Predictions: Skate Canada International 2018


Somehow I forget every year how gruelling the GP series can be. Skate Canada is upon us and it’s time for predictions! Skate America last week was full of surprises (some of them in the best way possible) but that’s what makes predictions so much fun!


Predictions: Skate Canada International 2017


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!


Debrief: Skate Canada International 2015

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It was such a busy weekend for me that I actually didn’t get to watch Skate Canada live at all. Life, work and everything else in between has left me pretty sleep deprived at the moment. I will say though, I am very proud that my podium predictions were spot on for the men, pairs and ice dance competition. The ladies podium definitely threw me off but then again, I don’t think anyone expected Elizaveta Tuktamysheva to not win. More

Skate Canada Welcomes you to London, ON, Canada for the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships

As someone who is critical or perhaps a skeptic of nationalism (and a fan of Benedict Anderson), I find this video completely hilarious.


In any case…

World Figure Skating Championships
London, Ontario, Canada

Budweiser Gardens

March 10-17, 2013

Be excited.

~The Rinkside Cafe

The Battle of the Carmens

Why oh why am I doing this to myself? This is wayy too early in the morning to be up but I’ll be out all day tomorrow which means that I’ll miss all the figure skating events. As a result, I don’t think I’ll be covering the competitions in Skate Canada though I may do a post on a few highlights.

In any case, I’m pretty sure that if you’re following the GP series that you know that I’m not referring to the Battle of the Carmens at the 1988 Olympics between Katarina Witt and Debi Thomas. This new battle is between two ice dance teams and winning this battle will actually determine the winner of Skate Canada, unlike as previously thought.

In any case, the anticipation should be high for the free dance at Skate Canada. Reigning World Champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are in a virtual tie – leading by 0.01 points – with Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte. It’s a bit of an unusual situation and it seemed as if there were a lot of downgrades since the lack of distance between these two teams is really down to Tessa and Scott’s low technical elements score (TES). In a normal situation, Tessa and Scott would be leading by 5 to 10 points but unfortunately, they can’t rely on that lead to get them gold here.

I’ve already done a post on my thoughts of Cappellini & Lanotte’s Carmen. If you’re too lazy to read it, I’ll summarize it here: Anna and Luca’s Carmen is a very traditional one about the passion and the drama. Unfortunately, it fails to capture the complexity of Carmen as a character outside of her role as a seductress. And I hate the fact that Anna as Carmen dies at the end with a look of agony on her face. To end my blurb on this program, I’ll post this excerpt from the opera in Act IV when Carmen meets Don Jose and knows that her death is drawing near:

L’on m’avait avertie
que tu n’étais pas loin, que tu devais venir;
l’on m’avait mÍme dit de craindre pour ma vie;
mais je suis brave! je n’ai pas voulu fuir!

– Carmen

This season, Tessa and Scott decided to go for a more contemporary/modern dance interpretation of Carmen. They remark upon a few differences between the usual interpretation of Carmen and their interpretation in this article: “In the end of our story, it’s Carmen who has the power and she has her freedom; and Scott’s character, Don Jose, is just ruined.” Well, you could say that even in death, Carmen is triumphant: she is still free which is what she values most and Don Jose, who according to Carmen’s card predictions will die soon after her, is a man who has lost everything – his mother, his position in the army, the lover who he held so much passion for and most likely, Micaela, a potential wife who truly loved him and a symbol of his peaceful and “pure” past life. So Tessa, just because Carmen dies doesn’t mean she “lost” in any way.

What I do like about this interpretation is that it is the closest to what I think is Carmen, the entire character in Bizet’s opera (Prospere Merimee – sorry for the lack of accents – who wrote the original story had created an even more complex character it seems) – not Carmen the seductress or Carmen the gypsy. Carmen and the entirety of spirit.

I suppose I’ll end with a quote again from the opera, this time from a section that isn’t used very much in programs though Tessa and Scott do use it extensively. This moment comes at the end of Act II when Don Jose is freed from jail and is about to leave the tavern Lillas Pastias (and Carmen):

Ah!  le mot n’est pas galant,
mais qu’ importe!
Va, tu t’y feras quand tu verras
comme c’est beau, la vie errante,
pour pays, l’univers,
et pour loi, sa volonté,
et surtout, la chose enivrante:
La liberté!  la liberté!

– Carmen

Who do you think will win the Battle of the Carmens at Skate Canada?

~The Rinkside Cafe

Skate Canada International 2012: Predictions

Ok. I totally should be doing something else right now but I suppose I do need to do these predictions before the competition starts tomorrow as well. I also have a few comments on Tessa and Scott’s Carmen FD but those will have to wait until the weekend.

Prediction time! A picture of Tessa and Scott in practice beckons you in…


Team Canton Update: Virtue & Moir Staying with Marina – Confirmed

Although the article in my last post stated that all the top teams were staying with Marina Zueva, Skate Canada had yet to give its confirmation though as I said before, I think most of us would suspect that if any of the top 3 teams would defect to Igor, it would be Davis & White. In any case, according to this article, Skate Canada has now confirmed that the top Canadians are staying with Zueva. Unsurprising since I think they’re Marina’s favourites with her comparison of Tessa and Scott with the legendary Ekaterina Gordeeva & Sergei Grinkov and all.

Aunt Joyce has noted in this post that Igor was the technician who brought the Latin flair into a lot of Team Canton’s programs. I hope that Marina can find a suitable replacement because she cannot let any of the talent at Arctic Edge go to waste. On the flip side, I really don’t mind NOT seeing another Latin program from these teams. The Shibutanis need to figure out how to do sexy despite their siblinghood, Davis & White has yet to deliver a Latin routine that really excites me while I’m getting tired of the romantic or Latin themed programs from Tessa & Scott. Seriously, I want to see something different from them this season. Shock me and skate to something with heavy dramatiks (typo intentional) or skate to a story that isn’t romantic or sexy. Please, just stop being white bread. I have yet to be super excited for a V/M program since their Olympic season and they really need to bring fresh life into their skating. They said they were going to be innovative and take ice dance to whole new levels… so it’s time to be incomprehensibly creative like the French. Besides, this is the season to do it – branch out to show versatility and then stick to your big guns for the Olympics.


~Rinkside Cafe

Edit: Here is the official statement from Skate Canada.

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