2014 U.S. Stars on Ice tour (April 4 - May 18) ~ articles, photos, reports/reviews

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  1. dinakt

    dinakt Well-Known Member

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    Thank you everybody for videos and reports!
    "The Walker" is a cute number. Happy to see Josh featured, and he is good.
  2. Debbie S

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    And he was wearing the Hershey team (minor league) jersey last night. :)

    Still pretty tired from last night - didn't get home until after 11 (a hour and a half drive). My favorite was (of course! ;)) D/W, followed by Jason Brown and Josh Farris. I liked Jeremy and Alissa's duet - I love Alissa's skating but her solo numbers didn't make much of an impression on me. Ashley did a great job (love her new blue dress for Young and Beautiful). I'm not a huge fan of Gracie and I'm tired of hearing Let It Go (thankfully, none of the kids I skate with are skating to that, yet anyway), but Gracie did manage to get the restless and fidgety kid sitting next to me to pay attention and stop jumping around during that number, so props to Gracie for that, lol.

    I liked the guys' number. The girls' number was kind of a huh? for me. Beautiful skating and the ballet theme was nice, but as Jozet said, the music was weird. Maybe any gender scholars among us could debate why the guys get to wear bright colors and skate to fun, upbeat music and the girls skate to dark lyrics about not being pretty enough, wearing muted pastels.

    There were advance order forms on the seats so it looks like there will be a SOI tour next year (although who knows which and how many cities). D/W were the skaters pictured on it but it didn't specifically say they were on the tour. I hope this wasn't the last time I'll see them skate live. And I'd like to put the plug in for a DC (or Baltimore) stop next year. :)
  3. lauren329

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    Interesting that you had advance ticket sales in Hershey. We had no such form in NJ which makes me think they will scale back again next year. I went in DC at the Verizon Center after 2010 and attendance was really spotty for an Olympic year. I'm not surprised they're not there although its too bad that they can't fill seats in these densely populated areas like DC and NJ where there are presumably a lot of suburban parents with cash and little skaters.
  4. Sylvia

    Sylvia Whee, summer club comps!

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    Here are the remaining "SkateFest" cities being organized by USFS in conjunction with some of the Stars on Ice tour stops: http://usfigureskating.org/shell.asp?sid=50035

    Providence, R.I. - Friday, April 11 - Dennis Lynch Arena

    Albany, N.Y. - Friday, April 18 - Albany County Hockey Facility

    Pittsburgh, Pa. - Thursday, April 24 - Robert Morris Ice Arena

    Detroit, Mich - Saturday, April 26 - Arctic Edge of Canton

    Chicago, Ill. - Friday, May 2 - Skokie Skatium

    Anaheim, Calif. - Saturday, May 10 - East West Ice Palace

    ETA:
    Great to hear! So this was arranged by your club and was not part of USFS' SkateFest?
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  5. Jozet

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    omg, I'm an idiot...

    I said that Kim and Brent were pairs, but they are ice dance, of course. I watched them do a head banger and some crazy lifts during the warm up and was on pins and needles during their performances. I had it in my head that they were "scary."

    Social error! I'm a newbie with dance and pairs, Thank you for the correction!
  6. Garden Kitty

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    Don't worry, we appreciate your posting a detailed report so soon after the show when I'm sure you were tired. I'd much rather get your reaction "in the moment" then have you spend time trying to proofread and correct everything! Glad you had fun at the show and thanks for your report.
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  7. TanithandBenFan

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  8. Sylvia

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    No rest for the Olympic champs Davis, White
    By BARRY WILNER, AP Sports Writer | April 11, 2014 | Updated: April 11, 2014 2:05pm
    http://www.chron.com/sports/article/No-rest-for-the-Olympic-champs-Davis-White-5395715.php

    Video: http://pix11.com/2014/04/08/stars-on-ice-2014-tour/#axzz2ycRfcGUK

    Stars on Ice: Jason Brown talks about Sochi Olympics, Team USA
    Skaters Meryl Davis, Charlie White and Gracie Gold will also be part of the Hershey performance April 10.
    By Erin McCracken
    http://www.flipsidepa.com/celebrity/ci_25503223/stars-ice-jason-brown-talks-about-sochi-olympics
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    Oh wow, I'm in love with this number. Does anyone know who choreographed it?
    I'm so impressed with Mirai's improvement (musicality wise).
  10. Sylvia

    Sylvia Whee, summer club comps!

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    The Newark show last Wednesday was great! Favorites were probably Brown, Gold, D/W, Nagasu #2 but everyone was good.

    I took some shots as well, hopefully I can share some with you guys soon.
  12. misskarne

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  13. TanithandBenFan

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    In a one-hour broadcast, I have pretty much no hope that his solo will be shown. I'm crossing fingers they'll included the guys' group number, though.
  14. jenniwren12

