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I agree that this was the right decision but I'm super bummed and feel sad for the athletes, coaches and families. It must feel so frustrating. 

I can't imagine it making sense to hold it in October unless they push back the Grand Prix and that would just throw off the timing for next season. I'm guessing it'll just stay canceled. 

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When they moved Worlds from Japan to Moscow in 2011 how much later was the event? If things improve in the next few weeks they could try to hold the event in May and push the start of next season.

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1 hour ago, HartofDixie said:

When they moved Worlds from Japan to Moscow in 2011 how much later was the event?

A month.

It is unlikely that the covid outbreak will be controlled within that frame of time.

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20 hours ago, healthnut said:

They’ve cancelled Worlds. It’s not surprising but still sucks. I feel bad for Chock/Bates who had a lot of momentum and a great chance to medal and the US ladies who had a chance to get three spots next year. 

And denying us the chance to see H/D's bitch faces when they finish 4th? DAMN YOU, Virus!

Feel the need to lighten shit up. 

 

 

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Yes, I am sad but glad that they put the health of athletes and people before ticket sales.  

I WILL be wondering who would have won/medaled/finished.

In my fantasy world:

Mariah would have won Bronze.  

The men would be: Nathan, Hanyu, Bojang, and then Jason (not Nathan as I mistyped).

Ice Dance would have been:  Chock/Bates, The French Team, Gillies/Poriet and then H/D..

Pairs, I have no idea anymore. 

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16 minutes ago, KittenPokerCheater said:

The men would be: Nathan, Hanyu, Bojang, and then Nathan

Nathan twice? Haha. I like this top 3 though. Didn't care for the others at all this season.

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48 minutes ago, KittenPokerCheater said:

Yes, I am sad but glad that they put the health of athletes and people before ticket sales.  

I WILL be wondering who would have won/medaled/finished.

In my fantasy world:

Mariah would have won Bronze.  

The men would be: Nathan, Hanyu, Bojang, and then Nathan

Ice Dance would have been:  Chock/Bates, The French Team, Gillies/Poriet and then H/D..

Pairs, I have no idea anymore. 

Pairs:

1. Sui/Han

2. Random Russian Pair

3. Random Russian Pair

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Love that idea! My fantasy medals:

Dance - G:Chock/Bates S:Papadakis/Cizeron B:Gilles/Poirier

Pairs - G:Sui/Han S:Boikova/Kozlovskii B:Pavlieuchenko/Khodykin

Mens - G:Nathan S:Hanyu B:Jason 

Ladies - G:Sherbakova S:Mariah B:Rika 

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If we're strictly keeping it to fantasy, I'd have loved 1. Sui and Han 2. Peng and Jin 3. Boikova and Kozlovskii for Pairs.

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It looks like the Ice Academy of Montreal has asked a videographer (On Ice Perspectives, who skaters frequently post videos from) to come film their routines in full costume and will stream it online. No judging, just a celebration of their programs. 

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On 3/12/2020 at 12:49 PM, ChicksDigScars said:

And denying us the chance to see H/D's bitch faces when they finish 4th? DAMN YOU, Virus!

Feel the need to lighten shit up. 

 

 

Or Russia winning dance gold.

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Since we're doing fantasy placements:

Men

1) Nathan 2) Jason 3) Kevin (Hey, this is fantasy! I love Shoma and Hanyu but in my fantasy they withdrew. I would be okay with Michal Brezina getting a bronze too. He's been in the game a long time and I felt bad for him at this year's Europeans after being first after the short and totally bombing in the long.)

Ladies

1) Aliona 2) Mariah 3) Anna (I wouldn't mind seeing Rika in third but I prefer Anna's programs this year.)

Dance

1) Chock/Bates 2) Papadakis/Cizeron 3) Gilles/Poirier (Same as healthnut here. I'd have been fine with Sinitsina/Katsalapov in third too.)

Pairs

Apart from Sui and Han I don't really have a favorite team in pairs right now. I like Tarasova and Morozov but I haven't been into their programs the past couple of seasons. 

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On 3/12/2020 at 10:13 PM, Jeddah said:

This is so cute. I love Jason’s enthusiasm!

Who is the young lady?  I recognize the young men.

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2 hours ago, Harry24 said:

Who is the young lady?  I recognize the young men.

Ekaterina Kurakova, Polish figure skater

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1 hour ago, healthnut said:

Ekaterina Kurakova, Polish figure skater

Thank you, healthnut!

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If I were going to pick my dream podiums that were also at least somewhat possible, I would go:

Men: (1) Nathan (2) Hanyu (3) Jason or Vincent

Ladies: (1) Aliona (2) Anna (3) Mariah or Bradie

Dance: (1) Chock/Bates (2) & (3) anyone but Hubbell/Donahue

Pairs: (1) & (2) No preference (3) Calalang & Johnson

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It's always such a shock when things like this happen to young people. I always enjoyed watching the Reeds skate together.

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8 hours ago, annzeepark914 said:

It's always such a shock when things like this happen to young people. I always enjoyed watching the Reeds skate together.

Specifically to young athletes, who are believed to be some of the most heathy people out there.

Condolences to Chris’ family, friends and coaches. 

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I was rewatching the Vancouver original dance today, since we've got nothing but time to kill.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlQdbpZnxGY

- Two cycles into the IJS, still so many teams with poor-quality twizzles that wouldn't be fit for a JGP podium today.

- So many American country programs, only one of them from an American team. The Kerrs win, among those.

- Domnina/Shabalin's program remains terrible in every sense.

