Wednesday, May 19

Pardon My French..

In case you haven't been following this saga, French pair Vanessa James and Yannick Bonheur are no more. James is now skating with country mate Maximin Coia, who skated with Adeline Canac for several seasons. There seems to be plenty of "he-said, she-said" going on with the situation, and Vanessa even shared her side of the break-up on the FSU message board. However, that is all boring! I hear today that one of the major possible reasons for the split is that Ingo Steuer was interested in working with James, but was NOT willing to take her on if she continued skating with Bonheur. I don't know more behind that situation and whether it was an attitude or ability problem, but I wouldn't be surprised in the least if the new couple does move to Germany to train with Steuer.

Maria Butyrskaya: Beyond Cool

Since she skated this short program in 1995/1996, the music has always been listed as "Blues" by Robert Worn. I came across the actual title today: "Beyond Cool" by Lucky Peterson. ;-)

Ilia Klimkin

Love or hate his free skate from the 2002 NHK Trophy (in which he won the gold medal)? I remember that I wore my tape out pretty hardcore because I rewatched this program so much. He was basically an IJS skater right before its time, and oddly enough, I felt that his programs were less interesting once the new system took over competitions. Ilia also had a really cool second free skate from this season that he used at the Grand Prix Final (also to the music of Hugues le Bars), but it isn't on YouTube. I also included his exhibition from the 2004 Europeans, to Enya's Only Time. Trust me, it's so much better than it might originally sound! Those upright spins he does are so simple, but he makes them so effective. And of course, the cantilever-- the one move I want to learn in skating before I'm too old and achy :)