NHK Trophy 2017: Pairs Review

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

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Cup of China 2017: Pairs Review

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

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Skate Canada 2017: Pairs Review

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

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Rostelecom Cup 2017: Pairs Review

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

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Is the ISU on the Wrong Course?

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

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Going from 4:30 to 4:00

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

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U.S. Classic 2017: Highlights from Ladies, Men, Ice Dance & Pairs

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

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U.S. pairs reflect on U.S. Classic performances, look ahead to rest of season

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!

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http://figureskatersonline.com/news/2017/09/21/u-s-pairs-reflect-on-u-s-classic-performances-look-ahead-to-rest-of-season/

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Interview with Denney/Frazier (July 2017)

Last season was full of highs & lows for U.S. pairs team Haven Denney/Brandon Frazier. They came back from injury to win their first U.S. National title, but had a rough performance at the World Championships. It wasn’t easy coming to terms with the disappointment at Worlds; however, Denney/Frazier are now ready to put the past behind them and move forward to the Olympic season. In my new interview with them for Figure Skaters Online, Denney/Frazier discuss the difficulties of last season and the changes they’ve made in their skating for the new season. Check it out!

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http://figureskatersonline.com/news/2017/07/26/u-s-champions-haven-denney-and-brandon-frazier-we-want-to-show-everyone-that-we-still-have-a-lot-to-give/

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Interview with Emmy Ma (June 2017)

16-year-old Emmy Ma made a splash at this year’s U.S. Nationals, where she won the short program in the Junior ladies event with a lovely performance. Facing a field of mostly younger rivals, Emmy’s skating stood out for her musicality, skating skills, and maturity. Although she faltered a bit in the long program, Emmy captured the Junior ladies pewter medal at Nationals. One month later, she won her first-ever international competition, the Junior ladies event at Challenge Cup in the Netherlands.  Continue reading

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