Happy New Year!

Hello all my wonderful readers!

I apologize for the lateness again on my GPF recap post. The holidays are over and I’m feeling pretty decently rested so I’ll get working on it soon enough. I will once again ask you for your patience as both my work and social obligations are ramping up. Nonetheless, I will start off the new year with a post on an up and coming skater. Unlike my “The Future” posts, which I have only created one so far, this is just a post on an exciting young skater.

For 2015, the youngin’ I’ve chosen to feature is Evgenia Medvedeva, who won the Junior GPF this year. She is an interesting performer but I’m not sure if she’ll survive puberty. What really intrigues me for this program is how back-loaded it is. (How very different that is from the programs from the 2010 Vancouver Olympic cycle…) I wonder if this is a sign for things to come.

What do you think of Evgenia and back-loaded programs? I’d love to hear from you in the comments

Here’s to another wonderful year with all of you! Happy 2015~!

~The Rinkside Cafe

Happy Holidays!

I apologize for the lateness of my GPF post and my general lack of posts – somehow the holiday season this year has gotten unbelievably busy. In any case, I’d like to take the time to thank all of my wonderful readers and I hope you’re all having a wonderful time, wherever you are. As a holiday treat, here are adorable people being adorable.


~The Rinkside Cafe

Congratulations, Johnny and Tara!

Figure Skating - Winter Olympics Day 4

Quick, look fabulous figure skating fans, Johnny and Tara are in the house! According to this article, Tara and Johnny will now be the sports casters for figure skating starting this season, replacing Scott Hamilton and Sandra Bezic. They will also be the prime time sports casters for Pyeongchang 2018. Tracy Wilson, however, will continue her coverage of ice dance events.

I don’t usually watch NBC for my figure skating (I live up north where CBC reigns with its Canadian propaganda) but I welcome this change. I was never a fan of Scott Hamilton, skating-wise or with his commentary and a hint of fun and snark might liven the figure skating universe a little bit.

What are your thoughts? I’d love to hear them in the comments!

~The Rinkside Cafe

Figure Skaters doing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

It’s the phenomenon sweeping the nation – the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge! Tons of celebrities and politicians were nominated and it’s not surprising that a ton of figure skaters have done the challenge as well.

To donate money to the ALS Association, please click here.

As for the videos…

Joannie Rochette

Gracie Gold

Charlie White + Alex & Maia Shibutani

Meryl Davis (and Danica McKellar)

Tara Lipinski

Johnny Weir

Tessa Virtue

Scott Moir

Piper Gilles and Garrett MacKeen

Shawn Sawyer

Let me know if you find other ones and I’d be happy to put the link up in the post!

~The Rinkside Cafe




Hello everyone! This is just a short post since I plan on relaxing today to wish everyone a prosperous and happy lunar new year! This year is the year of the horse!

HorseA popular expression in Chinese for the New Year is long ma jing sheng or may you have the energy and vitality of the horse and the dragon! Since this is a skating blog, here are two skaters who have given their discipline a great vitality through their rivalry. And they were born in the year of the horse!

Let’s hope they both skate well and give us a heck of a competition in Sochi!

If you were wondering about your fortunes for the year of the horse…

(This is just for fun, so don’t take these too seriously!)


~The Rinkside Cafe



Hello darling readers to the first post of 2014!

I hope that all of you had a wonderful 2013 and an even better 2014! I’ve probably said this in the past but it’s important and I still mean it now.

To my darling readers, fans and friends, thank you so much for your support. It makes be really happy to read your comments and your thoughts on figure skating. I started this blog as a way to put my thoughts on… well, not paper but on something and I really didn’t expect anyone to read it. Having readers has been a delightful surprise and it’s been wonderful having discussions with you about something I’m so passionate about. So again, thank you so much and I hope you continue reading and commenting!

I think I will end this post with two nice things. The first is the online version of an article that, according to reliable sources, was on the front page of the sports section of the New York Times. Despite being a popular sport and a sport with a high percentage of female fans, I find that figure skating gets neglected in the newspaper quite often. It’s quite rare to see articles, let alone a front page of sports section story on figure skating. The article in question is about Mao Asada and I think it’s quite a nice piece about her life, her struggles and finding the strength to overcome them. Ganbare, Mao-chan~!


The second nice thing for this post is a something I did last year and I think I’ll continue it as a tradition. In my previous New Year’s post, I featured an up and coming skater which turned out to be Elena Radionova who happens to be one of my favourite skaters this year. This year, I’ll feature another Russian lady, Alexandra Proklova. She doesn’t inspire the same adoration from me as Elena, mostly due to her uninspiring programs but I can see that she has potential. She has solid jump technique, lovely flexibility and although she lacks a little in musicality, we can look towards Carolina Kostner to see that it is a skill that takes years to fully develop.


~The Rinkside Cafe

Happy New Year from the Rinkside Cafe!

Hello readers!

I just wanted to take the time to tell you all, Happy New Year! May it be filled with smiles, laughter and of course, wonderful skating. To think, next year around this time, we’ll be buzzing about Sochi 2014~!

Also, I should also send out a big thank you to all my readers who have read and have been patient with my infrequent posts. I’m really happy that people read (and occasionally comment) on my posts. I don’t know about you, but I’m not surrounded by friends who are totally into figure skating as I am so it’s great to talk to some of you about something I adore.

To end, I’ll send you off with this video of Elena Radionova from Russian Nationals. If she improves greatly in the next year or two, she may have the honour to be a skater to whom I confer the title of The Future of Figure Skating. (The only skater so far who has gotten this title is Yuzuru Hanyu.)



~The Rinkside Cafe

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