Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Jeff Buttle - 2007 The Ice Show (Japan) - Go The Distance

I had the immense pleasure of seeing Jeff skate this program live once, and I must say; he was absolutely stunning. The quality of his skating left me breathless.

Skating Updates

Icenetwork spoke to Javier Fernandez about some of his plans for next season, skating's growing popularity in his home country, and his Pirates of the Caribbean program.

Nathan Chen won the 3A award (which in all reality, has nothing to do with triple axels. =P ). He plans to use the $1,000 prize to train with Rafael Arutunian this summer. 

Caydee Denney and John Coughlin announced their partnership today. 

A couple of articles on Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov's coaching change to Morozov from Alexander Zhulin (use google translate).

Ryan Bradley talks about his plans and his expectations for the U.S. men next season. 

 Joannie Rochette has enjoyed being away from competition this past season.

Ksenia Makarova, Johnny Weir, and some others are skating in a cancer benefit.

Madison and Keiffer Hubbell have announced the end of their partnership. Madison will compete with Zach Donohue next season while Keiffer is reportedly considering his options.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Skating Updates

Ryan Bradley is retiring from competition. He plans to continue being involved in skating and is going to try to keep his eligibility should the urge to compete strike him again. I wish Ryan the best of luck and while I wish Worlds would have gone more smoothly for him, I truly look forward to seeing him skate in shows - he's such a great performer.

Sarah and Drew talked to Alex Shibutani about he and Maia's World medal win, their stop in Paris, and their excitement for next season.

Federica Faiella and Massimo Scali have taken back their retirement! 

The ISU fiddled with some values of elements, GOEs, and requirements for levels.

Evgeni Plushenko wants to become a legend.

U.S. Figure Skating's Coach of the Year nominations are up. 

Adam Rippon attempting a quad lutz. It looks around 1/4 underrotated, but I'm really curious to see if he can get it all the way around over this summer.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Skating Updates

Daisuke Takahashi is not retiring and plans to compete next season. He says he wants to take things one season at a time, but has also stated in several interviews that he would like to compete in Sochi. Daisuke will be having knee surgery to remove the screw left from his prior surgery to repair his ACL and meniscus (this month, if I am not mistaken).

Daisuke also spoke to Icenetwork about his 5 favorite things.

Controversy abounds about whether or not Rachael Flatt should have competed at Worlds with her fractured tibia. While I am of the opinion that she should have withdrawn, I think it's more important to be asking why her coach Zakrajsek would even let her compete in such pain (and in fact, has a history of letting or supporting his skaters do so.)

Meryl Davis and Charlie White make history as the first American ice dance team to ever win Worlds. Alongside Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir and Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani, they created another historic moment; it was also the first time that North America swept the entire ice dance podium at Worlds.

The ISU President gave out some more details on the team skating event for Sochi.

Caitlin Yankowskas and John Coughlin are calling it quits (despite their 6th place finish at Worlds...). She is looking for another partner while he is weighing his options.

Yu-Na Kim donated her prize money from her silver medal win at Worlds to UNICEF to help Japanese children.

An article on Alena Leonova.

Takahiko Kozuka talks about his flawless freeskate at Worlds.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Worlds Free Dance and Final Results

Post free dance interviews

Meryl Davis and Charlie White (1st)

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir (2nd)

Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani (3rd!)

Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje (5th)

Worlds 2011: Interviews I missed

Here's a handful of interviews I missed initially - if there's any more and you'd see to see them added, feel free to email me or post a comment with the link! =)

Ryan Bradley

Richard Dornbush

Patrick Chan

Caitlin Yankowskas and John Coughlin

Megan Duhamel and Eric Radford

Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov

Worlds Ladies Freeskate and Final Results

Post freeskate interviews

Miki Ando (1st)

Yu-Na Kim (2nd)

Carolina Kostner (3rd)

Alissa Czisny (5th)

Rachael Flatt (12th)