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Figure Skating XXII.

Continuation of Figure Skating XXI.

by Anonymousreply 24617 hours ago

USA will win World Team Trophy

Samarin bombed so hard that put Russia out of contention for the win.

Japan still have 2 pairs segments where they will finish last

Btw, Zhou was way overscored

by Anonymousreply 104/11/2019

Poor Shoma. I want him and Kolyada to come to my house for some intensive psychotherapy - on my couch. Oh and my loveseat. I'll fix you both right up, I promise.

by Anonymousreply 204/11/2019

What's the purpose of having the World Team Trophy so soon after Worlds?

by Anonymousreply 304/11/2019

I guess they want to give the skaters time for a break - and for some of them, to finally do the last performance of their programs, to get them out of the way and out of their minds, before they get new music, choreography, and move on to thinking about the next season.

by Anonymousreply 404/11/2019

R3, it mostly seems to be a reward for top federations to get tons of prize money for their skaters. This is my first time watching, kind of a silly competition.

by Anonymousreply 504/11/2019

I wish Canada had sent Gilles & Poirier instead of Weaver & Poje.

by Anonymousreply 604/11/2019

Pairs SP

1) Zabjako/Enbert 75.80. Let's hope to see anymore their weird templars program

2) James/Cipres 73.48. They looked tired

3) Della Monica/Guarise 69.77

4) Moore Towers/Marinaro 68.38

5) Cain/LeDuc 66.91

6) Miura/Ichihashi 44.93 Amen

USA 58 points Japan 55 Russia 50 France 38 Canada 35 Italy 34

by Anonymousreply 704/12/2019

Canada is really sucking at this team event so far.

by Anonymousreply 804/12/2019

Me too R6.

by Anonymousreply 904/12/2019

*not to see

Re Z/E

by Anonymousreply 1004/12/2019

Kaitlyn Weaver looks so old. I can't believe she's only 30.

by Anonymousreply 1104/12/2019

Sinitsina/Katsalapov over 130 in the FD

by Anonymousreply 1204/12/2019

I've never liked Weaver -- she's always been so cold. Although I think she skated well this season.

Poje is also cold, and is 32 now. He is handsome though, and as we've talked about on other threads, probably gay.

by Anonymousreply 1304/12/2019

Papadakis and Ciceron got 135.8

10 in Interpretation and Composition

Free Dance

Papadakis/Cizeron 135.82 SB

Sinitsina/Katsalapov 130.63 SB

Hubbell/Donohue 127.11

Weaver/Poje 124.18 SB

Guignard/Fabbri 122.29 SB

Koleto and Beard 99.31 SB

by Anonymousreply 1404/12/2019

10 by all judges to Papadakis/Cizeron in Interpretation and Performance. No mark lower than 9.75

At least 3 10s by all judges except for the Japanese judge

French judge gave 10s and +5 in everything.

Sin/Kats got 10s in Interepration by Japan, Russia, Germany, Poland, France and USA.

Russia and France marked them with 10 also in Performance. A 10 in Composition by Japan.

by Anonymousreply 1504/12/2019

I don't get why S/K are getting such high PCS scores.

by Anonymousreply 1604/12/2019

r16 The same reason Nathan Chen gets such high PCS scores.

by Anonymousreply 1704/12/2019

R16 Lets hope it is only for WTT

by Anonymousreply 1804/12/2019

It's because Russia has been politicking the judges for the past season to move S/K onto the podium, which they succeeded at doing last month at Worlds.

by Anonymousreply 1904/12/2019

USA was too busy politicking for Men. Otherwise these PCS and uncalled UR for Vincent Zhou couldn't be explained

by Anonymousreply 2004/12/2019

Please, R20. The world is just finally now seeing that the artistic vision I bring to my instagram posts is also beautifully unfolding on the ice.

by Anonymousreply 2104/12/2019

So anyone know yet whether Paul Poirier has a boyfriend?

by Anonymousreply 2204/12/2019

Even Vincent said he UR'ed but "the judges didn't think so". Lol...

by Anonymousreply 2304/12/2019

Combining SP and FS at WTT (they count for Season Best lists used for GP assignments)

Chen 301.44

Zhou 299.01 SB

Uno 282.24

Rizzo 260.53 SB

Tanaka 258.84 SB

Messing 257.79

Nguyen 251.97 SB

Lazukin 249.33 SB

Aymoz 239.05

Samarin 230.37

Grassl 228.36

Siao Fa 204.67


Tuktamysheva 234.43 SB

Tennell 225.64 SB

Sakamoto 223.65 SB

Kihira 222.34

Samodurova 207.45

Bell 206.06

Piredda 180.55 SB

Meité 173.67

Daleman 171.81

Lecavelier 170.24

Rodeghiero 155.09

Chartrand 147.27


James/Cipres 226.00 SB

Zabjako/Enbert 217.12

Della Monica/Guarise 200.62

Moore Towers/Marinaro 200.22

Cain/LeDuc 192.15

Miura/Ichihashi 137.91


Papadakis/Cizeron 223.13 SB

Sinitsina/Katsalapov 215.20 SB

Hubbell/Donohue 209.97

Weaver/Poje 203.78

Guignard/Fabbri 202.54 SB

Komatsbura/Koleto 160.24 SB

by Anonymousreply 2404/13/2019

[quote] , it mostly seems to be a reward for top federations to get tons of prize money for their skaters. This is my first time watching, kind of a silly competition.

My favorite of the season was the Japan Open, where Alina Zagitova had a higher free skate score than Javier Fernandez or Nathan Chen.

Now that was fun! Especially watching Javi's pissy reaction. Alina can always say she beat them both lol.

by Anonymousreply 2504/13/2019

Picture her potential bitch face while she was saying this and thinking about the Shibutanis..

