks like the blades are controlling Adian and not the other way around, which is something I’d like to see him improve on but there’s something very nostalgic about this program. It’s very Yagudin-esque somehow. At the very least, Pitkeev and his programs this season are a good reminder that not all Russian men skate like windmills having convulsions on ice.

Do I really need to say anything about this program and this skate?

Ladies

The choreography to this program is quite lovely and it suits Zijun Li very well. It shows off her delicate, airy quality – packaging at its best.

I love the step sequences in this program and for once, the vocals aren’t terrible. Whoever sings this was a pretty good Cio-Cio san. From start to finish, this program puts you under the spell and oddly enough, there aren’t noticeable slow parts that leave you bored in the middle. In general, a well-balanced program.

Pairs

For me, Seguin and Bilodeau are a fun team to watch but they lack polish – they don’t always finish their movements, lack extension and don’t point their toes (grrr). This Cirque de Soleil program, however, manages to cover up these flaws with this whimsical, fun theme that really suits their energy and style. A prime example of great packaging for a team.

I love the music of Samson and Delilah and I love this program. There’s drama but not too much of the cheesy variety and the little choreographic touches like when Sui slides under Han’s legs – gorgeous. Another program showing packaging at its best. These two have grown up to be mature, sophisticated performers and this program is the perfect vehicle for them to show that to the world.

Ice Dance

I often get really frustrated when skaters have programs set to Hallelujah. More often than not, they’re exhibition programs that are meandering, empty and filled occasionally with big tricks to get applause from the audience. This is definitely not one of those programs. The Ravensburger Waltz is fitted really well into the programs and they all blend into a gorgeous, flowing work of art. That final lift almost doesn’t look like a lift since it flows so well, which makes it even more breathtaking because it’s so unexpected.

I don’t know what it is about this program – maybe because it’s just the right program to soothe my soul during this time of my life. “Fix You” is a bit of a sad song but then it becomes so uplifting and the dance is the same. It starts out on a more sombre tone only to build towards an optimistic ending.

Debrief: Grand Prix Final – Part II

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Alright! It’s time for part II of the Grand Prix Final debrief with the pairs and ice dance competition! I apologize for the lateness but better late than never? These posts remind me why I usually do a “State of the Union” post after the GPF but it seems this season, my tardiness has some benefits. I believe some of the results at Nationals may be a little more telling than what transpired at the GPF so… I will do a 4CC predictions post but all my thoughts on the outcomes of Euros and 4CC and some of the national competitions will be summed up in a State of the Union post.

As for Worlds… well, I have a bit of a surprise which I think I will reveal a little later in the season. But first, GPF debrief! Let’s go!

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Patrick Chan “On Ice” Icewine

Yes, I realize that I have a LOT of catching up to do but I’ve been trying to keep up with friends and bringing work home the last little bit so personal time has been scarce and precious. Not that I don’t love you all but I do need time to recharge so thank you for understanding. In any case, while you’re waiting for the boatload of posts, I thought I’d share with you my fun little experience over the winter holidays.

NOTE: This POST is for educational purposes only. If you’re not of legal drinking age, please respect the laws in your respective region and if you are legal, please drink responsibly.

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Patrick Chan icewine

So for those of you who aren’t familiar with icewine, it is a dessert wine that has its origins in Germany but Canada has now become one of the major producers of ice wine in the world, with most of it being made in the Niagara region in Ontario. The grapes are left on the vine to freeze and must be handpicked when the temperature reaches a sustained -8 degrees Celsius or lower. Between the end of the growing season and harvest, the grapes get dehydrated and freeze, which concentrates the sugars and flavours of the of grape. At the same time, this means that you get less juice per grape, which is part of the reason why ice wine is rather expensive, even for a common bottle you get at the liquor store.

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