Sunday, September 25, 2011
This and That
Team China Update. Lu Bu withdrew from the team due to injury and has been replaced by Yao Mingyong.
The OC Register broke part one of the Don Peters sex scandal today. It is important to note that the reporter left out a part of the story, which is why Don really moved to California initially. The writer may have more research to do. While the allegations are from events from decades back, it is important to realize that there is a culture in the sport where it goes on. A members of the USAG National Staff married their wife at 18, which is legal, but it also means that they were likely involved for years prior to the date of their nuptials. Steve Elliot was famously banned from USAG for similar charges. It is believed that Don Peters may have let his USAG membership lapse, which would make it difficult for the federation to do anything about the situation. This story has been in the works for some time and it was attempted to be stopped. It is important for parents and athletes to realize how easily this abuse can happen. Several skating coaches have been taken to court for similar situations, one of whom Scott Hamilton vehemently defended despite substantial evidence.
Fashion on Ice took place yesterday. The ice was reportedly chippy, but Alissa Czisny skated with confidence and nailed a triple lutz. Meryl Davis had a rare fall, but retakes were done for the TV broadcast. Jeremy Abbott complained about the ice and needed quite a few retakes... Sasha Cohen was not in 2010 Nationals shape and performed at least one number without any jump attempts.
Lexie Priessman won three gold medals (and a bronze) in event finals at the Intl Junior Tournament, while Amelia Hundley added another three to her AA silver.
Evgenia Kanaeva's AA
Yuzuru Hanyu's free skate at Nebelhorn
Bazarova and Larionov's free skate
Nam Nguyen captured bronze (2nd FS) at the JGP with this performance.
I get that Johnny loves Gaga, but I'd even like to for him to use another song (maybe once a year?)
Never in a million years would I pair up Sarah Hughes and Lady Gaga...
A distant Marlie video...
Conditioning with the Crimson Tide