Madison Hubbell (USA), 2019 World Team Trophy Champions team: This is my first experience, so I have not lived another format. I unfortunately was not able to participate in the team event at the last Olympics. The feeling I have is that while it should be mandatory to have a different skater for each segment. At the Olympics they should allow two entries for all of the events, because I think there are many teams with an abundant amount of talented skaters. I know that my federation would have loved to put two more skaters on that team and give them the chance to come home with a medal. That is something I would like them to consider for Beijing.

by Anonymousreply 2604/13/2019

R26 Thanks for the Team Bronze Medal, Maddie!

If it makes you feel better, Maia and I had to suck a few cocks to shut you and Zach out of getting one, but as Sinatra says, "That's Life!"

by Anonymousreply 2704/13/2019

I like the Shibs in general, but was annoyed by their social media bragging about their Olympic medals a year later, while the world championships were going on. As far as I know, they made no congratulatory or well meaning messages to their fellow teammates who were competing there. And I agree their online merchandise looks tacky. Who would buy and wear those overpriced sweats and tees that say "Twizzle" or "Shibsibs"?

by Anonymousreply 2804/14/2019

I don't hate them, but I find the Shbs annoying. They're decent skaters, but they have a high opinion of themselves. And had it not been for Zach Donohue making a mistake in the Free Dance, they wouldn't have won the Bronze medal anyway.

by Anonymousreply 2904/14/2019

I think the Shibs are desperate right now because their double bronze medals aren't getting the the entertainment and financial opportunities they were hoping for. It's also going to tough for them to return to competitive skating because they're been surpassed by teams domestically and internationally. I enjoyed much of the Shibs' creative work as competitive athletes, particularly the Fix You program a few years ago, and sympathized with their challenges making it in ice dance as siblings. But I concur with everyone who's found they've gotten annoying since around the Olympics.

by Anonymousreply 3004/15/2019

Technical Rules for 2019-20 Ice Dance have been published

by Anonymousreply 3104/15/2019

Lady may wear trousers in the Rhythm Dance, not in the Free Dance

by Anonymousreply 3204/15/2019

Hubbell and Donohue pissed their chance for an Olympic medal by skating to such a horrible free dance.

Now they are playing catch up with Chock and Bates who are likely to return to the world podium in 2020.

by Anonymousreply 3304/15/2019

But Hubbell and Donohue are the ones that won the World medal last month, R33. So I'm not sure there are any guarantees for Chock and Bates.

by Anonymousreply 3404/15/2019

Annika Hocke/Ruben Blommaert have split.....will there be any Pairs left standing by the start of the new season?

by Anonymousreply 3504/15/2019

Who were they anyway? Maybe the Knierims will quit if they lack funding.

by Anonymousreply 3604/15/2019

Does the U.S. still only get one Pairs spot for Worlds?

by Anonymousreply 3704/15/2019

I think so, but I'm not a big pairs fan, so I may be wrong.

by Anonymousreply 3804/15/2019

If there's only one Pairs spot to Worlds, there really isn't much point for a lot of these U.S. pairs to compete anyway.

Very few of them will ever make it out of the U.S.

by Anonymousreply 3904/15/2019

Hocke/Bloammaert is one of the German pairs. Germany is now left with only Hase/Seegert

US will have 2 pairs at 2020 Worlds

by Anonymousreply 4004/15/2019

Pairs spot at 2020 Worlds are

China 3

Russia 3

France 2 (but may not fill the second spot. Their Junior pair coming up should be able to do minimum for Europeans but can struggle to achieve that for Worlds. And then anyway it depends on if Didier wants to send you )

Canada 2

Italy 2


Austria 2 (won't fill the second spot)

Germany 2 (if no new partnership emerges from the split, they won't fill the second spot)


France 3 (I guess they will likely fill 2 of them)

Russia 3

Italy 3 (they will leave the third spot vacant)

Germany 2 (again, they may not have a second pair anymore)

Spain 2 (their second team should struggle to achieve the minimums)

Croatia 2 (I don't remember any second pair...maybe some crappy Junior, but again there is the minimum to get)

UK 2 (no second pair existent)

by Anonymousreply 4104/15/2019

Soon it'll be really easy to be one of the top 10 pairs in the world because only 10-12 pairs will compete. Eek.

by Anonymousreply 4204/16/2019

At Euros there were only 10 pairs who finished the competition this everybody made the top 10...even the old British lady, the crappy gay second Italian, the black Croatian....

at Worlds everybody qualified for the FS because there were less than 20 pairs entered.

by Anonymousreply 4304/16/2019

Why are there fewer pairs than usual this year?

by Anonymousreply 4404/16/2019


2019 Worlds: 19 Pairs

2018: 28

2017: 28

2016: 22

2015: 19

2014: 23

2013: 18

2012: 23

2011: 22

2017-18 was a peak. Some good pairs were left out from FS last year and so last summer ISU increased the numbers of pairs making the FS from 16 to 20....but this renaissance of Pairs didn't last long and now they are back at around 20 with the last of them not being really worthy to see twice

by Anonymousreply 4504/16/2019

Paul Poirier's bottoming position?

by Anonymousreply 4604/18/2019

Pairs skating is incredibly dangerous and what is the potential payoff. Look at the top US team of Cain and Leduc, who aren't even being offered to skate in Stars on Ice. How much money are their families paying every year for them to train? The risk of severe injury is there every single time they practice. Even if I had a child who were talented in figure skating, I would not want him/her to go into pairs. Or dance, which is incredibly boring.

by Anonymousreply 4704/18/2019

r47 I feel like Dance only got really boring this past season. It used to be fairly enjoyable to watch, not like pre CoP but still ok, but now it's a fucking snooze.

by Anonymousreply 4804/18/2019

R47, you may find dance boring, but U.S. dance is thriving right now, so there are lots of opportunities for U.S. dance teams. Pairs, obviously not.

by Anonymousreply 4904/18/2019

R47 I guess their training costs are lower with their parents as their coaches? But yeah, Cain had the horrible concussion, and it mostly ended up with a ton of people (many not skating fans) concern trolling how an adult woman handled her post-concussion pain and insulting her partner. They got viral fame from the incident but no real financial payoff.

by Anonymousreply 5004/18/2019

Manta/Johnson are retiring. They got a gig at Cirque du Soleil and they are accepting it

by Anonymousreply 5104/19/2019

So are Cain & LeDuc in a good position to hold onto the U.S. Pairs Title next year?

by Anonymousreply 5204/19/2019

Maybe, but I thought Kayne and O'Shea were going to win nationals until their mistake toward the end of their free skate.

by Anonymousreply 5304/19/2019

R51, Cirque du Soleil seems like a good fit for Manta and Johnson.

