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Skate Canada Wants Athletes to ‘Man Up’

Apparently the figure skating TV viewing audience in Canada is way down because figure skating is just too darn gay. In this article, Skate Canada says it’s encouraging skaters and officials to use words like “strength” and “power” when they talk about the sport. Skate Canada is also asking athletes to tone down their costumes. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Kudos to Skate Canada

I’ll admit that I haven’t always been Skate Canada’s biggest fan. Back in the day when it was called the Canadian Figure Skating Association and I was a member skater, the organization often seemed disorganized and ineffective. While it continues to make some odd personnel and administrative decisions, I have to commend Skate Canada on [...]

My Tickets for Canadians Arrived!

An advantage of living in Vancouver before the 2010 Olympics is that sports federations are bringing events to the city to test the facilities before the big event.  So, the 2008 Canadian Figure Skating Championships will be held at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver from January 16-20. Some of you may already know this, but [...]

For Those Who’ve Lost Faith in Ice Dance

There aren’t too many things I get choked-up about, especially on YouTube. But, here I am sitting at my computer all teary-eyed  watching Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir win Skate Canada with an enchanting free program. Choreographed to Umbrellas of Cherbourg, this free dance combines the best of classic ice dance steps with an emotional, [...]

Welcome Back News Round-up

Welcome back! It's been a restful summer break from the skating world, but it's time to lace up the boots for another season. Just in case you missed some of the news from summer, here's a quick roundup: * Yaguden says he wants to return to the competitive ranks* World Ice Dancing champion faces charges [...]

Canadians are BC Bound

Skate Canada announced today that the 2008 Canadian Championships will be held in Vancouver from January 16-20, 2008. That's great news for this skating-crazy city. The event will be held in the Pacific Coliseum, which makes sense since the coliseum is also the 2010 figure skating venue. I'll be sure to post when tickets go [...]

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 [...]