October 2, 2014

October 1, 2014

  • Skating Articles on Wednesday, October 1, 2014

    Patrick Chan to skip figure skating season, return next year: The 23-year-old national champion still plans to compete in invitational and exhibition programs over the coming months – Source, The Star.com

    Russian Media Ignores Olympic Non-Discrimination Standards Added After Sochi – by Katie Zavadski, NYMag.com

    The pairs event at the Ondrej Nepela Trophy has been cancelled because all the competitors withdrew – Source, Nepela Trophy Official Website

    New Name, Same Blog: A Little Housekeeping – by Ryan Stevens, Skateguard1.blogspot.ca

    Canadian Skaters Continue on ISU Junior Grand Prix Circuit in Germany – Source, SkateCanada.ca

    U.S. Figure Skating Fantasy Football – Week 4 Recap – Source, Skating Magazine Blog

    Chan to sit out 2014-15, return following season: Three-time world champ: ‘I do feel that there is still more that I can achieve’ – Source, IceNetwork News

    USA’s Budd and Blackmer reconnect – by Paula Slater, Golden Skate News

    Potsdam town and village officials approve rate increase for ice time at Pine Street Arena – by Alan Rizzo, Potsdam Daily Courier-Observer

    German media reports that Aliona Savchenko has parted ways with Ingo Steuer and is looking for a new coach for herself and partner Bruno Massot (use google translator) – Source, Spiegel.de

September 30, 2014

September 29, 2014

September 28, 2014

  • Skating Articles on Sunday, September 28, 2014

    Brown clinches men’s gold at Nebelhorn Trophy: U.S. silver medalist wins first senior international title in Oberstdorf – by Klaus-Reinhold Kany, IceNetwork News

    Resurgent Tuktamisheva wins gold at Nebelhorn: Fellow Russian Leonova takes silver; Gold grabs bronze; Bell lands fifth – by Klaus-Reinhold Kany, IceNetwork News

    Weaver, Poje edge Chock, Bates for Nebelhorn title: Americans set new personal best with winning free dance; Germans third – by Klaus-Reinhold Kany, IceNetwork News

    Ice Network Photo Galleries: Backstage at Nebelhorn Trophy – Photos by Wendy Enzmann, IceNetwork.com

    Weaver and Poje win gold in season debut – by Louis Daignault, SkateCanada.ca

    Canadian figure skater Elladj Balde posts fifth-place finish at Nebelhorn Trophy – Source, Winnipeg Free Press

    Team USA takes home four medals from 2014 Nebelhorn Trophy – Source, USFSA.org

    The Qianlong Emperor And Wu Tongxuan: Chinese Skating’s Royal Connection – by Ryan Stevens, Skateguard1.blogspot.com

    USA’s Ma prepares for Eastern Sectionals – by Paula Slater, Golden Skate News

September 27, 2014

September 26, 2014

  • Skating Articles on Friday, September 26, 2014

    Chock, Bates revamp programs for Nebelhorn: U.S. ice dance team expected to step up in absence of Davis, White – by Amy Rosewater, IceNetwork News

    Great news for synchro fans! ISU Submits Application to IOC to make Synchronized Team Skating an Olympic Sport – Source, Elina Paasonen, SquareSpace.com

    Tough Junior Field Set for Tallinn – by Laura Flagg, Ice-Dance.com

    Giant Inflatable 2018 Olympic Games? The new species is applied for place Finland defending champion – Source, Aamulehti.fi

    Brown blogs from Nebelhorn Trophy: U.S. Olympian checks in from his first international competition since Sochi – by Jason Brown, IceNetwork News

    Brown’s ‘Juke’ the class of short at Nebelhorn: U.S. silver medalist takes lead in men’s; Johnson sits in sixth – by Klaus-Reinhold Kany, IceNetwork News

    Weaver, Poje lead Chock, Bates after short dance: Top couples perplexed by one-point choreography deductions – by Klaus-Reinhold Kany, IceNetwork News

    Chelsea figure skate team to showcase moves, spins they will take to regionals – Source, Chelsea Standard

    IOC making future hosts sign non-discrimination clause – by Philip Hersh, Chicago Tribune

    Famous Russian figure skater Irina Rodnina holds master class for young Turkmen figure skaters – Source, AKIpress.com

September 25, 2014

  • Giant Inflatable 2018 Olympic Games? Synchronized Team Skating has applied for a place in the 2018 Winter Olympics

    Ms Marie Lundmark Finnish Member of ISU Board of Directors

    Ms Marie Lundmark Finnish Member of ISU Board of Directors

    The ISU has submitted a formal application for consideration by the IOC of the addition of Synchronized Team Skating in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. The announcement was made today by Marie Lundmark, Finnish member of the ISU Board of Directors.