R52, it depends on how Kanye & O'Shea and the Knierems look next season. Cain / DeLuc are the most consistent US pair right now.

by Anonymousreply 5404/19/2019

SkateAmerica ticket sales are open now. It's in Las Vegas, October 17 to 20th.

by Anonymousreply 5504/19/2019

can somebody tell Stars on Ice that we are not in the 90s anymore?

by Anonymousreply 5604/20/2019

Those clothes are atrocious. Did the skaters pick the outfits themselves? Awful!

by Anonymousreply 5704/20/2019

I'm getting all the ice shows confused. So the three Russian girls Med/Zag/Tuk are doing Stars on Ice in Canada (and US?) plus they're doing all the Fantasy on Ice dates in Japan? And there's yet another ice show going on now in Korea with Med and Junhwan Cha?

Sorry to be annoying - I don't even know where to go to find the listings of the ice shows, locations, and stars. I think I read Miki Ando was being dropped from FaoI (for the first time in a long while?)

Oh and Eteri has an ice show? Plus Plushenko, Fernandez, and Kostner... oh I give up. Never mind.

by Anonymousreply 5804/20/2019

Stars on Ice USA have just US skaters

Stars on Ice Canada have Canadian skaters + Medvedeva + Papadakis/Cizeron

Stars on Ice Japan have Japanese skaters + Med/Zag/Tuk + Chan + Chen + Duhamel/Redford + Lambiel/Vasiljevs + Shibutanis

Then in Japan there are 100 other shows...Fantasy on Ice, Prince on Ice, Whatever on Ice

by Anonymousreply 5904/20/2019

Stars on Ice Canada added Gilles & Poirier for the first time this year.

Anyone who sees Paul Poirier's ass in person, please give details.

by Anonymousreply 6004/20/2019

Thank you R59!

by Anonymousreply 6104/20/2019

I saw Junhwan Cha wearing the jacket covered in leaves or something - was that Stars on Ice Canada? Or was he in Korea - I 'think' Med was with him though.

And I think Jeremy Abbott is skating in Stars on Ice Canada.

by Anonymousreply 6204/20/2019

r62 probably Korea. They are doing a show there. Jason Brown and Medvedeva are in that too

by Anonymousreply 6304/20/2019

[quote]And I think Jeremy Abbott is skating in Stars on Ice Canada.

Do you think he'll hit on Paul Poirier?

by Anonymousreply 6404/20/2019

God I hope so - we need some gossip now that Javi and Eric have quit canoodling in the Tokyo alleyways.

by Anonymousreply 6504/20/2019

Abbott is in Stars on Ice US

Canada is this line up

Elvis Stojko and Kurt Browning.....

by Anonymousreply 6604/20/2019

Carreira/Ponomarenko's Free Dance for 2019-20: Flamenco (Farrucas+ Malagueña + "an assortment of other songs"

by Anonymousreply 6704/20/2019

A new Paul Poirier modeling photo:

by Anonymousreply 6804/20/2019

Paul Poirier modeling photo #2:

by Anonymousreply 6904/20/2019

Paul Poirier modeling photo #3:

by Anonymousreply 7004/20/2019

To be fair R57, the 90s were an atrocious time for fashion.

by Anonymousreply 7104/21/2019

Meagan Duhamel said that both Sui and Han were very funny people. (in her guest appearance with Dave Lease on his TSL vlog after Worlds)

In a recent interview, when they were talking about what to focus on for their lp, Sui interrupted Han's lengthy answer saying, "级别,哥“ (levels, bro)

by Anonymousreply 7204/21/2019

Paul's hair looks like a Ronald McDonald wig.

by Anonymousreply 7304/21/2019

Paul's hair does get a little wild sometimes. Very thick.

But at least he's not going to go bald any time soon.

by Anonymousreply 7404/21/2019

This was "liked" by another pretty boy, Stephane Lambiel.

by Anonymousreply 7504/22/2019

R75, I notice that Guillaume Cizeron liked it, too.

by Anonymousreply 7604/22/2019

Anyone going to Skate America? Wonder if it's worth the ticket prices.

by Anonymousreply 7704/22/2019

I ordered my SkateAmerica tickets a couple of days ago. It's going to be the only competition I go to this year and I'm in California so I decided to go for it. The weather should be nice in October.

by Anonymousreply 7804/22/2019

Didn't they just hold the Four Continents in California?

by Anonymousreply 7904/22/2019

R79 yes, but Skate America is is Las Vegas this year, not CA. It's probably within driving distance or a quick flight away for R78.

by Anonymousreply 8004/23/2019

Alex Shibutani got a girl and I am still to find a rich potential husband. Unfair

by Anonymousreply 8104/23/2019

Who's the girl Alex is with?

by Anonymousreply 8204/23/2019

Half polish half japanese

by Anonymousreply 8304/23/2019

R82 she is an ensemble member of Hamilton

by Anonymousreply 8404/23/2019

Yeah, I found the pic:

by Anonymousreply 8504/23/2019

Good for them. It's about time he dated anyone. Isn't he 26 or 27?

by Anonymousreply 8604/23/2019

He turns 28 in 2 days, R86:

by Anonymousreply 8704/23/2019

It's about time I stopped being a 30 year old virgin who can't talk to any women but my sister!

by Anonymousreply 8804/24/2019

Here's a pic of Paul Poirier that hasn't been posted before:

by Anonymousreply 8904/24/2019

Alex is very good looking.

by Anonymousreply 9004/24/2019

Alex is okay, but he's not a pretty twink like Paul Poirier.

by Anonymousreply 9104/24/2019

Alex is ok, sort of bland looking. Well what a nice way for him to get more attention on social media.

