Notes from Skating for the Jimmy Fund: Providence July 2016

Last night, I went down to Providence, Rhode Island, to see “Skating for the Jimmy Fund,” a summertime benefit show to support cancer research, starring Nancy Kerrigan, Castelli/Tran, Richard Dornbush, and others. Unfortunately I don’t have time to do a full review of the show, but here are some quick notes! Continue reading

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Figure Skating Calendar 2016-17

Here’s a list of competitions, shows & events to keep an eye on this season! Included are the major ISU championships, Grand Prix events, Challenger Series events, Junior Grand Prix events, major national championships, some summer competitions, and local Boston-area events (because I’m from Boston). I’ll try to keep this list somewhat updated—we’ll see how it goes! Continue reading

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Passing Pre-Preliminary

Back in 2014, when I started my web site, I wrote a post about getting back on the ice after surgery for a broken wrist. Since then, I haven’t posted anything about my adult skating. I thought I’d bring things up to date, for those interested. Continue reading

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Interview with Castelli/Tran

U.S. bronze medalists reveal new SP music; discuss plans for upcoming season

In mid-2014, Marissa Castelli and Mervin Tran joined forces to start a new pairs partnership. Both had been very successful with previous partners—Marissa won Olympic team bronze in 2014 and Mervin won World bronze in 2012. However, both felt they still had more to accomplish in the sport. Last year was Castelli/Tran’s first full competitive season together. They had some ups and downs, but won the bronze medal at U.S. Nationals and silver at U.S. International Classic.

Recently, I spoke with Marissa & Mervin on the phone. The U.S. bronze medalists shared their thoughts on last season, their impressions from Boston Worlds, their plans for the upcoming season (including their new short program music!), their perspective on competing in the Olympics, and much more! Not only that, we discussed Marissa’s costumes and Mervin’s quirky sense of humor.🙂 Continue reading

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Interview with Christopher Buchanan

Reform candidate calls for changes in ISU management; elimination of anonymous judging; total revamp of IJS


Christopher Buchanan is a candidate for ISU President, chair of the ISU Synchronized Skating Technical Committee, and finance director of NISA (Great Britain’s skating federation). A man with a formidable resume/CV. But, during a wide-ranging, two-hour interview with him this week, I learned that Chris Buchanan is also a pragmatic reformist, an unpretentious straight-shooter, and, not least, a self-professed figure skating fan. Buchanan now seeks to lead the sport to which he has devoted much of his life. Continue reading

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Best, Most & Worst of Pairs: 2015-16

Welcome to the second annual edition of my Best, Most, and Worst of Pairs! This is a review of my personal highlights of the year in pairs. I’ve expanded some of last year’s categories and added a few new ones! Included are my picks for the top 10 long programs and short programs of the season (with videos). Enjoy (and feel free to disagree)! Continue reading

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Ice Crystals 2016: Notes from Colonial FSC’s Club Show

Last Sunday, I took a drive out to Boxborough, MA, to see Ice Crystals 2016, the annual club show of the Colonial Figure Skating Club. The special guest star for this year’s show was Grant Hochstein. I had my two 6-year-olds in tow for this event (fun, but distracting). So, like last year, I’m just going to do some quick notes on the show, as opposed to a full review.

Ice Crystals is not as well-known as the Skating Club of Boston’s annual show, Ice Chips. However, it’s quite a nice (and big) show in its own right. This year’s show was not widely publicized in the Boston area, but there was nonetheless a good-sized crowd at Nashoba Valley Olympia rink, where the show was held. Continue reading

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Ice Chips 2016: Review

All photographs by Marni Gallagher

This year’s annual Ice Chips show in Boston took place on the same weekend I saw Stars on Ice. Pretty fun–2 ice shows in one weekend! These 2 shows are such a contrast to each other. While Stars on Ice features a small cast of famous skaters, Ice Chips has a much larger cast, with skaters of all ages and abilities.

Ice Chips is the annual club show for the Skating Club of Boston (SCOB) and is now in its 104th season! Jason Brown and Mirai Nagasu were the guest stars, and SCOB skaters Jimmy Morgan and Ross Miner served as co-hosts of the show. Continue reading

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Stars on Ice 2016: Review

Recently I drove up to Portland, Maine, to see the second show of the 2016 U.S. Stars on Ice tour. I enjoyed it a lot!

This year’s Stars on Ice has quite a different tone and feel than the 2015 show. Last year, the theme was “Dancing for Joy,” and the overall mood was warm and inviting, with vibrant lighting and many brightly/softly colored costumes. This year’s theme is “E-motion.” While this show definitely has some emotional moments, overall there’s a rather detached, modern feel to the production (as the title suggests). The palette of this year’s show is defined by cool, stark lighting, with most of the costumes in white, black, or red. And many of the music selections are current dance/pop/electronica songs. The show is very interesting and entertaining, although it didn’t quite excite/uplift me like last year’s SOI. Continue reading

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Worlds 2016: Highlights from Ice Dance, Mens, and Ladies

I didn’t have time to do full reviews of the ladies, men, or ice dance at Worlds. But I thought I’d share my own personal highlights from those events. No scoring analysis here, just my opinions, based on seeing the competition live! Continue reading

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