To Conclude on the 2015-2016 Season


The ladies competition at Worlds, culminating in Evgenia Medvedeva forcing everyone to acknowledge her brilliance, Anna Pogorilaya putting it together at the right time and showing a Russian girl can still medal without being a baby ballerina phenom, and, of course, Ashley Wagner breaking the US ladies medal drought in style:

Evgenia Medvedeva in general, really:

Maia & Alex Shibutani’s free dance and breakthrough to the top:

Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford responding to the assumption that they couldn’t keep their world title by once again keeping their heads when all the other pairs lost theirs and keeping it:

Gabriella Papadakis & Guillaume Cizeron come straight back from her concussion to make their position as our new French Ice Dance Overlords undisputed:

Mirai Nagasu coming back again to win everyone’s love:

Yuzuru Hanyu breaking records at the NHK Trophy with ridiculously high scores, and then, two weeks later at the Grand Prix Finale, going and breaking them again:

Javier Fernandez pulling off another unlikely repeat at Worlds with a dream free program:

How Satoko Miyahara skated most of the time:

Mikhail Kolyada having two brilliant skates at Worlds to put himself on the map:

Adam Rippon pulling a Rudy Galindo to finally claim a National title, and following up with fantastic skates at Worlds:

Jason Brown making use of the new team event to have a comeback from injury:

Mao Asada returning with a gorgeous Madame Butterfly free:

Tarah Kayne & Daniel O’Shea getting their short program right just in time to surprise and win US Nationals:

Anna Cappellini & Luca Lanotte holding their own in the surging international ice dance field:

Madison Hubbell & Zachary Donohue holding their own in the surging U.S. ice dance field:

Patrick Chan showing how a year of performing has improved him and making up a ridiculous deficit to win Four Continents:

Daniel Samohin delivering to top an unlikely Junior Worlds men’s podium:

Wenjing Sui & Cong Han continuing their upward stride:

Ksenia Stolbova & Fedor Klimov recovering from whatever the hell happened to them last season in time to win big at the Grand Prix Finale:

Lorraine McNamara & Quinn Carpenter and Michael & Rachel Parsons pushing each other to strengthen the future of U.S. ice dance:

Penny Coomes & Nicholas Buckland being better than anyone anticipated:

Julianne Seguin & Charlie Bilodeau continuing their rise up, and even giving Duhamel & Radford a run for their money at Canadian Nationals:

The ladies competition at Canadian Nationals, which defied the assumptions of the Canadian ladies field being a weak one:

Polina Tsurskaya being the newest Russian baby ballerina phenom:

Anna Duskova & Martin Bidar flying an unlikely flag at the top of the junior pairs field:

Lowlights: One terrorist attack getting the second half of the Trophée Eric Bompard cancelled and another killing 1992 US Junior Ice Dance Champion Garrett Swasey, the Men’s competition at 2016 Worlds, the meldonium scandal including Ekaterina Bobrova and the complete failure of the Russian ice dancers at Worlds to get their third spot back, the loss of three US top men to injury during the season and the failure to keep their third spot at Worlds, the loss of Seguin & Bilodeau from Worlds as well, the crashing and burning of Elizaveta Tuktamysheva and the failure of Julia Lipniskaya to do a proper comeback, the struggles of Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Pojé on the eve of Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir’s return, the way Stolbova & Klimov and Tatiana Volosozhar & Maxim Trankov skated at the one competition they both made it to, how Satoko Miyahara was scored most of the time, the similar trouble with Cappellini & Lanotte, the inability of Patrick Chan to skate well much of the time, the decisions made by the Chinese figure skating federation about their pairs and the resulting black mark on Yao Bin’s record, the loss of two Russian ladies at Junior Worlds, and the embarrassing way too many fans reacted with Polina Edmunds was forced to pull out of Worlds!


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