This week’s pairs event at Internationaux de France was interesting, if perhaps a bit controversial. Tarasova/Morozov of Russia won their second Grand Prix of the season; but their victory over surging French team James/Cipres wasn’t as convincing as their win at Rostelecom Cup. Let’s take a look at what happened in Grenoble.
Later this week, U.S. champion Nathan Chen will seek to win his second Grand Prix event of the season at Skate America. Prior to the competition, he took some time to chat with the media. Chen discussed his work with his new choreographers, his costumes for the season, and his progress with college applications. Check out my article about Nathan Chen for Figure Skaters Online!
It was another week, and another win, for Wenjing Sui/Cong Han at NHK Trophy 2017. Although Sui/Han faced more competition at NHK Trophy than at last week’s Cup of China, they still dominated, scoring nearly a 12-point victory to take the gold. Let’s take a look at what happened with the pairs at NHK. Continue reading
Cup of China was the third stop on this year’s Grand Prix circuit. The pairs event in Beijing didn’t feature quite the same level of competition as the first 2 GP events this year. But it was still an enjoyable event to watch, highlighted by the season debut of Sui/Han. Continue reading
Skate Canada 2017 featured a great field in pairs: 2017 World silver medalists Savchenko/Massot, two-time World champions Duhamel/Radford, and 2017 European medalists James/Cipres. No less than 7 of the 8 teams at this event had medaled previously on the Grand Prix, which gives an idea of the depth of the field. Happily, the skating at the event fully lived up to expectations, with many highlight moments. Continue reading
This season, the usual Grand Prix event schedule was reshuffled, with the Grand Prix starting in Russia at Rostelecom Cup, instead of at Skate America. The schedule change feels odd … yet somehow appropriate, for the pairs skaters. The last Olympic cycle ended with Russian pair Volosozhar/Trankov claiming double Olympic gold. Will this cycle end the same way? Perhaps so, if the Russian pairs have anything to say about it! They swept the podium in Moscow. Continue reading
It’s unclear what problems they are trying to fix with recent rules change proposals
In the last 6 months, the ISU has passed or proposed significant changes to the competition format/judging system of figure skating. The scope of these changes could be far-reaching. Yet, their full purpose and effect remains unclear.
Change can be a good thing–but it should happen for a reason. The trouble with the ISU’s changes is that often, it’s not clear why they are happening or what the expected results are. In this case, I have serious doubts that the new proposed changes will benefit the sport. Continue reading
In June 2016, the ISU voted to reduce the length of men’s and pairs free skating programs, starting in the post-Olympic 2018-19 season. Announced as one of many votes at that ISU Congress, this decision represents a major change in pairs skating. The 30-second decrease is an 11% reduction in program time. Continue reading
I had a great time last weekend attending the U.S. International Figure Skating Classic in Salt Lake City! I covered the event for Figure Skaters Online. It was my first time going to U.S. Classic, and my first time attending any Challenger Series event. Continue reading
This past week, I covered the U.S. International Figure Skating Classic competition for Figure Skaters Online. Here’s a link to an article I wrote about the four U.S. pairs teams who competed at U.S. Classic. It includes comments from all of the American teams. Check it out!