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2014-15 ISU Figure Skating Season


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I think this year Wagner and Gold could actually be threats at worlds. With Nagasu also maybe one to watch if she qualifies. But is Gold's foot injury better?

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US and Canadian Nationals ongoing. Senior events at Canadians has yet to start. Ashley Wagner currently holds a 5 point lead after the short. Looks like a battle for 2nd and 3rd for the US ladies.

One thing about Ashley Wagner is her choice of music. Unless she changes to more traditional (and prettier) skating music, she'll never get gold.

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Ashley's music are pretty mainstream. She skate to Samson and Delilah for 2 years, this music were already used prveiously notably by Kristi Yamaguchi and Joannie Rochette. She's skating to Spartacus and Moulin Rouge this year. Spartacus is pretty mainstream figure skating. Moulin Rouge is a good selection in my opinion. At the end of the day, it comes down to musical edits.

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The music alone is just one element. If she can't bring the high-marking technical elements into a program and skate cleanly, then she won't win whether she's skating to Carmen or the soundtrack to the South Park movie. Kim Yu-Na managed to win a gold medal at Vancouver with a James Bond medley for the short program. I didn't think it was all that pretty music, but she skated magnificently to it.

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Generally, I find her music crappy and if I was a judge, I would be disinclined to be generous in the artistic marks for music which does not send me -- that's all I'm saying. Of course, she's free to pick whatever music she wants to skate by...but she is being judged. And so, like any judging sport...if I don't like the color of your shorts, so shoot me for having a different opnion from the other judges. That's why there is a panel.

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OMG! Ashley Wagner nailed it. (However, I still didn't like her music.) And the programs now are NOTHING but jumping fests. Whatever artistry in there gets drowned by those stupid jumps!! Thanks to the cheating Russians for ruining the sport. That sneaky Soviet mindset will still be the death of us all. They should make a study now -- with this new scoring system -- of the increased stress fractures to skaters' feet. That is going to be an unforeseen effect of the new scoring system.

The men's competition was also terrific. I think we have great Single Men's Prospects for 2018. Brown, Rippon and my favorite, Joshua Farris, I hope, will all peak by PC!! Farris and Brown seem to have this on-going healthy rivalry since they were kids...and I hope that translates into putting the kibosh on the Japanese guys for 2018!

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Results

Men

1. Javier Fernandez, Spain

2. Maxim Kovtun, Russia

3. Sergei Voronov, Russia

Ladies

1. Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, Russia

2. Elena Radionova, Russia

3. Anna Pogorilaya, Russia

Pairs

1. Yuko Kavaguti/Alexander Smirnov, Russia

2. Ksenia Stolbova/Fedor Klimov, Russia

3. Evgenia Tarasova/Vladimir Morozov, Russia

Ice Dance

1. Gabriella Papadakis/Guillaume Cizeron, France

2. Anna Cappellini/Luca Lanotte, Italy

3. Alexandra Stepanova/Ivan Bukin, Russia

Next Stop: Seoul for Four Continents Figure Skating Championships.

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It's the years of the "S" cities for the 2014-15 Figure Skating season --

Grand Prix finals and 2014 Worlds - Saitama, Japan

2014 WOGs - Sochi

2015 4 CC - Seoul

2015 Euros - Stockholm

2015 Worlds - Shanghai

Wow!! :blink:How often does this happen?

2013-14 Grand Prix Finals was in Fukuoka.

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That Japanese poster in Goldenskates said the GP Finals was in Saitama. OK, I sit corrected. Oops, can't fix it anymore.

You can add Sofia to the list. They hosted 2014 World Juniors. 2015 World Juniors will be in Tallinn.

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Results

Men

1. Denis Ten, Kazakhstan

2. Joshua Farris, USA

3. Han Yan, China

Ladies

1. Polina Edmunds, USA

2. Satoko MIyahara, Japan

3. Rika Hongo, Japan

Pairs

1. Meagan Duhamel/Eric Radford, Canada

2. Cheng Peng/Hao Zhang, China

3. Qing Pang/Jian Tong, China

Ice Dance

1. Kaitlyn Weaver/Andrew Poje, Canada

2. Madison Chock/Evan Bates, USA

3. Maia Shibutani/Alex Shibutani, USA

Next Stop: Tallinn for Junior Worlds.

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Results

Men

1. Denis Ten, Kazakhstan

2. Joshua Farris, USA

3. Han Yan, China

Ladies

1. Polina Edmunds, USA

2. Satoko MIyahara, Japan

3. Rika Hongo, Japan

Pairs

1. Meagan Duhamel/Eric Radford, Canada

2. Cheng Peng/Hao Zhang, China

3. Qing Pang/Jian Tong, China

Ice Dance

1. Kaitlyn Weaver/Andrew Poje, Canada

2. Madison Chock/Evan Bates, USA

3. Maia Shibutani/Alex Shibutani, USA

Next Stop: Tallinn for Junior Worlds.

Whoa! Farris and Edmunds medalling!! I like Farris; he has a very classic style. Polina beat theJapanese ladies, wow!! Chock and Bates have to stop Weaver and Poje somehow!!

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Results

Junior Men

1. Shoma Uno, Japan

2. Boyang Jin, China

3. Sota Yamamoto, Japan

Junior Ladies

1. Evgenia Medvedeva, Russia

2. Serafima Sakhanovich, Russia

3. Wakaba Higuchi, Japan

Pairs

1. Xiaoyu Yu/Yang Jin, China

2. Julianne Seguin/Charlie Bilodeau, Canada

3. Lina Fedorova/Maxim Miroshkin, Russia

Ice Dance

1. Anna Yanovskaya/Sergey Mozgov, Russia

2. Lorraine McNamara/Quinn Carpenter, USA

3. Alexandra Nazarova/Maxim Nikitin, Ukraine

Next Stop: The big one Shanghai for Worlds.

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Results
Mens
1. Javier Fernandez, Spain
2. Yuzuru Hanyu, Japan
3. Denis Ten, Kazakhstan
Ladies
1. Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, Russia
2. Satoko Miyahara, Japan
3. Elena Radionova, Russia
Pairs
1. Meagan Duhamel/Eric Radford, Canada
2. Wenjin Sui/Cong Han, China
3. Qing Pang/Jian Tong, China
Ice Dance
1. Gabriella Papadakis/Guillaume Cizeron, France
2. Madison Chock/Evan Bates, USA
3. Kaitlyn Weaver/Andrew Poje, Canada
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Hooray for Javier!!! First Spanish figure skater to ever win a gold medal in the figure skating World championships in any discipline!

Although none of them medaled, the Americans coming in 4th, 5th, and 6th makes me hopeful that the US is on its way to improving their training programs to be serious threats to the rest of the world. The same needs to happen on the men's side. Jason Brown coming in 4th without a quad means nothing, a quad is needed in the program even if you fall on it.

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