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    i'm guessing they'll show opening and closing numbers, Meryl and Charlie obviously, Ashley and Gracie, Jeremy, and maybe the girls' and/or guys' numbers.
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    Just got home from Providence - my impressions are pretty similar to what has been posted.
    Mirai - just lovely, and I was at Nationals in Boston, and she was wonderful, the choreography fits her and she was a major highlight.
    Josh - so fun in the group number. He is such a classical skater - fun to see him doing something different.
    and with Jason - as others posted in mens/nationals - with Josh, Jason and Max - the next quad will be great - each different.
    Jason so cute doing the intro for the second half. Both his programs were great - and crowd favorites
    NavBoms - love seeing them again
    Alissa and Jeremy duet - nice
    Rest of Alissa - beautiful, not high difficulty, except spins were wonderful
    Jeremy's first number - don't know song, he skated great - but the music was too fast, not a good match
    Meryl & Charlie - the Rach piece is divine. Plus how are they doing this and DWTS - so impressed with their energy.
    I enjoyed the show.
    Not be negative - but having gone to SOI for over 20 + years - I really miss the big intricate group numbers. I know it cant be done due to timing of worlds and having competing skaters. The group numbers were what made SOI unique.
    Also glad to see NavBoms and Bradley and Josh - but miss the international flavor.
    Couldn't we at least get some Canadians?
    The lower section of the arena was almost full. Compared to other SOI shows the last few years - one of the better attended ones.
    And there were preorder forms for next year. Nice - I live near Hartford - Providence is under 2 hrs for me, last year the closest was Portland, ME - 4 hrs away.
    Wish it would come back to Hartford (or Bridgeport or Worcester).
    I am glad I went to the show, enjoyed it, but it also makes me miss the shows from years ago.
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  17. Sylvia

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    SOI broadcast (taped in Orlando, FL) has started in the Eastern time zone - link to a live stream is posted in TV Alerts forum: http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/sho...day-April-13&p=4238348&viewfull=1#post4238348

    ETA a list of the programs shown by NBC:
    D&W's Scheherazade
    Brown's Riverdance
    Wagner's Young & Beautiful
    Guys' group number! :cheer:
    Navarro/Bommentre's How do you like me now? (glad to see them get the exposure!)
    Abbott's Latch
    Gold's Let it Go
    D&W's Rach. 2
    Finale to Don't Stop Believin'
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  18. shuilee

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    Is there a video of Josh Farris solo program anywhere? I think that's the one skate I can't find on youtube.
  19. Sylvia

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    ^^^ Have you searched YouTube today? I haven't found a fan cam copy yet.

    ETA: Just searched again and nope. Hopefully it will show up at some point!
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    I had the same thought upon seeing those costumes! They're used in the opening group number. I think those are black though and G&G's were actually a very dark blue.

    Pleasantly surprised that they showed the guys' group number and Kim and Brent on NBC! Would've been great if they showed one of Mirai's numbers...
  22. N_Halifax

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    NBC coverage was great. Highlights for me were definitely Jeremy's Latch, Jason's Riverdance & the boys group number. Ashley's Young & Beautiful was lovely too! I had my reservations about this format/model for the tour and ate them. I like it when I prove myself wrong!
  23. DORISPULASKI

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    For once, the coverage made me wish I had tickets to the show!
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    Wish you did, too, Doris! It was fabulous!
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    Me too, but the tour is coming nowhere near me. :(
  26. Sasha'sSpins

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    I believe you are right about G&G's dark blue costumes! I wish they had shown Mirai's numbers after all of the rave reviews I saw in this thread - oh well, I am grateful for the videos that you and others here uploaded and/or posted! :D

    Nor me. :(
  27. redfiretrees

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    Yey! Someone has already uploaded a great HD copy of the whole NBC coverage of Stars on Ice on Youtube.

    Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgmkHAF0jkY

    Also Ashley posted this photo on Instagram with the caption:

    http://instagram.com/p/mvdu43iry1/

    It's such a cute note. It looks like the ladies will miss Jason since he'll be gone for a few stops since he's only doing 11 right? the other 8 will be Max Aaron?
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    Again, I'm so impressed. He's done a great job on this number. He's choreographing her competitive programs for next season right? Can't wait to see them.
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    Adam has potential, but he sure does love those angsty hair/face grabs in his choreo for Ashley and Mirai. :lol: It's almost at a drinking-game level of overuse.
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    Quick review of the Long Island, NY show yesterday. For those curious, I would say that the arena was about half full but the audience was very enthusiastic and overall a decent crowd. D&W obviously got the loudest applause along with Gracie, Ashley, Mirai and Jeremy. Ashley skated like a rock star and didn't miss a jump(flip, loop, axel). Mirai was also great and didn't miss any of her jumps in either program(including a lutz and flip). Gracie wasn't so lucky with a doubled lutz and a fall on a double axel. Jason Brown also had a fall in his Riverdance program which was a great opener for the show. Great triple axels from Jeremy and Josh and a nice one foot landed back flip from Ryan Bradley too. Really a great show with a lot of solid skating from all. If you have a chance to see it, go out and support these fine skaters!
  34. misskarne

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    Yep, Max is doing the 8 shows Jason's skipping. (Darn, no golden trio.) Not a bad replacement, I would say. ;)

    More importantly, I want to know the answer to that question :p
  36. jenniwren12

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    Shucks, I was hoping that there would be some overlap and Jason, Josh, and Max would skate together for at least one show. The Chosen Three are just too adorable...
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    Mirai has a lot to be angsty about. Made sense to me. :)
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    I really like "angsty". It looks and sounds nice and weird and has 4 straight consonants, even without the "y". If I use it elsewhere, will most people know what I mean?
  39. TanithandBenFan

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    Is that the new David Wilson-face stroke? :lol:
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    Agree, I want to know the answer. We were kept hanging! Maybe the answer is nothing? Jason is such a cheery person that nothing makes him mad? haha. :saint: