Worlds 2012 – Chan gets booed and Romeo is bronze

After seeing such overwhelming interest in my The Future: Yuzuru Hanyu post, I figured I should get a move on for my post for the men’s competition at Worlds this year. So without further ado…


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A Tribute to Perfect Spirals

Aunt Joyce posted a blog entry on Yuna news recently, which has started a sort of debate on the importance of pointing your toes and turning out your foot in the comments section. There have been many comments on dismissing the importance of pointing your toes (and turning out your feet) IN BALLET which makes me want to smack someone. The Yunabots have been coming out of the woodwork after a wonderful hiatus (although sadly, it was the result of Yuna’s break from competition) and their comments prove to be cringe-worthy.

To make a point, I’ve decided to post a tribute to spirals. I don’t care if your edges are steady, you can get as many L4s for them but if they’re fugly, they’re fugly. You need to point your toes and turn out your feet for lovely spirals like these:

See the extension? See the gorgeous line?

Alissa may be inconsistent but she has good lines.

Caroline Zhang had ugly mule kicks and jump problems but there are many people who will watch her just for the sake of her gorgeous spins and spirals.

Joannie’s not as flexible as the ladies above but she also manages to point her toes and turn out her foot!

Look! Even the legendary Katia and Sergei are pointing their toes!

And Meryl Davis, who usually has pretty horrible extension…

So, my final point is: POINTING YOUR TOES IS VERY IMPORTANT.

As for ballet. Can you imagine what this would look like if Natalia Osipova didn’t point her toes? She’d lose her job.

The video didn’t have figure skating spirals but it was pretty close to perfection. ❤

Something that made my day…

I apologize for the lack of blog posts lately, I’ve been having issues with bandwidth so I’m keeping my internet usage to a minimum for the next few days. I will use a bit of bandwidth for a few things that cheered me up after the debacle at Skate Canada. Unfortunately, due to time constraints as well as my attempt to block out what happened last weekend, I will not doing other blog posts on Skate Canada. You can expect predictions for the Cup of China tomorrow, though, as I’ll be on another internet connection for part of the day. In any case, here are the things that cheered me up. (Warning: there is swearing in this post.)

Quoting Aunt Joyce, a blogger I respect very much:

Patrick is the type of skater who fails the Martha Karolyi rule that “falls are always unacceptable.”  He is not an Adam Rippon hoping for a clean program.  He seems positively fine with falling.  Frankly, he knows there is a slim chance he’ll manage to pull of a Quad Toe and two Triple Axels.  Why should he care about being clean?  Judges have awarded P Chiddy more medals and titles for shitty skates than any other skater in history.  He even outdoes Sasha Cohen is this area.  For a skater who is receiving off-the-charts program component scores, his artistry is extremely overrated.  There is no character, story or point of view going on.  I don’t remember the last time a skater fell four times and won a competition.  There is no justification for his scores.  The bullshit is transparent.  (166.32)  Unreal.

From ontd_skating:

“TREND #SKATECHANADAISAFUCKINGDISGRACE PLS”

Yes, I agree and I’m Canadian. Whatever happened to our own assertions of being good and fair?

A string of comments from people of the intertubes who watched Skate Canada live on _skating:

YEAH, NOT WATCHING THE MEDAL CEREMONY. I HOPE OUR _SKATERS BOO. 😡

FUCK YOU, SKATE CANADA. BUT YAY ODA!

I MISSED EVERYBODY AT THE PODIUM BUT REALLY, HE FELL 4 TIMES AND GETS GOLD? WTF CANADA???????????

HOW THE FUCK DID THIS HAPPEN

SKATE CANADA IS BIASED AS FUQ

SMUG!PCHAN!
UGH.

I FEEL UNCLEAN

ROFL

I REFUSE TO ACCEPT THE RESULTS.

NO FUCK NO

SERIOUSLY?! SERIOUSLY?!

WE CAN ONLY HOPE THAT PCHAN CONTINUES IN HIS CURRENT STYLE AND FALLS OFF OF THE PODIUM.

Oh how I love the internet. Maybe that’s why I’m over my bandwidth limit.

~The Rinkside Cafe

 

NHK Trophy – Ladies SP – Surprise, surprise…

The world is full of surprises. I wake up and what do I see? Well…

Carolina Kostner who I’ve almost given up on is in 1st after the SP? What is this madness? She had a terrible season last year save for her win at Euros but in any case, I’m glad. I wanted her to win Olympics (she has the ability) so the Yuna-bots and Mao-bots would explode all over the internet. It would’ve been hysterical. 

Kanako Murakami also had a strong debut and is 2nd after the short. In that video, I went “Awww…” at her happy cuteness before she skated. This girl brings a smile to my face. She had the audience in the palm of her hand from the beginning to end and this program was perfect her her. She maintained her playfulness and energy throughout her program while executing everything flawlessly. I’m already a huge fan of this girl.

Our darling Chairman, Mao Asada, seems to have lost her consistency and energy. She two-footed her triple axel and popped her flip. She’s in 8th place, which is shocking. She trails Carolina Kostner by 10 points and Rachel Flatt by 6. She’s been known to do better on her LP but her consistency has gone out the window since last season. A few of these girls are prone to meltdowns (Carolina being famous for them…) so with a clean program and some score inflations (she is on home ice), she might find herself on the podium but for now, it’s a bit unlikely.

I said I was going to watch the top 3 programs, but I can’t get myself to watch Rachel Flatt after that lovely performance by Kanako.

My curiosity did get the better of me and I decided to watch Caroline Zhang.  (6th after the SP) I’m proud to say that she no longer has that awkward mule kick on her flip. She’s still a bit slow on her footwork and I feel as if she’s grown out a bit. She no longer has willowy limbs. Oh well, better this than anorexia.

Detailed scores and rankings for the ladies here.

Aunt Joyce has posted all the ladies’ videos on his blog. I’ll just send you there to watch them.

And to end on a happy note:

Smile!

~The Rinkside Cafe