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KoOlMaNsEaN
Sep 11th, 2008, 02:52 AM
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2008-2009 Figure Skating Season
The season before the Vancouver Olympics

GRAND PRIX SEASON
Skate America
Everett,USA October 23rd-26th
Notables:
Lysacek,Weir,Van de Perren
Kim,Nakano,Ando,Nagasu,Meissner
Savchenko/Szolkowy,Duhamel/Buntin,Mukhortova/Trankov
Delobel/Schoenfelder,Belbin/Agosto,Kerr/Kerr,Jost/Jost

Skate Canada
Ottawa,CAN October 31st-November 2nd
Notables:
Voronov,Lysacek,Chan
Kostner,Rochette,Zhang,Liang
Dube/Davison,Kawaguchi/Smirnov
Pechalat/Bourzat,Davis/White

Cup of China
Beijing,CHN November 6th-9th
Notables:
Takahashi,Carriere
Kim,Meier,Lepisto,Ando
Zhang/Zhang,Pang/Tong,Volosozhar/Morozov
Belbin/Agosto,Khokhlova/Novitski,Zaretski/Zaretski,Domnina/Shabalin

Trophee Eric Bompard
Paris,FRA November 13th-16th
Notables:
Joubert,Preaubert
Asada,Rochette,Liang,Zhang
Savchenko/Szolkowy,Mukhortova/Trankov,Duhamel/Buntin
Delobel/Schoenfelder,Faiella/Scali,Kerr/Kerr

Cup of Russia
Moscow,RUS November 20th-23rd
Notables:
Joubert,Van de Perren,Voronov,Preaubert
Kostner,Meier,Meissner,Flatt
Zhang/Zhang,Kawagushi/Smirnov,Volosozhar/Morozov
Khokhlova/Novitski,Zaretski/Zaretski,Cappellini/Zanote,Domnina/Shabalin

NHK Trophy
Tokyo,JPN November 27th-30th
Notables:
Weir,Takahashi,Carriere
Asada,Nakano,Lepisto,Nagasu
Dube/Davison,Pang/Tong,Inoue/Baldwin
Virtue/Moir,Faiella/Scali,Pechalat/Bourzat

Grand Prix Final
Goyang City,SKOR December 10th-14th
2009 World Figure Skating Championships
Los Angeles,USA March 23rd-29th

KoOlMaNsEaN
Sep 11th, 2008, 02:54 AM
Buttle Announces Retirement from Figure Skating

TORONTO - At a time when many Canadian athletes are finding motivation in the allure of competing at the Vancouver Olympics, Jeffrey Buttle found his desire to skate for gold on home turf just wasn't there.
Already on top of the world after capturing the men's title at the world championships in March, an impressive progression from his bronze at the 2006 Olympics, the 26-year-old from Smooth Rock Falls, Ont., was becoming one of the country's most prominent names for the 2010 Winter Games.
But a renewed sense of purpose spurred along by his world title never took hold, with Buttle instead discovering a sense of contentment with all he had already achieved. He decided to keep training through the summer, even developing two new programs, to ensure what he was feeling wasn't simply a temporary malaise.
It wasn't, and that led to his surprise retirement from competitive figure skating Wednesday, a mere 17 months before the Vancouver Olympics begin.
"That was definitely the battle that was going on in my mind," Buttle said after a news conference. "I had to decide was that something that I really wanted. After the world championships, I was so happy with winning that I had to reflect on how important that was to me, and having the Olympics here in Vancouver is important to me, but winning them wasn't.
"I don't know, it just wasn't in my heart."
Buttle didn't make the decision alone.
He sought advice from Canadian greats like Kurt Browning and Brian Orser, among others, even as he continued work on a quad jump, the one element missing from his repertoire.
At times the inner turmoil about his future would hit him like a tumble to the ice. Then it would be business as usual.
Ultimately it became apparent to him that his thoughts of retirement, which began soon after the world championship win, weren't going to fade.
His next competition would have been November's Skate Canada in Ottawa.
"I basically spent a normal summer of training and nothing was any different than it had been in past years," Buttle said of his workouts. "At the end of the summer I just wasn't feeling it."
What he is feeling is a desire to skate professionally in performance shows, and complete his chemical engineering degree at the University of Toronto.
Beyond that he's not sure what's in store for him, although he plans to remain involved with Skate Canada at some level.
His departure from the scene leaves Patrick Chan, who took the national crown away from Buttle in January, as one of the country's top hopes for men's figure skating in 2010.
Skate Canada CEO William Thompson said other skaters must now fill, "Jeff's rather large skates."
"I know they can do it and they will rise to this challenge," he continued. "But each day is going to be a turning point for all of their training as well."
Buttle leaves them lots to aspire to.
The main knock on him has been his lack of a quad - an element that's becoming a staple among the elite men in figure skating. It's a charge that caused both Thompson and Lee Barkell, Buttle's coach of 18 years, to bristle.
"Technical advancement is not simply about jumps," said Thompson. "I think what he brought to the sport was unique and beautiful and artistic and athletic. And I will miss that."
Buttle's footwork and spins often left competitors in the dust and Barkell believes that isn't recognized often enough.
"A lot of people don't know how hard he had to work to become that all-around good skater," he said. "That's something everyone needs to appreciate."
Similarly important for the country's next generation is to learn from the determination and perseverance Buttle showed on the ice.
Success didn't come until later in his career, once he learned to better handle the mental side of skating.
"He never ever won a novice or junior championship, it wasn't instant success," said Barkell. "He wasn't very good on the junior circuit, he was somebody who was very naturally talented but I believe he had to teach himself and learn how to compete."
That growth culminated in March when Buttle became the first Canadian to win the men's world title since Elvis Stojko in 1997.
Skating last, he pulled off a clean routine to beat 2007 champion Brian Joubert of France by a whopping margin of nearly 14 points.
He first won gold at the ISU Four Continents Championships in 2002 and 2004 and added silver medals at the ISU Grand Prix Finals in 2004 and 2005.
Buttle won gold three times on the Grand Prix circuit, finishing first at the 2003 NHK Trophy in Japan, the Cup of China in 2004 and the 2005 Trophee Eric Bompard.
Then came the bronze in Turin.
Interestingly, when asked what he'd miss most about amateur skating, he said the discipline of routine and the thrill of competition.
Asked what he wouldn't miss, he replied: "Skating last at a major competition. My God, that's the biggest pressure situation and I couldn't think of a better way to finish it than skating last and having that kind of pressure and still pulling out a clean performance. That was a big hurdle for me."
He cleared it, and now walks away having nailed perhaps the biggest performance of his life with a near perfect routine.
Could he pull it off again in Vancouver? Who knows. But by walking away now, he goes out on top.
"If he's going to Vancouver, it's to take a serious shot at winning," said Barkell. "That means being able to train every single day with that passion and determination that he's always done and if it's even 90 per cent, that's not going to be enough.
"To realize that and to be that honest and have the guts to make that decision, I admire that because I've seen a lot of people stay in too long or for the wrong reasons."
Buttle knew it and didn't fight it.
"I just came to the conclusion that I wasn't continuing on for all the right reasons," he said. "The city that the Olympics is in shouldn't be the motivating factor. I have to feel it inside.
"That was the breaking point."

Danči Dementia
Sep 11th, 2008, 03:37 AM
Where is Alissa Ciszny????:confused:

Go Kiira Korpi and Russians :bounce::bounce::worship:

oh and Yukari Nakano:worship:

dybbuk
Sep 11th, 2008, 03:39 AM
Where is Alissa Ciszny????:confused:

Go Kiira Korpi and Russians :bounce::bounce::worship:

oh and Yukari Nakano:worship:

Alissa will be at Skate Canada.

Good luck Miki. :)

Wojtek
Sep 11th, 2008, 06:05 AM
Only Buttle retired?

Paco
Sep 11th, 2008, 09:08 AM
Kiira :rocker2:

and Susanna :D

Miss Atomic Bomb
Sep 11th, 2008, 09:12 AM
Lambiel :worship:

Martian KC
Sep 11th, 2008, 05:54 PM
Go Caroline and Mirai! And Mao and Yu-Na!!!

ElusiveChanteuse
Sep 11th, 2008, 06:03 PM
So is Michelle Kwan retired?:scratch:

Martian KC
Sep 11th, 2008, 08:27 PM
I heard she's been training and she's not ruled out 2010. *crossing fingers*

Brashkoala
Sep 11th, 2008, 09:48 PM
i love kostner and asada. i can't believe buttle retired; he should have stuck around for the olympics in his country; i can't believe he retired. i love figure skating and can't wait for the new season to begin. i live in la and am so excited the world championships are going to be held here next year. i'm definitely going to go although the tickets seem a bit expensive...maybe i can find someone to invite me, haha.

RFSTB
Sep 11th, 2008, 09:59 PM
Michelle Kwan is deader than dead, as is skating. This sport is such a bore these days. Even with the Vancouver Olympics right around the corner, and literally right in my backyard, I still can't even get remotely excited about it.

Libertango
Sep 12th, 2008, 01:04 PM
:eek: @ Buttle, but good luck to him!!

Can't wait to see Yu-Na'a and Miki's new programmes! :D

Paneru
Sep 13th, 2008, 05:43 AM
So is Michelle Kwan retired?:scratch:

No.

She has retained her eligibility.

Michelle said in Beijing being interviewed during the Olympics
on the Today Show that she will decide by this November wheather
she will go for the 2010 US Team.

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Paneru
Sep 13th, 2008, 05:46 AM
:eek: @ Buttle, but good luck to him!!


:eek: :sad:

I would've loved to seen him in Vancouver,
but I too wish him all the best! :)

RFSTB
Sep 13th, 2008, 03:52 PM
No.

She has retained her eligibility.

Michelle said in Beijing being interviewed during the Olympics
on the Today Show that she will decide by this November wheather
she will go for the 2010 US Team.


She's been saying the same shit for how many years now? Can't believe people are still buying it. She is so done. Even if her head/heart hasn't accepted it, her body has. Time to stick a fork in her and move on. :rolleyes:

Unfortunately for skating, there really is no one worth watching after her.

Paneru
Sep 13th, 2008, 04:36 PM
She's been saying the same shit for how many years now? Can't believe people are still buying it. She is so done. Even if her head/heart hasn't accepted it, her body has. Time to stick a fork in her and move on. :rolleyes:

Unfortunately for skating, there really is no one worth watching after her.

Then what do you care? :lol: ;)

FYI, this is the first time since 06' that she has given
any difinitive timetable. By november she'll have made her decision.

And as for her body, Michelle has been given a clean bill of health since her surgery back in 06'. Michelle has said her hip feels 120% and that she has been training, skating and running 5 miles a day, though not at the intensity she does when competitively training.

So, we shall see.

IMO, she along with Mirai & Caroline would make a great US Team.

ce
Sep 13th, 2008, 04:45 PM
good luck Ando :smooch:

RFSTB
Sep 13th, 2008, 04:55 PM
Then what do you care? :lol: ;)

And as for her body, Michelle has been given a clean bill of health since her surgery back in 06'. Michelle has said her hip feels 120% and that she has been training, skating and running 5 miles a day, though not at the intensity she does when competitively training.

So, we shall see.

IMO, she along with Mirai & Caroline would make a great US Team.

She can say whatever she wants and we all know she's full of it. When was the last time anyone saw her do a triple jump? She's finished. Trust me.

The other 2 remind me too much of the Chinese "women's" gymnastics team. They're the reason why this sport is dead, overrun by little girls. Here today gone tomorrow.

Paneru
Sep 13th, 2008, 05:10 PM
She can say whatever she wants and we all know she's full of it. When was the last time anyone saw her do a triple jump? She's finished. Trust me.

The other 2 remind me too much of the Chinese "women's" gymnastics team. They're the reason why this sport is dead, overrun by little girls. Here today gone tomorrow.

1. Then what do you care if she is retired or not? You say she's done so I'd think their be no interest in or reason for you to ask, no?

2. Neither you nor I know what jumps she has or hasn't been landing and how long ago, as (a shocker to you maybe) she doesn't have camera's following her every move.

3. So long as she believes it doesn't matter what any of us think.

4. Excuse Caroline & Mirai for being young. Michelle looked just like them in body type at their age. It was this same time between 95'-96' summer season when Michelle turned 15 that her body hit puberty and she looked totally different between that srping of 95' and that fall of 95', so much so that the officials and other coaches ect... didn't know who she was when she should up for her 1st competition of that knew season.

Give them time.

I agree that I like to see women, ala Kwan Slutskaya that aren't 20 somethings with the bodies of 15 years old's. One of the reasons i am so fond of Miki Ando, now if she could just fix her carriage and posture, she's be set.

RFSTB
Sep 13th, 2008, 05:26 PM
1. Then what do you care if she is retired or not? You say she's done so I'd think their be no interest in or reason for you to ask, no?


I wasn't the one who asked/brought up her name. Someone else did. I just responded by telling the truth. But of course, all her worshippers can't handle the truth! :wavey:

Paneru
Sep 13th, 2008, 05:42 PM
I wasn't the one who asked/brought up her name. Someone else did. I just responded by telling the truth. But of course, all her worshippers can't handle the truth! :wavey:

True, you weren't. ;)

You responded with what you feel is the truth.
And that good and fine.

Now, let us Kwan fans have our "delusion" as you
see it. Too much to ask? ;) :p

Martian KC
Sep 13th, 2008, 05:44 PM
The other 2 remind me too much of the Chinese "women's" gymnastics team. They're the reason why this sport is dead, overrun by little girls. Here today gone tomorrow.

What killed the sport was lipinski and her robotic routines. Now it's all about jumps.

Paneru
Sep 13th, 2008, 06:05 PM
What killed the sport was lipinski and her robotic routines. Now it's all about jumps.

The judges as well. Even more.

Just in 95' they told Michelle and Frank that they wanted a "Ladies Champion" not a "Girls Champion", which was the excuse for keeping her off the podium in 95', but then only two year's later, they took no issue with Lipinski. Go figure! :p

Brashkoala
Sep 13th, 2008, 11:03 PM
The judges as well. Even more.

Just in 95' they told Michelle and Frank that they wanted a "Ladies Champion" not a "Girls Champion", which was the excuse for keeping her off the podium in 95', but then only two year's later, they took no issue with Lipinski. Go figure! :p

while lipinski and kwan hit all of the same jumps in their 98 olympic showdown, in the free program, lipinski hit two tripe-triple combinations to kwans none. that completely boosted lipinski's technical score when compared to kwan. in addition, kwan skated with the pressure of being the favorite and performed a reserved free skate as far as emotions go (completely understandable) while lipinski skated with a bit more joy. their artistry scores were somewhat similar with kwan's being a little better. lastly, kwan was one of the first performers and lipinski one of the last ones, as unfortuante and luck is, the judges had to hold their marks in case other skaters skated better than kwan, which lipinski ultimately did. kwan did the best she could, but lipinski skated better, no fault in that

i hope michelle does come back for the olympics. it would be a lot to ask of her to win the gold, with her being out of the sport for so long, not having a lot of experience with the new system, and many others rivals coming along in the last few years. if anyone could do it though, it's michelle. she needs a good team of pros around here, if she does come back, to show her how to milk the new system as much as possible. i hope she goes and skates for the love of skating at the olympics. and who knows, she might even win a medal.

RFSTB
Sep 13th, 2008, 11:59 PM
She had the best team -- the best coach, the best choreographer. She fired them both 4 months before the biggest skate of her life, and look where it got her? The rest of her "team", i.e. her family, are just as clueless. She should just announce her retirement and get on with her life already honestly. Spare us another miserable Olympic dissappointment.

Paneru
Sep 14th, 2008, 06:21 PM
She had the best team -- the best coach, the best choreographer. She fired them both 4 months before the biggest skate of her life, and look where it got her? The rest of her "team", i.e. her family, are just as clueless. She should just announce her retirement and get on with her life already honestly. Spare us another miserable Olympic dissappointment.

Hmmm...Studying Poli-Sci and International Relations
at DU for the past two years, traveling as a PDE
for the State Department taking her message of
hard work to children from Russia, to China, to
Argentina and beyond, fulfilling endoresment
obligations, and still skating, staying
physically active.

Yeah Michelle, get on with your life girl! :cool:

And you should get on with your life not being
so concerned that she is doing what she wants
with her life. ;)

Paneru
Sep 14th, 2008, 07:11 PM
Looks at Programs for the Up Coming Season:

Miki Ando: Short Program
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Nobunari Oda: Short Program
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Fumie Suguri: Short Program
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Adam Rippon: Long Program
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Emily Hughes: Short Program
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Alissa Czisny: Long Program
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Brashkoala
Sep 15th, 2008, 01:03 AM
Looks at Programs for the Up Coming Season:

Miki Ando: Short Program
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Nobunari Oda: Short Program
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Fumie Suguri: Short Program
ekmz1MpaaKM

Adam Rippon: Long Program
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Emily Hughes: Short Program
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Alissa Czisny: Long Program
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i'm most impressed by alissa czisny. she looks great. great technical skate and artistic skate. she doesn't do the triple salchow anymore because of an injury i believe, which is understandable, but she really needs to add at least one more triple to her program to make it six. you can't compete with the best ladies in the world with a five triple program; she needs six at least; seven would be great!

Libertango
Sep 19th, 2008, 07:13 PM
Thanks for the vid links!

Danči Dementia
Sep 19th, 2008, 07:25 PM
OMG!!! Fumie Suguri is still aorund!! I love her :worship:

Go Fumie!!!! :bounce:

Paneru
Sep 27th, 2008, 05:45 PM
Pics of Xue & Hongbo from their wedding and what I take was
their honeymoon. Pics from a chinese fashion mag.

http://pic.yupoo.com/saddesperado/89649641b917/qyoos3e9.jpg

http://pic.yupoo.com/saddesperado/19026641bb4a/ypx71oyg.jpg

http://pic.yupoo.com/saddesperado/71590641b916/u0r0tezw.jpg

http://pic.yupoo.com/saddesperado/73054641b916/aexftd3s.jpg

http://pic.yupoo.com/saddesperado/89659641bb4a/nmz6x534.jpg

http://pic.yupoo.com/saddesperado/77623641b8d9/99tw54ae.jpg

They look so amazing! I love them and wish them all the best!
Xue looks gorgeous in that dress! :hearts:

They said that they will be in vancouver in 2010,
but not sure yet if it will be as competitors or spectators.

Libertango
Sep 29th, 2008, 12:46 PM
WOW :eek: @ those pics! Xue, in particular, looks amazing - she has really matured into a beautiful woman! (I love her shoes in the last pic :p )

Libertango
Oct 10th, 2008, 11:23 AM
When is Skate America?

KoOlMaNsEaN
Oct 10th, 2008, 08:13 PM
its in the first post.

Danči Dementia
Oct 10th, 2008, 08:17 PM
Hongbo and Xue look sooo cute together!! :awww: :inlove:

Kworb
Oct 16th, 2008, 05:16 PM
Former world champion figure skater Lambiel quits

Thursday, October 16, 2008; 8:49 AM
ZURICH (Reuters) - Twice world champion Stephane Lambiel announced his retirement from competitive skating on Thursday.

The 23-year-old Swiss said his decision was prompted by a persistent thigh injury sustained at the 2008 world championships which stopped him training at the highest level.

"I have not been in the position to train at 100 percent," said the 2005 and 2006 world champion who also won silver at the 2006 Winter Olympics.

"You can only win when you are fully fit but my body does not allow that any more," Lambiel told reporters.

Lambiel has frequently criticized skating's new points system with its increased emphasis on athletics at the expense of artistry.

He said Thursday the new requirements placed more burden on skaters' bodies.

Lambiel added he would continue to take part in non-competitive gala events.

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NOOOOoooo :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry:

Paneru
Oct 17th, 2008, 05:19 AM
First Jeff, and now
Stephane?!?!?!?!? :speakles: :tears: :sobbing: :bigcry:

From Press Conference:

http://images.sportsline.com/u/ap/photos/BE206101606_lower.jpg

http://images.sportsline.com/u/ap/photos/BE204101606_lower.jpg

Danči Dementia
Oct 17th, 2008, 05:23 AM
"You can only win when you are fully fit but my body does not allow that any more," Lambiel told reporters.
not really, you can only win when Plushenko is not competing :p :o





I don´t like him....I think he is gorgeous but I just don´t like his performances and his outfits are.....

he will be very very missed though, his prescence was one of the most important, and he had a lot of fans.

:wavey: Stephane

Paneru
Oct 17th, 2008, 05:32 AM
....I think he is gorgeous but


Isn't that enough? :p :lol:


not really, you can only win when Plushenko is not competing :p :o

Who can, the judges worshipped at EP's butt! ;)

Oh, and his winning OGM performance still
is just eh...... :o

Wojtek
Oct 17th, 2008, 05:35 AM
:sad: :sad: :sad:

Danči Dementia
Oct 17th, 2008, 05:40 AM
Isn't that enough? :p :lol:

:lol:
not in this case :shrug::o

:drool::drool:



Who can, the judges worshipped at EP's butt! ;)

Oh, and his winning OGM performance still
is just eh...... :o

its not about judges worshipping Plushenko´s butty.
EP doesn´t falls as much as Stephane used to fall.;):)and has better routines overall :shrug:


who´s winning performance???

Danči Dementia
Oct 17th, 2008, 05:44 AM
and now....wich guys is left??

please don´t say Jonhy weir :ras: :o (he should retire right now:o)


Lysacek is the only one I can think of that is a "great" skater

Paneru
Oct 17th, 2008, 06:20 AM
who´s winning performance???

EP's in Torino!

Winning or not, it sucked!

Kworb
Oct 17th, 2008, 08:23 AM
Joubert of course :drool:

and Van Der Perren :drool:

Libertango
Oct 17th, 2008, 09:46 AM
and now....wich guys is left??

please don´t say Jonhy weir :ras: :o (he should retire right now:o)


Lysacek is the only one I can think of that is a "great" skater

Are you forgetting Daisuke Takahashi?! He is "greater" than Lysacek, IMO.

Paneru
Oct 17th, 2008, 02:09 PM
Are you forgetting Daisuke Takahashi?! He is "greater" than Lysacek, IMO.

Without question!

Takahashi :)
Joubert :hearts:
Oda :kiss:
Van Der Perren :drool:

Martian KC
Oct 17th, 2008, 11:33 PM
I can't believe Lambiel retired.:sad:

Danči Dementia
Oct 18th, 2008, 12:43 AM
oh I love Van Der Perren :drool:

Warrior
Oct 18th, 2008, 01:00 AM
Former world champion figure skater Lambiel quits

Thursday, October 16, 2008; 8:49 AM
ZURICH (Reuters) - Twice world champion Stephane Lambiel announced his retirement from competitive skating on Thursday.

The 23-year-old Swiss said his decision was prompted by a persistent thigh injury sustained at the 2008 world championships which stopped him training at the highest level.

"I have not been in the position to train at 100 percent," said the 2005 and 2006 world champion who also won silver at the 2006 Winter Olympics.

"You can only win when you are fully fit but my body does not allow that any more," Lambiel told reporters.

Lambiel has frequently criticized skating's new points system with its increased emphasis on athletics at the expense of artistry.

He said Thursday the new requirements placed more burden on skaters' bodies.

Lambiel added he would continue to take part in non-competitive gala events.

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NOOOOoooo :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry:

Stephane Lambiel was my favorite and I'm very sad to see him go!:( But I think it's a right decision.

KoOlMaNsEaN
Oct 18th, 2008, 03:05 AM
Only really Joubert and Takahashi left.

skanky~skanketta
Oct 18th, 2008, 12:36 PM
What happened to Sasha Cohen? I loved her skating. Amazing technique and unbelieavably graceful. But a complete headcase.

Paneru
Oct 18th, 2008, 05:06 PM
Only really Joubert and Takahashi left.

Nobunari Oda, he's coming back this season.

I predict these three will be vying for the world title.

Outside chance, Lysacek & Weir.

Kworb
Oct 18th, 2008, 05:22 PM
And Tomas Verner, even though he's boring.

Paneru
Oct 18th, 2008, 08:49 PM
And Tomas Verner, even though he's boring.

Yeah, but I jst left him off because he can be such a flake in competition. Yet, you are right.

KoOlMaNsEaN
Oct 18th, 2008, 11:07 PM
I would like Verner but he needs more artistry for me. Kevin has no artistry.
I think Women's skating is exciting this year with Nagasu and Fletch coming in after being on the podium in the US. Asada,Kim are in the top echalant in my opinion. Kostner needs to get a better free program, if she did she would be with them.

Danči Dementia
Oct 19th, 2008, 02:36 AM
What happened to Sasha Cohen? I loved her skating. Amazing technique and unbelieavably graceful. But a complete headcase.

I think she is acting now....

she hasn´t made an statement on wether if she will continue in figure skating or not.

Libertango
Oct 19th, 2008, 09:08 AM
Well, I've heard several rumours that she is in training for the 2010 Games, but I'll believe it when I see it.

I agree she was beautifully elegant, yet I do NOT think she had amazing technique - in fact I think her jumping technique and skating skills were rather weak. I still miss her though.

KoOlMaNsEaN
Oct 20th, 2008, 05:56 AM
CBC(Canada) will have coverage of Grand Prix Events starting with Skate America this weekend :D
Last season we only got Skate Canada,Nats,Worlds.
Also Langlois/Hay(CAN) are doubtful to compete in the Grand Prix Season.

Brashkoala
Oct 22nd, 2008, 02:37 AM
CBC(Canada) will have coverage of Grand Prix Events starting with Skate America this weekend :D
Last season we only got Skate Canada,Nats,Worlds.
Also Langlois/Hay(CAN) are doubtful to compete in the Grand Prix Season.

skate america starts this weekend? i'm so happy!!! i love figure skating!!!

KoOlMaNsEaN
Oct 22nd, 2008, 02:57 AM
Again all schedules and notables are in the first post :) :mad:

Paneru
Oct 25th, 2008, 01:20 AM
Skate America has begun!!! :cool:

Ice Dance - Compulsory Dance
1 Isabelle DELOBEL / Olivier SCHOENFELDER FRA 38.49
2 Tanith BELBIN / Benjamin AGOSTO USA 37.63
3 Sinead KERR / John KERR GBR 34.37
4 Pernelle CARRON / Mathieu JOST FRA 32.26
5 Emily SAMUELSON / Evan BATES USA 31.81
6 Katherine COPELY / Deividas STAGNIUNAS LTU 29.78
7 Ekaterina RUBLEVA / Ivan SHEFER RUS 28.41
8 Jane SUMMERSETT / Todd GILLES USA 27.50
9 Allie HANN-MCCURDY / Michael CORENO CAN 25.74

KoOlMaNsEaN
Oct 25th, 2008, 05:56 AM
Everything is basically close after the first night. A point difference or less in the leads

mm1147
Oct 25th, 2008, 06:02 AM
kimmie meissner sp for skate america 2008
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZqJ9SYDSL8

Paneru
Oct 25th, 2008, 12:40 PM
Pairs - Short Program
1 Maria MUKHORTOVA / Maxim TRANKOV RUS 66.32
2 Aliona SAVCHENKO / Robin SZOLKOWY GER 64.08
3 Keauna McLAUGHLIN / Rockne BRUBAKER USA 57.02
4 Meagan DUHAMEL / Craig BUNTIN CAN 54.26
5 Rena INOUE / John BALDWIN USA 50.00
6 Caitlin YANKOWSKAS / John COUGHLIN USA 48.40
7 Yue ZHANG / Lei WANG CHN 44.60
8 Adeline CANAC / Maximin COIA FRA 44.00


Men - Short Program
1 Evan LYSACEK USA 81.30
2 Johnny WEIR USA 80.55
3 Takahiko KOZUKA JPN 80.10
4 Kevin REYNOLDS CAN 67.18
5 Adrian SCHULTHEISS SWE 64.40
6 Shawn SAWYER CAN 64.14
7 Alexander USPENSKI RUS 59.63
8 Adam RIPPON USA 59.60
9 Igor MACYPURA SVK 54.58
10 Ian MARTINEZ CAN 50.68

Paneru
Oct 25th, 2008, 01:44 PM
1 Maria MUKHORTOVA / Maxim TRANKOV - Short Program 66.32
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2 Aliona SAVCHENKO / Robin SZOLKOWY - Short Program 64.08
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3 Keauna McLAUGHLIN / Rockne BRUBAKER - Short Program 57.02
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4 Meagan DUHAMEL / Craig BUNTIN - Short Program 54.26
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7 Yue ZHANG / Lei WANG - Short Program 44.60
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8 Adeline CANAC / Maximin COIA - Short Program 44.00
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1 Evan LYSACEK - Short Program 81.30
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2 Johnny WEIR - Short Program 80.55
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3 Takahiko KOZUKA - Short Program 80.10
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4 Kevin REYNOLDS - Short Program 67.18
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5 Adrian SCHULTHEISS - Short Program 64.40
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6 Shawn SAWYER - Short Program 64.14
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9 Igor MACYPURA - Short Program 54.58
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KoOlMaNsEaN
Oct 25th, 2008, 10:11 PM
Pairs- Szokolwy double a planned triple
Mens- Johnny two foots a landing
are the differences

Libertango
Oct 25th, 2008, 11:46 PM
Some horrendous costumes so far. :lol:

Enjoying the Europsort coverage! :D

Warrior
Oct 26th, 2008, 03:58 AM
Ladies SP Results

1 Yu-Na KIM KOR 69.50 39.06 30.44 7.70 7.20 7.70 7.75 7.70 0.00 #12
2 Miki ANDO JPN 57.80 30.28 28.52 7.30 6.85 6.95 7.30 7.25 1.00 #11
3 Yukari NAKANO JPN 57.46 29.30 28.16 7.20 6.80 7.15 6.90 7.15 0.00 #10
4 Mirai NAGASU USA 56.42 30.50 25.92 6.80 6.05 6.45 6.65 6.45 0.00 #8
5 Rachael FLATT USA 54.92 30.00 24.92 6.40 5.85 6.30 6.20 6.40 0.00 #5
6 Kimmie MEISSNER USA 54.90 28.46 27.44 7.00 6.40 7.00 6.90 7.00 1.00 #9
7 Annette DYTRT GER 48.32 25.64 22.68 5.90 5.40 5.80 5.65 5.60 0.00 #2
8 Susanna POYKIO FIN 47.82 24.50 23.32 6.10 5.45 6.00 5.75 5.85 0.00 #6
9 Yan LIU CHN 46.96 25.84 21.12 5.45 4.90 5.45 5.30 5.30 0.00 #1
10 Mira LEUNG CAN 45.74 25.54 20.20 5.45 4.80 5.15 5.10 4.75 0.00 #4
11 Tugba KARADEMIR TUR 41.26 19.58 21.68 5.50 5.05 5.50 5.50 5.55 0.00 #3

KoOlMaNsEaN
Oct 26th, 2008, 05:51 AM
Savchenko/Szokolwy won the Pairs Event.
Kozuka won the Men's Event :eek:
Can't wait to watch it tomorrow!

for Americans you can watch the Ladies' Free on NBC. for Canadian you can watch tonight's programs at 2-4pm local on CBC and the Ladies' Free at cbcsports.ca

Paneru
Oct 26th, 2008, 06:47 AM
Men - Free Skating Results
1 Takahiko KOZUKA JPN 146.08
2 Johnny WEIR USA 144.65
3 Evan LYSACEK USA 141.91
4 Kevin REYNOLDS CAN 137.71
5 Shawn SAWYER CAN 135.84
6 Alexander USPENSKI RUS 118.18
7 Adam RIPPON USA 115.22
8 Igor MACYPURA SVK 115.03
9 Adrian SCHULTHEISS SWE 112.86
10 Ian MARTINEZ CAN 104.50

Men's Overall Results
1 Takahiko KOZUKA JPN 226.18
2 Johnny WEIR USA 225.20
3 Evan LYSACEK USA 223.21
4 Kevin REYNOLDS CAN 204.89
5 Shawn SAWYER CAN 199.98
6 Alexander USPENSKI RUS 177.81
7 Adrian SCHULTHEISS SWE 177.26
8 Adam RIPPON USA 174.82
9 Igor MACYPURA SVK 169.61
10 Ian MARTINEZ CAN 155.18

Paneru
Oct 26th, 2008, 06:50 AM
Pairs - Free Skating Results
1 Aliona SAVCHENKO / Robin SZOLKOWY GER 116.69
2 Keauna McLAUGHLIN / Rockne BRUBAKER USA 115.67
3 Meagan DUHAMEL / Craig BUNTIN CAN 105.54
4 Maria MUKHORTOVA / Maxim TRANKOV RUS 101.35
5 Rena INOUE / John BALDWIN USA 96.51
6 Caitlin YANKOWSKAS / John COUGHLIN USA 93.30
7 Adeline CANAC / Maximin COIA FRA 90.36
8 Yue ZHANG / Lei WANG CHN 80.03

Pairs Overall Results
1 Aliona SAVCHENKO / Robin SZOLKOWY GER 180.77
2 Keauna McLAUGHLIN / Rockne BRUBAKER USA 172.69
3 Maria MUKHORTOVA / Maxim TRANKOV RUS 167.67
4 Meagan DUHAMEL / Craig BUNTIN CAN 159.80
5 Rena INOUE / John BALDWIN USA 146.51
6 Caitlin YANKOWSKAS / John COUGHLIN USA 141.70
7 Adeline CANAC / Maximin COIA FRA 134.36
8 Yue ZHANG / Lei WANG CHN 124.63

Paneru
Oct 26th, 2008, 06:54 AM
Ladies SP Results

1 Yu-Na KIM KOR 69.50 39.06 30.44 7.70 7.20 7.70 7.75 7.70 0.00 #12
2 Miki ANDO JPN 57.80 30.28 28.52 7.30 6.85 6.95 7.30 7.25 1.00 #11
3 Yukari NAKANO JPN 57.46 29.30 28.16 7.20 6.80 7.15 6.90 7.15 0.00 #10
4 Mirai NAGASU USA 56.42 30.50 25.92 6.80 6.05 6.45 6.65 6.45 0.00 #8
5 Rachael FLATT USA 54.92 30.00 24.92 6.40 5.85 6.30 6.20 6.40 0.00 #5
6 Kimmie MEISSNER USA 54.90 28.46 27.44 7.00 6.40 7.00 6.90 7.00 1.00 #9
7 Annette DYTRT GER 48.32 25.64 22.68 5.90 5.40 5.80 5.65 5.60 0.00 #2
8 Susanna POYKIO FIN 47.82 24.50 23.32 6.10 5.45 6.00 5.75 5.85 0.00 #6
9 Yan LIU CHN 46.96 25.84 21.12 5.45 4.90 5.45 5.30 5.30 0.00 #1
10 Mira LEUNG CAN 45.74 25.54 20.20 5.45 4.80 5.15 5.10 4.75 0.00 #4
11 Tugba KARADEMIR TUR 41.26 19.58 21.68 5.50 5.05 5.50 5.50 5.55 0.00 #3

Wow!

Only Yu Na got 60 or above!

Paneru
Oct 26th, 2008, 07:09 AM
1 Yu-Na KIM - Short Program 69.50
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2 Miki ANDO - Short Program 57.80
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3 Yukari NAKANO - Short Program 57.46
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4 Mirai NAGASU - Short Program 56.42
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5 Rachael FLATT - Short Program 54.92
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6 Kimmie MEISSNER - Short Program 54.90
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10 Mira LEUNG - Short Program 45.74
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matthias
Oct 26th, 2008, 07:56 AM
Robin/Alyona :bounce:

Paneru
Oct 26th, 2008, 04:07 PM
1 Takahiko KOZUKA - Free Skating 146.08
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2 Johnny WEIR - Free Skating 144.65
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3 Evan LYSACEK - Free Skating 141.91
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4 Kevin REYNOLDS - Free Skating 137.71
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5 Shawn SAWYER - Free Skating 135.84
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Martian KC
Oct 26th, 2008, 04:11 PM
That was brilliant Yu-Na!

hakush...
Oct 26th, 2008, 05:22 PM
any livestream?

Paneru
Oct 26th, 2008, 08:05 PM
any livestream?

I think on icenetwork, but
you have to pay.

Paneru
Oct 26th, 2008, 08:09 PM
Ice Dance - Compulsory Dance Results
1 Isabelle DELOBEL / Olivier SCHOENFELDER FRA 38.49
2 Tanith BELBIN / Benjamin AGOSTO USA 37.63
3 Sinead KERR / John KERR GBR 34.37
4 Pernelle CARRON / Mathieu JOST FRA 32.26
5 Emily SAMUELSON / Evan BATES USA 31.81
6 Katherine COPELY / Deividas STAGNIUNAS LTU 29.78
7 Ekaterina RUBLEVA / Ivan SHEFER RUS 28.41
8 Jane SUMMERSETT / Todd GILLES USA 27.50
9 Allie HANN-MCCURDY / Michael CORENO CAN 25.74

Ice Dance - Original Dance Results
1 Isabelle DELOBEL / Olivier SCHOENFELDER FRA 58.26
2 Sinead KERR / John KERR GBR 57.74
3 Tanith BELBIN / Benjamin AGOSTO USA 57.47
4 Emily SAMUELSON / Evan BATES USA 55.01
5 Pernelle CARRON / Mathieu JOST FRA 52.74
6 Jane SUMMERSETT / Todd GILLES USA 50.51
7 Ekaterina RUBLEVA / Ivan SHEFER RUS 50.37
8 Katherine COPELY / Deividas STAGNIUNAS LTU 48.38
9 Allie HANN-MCCURDY / Michael CORENO CAN 45.44

Ice Dance - Free Dance Results
1 Tanith BELBIN / Benjamin AGOSTO USA 91.43
2 Isabelle DELOBEL / Olivier SCHOENFELDER FRA 90.89
3 Emily SAMUELSON / Evan BATES USA 88.84
4 Sinead KERR / John KERR GBR 88.09
5 Pernelle CARRON / Mathieu JOST FRA 81.92
6 Ekaterina RUBLEVA / Ivan SHEFER RUS 80.25
7 Jane SUMMERSETT / Todd GILLES USA 78.61
8 Katherine COPELY / Deividas STAGNIUNAS LTU 78.12
9 Allie HANN-MCCURDY / Michael CORENO CAN 71.77

Ice Dance - Overall Results
1 Isabelle DELOBEL / Olivier SCHOENFELDER FRA 187.64
2 Tanith BELBIN / Benjamin AGOSTO USA 186.53
3 Sinead KERR / John KERR GBR 180.20
4 Emily SAMUELSON / Evan BATES USA 175.66
5 Pernelle CARRON / Mathieu JOST FRA 166.92
6 Ekaterina RUBLEVA / Ivan SHEFER RUS 159.03
7 Jane SUMMERSETT / Todd GILLES USA 156.62
8 Katherine COPELY / Deividas STAGNIUNAS LTU 156.28
9 Allie HANN-MCCURDY / Michael CORENO CAN 142.95

KoOlMaNsEaN
Oct 26th, 2008, 09:49 PM
Ladies' Free
Meissner- 4 Falls in the first minute. Singles a 3loop. Awful.
Flatt- Made a triple-triple. Didn't rotate a 3salchow. Singles a 2axel.
Nagasu- 2 foots 3flip. Fall on 3salchow. Falls on Stepsequence. About 3 jumps looked to be under-rotated
Nakano- A perfect performance from start to finish. scores a 115 in the free.
Ando- An amazing triple-triple,tremendous height. To me Yukari had the better performance.
Kim- Triple-Triple is made. Singles a 3loop. The unquestionable winner.

Paneru
Oct 26th, 2008, 09:54 PM
Ladies - Free Skating Results
1 Yu-Na KIM KOR 123.95
2 Yukari NAKANO JPN 115.07
3 Miki ANDO JPN 110.62
4 Rachael FLATT USA 100.81
5 Susanna POYKIO FIN 94.32
6 Mira LEUNG CAN 90.42
7 Mirai NAGASU USA 86.48
8 Yan LIU CHN 81.16
9 Kimmie MEISSNER USA 81.02
10 Tugba KARADEMIR TUR 72.65
11 Annette DYTRT GER 68.51

Ladies - Overall Results
1 Yu-Na KIM KOR 193.45
2 Yukari NAKANO JPN 172.53
3 Miki ANDO JPN 168.42
4 Rachael FLATT USA 155.73
5 Mirai NAGASU USA 142.90
6 Susanna POYKIO FIN 142.14
7 Mira LEUNG CAN 136.16
8 Kimmie MEISSNER USA 135.92
9 Yan LIU CHN 128.12
10 Annette DYTRT GER 116.83
11 Tugba KARADEMIR TUR 113.91

Paneru
Oct 26th, 2008, 09:58 PM
Ladies' Free
Meissner- 4 Falls in the first minute. Singles a 3loop. Awful.


She only fell twice.

All that has really improved with her is her flow and carriage. Her body upper and lower are now beginning to look like their are of the same person, working in harmony.

Her awful jump technique is still there and I'm not certain that she can change it at this point in her career. IMO, honestly, I think her best days are behind her. Her world title is thanks to Cohen's implosion and Shizuka & Irina not showing up.

Warrior
Oct 26th, 2008, 10:18 PM
Congrats Kim! But not your best performance. You really need to improve to win the WC this time.

Paneru
Oct 26th, 2008, 10:21 PM
Congrats Kim! But not your best performance. You really need to improve to win the WC this time.

No doubt she will.

For her this was a good start to the beginning of the season and she just has to build. Get the loop down, and clean up some spins and speed up some footwork and she'll be ready to go after it!

Danči Dementia
Oct 27th, 2008, 03:27 AM
Yukari!!! :bounce: :bounce:

well done!!! :worship: :worship:

I love that girl...she is amazing. :worship:
her moulin rouge sp was awesome

Paneru
Oct 27th, 2008, 04:19 AM
1 Yu-Na KIM - Free Skate 123.95
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2 Yukari NAKANO - Free Skate 115.07
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3 Miki ANDO - Free Skate 110.62
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4 Rachael FLATT - Free Skate 100.81
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7 Mirai NAGASU - Free Skate 86.48
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9 Kimmie MEISSNER - Free Skate 81.02
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Libertango
Oct 27th, 2008, 11:04 PM
Thanks for the links!

I loved Yu-Na's and Yukari's LPs :hearts:

Justin
Oct 28th, 2008, 09:21 PM
Kimmie won Worlds in 2006, right? Or was it 2007? What was 2d and 3d the year she won?

Thanks.

Justin
Oct 28th, 2008, 09:52 PM
OK, it was 2006. Suguri was 2d and Choker Cohen third. I guess Sasha is gone for good, no?

Libertango
Oct 28th, 2008, 10:17 PM
I think Sasha is gone forever, yes. Meissner was 4th the following year, 8th last year.

KoOlMaNsEaN
Oct 30th, 2008, 10:45 PM
Skate Canada starts tomorrow. I get everything :)

Libertango
Oct 31st, 2008, 12:13 PM
can't wait to Davis/White :drool:

Also looking forawrd to seeing Fumie, the Caro's and Rochette. :p

RFSTB
Oct 31st, 2008, 03:35 PM
I haven't followed skating closely the last few years, just saw this on universalsports.com:
http://www.universalsports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=23000&ATCLID=1614604

Q: Who will be the next U.S. skating star?

