Thursday, April 21, 2011
This and That
Lexie Preissman on her first international competition.
Vanessa Atler is blogging again and it is time once again for us all to become utterly addicted to her. Forget about the coaching entries, it is ALL about the Q+A.
There were rumors last spring that Scott Hamilton was planning Pro Skating Events. Well, it turns out that the ISU has accepted his proposal for three Pro-Am events as long as he meets their requirements.
Skaters will now have an opportunity to compete in three Grand Prix events (with one being non-scoring in terms of qualifying for the GP) as a way to earn money and boost TV ratings given all of the withdrawals this season.
Quotes from Alissa Czisny's Pre-Worlds Press Conference.
Ryan Bradley says he is stronger than ever.
Kevin Reynolds will not be attempted two quads at Worlds due to injury. This could help Team USA, as Reynolds (like Ryan Bradley) definitely needs as many quads as possible to earn a respectable placement. His skating skills and Triple Axel just aren't cutting it.
Joannie Rochette will not compete next year, but still hopes to go for 2014. After seeing her in Stars On Ice, she has certainly kept up with her technique and conditioning.
Full list of JO Nationals Qualifiers. Interesting group. Wisconsin's region must be weak if Mini Memmel made it again. Geddert's qualified 14 gymnasts, including Kami Moore, who made it despite not even doing round offs in her routines earlier this year.
Yuzuru Hanyu Feature
Pia Toscano will sing on DWTS as part of her relationship-for-publicity. Mark Ballas will dance while she sings. They're oddly public for a few dates... (Teri Hatcher+ Ryan Seacrest...anyone?)
Chris Cameron's Post-College Plans
His take on Worlds