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Nov 19, 2017

Recap: Internationaux de France 2017: Ladies



It's so weird not typing "Trophee Eric Bompard" or even "Trophee Lalique" when referring to the annual Grand Prix of figure skating event in France . . .

Anyways, the top ladies at the Internationaux de France generally faltered in the short program, but came back with guns blazing in the long, with multiple perfect seven-triple performances repeatedly thrown down like gauntlets.

Nov 8, 2017

Yuzuru Hanyu "Just Wants to Have a Chill Time" This Season



OSAKA, Japan - Addressing a group of reporters at a press conference held prior to the upcoming Grand Prix of Figure Skating event, the 2017 NHK Trophy, Yuzuru Hanyu told reporters that he "just wants to have a chill time" during the current 2017-2018 figure skating season.

Wearing a baseball cap turned backwards and languidly gesturing with a half-empty can of beer, the Sendai-born figure skater shrugged and said, "life's short, dude. No point in stressing about stuff that's going to happen in the future."

Oct 24, 2017

Recap: 2017 Rostelecom Cup: Men & Ladies



Last weekend, the senior Grand Prix of Figure Skating officially kicked off with the Rostelecom Cup of Russia in Moscow, Russia! Despite the suspense of seeing the debut of new programs somewhat muted by the increasingly large amount of skaters participating in the Challenger Series, questions nonetheless abounded prior to this year's iteration of the Rostelecom Cup: was Yuzuru Hanyu really going to go for the 4Lz? How many points was Evgenia Medvedeva was going to win by in the ladies field?? Were any skaters going to make Tatiana Tarasova go into paroxysms of ecstasy live on air???

Sep 10, 2017

2017 Russian Test Skates: Day One (Ladies and Men)



Some snap observations / reactions to Day One of the Russian men's and ladies' test skates this season, i.e., the first look at many of the Russian skaters' new programs this season . . . please insert usual caveats about how the performances at the test skates are often rough drafts of what the skaters' programs will look like during the actual season, how skaters are not quite in fighting shape at this point of the year, etc., etc.