Fall 2018 Update

Hi everyone! I wanted to update you on my plans for fall 2018. The season has started, Skate America has come & gone, but there’s been no pairs review of the event on A Divine Sport. Why? Well … two reasons: 1) In the aftermath of Skate America, I was too busy preparing for my trip to Skate Canada this week (more on that in a minute) to write about the action in Everett; and 2) I’ve decided to take a little break this fall from writing pairs reviews. I still love pairs as much as ever, and I’m still watching and following all the competitions closely. But after 4 years of doing pairs reviews, I just felt like I needed a bit of a rest. I may get back to writing pairs reviews for the second half of the Grand Prix series. If not then, I’ll probably get back to it later in the season for Nationals and the major championships. We’ll see.

The good news is that, even though I’m not doing reviews right now, I am going to Skate Canada this week, covering the event for another pairs/dance web site, Two for the Ice. So you can look there for some of my coverage. For the next few days, I’ll be tweeting from the Two for the Ice Twitter account:  @twofortheice. Follow there for posts from Skate Canada in Laval.

That’s all for now. Thanks to everyone who’s read my pairs reviews the last few years! I really appreciate it! And I hope to get back to them soon!

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Best, Most & Worst of Pairs: 2017-18

So the new figure skating season has already started this week, with the first Junior Grand Prix … and I realized I still hadn’t finished my end-of-year wrap-up for last season!! Here it is finally. Because it’s so late, I’ve tried to keep this edition a bit shorter than usual. Hope you enjoy this look back at some of my favorite programs, performances, and costumes from last season! Continue reading “Best, Most & Worst of Pairs: 2017-18”

Cranberry Open 2018: Notes

Cranberry Open is a U.S. club competition that takes place every summer in the town of Hyannis, on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. I usually try to make it down there for one day each summer to see some early-season skating.

The competitors at Cranberry are mostly local New England skaters. However, the event sometimes draws skaters from further afield. This year, Florida coach Jim Peterson brought a contingent of his skaters, including U.S. bronze medalists Deanna Stellato-Dudek/Nate Bartholomay. Yesterday, I got a chance to see the debut of Stellato-Dudek/Bartholomay’s new short program, plus a mix of programs in other divisions. Continue reading “Cranberry Open 2018: Notes”

Remembering Denis Ten 1993-2018

A couple days ago, I was reminded again of all that we lost on July 19, when Denis Ten was killed in Kazakhstan.

Russian skater Sergei Voronov announced that Denis had choreographed his new short program. Usually I love it when gifted skaters try their hand at choreography; it’s wonderful to think of their artistry carrying on, even after they’re no longer skating. But this …. To know that Denis Ten’s first year as a choreographer was also his last, just left me with an ache inside. Continue reading “Remembering Denis Ten 1993-2018”

Interview with Stellato/Bartholomay (June 2018)

When Deanna Stellato and Nate Bartholomay announced their new partnership in 2016, many in the skating world were taken by surprise. Bartholomay was a U.S. National medalist and Olympian; but at 27, his skating career was in doubt after partner Felicia Zhang retired in 2014 and a subsequent partnership did not work out. Stellato, for her part, was just returning to elite-level skating at 33, after an unheard-of 16-year absence from the sport. She also had no previous pairs experience. Yet somehow, this unlikely duo joined forces to become a pairs team. Continue reading “Interview with Stellato/Bartholomay (June 2018)”

Colonial Open 2018: Report

This past weekend, I went to Colonial Open in Boxborough, MA. Colonial Open is one of the first club competitions of the season in New England, and it’s only about an hour from my house, so it’s fun to go and see some early-season skating.

Colonial Open typically attracts a fairly strong field of skaters from the Boston/New York metropolitan areas. The competition includes singles skating only (no pairs or dance). This year, I saw the Novice Men, Junior Ladies, and Senior Ladies events at Colonial, plus some bits of Intermediate and Junior Men. Of these divisions, Junior Ladies had the most competitive field, so I’ll cover that one first. Note: I tried to keep track of the skaters’ jump elements, but there may be a few errors; my apologies if so!   Continue reading “Colonial Open 2018: Report”

Ice Shows 2018: Highlights

Springtime is show time in figure skating. Spring is when U.S. skating clubs present their annual ice shows, and it’s also when Stars on Ice tours the country. Figure skating fans may miss competitions during this time of year, but at least we do have an alternative–ice shows.

In April, I was fortunate to see two of the biggest ice shows in the U.S.: Ice Chips, the Skating Club of Boston’s annual show, and Stars on Ice, which I saw in Portland, ME. April was a cold and dreary month here in New England; plus, my family got the flu. It was nice to escape from it all with a couple of nights of figure skating!  Continue reading “Ice Shows 2018: Highlights”