Predictions: NHK Trophy 2015

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Another competition is upon us! The NHK Trophy is the last of the GP series before the Grand Prix Final and I am super excited!

In other news, CBC has reported that the ISU will use the standings from the SP as the final standings to calculate who gets into the GPF. This means that my predictions have completely gone into the garbage for TEB but in all honesty, I’m just glad that the skaters are safe. My continued thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by all of the terrible acts of terrorism around the world.

And now, back to our regular programming of predictions for this year’s NHK Trophy. More

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

Predictions: Skate Canada International 2015

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I had forgotten about how fast-paced these GP competitions are in terms of the blogging schedule. I have just recovered from Skate America and now we’re on to Skate Canada! Some of the competitions here will feature some great and exciting match-ups, making predictions hard but I’ll do my best! More

World Championships 2015: Highlights

Hello everyone! I am still in the process of catching up with some parts of the Worlds 2015 competition so I’ll be writing my recap posts throughout the week. While you’re waiting, here are some of the highlights from the competition. I’ll probably be adding some more videos throughout the week so stay tuned!


Qing Pang & Jian Tong may not have won the world title but in all honesty, that really does not matter at all. This performance was lovely and breathtaking.

Even though Yuko Kavaguti & Alexander Smirnov broke my heart in the LP, I have to admit that this skate was pretty good.

The sbs spins weren’t perfect but I enjoyed watching this all the same.

Not their best performance but this skate was a highlight for me because you can just see how this partnership has blossomed. Zhang, the veteran is completely calm but senses that his partner is nervous. He overcompensates for her a little bit at the beginning and supports her throughout the skate and they skate a solid program.

The triple axel was glorious. I was surprised to see that Elizaveta decided to go for it. I thought that she wasn’t going to in case she loses a world title over it but I’m so happy that a lady is bringing the triple axel back.

Still some of the best choreography this season.

Despite the rough landing on the opening 4T, the rest of this program went down smooth as butter as you would expect from Jeff Buttle’s intricate choreography and Yuzuru’s solid skating skills.

Not perfect but I absolutely adore the step sequences between the elements in this program. Smooth, intricate and really lovely.

Clean skate, which is refreshing, though not quite perfection. Still, a fun program to watch.

As mentioned above, I’ll likely be adding to this list as I catch-up with the segments I didn’t manage to watch live and I’ll be writing recap posts throughout the week. Stay tuned for that and my World Team Trophy Predictions!

~The Rinkside Cafe

Predictions: World Championships 2015

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The World Championships are upon us! I’m not sure if I should be sad that the season is almost over (we do have the World Team Trophy afterwards, after all) or if I should be happy that we’ve wrapped up a post-Olympic season and that we can look forward to more polished competitors in the fall. Either way, it’s time to make some predictions! More

State of the Union 2014/15

After watching Obama’s interesting speech yesterday, I decided to write this post as my GPF recap post while also commenting on how I feel the season will go now that we’ve reached the mid-way point. The GPF was quite a telling competition and already, certain pieces are starting to fall into place as the Olympic cycle is slowly picking up.

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Here are my thoughts on the GPF and what the competition is like as we go into the second half of the figure skating season. More

Predictions: The Grand Prix Final 2014

The Grand Prix Finals is upon us!

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I always find the GPF to be a defining moment in the season. The GPF is often the first time all the heavyweights come to compete after a series of seeded competitions where they can win or at least medal easily. Even without some of the top contenders on the list, the GPF can help or hinder skaters – they can either prove that they have what it takes to be on top in a tough field or they can fall into the wayside of irrelevancy. There are definitely some match-ups to watch this weekend, which will make for a good competition. Let’s just hope that actual good skating gets thrown into the mix here as well. More

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