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The Science of Choking, Figure Skating Style

With Worlds underway in Moscow this week I was especially captivated reading the chapter “The Art of Failure” in Malcom Gladwell’s latest book, What the Dog Saw. In this article, originally published in the New Yorker in 2000, Gladwell investigates the difference between choking and panicking. According to Gladwell (and the scientists he interviews) panic [...]

Pretty Good Predictions, If I Do Say So Myself

I hope Canadian skating fans enjoyed nationals as much as I did! I was a bit hesitant to write predictions, but I did quite well if I do say so myself. Patrick Chan was indeed up for the task and, as Kurt Browning remarked, “attacked” both programs confidently. This is a great showing for a [...]

It’s That Time of Year Again… Predictions for Nationals

The Canadian Figure Skating Championships are on this week in Saskatoon and I’m going out on a limb and making some predictions. 1. Patrick Chan will have a very different Canadians this year. Defending a title comes with a lot of pressure. I’m confident that he’s up for the task, but he will have to [...]

Early in the Season, Short Programs are Showing Well

It’s early in the season and many skaters are showing off this season’s new programs for the first time at Skate Canada. There were plenty of bobbles in the short programs, especially the ladies event where nerves got the best of most of the competitors. But, I am pretty impressed at the quality of the [...]

Skate Canada Names Worlds and Four Continents Skaters

Skate Canada has named the World/Four Continents teams for 2007. The  team going to Worlds in Tokyo is as expected, but there are some changes to the group going to the Four Continents Championships in Colorado Springs next month. Most notably, Mira Leung has opted out of Four Continents, so Cynthia Phaneuf will go in [...]

It’s My Favourite Time of Year!

It's my favourite time of year. For some people it's Christmas, for others it's summer holidays. For me it's the Canadian Figure Skating Championships. I know, I know, Worlds are intense and the Olympics are uplifting, but the Canadian Championships are the heart of figure skating in this country. Here are my picks for this [...]