Monday, December 27, 2010
This and That
The Wall Street Journal profiled Brian Boitano.
IG gave us a Katelyn Ohashi update. The WOGettes are off for a few days for the holidays. Katelyn performed a new standing arabian on beam in South Africa. Valeri Liukin is determined for Katelyn to get a new combo on bars. He is clearly grooming her for the 2013 Worlds and beyond. The new combo she is in the process of mastering is: insider-Stalder to el grip+ front giant+ Ono.
Anastasia Grishina is eager to resume training with the Russian National Team at Round Lake on January 5th. Anastasia took the second half of 2010 off from competition in order to rest her sore back. She says she is on track to be back for Russian Nationals in March. Her goal is to make the 2011 European Youth Olympic Festival in Turkey and do well. She turns 15 on January 16th and will be eligible for senior international competition in 2012 due to the FIG's dumb new rule that prevents Olympic-eligible gymnast compete in the previous year's World Championships.
Olympic documentarian Bud Greenspan passed away at 84 years of age.
Michael Weiss drove nine hours to appear on the Today Show this morning. Unfortunately, his performance was canceled because the rink was buried in snow. He did offer to shovel.
A feature on Evan Lysacek's year. He says his goal is to return to competition in the fall of 2011. It will be curious to see whether his Stars On Ice contract would allow that and/or if he could even be competitive for gold without a quad. The men's field has changed since he won Olympic Gold.
The NY Times says it will wait, but not forever, to review the disaster that is Spiderman The Musical. They don't want their definitive review of the show to be out-of-date by the time the producers finish making all of their changes to the production.
Stanford posted a preseason recap montage. They look a bit stronger than they did last season:
Kurt Browning still has 'it' in spades. Here he is from the recent Holiday Festival on Ice: