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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 … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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Best, Most & Worst of Pairs: 2016-17

Welcome to my third annual round-up of the best, most, and worst in pairs skating!! Included are my picks for the top 10 long programs and top 10 short programs of the season (with videos). As usual, all opinions expressed … Continue reading

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Interview with Castelli/Tran (June 2017)

Last season was challenging for American pair Marissa Castelli/Mervin Tran. They struggled with injury and inconsistency during the fall of 2016. And although they regrouped to win the silver medal at U.S. Nationals in January 2017, the U.S. Figure Skating … Continue reading

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Ice Crystals 2017

Last Saturday, it was my pleasure to see Ice Crystals 2017. For those not familiar, Ice Crystals is the annual club show for the Colonial Figure Skating Club. Colonial is one of the biggest clubs in New England; it has … Continue reading

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Ice Chips 2017: Review

All photographs by Marni Tyson Gallagher I went to Ice Chips this past weekend–the annual club show from the Skating Club of Boston. This year’s show had a Broadway musical theme, lots of great skaters, and bedazzled costumes to spare! … Continue reading

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Worlds 2017: Pairs Review

The pairs event at Worlds 2017 was projected to be a close and intense competition. And it certainly lived up to that expectation. There was drama to spare: Injuries, accidents, quads, spectacular crashes. Chinese head coach Hongbo Zhao recently commented: … Continue reading

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Worlds 2017: Pairs Predictions

So, it’s time: The World Championships start this week in Helsinki! And, while all World championships are important, this is the big one: The pre-Olympic Worlds. The final Worlds before Pyeongchang. What happens in Helsinki will  help set the stage … Continue reading

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The Top 6 Pairs Marathon (2017)

It’s a little over 2 weeks until the pairs competition starts at 2017 Worlds in Helsinki. With that in mind, I thought I’d put together my second consecutive Top 6 Pairs Marathon watchlist! (Some of you may remember last season’s … Continue reading

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Preliminary Moves in the Field

So, I haven’t posted about my adult skating for a while. Guess it’s time for an update. 🙂 The last time I wrote about my skating, I had passed my first USFSA tests: Pre-Preliminary Moves in the Field and Pre-Preliminary … Continue reading

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