Friday, April 29, 2011

Worlds Short Dance Results

Post short dance interviews

Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir (1st)

Meryl Davis & Charlie White (2nd)

Maia & Alex Shibutani (4th)

2011 Worlds: Savchenko, Szolkowy interview after FS

Worlds Ladies Short Results

Post short program interviews

Yu-Na Kim (1st)

Miki Ando (2nd)

Ksenia Makarova (3rd)

Alissa Czisny (4th)

Rachael Flatt (8th)

Kanako Murakami (10th)

Scott Hamilton's take on the ladies short

Who do you hope will win the ladies title at Worlds?

Yu-Na won with 79% percent of the vote. The runner up was Mao, with 11%.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

2011 Worlds Post Freeskate Men's Interviews

Daisuke talks about his skate problem and continues to have the best broken English ever.

Brian talks about his freeskate & hopes for next season.

Michal Brezina talks about landing two quads in his freeskate for the first time.

Javier Fernandez also talks about landing two quads in his freeskate for the first time.

Florent Amodio talks about his decision to skate a program with LYRICS.

Pairs Freeskate & Overall Results

Worlds Men's Freeskate & Overall Results

Well, THAT was an interesting freeskate. 

  Freeskate Results
Overall Results

Worlds Pairs Short Results

Monday, April 25, 2011

Daisuke Takahashi Worlds Practice Vids

Mostly just blocked the program, did some footwork, etc.

A couple of failed quad attempts, but they were quad FLIPS.

Skating Updates

 Takahiko Kozuka won the qualifying round in a stunning fashion, his sole mistake being an underrotated quad toe.

An article on Rachael Flatt concerning Worlds and her future skating and college plans.

An article on Yankowskas & Coughlin, Savchenko & Szolkowy, and Alexander Majorov.

Lastly, it is Alex Shibutani's 20th birthday today! Happy birthday Alex, and good luck at Worlds! (see _skating for a celebration post)

Worlds Men's Qualifying Round Results

1Q Takahiko KOZUKAJPN165.0088.0077.007.827.547.717.687.750.00#16
2Q Alexander MAJOROVSWE136.6474.5662.086.325.866.186.326.360.00#13
3Q Michal BREZINACZE130.8767.8765.006.826.296.326.616.462.00#15
4Q Peter LIEBERSGER129.8969.9560.946.
5Q Viktor PFEIFERAUT123.2263.1460.086.115.686.
6Q Paolo BACCHINIITA122.2961.5160.786.115.686.
7Q Joey RUSSELLCAN118.3761.4357.945.865.615.825.935.751.00#17
8Q Kim LUCINEMON117.7859.0658.725.575.616.045.936.210.00#22
9Q Maxim SHIPOVISR116.4264.8651.565.464.865.
10Q Jorik HENDRICKXBEL109.5953.4557.145.865.645.645.685.751.00#21
11Q Misha GEUZB109.3954.3955.
12Q Min-Seok KIMKOR98.6750.2549.425.324.754.895.004.751.00#14
13Mark WEBSTERAUS95.8448.8448.005.074.394.794.894.861.00#9
14Justus STRIDDEN95.1648.0648.104.794.434.864.865.111.00#10
15David RICHARDSONGBR93.2047.4246.784.824.434.684.714.751.00#3
16Tigran VARDANJANHUN91.1648.5042.664.683.964.
17Mikael REDINSUI90.7944.3148.485.004.714.754.894.892.00#23
18Kutay ERYOLDASTUR86.6043.4643.144.434.394.184.364.210.00#7
19Stephen Li-Chung KUOTPE85.7138.5747.144.794.394.714.794.890.00#24
20Bela PAPPFIN83.4740.4744.004.504.294.394.464.361.00#6
21Harry Hau Yin LEEHKG82.3946.0936.304.113.363.543.643.500.00#5
22Vitali LUCHANOKBLR81.5137.8143.704.574.324.324.394.250.00#8
23Sarkis HAYRAPETYANARM77.2538.2740.984.213.894.
24Georgi KENCHADZEBUL73.7238.0635.663.863.363.543.613.460.00#2


Thursday, April 21, 2011

Poll: Who do you want to win the men's title at Worlds?

