Monday, October 17, 2011
This and That
Oksana Baiul put together a strong performance at Evening With Champions. The Koreans in the audience were amused by Oksana's generic 'Asian program,' but you have to remember that this is a girl whose education was tenuous at best. You always have to hand it to Baiul...she is full of surprises. Her spins are particularly beautiful.
Thousands of South Koreans flew to Boston to see their girl Yu-Na Kim perform. Unfortunately, Yu-Na was a sassy girl who did not want to jump this weekend. Yu-Na may be a girl who doesn't jump for less than six figures. Paul Wylie asked her to 'do something else' at one point, and Yu-Na did yet another ina bauer. Girl, it's not THAT nice. Yu-Na's sassy performance was improved; however, she did not receive the biggest post-program applause from the audience.
Evan Lysacek announced that he will not compete at Skate America after being unable to come to a financial agreement with the USFSA regarding his contract. Skaters of Evan's stature have been paid handsomely in the past. Without the USFSA cheesefests, the contracts have become increasingly important. Evan isn't supposed to tour this year, so this is about more than just the love of the sport.
Marlie announced they will be channeling J Lo during the circular steps and lift in their short dance. Meryl said being World Champions has not changed their everyday lives, as people only care about skating once every four years now.
Adorable and touching photos of the pediatric cancer patients who get to skate at Evening With Champions.
Working with Takahashi
Richard Dornbush article.
As people have been hinting, Martha Karolyi announces she may not retire after the Olympics. You know she isn't going anywhere until Valeri is done coaching his athletes... The Olympic Team will be announced at Trials, but Martha isn't excited about letting those girls have a mental letdown. Everyone practice saying it... 'the prep-a-ra-tion'
More with Martha...
Rachael Flatt is looking like Janet Lynn the pro years at first glance, but then she skates. The speed and fitness level need a lot of work before her Grand Prix appearances.
Lichtman and Copely's Austin Powers program.
Christina Gao is looking fit after a jumpless off season.