There may not be one. (ouch!!) A great void has been left since the departure of Michelle Kwan, who achieved enormous popularity in a career that spanned more than a decade. Sasha Cohen hasn’t given up hope of competing in her third Games in Vancouver, but figure skating remains in search of its next young star. And the landscape is cloudy.

Along with Nagasu, Flatt, Zhang and Meissner, there is Ashley Wagner, who won bronze at the U.S. Championships and is rebranding herself under a new coach this season. There is Alissa Czisny, an exquisite skater who made a run at the Torino team before falling back into her frustratingly inconsistent ways. Veterans Bebe Liang and Emily Hughes also remain in the mix. But for now all of the American skaters reside at a level below the sport’s top tier, occupied by Japan’s Mao Asada and South Korea’s Kim Yu-Na. The last time a U.S. woman failed to stand on an Olympic podium was on 1964 -- and that was after a devastating plane crash that took the lives of the entire American team on the way to the 1961 World Championships.

It may very well be that the U.S. team goes to Vancouver without an established star...

Sounds like the American ladies stunk up the joint at Skate America.
What happened to us? We used to rule the roost in Ladies skating! Now everybody and her mother is beating us.

Why can't Americans do well in international sports? Oh I know, coz our best male athletes are busy following the money into stupid sports like the NFL, NBA, MLB...while the young girls are too busy watching E! and TMZ and ho'ing it up like Paris Hilton!

Better just stick to watching tennis. At least the Williams sisters can still win, and also Sharapova, technically not an American but close enough. Just wish our lame ass men would do better, they can only win the Davis Cup.

KoOlMaNsEaN
Oct 31st, 2008, 08:01 PM
Joannie did great this afternoon a new PB of 64 :D She skated with much more power, I really hope she gets that triple-triple in by Worlds.
Fumie is jumping way better than before. More attack.
Carolina two footed her triples,fell on an approach to a double axel then fell on it.
Rochette has a big lead heading into the free.

Libertango
Oct 31st, 2008, 08:02 PM
These things go in cycles. Look how well Japan is doing now and in recent years - but ten years ago, the highest Japanese skaters weren't even in the top ten at worlds. No-one can win all the time.

Skate Canada:

Pairs SP:

1. Kawaguchi/Smirnov
2. McCloughin/Brubaker
3. Dube/Davison

Ladies SP:

1. Rochette 64.74:eek: :) PB!
2. Suguri 57.92 :eek: Glad to se her back!
3. Zhang 53.28
4. McCorkell 51.64 :eek: x10000
5. Liang
6. Czisny
7. Kostner :eek: :eek:

Martian KC
Nov 1st, 2008, 12:12 AM
Glad to see Fumie still trucking along. I hope to see Caroline's SP soon.

Paneru
Nov 1st, 2008, 12:29 AM
Pairs - Short Program Results
1 Yuko KAWAGUCHI / Alexander SMIRNOV RUS 65.02
2 Keauna MCLAUGHLIN / Rockne BRUBAKER USA 60.66
3 Jessica DUBE / Bryce DAVISON CAN 60.14
4 Tiffany VISE / Derek TRENT USA 53.94
5 Huibo DONG / Yiming WU CHN 50.84
6 Mylene BRODEUR / John MATTATALL CAN 50.76
7 Rachel KIRKLAND / Eric RADFORD CAN 50.08
8 Amanda EVORA / Mark LADWIG USA 47.04


Ladies - Short Program Results
1 Joannie ROCHETTE CAN 64.74
2 Fumie SUGURI JPN 57.92
3 Caroline ZHANG USA 53.28
4 Jenna MCCORKELL GBR 51.64
5 Beatrisa LIANG USA 49.92
6 Alissa CZISNY USA 49.66
7 Carolina KOSTNER ITA 48.56
8 Nana TAKEDA JPN 45.14
9 Cynthia PHANEUF CAN 45.06
10 Jenni VAHAMAA FIN 44.90
11 Elena GLEBOVA EST 41.18
12 Myriane SAMSON CAN 40.42


Ice Dance - Compulsory Dance Results
1 Meryl DAVIS / Charlie WHITE USA 34.29
2 Nathalie PECHALAT / Fabian BOURZAT FRA 33.90
3 Kimberly NAVARRO / Brent BOMMENTRE USA 31.67
4 Vanessa CRONE / Paul POIRIER CAN 31.11
5 Kristina GORSHKOVA / Vitali BUTIKOV RUS 30.50
6 Jennifer WESTER / Daniil BARANTSEV USA 28.71
7 Ekaterina BOBROVA / Dmitri SOLOVIEV RUS 28.42
8 Andrea CHONG / Guillame GFELLER CAN 26.29

Paneru
Nov 1st, 2008, 01:11 AM
Men - Short Program Results
1 Yannick PONSERO FRA 78.05 PB
2 Patrick CHAN CAN 77.47 PB
3 Ryan BRADLEY USA 72.50 PB
4 Evan LYSACEK USA 71.40
5 Sergei VORONOV RUS 70.45
6 Brandon MROZ USA 67.03
7 Shawn SAWYER CAN 64.20
8 Anton KOVALEVSKI UKR 64.06
9 Yasuharu NANRI JPN 63.36
10 Vladimir USPENSKI RUS 56.17
11 Jeremy TEN CAN 50.93

Paneru
Nov 1st, 2008, 01:18 AM
1 Joannie ROCHETTE - Short Program 64.74
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2 Fumie SUGURI - Short Program 57.92
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3 Caroline ZHANG - Short Program 53.28
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4 Jenna MCCORKELL - Short Program 51.64
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5 Beatrisa LIANG - Short Program 49.92
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6 Alissa CZISNY - Short Program 49.66
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7 Carolina KOSTNER - Short Program 48.56
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8 Nana TAKEDA - Short Program 45.14
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11 Elena GLEBOVA - Short Program 41.18
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12 Myriane SAMSON - Short Program 40.42
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Paneru
Nov 1st, 2008, 01:22 AM
1 Yuko KAWAGUCHI / Alexander SMIRNOV - Short Program 65.02
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2 Keauna MCLAUGHLIN / Rockne BRUBAKER - Short Program 60.66
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3 Jessica DUBE / Bryce DAVISON - Short Program 60.14
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Paneru
Nov 1st, 2008, 04:58 PM
Ice Dance - Original Dance Results
1 Meryl DAVIS / Charlie WHITE USA 56.36
2 Kristina GORSHKOVA / Vitali BUTIKOV RUS 49.82
3 Vanessa CRONE / Paul POIRIER CAN 49.13
4 Kimberly NAVARRO / Brent BOMMENTRE USA 48.68
5 Ekaterina BOBROVA / Dmitri SOLOVIEV RUS 47.83
6 Nathalie PECHALAT / Fabian BOURZAT FRA 47.37
7 Jennifer WESTER / Daniil BARANTSEV USA 43.70
8 Andrea CHONG / Guillame GFELLER CAN 43.24

Warrior
Nov 1st, 2008, 06:51 PM
PAIRS OVERALL
1Yuko KAWAGUCHI / Alexander SMIRNOV (http://www.isufs.org/bios/isufs00009880.htm)http://www.isufs.org/results/FLAGS//RUS.GIFRUS176.9712
2Jessica DUBE / Bryce DAVISON (http://www.isufs.org/bios/isufs00007024.htm)http://www.isufs.org/results/FLAGS//CAN.GIFCAN176.5431
3Keauna MCLAUGHLIN / Rockne BRUBAKER (http://www.isufs.org/bios/isufs00009743.htm)http://www.isufs.org/results/FLAGS//USA.GIFUSA161.5123
4Mylene BRODEUR / John MATTATALL (http://www.isufs.org/bios/isufs00009869.htm)http://www.isufs.org/results/FLAGS//CAN.GIFCAN149.1464
5Tiffany VISE / Derek TRENT (http://www.isufs.org/bios/isufs00007163.htm)http://www.isufs.org/results/FLAGS//USA.GIFUSA148.5245
6Rachel KIRKLAND / Eric RADFORD (http://www.isufs.org/bios/isufs00009291.htm)http://www.isufs.org/results/FLAGS//CAN.GIFCAN141.6676
7Amanda EVORA / Mark LADWIG (http://www.isufs.org/bios/isufs00007159.htm)http://www.isufs.org/results/FLAGS//USA.GIFUSA138.1487
8Huibo DONG / Yiming WU (http://www.isufs.org/bios/isufs00010574.htm)http://www.isufs.org/results/FLAGS//CHN.GIFCHN127.1758

Warrior
Nov 1st, 2008, 06:58 PM
Finally K/S finally beat D/D! :yeah: I hope they medal at WC this year

KoOlMaNsEaN
Nov 1st, 2008, 10:11 PM
Patrick and Yannick skated really poorly. Yannick had it in the bag but he just started missing after halfway. Patrick somehow won.
I am a fan of Ryan Bradley after tonight. Such a flirt ;)

Paneru
Nov 1st, 2008, 10:17 PM
Men - Free Skating Results
1 Shawn SAWYER CAN 142.36 PB
2 Ryan BRADLEY USA 140.25 PB
3 Patrick CHAN CAN 137.98
4 Evan LYSACEK USA 137.87
5 Sergei VORONOV RUS 131.14
6 Yannick PONSERO FRA 130.92
7 Brandon MROZ USA 125.20
8 Jeremy TEN CAN 118.86
9 Yasuharu NANRI JPN 114.48
10 Anton KOVALEVSKI UKR 106.55
11 Vladimir USPENSKI RUS 94.33


Men Overall Results
1 Patrick CHAN CAN 215.45 :cool:
2 Ryan BRADLEY USA 212.75 :hearts:
3 Evan LYSACEK USA 209.27
4 Yannick PONSERO FRA 208.97
5 Shawn SAWYER CAN 206.56
6 Sergei VORONOV RUS 201.59
7 Brandon MROZ USA 192.23
8 Yasuharu NANRI JPN 177.84
9 Anton KOVALEVSKI UKR 170.61
10 Jeremy TEN CAN 169.79
11 Vladimir USPENSKI RUS 150.50

Paneru
Nov 1st, 2008, 11:40 PM
1 Shawn SAWYER - Free Skating 142.36 PB
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2 Ryan BRADLEY - Free Skating 140.25 PB
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3 Patrick CHAN - Free Skating 137.98
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4 Evan LYSACEK - Free Skating 137.87
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7 Brandon MROZ - Free Skating 125.20
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9 Yasuharu NANRI - Free Skating 114.48
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Libertango
Nov 2nd, 2008, 01:14 AM
Congrats Joannie, Fumie and Alissa! :D

vw.
Nov 2nd, 2008, 01:24 AM
I was there :hearts: And Joannie's performance was just awesome. :worship: Pretty much flawless, and totally destroyed the field. I love Fumie though, she's so cute! :lol: She was also ecstatic after her free skate, she did pop one of her triple jumps, but it was also flawless minus that one botched jump.

None of the men had flawless free skates, except for Shawn Sawyer of course! It was unbelievable, and he brought the house down! I got to take a picture and get his autograph after too! :hearts: Too bad he didn't have a great short program, or else he woulda been on the podium too..

All in all, great Skate Canada for Canadians with Chan and Rochette getting gold, Dube/Davison silver! :banana:

Tenisci
Nov 2nd, 2008, 08:49 AM
Tugba Karademir won Balkan Cup

Paneru
Nov 2nd, 2008, 12:05 PM
Ladies - Free Skating Results
1 Joannie ROCHETTE CAN 124.15 PB
2 Alissa CZISNY USA 108.26
3 Fumie SUGURI JPN 105.94
4 Carolina KOSTNER ITA 104.20
5 Caroline ZHANG USA 97.52
6 Beatrisa LIANG USA 92.20
7 Cynthia PHANEUF CAN 88.41
8 Jenna MCCORKELL GBR 87.73
9 Nana TAKEDA JPN 83.79
10 Jenni VAHAMAA FIN 77.85
11 Elena GLEBOVA EST 75.20
12 Myriane SAMSON CAN 72.32


Ladies Overall Results
1 Joannie ROCHETTE CAN 188.89
2 Fumie SUGURI JPN 163.86 :D
3 Alissa CZISNY USA 157.92
4 Carolina KOSTNER ITA 152.76
5 Caroline ZHANG USA 150.80
6 Beatrisa LIANG USA 142.12
7 Jenna MCCORKELL GBR 139.37
8 Cynthia PHANEUF CAN 133.47
9 Nana TAKEDA JPN 128.93
10 Jenni VAHAMAA FIN 122.75
11 Elena GLEBOVA EST 116.38
12 Myriane SAMSON CAN 112.74

Paneru
Nov 2nd, 2008, 12:20 PM
1 Joannie ROCHETTE - Free Skating 124.15 PB
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3 Fumie SUGURI - Free Skating 105.94
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4 Carolina KOSTNER - Free Skating 104.20
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5 Caroline ZHANG - Free Skating 97.52
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9 Nana TAKEDA - Free Skating 83.79
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Warrior
Nov 2nd, 2008, 03:46 PM
OMG, Fumie spoke Russian!

KoOlMaNsEaN
Nov 3rd, 2008, 09:20 PM
Joannie performed really well. If only she'd get that triple-triple combination she'd be medalling at worlds.
Caroline needs more expression in her face, it's so dull during the performance.

Paneru
Nov 6th, 2008, 06:09 PM
Cup Of China

Pairs - Short Program Results
1 Dan ZHANG / Hao ZHANG CHN 67.12
2 Tatiana VOLOSOZHAR / Stanislav MOROZOV UKR 60.34
3 Qing PANG / Jian TONG CHN 59.36
4 Amanda EVORA / Mark LADWIG USA 51.48
5 Yue ZHANG / Lei WANG CHN 51.02
6 Mylene BRODEUR / John MATTATALL CAN 46.78
7 Chelsi GUILLEN / Danny CURZON USA 35.56


Ice Dance - Compulsory Dance Results
1 Oksana DOMNINA / Maxim SHABALIN RUS 38.34
2 Tanith BELBIN / Benjamin AGOSTO USA 37.15
3 Jana KHOKHLOVA / Sergei NOVITSKI RUS 35.68
4 Anna CAPPELLINI / Luca LANOTTE ITA 32.52
5 Alexandra ZARETSKI / Roman ZARETSKI ISR 30.45
6 Kaitlyn WEAVER / Andrew POJE CAN 29.91
7 Anna ZADOROZHNIUK / Sergei VERBILLO UKR 29.68
8 Xintong HUANG / Xun ZHENG CHN 26.82
9 Xiaoyang YU / Chen WANG CHN 25.85
10 Jiameimei GUO / Fei MENG CHN 21.97


Ladies - Short Program Results
1 Yu-Na KIM KOR 63.64
2 Miki ANDO JPN 59.30
3 Laura LEPISTO FIN 58.60
4 Ashley WAGNER USA 55.40
5 Katrina HACKER USA 50.80
6 Susanna POYKIO FIN 50.00
7 Sarah MEIER SUI 48.10
8 Alena LEONOVA RUS 44.04
9 Yan LIU CHN 42.06
10 Mira LEUNG CAN 40.76
11 Binshu XU CHN 37.02
12 Yueren WANG CHN 34.66

ivanban
Nov 6th, 2008, 09:35 PM
Yu-Na Kim was awesome today :hearts:

vw.
Nov 6th, 2008, 11:01 PM
Does anyone know why Mira Leung chose to compete at Skate America and Cup of China, and chose NOT to in her own country event, Skate Canada? :confused:

Paneru
Nov 7th, 2008, 12:35 AM
Does anyone know why Mira Leung chose to compete at Skate America and Cup of China, and chose NOT to in her own country event, Skate Canada? :confused:

My guess is that maybe she simply wanted
to compete in some different countries.

Paneru
Nov 7th, 2008, 05:17 PM
Ice Dance - Original Dance Results
1 Tanith BELBIN / Benjamin AGOSTO USA 58.08
2 Oksana DOMNINA / Maxim SHABALIN RUS 57.24
3 Anna CAPPELLINI / Luca LANOTTE ITA 55.22
4 Jana KHOKHLOVA / Sergei NOVITSKI RUS 55.12
5 Anna ZADOROZHNIUK / Sergei VERBILLO UKR 49.98
6 Kaitlyn WEAVER / Andrew POJE CAN 48.77
7 Alexandra ZARETSKI / Roman ZARETSKI ISR 47.36
8 Xintong HUANG / Xun ZHENG CHN 46.03
9 Xiaoyang YU / Chen WANG CHN 45.90
10 Jiameimei GUO / Fei MENG CHN 34.83


Men - Short Program Results
1 Jeremy ABBOTT USA 77.05 PB
2 Vaughn CHIPEUR CAN 72.70
3 Stephen CARRIERE USA 72.00
4 Tomas VERNER CZE 65.55
5 Artem BORODULIN RUS 65.05
6 Kristoffer BERNTSSON SWE 64.81
7 Kensuke NAKANIWA JPN 61.90
8 Jialiang WU CHN 59.75
9 Song GAO CHN 59.31
10 Jeremy TEN CAN 55.81
11 Ming XU CHN 53.28


Pairs - Free Skating Results
1 Dan ZHANG / Hao ZHANG CHN 115.10
2 Tatiana VOLOSOZHAR / Stanislav MOROZOV UKR 114.71
3 Qing PANG / Jian TONG CHN 112.50
4 Mylene BRODEUR / John MATTATALL CAN 94.81
5 Amanda EVORA / Mark LADWIG USA 92.40
6 Yue ZHANG / Lei WANG CHN 91.08
7 Chelsi GUILLEN / Danny CURZON USA 65.18

Pairs Overall Results
1 Dan ZHANG / Hao ZHANG CHN 182.22
2 Tatiana VOLOSOZHAR / Stanislav MOROZOV UKR 175.05
3 Qing PANG / Jian TONG CHN 171.86
4 Amanda EVORA / Mark LADWIG USA 143.88
5 Yue ZHANG / Lei WANG CHN 142.10
6 Mylene BRODEUR / John MATTATALL CAN 141.59
7 Chelsi GUILLEN / Danny CURZON USA 100.74

Kworb
Nov 8th, 2008, 03:26 AM
POUAbFUzVhE

:haha: That's gay. And sexy. Brian :hearts:

Warrior
Nov 8th, 2008, 04:16 PM
The results are up
http://www.isufs.org/results/gpchn08/

Warrior
Nov 8th, 2008, 07:31 PM
Yu-Na's LP link

http://www.dailymotion.com/relevance/search/yu-na%2Bkim/video/x7cccm_yu-na-kim-2008-cup-of-china-lp_sport (http://www.dailymotion.com/relevance/search/yu-na%2Bkim/video/x7cccm_yu-na-kim-2008-cup-of-china-lp_sport)

A bit better than SA, but there are still problems.

KoOlMaNsEaN
Nov 8th, 2008, 07:44 PM
why was domnina/shabalin "disqualified" from the worlds?

KoOlMaNsEaN
Nov 11th, 2008, 05:35 AM
Plus how much does a jump need to be underrotated to be downgraded from a triple to a double?
I'm watching Nakano 08 Worlds again and the scores are :mad:

~CANUCK~
Nov 11th, 2008, 06:44 AM
Plus how much does a jump need to be underrotated to be downgraded from a triple to a double?
I'm watching Nakano 08 Worlds again and the scores are :mad:

I think it has to be more than a quarter turn on the ice to be down graded.

Brashkoala
Nov 14th, 2008, 07:29 PM
i live in california. i was wondering if the grand prixs were being televised this year. i'm trying to find television times for trophy eric bombard this weekend on tv, but i can not find anything. is it being aired anywhere?

Warrior
Nov 14th, 2008, 09:08 PM
i live in california. i was wondering if the grand prixs were being televised this year. i'm trying to find television times for trophy eric bombard this weekend on tv, but i can not find anything. is it being aired anywhere?

Skate America was televised on NBC. As for everything else, you can watch it online on IceNetwork for a fee.

Warrior
Nov 14th, 2008, 09:09 PM
http://www.isufs.org/results/gpfra08/SEG003.HTM (http://www.isufs.org/results/gpfra08/SEG003.HTM)
the some of results are up and I'm not liking them

Sir Stefwhit
Nov 16th, 2008, 06:57 PM
What a difference a year makes. I remember at the start of last season I had to defend Yu-Na Kim as being the "real thing", people were talking about how unimpressed they were with her- nice to see so many people riding her coat-tails and start to appreciate her more.

Also last year many of us still believed that Miesner still was a top contender- what has happened to poor Kimmie?!? The American youngsters were the talk of the town last year too, and so far they haven't really been all that impressive. Nice to see a resurgent Alissa Czisny this year.

Well the more things change the more they stay the same, looks like ladies skating is still all about the lone Korean and the handful of Japanese nipping at her heels. With the Worlds scheduled to be in Los Angeles this year I really hope the american ladies can start to living up to all their potential.

KoOlMaNsEaN
Nov 16th, 2008, 09:14 PM
:D Joannie! Thats another win and another FS in the 120s :bounce:

Sir Stefwhit
Nov 16th, 2008, 10:32 PM
Zhang was totally robbed, she skated circles around Mao's disastrous long program. Mao's name was enough to nab her second spot, too bad for Zhang who was much more deserving of that spot.

And since when did Tarasova start coaching Mao? I could definitely see Tarasova's influence in Mao's program, but I'm not convinced they're a good pair. Should be interesting, I just want fair judging- is that too much to ask?

_Ge3myVUcvk

Kworb
Nov 17th, 2008, 02:01 AM
Brian :bigcry:

Not good!

Chan was so boring and his music was horrible, Kozuka should've won!

KoOlMaNsEaN
Nov 17th, 2008, 02:21 AM
Zhang's first two triples were considered under rotated. the triple flip and sumthing else

Hingiswinsthis
Nov 17th, 2008, 04:49 AM
Thoughts on the Ladies' Grand Prix season so far:
-Joannie Rochette, racking up some big scores this season. We've been through this before with her: strong GP skates and managing to flail out near the end of the season particulary at Worlds. Can she keep this up all the way to LA?
-Yu-Na Kim, has developed even more this season and right now looks to be THE woman on ice compared to girls. Her two events in the GP were solid, no record breaking scores like last season, but I believe she learned her lesson. She focused so much on the GP and it lead to her injury last year right before worlds. She's playing it smart so far by not going all out in any of her peformances so far.
-Mao Asada, well chronicled and documented attempt this past summer to fix her jumping technique (lutz and salchow) with La Tarasova. Oh man, this season might be rough for her. She also has the added pressure of being the reigning queen on ice. Or is she? For Mao fans, her recent GP skate is nothing to worry about. She does not start off well at the beginning of the season. She'll be in out in full force with those 3As by the time 4CC's rolls around.
Lastly, from what we've seen so far and the programs that have been introduced....Yu-Na Kim SHOULD be wearing Gold in LA at the end of the season. Last year, had she not been injured right before worlds (which really derailed her...she was undefeated all season until she got hurt), she would've had the title of World Champion.
-The US Ladies......this is going to be another rough season. It's still too early to predict which two out of Nagasu, Zhang, Flatt, Wagner, Czisny, Liang....and Meissner bunch will make it to LA. Michelle Kwan could probably come back, even with her Level 1 elements and beat all of these girls at Nationals to win her 10th title lol :-D

Sir Stefwhit
Nov 17th, 2008, 02:10 PM
It still sucks that the US can only send 2 girls instead of 3, but that in of itself tells the story with US ladies skating. How many do the US guys get to send?

amc987
Nov 18th, 2008, 06:33 AM
I was watching some of the skating in the Grand Prix and had a question. I have been a longtime fan, but I noticed especially in the short program that the skaters didn't change their combinations when they screwed up. E.g. Asada popped her loop in the 3 flip/ 3 loop combination. Why didn't she just tack on a double or triple toe onto her lutz so she at least got credit. Does that violate some required elements rule? I know you have to do all the elements, but if you miss what's supposed to be your combination jump can't you change the program around a bit? I know people do frequently in the long.

Otherwise I am in agreement with much that has been said here.

I thought Asada's short program and long program looked very shaky. She was lucky to receive 2nd place scores because for almost anyone else doubling on the lutz, popping the combination and then falling on a salchow and making a whole other bunch of errors in the long would not make her a 2nd place finisher. I didn't like the LP too much either, it seemed like the music never really changed, just maintained the same beat and tempo throughout which wasn't very appealing.

Rochette was good although a bit shaky. I really liked Zhang's LP but I don't think her jumping technique will stand her in good stead especially when the nationals come and she has to compete with Nagasu, Flatt, Wagner, etc who all seem to have higher jumps and true 3/3 combinations without having to lift their legs so high to jab the toe pick into the ice.

rindo
Nov 18th, 2008, 06:31 PM
1 Shawn SAWYER - Free Skating 142.36 PB

~CANUCK~
Nov 18th, 2008, 11:00 PM
I was watching some of the skating in the Grand Prix and had a question. I have been a longtime fan, but I noticed especially in the short program that the skaters didn't change their combinations when they screwed up. E.g. Asada popped her loop in the 3 flip/ 3 loop combination. Why didn't she just tack on a double or triple toe onto her lutz so she at least got credit. Does that violate some required elements rule? I know you have to do all the elements, but if you miss what's supposed to be your combination jump can't you change the program around a bit? I know people do frequently in the long.


When it comes to the short program the single jump has to come out of footwork, so if they mess up the combo they can't exactly tack an extra jump onto the single jump, because then they would receive an even bigger deduction for not doing a single jump out of footwork. Plus the extra less then 1 point you get for adding a double jump to make it a combo really isn't worth it. Changing your program on the fly usually leads to disaster.

KoOlMaNsEaN
Nov 19th, 2008, 06:23 AM
Do you guys watch past skating performances on Youtube? I found the Duchesnays on there and boy they were terribly robbed/misunderstood. I loved their Missing Free Dance (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcvj3T7FLqo)! Even the Soviet crowd loved them more than their very own skaters.

Paneru
Nov 21st, 2008, 05:11 PM
Cup of Russia'

Ice Dance - Compulsory Dance Results
1 Oksana DOMNINA / Maxim SHABALIN RUS 38.77
2 Jana KHOKHLOVA / Sergei NOVITSKI RUS 36.19
3 Meryl DAVIS / Charlie WHITE USA 35.77
4 Anna CAPPELLINI / Luca LANOTTE ITA 32.57
5 Anna ZADOROZHNIUK / Sergei VERBILLO UKR 30.16
6 Katherine COPELY / Deividas STAGNIUNAS LTU 29.57
7 Alexandra ZARETSKI / Roman ZARETSKI ISR 29.33
8 Anastasia PLATONOVA / Alexander GRACHEV RUS 28.46
9 Allie HANN-MCCURDY / Michael CORENO CAN 26.43
10 Zoe BLANC / Pierre-Loup BOUQUET FRA 24.43

Ladies - Short Program Results
1 Fumie SUGURI JPN 58.30
2 Carolina KOSTNER ITA 57.02
3 Rachael FLATT USA 55.92
4 Julia SEBESTYEN HUN 53.64
5 Alissa CZISNY USA 53.50
6 Elena GLEBOVA EST 51.02
7 Alena LEONOVA RUS 50.96
8 Kimmie MEISSNER USA 48.08
9 Nina PETUSHKOVA RUS 43.30
10 Na-Young KIM KOR 43.26

Pairs - Short Program Results
1 Dan ZHANG / Hao ZHANG CHN 67.06
2 Yuko KAWAGUCHI / Alexander SMIRNOV RUS 58.76
3 Tatiana VOLOSOZHAR / Stanislav MOROZOV UKR 58.34
4 Ksenia OZEROVA / Alexander ENBERT RUS 52.26
5 Lubov ILIUSHECHKINA / Nodari MAISURADZE RUS 49.96
6 Monica PISOTTA / Michael STEWART CAN 47.86
7 Amanda VELENOSI / Mark FERNANDEZ CAN 35.56
8 Ekaterina SOKOLOVA / Fedor SOKOLOV ISR 31.06

Men - Short Program Results
1 Brian JOUBERT FRA 86.10 PB
2 Tomas VERNER CZE 73.20
3 Adam RIPPON USA 71.62
4 Alban PREAUBERT FRA 71.60
5 Kevin VAN DER PERREN BEL 69.68
6 Jeremy ABBOTT USA 68.80
7 Kristoffer BERNTSSON SWE 66.21
8 Chengjiang LI CHN 62.95
9 Alexander USPENSKI RUS 62.60
10 Vaughn CHIPEUR CAN 59.60
11 Artem BORODULIN RUS 58.84
12 Sergei VORONOV RUS 58.50

Kworb
Nov 21st, 2008, 06:09 PM
OMG Brian :hearts:

Amazing short program. Personal best!! 86 points :hearts:

Warrior
Nov 21st, 2008, 06:27 PM
Well done Fumie!:) Joubert is back!:yeah:

Warrior
Nov 21st, 2008, 07:20 PM
Here are the current GP standings
http://www.isufs.org/events/gp2008/gpsmen.pdf

http://www.isufs.org/events/gp2008/gpsladies.pdf

http://www.isufs.org/events/gp2008/gpspairs.pdf

http://www.isufs.org/events/gp2008/gpsdance.pdf

Kworb
Nov 21st, 2008, 10:32 PM
TJCSbFW9nX8

Beautiful 4T+3T :bowdown:

Martian KC
Nov 21st, 2008, 10:49 PM
Meissner's getting worst and worst.:tape:

Warrior
Nov 22nd, 2008, 12:59 AM
Fumie SP

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYKrEIV5g2c (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYKrEIV5g2c)

Paneru
Nov 22nd, 2008, 03:27 PM
Ladies - Free Skating Results
1 Carolina KOSTNER ITA 113.70
2 Rachael FLATT USA 110.14
3 Fumie SUGURI JPN 103.74
4 Alissa CZISNY USA 97.53
5 Alena LEONOVA RUS 94.97
6 Elena GLEBOVA EST 89.65
7 Kimmie MEISSNER USA 83.28
8 Na-Young KIM KOR 82.69
9 Nina PETUSHKOVA RUS 82.31
10 Julia SEBESTYEN HUN 77.90

Ladies Overall Results
1 Carolina KOSTNER 170.72
2 Rachael FLATT 166.06
3 Fumie SUGURI 162.04
4 Alissa CZISNY 151.03
5 Alena LEONOVA 145.93
6 Elena GLEBOVA 140.67
7 Julia SEBESTYEN 131.54
8 Kimmie MEISSNER 131.36
9 Na-Young KIM 125.95
10 Nina PETUSHKOVA 125.61

Warrior
Nov 22nd, 2008, 04:18 PM
Pairs results
http://static.sportresult.com/federations/isu-results/events/gprus08/CAT003RS.HTM

Kworb
Nov 23rd, 2008, 04:12 AM
I love Kostner. Her jumps are so weird. It's like she doesn't come off the ice at all. I'm glad she won this one. :)

And Brian of course :hearts: even though he barely put any energy in his free skate.

Warrior
Nov 30th, 2008, 07:06 PM
NHK Trophy results are up

http://www.isuresults.com/results/gpjpn08/index.htm

KoOlMaNsEaN
Dec 2nd, 2008, 05:47 PM
Grand Prix Final
Goyang,South Korea Dec 10-14

MEN
Patrick Chan
Takahiko Kozuka
Johnny Weir
Brian Joubert
Jeremy Abbott
Tomas Verner

LADIES
Kim Yu-Na
Joannie Rochette
Mao Asada
Carolina Kostner
Yukari Nakano
Miki Ando

PAIRS
Savchenko/Szolkowy
Zhang/Zhang
Kawaguchi/Smirnov
Pang/Tong
Volosozhar/Morozov
Mukhortova/Trankov

DANCE
Delobel/Schoenfelder
Domnina/Shabalin
Faiella/Scali
Khokhlova/Novitski
Davis/White
Belbin/Agosto

Kworb
Dec 3rd, 2008, 12:26 AM
-x8FRHKlEFA

I wouldn't be able to judge this. Would those pants be allowed in competition? :p

Justin
Dec 3rd, 2008, 02:43 PM
I was listening to a Scott Hamilton interview the other day and he was saying that six ladies have landed a 3axel. I know there is Ito, Harding, Meissner, Nakano, Asada, and I seem to recall a young Russian lady who didn't really hit much else and retired soon after. Anybody remember her name?

Kworb
Dec 3rd, 2008, 03:06 PM
Google says it's Ludmila Nelidina. I've never heard of her.

Paneru
Dec 4th, 2008, 12:04 AM
Google says it's Ludmila Nelidina. I've never heard of her.

Akwardly tall lanky blond Russian ala Volchkova.

http://www.buzpateni.com/nelidina-3axel.jpg

Both she and Nakano landed their first triple avel's
at SA in 2002. Both were underrotated and should have
never been ratified.

Justin
Dec 7th, 2008, 10:09 PM
Yeah, that's her. I recall Nakano's being under rotated but I thought Nelidina was better. Overall, her skating was atrocious and had zero emotion.

Kworb
Dec 12th, 2008, 05:22 PM
Grand Prix Final SP

Men
1 Takahiko KOZUKA JPN 83.90
2 Jeremy ABBOTT USA 78.26
3 Brian JOUBERT FRA 74.55
4 Johnny WEIR USA 72.50
5 Tomas VERNER CZE 69.34
6 Patrick CHAN CAN 68.00

Women
1 Yu-Na KIM KOR 65.94
2 Mao ASADA JPN 65.38
3 Yukari NAKANO JPN 62.08
4 Carolina KOSTNER ITA 55.88
5 Miki ANDO JPN 55.44
6 Joannie ROCHETTE CAN 50.48

Pairs
1 Aliona SAVCHENKO / Robin SZOLKOWY GER 70.14
2 Dan ZHANG / Hao ZHANG CHN 68.34
3 Qing PANG / Jian TONG CHN 66.24
4 Tatiana VOLOSOZHAR / Stanislav MOROZOV UKR 64.08
5 Maria MUKHORTOVA / Maxim TRANKOV RUS 61.56
6 Yuko KAWAGUCHI / Alexander SMIRNOV RUS 55.42

Michael!
Dec 12th, 2008, 06:51 PM
Alona/Robin :rocker2:

Brashkoala
Dec 12th, 2008, 08:10 PM
how is yu na kim in the lead when she popped her triple lutz into a single lutz and mao asada was perfect? it doesn't make any sense!

Kworb
Dec 12th, 2008, 08:33 PM
Asada's 3F+3Lo or whatever was ugly as hell. It looked like a 2.5+2. Kim's combination was much better.

Kworb
Dec 12th, 2008, 08:46 PM
Poor Brian is so popular in South Korea. I can't believe how the audience kept screaming. And all the garbage they threw at him afterwards. :help:

~CANUCK~
Dec 12th, 2008, 10:43 PM
What happened to Joannie:(

Kworb
Dec 12th, 2008, 11:03 PM
What happened to Joannie:(

Her triple-triple was a double-single and she turned another triple into a single :help:

Justin
Dec 13th, 2008, 12:07 AM
Did Evan not make it or is he injured?

Warrior
Dec 13th, 2008, 12:15 AM
Did Evan not make it or is he injured?
he didn't qualify

Libertango
Dec 13th, 2008, 06:19 AM
I love all the women, except Kostner - I never "get" her skating. Kim and Asada are just beautiful, and Nakano makes me smile. I loves me some Rochette and Ando, too! :D

Warrior
Dec 13th, 2008, 12:59 PM
Looks like pressure has finally got Yu-Na
http://www.isuresults.com/results/gpf0809/CAT006RS.HTM

Warrior
Dec 13th, 2008, 01:04 PM
http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/029Dg9K78C4lJ/340x.jpg

I love the rivalry between those two. But I hope it doesn't become one-sided. I want Yu-na to win the Worlds this year.

Kworb
Dec 13th, 2008, 01:06 PM
Well that was disappointing. Joubert withdrew, none of the women had a clean program... only Abbott was good, and Weir was decent.

Warrior
Dec 13th, 2008, 01:29 PM
Well that was disappointing. Joubert withdrew, none of the women had a clean program... only Abbott was good, and Weir was decent.

I haven't watched them yet, but I've read some reviews. Indeed, very disappointing perfomances as well as the results.

Langers
Dec 13th, 2008, 01:40 PM
Kostner is sooooo cute. :hearts:

Kiira >> everyone though. Prettiest girl I've ever seen. :worship:

Martian KC
Dec 13th, 2008, 06:22 PM
Mao back on top!:bow:

Warrior
Dec 13th, 2008, 08:33 PM
http://i37.tinypic.com/zwku3p.jpg

Kworb
Dec 13th, 2008, 08:34 PM
They smile too much. I want blood and tears. :devil:

Warrior
Dec 13th, 2008, 10:45 PM
They smile too much. I want blood and tears. :devil:

Those two are friends, so it's not going to happen. But if you want tears, there's clip of Yu-na crying after SP somewhere.

Sam L
Dec 14th, 2008, 12:21 PM
I wish Mao would concentrate more on her consistency and artistic side than the big Triple Axels. She's still my favourite skater out there right now though.

Paneru
Dec 27th, 2008, 05:18 PM
Japan Figure Skating Championships 2008

Ladies Short Program Results
1 Yukari NAKANO 67.26
2 Mao ASADA 65.30
3 Miki ANDO 65.02
4 Nana TAKEDA 57.82
5 Fumie SUGURI 57.32 :sad:

Ladies Free Skating Results
1 Fumie SUGURI 121.27 :worship:
2 Mao ASADA 117.15
3 Akiko SUZUKI 116.96
4 Miki ANDO 109.07
5 Nana TAKEDA 106.91
6 Yukari NAKANO 105.34

Ladies Overall Results
1. Mao ASADA 182.45
2. Fumie SUGURI 178.59 :bounce:
3. Miki ANDO 174.09
4. Akiko SUZUKI 173.98
5. Yukari NAKANO 172.60

vw.
Dec 27th, 2008, 07:04 PM
Fumie!!! :hearts: She will get to represent Japan at WC this year, then? :D

Martian KC
Dec 27th, 2008, 07:56 PM
What a huge long program, Fumie!:hearts:

Warrior
Dec 27th, 2008, 08:31 PM
Well done Fumie! :yeah:

Kworb
Dec 27th, 2008, 08:32 PM
Fumie and Mao :hearts:

KoOlMaNsEaN
Dec 28th, 2008, 06:35 PM
Im :sad: Yukari couldn't pull it together but glad Fumie could.

Warrior
Dec 28th, 2008, 07:08 PM
Im :sad: Yukari couldn't pull it together but glad Fumie could.

Me too. Japan now has many good skaters. Somebody has to be left out.

KoOlMaNsEaN
Dec 28th, 2008, 10:19 PM
*wonders if one of the skaters will leave japan to get in the olympics*

Justin
Dec 29th, 2008, 12:28 AM
Good for Fumie. Does anyone know what she landed in the LP? I suppose she fell in the SP, though.

Kworb
Dec 29th, 2008, 12:40 AM
http://www.skatingjapan.jp/National/2008-2009/fs/national/E/index.htm

Fumie landed

3Lz+2T
3F
2A+2A
3Lz
3T
3F+2T
2A

Only the second combination was downgraded, rest seemed to be okay.

In the SP she fell after her 3F.

KoOlMaNsEaN
Jan 17th, 2009, 10:00 PM
BMO Canadian Figure Skating Championships
Saskatoon,Saskatchewan,Canada

Ladies' Final Results
1-Joannie Rochette 185.35 (FS=131.77 3rd Best)
2-Cynthia Phaneuf 151.42
3-Amelie Lacoste 143.01

Pairs' Final Results
1-Dube/Davison 188.43 (FS=126.21 2nd Best)
2-Duhamel/Buntin 182.50
3-Brodeur/Mattatal 159.85

Paneru
Jan 17th, 2009, 10:12 PM
I miss Jeff & Eman! :sad:

M2k
Jan 18th, 2009, 02:07 AM
Worlds are coming to LA :D:D:D !!! :cool:

Delobel/Schonefelder :drool: Davis/White :drool: Belbin/ Agosto:drool: Federica /Massimo :hearts: Virtue/Moir :drool: nothing can go wrong :worship:

KoOlMaNsEaN
Jan 18th, 2009, 04:45 AM
Ice Dance Final Results
1-Virtue/Moir 197.77
2-Crone/Poirier 175.58
3-Weaver/Poje 170.23

Libertango
Jan 18th, 2009, 08:49 AM
WOW, Joannie's LP was AY-MAY-ZING! I reeeeeally hope she can skate like that (in the LP *and* the SP) at worlds! I love her, Yu-Na, and Mao - what a competition it could be in LA!

P.s Is Joannie's LP score 3rd best, EVER?!

woosey
Jan 18th, 2009, 10:05 AM
fumie was cheated out of a bronze medal at the last olympics. it's nice that she hasn't given up.

Scotso
Jan 18th, 2009, 01:24 PM
Pretty amazing season for Jeremy Abbott.

Cilla
Jan 21st, 2009, 04:51 PM
I can't remember the last time Brian skated so well in a short programme :eek: Just nailed it :yeah: the title is his to lose.

M2k
Jan 21st, 2009, 05:18 PM
Good for him :hearts::hearts: time to go look for the vid. :D

M2k
Jan 21st, 2009, 05:34 PM
Why do men frontload their short programs like that? ughh :tape: apart from that he looks great as always :hearts:

unlSG-Odezo

Paneru
Jan 21st, 2009, 05:40 PM
Well, for the US ladies, it's all in the hands of the youngsters
as to how many spots the US will have at the Olympics.

Not that it would have made a difference IMO, but Meissner is out for the rest of the
season and I think it could possibly be her curtain call. She has a hip-flexor injury
suffered during off ice training. And Emily Hughes is out with an ankle injury. And
she even more would have made no difference and IMO I think her career is done.

All in the hands of Nagasu, Zhang, and/or Flatt. Only two will be at worlds and they
need to both finish no lower than 7th to assure the US three spots in Vancouver.

Oh, and it great news, Michelle Kwan has graduated college (DU), and has moved back
to LA. She has resumed training in the possibility she may try for one more Olympics.
She said it depends on her body, and thus far she is amazed at how well her body is
responding having not trained in a while, even though she has always kept in shape
with swimming and five mile runs daily among other things to stay in shape.

So far, she has her flip, toe, and axel back via a young skaters blog who
trains along side Michelle at Michelle's Family Rink in Artesia, CA.

M2k
Jan 21st, 2009, 08:54 PM
Something tells me they'll get three spots. I actually think the whole American team will do very well this time around. It's do or die for the USFSA and everyone knows it.



mini-rant:

KXpU96bClEc

Is it just me or Trankov looks more and more like Johnny W? :confused: that friendship is really changing him :help::o

Martian KC
Jan 21st, 2009, 11:30 PM
Well, for the US ladies, it's all in the hands of the youngsters
as to how many spots the US will have at the Olympics.

Not that it would have made a difference IMO, but Meissner is out for the rest of the
season and I think it could possibly be her curtain call. She has a hip-flexor injury
suffered during off ice training. And Emily Hughes is out with an ankle injury. And
she even more would have made no difference and IMO I think her career is done.