- Seeing Tessa & Scott kill it on home ice is still so powerful, after all these years.

- I think there are only three people from this event who are still around (Allison Reed, Paul Poirier, Evan Bates), all with different partners (and in Allison's case, different countries) now.

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Russian Dolls Have Transformed Figure Skating But At What Cost?

Interesting article. I’ve been out of the loop this FS season. So I had no idea Zagitova had decided to take a break from the sport. This is unfortunate. However, with many of her training mates dominating the sport nationally and internationally, that leaves her not only with less opportunities to compete at the big competitions, but likely reduces her importance to Eteri. 

It’s understandable that she’d take a break to reassess how to proceed or even if she wants to proceed. 

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19 hours ago, HartofDixie said:

2018 Olympic Free Dance event

 

I love the Shibs so much! They had the program of the night in my opinion! Those twizzles!

I wasn’t a big fan of Chock and Bates back then, but that was sad. I’ve really started liking them a lot in the past two seasons, and I really hope they medal in Beijing. 

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On 3/29/2020 at 7:24 PM, Jeddah said:

I wasn’t a big fan of Chock and Bates back then, but that was sad. I’ve really started liking them a lot in the past two seasons, and I really hope they medal in Beijing. 

I wasn't a fan of C/B until someone at Gadbois performed a miracle with this team. Not sure what they did but it worked. Maybe they helped Chock? Evan has always been a superb skater.

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Raise your if this pairing surprises you. 

Yeah, didn't think so. I was waiting for it since the Denney/Frazier split.

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3 hours ago, HartofDixie said:

It’s hard to be optimistic about any American pairs team. With their old partners they both lost the US two spots for the Olympics and Worlds. I doubt they’ll do much better together

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1 hour ago, Jeddah said:

It’s hard to be optimistic about any American pairs team. With their old partners they both lost the US two spots for the Olympics and Worlds. I doubt they’ll do much better together

That seems unduly pessimistic, especially since the biggest weakness for both was their other partner’s jumping problems (and, in the case of Alexa, Chris’ general depression).

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1 hour ago, SeanC said:

That seems unduly pessimistic, especially since the biggest weakness for both was their other partner’s jumping problems (and, in the case of Alexa, Chris’ general depression).

I don’t think all of their problems can be blamed on their previous partners. But I’d love to be wrong in this instance!

1 hour ago, carrier76 said:

When did Denney and Frazier split?

Only a week ago! 

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Rumor has it that Brandon and Alexa tried out in February, after 4CC, I presume.

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57 minutes ago, Jeddah said:

I don’t think all of their problems can be blamed on their previous partners. But I’d love to be wrong in this instance!

Nobody is ever error-free (especially in pairs), but Alexa and Brandon were both the more consistent jumpers in their pairings.  Brandon can certainly do the lifts and throws and a solid twist.

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12 hours ago, carrier76 said:

When did Denney and Frazier split?

After he tried out with Alexa. As far as I know, they are still dating. 

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The Olympic Channel is re-airing the 2002 Salt Lake City figure skating events tonight. Just watched Ina and Zimmerman's free skate. Such babies!

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15 hours ago, mrsnolatron said:

The Olympic Channel is re-airing the 2002 Salt Lake City figure skating events tonight. Just watched Ina and Zimmerman's free skate. Such babies!

I don't get the Olympic Channel, but during the 2002 Olympics I was on a work assignment out of town. I carefully set up my VCR with an extra-long tape (I think it would do 8 hours at the slowest record speed) to record the men's and women's events. That tape was passed around my friends for weeks.

That was the event where I finally sat down and analyzed the 6.0 system, so I could see how Sarah Hughes won. An amazing competition. And of course I saw the pair's competition because it was so controversial it was on all the time.

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The ice-dancing competition made me laugh so hard.  It felt so...extra extra extra over the top.  It looks like it's become a little more skill based now.

The french team won the gold; was this why the pairs event was so messed up and there was a judging scandal?

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6 hours ago, KittenPokerCheater said:

The french team won the gold; was this why the pairs event was so messed up and there was a judging scandal?

Yes, it was the Russians trading with the French so that their dance team would win and the Russian pair. Allegedly - I don’t remember that anyone really got punished except the French judge who told. 

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When she's not giving me grey hairs Rika's skating makes me so happy!

Her exhibition at 4CC was everything 🥰😍

So adorable I just want to squish her and the double axel spree at the end was so much fun!

 

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On 4/7/2020 at 7:36 PM, ML89 said:

Yes, it was the Russians trading with the French so that their dance team would win and the Russian pair. Allegedly - I don’t remember that anyone really got punished except the French judge who told. 

This reminds me of how much I hated Sale / Pelletier and I loved Berezhnaya /Sikharulidze in my opinion the latter totally earned that gold medal. S/P always bored the heck out of me with their juvenile programs. 

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I caught the rerun of the 2010 Men's Singles.  This was the competition in which Evan Lysacek won the gold.  Peggy Fleming was a terrible commentator.  Daisuke Takahashi skated a great program with one fall.  Peggy had nothing good to say about his program even though it was artistically beautiful.  Based on her comments, I thought he was headed for 10th place.  He ended up with bronze.

In the ice dance, I watched the whole thing for the first time.  I thought it was sad that Belbin and Agosto did not make the podium in their last Olympics.

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46 minutes ago, Sew Sumi said:

Sandra Bezic was the female commentator. She was terrible.

Ok, thank you.  She has replaced Tara Lipinski as my least favorite skating analyst. 

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