Canadian and American Olympic Teams Announced!

In the weekend that just passed, Canada and the U.S. had their National figure skating championships and with that came two announcements that decided the fate of a lot of Olympic hopefuls. Videos of many of the performances at Nationals have yet to surface so I can’t quite post highlight videos or make many comments. Then again, let’s just cut to the chase.

Also, want to know how we decide how many skaters and which ones go to the Olympics? I have a Skating 101 post for that.

Canada’s Olympic figure skating team:

Canada-Olympic-Figure-Skating-Team 2014


Patrick Chan
Kevin Reynolds
Liam Firus


Katelyn Osmond
Gabrielle Daleman


Meaghan Duhamel & Eric Radford
Kirsten Moore-Towers & Dylan Moscovitch
Paige Lawrence & Rudi Swiegers

Ice Dance

Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir
Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje
Alexandra Paul & Mitchell Islam

For more information as well as the source of this list, consult the official Skate Canada page here or the CBC article here.

us nationals ladies podium 2014 2

The Americans had their figure skating championships in Boston last weekend but the Olympic team announcement contained a huge surprise for the ladies team. In my Skating 101 post, I mentioned that the U.S. tends to decide which skaters to send to the World Championships and the Olympics based solely on the results of their national competition. (If you’ve ever watched Johnny Weir’s reality show, you might remember how much emphasis was put on the National Championships – something we don’t hear or see in news reports of skaters from other countries.) According to many news reports, Grand Prix Final silver medalist Ashley Wagner did not perform her best and ended up with the pewter medal (4th place) at Nationals, behind Gracie Gold, Polina Edmunds and Mirai Nagasu who won gold, silver and bronze respectively. However, this is the…

U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team:

us olympic figure skating team 2014


Jeremy Abbott
Jason Brown


Gracie Gold
Polina Edmunds
Ashley Wagner

It seems that Mirai Nagasu was cut from the Olympic team probably because of Wagner’s success this season in the Grand Prix series. Nagasu was named first alternate.


Marissa Castelli & Simon Shnapir
Felicia Zhang & Nathan Bartholomay

Ice Dance

Meryl Davis & Charlie White
Madison Chock & Evan BatesMaia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani

For more information, as well as a list of alternates, please consult the U.S. Figure Skating page.

What do you think of Canada and the U.S.’ figure skating teams? Was there a skater or a team that should have gone in lieu of another in your opinion? Let me know in the comments!

~The Rinkside Cafe

As well, I’m still looking for a reliable source for the Chinese and Russian Olympic figure skating teams. If anyone has any information, let me know! So far, I think I have a reliable list for the Chinese team but further verification would be greatly appreciated!

When Kaitlyn Weaver Passed her Canadian Citizenship Test…

I was wandering about the intertubes looking for stuff when I stumbled upon this site! And this picture!

kaitlyn citizen

When I saw the picture, I just thought, “Hey! That person looks familiar!” I’m pretty sure that’s Kaitlyn Weaver and the funny thing is, the caption for the picture is, “this could be you.” I’m guessing this is a picture of her after she pledged her allegiance to the Queen and her heirs in her citizenship ceremony. Yes, if you want to be Canadian, you have to swear your loyalty to the Queen of England. I don’t get it either.

In any case, if you want to find out if you can pass the citizenship test, the multiple choice quiz at the bottom (with some modified answers for humour) is kind of fun. See if you have the knowledge to be a Canadian citizen!


~The Rinkside Cafe

Skate Canada Welcomes you to London, ON, Canada for the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships

As someone who is critical or perhaps a skeptic of nationalism (and a fan of Benedict Anderson), I find this video completely hilarious.


In any case…

World Figure Skating Championships
London, Ontario, Canada

Budweiser Gardens

March 10-17, 2013

Be excited.

~The Rinkside Cafe

Because poking fun at ourselves is supposedly part of Canadian culture…

Tessa and Scott did this adorable interview which was posted on youtube. (Just like everything else these days.) It’s funny how I can take all of the things they mention for granted… until I see all of the confused comments from non-Canadian fans on the Tessa and Scott fan group of facebook.