All in the hands of Nagasu, Zhang, and/or Flatt. Only two will be at worlds and they
need to both finish no lower than 7th to assure the US three spots in Vancouver.

Oh, and it great news, Michelle Kwan has graduated college (DU), and has moved back
to LA. She has resumed training in the possibility she may try for one more Olympics.
She said it depends on her body, and thus far she is amazed at how well her body is
responding having not trained in a while, even though she has always kept in shape
with swimming and five mile runs daily among other things to stay in shape.

So far, she has her flip, toe, and axel back via a young skaters blog who
trains along side Michelle at Michelle's Family Rink in Artesia, CA.

That would be amazing!

Paneru
Jan 22nd, 2009, 01:26 AM
Here's screen caps & audio from Michelle at a Lakers game on the 9th of this month.

http://img406.imageshack.us/img406/3627/snap1lx8.th.jpg http://img254.imageshack.us/img254/6959/snap2dr0.th.jpg http://img254.imageshack.us/img254/3475/snap3ab9.th.jpg http://img254.imageshack.us/img254/5951/snap4ou5.th.jpg

http://www.filesend.net/download.php?f=2bb1976890cf329fdd66eae678d57794


And here's the girl's blog that trains at Michelle's rink. Her site is in chinese.
Apparently, Michelle's dad who runs the rink gave this girl Michelle's old clothes.
http://skateangel.blog.sohu.com/108473214.html

Here are two entries plus photos with Michelle taken at the rink.

(Jan 10, 09)
Oh, mother, I wouldn't have dreamed of it: Michelle Kwan, thefamous world champion would teach me personally! Before we got on the ice this afternoon we discovered Michelle Kwan was on the ice! Then I think aloud: Oh ...If only Michelle could do jumps.
After I was done with my warmup, I came back and ha! Michelle Kwan was jumping! She was trying triple toeloop! ha-ha: -) Probably she had not done it for a long time, first she couldn't manage, but after a while she seemed to become more comfortable, and started landing it. After that she did single Axel, and double flip.
When we got on the ice, she was still practicing. We had tests today, after my test, Michelle Kwan came over to teach. Although she couldn't speak much Chinese, but I with some effort I understood her with the aid of her gestures. Heh heh. Then she made me do a triple lutz. That moment I felt like a rocket on fire, and TANG I jumped so high! That was pretty well done! Oh, I really wouldn't dare to imagine! Michelle Kwan! Michelle Kwan is the famous world champion, I remembered when I was small, the talks about Chen Lu and Michelle Kwan would make me so excited, now, she is just next to me. I feel happly!
There are also many other top skaters in front of my own eyes, for instance Caroline Zhang, Nagasu Mirai, Inoue and Devin, Lysacek ......Really could not have dared to imagine. I also heard that Mao Asada was also training here just a while ago. And there was the one named Baht! Ha-ha, today is Friday, tomorrow Saturday is our off day, therefore I really feel that tonight I am going to be too excited to sleep! I can't control my own mood! o(∩_∩)o…

(Jan 13,09)
Ha, the three of us here now are really lucky! We are on practice ice with the top skaters, even the world champion! This afternoon, Michelle Kwan has trained again. Today she landed double axels! Ha-ha, today Lysacek taught Michelle, later it was Michelle that taught him, ha-ha, I truely was honored, could train on the same ice with the great ones! This afternoon after training, Michelle's daddy brought us 2 big bag's clothes, mostly training clothes from when Michelle was small, but also some casual wear! After we got home, we put on Michelles clothes, ha oh ~! We felt inspired by a world champion! At that moment I felt so happy! I have always admired Michelle Kwan, not only her magnificent career, but even more her as a person. I remembered a reporter asked her whether the Olympic Games were the regret of her life, she reply was, "I did not regretted, I did not want to live with regrets. My parents taught me since childhood that I must look ahead, not back...." (those words we all know)
Her words gave me so much thoughts and feelings. There have been many good examples for me during my growth, and good examples are so important for our development, don't you think? (*^__^*)…

http://1841.img.pp.sohu.com.cn/images/blog/2008/12/18/4/6/11eef531b10g215.jpg

http://1831.img.pp.sohu.com.cn/images/blog/2008/12/18/4/6/11eef58253eg214.jpg

http://1861.img.pp.sohu.com.cn/images/blog/2008/12/18/4/6/11eef5417b5g213.jpg

http://1831.img.pp.sohu.com.cn/images/blog/2008/12/18/4/5/11eef53c99eg213.jpg\

http://skateangel.blog.sohu.com/106748729.html


Here also is a ver touching article with more info from MK:


Michelle Kwan makes a wish come true
Former world champion finally gets to skate with a heart
transplant survivor who has idolized her for a decade.

http://www.latimes.com/media/photo/2009-01/44621584.jpg
Leah Smith, left, is a pediatric heart transplant survivor who
adopted five-time world figure skating champion Michelle Kwan, right, as
her idol after she saw Kwan perform in a brilliant blue dress more than
a decade ago.

Helene Elliott
January 21, 2009
Leaning against the cinder-block wall of a small locker room, their skates at their feet, the two women chatted as if they had been friends all their lives.

They talked of small things and big dreams, of dreams delayed or denied and entwined in the thread that united them at East West Ice Palace in Artesia last week.

Leah Smith is a pediatric heart-transplant survivor who adopted five-time world figure skating champion Michelle Kwan as her idol after she saw Kwan perform in a brilliant blue dress more than a decade ago.

Smith, born with an underdeveloped left ventricle, was 11 days old when she received a transplant at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. The life expectancy in such cases then was 10 years, said her mother, Joan Smith.

Leah's new heart gave her life, but her mother believes that Kwan and figure skating gave her a purpose. Leah, now 17, is a home-schooled high school senior who takes college classes and is preparing her solo routine for a skating show back home in Fort Wayne, Ind.

She must go for checkups every six to eight weeks and for a biopsy once a year, and her mother said tests have shown signs her body might be rejecting the heart. Leah lives every moment fully, whether she's skating, studying, ballroom dancing or advocating for organ donation.

"Michelle has been her inspiration in order to keep staying physically fit and active," said Joan Smith, whose blue eyes are very much like her daughter's.

Kwan has come to personify dignity in the face of shattering disappointment. She was the picture of class when she narrowly finished second to Tara Lipinski at the 1998 Olympics and was stoic again after she finished third at Salt Lake City in 2002.

Her third try, three years ago at Turin, ended when a hip injury forced her to withdraw before she competed or could chat with Smith.

"We were on line to get tickets for the medal ceremony and we were watching 'The Today Show' and they announced it," Leah Smith said.

She and her mother went to Turin through the kindness of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which fulfills the desires of kids who have life-threatening medical conditions. However, her stay was funded only through the first week and the women's final was near the end of the Games, so the Smiths were on their own then.

"We had to sleep in a hotel lobby only once. God kept showing us miracles," said Joan Smith, who found a place to stay through the sister of a pastor at her church.

Leah never forgot her wish to meet Kwan. One thing and another kept them apart until last week when Marie Rinaldi, a Kwan family friend who has befriended the Smiths, paid for Leah and her mother to fly to California and get the skaters on the ice together.

The Smiths also visited Hollywood, the beach and a "Tonight Show" taping, where they got to meet "House" star Hugh Laurie, but their time with Kwan was the highlight of their stay.

Kwan gave them a tour of the rink, which her family owns, and gave Leah some gear from the Turin Games. Leah clutched a belt buckle with an Olympic logo as if it were a precious jewel. "I'll wear it every day," she vowed.

Both glowed when they took the ice. To watch them skate was to see the power of hope and feel the incandescent spirit for which Kwan will be remembered even if she never wins an Olympic gold medal.

They dodged experts and beginners who clung to the boards, Kwan's long black hair flying and Smith's red-brown hair fanning out as she performed spins. Smith asked for help with her salchow jump while Kwan watched.

"I know what's wrong," Kwan said before demonstrating how Smith should lift her leg and hold her arms.

Smith was an awed and attentive pupil. Asked if the experience was all she had imagined it might be, she could manage only a nod.

"We're trying to decide if we're awake or not," Joan Smith said. "This morning she woke up and told me, 'You know you're living a good life when your real life is better than you dreamed.' "

They skated for about an hour before time and tiredness ruled. Leah gave Kwan several presents, including a heart necklace, a bracelet, and a box of Junior Mints, which true fans know to be Kwan's favorite candy. She asked Kwan to autograph some pictures and a book they leafed through together, pausing at a photograph of a short-haired Kwan.

"Why did you cut your hair so short? I must confess I was very disappointed," Smith said.

Kwan laughed, poking fun at her 'do and telling stories behind many photos. She became serious when Smith asked if she will compete in the 2010 Olympics.

"It's definitely possible," said Kwan, 28. "I want to see how far I can train. I have to see how far my body will go. I could get in shape to do the Olympics, I could get in shape to do skating tours or I could get in shape to skate around with my little nieces. We'll see. So far my body is reacting well after being off so long."

Kwan may never realize her own desire, but she made Smith's dream come true, and there is more value to that than any medal.

http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-elliott-michelle-kwan21-2009jan21,1,3141235.column

woosey
Jan 22nd, 2009, 03:14 AM
michelle kwan needs to stay retired.

Paneru
Jan 22nd, 2009, 03:20 AM
michelle kwan needs to stay retired.

Michelle Kwan never retired! :p

She took the time after her surgery to recoup and finish school.
As well as doing some diplomacy for the US State Department
as an envoy.

woosey
Jan 22nd, 2009, 03:25 AM
then, she needs to stay away from competitive figure skating and retire.

Paneru
Jan 22nd, 2009, 03:33 AM
then, she needs to stay away from competitive figure skating and retire.

And it is of concern to you because....?

woosey
Jan 22nd, 2009, 03:39 AM
And it is of concern to you because....?

and it is of concern to you because....? :rolleyes:

M2k
Jan 22nd, 2009, 02:29 PM
and it is of concern to you because....? :rolleyes:


Michelle is coming back ! Deal with it :p

Michael!
Jan 22nd, 2009, 04:19 PM
Michelle :inlove:

Michael!
Jan 22nd, 2009, 04:20 PM
BTW, of course gold for the german couple :hearts:

Warrior
Jan 22nd, 2009, 04:39 PM
Congrats to K/S on silver!

korben
Jan 22nd, 2009, 05:04 PM
Apparently there is now new category. Topless pairs!

http://img.mtv3.fi/mn_kuvat/mtv3/viihde/555_px_x_325_px_kuvia/622854.jpg
http://img.mtv3.fi/mn_kuvat/mtv3/viihde/555_px_x_325_px_kuvia/622852.jpg

:eek:

Michael!
Jan 22nd, 2009, 05:06 PM
:scared: :lol:

Warrior
Jan 22nd, 2009, 05:30 PM
Apparently there is now new category. Topless pairs!

http://img.mtv3.fi/mn_kuvat/mtv3/viihde/555_px_x_325_px_kuvia/622854.jpg
http://img.mtv3.fi/mn_kuvat/mtv3/viihde/555_px_x_325_px_kuvia/622852.jpg

:eek:

Finally korben's post about Russians, that is not negative!;)

Miss Atomic Bomb
Jan 22nd, 2009, 05:42 PM
As stephane has retired, Brian gets my full support, hope he does well in the LP

Cilla
Jan 22nd, 2009, 07:47 PM
Brian wins, but disappointing FS with lots of mistakes. Contesti gets the silver, great skate :yeah: and Van der Perren the bronze :D So cute when he came off the ice & said to his coach, "pain" :lol: :hug:

Love Brian's English :hearts: He said he's going to try 3 quads at Worlds :scared:

M2k
Jan 22nd, 2009, 09:58 PM
Topless skating muahahaha :lol:

anything to get those extra points :devil:

korben
Jan 24th, 2009, 02:53 PM
Womens European Championships

1. Laura Lepistö 167.32 http://www.33ff.com/flags/S_flags_embossed/flags_of_Finland.gif :bounce: :bounce: :worship: :D :hearts:
2. Carolina Kostner 165.42 http://www.33ff.com/flags/S_flags_embossed/flags_of_Italy.gif
3. Susanna Pöykiö 156.31 http://www.33ff.com/flags/S_flags_embossed/flags_of_Finland.gif :bounce: :worship: :D :hearts:

Michael!
Jan 24th, 2009, 03:49 PM
and a great 7th place for Annette Dytrt :drool:
came from position 12 after the short programm :eek:

Kworb
Jan 24th, 2009, 04:27 PM
Brian's LP is so boring. :tape: But I love his SP. :hearts:

Women's competition was a joke. Very low quality.

Cilla
Jan 24th, 2009, 07:29 PM
Women's competition was a joke. Very low quality.

Yeah, it was pretty poor.

penkku
Jan 24th, 2009, 08:15 PM
Laura :D well done girl :)
Susanna :drool: hoping for a perfect skate in the worlds :D
Kiira :) the only way is up ;)

M2k
Jan 24th, 2009, 09:15 PM
Womens European Championships

1. Laura Lepistö 167.32 http://www.33ff.com/flags/S_flags_embossed/flags_of_Finland.gif :bounce: :bounce: :worship: :D :hearts:
2. Carolina Kostner 165.42 http://www.33ff.com/flags/S_flags_embossed/flags_of_Italy.gif
3. Susanna Pöykiö 156.31 http://www.33ff.com/flags/S_flags_embossed/flags_of_Finland.gif :bounce: :worship: :D :hearts:


:eek::eek::eek:



btw for those that get NBC US Nationals are on :D Navarro and Bonmentre are now :hearts:

Paco
Jan 24th, 2009, 09:24 PM
Kiira :sad: :sad: but that fall was pretty hard. 5th place is not that bad after such a bad performance. That's so unlucky year for her (even if she has won the Finnish Champs). No WC for her :bigcry:
Susanna :) :) it's great to see her again on podium :kiss:
Onnittelu Laura :yeah: amazing to see finnish girl taking gold :inlove:
Once again Finnish girls showed that they are the strongest team in Europe at the moment :D

So Laura is the most successful now (1 gold and 1 bronze), Susanna with silver and bronze, while Kiira only bronze.

Hope Susanna and Laura can do well at WC so next year there will be 3 girls in WC :p I can dream about it, can't I?

M2k
Jan 25th, 2009, 02:20 AM
I just watched Laura Lepisto's mesmerizing performance in the Long Program :hearts: She has such an elegant simplicity about her skating, and most of her movements were well coordinated to the music. (As it should be!) Her circular footwork gave me chills :worship: By far one of the better lps I have seen, at Europeans, in some time.:)

CjNrIwJeH0U

Libertango
Jan 25th, 2009, 12:34 PM
I loved Laura's LP too - and her basics and simplistic approach are so gorgeous! (as was her dress)

Really happy for Susanna too! (Kinda glad Caro didn't win!)

Who is the Finnish world team?

Congrats Czisny on winning US Nats! :eek:

penkku
Jan 25th, 2009, 02:05 PM
Finnish ladies at worlds Laura & Susanna :)
Kiira :sad: maybe the Olympics next year for her ;)

KoOlMaNsEaN
Feb 5th, 2009, 06:22 AM
The only 4CC that really has people in it is the Ladies'
Short Program
SKO Yu-Na Kim 72.24 PB
CAN Joannie Rochette 66.90 PB
CAN Cynthia Phaneuf 60.98 PB
JPN Fumie Suguri 60.18
USA Caroline Zhang 58.17
JPN Mao Asada 57.86 (doubled triple lutz)
USA Alissa Czisny 55.62
USA Rachael Flatt 55.44
JPN Akiko Suzuki 55.40
CAN Amelie Lacoste 49.78

korben
Feb 5th, 2009, 11:27 PM
Dunno how published this is. But Laura was playing "4th fiddle" for ages because
Kiira Korpi (always in, thank to her looks), Susanna Pöykiö (in because of medals).......

Alisa Drei vs. Laura Lepistö. Alisa lost and retired....:sad:
She should be proud of that. Alisa was our lone representitive for in like 5-6 games (olympics, worlds)
Thanks for memories Alisa :wavey:

Now Laura, you nail that lutz in the champs and you are in podium! You will nail it !!! :fiery:

M2k
Feb 6th, 2009, 05:15 AM
The only 4CC that really has people in it is the Ladies'
Short Program
SKO Yu-Na Kim 72.24 PB
CAN Joannie Rochette 66.90 PB
CAN Cynthia Phaneuf 60.98 PB
JPN Fumie Suguri 60.18
USA Caroline Zhang 58.17
JPN Mao Asada 57.86
USA Alissa Czisny 55.62


This brakes my heart :sad: Alissa couldn't take the opportunity and now finds herself in 7th place. She has no one but herself to blame.

Rachael Flatt all the way in 8th :eek: :eek:

KoOlMaNsEaN
Feb 6th, 2009, 06:04 AM
4CC Men's Short

CAN Patrick Chan 88.90 PB
USA Evan Lysacek 81.65
JPN Takahiko Kozuka 76.61
USA Jeremy Abbott 75.67
USA Brandon Mroz 75.05
JPN Nobunari Oda 75.04
CAN Vaugh Chipeur 68.00

Warrior
Feb 6th, 2009, 01:08 PM
Finally a clean SP for Yu-na! :yeah:

M2k
Feb 7th, 2009, 03:57 AM
live feed of 4CC Ledie's Free Program

http://en.justin.tv/area10

Have fun ;)

KoOlMaNsEaN
Feb 7th, 2009, 04:58 AM
Ladies Results

SKO Yu Na Kim 189.07
CAN Joannie Rochette 183.91
JPN Mao Asada 176.52
USA Caroline Zhang 171.22
CAN Cynthia Phaneuf 169.41
JPN Fumie Suguri 167.74
USA Rachael Flatt 162.63
JPN Akiko Suzuki 160.36

lympyisthebest
Feb 7th, 2009, 06:51 AM
I'm going to the Pacific Coliseum on Sunday. :banana::bounce:

Martian KC
Feb 7th, 2009, 03:30 PM
I'm tired of Caroline constanly getting 3rd/4th places.

KoOlMaNsEaN
Feb 7th, 2009, 09:58 PM
Men's Results

CAN Patrick Chan 249.19 PB
USA Evan Lysacek 237.15
JPN Takahiko Kozuka 221.76
JPN Nobunari Oda 220.26
USA Jeremy Abbott 216.64
CAN Vaughn Chipeur 212.81
CAN Jeremy Ten 207.27
USA Brandon Mroz 196.78

Sir Stefwhit
Feb 7th, 2009, 11:19 PM
did the US do what they needed to send 3 people to Worlds next year??

Libertango
Feb 8th, 2009, 08:21 AM
^It's the results from worlds in LA which count. They need to make a total of 13 (am I right?)

Langers
Feb 8th, 2009, 09:43 AM
Dunno how published this is. But Laura was playing "4th fiddle" for ages because
Kiira Korpi (always in, thank to her looks), Susanna Pöykiö (in because of medals).......

Alisa Drei vs. Laura Lepistö. Alisa lost and retired....:sad:
She should be proud of that. Alisa was our lone representitive for in like 5-6 games (olympics, worlds)
Thanks for memories Alisa :wavey:

Now Laura, you nail that lutz in the champs and you are in podium! You will nail it !!! :fiery:
Well she is the most beautiful athlete in the world. ;)

Sir Stefwhit
Feb 8th, 2009, 03:02 PM
^It's the results from worlds in LA which count. They need to make a total of 13 (am I right?)
So which two skaters from the US will be given this responsibility? I hope Zhang gets to go...

M2k
Feb 8th, 2009, 03:17 PM
did the US do what they needed to send 3 people to Worlds next year??

last year they failed to get enough points to qualify 3 women * the reason why Caroline Zhang will have to settle for Junior Worlds instead of Senior Worlds * :sad:

This time we have Alissa and Rachael Flatt going to worlds, their placement will tell us how many spots the US gets for the Olympics and worlds next year.

I think Rachael will manage a top 7 place...now Alissa... :o

KoOlMaNsEaN
Mar 1st, 2009, 02:31 AM
World Junior Figure Skating Championships
Sofia,Bulgaria

Men's Results
1- Adam Rippon USA 222.00 1 1
2- Michal Brezina CZR 204.88 2 2
3- Artem Grigroriev RUS 184.40 4 3

4- Denis Ten KAZ 183.77 5 4
5- Curran Oi USA 182.89 3 7
6- Chao Yang CHN 177.86 7 6

Ladies' Results
1- Alena Leonova RUS 157.18 3 2
2- Caroline Zhang USA 154.67 10 1
3- Ashley Wagner USA 153.57 2 3

4- Joshi Helgesson SWE 139.89 4 6
5- Katrina Hacker USA 139.68 5 4
6- Elene Gedevanishvili GEO 138.32 1 11

Pairs' Results
1- L.Iliushechkina/N.Maisuradze RUS 144.32 1 2
2- A.Martiusheva/A.Rogonov RUS 138.59 11 1
3- M.Castelli/S.Shnapir USA 137.47 2 4

4- P.Lawrence/R.Swiegers CAN 137.07 4 3
5- E.Sheremetieva/M.Kuznetsov RUS 134.80 3 5
6- M.Bird/R.Schultz CAN 127.63 6 6

Ice Dance Results
1- M.Chock/G.Zuerlein USA 172.55 1 1 1
2- M.Shibutani/A.Shibutani USA 162.15 5 4 2
3- E.Riazanova/J.Guerreiro RUS 161.80 7 2 3

4- M.Hubbell/K.Hubbell USA 161.36 2 3 4
5- K.Ralph/A.Hill CAN 162.76 4 6 5
6- E.Pushkash/D.Kiselev RUS 150.21 3 5 9

USA,Russia medalled in all four disciplines

Libertango
Mar 1st, 2009, 03:40 PM
Good for caro for moving up so many places. Sad for Elene G. though :sad:

YAY for Adam! What happened to Amodio?!

M2k
Mar 1st, 2009, 05:52 PM
Ashley Wagner meltdowns in the LP :o what a surprise! She is part of the reason the US lost the third spot at worlds. Now she has a good shot to win Jr. worlds and can't even do that :lol:
Caroline, what can I say? :shrug: this was you title to lose and well...you lost it.


Congrats to Adam, Elena L., and the Shibutanis :hearts:

Paneru
Mar 1st, 2009, 06:17 PM
Kwan on NBC team at worlds

http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/.a/6a00d8341c60fd53ef011278ff87ca28a4-800wi
Michelle Kwan and Vice-President Joe Biden
cheer athletes at the Special Olympics earlier this
month in Boise, Idaho (Greg Kreller / AP-Idaho Press Tribune)

By Philip Hersh

Michelle Kwan will be part of NBC's broadcast team for the upcoming World Figure Skating Championships in Los Angeles, according to Tribune sources.

The five-time world champion will be joining Bob Costas and Dick Button in giving overviews and reflections during the live telecast of the women's free skate final March 28. This will be Kwan's debut as a TV commentator.

Kwan had declined an opportunity to work for NBC after she withdrew from the 2006 Olympics with an injury because she said she would have felt uncomfortable commenting on skaters against whom she had been planning to compete.

If her NBC debut goes well, and Kwan decides not to attempt a comeback for the 2010 Winter Games, count on her being a part of the broadcast team in Vancouver as well.

http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/sports_globetrotting/2009/02/kwan-on-nbc-team-at-worlds.html

M2k
Mar 1st, 2009, 09:17 PM
Nah! I wouldn't count on her to be part of the NBC team. Not that NBC is showering us with skating coverage, but this will probably be a one time deal for her . Once this Olympic cycle is done, she'll probably be gone for good.


It does seem like Sasha is finally coming next year, probably around 2010 Nationals. C'mon Michelle! comeback at nationals and say goodbye the way it should be done ;)

Justin
Mar 2nd, 2009, 01:01 AM
Why does it seem like Sash is coming back? I haven't been keeping up in the issue so what have I missed? :confused:

Paneru
Mar 2nd, 2009, 06:15 AM
Why does it seem like Sash is coming back? I haven't been keeping up in the issue so what have I missed? :confused:

Sasha like Michelle has been flirting with a comeback. Articles here and there since 06'.
Then, around the beginning of the year when Hersh did an article on Michelle and she was
talking about the fact that she is training again, having finished school in Denver and
having moved back to LA, an article soon followed on Sasha who also began to get into
the specifics about what she is doing and a possible comeback.

Furthermore, a USFSA rule that because she medaled at the last Olympics,
Sasha gets an automatic bye to nationals. i.e. No regionals & sectionals
like Michelle would have to do to qualify to nationals.

We'll see.
Plushenko is also talking of a comeback!

Paneru
Mar 2nd, 2009, 06:20 AM
Sasha Cohen may take shot at 3rd Olympics

Philip Hersh | On Olympic Sports
February 21, 2009

Two months ago, despairing of the prospects for U.S. women's figure skating at the 2010 Winter Olympics in terms of both medal chances and excitement, I wrote a Blog item beseeching Sasha Cohen to come back.

After talking with her last week, I get the feeling she will.

First of all, she is aware of the U.S. figure skating rule giving her a bye to the 2010 nationals, where the Olympic team will be selected, because she was a medalist at the last Winter Games.

Second, she is paying attention to results of competitions for the first time in three years.

Third, she has put thoughts of an acting career on hold to concentrate on her own skating.

For now that means touring with the Stars on Ice show that plays the Allstate Arena on Saturday night and doing as much training as she can in 45 minutes of practice time before each show.

Two-time Olympian and three-time U.S. champion Michael Weiss, also with Stars on Ice, is very impressed with what Cohen has shown in those practices.

"She's doing all the triple jumps and working on triple-triple combinations," Weiss said Tuesday.

"Even if she does only triple-doubles, she is pretty much a lock to make the Olympic team because her spins and footwork would be all top levels, and her component (artistic) scores would be so strong."

Cohen will decide about a comeback in June.

"As long as I can keep my body healthy and especially the way I've been skating lately, it feels like the right thing to do," she said. "Going to a third Olympics would be just incredible.

"I have the next 50 years of my life to have fun. Eventually I will have to move on, but I think I can do it again, and I need that purpose and challenge in my life right now."

Cohen, fourth at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, left competition after she followed a 2006 Olympic silver medal with a bronze at the worlds a month later.

In her last competition, she received levels 3 and 4—the top two grades—for all spins, spirals and footwork.

"I think I'm very close to where I was in 2006," Cohen said.

"Of course, I haven't been running through long programs recently, but I feel very strong."

Although she has been away from serious skating for three years, Cohen is only 24. Shizuka Arakawa of Japan was 24 when she won the 2006 Olympic gold in Turin, Italy.

What could be the biggest problem for Cohen is the U.S. likely will earn only two women's spots at the next Olympics.

"We have a lot of depth, but I can't say there are skaters who could definitely prevent Sasha from breaking into the top three," said 1984 Sarajevo Olympic champion and NBC commentator Scott Hamilton.

"She still has the flexibility and artistic ability. Yes, she is higher percentage artist than athlete—but that's what the sport needs right now."

Cohen, who never met a camera she didn't like, would revel at having that spotlight on her, especially with the Olympics in North America.

"You miss having all those eyes on you and that kind of world attention," she said.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/chi-21-sasha-cohenfeb21,0,1500418.column

skanky~skanketta
Mar 2nd, 2009, 07:01 AM
Sasha :hearts: My 2nd all-time fave (First being, the rebellious, fabulous Surya Bonaly!) Turin was such a disappointment, especially after her amazing short program. I hope she competes and wins Olympic GOLD!!!

RFSTB
Mar 2nd, 2009, 04:28 PM
Sasha Cohen will either not have the jumps to be truely competitive or injure herself trying. And let's be honest she's not there for the "journey" but the publicity. Another 15 minutes of fame will be a shot in the arm for rebooting her dying acting "career", or at least help sell a few more tickets to that skating tour she's headlining which is probably on life support in this economy.

Any talk of a Michelle Kwan comeback is just wishful thinking at this point. When was the last time she skated, 5 years ago? Plus from that picture she's piled on some weight. Let's just hope she doesn't break another hip while trying. I think both of these ladies just need to realize their time has passed in competitive skating and hang it up. Skating is a sport for little girls. No country for old ladies, which in skating means anyone over 18. Just ask Kimmie Meissner.

As for Michelle commentating, from what I can remember of her cringe worthy interviews in her skating days, she has neither the quick wits nor the eloquence to be good at it. Like M2k I see this as not a career but more a special one time deal because the event is in her hometown. Let's hope they at least give her some training so this doesn't turn into a total bore or disaster. It's a real shame because she is so uncommonly likeable as a celebrity. If she could just be a little more camera friendly she could have a great future in broadcasting.

I sometimes wonder if the Williams sisters will take up broadcasting when they retire from tennis. With the Tennis channel they have a good opportunity to start their own show. I think they'd make a fun duo. They both speak well, especially Venus.