Tuesday, December 7, 2010
This and That
Vanessa Zamarripa tore her achilles and will miss this season. She will have two years of eligibility remaining. UCLA certainly has more than enough depth to absorb this injury, but it is a huge blow. UCLA has now lost their top two bar workers (Zam and Li) without having someone spectacular to replace those 9.900s. They also lost her 9.9-10 on Vault and a strong beam routine. This season just got 10 times more interesting. Best wishes to Zam for a complete recovery.
(Tidbit: Zam's floor choreography was never completed this year.)
While her teammates are surely sorry to see her in pain and bummed about losing the star of their team, one needs to realize that this is an opportunity for many girls to compete who otherwise wouldn't have. There will be a great deal of lineup shuffling in order to find the right chemistry. This is certainly a chance for Elyse Hopfner Hibbs to set herself apart. Sam Peszek has tweeted about being unhappy with some of her intrasquad efforts, but she'll need to turn on the Olympian inside her.
Evan Lysacek was on the Today Show (8:55) showing a dress he designing for charity. Listen, Evan is NOT gay. There are plenty of straight non-Jewish American designers. I just can't think of any. Evan announced that he would like to produce his own fashion line: 27 black cocktail dresses.
Evan Lysacek skating at the KTLA tree lighting after NOT liking the ice conditions. He performed Tango de Roxanne. Let's practice for Shawn Johnson's comeback and pretend that he improved leaps and bounds as a performer on DWTS:
The USFSA Fantasy Skating event page is up for the Grand Prix Final. The general rule this season is: If I pick them, they will withdraw!
Christopher Dean has let us all know why Jayne has outlasted both of his wives.
Melissa Bulanhagui is preparing for Nationals. Mel B has an enchanting personality on and off the ice. In addition to being a strong jumper and lover of Britney Spears, she is also one of Taylor Toth's very best gal pals.
Sierra Sapunar has made the Olympics of the Circus in Cirque du Soleil's Viva Elvis. Interesting to note that Ashley Kupets left La Reve and is on a temporary contract for Viva Elvis.
Sasha Cohen at Improv Ice. Kristi Yamaguchi is right. Sasha really does need to work on her flexibility!