One Busy Weekend of Skating

I have so many things I would like to do and constantly seem to be finding myself behind these days, so I am going to record some of my thoughts from this weekend while they are still fresh and hopefully get more in depth with the pairs from Europeans and multiple Nationals later. We’ll see how it all pans out. We’ve also been seeing lots of new dresses lately and I want to get to them too. Anyway, despite the time differences and the internet’s best attempts to keeping me from watching skating programs, I fared pretty well. There are a few things I haven’t been able to see but that, I’m pretty sure, is because they aren’t out there and never were.

Someone shake that man’s hand!

Yes, someone really does need to shake Patrice Lauzon’s hand, and Marie-France’s and Romain’s. I really think the work they are doing is tremendous. There has been a number of comments about the Gadabois group being over-saturated at the moment, and yes, they have a lot of teams, but I think we should maybe just send everybody there. They are doing a lot of good work. Not every program is a hit and not every couple has delivered in competition but their teams steadily improve and in general their skaters genuinely seem happy about their training situation. And, from the wide variety of programs and styles we see this season, they seem to be doing fairly well at developing each team individually. Their American teams have all made huge strides, some in a very short period of time. Chock/Bates, in my opinion, have never looked better; Hubbell/Donohue seem to have reached a new level of confidence and power in their performance; Hawayek/Baker are breaking through but it’s not just a “paid their dues” step up the ladder. They seem to have a fresh energy and I think their material is the best it has ever been. And of course, they still have the top team, and good luck anyone in catching them.

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Notes on the Ladies – Dresses at Skate America and Skate Canada

I mostly want to talk about what I liked and what I didn’t but I’m so short on time, so I am mashing the ladies and dance together here. It was quite difficult to find photos of all of these, so enjoy the videos!

In the Ladies…

Bradie has sleeves! If you put your ideas of there, into the universe, someone hears you!

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Thoughts on the Challenger Series Thus Far

Now that the flurry of competition opening of the Challenger Series is over and before the opening of the Grand Prix, I think it’s time to do a survey of what we’ve seen and how the season is shaping up. There is so much to say but I just get to it each week, so I’m going to do a bit of a round up now of my initial impressions.

Who means business –

Skaters who have come out prepared and with focus, determination and energy from the start. 

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Couple or Not? Ice Dance Edition

We’re back for another round of Couple or Not? You can’t do pairs and not ice dance too. Although I’m a little sad. We probably won’t play this again for awhile now. Maybe we will notice new and up-and-coming teams that on whom we can speculate later. Once again, in order to help gauge couple compatibility we turned to the team ISU bios. Shared hobbies increase the likeliness of couple-dom and shared physical activities outside of skating put it through the roof! Am I right? I’m pretty sure I’m right.

Just as a reminder –

*We have not actual real knowledge on this subject. Our answers are purely based on our gut, intuition, spidey-senses, things we may have heard in the past, if we are remembering correctly, match making skills and wishful thinking. We should also make it clear that we are hopeless romantics.*

And first up it’s…

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From Slovakia to Canada – Men, Ladies and Dance

I just have so many thoughts and I can’t bury my sister in them all, so I’m going to do it here. I enjoyed a lot this weekend! So here comes the stream of consciousness…

Over in Bratislava, which is quite fun to say, I did’t pay much attention to the men (I couldn’t make time for everything) but I had to see Kolyada. I think it’s his year. Everything we’ve seen from him so far, here and at the test skates, has been good; he has delivered well. I definitely enjoy his programs this season – he makes a good toreador. I can totally overlook the use of Carmen for him (and for guys, in general, it’s not used quite so much). He just does everything well. So… keep up the good work! That’s maybe all I have to say about the men. Unless you are really good, if you aren’t a wearing dress, my attention wanders.

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