    The top 10 Nations in the sport would skate a short program and from them the top six countries teams would advance to the final free skate event. 

    A decision on the inclusion of Synchro Team Skating in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games should announced in April of next year. 

    Anu Oksanen, coach of the team Marigold Unity Ice says she believes that Olympic status for the sport would greatly improve the financial situation for Synchro Skating thus allowing more opportunity for skaters to focus more on training beyond what they can now afford to do.

    The process of seeking admission of Synchro to the Olympics has been a decade-long process with the just announced formal application by the ISU Board of Directors. Oksanen believes that the expected turning point came in 2011 at the World Synchro Championships in Helsinki where the entire ISU Board of Directors were in attendance and had their eyes opened to the sport. Members there saw for the first time the excitement and popularity of the sport. 

    (Note: The above is my english language version (using google translator) of an article by Elina Paasonen, who interviewed Mrs. Lundmark and one of the SySTC members for background, in today’s morning addition of Aamulehti, a major Finnish paper @http://www.aamulehti.fi/Urheilu/1194929359193/artikkeli/jattipaukku2018).

  • Skating Articles on Thursday, September 25, 2014

    JGP Estonia Ladies Preview – by Amber Lewis, Ice Musings

    JGP Estonia Men’s Preview – by Amber Lewis, Ice Musings

    Show must go on! – Source, SomethingIced.wordpress.com

    Tall-inn tales: Moore shares stories from Estonia: Ice dancer competing at JGP in chilly coastal city for second year in a row – by Holly Moore, IceNetwork News

    2014 Nebelhorn Trophy Starting Order and Results Page – Source, ISUResults.com

    ISU Junior Grand Prix Tallinn Cup 2014, Starting Orders and Results Page – Source, ISUResults.com

    The Regent’s Park Skating Tragedy – by Ryan Stevens, Skateguard1.blogspot.ca

    Raising the bar next goal for new season – by Emanuel Sequeira, BC Local News

    The Inside Edge: ‘Game of Thrones’ comforts Weir: Abbott dons new beard; Castelli to face former partner Shnapir in Boston – by Sarah S. Brannen and Drew Meekins, IceNetwork News

    With season starting, Jason Brown sets sights on 2018 – by Nick McCarvel, USA Today

    Robin Szolkowy: “Everything that’s in my head I want to give the young teams” – Source, Europe On Ice – Blog

    Karly Robertson – our next gold Olympian after Torvill and Dean? – Source, RollingBlue.co.uk

    34 Questions with Johnny Weir (video) Watch as Johnny answers 34 rapid-fire backstage at ‘An Evening With Champions.’questions – Source, The Inside Edge video

September 24, 2014

  • Skating Articles on Wednesday, September 24, 2014

    A 12 year-old’s figure skating future ends after she reports bullying – by Anne Leclair, Global News

    He’s back: Brown blogs from Nebelhorn Trophy: U.S. Olympian checks in from his first international competition since Sochi – by Jason Brown, IceNetwork News

    Kristi Yamaguchi & Brian Boitano – “Golden Moment”: Star-Studded Cast Supports a Worthy Cause – by Susan D. Russell, International Figure Skating

    ‘Best of the B’s’ kicks off Thursday in Oberstdorf: Ten, Brown, Gold head up impressive field; Canada vs. U.S. in ice dance – by Klaus-Reinhold Kany, IceNetwork News

    The USFS Technical Panel Committee has scheduled the next National Technical Panel Seminar for singles, pairs, ice dance and synchronized skating, March 19-22, 2015, in Dallas, Texas – Source, USFigureSkating.org

    23 Athletes to represent Team USA in two events this week – Source, USFigureSkating.org

    Canadian Skaters Head to Germany for Nebelhorn Trophy – Source, SkateCanada.ca

    U.S. Figure Skating Fantasy Football – Week 3 Recap (Ashley Wagner Undefeated so far) – Source, Skating Magazine Blog

    Olympic champion Hanyu to sit out Finlandia: Japanese skater to miss first competition of season with back pain – Source, IceNetwork News

    Skating news roundup: Virtue/Moir skip season, Bobrova/Soloviev skip Grand Prix – by Jackie Wong, National Figure Skating Examiner

    Gilles, Poirier change pace with big-band romance: Ice dancers ready for Barrie; Twin Rinks plays host to ‘Ice Dreams’ – by Lynn Rutherford, IceNetwork News