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


Happy New Year!

Hello all my wonderful readers!

I apologize for the lateness again on my GPF recap post. The holidays are over and I’m feeling pretty decently rested so I’ll get working on it soon enough. I will once again ask you for your patience as both my work and social obligations are ramping up. Nonetheless, I will start off the new year with a post on an up and coming skater. Unlike my “The Future” posts, which I have only created one so far, this is just a post on an exciting young skater.

For 2015, the youngin’ I’ve chosen to feature is Evgenia Medvedeva, who won the Junior GPF this year. She is an interesting performer but I’m not sure if she’ll survive puberty. What really intrigues me for this program is how back-loaded it is. (How very different that is from the programs from the 2010 Vancouver Olympic cycle…) I wonder if this is a sign for things to come.

What do you think of Evgenia and back-loaded programs? I’d love to hear from you in the comments

Here’s to another wonderful year with all of you! Happy 2015~!

~The Rinkside Cafe


Hello everyone! This is just a short post since I plan on relaxing today to wish everyone a prosperous and happy lunar new year! This year is the year of the horse!

HorseA popular expression in Chinese for the New Year is long ma jing sheng or may you have the energy and vitality of the horse and the dragon! Since this is a skating blog, here are two skaters who have given their discipline a great vitality through their rivalry. And they were born in the year of the horse!

Let’s hope they both skate well and give us a heck of a competition in Sochi!

If you were wondering about your fortunes for the year of the horse…

(This is just for fun, so don’t take these too seriously!)


~The Rinkside Cafe


Happy New Year from the Rinkside Cafe!

Hello readers!

I just wanted to take the time to tell you all, Happy New Year! May it be filled with smiles, laughter and of course, wonderful skating. To think, next year around this time, we’ll be buzzing about Sochi 2014~!

Also, I should also send out a big thank you to all my readers who have read and have been patient with my infrequent posts. I’m really happy that people read (and occasionally comment) on my posts. I don’t know about you, but I’m not surrounded by friends who are totally into figure skating as I am so it’s great to talk to some of you about something I adore.

To end, I’ll send you off with this video of Elena Radionova from Russian Nationals. If she improves greatly in the next year or two, she may have the honour to be a skater to whom I confer the title of The Future of Figure Skating. (The only skater so far who has gotten this title is Yuzuru Hanyu.)



~The Rinkside Cafe

Happy New Year~!

I know, you should be seeing a post on Japanese Nationals and a few other things rather than this post, but I’d like to send all my readers a thank you for tuning in. I can’t believe this blog is already more than a year old! Thank you for your ongoing support.

Here is a picture of a cute cat to placate you for now.

Is there anything you want to see here in the upcoming year?

Let me know!

~The Rinkside Cafe