Nastia Liukin is in London for Britain Bound. This is a brief respite for the Olympic Champion who has been spending time in the gym and is looking thinner every time we see her. The true test of her comeback potential will come at the upcoming Skating and Gymnastics Show, which she has been preparing for. The weave is gone and there has been a noticeable weight loss. Things are starting to look possible, but she will have to work her ass off. Literally. Like many of us, Nastia puts on weight in her face and her chin. There is a visible difference since Nationals. I must say the just like with Sasha Cohen, I like Nastia better when she's thinner.
Dorothy Hamill is dealing with another business-related lawsuit. Every time Dorothy gets in business with one of her husbands, problems arise. (Love, the Ice Capades.) It isn't clear what the real story is here, but Dorothy has worked hard over the last few years to get her career and her life in order. I wouldn't mess with American's Sweetheart. Like the contestants at Miss Universe, she knows how to turn on her charm and charisma when she needs to. She also knows how to get away with charging outrageous prices for a weekend adult skating camp.
An interview with Nikolai Morozov about coaching Ilinykh and Katsalapov and Alena Leonova. He is keeping a level of secrecy and the highly-promoted-eye-candy. Perhaps their twizzles are being kept under lock and key as well? Notice that even the interviewer notes how grotesque Leonova is.
An interview with Maxim Stavisky about the state of Russian Ice Dance after the test event. He makes it clear that Riazanova and Tkachenko are the only team that impressed him. Maxim is NOT amused.
Universal Sports is changing its model and hoping to reach more audiences. It looks like we may have to pay for it. We'll need to follow what this means for us with the Olympics looming, but the Grand Prix shouldn't be impacted by the current business deals.