Saturday, April 3
Watch the program for yourself:
Many years later, when I really got into figure skating very seriously, Kerrigan competed at the 2000 Goodwill Games (which was a "winter" edition of the event and featured a pro skating competition). She skated to "Great Expectations" in the artistic program and won the bronze medal. l absolutely loved this program; easily her best in my opinion. I guess I became somewhat of a fan again. :-)
Friday, April 2
Which exhibition programs from throughout the years are your favourites? (Haha...and have you seen Plushenko performing Sex Bomb?)
Yes, I saw Plushenko perform Sex Bomb way back in the day. Every time I think about any of the skating between 1999 and 2002, I really can't believe how long ago it was. I guess once I started college, everything really just flew by!
As far as which exhibitions are my favorites, hmmmm.. I really liked Drobiazko and Vanagas' 2002 exhibition, Butyrskaya's Carmen and Forever Tango, Kwan's East of Eden and Winter and Dante's Prayer, Bobek's Motown Medley and Cabaret, Sawyer's How Much is the Fish? from 2002 Canadian Nationals, Witt's I Belong to Me... I'm thinking of all of these off the top of my head. I'll reply later with a more comprehensive list! I don't really watch much exhibition skating anymore, though..
Thursday, April 1
Obviously Yu-Na at this point. Mao might have two World Championships compared to Yu-Na's one, but Kim obviously has the Olympic gold as well as medals at every Worlds since 2007, while Asada was off the podium last year.
If Mao can get better packaging and REALLY make her programs stand out again (and Yu-Na stays eligible), I think things could get interesting again.
Formspring.me: I had DVR the Thin Ice competition on ABC on 3/21/10 and the end with the results was cut off for a new bulletion about Obama Care. Who won and the results ???? Thanks Gary
Wednesday, March 31
Formspring.me: Have read that Japan's Skating Fed will be proposing 1.bonus pts for difficult/original elements 2.adding 3A as an axel choice for the ladies SP 3. setting required jump elements for FS. What's your take on the possibility of their being actually adopted?
2.) I think that should definitely be an option, even if Mao Asada is the only one to attempt it. I'm all for it.
3.) Tell me more about these required elements. I haven't read up on what the Japanese Federation would like to do, but this sounds interesting to me.
I think number 2 has a great chance of being adopted over the summer. Number 1, probably not. I think that a good idea though is to give some kind of bonus to any lady, for example, that can land any five of the six different triples in a program and not receive a downgrade or edge call. Maybe even a bigger bonus for any lady that can do all 6 triples (obviously just Asada at this point)..
In the next few weeks I want to talk to some skaters and former officials and other people involved in the sport and ask about the things they would like to see changed and throw in some of my own ideas and write a little blog entry about all of it.
Formspring.me: I really love reading how you would score certain competitions if you were a judge. Do you think you could share your Google Code of Points spreadsheets so that your readers could do the same?
Ladies Short Program Spreadsheet
So who was robbed in my opinion? I don't think Rachael Flatt received any favors, and the same thing for Alena Leonova.. I would have had them both a bit higher in the components. Lower on down the ranks, I would have had Tamar Katz and Fleur Maxwell both qualifying to the free skate, in 18th and 23rd places, compared to the 27th and 33rd they actually received. I had Manouk Gijsman, who finished the day in 24th place, quite a bit higher in 19th. She and Cheltzie Lee were the only two skaters from the earlier session who qualified to the free skate.
Overmarked? I would have had Yan Liu and Anastasia Gimazetdinova a bit lower. The two skaters that actually did qualify that wouldn't have qualified on my score card were Sonia Lafuente (21st) and especially Min-Jung Kwak (23rd), the latter being the most overmarked of the day in my opinion. I had them in 26th and 31st*.
*- Again, without having scored Karademir, who was 28th place according to the judges.
A big surprise for me is how high I had Rachael Flatt ranked. I'm not a huge fan, but I think this particular program of hers is 1000 times better than anything else she's ever skated, and she really related to the music very well. As far as Nagasu vs. Asada-- obviously you can see from the way I even scored it, that a downgrade on a triple toe is obviously less costly than a downgrade on a triple Axel. Nagasu also had the best spins of the night and really had a great performance. All-in-all though, I don't think the judging was too terrible. I had the same exact skaters in the top 10 that the judges had, with some slight changes of position. Carolina Kostner's levels and grades of execution puzzled me-- she was the only lady to receive a level four footwork sequence, and very, very good grade of execution on top of that. Home country effect with the GOE's after she doubled the loop, to make sure she still was in contention? Maybe. I had her 6th.
Okay, share your thoughts, questions, or hate mail. I'm ready! :-)
What song did Berton/Hotarek skate to at the Exhibition Gala in Torino? Can´t find it posted anywhere...thanks!
Un Giorno per Noi by Josh Groban. It is the theme from Romeo and Juliet, the 1960's version; the original score was by Nino Rota and has been used many times in skating.
Is it true that ISU is considering setting mid-way base points for downgraded jumps so that skaters won't lose so much points over cheated jumps? Or is it just a rumor?
I have heard that this is in the works, although I haven't read up on any of it yet. As I find out more news about the changes planned this summer, I'll let you know.
Tuesday, March 30
Formspring.me: Why Patrick Chan and Yu Na Kim are always sooooo overscored? Why judges love them so much? And also Virtue&Moir. they didn't deserve the title, they had mistakes, their performance wasn't so emotional and flawless.
Formspring.me: Why isn't a triple toe worth more as a second jump in a combination than as a stand-alone jump? It seems like it should be since it is so much more difficult; thus I don't see why it's such a huge advantage to go for the triple-triple...
Monday, March 29
Formspring.me: Do you follow any lower-level/up and coming skaters or do you prefer to stick with skaters who have made an international debut?
Sunday, March 28
Berezhnaya and Sikharulidze's 2002 Olympic short program ranks right up there with my favorites of all-time, in any discipline.
Formspring.me: I've just read your blog entry about Thin Ice, which I was a bit disappointed by.. [the competition that is.. not your blog]. Did you get to get a chance to watch Battle of the Blades? It was shown on CBC in January.
Formspring.me: If you were picking 2010/2011 programs for your favorite skaters, what would they be skating to?
Please comment on this post or send me an e-mail and let me know what else you want to see-- memories from past events? More WTF judging moments? What else could I add to the site? And of course, news about next seasons programs and retirements during the summer will all end up here as they become available!