In April 2015, Haven Denney & Brandon Frazier were at a high point in their career. The young American pair had just won a silver medal at U.S. Nationals and competed at their first World Championships. They were already determined to make the World team again the next year. But then, disaster struck. Haven sustained a serious injury to her right knee on April 22, 2015. Surgery followed. It was seven long months before Haven was cleared to even do single jumps. And Haven & Brandon lost an entire season of competition.
What is it really like for an athlete to come back from such a serious injury? In this interview, Haven & Brandon talk in depth about their journey back to world-level competition. We also discuss their early career, their recent coaching switch, their plans for the upcoming season, and more. Continue reading
All photographs by Marni Gallagher
It’s early fall in Boston. For skating fans in the area, that means it’s time for An Evening with Champions (EWC). This famous show, which takes place at Harvard University, is an annual ritual for many Boston-area fans and skaters alike, and effectively serves as the local kick-off to the season. It’s always a fun event, and this year’s 46th annual Evening with Champions was no exception. Continue reading
Meagan Duhamel and partner Eric Radford have been World champions for 2 years now and have led the pairs discipline technically since the Sochi Olympics. Yet, despite all their accomplishments, this pair continues to be the target of criticism from skating fans, some of whom do not appreciate D/R’s style or approach to the sport. So much of the criticism of this team is over the top and unbalanced, in my opinion. I therefore feel compelled to offer just a little bit of a counterpoint!
Why should you love Meagan Duhamel?? I’ll give you 5 reasons right now. :-) Continue reading
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
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
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
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
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
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
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