Did Adam Rippon get a show or something?

by Anonymousreply 9204/24/2019

Tim Dolensky and Angela Wang (who were not in the USFSA International Selection Pool published last month) have joined a cruise skating show called Symphony of the Seas

Camden Pulkinen have dropped Tom Zakrajsek and will be coached by Tammy Gambill and Damon Allen. The split seems amicable judging by their social media interactions.

by Anonymousreply 9304/25/2019

By trying to go Hollywood, did Adam burn all his bridges to the ice-show circuit? Or is he crowded out by Johnny Weir and Jason Brown?

by Anonymousreply 9404/25/2019

R94 I wondered about his absence from Stars on Ice USA. But Weir is not the problem in not getting that. Outside North America, I don't think Rippon's fame has much traction. So he doesn't get international Ice Shows

by Anonymousreply 9504/25/2019

[R94] Has Adam even kept up with his skating? He seems like the type whose body will go to pot quickly if he stops training. I'm sure he's making more money being a Hollywood celebrity than he would doing SOI. Brown is only doing a handful of SOI shows because he elected to do a show in Korea and to assist Orser and Wilson teaching in China. Weir puts more energy into maintaining his skating skills than Rippon ever did.

by Anonymousreply 9604/25/2019

I don't think Adam has burned any bridges, he is just not interested in skating in those shows. Too much effort for that little money. I'm sure SOI would have loved to have him, they'd sell more tickets to casual skating fans if he was in it.

by Anonymousreply 9704/25/2019

Who needs ice shows when you've got a Youtube channel?

by Anonymousreply 9804/25/2019

Zagorski/Guerreiro musical for RD is Chicago

by Anonymousreply 9904/25/2019

Another Paul Poirier shoot:

by Anonymousreply 10004/25/2019

Duhamel is pregnant.

Savchenko too.

by Anonymousreply 10104/26/2019

R101, well, they're getting on in age and are in their 30's now, so they have to have those kids soon.

by Anonymousreply 10204/26/2019

Duhamel posted a baby bump photo & a pic with her husband looking at a baby book:

by Anonymousreply 10304/26/2019

It's weird because she looks like a teenage boy. In a TSL episode, she was more butch than Dave and Jonathan.

by Anonymousreply 10404/26/2019

And acts like one too.

by Anonymousreply 10504/26/2019

Yeah, she & Eric were an unusual pair -- he was an artistic gay guy and she was a butch woman.

by Anonymousreply 10604/26/2019

Danny O'Shea has gone bold

by Anonymousreply 10704/28/2019

Another pic from the Paul Poirier shoot:

by Anonymousreply 10804/28/2019

The bald look makes him look like he's in his late 30s. Not flattering. What's Paul trying to do with his attention whoring photos? Get a modeling or escort career going?

by Anonymousreply 10904/28/2019

What bald look, R109?

by Anonymousreply 11004/28/2019

I was referring to Danny O'Shea's bald look

by Anonymousreply 11104/29/2019

R111, it was confusing because you joined your sentence about Danny O'Shea in the same paragraph with your sentence about Paul Poirier.

by Anonymousreply 11204/29/2019

Marcotte and Duhamel are moving to Oakville to launch a new Pairs training program

I wonder if Marinaro/Moore Towers will move or stay in Montreal with Gauthier.

Tarasova/Morozov will move to Florida to work with Zueva. Nina Mozer will visit from time to time

by Anonymousreply 11304/30/2019

Broadway/Operetta Rhythm Dance for Hurtado/Khaliavin: Holly Dolly

by Anonymousreply 11404/30/2019

Nice view of Paul Poirier's butt:

by Anonymousreply 11504/30/2019

Popova/ Mozgov's RD: Cabaret

so far we have

Grease, Mamma Mia, Hello, Dolly, Cabaret.

Who will be the first Les Mis?

by Anonymousreply 11604/30/2019

Also we have already a Chicago

by Anonymousreply 11704/30/2019

Anyone doing Die Fledermaus? Or does it count?

by Anonymousreply 11805/01/2019

One more pic from the Paul Poirier shoot:

by Anonymousreply 11905/01/2019

This one is better:

by Anonymousreply 12005/01/2019

R118 I wonder how many will choose Operetta instead of Musicals

by Anonymousreply 12105/01/2019

Who takes all these photos of Paul and why???

by Anonymousreply 12205/02/2019

Hubbell and Donohue are doing A Star is Born. FD as it is not allowed in the RD according to ISU Communication.

by Anonymousreply 12305/02/2019

R122, Paul is a pretty twink, so it's not surprising that he's getting modeling gigs with different magazines.

I'm glad we're getting to see more of him.

by Anonymousreply 12405/02/2019

Here's a skating podcast that explains the music requirements for the RD this year.

by Anonymousreply 12505/02/2019

Not complaining, but who gets in the bathtub with half their clothes on? Photographers' and stylists' creative ideas are so silly (and we've seen them all a thousand time before). Thanks, though, Paul!!

by Anonymousreply 12605/02/2019

R126, well, Paul is an athlete, not a porn star, so we can't expect him to take *all* his clothes off.

He's wearing wet shorts, and even showing some pubes, so that's quite revealing for a figure skater.

by Anonymousreply 12705/02/2019

Ilyuschechkina/Bilodeau's programs will be choreographed by Cizeron and Dubreuil

Osmond has announced retirement. Unsurprisingly

Hurtado/Khaliavin's FD is Flamenco. Choreo by Antonio Najarro

Evdokimova/Bazin are doing a Schinder's List FD.

