World Championships 2015: The Ladies

Elizaveta TuktamyshevaThe ladies event at Worlds this year held a few surprises after a lackluster season. I’ve only recently accepted the fact that it will be a while before we see anyone with the ability of Mao Asada, Yuna Kim and Carolina Kostner and I think that with that in mind, the next season will be a little easier to swallow. Nonetheless, the results of Worlds this year are promising in a few respects and I thought I’d share a few thoughts about it in this post. More

European Championships 2015: Highlights and Recap

kavaguti smirnov euros 2015 spThe World Championships are looming ahead and I finally have time to sit down and catch up. First up: Euros. Let’s get right down to business, shall we? More

Look-Alikes: Frozen Edition

Look out, Meryl Davis, you’re not the only Disney princess gliding about in the skating world! So far at The Rinkside Cafe, I’ve already done a post on Disney Princesses (who look like Meryl Davis) and a post on the elegant Kiira Korpi. However, while listening to some songs from Disney’s new movie, Frozen, a thought came to me…

Some pictures have been flipped so that faces were facing the same way.

Here is Elsa, one of the main characters in Frozen:


Kiira Korpi looks a little like Elsa with her hair in a bun but the resemblance is most striking when you see this picture:

kiira korpi elsa

Someone needs to Photoshop a braid into this picture. Or see if Kiira is willing to cosplay as Elsa for us.

But then, I thought, Frozen is a sisters movie and it would be nice if we could have an Anna as well as an Elsa look-alike. I couldn’t quite find a perfect look-alike as I’ve never met or seen anyone with Anna’s face shape. Well, maybe Lily Cole but she’s not a figure skater so in the end, I thought the closest Anna look-alike I could find is Ashley Wagner with the streaks in her hair.



Ashley Wagner:

ashley wagner anna

Well, I tried.

Do you have any look-alike suggestions for Anna? (And did you like Frozen?) Or just in general? Let me know in the comments~!

EDIT: Reader Wendy Doeh mentioned that Kiira’s sister Petra, who inspired Kiira to skate, looks like Anna.

kiira and petra

OMG. Real life sisters who look like *the* Disney sister duo. Sorry, Meryl Davis, but you’re not the only Disney Princess.

~The Rinkside Cafe

Favourite Programs of the 2012/2013 Season So Far

Tessa and Scott Carmen

So the Grand Prix series is nearly over and we’re all anticipating the final. In the meantime, we’ve seen most of the programs being offered this season and here are my favourites so far:


SP: Yuzuru Hanyu – Parisienne Walkways

Gorgeous choreography, wonderful execution. I think I’ve talked about this program a lot already this season. Now it’s time to shut up and watch it again.

LP: Florent Amodio – Jumpin’ Jack/Broken Sorrow/To Build a Home

Still typical Morozov choreography but least this plays to Florent’s strengths. My preference for this program does not stem from any sense of amazement at seeing this program, rather it’s a sign that I’m not really that impressed with any of the LPs for the men this season and this was the most entertaining so far.


SP: Kiira Korpi – La Fille aux Cheveux de Lin

Dreamy, elegant and perfect for Kiira Korpi. She has yet to skate this to absolute perfection but when she does, it will be a delight to watch. This program reminds me of Chen Lu, circa 1997, Rachmaninoff no. 2.  Composed, soft and lovely.

LP: Akiko Suzuki – O (Cirque du Soleil)

The judges need to stop screwing Akiko over with low PCS. She deserves 8s in some of those categories. The energy, focus and beauty of this program really shone through here at NHK. I hope for a repeat performance that will be rewarded appropriately. Preferably a gold. At Worlds. Though one can only dream, really…


Ugh… do I really have to do this for discipline? Watching pairs is painful. As is making predictions.

SP: Kirsten Moore-Towers & Dylan Moscovitch – Motley Crew

Another difficult decision due to the mediocrity of the programs this year. This program would be a lot better if they actually, you know, put some energy into the performance.

