HELLLLOOOO Skating Fans! We are one month closer to a new season beginning. Here’s the latest information I have to share to keep you going in the meantime.
Ashley Wagner shared a sneak peek of her new samba program, choreographed by Shaelynn Bourne. I’ve heard rumblings that she’s reusing Moulin Rouge also, but I have no confirmation on that. Love the idea of this samba for her, though.
Also in the rumor mill, I hear Gracie Gold is skating to Firebird and a tango. About time that girl had some music with substance to it. It will be very interesting to see Gracie and Ashley both do Latin music. ALSO- Gracie shared a video of her attempting a 3A in a harness at practice… the plot thickens.
A rough skate through of Jason Brown’s new free program from the Broadmoor Open. What a beautiful program this could be.
Check out this video of Adelina Sotnikova from Artistry on Ice. This is the music we saw her performing to at the Russian test skates early last season. The jumps look rough, but she’s obviously got time before the season begins to work on that.
Kavaguti/Smirnoff’s new SP.
Liza Tuktamysheva’s new long program. I’m not a fan now, but time will tell.
A clip from Julia Lipnitskya’s training. No jumps in the video.. I’d be very interested to see how her technique is coming along.
Yvgeny Plushenko I like the music a lot, but this doesn’t give you a good indication of where his jumps are at. He does look slower than the old days, though.
Mao Asada announced her new programs: Short: Bei Mir Bistu Shein, Free: Madama Butterfly, Exhibition: Puttin' on the Ritz.
Cheng Peng and Hao Zhang will skate to "Je Crois Entendre Encore" from The Pearl Fishers by Bizet" for their new FP!
Early Season Competitions
The Japan Open (October 3rd) roster is looking VERY interesting in the ladies field- with Mao Asada and Satoko Miyahara representing Japan; Ashley Wagner and Gracie Gold representing the US, and Adelina Sotnikova on Team Europe. There is one more ladies competitor from Europe to be announced. The only men’s competitor announced already is Javier Fernandez. What a good lineup!
The Grand Prix event schedules have been posted. Scroll through the pages to the event schedule and start planning your naps now! Here is a time zone converter for you. (Skate America’s announcement isn’t officially posted with ISU yet, but the website has it posted.)
SC COC TEB RC NHK
British Ice Dance champs Smart/Buckland have split.
I’ll be back with more updates as I have them : )
I think it’s fun to make some early Grand Prix predictions before the season even begins so that you can look back later to see how much the tides have changed within the season. That- and the fact that the offseason seems WAY too long!
I will make podium predictions and fantasy picks for each event as it approaches, so these will change as the season progresses. But here’s what my gut is telling me…
SKATE AMERICA SKATE CANADA CUP OF CHINA
Julia Lipnitskya Elizaveta Tuktamysheva Elena Radionova
Satoko Miyahara Ashley Wagner Mao Asada
Gracie Gold Kanako Murakami Rika Hongo
Evegnia Medvedeva Alena Leonova Anna Pogorilaya
TROPHEE BOMPARD ROSTELECOM NHK TROPHY
Elizaveta Tuktamysheva Elena Radionova Mao Asada
Julia Lipnitskya Evgenia Medvedeva Satoko Miyahara
Gracie Gold Rika Hongo Ashley Wagner
Kanako Murakami Polina Edmunds Anna Pogorilaya
That would make a Final of:
Elizaveta Tuktamysheva 30
Elena Radionova 30
Julia Lipnitskya 28
Mao Asada 28
Satoko Miyahara 26
Ashley Wagner 24
Gracie Gold 22
Rika Hongo 22
Evgenia Medvedeva 22
Kanako Murakami 20
Anna Pogorilaya 18
Bold predictions include Liza and Lena continuing to dominate, a huge comeback from Julia Lipnitskya, a strong Satoko Miyahara and Mao Asada and Americans staying in the mix with one spot at the Grand Prix Final.
How long until October??
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