Karen Chen has announced her new programs. But since it's Karen Chen, she will probably change by the end of next week

Kolyada will do a Charlie Chaplin FP

Marin Honds will keep this season's SP. FS will be La La Land with a choreo by Lori Nichol.

Kostantinova will do Moulin Rouge in the FS. And Tomono too.

Takahashi is keeping last year's FS

by Anonymousreply 12805/03/2019

Kaetlyn Osmond has announced her retirement.

by Anonymousreply 12905/03/2019

I was hoping the Japanese ladies would get better programs this year... but Kolyada why.

by Anonymousreply 13005/03/2019

The only man who should be allowed to do a Chaplin program is Fernández. And only if he’s wearing that skintight gray costume from the 2017-18 season SP (a fine distraction from the corny choreo) - so not the vest ensemble from the 2012-13 FS (which he brought back for his ice shows in Spain last year. At least this allowed Queen Yuna to shine.)

by Anonymousreply 13105/03/2019

Agreed with you on the Fernandez and Chaplin. Speaking of Queen Yuna... apparently Lilbet is doing a Danse Macabre program this coming season. I'm gonna be watching and missing the Queen all throughout. Sad.

by Anonymousreply 13205/03/2019

Oda had a better Chaplin program than Fernandez. B/S had better Chaplin program than Fernandez.

by Anonymousreply 13305/03/2019

Zagorski/Guerreiro are getting choreo from Dean.

They had programs by Dean also last season. Problem is that their skills are not that great and some programs don't work if you are mediocre. In some cases it is better to have some traditional boring warhorse rather than something interesting but that you can't execute well and in the end just highlight your weakness.

by Anonymousreply 13405/04/2019

Programs involving Charlie Chaplin, Carmen, and Phantom of the Opera should be outlawed. Anyone even thinking about one of them should be Kerriganed.

by Anonymousreply 13505/04/2019

Dean did a great job masking Duchesnays weaknesses and atrocious skating skills. He was quite good for Piper Gilles’s non-existing skating skills as well.

by Anonymousreply 13605/04/2019

Gilles is not as strong a skater as Poirier, but I wouldn't say she has no skating skills.

She was definitely weaker than Poirier when they first started, but she's worked hard to improve her skills since then.

by Anonymousreply 13705/04/2019

Reed#3 is working on a new passport

by Anonymousreply 13805/06/2019

I warn out, Lithuania is hard to get.

But my dad could got it for me.

by Anonymousreply 13905/06/2019

I agree with R135, but please add Moulin Rouge.

by Anonymousreply 14005/06/2019

R120...boy, that Paul sure knows how pretty his is.

Flaunt it if you got it, I guess.

by Anonymousreply 14105/06/2019

R140 Are you saying you weren't moved to tears by Zhou's historic Moulin Rouge?

by Anonymousreply 14205/06/2019

has any dance team announced a moulin rouge finnstep yet for next season?

by Anonymousreply 14305/06/2019

Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir extend break from ice dance competition

by Anonymousreply 14405/08/2019

Ashley Wagner pretends she is not retired and announces she will miss GP season

Ditto Nagasu

by Anonymousreply 14505/08/2019

They're not competitive anymore. I saw one of Ashley's recent SOI numbers, and it was mostly strutting around acting sassy or sultry, plus a big entry into a ... 1.5 toe loop attempt! Even her double axel looked small and eked out. Mirai looks to have gained some pounds. Unless they're looking to be in 10-15th place at worlds, they might as well retire, sorry.

by Anonymousreply 14605/08/2019

Mirai has always struggled with her weight. I think she enjoys going out and had trouble training hard enough for years. Ashley Wagner just seems over it all.

by Anonymousreply 14705/09/2019

Did Mirai at least perform a little more high level than Ashley in the SOI? When I saw them last year I was far more impressed with Mirai than Ashley but I don't know if things have changed since then.

by Anonymousreply 14805/10/2019

Guillaume Cizeron is on vacation in Greece:

by Anonymousreply 14905/10/2019


The sad thing is that, unlike Ashley, Mirai could've been one of the greats had she trained harder. Her talent and potential was world class, but she pissed it all away by being lazy and not keeping her body in athlete shape.

by Anonymousreply 15005/10/2019

Is Mirai the skater that was dumped by legendary coach Frank Carroll?

by Anonymousreply 15105/10/2019

Yup, R151.

Tim Goebel, Gracie Gold and Mirai were all dumped by Frank, presumably over their lack of work ethic.

He don't play. Either you give 100% or he's out.

by Anonymousreply 15205/10/2019

I think Gracie’s problems were more than just lack of work ethic, but yeah, he seems to practice Eteri’s “shut up and work, or you’re out” method.

by Anonymousreply 15305/10/2019

I agree R150, even as someone who never really cared for Mirai's skating. Her talent was out of this world.

by Anonymousreply 15405/11/2019

She deserved the bronze at the 2010 Olympics. At least she had a long competitive career, lasting longer than Zhang, Flatt, Gold, etc.

by Anonymousreply 15505/11/2019

Mirai was never high in world standings anyways.

by Anonymousreply 15605/11/2019

[quote]She deserved the bronze at the 2010 Olympics.

Hard to say.

It's true that there was a home ice advantage for Joannie Rochette of Canada.

by Anonymousreply 15705/11/2019

And here we go withe the usual Russian ice dance splits among top Junior teams

Elizaveta KHUDAIBERDIEVA / Nikita NAZAROV, Silver at Junior Worlds, have split

by Anonymousreply 15805/13/2019

How is Vincent doing? He isn't back performing in SOI so far. Is he going to college this fall or maybe next year? It sounded like he's already applied to places like Brown.

by Anonymousreply 15905/14/2019


I am working hard

Redefining my standard

of rotation

and good poetry

and good colleges

as I whisper sweet nothings

to my jump coach.

