Last year, the pairs event at Europeans was one of the highlights of the entire season. Unfortunately, this year’s event didn’t quite live up to that standard. The competition lost a big star when Savchenko/Massot withdrew a few days beforehand, citing a desire to focus on the Olympics (plus an injury to Massot’s back). For the remaining pairs, Europeans 2018 was mostly a competition of missed opportunities, as few teams skated their best in Moscow. Continue reading “Europeans 2018: Pairs Review”
It’s hard to believe, but U.S. Nationals is right around the corner. Due to the Olympics, Nationals is very early this year (Dec 29-Jan 7). With the event coming up so soon, I thought I’d take a look at what to expect from the U.S. pairs in San Jose. Continue reading “U.S. Nationals 2017: Pairs Preview”
The pairs event at Russian Nationals is always so fun to watch. It’s actually one of my favorite pairs competitions of the entire year! The quality level and depth of Russian pairs, as a group, is just so high that it’s inspiring and exciting to watch. This year, there was another level of intensity, with Olympic spots on the line. The Olympic pressure seemed to negatively affect the top teams in the competition, all of whom had mistakes in the long program. However, the younger teams in the competition really shone, with many terrific performances. Unfortunately I don’t have time to do a full review of this event—with holiday preparations here in the U.S.–but here are some brief notes/reactions to Russian Nationals. Continue reading “Notes from Russian Nationals 2017”
The lead-up to this year’s Grand Prix Final was dominated by news of Russia and the Olympics. Two days before the Grand Prix Final began in Nagoya, Japan, the IOC announced that Russia was banned as a nation from the 2018 Winter Olympics. However, the IOC also decided that clean Russian athletes will be able to participate in Pyeongchang as “Olympic Athletes from Russia” (OAR). Continue reading “Grand Prix Final 2017: Pairs Review”
The pairs event at Skate America was a fitting conclusion to a very competitive season on the Grand Prix series. Current World silver medalists Savchenko/Massot came from behind to win the event, while Yu/Zhang and Duhamel/Radford also skated well to win medals. Overall, this was a very deep and talented field of pairs. As at Skate Canada, 7 of the 8 pairs here were previous Grand Prix medalists. Continue reading “Skate America 2017: Pairs Review”
This week’s pairs event at Internationaux de France was interesting, if perhaps a bit controversial. Tarasova/Morozov of Russia won their second Grand Prix of the season; but their victory over surging French team James/Cipres wasn’t as convincing as their win at Rostelecom Cup. Let’s take a look at what happened in Grenoble.
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 “NHK Trophy 2017: Pairs Review”