Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Kimmie Meissner Back on Track

Coral Springs, Florida, located some 20 miles northwest of Ft. Lauderdale, is the place Kimmie Meissner now calls her “home-away-from-home.” In early February the Bel Air, Md. native relocated to the sunny south to work with renowned coach Richard Callaghan and his talented team.

After claiming the gold medal at Skate America, her first Grand Prix event last season, she placed second at Trophée Eric Bompard. But after that, things started going steadily downhill for the talented young skater. The 2008 Grand Prix Final was a disaster for Meissner; she fell on three jumps and wound up in a distant last place. The writing was on the wall.

Following her disappointing seventh-place finish at the 2008 U.S. National Championships Meissner knew it was time.

Full article here.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Dubreuil & Lauzon getting married

After 11 years of getting to know one another, one of Canada's best-loved ice dancing teams, Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon, are getting married.

Dubreuil, now 33, and Lauzon, 32, are best remembered for their romantic routines that helped them win two silver medals at world figure skating championships.

And they've always had a flair for the dramatic, with lives and adventures and crazy incidents that read like soap operas (losing costumes and skates, falling ill at the wrong time, having to withdraw from the Turin Olympics after a spectacular accident in a final rotational lift, making a comeback at a world championship in their home country.)

They will marry on Aug. 23 in Montreal. They are hoping for more romance and less drama.

Full article here.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Carolina Kostner on the Top

At the 2008 World Figure Skating Championships, Italy's Carolina Kostner added a silver medal to the bronze that she won in Moscow in 2005, the last time the World Championships were held in Europe. In 2010, however, she is looking forward to the chance to add a gold in her native land in the city of Torino.

Kostner has already established herself as the greatest figure skater in Italian history. Among her many firsts are the first to win a medal at the World Junior Figure Skating Championships, the first to win a silver medal at Worlds, the first to win Europeans, the first to win a Grand Prix event, and the first to medal at the ISU Grand Prix Final.

Full article here.

The Ice 2008

Saturday, July 19, 2008

2008 Liberty Summer Competition

Results: http://www.libertyskating.org/2008ResultsSeniors.html

Rachael Flatt's SP

Ashley Wagner's SP

Brittney Rizo's SP

For more vids: http://ca.youtube.com/user/gloryday

Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir

Ahhh! I got so excited when I saw these new pics of Tessa & Scott! They're just so sweet together!

The pics were taken by Myra Klarman, for more pics: http://relish.myraklarman.com/ice-dancing-champs

Friday, July 18, 2008

2008/2009 SPs, LPs, ODs, FDs

So without competitions this is getting a little bit boring. As way of making a preview of this upcoming season I thought it would be cool if I post the programs... well at least works for me, it's not so boring the waiting if I'm busy lol.
Here are the programs so far announced (not all of them are officialy announced):

McLaughlin and Brubaker

SP: Malaguena
LP: West Side Story

Jenn Wester and Daniil Barantse
FD: Requiem for a Dream

Jeremy Abbott
SP: Adagio in G Minor by Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni
LP: Eight Seasons Tangos by Astor Piazzolla (variations of Vivaldi's Four Seasons)

Savchenko and Szolkowy
LP: Schindler's List

Kiira Korpi
LP: "Agatha" by Kerkko Koskinen

Laura Lepistö
SP: music by Karl Jenkins

Jenni Vähämaa
LP: West Side Story, "an unusual version"

Pang and Tong
SP: blues style music
LP: mixture of tango and lyrics music, done by Morozov

Zhang and Zhang
LP: they have temporarily chosen 'Yangtze'

Mao Asada
SP: Clair de Lune - Claude Achille Debussy
LP: Masquerade - Aram Khachaturian

Nobunari Oda
SP: Masked Ball - Verdi
LP: Warsaw Concerto

Yu-Na Kim
SP: Danse Macabre
LP: Scheherazade

Kevin Van Der Perren
SP: Night on a Bald Mountain
LP: Safri Duo

Sinead and John Kerr
OD: The boogie bumper and Minnie the Moocher by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
FD: Ruled by Secrecy by Muse

Yukari Nakano
SP: “Romance” from “The Gadfly Suite” by D. Shostakovich
FS: Giselle

Evan Lysacek
SP: "Bolero" Ravel
LP: "Rhapsody in Blue" Gershwin

Bebe Liang
SP: "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" by Paul Dukas
FS: Selections from the Memoirs of a Geisha by John Williams

Saturday, July 12, 2008

2008/2009 SPs, LPs, ODs, FDs

Mirai Nagasu
SP: "Smile" by Charlie Chaplin
LP: Excerpts from "Dom Pierre" and "Can Can"

Rachael Flatt
SP: John Bayless medley arrangement of Moon River, from the movie "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and Rachmaninoff's 1st movement from the 2nd Piano Concerto
LP: "Dialogue du vent et de la mer" from La Mer by Debussy; "En Bateau" from Petite Suite by Debussy

Kimmie Meissner
SP: "Un Ange"
LP: "Adagio in G minor"

Caroline Zhang
SP: La Bayadere
LP: Sleeping Beauty

Carolina Kostner (not official at all)
SP: Tango
LP: Swan Lake

Ryan Bradley
SP: Elvis Presley Medley
LP: Western Themed Medley

Brandon Mroz
SP: Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks by Richard Strauss
LP: Medley to one of Bach's solo Cello suites

Emily Hughes
SP: I've Got Rhythm
LP: Gone with the Wind

Jeffrey Buttle
May in the Backyard
LP: Eclogue by Gerald Finzi

Patrick Chan
SP: "Roxanne" by the Police
LP: "Cello Sonata" by Rachmaninoff

Elena Glebova
SP: 'Songs My Mother Taught Me' by Antonin Dvorak
LP: 'Carmina Burana' by Carl Orff

Naomi Nari Nam & Themistocles Leftheris
SP: "Bombay Awakes" by A.R. Rahman
LP: "Samson and Delilah" by Saint-Saens

Brooke Castile and Ben Okolski
SP: selected songs from Memoirs of a Geisha
LP: Clair de Lune

Amanda Evora & Mark Ladwig
SP: Santorini by Yanni
LP: Pas de Deux by Tchaikovsky

Ashley Wagner
SP: Somewhere in Time

Johnny Weir
SP: "On the Wings of Time" by Saint-Preux
LP: music from French-Canadian musical "Notre Dame de Paris"

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Single & Pair Skating - GOE (positive aspects)

ISU Communication 1505 has been released with information about guidelines for marking GOE of Single/Pair Elements. For further details, click here.

Single & Pair Skating

The 52nd ISU Congress accepted important changes in General Regulations, Special Regulations and Technical Rules. For further details, click here.

Dreams On Ice 2008

Mao Asada

Johnny Weir

Yukari Nakano