Wednesday, August 24, 2011
This and That
Jeremy Abbott debuted his new swing short program at An Evening on Ice. Being out of the show circuit looks to be the best thing to have happened to Jeremy's skating in a while. He says his boot issues are resolved and his quad toe is 'consistent.' The judges will either love the program or send him to get a new one ASAP.
Rebecca Bross will have knee surgery Thursday, August 25, and is expected to resume training in eight weeks. It could very well take longer, as Bross previously injured the same knee years back and had surgery on it. Bross dislocated her knee cap, but tests have shown that she didn't tear any ligaments. Most curious has been the revelation that she now has an agent, which is a curious decision for someone who lacks star power. Her career may be on the down swing and it isn't like she has the aesthetically pleasing body to be put in print ads.
Evan Lysacek posted videos of himself training a quad toe and a triple axel+half loop+triple flip. Evan did grow as a skater on tour, becoming healthier and somewhat more powerful. It will be interesting to see how he fits into the mix this year. While he isn't a quad king, his work ethic and mental game produce consistency and results. I don't like much of his arm flailing, but I do respect his drive and competitive abilities.
Every senior who competed at US Nationals is invited to the first World Selection Camp. Break them all!
Shawn Johnson is hoping to add a back full+back handspring on beam and plans on doing floor at camp. Things could get interesting very quickly once the girls start dropping like it's hot.
Tanith Belbin, Kim Navarro and David Pelletier join the cast of Battle of the Blades this season. It promises to be one memorable year. Sadly, we will all miss Katia.
Kate McSwain is a budding choreographer, but it would take a miracle to keep my acid reflux in check while watching Rachael Flatt attempt to be sexy.
Audrey Hepburn on ice. She is as lovely and one-dimensonal as ever.
MLT generates her own buzz that she's been asked about being National Team Coordinator. It is interesting to hear MLT mention that fewer numbers are done at the ranch, which is true in most cases. The girls do seven beam routines a day in training camps before meets. The CGA girls do far more than that in all of the training videos we've seen over the years.
Several of gymnastics' black sheep were inducted into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame last weekend:
Chelle Stack (kudos for mentioning her own form on beam and delivering a wonderful speech)