Throwback Thursday: Joannie Rochette

It’s Throwback Thursday time! Each Thursday until the Sochi Olympics, I will feature a skater or a program from the last Olympic season. This is the 5th and second last post. Wah! The Olympic games start in a week!

This week’s Throwback Thursday features Joannie Rochette, who has one of the most touching and poignant stories from the last Olympics. For those who may not have paid attention to the last Olympics or forgot, Joannie’s mother passed away days before Joannie competed in Vancouver. However, despite the pain, Joannie found the courage to skate and win the bronze medal in the ladies event. In the hearts of many Canadians and fans though, the true colour of Joannie’s medal was gold for finding the strength to skate so well after her tragic loss.

Truth be told, I wasn’t a huge fan of Joannie’s more clunky, athletic skating style – I tend to prefer skaters with graceful lines, flexibility and extension. However, this performance blew me away – her jumps were textbook and she had a musicality and expression that fit perfectly with her tango program and music. That and I think anyone with a soul wanted to give the girl a hug in the kiss and cry.

Anyways, that’s all for this week’s Throwback Thursday. Next week will be the last Throwback Thursday post until the next Olympics in Pyeongchang, 2018.

~The Rinkside Cafe

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS~!

Wishing you a happy and wonderful holiday, whatever you’re celebrating, or if you’re celebrating at all. Here are a few treats for this time of year.

Happy holidays~!

~The Rinkside Cafe

Japan Open – Part I: Ladies Commentary

I started writing a blog post on notepad about the Japan Open and I was halfway done when I realized that the post was going to be a tad long. So I’m going to divide my thoughts on the Japan Open into 2 or 3 thoughts and hopefully, I’ll find time in my busy schedule to finally finish it all. So, here’s part I of my blog posts of the cheesefest competition.

The Japan Open came and went and I was absolutely shocked at the results. World Champions and Olympic medalists completely bombing their programs? Then again, there’s nothing to lose in this competition seeing that it’s not an ISU event. The Japan Open is clearly a cheesefest for money and entertainment and skaters will probably take it easy so that they don’t get injured for the beginning of the season or for their future skating shows. At the same time, the competition can also serve as a test run, where skaters can exhibit their new programs to an audience in a competitive and yet low pressure environment. Still, this extent of bomb-age is quite incomprehensible. More

The Japan Open

The Japan Open is often a pleasant prelude to the figure skating season for me but I’m never extremely excited about it. In the past two years, the competition hasn’t been that exciting as there were only a few skaters to be excited about. This year, however, that seems to have changed. The lineup is as follows:

Team Japan: Miki Ando, Akiko Suzuki, Daisuke Takahashi, Takahiko Kozuka

Team North America (pretty much Team Canada): Joannie Rochette, Alissa Czisny, Patrick Chan, Jeff Buttle

Team Europe (pretty much Team Russia) : Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, Alena Leonova, Artur Gachinski, Florent Amodio

It looks like Team Europe may be at a disadvantage since most skaters in that team fall short when compared to competitors in the other two teams. (I can’t help but be slightly excited over Elizaveta though.) However, Team North America have two retired or semi-retired athletes who may not have the heavy arsenal of jumps that that other competitors may have. Then again, who knows who may surprise us. If all of Team Japan is consistent, then they could very well take the title very handily. If they fall short, Team North America can very well snatch the victory from right under their noses.

The Highlights of 2010

2010 has been a great year for figure skating. The Vancouver Olympics were absolutely amazing and it’s sad that the year is about to end. Let’s hope that 2011 will be just as amazing. For now, let’s stroll through memory lane and think of a few good times in 2010.

(More under the cut since this is a bit of a long post…)

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Japan Open

The season is starting! Yay~! The Grand Prix competitions are looming ahead and it’ll be interesting to see some new faces on the podium now that tons of skaters have decided to retire after the Olympics.

So, the Japan Open. It was pretty obvious that Japan was going to win, although what’s surprising is that a) Team Japan won by a REALLY narrow margin and b) the people who I expected to bomb (aka Miki Ando and Joannie Rochette) did rather well for a beginning of the season competition, while my little Mao-chan who really has no competition this season (once she gets on her peak that is) bombed her ass off like crazy. It was nice to see the beginnings of a lutz (rather than a flutz) and salchow though. I hope she gets into form soon because it’s plain upsetting to see her fail during the GP series.

I didn’t see any of the other competitors since there were only a few videos posted on ontd_skating (not to mention I really should be working right now so I’m strapped for time), I didn’t get to see any of the other male competitors but my darling glittery rock star, Daisuke Takahashi is looking good. Gorgeous quad at the beginning although it was a shame he missed his triple axel. He does such high axels too… Sigh. I admit, my inner fangirl squealed just a little bit throughout the entire routine despite the mistakes. It’s a well constructed program. So, Daisuke, please work hard and give us a clean performance of that LP sometime in the future.

Adam Rippon won the men’s competition and I will say that he’s really turning into a podium threat. His new LP suits his lyrical style well and I’m rather excited for his future. (I’ll post his LP video when I find it again…)

Anyways, I really need to get off the internet. Until next time,

~The Rinkside Cafe