Kurt Browning was recently interviewed on blogto.com as her prepares for season two of Battle of the Blades. He is as charming as ever.
The ISU has released the requirements for the short dance. The 2010/2011 dance is the Golden Waltz, which is only the third time in five years that the ISU is using this dance. How original. Personally, I think a Bollywood short dance is in order.
The five required elements for the short dance this season are:
-2 (1/2) Golden Waltz Patterns
-Midline Non-touching Step Sequence
So we'll be golden waltzing and then we'll be twizzling?! Wouldn't a dance spin be more appropriate for something grand and flowing like a waltz? It is such a shame that Tanith doesn't get to debut this dance. I'm doing my best to keep an open mind and ''trust'' the ISU, but I have serious doubts about this potential hot mess.
Scott Hamilton had surgery to removed a benign tumor from his brain yesterday. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.
USAG National Team officials informed Alicia Sacramone that she needs to train floor exercise in order to be viable for teams in the future. It is not entirely unexpected, as her reputation as a beamer is one big cemented 'NO!'
Serena Williams was NOT pleased to be playing on Court 2 at Wimbledon yesterday. She felt that Centre Court or Court 1 was where she belonged. Just to hammer the point home, she drilled her second round match 6-0, 6-1. Serena was so nervous meeting the Queen earlier in the day that she initially forgot to address her as 'Your Majresty' until midway through the Queen's greeting to her. (It should work to Serena's favor if the organizers keep pissing her off. Serena achieved her infamous 'Serena Slam' after a breakup and wanted her ex-boyfriend to see her everywhere being successful.)
The Zaretskys have retired from competition citing a lack of support from the Israeli Federation and intend to pursue coaching careers. This opens up two invitations for Grand Prix events.
Jeremy Abbott is set to debut his new Flamenco short program at All That Skate, this summer's premiere ice show. Someone better remind me to get excited for this program amidst the queening out I'll be doing over Michelle's two new exhibitions.
Ice Network is reporting new music choices for several skaters:
The Shibutanis' new free dance is to the music of 'Smile' and 'Let's Face The Music and Dance.' (Both will be performed by Nat King Cole) Their short dance will tell the story of the musical Carousel.
Dobbs and Jacobsen will be skating a new free skate to Bohemian Rhapsody, which was choreographed by Rene Roca (mastermind behind Jill Trenary's 'The Mermaid.')
Evora and Ladwig will skate to The Mask of Zorro for their new short program.
Zhang and Toth will skate to Claire de Lune for their short program and Miss Saigon for their free skate.
Richard Dornbush's new free skate is to the soundtrack of Sherlock Homes and is choreographed by Cindy Stewart.
Agnes Zawadzki's short program is 'Gopher Mambo,' while her free skate is set to Hungarian Gypsy Music. Agnes has added a triple toe-triple toe to her short program and a double axel-triple toe to her long program. She will debut the short at this weekend's Broadmoor Open.
Fans can check out a live stream of the Broadmoor Open this weekend.