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Everything posted by breathesgelatin

  1. No Budapest thread yet? Seems like they're going to bid. What's the buzz on this one?
  2. More official news about ISU proposals to add synchro and a mass start speed skating event to the 2018 games: http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/breaking/chi-synchro-figure-skating-mass-start-speed-race-proposed-for-2018-olympics-20140929-story.html
  3. The ISU is strongly rumored to be applying to add synchronized skating to the 2018 games. Unclear yet, but some are speculating that if this happened they would drop or alter the team event. https://elinapaasonen.squarespace.com/blog/
  4. I guess I'm the only one who follows the Junior Grand Prix on this forum. I'll spare everyone. But I really like Polina Edmunds's new long program, debuted at a club competition last month:
  5. Likely one of the biggest challenges would be the strain on the sports federations and officials. (Would there always be enough officials to service synchronous worldwide events?)
  6. Big bit of news in US Pairs again... Felicia Zhang and Nate Bartholomay have split. Felicia is retiring and going to school full time. Nate is strongly rumored to be partnering with Gretchen Donlan, but nothing official yet. Let's see what else.... Other than that, the Grand Prix has been shaking itself out a bit with retirements/splits.
  7. Stratos Safioleas is live-tweeting the press conference right now. Some interesting insights: https://twitter.com/stratosathens
  8. Thanks for the recap of the US Championship logos, really enlightening. Sad to say, they're mostly pretty boring... So a bunch of programs are starting to leak out one way or another (Japanese ice show season, US summer competitions, etc.). I thought at least two of those are pretty notable: Javier Fernandez's short program - he is using lyrics. I am shocked by how much I am enjoying this program. I am not a Javi fan, honestly if anything up to now I was an anti-fan. But this is good! really suited to his style. He doesn't have all the jump combos in yet, this is from an exhibition in Japan but supposedly he's going to try to do two quads in this eventually: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vELBcJEujJM One big question has been who USFSA will select for the last TBA spot for Skate America. The next highest ranked skater is Samantha Cesario. But Ashley Cain has come out on the summer competition circuit and is landing some big jump combos. She's making a strong argument to get the Skate America spot. I think USFSA probably hopes Sami can get a spot at a Grand Prix once someone withdraws - but the US ladies are nearly maxed out - there are 3 ladies at every GP except Skate Canada right now. Anyway, drama. Will it be Sami? Ashley? Long shots Hannah Miller, Barbie Long, or Leah Keiser? Here's Ashley Cain's new short from Skate Dallas, including a nice big 3Lz-3Lo Mirai Nagasu and Jason Brown just had an outing in Colorado Springs (Ashley C. too actually). Mirai's new programs are choreographed by Adam Rippon and are her best in some time IMO. Jason's programs are reaaaaaally cool. Anyway don't know how much interest y'all have in off-season figure skating news but there you go. It's not off-season for much longer, the first JGP event is August 20 and the first Senior B is August 6, a month from today!
  9. Based on everything we had heard about Dallas, that is incorrect. Little to nothing had been mentioned about Cowboys Stadium. Rather, the talk was that the Olympic Park would be centered around a renovation/rebuilding of Fair Park. I'm sure it's possible a few events would have been outside Fair Park, but all indications were that it was a unique opportunity for a centralized Olympic Park. Of course, we never got a bid plan, and Dallas wasn't selected to advance, so we may never know the reality of what was proposed.
  10. Someone mentioned the possibility of recycling elements from one stadium into another. I can't speak to designing a stadium that can be deconstructed and recycled into something else, but when Austin built our new performing arts center, the Long Center, a few years ago, they recycled 65% of the original material from the old Palmer Auditorium. The new building is 95% recycled materials. More here: http://thelongcenter.org/about/sustainability/
  11. huh. I notice a pattern here. LOL It doesn't look like anyone posted about the events selected as part of the inaugural ISU Challenger Series. That was released in an ISU Communication dated June 25: http://static.isu.org/media/153457/1876-decision-of-the-council-after-2014-congress.pdf The Challenger series connects together 11 Senior International B events. The ISU will provide some prize money for the events and will also award World Standings points for these events at a greater level than that of other Senior Bs not part of the Challenger series. Should be a really great opportunity for second tier skaters or up and comers to prove themselves while earning some cash and points. Here are the events of the Challenger series: U.S. International Figure Skating Classic The United States Figure Skating Association to be held in Salt Lake City, USA on September 10-14, 2014. Lombardia Trophy Federazione Italiana Sport del Ghiaccio to be held in Sesto San Giovanni (Milan) on September 18-21, 2014. Nebelhorn Trophy Deutsche Eislauf Union e.V. to be held in Oberstdorf, Germany on 24-27 September, 2014. Ondrej Nepela Memorial Slovak Figure Skating Association to be held in Bratislava, Slovak Republic on October 1-5, 2014. Finlandia Trophy Suomen Taitoluisteluliitto to be held in Espoo, Finland on October 10-12, 2014. Autumn Classic International Skate Canada to be held in Barrie, Canada on October 14-17, 2014. Volvo Open Cup The Latvian Skating Association to be held in Riga, Latvia on November 5-9, 2014. Triglav Trophy Slovene Skating Union to be held in Jesenice, Slovenia on 6-9 November, 2014. Ice Challenge đ×╠łsterreichischer Eiskunstlauf Verband to be held in Graz, Austria on November 13-16, 2014. Warsaw Cup Polish Figure Skating Association to be held in Warsaw, Poland on November 20-23, 2014. Golden Spin of Zagreb Croatian Skating Federation to be held in Zagreb, Croatia on December 4-7, 2014.
