Don’t be fooled by the summer weather outside, there is a lot going on in the skating world! Last week marked the *official* start to the ISU season as the Junior Grand Prix Bratislava began. The U.S.’s Vivian Le won a bronze medal in her JGP debut with two strong skates. Last year’s U.S.junior bronze medallist, Le has a 3Lz(Rippon)-3T that you HAVE to see. Check out her free skate, and why not her short program while you’re at it? Lots of potential here!
JGP Riga is happening this week, check out the event page here. I’ve been loving the ISU Junior Grand Prix live stream and videos on You Tube- so nice to see such great coverage!
Pre-Season" Competition Announcements
U.S. Figure Skating shared the lineup for the 2015 International Classic, including Karen Chen, Madison Hubbell/ Zachary Donohue, Ross Miner, Richard Dornbush and Mervin Tran/ Marissa Castelli from the U.S. There’s also a strong Japanese contingent competing, with Satoko Miyahara, Kanako Murakami and Shoma Uno entered into the event. IceNetwork will stream that live for subscribers.
Also announced this week: (Some big names!)
Nebelhorn Trophy (Volosozhar/Trankov, Scimeca/Knieirim, Chock/Bates, Capellini/Lannotte, Aaron, Hochstein, Nagasu, Hicks)
Nepela Trophy (Stolbova/Klimov, Tarasova/Morosov, Brown, Mura, Lipnitskya, Pogorilaya, Bell)
Skater Features and Updates
Kiira Korpi has retired from competitive figure skating. I will miss her- she was always so lovely on the ice.
IceNetwork update on Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier. Here’s hoping that they return to Nationals this year as they are hoping!
The Skating Lesson shared lots of great practice videos from a recent road trip, featuring some of the best skaters in the world. Check them out on Twitter to see them all.
Mae Berenice Metite tweeted about her new “Black Swan” SP.
We got some great video shares from The Ice:
Ashley Wagner “Rather Be” exhibition
Adam Rippon “Who Wants to Live Forever” SP
Also- Piper Gilles/Paul Prioir’s new Free Dance
As more events happen, I’ll be posting more and more. I’m back, friends, and it feels AMAZING.
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