Wednesday, October 27, 2010

This and That

Katia Gordeeva and Valeri Bure on Battle of the Blades.

A week in practice:

 Jamie Sale and Theo:  

Shae-Lynn Bourne and Partner:

While Worlds is over, gymnastics season is not.  November will be loaded with competitions.  There will be several international events, including multiple Grand Prixs and the Asian Games.  We can only wonder if He Kexin will manage to stop crying long enough to restore her honor on the Uneven Bars.

Ottavio told Phil Hersh that he is 99 percent confident that the IOC will add a figure skating team event to the 2014 Olympics.  While the IOC is always trying to cut down on the number of participants in some events, it will likely add the team event in order to exploit every opportunity for additional advertising revenue.

In another shocking move, the 2013 Four Continents Championships were awarded to Osaka, Japan.

Nick Verreos reviewed the NHK fashion choices for Universal Sports.

Dube and Davison are out of Skate Canada, but that doesn't mean the excitement is gone.  The men's event features a particularly strong field.  While the ladies field does not have the star power of the NHK field, we may actually see stronger performances.  Universal Sports is already asking whether Agnes Zawadzki can capture gold in her Grand Prix debut.

Maxim Staviski analyzed the strengths and weaknesses of Ilinykh and Katsalapov.  He left out their dependency on crossovers.

Michal Brezina had surgery to remove a varicose vein from his abdomen.  He says he will try to be ready for his second Grand Prix event, but will definitely be back for Nationals.  Evan Bates is already doing rehab and may be back on the ice just three months after his surgery.  Tommy Steenberg had to withdraw from regionals due to mono.  It effectively ended his season, but he hopes to continue choreographing for other skaters.  Austin Wagner is not competing and Amanda Dobbs is currently partnerless and focusing on singles until another partner comes along.

Universal Sports and Ice Network will both be airing Skate Canada. and IceNetwork.comTime (ET)Segment
Friday Oct. 2911:30amLadies Short Program
1:45pmPairs Short Program
6:15pmMen's Short Program
8:10pmDance Short Dance
Saturday Oct. 302:00pmPairs Free Skate
3:55pmMen's Free Skate
7:00pmLadies Free Skate
Sunday Oct. 3112:15pmDance Free Dance

UniSports TVLIVE ON TV (ET)Segment
Friday Oct. 2911:30 am - 1 pmLadies' Short Program
6-9:30 pmMen's Short Program, Dance Short Dance
Saturday Oct. 302:30-3:30pmPairs Free Skate
4:30-6 pmMen's Free Skate
Sunday Oct. 311-2pmDance Free Dance
***NBC Sports will air Skate Canada on Saturday, Nov. 6 from 4-6 p.m. ET.  


  1. Does Katia ever age? that twist jump into his arms was as cool.

  2. if katia and sergei were to complete today i wonder if they would still be able to beat some of todays' top teams.

  3. "if katia and sergei were to complete today i wonder if they would still be able to beat some of todays' top teams."

    Their PCS/GOE would be HUGE (and I think would blow the other pairs out of the water in this part of the scores). Artistry, musicality, charisma, gorgeous lines--these they have in spades. I don't know if they'd have been able to match the technical content of today's pairs as they're not exactly spring chickens (even older than Shen and Zhao). But who cares? It's G&G.

  4. Maxim Staviski is out of jail?