Thanks for asking.

by Anonymousreply 16005/15/2019

They need to do something to make ice dance more watchable. It's boring seeing skaters just glide around to music with only a couple of twizzles thrown in. At least with pairs or singles, you've got the anticipation of 'will they or won't they' land the jump.

Maybe make the cunningliftus a mandatory move like the twizzle. It'd be fun to see which skaters can do it.

by Anonymousreply 16105/15/2019

It's only "just glide around to music with only a couple of twizzles" if all you understand of the sport is jump vs. glide vs. twizzle.

It will become much more interesting if you take an interest in the elements, trust me. Ice dancers have far superior edge control and skating skills than most figure skaters.

by Anonymousreply 16205/15/2019

Or maybe just don't watch ice dancing. I haven't watched the women's events in years and years because they do nothing for me, although I can certainly appreciate their talent and athleticism.

by Anonymousreply 16305/15/2019

Agree with R163. I've never been a big fan of ice dancing and just don't watch it much.

by Anonymousreply 16405/16/2019

For me, ice dancing is so boring except for the top medal contenders. Although seeing bottom tier dancers makes me appreciate how hard it is and how difficult it is to skate in synch wih someone else, without drawing blood and making it look effortless. At one nationals, a saw a less competitive team have a painful fall while simply zooming around together during warm up. They had to withdraw due to someone suffering a knee injury.

by Anonymousreply 16505/16/2019

Mariah Bell SP: Work Bitch by Britney Spears. Choreography: Adam Rippon

by Anonymousreply 16605/17/2019

I don't like contemporary ice dance because so much of it is boring "Montreal mush" faux romantic crap. I like the voidy 6.0 era ice dance like Anissina/Peizerat, Klimova/Ponamarenko, etc.

by Anonymousreply 16705/17/2019

Mariah Bell doing Britney Spears???

by Anonymousreply 16805/17/2019


FS: Petrushka by Igor Stravinsky. Choreo by Tom Dickson


SP: "Bloodstream" by Tokio Myers FP: Tosca

Both choreos by himself

by Anonymousreply 16905/17/2019

I hope Torgashev can finally land his jumps. He is a much nicer/better skater than Hiwatashi and Krasnozhon, skating skills and posture wise.

by Anonymousreply 17005/17/2019

I enjoy Torgashev as well and hope he turns it on this season and lives up to his potential.

by Anonymousreply 17105/17/2019

[R170] Better than Krasnozhon who skates like a truck driver, but Hiwatashi's skills are pretty good.

by Anonymousreply 17205/18/2019

Yeah, I also like Hiwatashi.

by Anonymousreply 17305/18/2019

Torgashev is a great skater but needs to get a triple axel to be competitive. I like him, but right now Hiwatashi has the most complete package of the new seniors.

by Anonymousreply 17405/19/2019

Komatsubara/Koleto RD: Dreamgirls

(FS is Lord of the Dance)

by Anonymousreply 17505/19/2019

Did Torgashev have a triple axel before he suffered his injury (can't remember specifics, maybe a broken leg)? I also hope Camden Pulkinen can pull it together. Who else would be in the top half at US nationals? With Tim Dolensky retired, I can't think of anyone else with a shot at top 6. Jimmy Ma is ok, and at least he has a quad toe half the time. He'll be more fun to watch if he keeps up the contemporary fast numbers. Emmanuel Savary has a quad sal and might be able to finally break out of the pack too.

by Anonymousreply 17605/19/2019

Krasnozhon programs

SP: Freedom by Pharrell Williams. Choreo by Alex Johnson

FS: Dracula

by Anonymousreply 17705/20/2019

Bridget Namiotka comes out accusing Caughlin of abusing her for years. She claims there are 10 other girls

Coughlin's agent and Craig Maurizi's wife comes out as an idiot.

by Anonymousreply 17805/20/2019

I believe her, but geez, some people in the skating world really need to focus more on getting a good education. English grammar classes, please.

by Anonymousreply 17905/21/2019

Announced skaters' programs for 2019-2020.

by Anonymousreply 18005/26/2019

Friend/Badaoui (Australia)

Rythmn Dance: The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert!

by Anonymousreply 18105/27/2019

Zueva finally got a new team...

well it is Wagret/Souquet from France...

by Anonymousreply 18205/27/2019

Hawayek/Baker are Saturday Night Fever in the RD

by Anonymousreply 18305/29/2019

Ashley Cain is marrying her very heterosexual looking fiance today.

by Anonymousreply 18406/01/2019

The Spanish pair, Barquero/Maestu, split. It seems the reason of the split is an injury he got that apparently will keep him off ice long.

Pairs field is getting smaller and smaller. After the top pairs, you just skip the "also runs" and you are left with random people who are there because everybody else has split.

2020-21 Rhythm Dance will be...Theme: folk...Pattern: Ravensburger Waltz (Senior); Westminster Waltz (Junior).

by Anonymousreply 18506/01/2019

The last part of ToshI's blog, today I think: And About Mr. Yuzuru Hanyu As I know you more and more As I talk to you more and more As we perform together more and more A man with a heart Pure Hard at work Lovable Manly I never met someone like you Who is overwhelmingly unexpected person before. It’s been phenomenal 2 weeks The rest of 6 shows For 2weeks Will be Precious Precious Days in my life for sure Carefully Carefully I will spend my Precious days Thank you Yuzu for making me feel this way.

by Anonymousreply 18606/02/2019

oops - sorry - I thought I was in the other skating thread

by Anonymousreply 18706/02/2019

Looks fabolous

by Anonymousreply 18806/02/2019

I think what happened to Surya Bonaly was just terrible.

by Anonymousreply 18906/02/2019

R189, what terrible thing happened to Surya Bonaly? She went to 3 Olympic Games, came in 2nd at Worlds 3 times, won Europeans 5 times, and had a very successful pro career afterwards. She even became an American citizen. And this was when ladies figure skating, many would say, was at it's peak.

by Anonymousreply 19006/02/2019

Why does Ashley's husband look orange, in addition to looking like a Ken doll who smells cookies? Her dad seems effeminate so her gaydar must be off. But you'd think Tim would've realized her bf was gay ages ago. I read somewhere that Tim and he got together to plan the elaborate proposal. This guy makes Grant H. look macho.

by Anonymousreply 19106/03/2019

I admit Ashley's husband does have a little case of plastic gayface going on in his photos, but maybe he's just one of those guys who looks odd in photos, but fine in-person.

