Fantasy Programs for Pyeongchang 2018

The Olympic season is the time when you want to show off your strengths and skate programs that suit your style. Of course, we all have different ideas of what that is but it’s always interest to fantasize about programs for a bunch of different competitors, which I’ll be doing today. Let me know if you agree with any of my picks!

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Happy New Year!

2016 was rough so I’m sure people are happy that they’re turning the page. As always, I feature an up and coming skater on New Year’s Day here and this year, I actually had my pick ready for months.

Midway through the Grand Prix series, I stumbled upon a video of Jun Hwan Cha. Admittedly, I was curious of skaters coming out of South Korea as I wondered if Yuna Kim’s success has done anything to increase the sport’s popularity among young people there. Having lived in Hong Kong for a year, I know how hard it is to foster a sport like figure skating in a place where it’s not part of the local culture. Space is precious in most Asian countries as most people live in densely packed cities in tiny apartments. I didn’t realize how spoiled I was, growing up with two neighbourhood rinks run by the city, free to use by anyone who owned skates.

According to an article in the December 2016 International Figure Skating Magazine, Cha doesn’t have any idols but he does train with Brian Orser, which bodes well for his jumps and skating skills. It was also interesting to see him use Yuzuru’s difficult entry into the 3A in his LP this season. He can’t compete in Pyeongchang 2018 but the future looks bright for this young man.

Here’s a a lovely 2017! To everyone, I hope that you have a safe and prosperous new year!

~The Rinkside Cafe

 

Mid-Season Favourites

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Now that the GP circuit is done, we have a pretty good sense of what these new programs have to offer. As I do every year, here are my favourite programs so far.

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#Realtalk with Meryl Davis

Just taking a moment to share this with you.

Most of the questions asked in this interview are rather insipid, but there is a small gem when the interviewer lists all of Meryl (and Charlie’s) accomplishments and then asks, “Tell me what you don’t have.” I find her answer really relatable.

What do you think?

~The Rinkside Cafe

Worlds 2016 – A bit of Yuzuru fun

As an introvert, Worlds 2016 left me utterly drained of energy and exhausted but in the happiest way possible. It’s been hard to find time to post with life, friends, commitments and other projects so I apologize that my Worlds posts will be rather late.

In the meantime, enjoy these shots I got after the Men’s medal ceremony where Yuzuru was struggling a lot while holding flowers and the flag. When the press photos were done, he decided to put the flowers down and fold up the flag. It was kind of adorable. Enjoy!

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All done!

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Is it bad that I still want to pinch his cheeks?

Guess where I’m going?

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Yes, that is the interior of the super touristy food market, Quincy Hall in Boston.

I truly adore Boston as a city – the random traffic lights that no one follows, New England architecture, lobster, clam chowder and I high fived a donut last time I was there. #lifegoals  I have very fond memories of the city and since it’s a pretty short flight away, I thought, why the hell not? So I’ll be seeing half of Worlds live and I’m super excited! I will be posting  pictures and stories whenever I can!

#Worlds2016

~The Rinkside Cafe

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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