Congratulations, Johnny and Tara!

Figure Skating - Winter Olympics Day 4

Quick, look fabulous figure skating fans, Johnny and Tara are in the house! According to this article, Tara and Johnny will now be the sports casters for figure skating starting this season, replacing Scott Hamilton and Sandra Bezic. They will also be the prime time sports casters for Pyeongchang 2018. Tracy Wilson, however, will continue her coverage of ice dance events.

I don’t usually watch NBC for my figure skating (I live up north where CBC reigns with its Canadian propaganda) but I welcome this change. I was never a fan of Scott Hamilton, skating-wise or with his commentary and a hint of fun and snark might liven the figure skating universe a little bit.

What are your thoughts? I’d love to hear them in the comments!

~The Rinkside Cafe

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Male/Male Pairs Skating (sort of) feat. Johnny Weir & Hongbo Zhao

In a Chinese ice show, Johnny Weir and Hongbo Zhao did a routine with a few pairs moves (well… the throw axel and they skated together). This program could’ve been more substantial as most of it consisted of Johnny doing laborious crossovers on the ice but the costumes were nice.

What did you think of this performance? Let me know in the comments!

~The Rinkside Cafe

Lysacek might have won the Olympics but he’s not a pop icon…

That title might go to his main foil and rival, Johnny Weir who seems to have grabbed a lot of attention from his outfits and role as commentator at the Sochi Olympics. This week, Johnny and Tara Lipinski are catching people’s attention with their really neat hats at the Kentucky Derby.

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For more news on it, check out this Buzzfeed article.

What do you think of Tara and Johnny’s hats? Let me know in the comments!

~The Rinkside Cafe

Throwback Thursday: Johnny Weir

It’s 6 weeks until Sochi begins so I decided that as a bit of a countdown, I will do a Throwback Thursday post every week until February 6th. Each Throwback Thursday post will feature the wonderful programs from the Vancouver 2010 season even if the video isn’t from the Olympics.

The first Throwback Thursday post goes to Johnny Weir and his “I Love You, I Hate You” short program.

I personally love this program because of how well it suits Johnny’s sassy attitude and at the same time shows off his athleticism. I’ll also admit that I adore the corset with the hot pink ribbons.

Stay fabulous, Johnny!

What did you think of Johnny’s program during the last Olympics? Leave your thoughts in the comments section!

~The Rinkside Cafe

All hail Prince Yuzuru, the New Japanese National Champion

This Tweet from Johnny Weir gave me some surprising news today:

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I think if Yuzuru can prove that he can consistently skate a free program that isn’t marred with mistakes and reduced speed in the second half, the JFSA is on their way to dumping Daisuke in favour of this youngin’ for an Olympic medal.

Daisuke Takahashi won the silver, as expected but Takahito Mura stole the bronze unexpectedly. Nobunari Oda and Takahiko Kozuka got 4th and 5th respectively.

I’ll try to get through some of the other competitors but my life is a bit of a mess right now. I’ll do my best.

~The Rinkside Cafe

Finlandia Trophy 2012: Men’s SP (+Johnny Weir’s Comeback Debut)

So the senior figure skating season is on it’s way with B-list events such as the Nebelhorn Trophy and the Finlandia Trophy. The Finlandia Trophy came with the bad news of Scott Moir’s injury which delayed fans from seeing Tessa and Scott’s new programs but they will need all their strength to beat Meryl and Charlie this season. Or not, seeing that Worlds is in their hometown this year.

In any case, with the Finlandia Trophy also came with a good lineup in the men’s competition, which also included Johnny Weir’s comeback debut. I don’t have much time but I will discuss the top 4. Anyone who wants to talk about the entire competition can post a link in the comments and I’ll add them in for the readers.

 

Javier Fernandez started his season well (whether or not he can keep it up is a totally different story) with a clean skate to Flamenco music. As much as I do admire Javier, I found my attention wavering. Maybe the program itself wasn’t all that exciting or he needs to sell it more but in the end, he’s first after the short program and that is awesome.

 

Yuzuru Hanyu came 2nd after the short program which had a few mistakes, including a possibly underrotated 4T and a tacked on 2T at the end of his 3F. (I’m assuming he was aiming for 3F-3T.) Other than that, I must say, wow. Am I watching Yuzuru or Daisuke before he busted his knee? I’m not a huge fan of programs set to rock and roll music but this program was sexy, smooth and interesting to watch. I love the flow in his movements and he’s skating with such an attack and speed I didn’t see last season. Despite the bobbles, I think this is a pretty good start to the season.

 

Richard Dornbush, who came in 3rd, was a pleasant surprise. I’m kind of not that enthused about the American men but I do admit that this guy has great lines. His jump content might be lacking a bit but I believe he does have a little more time to get things right. One critique I do have is that he needs to feel his music a little more. I didn’t quite feel the epicness of the music in his movement but I feel as if that’s something that will come over the course of the season.

 

Johnny’s comeback didn’t quite go as planned. I think he underrotated and two-footed his 4T at the beginning and gosh was he skating slow. After watching Yuzuru’s program, Johnny’s program to instrumental Lady Gaga was devoid of well… content. Barely any transitions, a lot of long pauses and a lot of front-loading with the jumps. The music itself was already a bit cringe-worthy but the program made it even more so. I smell Nikolai Morozov here… someone confirm these suspicions?

 

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

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