I've met a few guys who photography "gay," as it were, but in-person they were extremely straight and didn't ping at all.

And...there have been cases of the opposite...guys who photographed super masculine in photos, but were nelly queens in-person.

by Anonymousreply 19206/03/2019

I agree with R190. Surya's inability to win a world title / Olympic medal had everything to do with her being a clunky and sloppy skater and nothing to do with unfair treatment. I adore Surya and the uniqueness she brought to the ice, but especially given her limitations as a skater she had an incredible career.

by Anonymousreply 19306/03/2019

R193, but she had an entertaining mother, which should count as a positive GOE.

by Anonymousreply 19406/03/2019

LOL R194, true! I've met Surya, and she's really nice. Far nicer than you'd expect for someone with a mother who seem bonkers.

by Anonymousreply 19506/03/2019

Yeah, the revisionist history that took place on online media a few years ago to re-frame Surya's skating career as some underdog story rife with biased mistreatment by the judges due to racism and sexism is the biggest piece of bull. Surya was an AWFUL skater. That is the objective truth. She could not hold an edge to save her life. They tried to make her seem like some misunderstood skating pioneer simply because she was the only prominent Black skater to win anything in the 90s, and because she was a woman who could do backflips--when in actuality her successes and failures had everything to do with her skating skills, or severe lack thereof.

When she skated well, she was rewarded, and when she didn't, she lost. The only legitimate time you could argue she was robbed by the judges was 93 worlds loss to Oksana Baiul--but the judges had a huge blind spot for Oksana in general and thus robbed plenty of other skaters out of rightful titles (Nancy at 94 Olympics for sure), so it wasn't like it was directed to Surya specifically.

by Anonymousreply 19606/03/2019

R195 Did you meet the mother?

by Anonymousreply 19706/03/2019

R190 “She even became an American citizen” - is that supposed to be an achievement?

by Anonymousreply 19806/03/2019

Shoma Uno is changing choaches. To whom is yet unknown. He's going to take part in a few summery camps overseas and them make a decision. Speculations include every other coach under the sun but Eteri Tutberidze seems an exceptionally strong candidate.

by Anonymousreply 19906/03/2019

R197 unfortunately no!

by Anonymousreply 20006/03/2019

R198, well if racism held her career back, why would she want to become a citizen of the very most horriblest racist country on earth?

by Anonymousreply 20106/03/2019

Surya was a horrible skater. She couldn't even straighten out her legs.

by Anonymousreply 20206/03/2019

There's a sports anthology show on Netflix called Losers. Surya gets her own half-hour segment. I enjoyed it and, surprisingly, had completely forgotten about her mother, remembering only the blocky little skater who could do flips.

by Anonymousreply 20306/04/2019

[quote]Shoma Uno is changing choaches. To whom is yet unknown.

Any idea Shoma is changing coaches?

He seemed to have a good coach with the woman he was with.

by Anonymousreply 20406/04/2019

Any idea *why*

by Anonymousreply 20506/04/2019

r205 Not really. The speculation is that he might want to improve his jumps and get a 4Lz (he lips) and his current team can't really get him there.

by Anonymousreply 20606/05/2019

Some think, as had happened with Hanyu, that the Japanese fed wants him to switch coaches. In Uno's case, I imagine they're worried about the consistency of him landing his jumps? With Hanyu, it was just time to move up a level.

by Anonymousreply 20706/05/2019

r196 Nancy Kerrigan deserved to lose in 94. She was an overrated skater with no finesse, moves alot like a cheerleader. Baiul's performance was moving.

by Anonymousreply 20806/05/2019

Drunksana’s skating was technically awful, front loaded with tiny jumps and clumsy combinations. She skated with her hands, which, when you think about it, can be done by a quadriplegic.

by Anonymousreply 20906/05/2019

Kerrigan with her continuous "bitch face" didn't even try to fake her robotic movements. The one time world silver medalist and one time USNationals champion was the GOLD favorite because she got knocked on the shin by a rival. It's the best thing that ever happened to her career because it made people root for her, although her true personality eventually came out.

Drunksana didn't surface til after the Olympics.

by Anonymousreply 21006/05/2019

R206 & R207, I guess Shoma finishing off the World podium this year may have caused some concern.

Will he go to Toronto to train with Brian Orser? Or would that cause a conflict with Hanyu?

by Anonymousreply 21106/05/2019

Instagrammer "yuzuuzu": UPDATES ABOUT SHOMA:

Daniil, Eteri's main choreographer has CONFIRMED that he was talking about Shoma Uno when he said "A very famous Japanese Skater could join team Turberidze" The match seems more likely and Shoma's team has aparently been talking with Tutberidze for a while

by Anonymousreply 21206/05/2019

Getting to be with the hot Daniil would be a good bonus.

by Anonymousreply 21306/05/2019

This site is soooo duuuullllllllll. This really is the future of FS without Hanyu.

by Anonymousreply 21406/05/2019

Another Paul Poirier photo shoot:

by Anonymousreply 21506/07/2019

we have the first Mouline Rouge for the new RD...or maybe it is already the second

Stepanova/Bukin:: "Sparkling Diamonds" from the movie "Moulin Rouge"

by Anonymousreply 21606/08/2019

Stanislava is doing Moulin Rouge as well as Kazuki Tomono...sigh

by Anonymousreply 21706/08/2019

Denney/Frazier FS: Lion King (with a new choreo)

