Piper Gilles & Paul Poirier: Not sure what to think…

I seem to be beginning a lot of my posts with apologies and I do mean them most sincerely. My life has been a bit of a mess and I’m still in the middle of trying to sort it out. Thank you to the readers who still read the random stuff I write but I will do my best to keep up amidst the huge mess that is my life right now. I have a few posts that are still drafts (I tend to start posts and I need to revise them after sleeping on them sometimes) but they will be published.

In any case, I wanted to write this post on this brainwave before it disappears into a sea of muddleness that is my brain.

So. Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier made their debut as a couple this season and the result was this:

They just won bronze at Canadian Nationals and yet I’m not sure what to think. For one, I do think that this pairing is better than Crone/Poirier because Vanessa and Paul had no chemistry. You might as well have two dummies dancing on ice together. Actually, the dummies might have had more personality and spark than those two. So I guess there’s that positive for the new couple – they couldn’t get any worse than Paul’s former partnership.

Now for the negatives; it’s clear that these two need more time to gel and Piper needs to be a lot more confident on the ice. Right now, they have the aura of junior skaters: energetic, positive but really sloppy at parts. As for their FD… I’m glad that it’s a lot more exciting than any of Crone/Poirier’s programs but why do I get the feeling that either a) the music is too cool and edgy for them and highlights their immaturity for being out of their comfort zone (Paul has skated to more lyrical pieces in the past while Piper has a very cutesy image – and it’s not just her face but her costume) or b) they’re not French enough to pull something off that’s as weird as this.

Still, they do have a lot of interesting elements. I love how they entered into their twizzles and that first straight line lift was refreshing and interesting – lots of transitions without being too cluttery.

So in the end, I think this team – as well as my opinion of them – needs a little time to develop. Time will tell, I guess.

What do you think of Gilles/Poirier?

~The Rinkside Cafe

Seriously Canada?

For a country that prides itself on being fair and nice and all, they sure know how to go insane and inflate figure skating scores for Patrick Chan. Videos of his LP have yet to surface appeared and here are his scores:

SP – 88.78
LP – 197.07
Total – 285.85

Now, let’s stop for a bit and take a look at a few CoP records:

Men – highest score in an ISU-sanctioned competition:

SP – 91.30 (Evgeni Plushenko 2010 Euros)
LP – 175.84 (Daisuke Takahashi 2008 Four Continents)

Let’s just say that one skater got those scores for a competition, the total would be: 267.14
The actual world record for the highest total is 264.41 (Daisuke Takahashi 2008 Four Continents)

His scores have become more and more unreasonable. Next thing you know, he’ll be the first to get a score of 300+ or something. *knocks on wood*

I’ll try not to complain in my next post.

~The Rinkside Cafe

Further Proof that PCS = Patrick Chan Score

I knew that Patrick Chan was going to take a nauseating lead at Canadian Nationals but being the optimist that I am, I thought that his triple axel implosions would limit his ridiculous scores. I am ridiculously wrong, unfortunately. Patrick Chan can double a triple axel and still get a score only 3 points away from the world record short program score. Disgusting.

PJ Kwong states in her commentary: “He sets the bar for footwork for this generation of men’s skaters.” I’ve never been afraid of calling her delusional before and I stand by my word that this opinion is part of her nationalistic delusion. Patrick Chan’s footwork is good but it’s not that good. His footwork especially in this program seems to have no connection to the music and neither does he. It sickens me that this short program (88.78) score would beat Daisuke Takahashi’s masterpiece of a performance and program at 2008 Four Continents (88.57) by a hair. I know that scores at national competitions are always inflated but with Chan, you never know how much his scores will be inflated. In any case, whatever PCS Chan may be getting, I will stand by my opinion in the face of nationalistic Canadian figure skating fans and tell them: “THIS is good interpretation, choreography and footwork.” Chan just doesn’t compare with this performance, quad or no quad:

The expression! The musicality! His relation to the audience! Sheer perfection.

Not everyone can perform like Daisuke but Shawn Sawyer was pretty good in that respect at Canadian Nationals. This was a solid performance and his triple axel was better than Chan’s attempt at one.

Without Tessa and Scott to make Canadian Nationals worth watching, I’ll place my hopes on U.S. Nationals, which will definitely be more exciting, regardless of my nationality and the ire incurred from me saying this: the Americans have a better National figure skating competition than the Canadians, hands down. If you have an issue with my lack of nationalism, read Benedict Anderson’s “Imagined Communities”. It’s a brilliant book.

Wishing for Tessa and Scott…

~The Rinkside Cafe

If Only…

These two were skating at the Canadian championships this weekend. Unfortunately, I really dislike Crone and Poirier who will probably win the title (at least they’re not on my blacklist) so Tessa and Scott’s absence will be very painful indeed. If only Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje could be a lot better technically. They have more star quality than Crone and Poirier anyways. Sigh. This should be the winning SD (although I will admit that Kaitlyn and Andrew have my favourite SD of the season so far) at Canadian Nationals:

Now, if you excuse me, I’ll have to find some chocolate to drown my sorrows in.

~The Rinkside Cafe

If Only…

… he could have stayed. Canadian Nationals is just around the corner but everyone knows that it’s one national competition that’s not really worth watching seeing that it’s a one-pony race. Your Canadian champions – barring injury or major freak accident – will be Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, Patrick Chan, Cynthia Phaneuf and Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch. I wish that we could cross off Chan’s name from that list and put Jeff instead. (I wouldn’t mind giving Akiko Suzuki Canadian citizenship just so she can be at the top of the Canadian ladies podium either…) Jeff has the right qualities for a person that has the potential to be on the top of the World/Olympic podium: modesty, a good sense of humour, sportsmanship (so he knows that trash-talking opponents does you no good – Chan and Joubert take note!) and beautiful, beautiful technique. I found this recently and it just melts in your mouth…


~The Rinkside Cafe

The Other Moir…

I was looking around youtube and found this! Scott’s brother and cousin at Canadian Nationals. Danny Moir wiped out in a section. I find this rather entertaining considering that Tessa once wrote that she wanted to go to the Olympics with Danny. Well, I guess fate, destiny or just pure luck changed all of that. Sheri reminded me a lot of Emily Samuelson. They have the same kind of feet which makes lovely toe points. I believe she does synchro skating now. In any case, here it is:


~The Rinkside Cafe