10 Feb 2016
Tags: alex shibutani, alexander smirnov, andrew poje, anna cappellini, charlie bilodeau, cheng peng, Dmitri Soloviev, ekaterina bobrova, eric radford, evan bates, fedor klimov, figure skating, grand prix final, hao zhang, julianne seguin, kaitlyn weaver, ksenia stolbova, luca lanotte, madison chock, madison hubbell, maia shibutani, meagan duhamel, xiaoyu yu, yang jin, yuko kavaguti, zachary donohue
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!
27 Jan 2016
Tags: ashley wagner, daisuke murakami, elena radionova, evgenia medvedeva, figure skating, gracie gold, grand prix final 2015, javier fernandez, mao asada, patrick chan, satoko miyahara, shoma uno, yuzuru hanyu
As a few of you have remarked, my predictions for the Grand Prix Final were oh so terribly wrong. Although my predictions are incorrect a lot of the time, these ones were wrong through and through and when I thought about it, I drew these conclusions:
- Not having the 2nd half of TEB really messed things up. I point to my overestimation of Gold and Chan’s abilities. I thought they were going to medal here but I suspect that should TEB have played out completely, their weakness for this season would have been a lot more clear.
- Never base your predictions on your hopes. Just stick to the status quo until it changes.
- Even if you do stick with the status quo, ice is slippery. I did not think that anyone could beat Duhamel & Radford. Their streak is over.
Moving on, let’s go to the highlights and debrief!
03 Dec 2015
Tags: Alexa Scimeca, Chris Knierim, courtney hicks, dmitri sloviev, ekaterina bobrova, figure skating, madison hubbell, maia shibutani, mao asada, morgan cipres, nhk trophy 2015, satoko miyahara, takahito mura, yuzuru hanyu, zachary donohue
What a great ending to the seeded events in the Grand Prix Series. The final is shaping up to be fantastic. I apologize for the lateness of this post so let’s not tarry. 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
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
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
28 Oct 2015
Tags: Alexa Scimeca, Chris Knierim, cong han, denis ten, elizabet tursynbaeva, evan bates, evgenia medvedeva, florent amodio, gracie gold, julia lipnitskaia, karen chen, madison chock, max aaron, nikita katsalapov, paul poirier, piper gilles, satoko miyahara, shoma uno, skate america, viktoria sinitsina, wenjing sui
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.