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”
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 event to watch, highlighted by the season debut of Sui/Han. Continue reading “Cup of China 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 Prix, which gives an idea of the depth of the field. Happily, the skating at the event fully lived up to expectations, with many highlight moments. Continue reading “Skate Canada 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 Olympic cycle ended with Russian pair Volosozhar/Trankov claiming double Olympic gold. Will this cycle end the same way? Perhaps so, if the Russian pairs have anything to say about it! They swept the podium in Moscow. Continue reading “Rostelecom Cup 2017: Pairs Review”
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 pairs skating. The 30-second decrease is an 11% reduction in program time. Continue reading “Going from 4:30 to 4:00”
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 any Challenger Series event. Continue reading “U.S. Classic 2017: Highlights from Ladies, Men, Ice Dance & Pairs”
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 of the American teams. Check it out!
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 to terms with the disappointment at Worlds; however, Denney/Frazier are now ready to put the past behind them and move forward to the Olympic season. In my new interview with them for Figure Skaters Online, Denney/Frazier discuss the difficulties of last season and the changes they’ve made in their skating for the new season. Check it out!