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Dec 29, 2014

Favorite Performances of 2014

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a figure blog on the cusp of a new year, must write a retrospective listing favorite performances from the year past. And so here are mine for 2014.

Note that I said "favorite," which may or may not necessarily correspond with "best." Insert usual caveats such as de gustibus non est disputandum, etc., here.

Dec 14, 2014

The Voices of a Generation

Moments from around the world of figure skating this season, captured in the words of millennials unearthed from that repository of millennial musings known as "Tumblr".

Dec 13, 2014

Grand Prix Final 2014, Day 3: One Sentence Reviews (Part I)

The Grand Prix Final, though not a competition with quite the prestige factor or importance of the World Championships, features the top skaters going head-to-head for the first time in the season and thus can provide viewers with a rough idea of the present pecking order so far.

Having an idea of the current pecking order had been especially important in ice dance, given that the retirements of Davis/White and Virtue/Moir as well as the dissolution of Ilinykh/Katsalapov created a conspicuous vacuum at the discipline's apex which quite a few teams have scrambled to fill during the Grand Prix season. Similarly, even though the men have not be roiled by retirements to the same extent as their counterparts in ice dance, injuries and implosions have created a sense of turmoil among the rank and file.

Dec 7, 2014

A Change of Heart

We need to talk about Yuko Kavaguti and Sasha Smirnov.

Specifically, their long program set to Tchaikovsky's Manfred Symphony this season. Where do I begin in describing this long program? If if were a painting, it would bThéodore Géricault's The Raft of the Medusa. If it were an opera, it would be the equivalent of the final act of a Wagner opera with the libretto written by Nietzsche. If it were an item of clothing, it would be a Badass Cape. You get the picture. In short, Kavaguti/Smirnov's Manfred Symphony is brooding, scary-beautiful, bombastic, terrifying, and absolutely incredible.