And the winner is... Daisuke Takahashi, with 66% of the vote! Patrick Chan is the runner up, with 16% percent of the vote.

The next poll is now up! Vote and let me know who you hope will win the ladies title!

Skating Updates

So sorry for the lack of posting! I've been enjoying the calm before the storm that is Worlds. Updates will definitely be a LOT more frequent when it is about to start. That said, here's some recent skating news!

There will be a free Russian live stream of Worlds!

Japanese skating fans should be pleased to hear that Fuji TV will be covering Worlds.

A new Alissa Czisny article by Phil Hersh.

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir talk about Tessa's injury at 4 Continents, and how the delay of Worlds has enabled them to polish their free dance.They have changed a lift to avoid straining her quad again.

Meryl Davis and Charlie White also believe that the wait has been beneficial, but haven't made any changes to their programs.They're trying not to think about the prospect of being the first U.S. Dance team to win Worlds too much.

An interview with Rachael Flatt.

The Final Round of Fantasy Skating is open!

Patrick Chan talks about his hopes for Worlds. 

Ryan Bradley talks about Worlds (of course) and competing against Daisuke Takahashi at World Juniors in 2002. 

Maia and Alex Shibutani spoke to Icenetwork about their five favorite things.

An update from the ISU. Of interest is the fact they have approved the idea of 3 new pro am competitions, as well as allowing (requiring?) seeded skaters to compete in 3 Grand Prixs each season.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Skating Updates

Sarah and Drew's latest blog, featuring interviews from behind the scenes at the annual Ice Chips skating show in Boston. They spoke to Xue Shen and Hongbo Zhao, Stephen Carriere, and Ross Miner.

An interview with Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat on their hopes for Worlds.

An update on Kimmie Meissner. It does not sound like she will be returning to competition.

Universal Sports and Icenetwork will both offer coverage of Worlds online. Article with details here.

Midori Ito will be competing at an ISU adult competition. This is the first time I've EVER heard of a former elite skater doing this, and I think it's quite fantastic. Who knows; maybe Midori will spark a trend.

Jeremy Abbott dyed his hair and talks about boots,quads, and next season.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Skating Updates

Adam Rippon talks about his coaching situation and his attempts at quads toes and lutzes.

Phil Hersh also wrote about Adam and Brian Orser's split.

David Raith voices his opinion on the team event for Sochi.

An article on Canada's Nam Nguyen.

Icenetwork article on Shawn Sawyer's retirement - in addition to skating in shows, he hopes to become a choreographer.

Johnny Weir collaborated with Japanese fashion designer Tadashi Shoji to raise money for Japan disaster relief.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Skating Updates

The International Olympic Committee has approved six new events for the winter Olympics, a team skating event among them.  Some more info. According to Blazing Blades, it is planned to be the first of the skating events in Sochi.

Christina Gao and Rachael Flatt are the recipients of grants from the Women's Sports Foundation.

An interview with Amelie Lacoste.

Universal Sports spoke to Adam Rippon.

An interview with Evan Lysacek.

Nobunari Oda is back in Canada to train for Worlds.

A Patrick Chan article.

Japan may potentially have Worlds in 2015 

Ryan Bradley hopes to medal at Worlds. 

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Happy Birthday Stephane!

In honor of Stephane's 26th birthday, here's a look at some of my favorite programs of his & some pictures.

And last but not least... RED CAT

Friday, April 1, 2011

Skating Updates

  Shawn Sawyer has announced his retirement from competition. He will be missed. Shawn does plan to keep skating in shows though, so keep an eye out for shows in your area, just in case. ;) 

 Adam Rippon has left Brian Orser and will train with Ghislain Briand, whom has been a part of his coaching team for a couple of years. Adam will continue training at the Cricket Club in Toronto.

An article on Sean Rabbitt's love for Japan and him organizing Skaters Care.
The Gardena Spring Trophy has begun. Here's an article on the U.S. team participating.

Universal Sports chatted with Tanith Belbin on Skype.

Peter Oppegard has joined Yu-Na Kim in Korea to continue her training for Worlds.

P.S. None of the news from today are April Fool's jokes, as far as I know. If any are, I'll update this and remove it or make a note about it, haha. I might add more articles if more come in today, so please check back for updates!