Friday, September 16, 2011
This and That
Joshua Farris leads the JGP Baltic Cup after this fantastic short program.
Romania named their World Team. Before anyone freaks out, Catalina Ponor is not allowed to be officially named to the team until October 1st. Thus, she is not named to the team but will be once they arrive at Worlds. The coaches had to name a no-name alternate who won't even be competing at this weekend's dual meet with Great Britain. As expected, the names on the squad are: Ana Porgras, Sandra Izbasa, Diana Bulimar, Diana Chelaru, Amelia Racea and Raluca Haidu. Ponor will bump someone off---likely Haidu or Chelaru (unless Izbasa's injury gets worse.) Marian Dragulescu was also not allowed to be named to the men's squad, but he will also join the team at Worlds. The FIG is not allowing them to be named until then because you have to be back in the drug-testing pool for a full six months prior to entering international competition.
Melissa Bulanhagui is going to represent the Philippines. Unfortunately, she will only be able to compete in their national championships this year. The USFSA is not releasing her until May (even though they haven't provided any funding for her training and were unlikely to ever send her to any more assignments.)
Joannie Rochette is being charitable and is interested in competing in the team event at the 2014 Olympic Games. She plans on continuing with Stars On Ice this year. It will be interesting to see just how tied up she is by SOI, as rumors have swirled over sponsorship issues for this year's tour.
Elizaveta is confident about bringing her level of Mishin fugliness to the Grand Prix.
Alissa Czisny is planning on competing a Triple Lutz+Triple Toe. Czisny says she's confident. Now if only we could spice her up, make her a bitch and get her to stop skating in such a chaste manner...
A Japanese comedian is under fire for imitating Mao Asada. Take a look at the photos!
Julia Lipnitskaya leads the JGP Baltic Cup after this short. With a last name that is a hybrid of Lipinski and Slutskatya, she is basically the devil on ice!
Satoko Miyahara is in second.
Samantha Cesario is in third. Ah, she would've been such a gorgeous 6.0 skater!
Artur Jr is in second at the JGP Baltic Cup.