First off, HAPPY 5TH ANNIVERSARY!
WordPress has informed me that this blog is now 5 years old – wow! Thank you to all my readers who have supported me and this blog! Love and hugs to you all!
And since the blog is turning 5, I’ve decided to ease into the season with a listicle of 5 reasons why I’m excited for the 2015/2016 season.
Let’s start us off with the best reason why – Mao Asada is back and is starting off well with a strong skate at the Japan Open. Honestly, my heart wept with joy in the first five seconds purely by her lovely edges and by the end, I was tearing up. I think I forgot what great skating was last season.
2. It’s no longer the first year in the Olympic cycle.
So let’s hope that the young ones have gained their experience and use the lessons they learned last year to dazzle us all. Remember, Tessa and Scott had their breakthrough program in the second year of an Olympic cycle. Then Meryl & Charlie had their breakthrough the year after and it was all uphill from there.
3. The possibility of pairs skating reaching new heights.
A lot of people grumbled last year when Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford won the World Championships and admittedly, I’m not a fan of their style either. Nonetheless, I decided to treat their decisive win as a promising prelude to the next season. Duhamel & Radford won mostly because of how they pushed the technical limits of pairs skating and I have to say that that in itself was exciting. I’d love to see other pairs do other side by side jumps other than the standard toeloop or salchow. The last season showed indications that other teams were slowly catching up to the current World Champions – Wenjing Sui & Cong Han, who have been known to do quad twists and throw quad salchows were only 2 points lower than D&R in the LP last year at Worlds.
4. Redemption stories.
A few more skaters are coming back this year, including Patrick Chan and Adelina Sotnikova.
After taking a year off, Chan is ready to go back into the fray and perhaps best the current Olympic Champion. He had a rough start at the Japan Open but it’s been a while since I’ve seen difficult choreographic elements and step sequences skated so well that I didn’t really mind the imperfect program. I’m very excited for Skate Canada International this year and if someone could tell me what there is to do in Lethbridge, Alberta, I may consider going. Also, I confess, that now that Chanflation seems to have calmed down a bit and since it’s a new Olympic cycle, I’m willing to bury the hatchet. It’s not like he won the Olympic gold on Chanflation anyways.
Speaking of Olympic gold, Adelina Sotnikova’s is one I still refuse to acknowledge. I am still very angry at the judging for that event but I have also decided that my embargo on posts on competitions in Russia will end after the 2018 Olympics. We will have a clean start after PyeongChang. As for Sotnikova’s skating – she can prove to us all she wants that she deserved the gold by beating the competition this season but as it stands, I stand by my belief that the Adelina Sotnikova we saw in Sochi still did not deserve the title of Olympic Champion.
5. Growth and new programs!
More than anything, I love seeing skaters grow and the thrill of new programs. A new season, a fresh start – cheers!
What are you excited about this season? Let me know in the comments!
~The Rinkside Cafe