  12. Is there any schedule for a vote on this? Seems like it would need to occur soon. We're about to get the shortlist!
  13. Here is an interesting interview with Denis Ten where he discusses the development of figure skating in Kazakhstan: http://skateguard1.blogspot.ca/2014/06/interview-with-denis-ten.html
  14. Pretty sure the Reeds are still competing for Japan, although they train in the US. Are you confusing Jeremy Ten with Denis Ten? Denis is from Kazakhstan; Jeremy is from Canada. Although, I thought Jeremy was slated to retire. Ashley Wagner is definitely not retiring. She had sort of signaled she might early in the season, post-Worlds, she's been very explicit that she would continue. She has visited Shae-Lynn Bourne for choreography. She's definitely continuing. Jeremy Abbott is still on the fence and has distanced himself from his earlier explicit statements that he would retire. He said he would get programs that could be used either for exhibition skating or competition. (In other words, the programs would be designed to easily take on changes to make them competitive.) He said he might test out the programs and if things were clicking, then he'd continue. I think there's at least a good chance he's a late withdrawal from his GP events but we'll see.
  15. I honestly can't believe anyone would bring up the Redskins as an asset. To me, that team seems more of an embarrassment, something DC would need to account for on the world stage were they going up to bid. Ugh. What a racist team name - a huge liability.
  16. Yes. I actually find it less surprising that San Francisco could trade on reputation to make it through, than that DC could. DC is probably the most surprising city on the short list, TBH.
  17. I'm not going to lie... the more I think about San Francisco getting advanced, the more I'm perplexed at why Dallas was cut. It feels like San Francisco got advanced based on their status as a world class city, rather than any potential bid plan. I hope to be proven wrong and that we see a wonderful comprehensive plan from SF. But... yeah. I will have to admit, it does feel like Dallas got axed for geopolitical reasons. Maybe there were some issues we don't know about and will never know about (USOC didn't like Matt Woods, whatever). But it seems pretty odd that a city with potentially no viable plan got advanced over Dallas. Of course, the lack of transparency means we'll never really know. That's just the impression. I don't demand transparency from USOC (they're not a democracy and the number of obsessive bid followers is relatively tiny). But if we don't get transparency, then I think I'm somewhat entitled to my assumptions. Ha!
  18. I tend to think Tran will be released (he only skated for Canada for one year), but obtaining US citizenship will be difficult, likely impossible, if they plan to spend much of the year training in Canada. Tran and Castelli will have to give up the 2018 Olympics.
  19. Here was the proposed language regarding synchro in the Olympics: https://twitter.com/MamaCullen/status/477859860667981824
  20. I really get the sense that the ISU is going to make a push for synchronized skating in the Olympics. Look at the second item in this recap of the recent ISU World Congress: http://www.isu.org/en/news-and-events/news/2014/06/55th-isu-ordinary-congress
  21. Here is the full list of hosts for the various 2016-17 ISU Championships: http://www.isu.org/en/news-and-events/news/2014/06/isu-championships-2017-provisional-allotments Taipei is sure hosting a heck of a lot. Been attending a club competition here in Austin this weekend (Bluebonnet Open). A lot of promising young skaters there, including Amber Glenn (2014 US Junior Champ), Ashley Shin (2014 US Junior Bronze Medalist), Clara Untalan (2014 Philippine Junior Champ), and Emily Chan (she skated on the Novice level at US Nationals last year, I like her a lot, is very expressive). CANNOT WAIT until Grand Prix assignments go out on June 27.
  22. The ISU just announced locations for the various 2016-17 ISU Championships.The 2017 Four Continents Championship will be held in Gangneung as an Olympic test event: http://www.isu.org/en/news-and-events/news/2014/06/isu-championships-2017-provisional-allotments (Seoul is hosting Four Continents this year, incidentally.)
  23. I'm so confused as to what San Francisco's plan will be. Got to admit I'm super-disappointed that Dallas didn't make the cut. I figured they didn't have much of a chance, but selfishly, it would have been great for me personally. Ah well.
  24. Boston Business Journal on the Boston bid in advance of the USOC's meeting in Boston this week: http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/blog/mass_roundup/2014/06/boston-still-acontender-for-2024-olympics-as-u-s.html?ana=twt&page=all
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