LP: Yuko Kavaguti & Alexander Smirnov – February

The choreography needs to get smoothed out and it would be nice if the music had a few more accents and crescendos but overall it’s a lovely program. If only this team was consistent enough to do Tamara Moskvina’s work any justice.

Ice Dance

SD: Meryl Davis & Charlie White – Giselle

Floaty, joyful and playing to their strengths. I was dreading the incorporation of the Yankee Polka sequence into the SD this year but I’m glad these two relieved by fears. According to this article, Alex Wong from So You Think You Can Dance helped them with the choreography. I quite liked Alex when he was on SYTYCD. It’s too bad he got injured, I think he could’ve won.

FD: Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir – Carmen

Passion, skating and erogenous zone grabbing. Sex on ice and I love it.

What are your favourite programs of this season so far?

~The Rinkside Cafe

Cup of Russia 2012: Predictions

This week will be busy again so I’m writing these predictions quickly.


Even though Patrick Chan got defeated by Javier Fernandez at Skate Canada (shock!), I still think he has enough skating cred with the judges to muster a win here. Some interesting contenders for the rest of the podium would be the Japanese men, Nobunari Oda and Takahiko Kozuka. This competition could be really important for them since it could help the JFSA decide who the #3 Japanese man is. Oh yes, and Johnny Weir will be back and we get to see how he stacks up against some tough international competition here.


Gold: Patrick Chan
Silver: Takahiko Kozuka
Bronze: Nobunari Oda


The ladies competition could potentially be the contest of the young’ins. Adelina Sotnikova will have home ice advantage. In Russia. A year before the Olympics. In Russia. Alena Leonova had a really bad showing at her last grand prix but who knows what will happen. In Russia. That aside, Kiira Korpi is the only lady with a mature grace and may be able to medal here though she will face competition from some young ladies such as Kanako Murakami, who gave notice to not completely discounted when she won the bronze at Skate Canada. Gracie Gold is also on the roster but after her performance at Skate America, I’m not sure what to make of her anymore.


Gold: Adelina Sotnikova
Silver: Kanako Murakami
Bronze: Kiira Korpi


The two Russian teams have it to take the first two spots on the podium though the gold will undoubtedly go to Tatiana Volosozhar & Maxim Trankov. If Vera Bazarova manages to get her tiny, tiny frame off the ice and land her jumps, she and Yuri Larionov can take the silver. If this is the case, the bronze should go to Caydee Denney & John Coughlin.


Gold: Tatiana Volsosozhar & Maxim Trankov
Silver: Vera Bazarova & Yuri Larionov
Bronze: Caydee Denney & John Coughlin

Ice Dance

Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir will be back with their sexy Carmen which should propel them into gold. What will be interesting to see is the margin between them and Elena Ilinykh & Nikita Katsalapov. Rumour has it that Elena’s with Morozov now and we all know what happens when a girl dates Morozov… The Shibutanis will probably fall victim to politicking on the eve of the Sochi Olympics but it’ll be fun to see their polka since I think their bright and happy feel/style should make for a good interpretation in the SD. Their “Memoirs of a Geisha” FD on the other hand, I’m not so thrilled.


Gold: Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir
Silver: Elena Ilinykh & Nikita Katsalapov
Bronze: Maia & Alex Shibutani

What are your predictions for the Cup of Russia?

~The Rinkside Cafe

Cup of China 2012: Predictions

I’m so sorry for the delay on predictions. I’ve been so swamped this week with work and life and everything. I realize that with the time difference half the competition is done already but I’ll look at the roster without looking at the results and come up with predictions.

Mao beckons you in…


Favourite Programs of the Season So Far – 2011/2012 Edition

Finally! Some time! I actually started this post a while ago but it got bulldozed with the rest of the things I wanted to do in my free time in the last couple of weeks. I’m finally free for a glorious week or two but I’ll really try to keep up. I have a few posts in mind to write and I will deliver. In any case, the Grand Prix series has just ended and the season’s programs have been revealed. So far, these are my favourites:

(Yuzuru beckons you in with his adorable anime-character face…) More

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