So just as a guide to the video…

“Eh” and “aboot”… I actually have not heard that many people say “eh” and I have NEVER heard anyone say “aboot” unless it was for a joke. As for me, I rarely say “eh” but I did go through a “ne” phase (which I can be used sort of interchangeably with “eh”) after learning Japanese.

“Toques” or “tuques” are winter hats. I can’t find the clip with Brent Butt (a Canadian comedian) doing his comedy skit about toques but I did find an episode of “Corner Gas” which he stars in. Canadian shows tend to sacrifice the plot for “Canadian-ness” but this series is gold. (“Let’s build the world’s biggest hoe!”)

(Parts 3 and 4 are in the sidebars on youtube.)

I’m not sure why they would miss The Leafs… (Toronto’s NHL team) My friend told me a joke in high school and the sad thing, it’s probably true. So the joke goes: One day, the devil wakes up and it’s very cold and he sees that the people in his realm are wearing parkas and jumping up and down. The devil asks his deputy what is going on and his deputy replies, “The Toronto Maple Leafs have just won the Stanley Cup! (Meaning they are the champions of the National Hockey League or NHL.) I think the Leafs haven’t won the Cup in about 50ish years? Then again, I don’t think Toronto sports teams win very much anyways… I’m wondering if Toronto sports fans’ are somewhat masochistic…

What is this, you ask? Only one of the most delicious and artery-clogging things on the planet. Poutine is a French-Canadian dish made of french fries, smothered in gravy with fresh cheese curds on top. Om nom nom nom nom. There’s just something wonderful about the squeaky texture of the cheese curds and the taste of warm gravy on top of fries. I’ve had friends from Taiwan and Japan tell me that the food they miss most from Canada is poutine. Then again, Canada can’t boast many “purely Canadian” dishes… there’s peameal bacon sandwiches… maple syrup… Canadian bacon… Montreal style bagels… poutine… and more poutine…

Oh yes, and let’s not forget Tim Hortons, which was bought back from the Americans.

Oh Timmy’s… how do people live without Timmy’s? A “double double” mentioned in the video is a coffee with 2 milk (or cream) and 2 sugars. I usually like getting double double teas. Timmy’s is a Canadian staple, not because their coffee is absolutely mindblowingly fantastic (although their iced cappucinos are yummy) but it’s cheap and a lot of them are open 24 hours. (Perfect for students on small budgets.) Their drinks tend to be really sweet, but hey, it’s cheap. And their doughnuts, cookies and pastries are yummy. Their muffins, not so much. Lately, I’ve been a big fan of their chipotle turkey bagel and their iced coffee have helped me pulled a couple of all-nighters. Also, a Timmy’s phenomenon that you should know about:

Roll up the rim to win. It’s a Tim Hortons contest that happens every year in February and/or March (those months have been a haze for the last few years so I apologize for not being more specific). You buy any hot beverage in any size other than small and you roll up the rim. You either get a message saying something like, “You’ve won a ________________ (free drink, doughnut, gift card, barbecue, TV, car, ect;)” or, what I usually get, “Sorry, please play again.” You don’t quite understand how popular this is unless you live in Canada. I abandon the use of my travel mug to play roll up the rim. (I know, I’m sorry.) MacDonalds gives out free coffee so Timmy’s doesn’t take all the customers. Starbucks usually makes some sort of drink half off as well. Timmy’s cups litter the streets (unfortunately) and the long lineups at Timmy’s (sometimes, even on non-roll up the rim months, I go to the pricier coffee places because the lineups at Timmy’s go out the door) become even longer… It’s bloody insane!

One more thing you need to know about Canada/Timmy’s.

Timbits > Dunkin’ Donuts “Munchkins”

(For people who don’t have Timmy’s (you poor souls) or Dunkin’ Donuts, they’re just doughnut holes.)

The honey cruller and apple fritter ones are yummy. ❤

Hope you enjoyed this~!

~The Rinkside Cafe