Rizzo FS: Flamenco. Choreo: Scali

Della Monica/Guarise: Pilgrims on a long journey from Child of light soundtrack + Saturn by Sleeping at Last. Choreo: Scali

Sotskova: SP: To Build A Home, choreo by Nikolai Morozov; FP: Fifty Shades of Grey, choreo by Nikita Mikhailov

Choreographers for Uno: Shoma Uno SP by Shae-Lynn Bourne ; FS by David Wilson

by Anonymousreply 21806/08/2019

Paul Poirier posed for a book on male nudes:

by Anonymousreply 21906/09/2019

what does he have on his face?

by Anonymousreply 22006/09/2019

I think it's a flower or a heart.

by Anonymousreply 22106/09/2019

A fig leaf?

by Anonymousreply 22206/09/2019

[R220] I thought it was a gas mask.

by Anonymousreply 22306/09/2019

I never knew Paul Poirier could be a such a slut.

by Anonymousreply 224Last Friday at 3:38 PM

Hubbell/Donohue are doing Let’s Be Bad from SMASH. Would this be the RD? Musical tv series are allowed?

by Anonymousreply 225Last Saturday at 12:49 AM

Bradie Tennell's new FS: Nuovo Cinema Paradiso, choreo by Richaud

Jason Brown's SP: I Can't Go On Without You by Kaleo choreographed by Rohene Ward

Natalia Zabiyako /Aleksandr Enbert SP: The Fire Within, by Jennifer Thomas & The Rouge pianist

Camden Pulkinen SP: Caruso by Josh Groban choreographed by Josh Farris. FP: Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence [OST] / Rain by Ryuichi Sakamoto choreographed by Stéphane Lambiel

by Anonymousreply 226Last Sunday at 12:31 AM

Is Jason Brown staying with Brian Orser, R226?

by Anonymousreply 227Last Sunday at 10:57 PM

Thanks for the update on programs, R226. R227, AFAIK Jason is still with Brian Orser. He's using the same choreographers as last year, including Brian Wilson (ugh) who works with a lot of Orser's students. Let's hope Jason gets a quad consistent this summer.

by Anonymousreply 228Last Monday at 12:46 AM

David Wilson, R228?

by Anonymousreply 229Last Monday at 12:56 AM

At the end of this week we will get GP assignments

by Anonymousreply 230Last Monday at 1:18 AM

Yes R229. Sorry about that, I clearly need more coffee.

by Anonymousreply 231Last Monday at 1:32 AM

[quote]Let's hope Jason gets a quad consistent this summer.

Oh that ship has sailed, honey. He's never getting a quad. He's a beautiful skater who, in another era, could've easily been Olympic and world champion multiple times over.

But in this era, he should consider himself extremely fortunate and lucky if he manages to make another Olympic team. That would be a personal triumph in itself and should be his goal--which I think it ultimately is. I don't think he (or his team for that matter) really think a quad or world/olympic medals are in his future.

by Anonymousreply 232Last Monday at 7:43 AM

I'm excited about the GPs. Las Vegas is so right for figure skating.

America (Vegas) Oct 18-20. Canada (KelownaBC) Oct 25-27. France (Grenoble) Nov 1-3. China (Chongqing) Nov 8-10. Russia (Moscow) Nov 15-17. NHK (Sapporo) Nov 22-24. GPF is in Turin, Italy, Dec 5-8.

Wonder which big names will be stuc... I mean, lucky enough to get Didier's French GP, with the plastic frisbee medals?

by Anonymousreply 233Last Monday at 9:43 AM

2021 Four Continents assigned to Sydney

2022 Euros to Tallin

2022 Worlds to Montpellier

by Anonymousreply 234Last Monday at 10:50 AM

[quote]2022 Worlds to Montpellier


by Anonymousreply 235Last Monday at 11:48 AM

Dear Bernie, no, Hérault - Occitanie. Lots of plastic stars produced there

by Anonymousreply 236Last Monday at 12:07 PM

Hot photo of Scott Moir:

by Anonymousreply 237Last Monday at 2:37 PM

Another guy sanctioned by Safe Sport commits suicide. A horse riding coach this time. I looked at the Safe Sport website and was amazed to see how many people in the horse community have been caught by them. This includes Clare Bronfman, the rich broad in that Nixvim thing.

by Anonymousreply 238Last Monday at 3:03 PM

Paul Poirier's ass:

by Anonymousreply 239Last Monday at 4:36 PM

Racheal Flatt got engaged over the weekend.

by Anonymousreply 240Last Tuesday at 6:42 AM

Klimov appointed on the Single and Pairs Technical Committee as Athletes Rep.

Ah, this reminded me of Stolbova....will the guy she paired with get a release by Dider?

by Anonymousreply 241Last Tuesday at 8:37 AM

Weaver/Poje to skip GP season again.

Gilles/Poirier move into the seeded group for Grand Prix.

The over scored Polish duo move to the 2 guaranteed spots group

by Anonymousreply 24219 hours ago

As they worded the annoucenment, it is not guaranteed they will come back post GP either. They will reflect.

I thought doing Montral Worlds and retire was their likely plan

by Anonymousreply 24319 hours ago

Yeah, me too, R243.

I though Weaver & Poje would want to do Worlds in Canada and then retire.

Gilles & Poirier had bad luck with their GP assignments last season, so maybe this year they will get to the GP Final.

by Anonymousreply 24418 hours ago

Seeds are


Stepanova/Bukin - Chock/Bates - Gilles/Poirier

G/P should get Skate Canada. And SC should make sure not to invite Guignard/Fabbri. Well, they should have avoided Sinistina/Katsalapov last year but they didn't. If they pick last, they must do a deal with the likes of Japan who will be beaten by anyone of the 6-10 group.

by Anonymousreply 24518 hours ago

P/C - France, Japan; S/K - Russia, China; H/D - SA, SC.

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