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  1. 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.
  2. 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: I liked Jason's long program but I'm less sure about Nathan's. I did not anticipate Mariah going with an ABBA medley which kind of worked for me but would have liked cleaner editing to the music.
  3. 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.
  4. halopub

    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 financial burden on the athletes. With all the abuse and/or mismanagement issues across multiple sports, though, I’m reluctant to donate to the USOPC.
  5. 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.
  6. halopub

    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?
  7. halopub

    Figure Skating

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

    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!
  9. halopub

    Figure Skating

    One of the Japanese dailies is reporting that the Shibutanis are planning on competing in Beijing.
  10. halopub

    Figure Skating

    In case you haven't seen it, there's an audience clip floating around that shows the kiss and cry from a different angle. There was at least one JSF rep by the stairs who appeared emotional and supportive. Shoma did say that the tears were due in large part to the enthusiastic audience support he got despite a rough skate. Raf might be a grump but even he showed respect in his own undemonstrative way, handing over some of Shoma's presents and offering a fleeting clap. There were a lot of mishaps during this tournament, including the poor ice conditions, but that moment with Mariah awarding Kostornaia with her gold medal made me laugh.
  11. He's an Australian comedian who co-hosts The Last Leg on Channel 4. The show's clips sometimes get suggested when I watch 8 Cats Does Countdown on Youtube. Adam and one of his co-hosts Alex Brooker have disabilities so there's a lot of disability humor to go along with the political wisecracks. I haven't watched the show regularly but I think Adam's prosthetic leg makes regular appearances.
  12. I really enjoyed the look of David's and Rosie's showstoppers. The sails made sense and while a little wonky, Rosie's dragon and Rapunzel made me chuckle. Steph's showstopper may have tasted great but it did look a little small compared to the others. Maybe there were no size requirements in the brief? Apparently Henry fans have been taking their frustrations out on the judges and Rosie, which bleh. Henry was the most obvious choice for elimination this week and I'm glad he's enthusiastically supportive of his fellow baker. What was with the random appearance of Adam Hills? Just a in-network cameo?
  13. Shut up! We got a theme week that wasn't a complete disaster. I'm still waiting for David to fully break through, though the relative lack of non-factual interaction incline me to think he's not winning. (Henry, on the other hand, gets all those moments to show his personality, like treating his spare dough as a hacky sack. Even Rosie gets to joke about her eggy rubber practice bakes.) I feel like the producers are setting up a future storyline with all the comparisons between David's neat workstation with Alice's working chaos. I'm glad Michael was able to do relatively well on the week he went. I liked Rosie's sugar glass birds on her Sawarak layer cake. David's geometric approach was striking. And they put in that shot of an oven framed by someone's behind.
  14. I kind of doubt Love Productions is catering much to its high revenue US Netflix viewers - they might sub in "baking show" for "bake off" in the intros for legal reasons but as I've complained elsewhere, the show also stubbornly continues to use British-acceptable words like oriental in the US broadcast which have regionally awful connotations. On the other hand, I am convinced the producers have been influenced by their move from the BBC to Channel 4. The UK ratings haven't been quite as high and this is not the first Channel 4 season with stunt challenges. (That fire pit technical comes to mind.) I think of it as the show developing Food Network-type qualities. Younger, overly animated yet telegenic faces, manipulated situations, convoluted challenges, etc. Bake Off has never been completely immune from this - like the time the show insisted Enwezor was awful for using store bought icing but not acknowledging his competitors did the exact same thing - but yes, in comparison to every other competitive reality show GBBO has been generally very good for the soul. This many times over. My benchmark for casts that are both friendly and impressively skilled is usually UK season 5 (Netflix 1?). Even with bingate, I remember that group very fondly. For all his hubris, Paul does offer technical explanations and tips. It's been awhile, but I seem to remember Sherry Yard finding a better balance of positivity and criticism than Prue on American Baking Show. I remember quoting a Guardian writer last year who expressed a lot of what forum posters are saying now. The difference now being that we're not even sure about the bakers' skills. Another Guardian writer dinged the show in his review of this specific episode and again, echoed many of our complaints here. In US Media, AV club said and the LA Times last week:
  15. Overall the baking competence was up this week and the episode felt more like GBBO to me. David and Steph's meringues were gorgeous. I thought Prue was unnecessarily critical about the color of Priya's. It was no different than the color of blueberry yogurt. I sort of chuckled when all the bakers slow walked their technicals to the table and Noel had to be asked to refrain from jokes. Was Henry wearing a spider web pin in Helena's honor? Loved the striking look of Rosie's ruby bombe. It was nice of the show to actually show some of Sandi's interactions with the contestants, including the laddie club chat by the fridge. I'd like to try the spiced honey mousse and shiso sorbet. I've made fresh shiso juice and can see how it'd might work in a dessert. "I knew what I was going to nick from the tent." Poor Henry did look pretty despondent before the judgements were announced - he was just draped on David while sitting on the outside couch. Closeups of the showstoppers Closeups of the signatures
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