Saturday, August 25, 2012
This and That
Yu-Na Kim reels off as Triple Lutz at All That Skate. It may not be as sturdy or huge as during her Olympic quest, but she has never been much of show skater under spotlights. The girl looks infinitely better than she has since Vancouver.
Johnny Weir's short is indeed Poker Face and he apparently landed his elements at Champs Camp. It would be great if Johnny ever went outside of his box, but we know that is about as likely as Sasha Cohen choosing music not from Skating's Greatest Hits collection. Ricky Dornbush is blaming his disastrous finishes at Four Continents and Nationals on a warped boot. He claims to have his confidence back.
Plushenko vows to defend his European Title.
Ashley Wagner is adding a Triple Flip+Triple Toe to her Red Violin short and Agnes Zawadzki is building confidence.
Mao Asada will compete at the Japan Open.
Every Olympic cycle, we hear athletes make claims after the Olympics and Trials that we know will never come true. Just as Sabrina Vega is going to Rio and Nicole Shapiro may still have that Olympic dream, David Boudia is now mulling the possibility of returning to his gymnastics roots. Given that Boudia is familiar with many of the gymnasts from Indiana (they share personal trainers), it is amazing that he believes that he can make it 'as a vaulter.' Obviously, this is a total mediawhore statement that will never remotely come true, but it makes him look absolutely clueless to anyone in the know. At least he still has his looks. God Bless.
Day 1 of Champs Camp Nuggets
Lance Armstrong has been banned for life and stripped of his seven Tour de France titles for being a disgraceful cheating asshole who earned a fortune with his pursuits. If he were truly innocent, he'd fight to the death for his honor. Given the recovery time in a sport like cycling, the writing was on the wall after his seven titles in this day and age. There is a reason he appeared to be superman and now the French can say they knew it all along.
Elena Radionova was an absolute stud at at her first JGP event. You can only imagine how good she could be if she learns to extend her free leg, raise her upper body and continue to dominate the jumps. She exudes a fighting spirit and has been quite the up-and-comer over the last two seasons.
Jason Brown at the JGP. The boy needs to spend some time with someone life Rafael or Christy Krall to learn how to do a triple axel because it is just not happening and his potential is far too great. Potential may not even be the word. His gift on the ice is so great. With a haircut, a makeover and a triple axel, he could be untouchable in the US. His effort earned him a silver in France.
Vanessa Lam's FS.
Aly Raisman on Young Hollywood