Saturday, January 22, 2011

This and That

Cynthia Phaneuf is leading after the short program at Canadian Nationals.

Jessica Dube is currently in fifth.

Nam Nguyen earned his adoption papers by winning the Junior Canadian Nationals.  If only we could adopt Nam Nguyen and Nathan Chan, send them to Frank Carroll, and have them motivate one another in training to compete for their parents' affection.

Absolute Skating interviewed John Kerr.

Liz Green has a fracture in her back and will miss a few meets.

The Crimson Tide won last night, but the team has yet to find its stride.  They are improving slowly and steadily, but the major boost in their team score came from Geralen Stack-Eaton's return to the lineup on three events.  Aside from Diandra's vault, the freshmen remain consistency stuck in the 9.7-9.8 range and risk being replaced when everyone is up to speed.

Skate Canada won $9.25 million in federal funding.  They will received $1.85 million a year for the next five years, which will certainly help influence them to keep champion skaters around and aid in the funding of up-and-comers.  Patrick Chan's PCS may even reach unknown heights.

Paul Wylie: From skater to coach.

A feature on Stephanie McAllister.

Kiri Baga withdrew from US Nationals due to an ankle injury.


  1. Good for Jessica Dube. I feel bad for her that Bryce is out so long. Poor them, but she seems to be doing well.

  2. Is it me, or does Cynthia Phaneuf looks like Amanda Peet?

  3. I just got done watching the Bama meet archive, and it's hard to really judge this team because the lineups seem so jumbled. Obviously Gutierrez will slide back in on her events, but the bars lineup was likely missing 3 gymnasts who will be in come postseason (Hoffman, Moore, Priess). They need to restructure Demeo's routine. She is going to keep taking a deduction for being short on that half pirouette before the blind change.

    It looks like they will have to do a trial by fire to see who can go up and hit beam week after week (I did think Demeo deserved higher than a 9.825, and Jacob arguably could have gone higher as well). IIRC, 8 gymnasts have gone on beam for Bama in 3 meets, and 5 have suffered falls. They need to find mental toughness ASAP. Beam is where they're really missing Priess.

  4. "... and have them motivate one another in training to compete for their parents' affection."

    Seriously, one of the funniest things I've ever read.

  5. "Liz Green has a fracture in her back and will miss a few meets."

    is it just me, or does it seem like someone with a fractured vertebra miss more than just "a few meets"?

  6. I need to take lessons on competing from this tiny gaysian. I am so a fan.