2011 Champs Camp in Colorado Springs

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  1. Sylvia

    Sylvia Whee, summer club comps!

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    Some photos from Champs Camp Orientation: http://www.universalsports.com/photos/galleryid=551020.html

    Of course, some of the U.S. Grand Prix skaters are tweeting thoughts & photos from Colorado -- you can view a compilation via Universal Sports' "Tweet Sheet": http://www.universalsports.com/figure-skating/tweets/index.html

    ETA group shot tweeted by US Figure Skating (also photos of Miner, Flatt, Dornbush, Castelli/Shnapir): http://lockerz.com/s/132588085

    USFS' press release: http://www.usfsa.org/Story.asp?id=47068&type=media

    Attendees include all the U.S. Grand Prix skaters except for Lysacek.
    Men (6): Abbott, Dornbush, Mahbanoozadeh, Miner, Mroz, Rippon
    Ladies (7): Czisny, Flatt, Gao, Nagasu, Wagner, Zawadzki, C. Zhang
    Pairs (6 teams): Cain/Reagan, Castelli/Shnapir, Denney/Coughlin, Evora/Ladwig, Marley/Brubaker, Vise/Baldwin
    Dance (5 teams): Davis/White, Hubbell/Donohue, Kriengkrairut/Giulietti-Schmitt, Lichtman/Copley, Shibutani/Shibutani
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  2. sk9tingfan

    sk9tingfan Well-Known Member

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    Love Alex Shibutani's last tweet! :lol:

    AlexShibutani Just landed in Colorado Springs. Loving the high altitude. Sure hope I'll be able to brea......

    13 hours ago
  3. olympic

    olympic Well-Known Member

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    Luv the tweet sheet! All the Champs Camp participants, and right in the middle of it all is Johnny Weir tweeting about Betsey Johnson :lol:

    oh, where's Evan??
  4. Sylvia

    Sylvia Whee, summer club comps!

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  5. fsfan22

    fsfan22 New Member

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    Ugh ... why is Caroline there? I don't want to be rude, but she was 12th at Nationals this year. WHY??
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    burntBREAD New Member

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    I would assume it would be because she has a Grand Prix assignment
  7. sk9tingfan

    sk9tingfan Well-Known Member

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    She has a Grand Prix Assignment at Skate America and therefore qualifies for Champs Camp
  8. kwanatic

    kwanatic Well-Known Member

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    Why is Ashley Wagner blond? Yuck, go back to brunette please...

    I see Rachael hasn't let her sassy soccer/PTA mom hairdo grow out any...*sigh* I guess we're looking at another season of this.
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  9. Jenna

    Jenna Well-Known Member

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    I think both Ashley and Rachael look great. :shuffle:

    Caroline is there because she has a GP assignment.

    Lynn Rutherford tweeted about Tom Z saying Brandon Mroz had been landing 4F and 4Lo in practice. :eek:
  10. sk9tingfan

    sk9tingfan Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, he still hasn't figured out/learned that he should shut his mouth. :rolleyes:
  11. missysays

    missysays New Member

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    His tweets are always hilarious! :D You know I think Alex had a growth spurt this summer. He looks slightly more filled out- more like a young man and less like a boy.

    Looking forward to everyone's new programs this year.
  12. Wyliefan

    Wyliefan Well-Known Member

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    He's a funny guy, all right. :)

    You scared me with that! I thought she'd gone platinum or something. :yikes: It doesn't look so bad. Just a few shades lighter, as far as I can tell.
  13. 2sk8

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    She's a Cali girl now - gotta be blonde. :cool: I think she looks great.
  14. fsfan22

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    I realize that ... but I guess the bigger question is why does she have a GP assignment? Give some of the other up-and-coming skaters the chance. *sigh*
  15. Jenna

    Jenna Well-Known Member

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    Well, that's a different question. ;)

    I understand your concerns..
  16. toddlj

    toddlj Well-Known Member

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    There was a very long discussion about this in the "Skate America TBA" thread, and when it comes down to it, there aren't a lot of alternatives in terms of senior ladies who "deserved" it more than Zhang. Other than Bulanhagui and Forte, those above Caroline at nationals are all already assigned or staying junior. And she is by far the one with the most international experience of the remaining pack.

    ETA: I'm just defending Zhang because it seems like no one else does.
  17. Wyliefan

    Wyliefan Well-Known Member

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    This page is giving me a "doesn't exist" message. Hope it's just a temporary glitch!

    ETA: Never mind, it's back. I've got a screen full of cute Ricky with his guitar. :swoon: Maybe I'll have it made into a wallpaper or screen saver!
  18. LilJen

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    I love Fred & Ethel Flatt. Very snuggly looking. :cheer:
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    I was hoping to see it growing out. And not so blond. That look just does not work for her. It is very middle aged elementary school teacher. I've said it before...she'll be skating in a modified denim jumper with applique decorations on the front next.

    ETA: I assume reporting injury to USFSA is a topic in that binder.....:slinkaway
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  20. olympic

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    Actually, Rachael's hair looks a little better, more modern, so I'm OK with it.
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    peibeck Left in the Kiss-n-Cry

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    Bah, I'm not concerned with their appearances, other than they all look very relaxed and happy and having a great time! :rollin:
  22. pinky166

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    Never realized how small Mirai was before, she always seems to have a stately presence on the ice but she's completely dwarfed by Agnes and Ashley Cain in that pic. Also did she get red highlights? Kinda looks like it.
  23. Sylvia

    Sylvia Whee, summer club comps!

