Predictions: Worlds 2017

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Yes, I know, it’s been a while. Hello, darling Readers! Apologies for not putting up predictions for Euros of 4CC but things are busy on my end since the year began. It will be unlikely that I will post comprehensive predictions for the World Team Trophy (my guess right now is Russia, Japan and Canada though that may change after Worlds) since I’ll be on vacation right before it starts but we’ll see. For now, let’s content ourselves with our predictions for this year’s (very important) World Championships, which will decide how many skaters each country gets to send to the Olympics.

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Predictions: Grand Prix Final 2016

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I swore that I would be on top of things for the GPF so I am starting early this week. The only downside to this is that if there’s last minute withdrawals, I’ll have to change things up.

In any case, the GPF is looking to be an exciting competition where skaters will want to line themselves nicely going into Worlds. The stakes are higher this season because their standings at Worlds determine a) how many skaters their country gets to send to the Olympics and b) their reputation and momentum going into the Olympic season. The GPF will determine the course of a few things as we head into the stretch of the season devoted to Nationals, 4CC and Euros.

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Predictions: Skate Canada International 2016

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Tessa & Scott from Skate Canada International 2009.

I am so unbelievably excited for this weekend. I hesitated for the longest time to buy tickets but when I saw that Yuzuru and Tessa & Scott were on the roster, I was sold. Unlike Skate America last week, the roster here seems to be more focused on creating a pretty decent field with a seeded event. (Though right now, I’m good with the U.S. winning all the medals. Seriously, darling southern neighbours, you guys are already great. K? Hugs.) Now, onwards to predictions!

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Predictions: Worlds 2016

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I hope everyone had a lovely Easter long weekend! Once my precious days off were over, I realized that Worlds was starting very soon and I had to get my act together and do a Worlds predictions post. My last few predictions have been off the mark but hey, it happens and it won’t deter me from making more. So here goes!

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State of the Union: 2015/16 Season

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I usually write my State of the Union posts in January so that it coincides with the actual American SOTU address but things kept coming around and I find myself writing this now. Which in hindsight, isn’t actually that bad because some monumental things have happened at National-level competitions, which change the tone of the figure skating world going into the World Championships.

This season, I’ll change it up a little. This post used to be a long rambling of all the bits and pieces and I figure I’d try a new format and focus on four main themes, one for each discipline.

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Predictions: Four Continents 2016

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The Four Continents competition is upon us! The competition will be held in Taipei, Taiwan this year and if you’re going, be sure to check out some awesome local food and here’s a survival guide for a happy journey around Ilha Formosa! As for the skating – here are my predictions! (I sincerely hope I redeem myself a little bit after those disastrous predictions for the GPF…)

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Patrick Chan “On Ice” Icewine

Yes, I realize that I have a LOT of catching up to do but I’ve been trying to keep up with friends and bringing work home the last little bit so personal time has been scarce and precious. Not that I don’t love you all but I do need time to recharge so thank you for understanding. In any case, while you’re waiting for the boatload of posts, I thought I’d share with you my fun little experience over the winter holidays.

NOTE: This POST is for educational purposes only. If you’re not of legal drinking age, please respect the laws in your respective region and if you are legal, please drink responsibly.

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Patrick Chan icewine

So for those of you who aren’t familiar with icewine, it is a dessert wine that has its origins in Germany but Canada has now become one of the major producers of ice wine in the world, with most of it being made in the Niagara region in Ontario. The grapes are left on the vine to freeze and must be handpicked when the temperature reaches a sustained -8 degrees Celsius or lower. Between the end of the growing season and harvest, the grapes get dehydrated and freeze, which concentrates the sugars and flavours of the of grape. At the same time, this means that you get less juice per grape, which is part of the reason why ice wine is rather expensive, even for a common bottle you get at the liquor store.

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