Apologies for the disappearing act that I have pulled over the last week or two. I moved from outside the city into the middle of downtown, and it was a little bit hectic for a while; however, I am settled in and good to go!
So, what have I missed? Honestly, it doesn't seem like there was much.
First, Nicole Bobek was scheduled to be sentenced last week for her role in an east coast drug ring. The only news to be released so far is that the ringleader received 16 years. For the minimal information article (which inclued the infamous Bobek mugshot from last year), see the nj.com website.
Several competitions took place last weekend. The Quebec Summer Championships saw some of Canada's top athletes in their first outings of the season.
Cynthia Phaneuf skated her new short program and won the portion with 53.85 points over Amelie Lacoste and Myriane Samson, who were ranked fifth and third in the National Championship last season. Phaneuf opted to not skate the long program, which was won by Lacoste. Amelie tried a triple loop/triple loop combination, and while she received negative Grades of Execution from the judges, she successfully landed the combination five years ago at a Junior Grand Prix event in Bratislava-- an event that was won by Olympic Champion Yu-Na Kim. Lacoste earned 89.42 points in the free skate.
Shawn Sawyer looked to be the easy favorite in the mens short program, but problems with the triple Axel, a doubled Lutz attempt, and a triple/double combination left him in sixth place. The surprise winner was Samuel Morais, with 60.45 points, followed by Ian Martinez and Elladj Balde. Marc-Andre Craig, who took a break from the sport for a season after 2008, won the free skate with 113.34 points. Craig has had some slight success in the past, including a fourth place finish at the 2006 Four Continents Championships. Martinez and Morais followed in the standings, while Sawyer was not entered to compete in the long program.
Jessica Dube/Bryce Davison debuted their new Mask of Zorro short program with a clean skate, including side-by-side triple Salchows; the element seemed to trouble Dube all last season. They finished with 56.71 points. Mylene Brodeur/John Mattatall finished in second with 54.30 points. Although they had trouble with their throw triple loop, they received similar total elements scores as Dube/Davison. The new pair of Meagan Duhamel/Eric Radford were third. They managed side-by-side triple Lutzes as well as a throw triple Lutz, but had to abort a lift early and received straight -3 for the element. The free skate only featured two teams, one being Duhamel/Radford. Talk about amazing technical content planned-- and they did all the jumps once again: side-by-side triple flip/double toe/double toe combinations, side-by-side triple toe loops, a throw triple loop, and a throw triple Lutz. Duhamel managed to fall on the entrance to her flying camel spin of all things, and the team received no credit for the element. Their score of 104.54 was particularly impressive for the first outing. They have been assigned to the Nebelhorn Trophy and will most likely get the TBA spot for Skate Canada.
Full results off all events and protocols can be viewed here.
The Glacier Falls Summer Classic also took place last weekend, and the notable result was that of National Champion Rachael Flatt finishing second to Kristiene Gong overall. Flatt has been busy touring and enjoying plenty of off-ice activities this summer, so the result shouldn't be looked upon too severely. For full results, follow SylviaUnseen on Twitter, as the official website has not yet been updated.
The ISU updated their website with the Special Regulations and Technical Rules-- most of which were already summarized by me in the initial posting. Key regulations from this update include the jump combinations not receiving any additional credit (a 1.1 factor was considered initially); having to use a "fresh start" in a program no longer warrants a deduction (it used to be a 2.0 mandatory deduction, no matter the circumstances). The process for skaters to qualify into the ISU Major events is also summarized-- the qualifying round is back for those that don't earn a spot directly to the short program from the previous seasons' event results.
Yu-Na Kim is bringing her successful "All That Skate" to the States. There will be two shows in Los Angeles, taking place October 2nd and 3rd. Some of the top amateur singles skaters will be competing at the Japan Open the same weekend, so it'll be interesting to see who she attracts to this event. The Grand Prix series begins just a few weeks later; Kim has decided to skip the series and focus on the World Championships.
Finally, I missed some (lame) great drama on Twitter between Evan Lysacek and Johnny Weir. What else is new in skating, seriously? Outsports.com has done a nice job of summarizing Lysacek's initial mistake and numerous excuses to cover it up. I'm just waiting for the day that Evan comes to terms with himself and realizes he's much more like Johnny than his "stage" voice and general comments would suggest. Oh, how I try to rational all the time.. it just doesn't always work.