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    I started a separate thread for the Richard Dornbush article from Champs Camp: http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/showthread.php?t=79933

    Wednesday photos: http://web.icenetwork.com/gen/photogallery/year_2011/month_08/day_24/cf23693260.html

    Thursday photos: http://web.icenetwork.com/gen/photogallery/year_2011/month_08/day_25/cf23739222.html

    Olympic speed skater Dan Jansen delivered the special keynote address on Wednesday night: http://www.universalsports.com/news-blogs/blogs/blog=gofigure/postid=551080.html
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  24. Polymer Bob

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    Caroline is there because somebody thought she has earned the right.
    If you don't approve, don't look at her pictures.
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  25. Jenna

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    Well, let's be honest here. The 2010-11 season was a pretty bad for one for Zhang. She didn't win any medals. She didn't even come close. 7th and 9th in her GP events, 12th at Nationals. No post-Nationals assignments for the first time I can remember. She is pretty lucky she got one. If she disappoints again this year, I don't think she will be given a third chance.

    I'm rooting for her.
  26. Sylvia

    Sylvia Whee, summer club comps!

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    Short interview with the Shibutanis about their new short dance via Universal Sports: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2T906SQ_Tys

    A selection of tweets today by @LynnRutherford:
    ETA: Jeremy Abbott talks about his new 'swing' short program right after his SP run through on Thursday: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LQJ6yc8nUY
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  27. Wyliefan

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    Carmen? REALLY? I know little about Mroz, but somehow I'd have thought Buttle would be a little more creative than that. . . .
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    Sorry, but what in the world does her picture have to do with anything?
    I don't mind that she is there, but I am surprised. "Champ camp" implies a certain level of success, which Caroline does not seem to have met.
  29. Jenna

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    :rofl: at Jeremy saying "I think I should have been there" regarding Worlds, right as Ross Miner walks behind him.
  30. Sylvia

    Sylvia Whee, summer club comps!

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    Universal Sports' interview in the Champs Camp mixed zone earlier today with Mirai Nagasu: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mWbkgP0jpM

    ETA:

    Adam Rippon talks about his new SP and more: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXbggjpDl8M

    Meryl Davis/Charlie White's interview about their new programs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3585LDXGnY

    Ashley Wagner's interview http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8v_U7gysos0

    All of Universal Sports' interview videos are available on this page: http://www.universalsports.com/news-blogs/blogs/blog=gofigure/postid=551160.html
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  31. stjeaskategym

    stjeaskategym Well-Known Member

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    It's not like there are that many options. There are barely any options to even fill the third slot. You don't have to be a medal contender to land a Grand Prix assignment. I'm fine with Zhang getting one based on her decent results in recent years, even if last year was really off for her.

    :lol:
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  32. Jenna

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    True, I agree. But with kids like Keiser, Hicks, Lam, Gold..etc. coming, I just don't know if she can keep up.
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    I cannot get the videos to work here in the UK..Can someone tell me what Mirai&Ashley spoke about?
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    Mirai spoke about her short, she is trying to be mature while performing it. She trains 3-3 and hopes to include it in program some time this season (I guess we won't see her doing 3-3 at GPs).
    Mirai graduated this year and is very happy about it: "Yeah, I graduated, thank God":D She also had a week off this summer.
    Having Evan training near her is really motivating, he pushes her every time, "when Evan and Frank are together they are unstoppable" :cool: He didn't train for six monthes and still can go out and do his LP - that's why Evan is Olympic Champion.
    People have been telling Mirai that she is really talented but she hasn't skated to the best of her abilities, so this season she wants to have fun (as always:)) and to skate to her talent and even beyond it.
    Mirai is all smile as always :swoon:

    That's not everything, just some key points which I managed to understand.:shuffle:
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    Neither can I get them work in Finland. Why restrict youtube videoclipsf or a certain area only?
  36. olympic

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    Ashley spoke about the fact that Nicks 'put his foot down' and is making her work on fine-tuning her jumps: Checking the landings, arm positions, etc., and also that she will have a 3-3 probably later in the season
  37. rfisher

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    Sounds like an interesting season. I'm just gutted not to see Caitlin's name among the pairs. :wuzrobbed: I hope Evora/Ladwig have a fantastic season and get their first US title.


    And all the whining about Zhang makes me want her to totally :kickass: and make some people have to eat their words. Moreover, the GP selection criteria has been discussed to death already. It is what it is.
  38. kwanatic

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    Okay, so Ashley's blond hair isn't as bad as I thought:rolleyes:. When I saw the picture, she looked really blond; but I think it was just the flash of the camera that made it look like that b/c in the video it doesn't look bad...it's lighter but not too light. It looked Elene Gedavanishvilli blond in the picture! I still think she looks better with darker hair (it makes her eyes stand out more) but the blond doesn't look bad.

    Glad to see Mirai's paying attention and hopefully she'll work harder this year now that she's in shape and finally live up to the potential she has. Fingers crossed!
  39. Iceman

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    And what is the GP selection criteria? Seriously
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    That goes both ways! I can't see many of the BBC's "Behind the Scenes" clips for Torchwood because I live in the US.

    I don't get the purpose of that.