Tuesday, December 28, 2010
This and That
The Chinese are deep into winter training. Cheng Fei, yang Yilin and He Ning are all training together.
A few days ago, videos emerged on youtube declaring that the Japanese NTV secretly taped Yu-Na Kim training in LA. All That Sports has issued a statement asking for an apology and says it will blame NTV if Yu-Na is unable to compete. (One article initially had a statement that they would blame NTV if Yu-Na failed to win Worlds. It was a possible mistranslation, but they probably would blame them anyway.) NTV is not believed to have captured Yu-Na training either of her programs. Realistically, there isn't much the Japanese could change at this point by knowing Yu-Na's programs. Assuming her jump layout is relatively the same, they cannot add too many new combinations. Most of their skaters are likely already attempting the most difficult content they are currently capable of handling. Given how the Japanese value honor, this is another rather amusing tale of the JSF/Japanese media being shady. One can only imagine that this goes on with both the Korean and Japanese federations, as they are highly competitive in the ladies field. The paranoia and Yu-Na-mania is entertaining and should be considered downright flattering for the Olympic Champion.
Holiday Festival On Ice captured Canada's fancy this holiday season. A few highlights from the mini-tour:
Amanda Evora and Jeremy Barrett are engaged.
Dubreil and Lauzon announced the birth of their daughter, Billie-Rose, on Dec. 24th. Billie-Rose weighed six pounds, 12 ounces.
The Canadian Press named Joannie Rochette Female Athlete of the Year for 2010.
Anna Li was featured on Gymnast's Flashback Interviews.
Shannon Miller was also interviewed about her wins at Nationals. She spoke about actually planning her petitioning onto the '96 Olympic Team. It is nice to know that Shannon and Steve even strategized about which meet they'd petition. She certainly had experience with the process.
Highlights from Arkansas' recent intrasquad: