Predictions: NHK Trophy 2017

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I would not be surprised if the competition has started already by the time I’m writing this. It has been a busy week and I need to go to bed, and soon. Redux version of predictions now. Names on page, and here we go.

 
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Predictions: Skate Canada International 2017

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What am I doing in the name of figure skating love? I’ll be heading to Regina, Saskatchewan this weekend to watch Skate Canada live so there won’t be any tweets. I will admit to being bewildered at the thought of going to the Prairies and Saskatchewan of all places. Of all the Prairie provinces in Canada, I expected that I’d visit Saskatchewan last, if not ever. Oh well, I guess it’ll be an interesting opportunity to discover another Canadian city. Anyways, onwards to predictions! This will likely be short and sweet since I still need to pack and prepare for this weekend!

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Look-Alikes: Scott Moir

Confession: I absolutely adore CBC’s new adaptation of Anne of Green Gables.

It’s written by someone who worked on Breaking Bad (strange combination, isn’t it?) and it’s not completely faithful to the book but the spirit of Anne is there, along with the grim realities of her past, brought closer to the spotlight. While the book feels like something that Anne would write when she’s safe in Green Gables and in a good place mentally, the new series feels like you’re living through Anne’s experiences while it happens – the ups, the downs and every scrape and resolution in between. When you think about it, the book seemed very flippant about an adoptive family rejecting an orphan they decided to take in but as readers, we were okay with that because we knew that the book wouldn’t exist if Marilla and Matthew didn’t adopt Anne. The series doesn’t give you that comfort, which makes it very refreshing.

In any case, I’m only allowed to ramble about this series is because there’s a Scott Moir look-alike in Lucas Jade Zumann, the actor who plays Gilbert Blythe, Anne’s rival at school and future husband.

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Although he’s young, there is a resemblance between him and Scott, even in his mannerisms in Anne. I would show you the iconic slate smashing scene or the scene where they first meet but I feel as if it’s something to be enjoyed within the series. This scene, although in the last episode, should give you a sense without spoiling too much. There’s something about the way Lucas oscillates between being gentlemanly and a joker that reminds me of Scott.

Let me know if you agree in the comments! And feel free to discuss the Anne series too (I doubt that many of my friends have watched it so I’d love to hear your thoughts). For Canadians (or anyone able to get past the geoblock), the entire series is available on the CBC website. For everyone else, the series will be available on Netflix sometime in mid-May.

~The Rinkside Cafe

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: NHK Trophy 2016

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The exhaustion is real, people. I have spent the entire day talking about how tired I am and I will do so again if I don’t keel over and sleep. Keeping it real simple like I did with TEB  – names on the podium. I’ll hopefully have time to spell out my thoughts a bit more before the GPF. The roster here is fairly strong and hopefully that’ll make the predictions a little more straightforward. Though you never know. Ice is slippery, after all. Now, predictions!

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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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