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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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … Continue reading

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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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