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Canadian Team Primed for 2010

Apologies for the very late posting on my thoughts on Worlds! For what it’s worth, here’s my two cents: What We’ve Got Here is a Failure to Communicate The pairs event was a tough way to start the competition for the Canadian team. But, I think Dube and Davison’s mediocre showing was a much-needed reality [...]

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 [...]

My Take: Bourne and Nichol Inspire Rochette

Joannie Rochette was more than 13 points ahead of Mao Asada when she won the Trophée Eric Bompard Cachemire competition last weekend. More than 13 points ahead of a world champion. That must be music to the ears of the Canadian champ from Île-Dupas, Quebec, who looks like a different woman on the ice this [...]

Should Music Be ‘Retired’?

Call me old fashioned, nostalgic or a fuddy-duddy, but I think pieces of music associated with historic and extraordinary skating performances should be ‘retired’, just as a jersey is retired in hockey clubs. This weekend’s competition brings two examples to mind–Evan Lysacek’s short program skated to Ravel’s Bolero and Dube and Davison’s long program set [...]

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 [...]

We’re Making Some Changes Around Here

As you may have noticed, I’m changing things up a bit here at Boot and Blade. Things should be back to normal in a few days. If you’ve subscribed to Boot and Blade via RSS, you’ll need to re-subscribe to the new feed. Sorry about the inconvenience. In the meantime, here’s a photo of Joannie [...]

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 [...]

Only Canadian Dance and Pairs in Grand Prix Final

After such a good start to the Grand Prix series, Joannie Rochette will have to settle with being first alternate for the Grand Prix final. It's a disappointing end to the series for both Rochette and Sandhu, who couldn't hold it together in their respective events.  Still, Joannie Rochette continues to be a favourite, especially [...]

Time to Modernize

I think it's time for skaters to drop the comfortable classics and bring figure skating into the 21st century! While the men and dance couples made a half-hearted stab at something more current, the women and pairs stuck to the classics, with few exceptions. Joannie Rochette's free program, skated to Don Juan, was executed with [...]