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  1. halopub

    Tennis Thread

    Venus also out of the Open now. 😬 Ben Rothenberg published part 2 of Sharypova's story in Slate and also explained some of the delay on Twitter, which was the loss of his dad. Still don't know what Rolex is thinking but glad to see more people in tennis speak up. Andy Roddick also addressed how Zverev is treated with kid gloves by the media on more than one issue, pointing out how much more scrutiny Osaka and Kyrgios get. For everything.
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    Tennis Thread

    My question is whether the sometimes problematic messenger makes it easier for tennis players and fans to dismiss the allegations as some sort of fantastical crusade on Rothenberg's part. That if he's been a gossipy pot stirrer to them, then this is just more of the same. That is just the vibe I'm getting from tennis twitter, but I totally realize that's not a representative sample of the tennis audience at large. The reason I wondered this was an old interview with Kristen Stewart where she was asked about why she worked with Woody Allen despite hearing about the molestation and she ment
  3. halopub

    Figure Skating

    I listened to the whole interview before it was taken down. During the hour, they focused mainly on work ethic and how his parents emphasized education and other interests like ballet and piano rather than make skating the one thing in his life. The people interviewing him don't know anything about skating and judging by their peppy tone, clearly didn't realize what a loaded, setup question they were asking Nathan. And Nathan has a bad habit of using questioner's phrases back in his word salad responses. In the context of the question and what he was trying to say - yes very poorly - I'm
  4. halopub

    Tennis Thread

    I think it would certainly help if well known players other than Andy Murray and Daniil Medvedev would be willing to at least support the addition of a domestic violence policy into the code of conduct. As it is, it seems most either don't want to speak on the matter at all or like Bencic, actively support Zverev. Or like his social media posts as if the detailed allegations never happened. Maybe Ben Rothenberg is the reason players so easily dismiss the allegations. I don't know. But if I were in sports marketing at Rolex, I would not have wanted to even risk the whiff of scandal by sign
  5. halopub

    Tennis Thread

    Yeah, I continue to be bothered that the story is so under reported. I feel like that alternate from the US fencing team got more coverage than Zverev. Instead all the usual social media managers ignore the allegations and celebrate his win as if nothing has happened. At least McEnroe and his co-analyst touched on the allegations against Basilashvili and Zverev during Wimbledon but it was very brief. If i recall correctly, McEnroe was accused himself by Tatum O'Neal decades ago but subsequently got full custody of their kids. I can't stand Djokovic for many reasons. Including hi
  6. USADA confirmed that no banned substances were involved - it was the infusion itself that was unapproved. USA He needed a special exemption to get an IV of more than 100ml. Lochte still violated an anti-doping rule and was suspended for a time. On the subject of doping, though, there's this: China’s Sun Yang Barred From Swimming for Four Years .
  7. Eff cancer. I still remember the time she did the Nürburgring in a van.
  8. halopub

    Figure Skating

    Try the first two links, which still work for me. I expect USFS to keep up their page of links for a bit.
  9. halopub

    Figure Skating

    The USFS has been slow to upload it but watched the senior men short for the ISP Points Challenge on CBS Interactive. I liked Jason Brown's choice of Sinnerman (23 min in), which I've been wanting Nathan to tackle since Nemesis. Didn't hate the music cut but was kind of bored. His multi-angle clip on Twitter felt more dynamic. Nathan's mariachi short has so much potential. I can see where the choreo needs some sharpening and the facial expressions don't always work but this could be an excellent program. Off to watch more of the programs. CBS has the skates here . Edited to add
  10. halopub

    Figure Skating

    This is the first time I've ever like Trusova. Did Plushenko really teach her lyricism that quickly? Looking forward to her stretching out her choreography further and maybe holding that cantilever a second longer. Also agree with Jackie Wong that Kostornaia should just go with Bad Guy if she wants to use Billie Eilish.
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    Figure Skating

    Do you mean elite training centers? Or just places popular with Japanese skaters that also have full size rinks? I would be surprised if there were only three. There’s Hamada’s controversial base at Kansai U. and I think Hanyu trains all the way up in Sendai. There are definitely other full size rinks in the nation, but I don’t know how skating clubs / skating time works over there. Sapporo still has its rink from the ‘72 Olympics and then there is Dydo Arena in the Tokyo area where Jonathan van Ness practiced during Queer Eye: We’re in Japan. The US system does put so much of the financi
  12. halopub

    Figure Skating

    Nice find! Yeah, I do wish we had some evidence of I-Scope's accuracy, as well as maybe other statistics like skater height to jump height ratio. Ito's only 4'9" (1.45 m) so that made her outsized jumps look even more impressive. Even though she's not listed on the USFS website's scholarship page, I presume Alysa at least gets a substantial amount as national champion.
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    Figure Skating

    I got around to searching Japanese tweets and found one that lists i-scopes for 2As. I didn’t spot a 49cm for Japanese Nationals but were you perhaps thinking of Sakura Yamada or Honoka Hirotani?
  14. halopub

    Figure Skating

    Who are you thinking of? The only current Japanese skater I've heard of outside the the top five is Hosoda.
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    Figure Skating

    Clip of Midori Ito pairs skating with Leigh Yip at the Winter World Masters. I don't imagine either has had much pairs experience but they looked like they had a blast. All that was missing was one of those huge double axels she can still do. The same account tweeted a clip of Daisuke Takahashi ice dancing with Kana Muramoto at a show. Lots of potential there!
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