What we can conclude from Europeans

Now that she’s not concussed anymore, the time out has done nothing: Gabriella Papadakis & Giullaume Cizeron remains our new French ice dance overlords whom everyone must bow down to and worship.  Where everybody else in the top seven at Worlds(which the Russians shouldn’t have much trouble making after all) will finish is anyone’s guess.

If she skates clean, the only skater with a prayer of beating Evgenia Medvedeva is Mao Asada, and she’d probably have to be perfect.  If she makes a single major mistake, on the other hand, things start to get more complicated; if Gracie put it together or Ashley rotated enough jumps, they would be capable of beating her in that scenario too.  And meanwhile, Radionova is actually quite vulnerable; that she skated clean and got the scores she did here indicates Asada, the Americans, and probably Miyahara are all capable of beating her if they put it together.  She’s favored for a medal only because they so often don’t.

Sport is cruel sometimes.  Florent Amodio had a dignified goodbye, but it’s got to hurt that he missed out on a medal by a mere point and a quarter.  Also, there is something seriously wrong the Brezinas, given how both brother and sister did in their frees.

Until Savchenko & Massot get themselves a bit more consistent(great skating and then too many mistakes; they truly are S&S redux!), we still desperately need that Volosozhar & Trankov/Stolbova & Klimov faceoff.  If the scores they got here are any indication, there’s no other team that’s going to beat them for a while, if indeed even Stolbova & Klimov can.

And moving over to the other side of the pond for a moment, NBC has no taste or sensitivity when it comes to their skating broadcasts.  Seriously, playing Nathan Chen’s season-ending injury as a matter of suspense like that when the show’s a week old and he’s already been announced as needing surgery and thus out?  Just leaves a bad taste in the mouth.

Grand Prix Assignments!

Yeah, sure, some other tennis-related things happened too, but most of them made me look like an idiot, so let’s talk about the Grand Prix instead.

First and foremost, I LOVE HAVING 12 SINGLES SKATERS AT EACH EVENT AGAIN!  Seriously, all the skaters who got in because of it!  From guys who have suffered hard times that would have kept them away, such as Stephen Carriere, to skaters who wouldn’t have gotten high-ranked enough in the first place, like Eliska Brezinova, especially to the skaters who might have continue to languish on the Junior Grand Prix circuit because there wasn’t room for them on the senior circuit(a large part of the reason it happened, I suspect).  Now all we need is for the couples rosters to expand back.  Seriously, can we at least have 10 ice dance teams at each event again?

One sees the USFSA is further favoring Gracie Gold; the Skate America field is pretty obviously set up for her to win(though they are relying on Liza T to not recover, at least in time for that event).  But Ashley Wagner might have lucked out in Canada; there’s noone there she’s not likely to beat if she’s on(unless Osmond is *really* on), and the best thing she could do for herself is to win that, especially since beating Lipnitskaia and Radionova in France might not be so easy.  Other setups include Adelina and Stolbova & Klimov in Russia, and Hanyu in Japan.  Though Russia is being the smarter one here; Adelina and S&K will get huge boosts, the former especially in the face of many seeing her Olympic win as illegitimate, from winning, while it’s not like Hanyu even needs an easy field, really.  Also arguably Weaver & Pojé in Canada(and I hope it works!)

But Russia’s ice dance field, on the other hand, it looks like they’ve set up the field for a possible home battle royale, pitting their reigning Olympic bronze medalists with their new partners against each other immediately.  One suspects if either team trounces the other the federation will do their politicking accordingly.  Indeed, Canada looks like the only ice dance field where there’ll be a big pre-event favorite for gold; for all the other events there at least will be a definite challenger.

Speaking of Russia, also especially happy that Bazarova & Deputat got two events after watching this; they really are beautiful.

This Week in Figure Skating, March 18-24, 2013

This week’s headlines:

World Team Trophy teams mostly announced

Hanyu off the ice for a month

Coupe du Printemps & Mladost Trophy

Polina Shelepen announces defection at Israeli Nationals

Zhan Bush changing coaches

Yankowskas & Reagan and Gainetdinova & Bich split

Media fallout from Worlds includes lots of Russian interviews

Dancing With the Stars premieres

Dijstra elected to Hall of Fame

This Week in Figure Skating, October 1-7, 2012

October 7, 2012  Yeah, it’s over twenty minutes.  It was ten when I finished editing, really chopping the final segment down I might add, and I decided being around twenty minutes long was allowed, even if it was technically over, especially on weeks like this, and when I spent the entire extra nine seconds explaining how I’m stopping because we’re going on too long.  Am I glad tomorrow’s a federal holiday.  I need the rest!

This Week in Figure Skating, July 23-29, 2012

Don’t even ask me how I found time for this one, between watching the Olympics and going to two Fringe shows this weekend.  Even less certain how I’ll find time for next week’s.  Maybe that one will be shorter.  This one was only long because of multiple big events this week(and I really wish I’d had more info on the Lake Placid free dances): July 23-29, 2012  Posting the morning after due to WordPress deciding it was a wonderful idea to log me out mid-post last night, which left me too tired to deal with it then.

This Week in Figure Skating, December 12-18, 2011

This was actually my first day at my new job, so I did most of this on Sunday. Which will make recording what actually happens on Sundays harder, though at least it’s Japanese Nationals next week, where the time zones work to my advantage.