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Pics from the World Figure Skating Championships in Nice

I spent this past weekend in Nice, France with a good friend taking in the Pairs, Men and Ladies’ free programs. What an incredible time we had! We had high expectations for the competitors and the city, and both delivered. Here are some of my favourite moments. You can view the rest of my photos [...]

World Figure Skating Championships in Nice, France

The countdown is on… three weeks till the World Figure Skating Championships in Nice, France. I’ll be at the final events for the mens, womens and pairs competitions and will report back. In the meantime, I’m going out on a limb and making predictions. Here goes! Dance: Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. These two are [...]

Favourite Moments from Moscow

I’m eating my words from earlier in the season when a rough start at Skate Canada seemed to herald a lackluster 2010-2011 skating year. The standard of performance at last week’s World Figure Skating Championships in Moscow was elite. The number of clean programs and strong technical achievements made it a week to remember. Here [...]

Olympians Hard at Work

On Monday I attended an Olympic figure skating practice at Pacific Coliseum. The men prepared for the short program event and the pairs got in their last practice before the free skate. When you’re at ice level, the athletes’ speed and power is spectacular! Here are some photos from the event:

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 [...]

Skate Canada Men’s Long — Live

I’m live blogging the Men’s long program from Skate Canada this afternoon, just for fun. I’m offering up some technical assessment along with some general thoughts on the programs. Brandon Morz, USA First attempt at the quad in competition, very close. That costume is ridiculous. Plenty of touching down on his jumps. Only 17 and [...]

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 [...]