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

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  1. emason

    emason Well-Known Member

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    I am totally in no teknik, as they say, but I am just back from the Newark show, and I want to say that the skater who blew me away and made a believer out of me was Mirai Nagasu. She totally gets my top prize for the night.
     
  2. Willowway

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    emason - I just got home from Newark and was about to write the very same thing. You are spot on. Mirai skated two interesting, content filled programs - both performed beautifully. Really splendid on both skating skills and expression. She stole the show but in the nicest way! She also gets my vote for top prize for the night.
     
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  3. Spun Silver

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    Mine too! She more than held her own among the ladies. Her speed, musicality, line, and expressivity -- heart -- were a joy to see. It made me very hopeful about her future.
     
  4. rosewood

    rosewood Whoa! Samurai battles!

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    ^Did Mirai skate "Golden Pond" and "Demon"? Watching the video of "Demon" which was posted on this thread, I really moved by her improvement in expressing her feeling from deep inside of herself. I'm glad to read your reports. Thanx.
     
  5. Spun Silver

    Spun Silver Well-Known Member

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    Yes, those were her numbers.
     
  6. kwanette

    kwanette Fetalized since 1998

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    Absolutely loved Mirai's "Demons". Thanks for sharing the link and the comments!
     
  7. paskatefan

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    Fabulous show last night! Mirai was so expressive!
     
  8. Wyliefan

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    Wow, that's nice to hear! Good for Mirai! :respec:
     
  9. RD

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    Eh, Nagasu's 1st number was just ok for me. But her 2nd one was great - very heartfelt and showed potential. It's almost like all of her feelings over the past few months were reflected in that performance. Hope she can get it back together again.

    Jason Brown I thought was phenomenal. He really is a performer in the way that Browning et al. used to be in my opinion. Now I understand how he got so popular after nationals...I thought he was a bit tight at the Olys and didn't really get to show off his capabilities.

    And Gracie Gold's Chicago program was awesome. Yes, she can actually perform, guys! You just don't see it in her competitive programs for some strange reason...
     
  10. Sylvia

    Sylvia On to GP & U.S. Sectionals!

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    4/7/14 SOI Newark, NJ videos & Instagram clips:

    Gold's "Chicago": http://www..youtube.com/watch?v=Ec6_yhuymhM

    Sharna's 2 video clips:
    http://instagram.com/p/mlq0ytuy3Z/ (Rach. clip)
    http://instagram.com/p/mlqSGsOy2e/ (clip of 5 colorful guys number)

    Rink side video of Rach. last night: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2lfUTDFoVM

    Another rink side clip of Rach. (first 49 secs): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugu8SHzEgug

    Clips from the finale:
    "Don't Stop Believin'": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Lj3YMR_ZvA
    and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLvMpG9DplM
    Skating around at the end: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKoe-EHSNa4

    SOI is in Hershey, PA tonight.
     
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  11. el henry

    el henry still fangirling for Toller

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    FanCam of Jason's "can't touch this" at Newark. I don't think she has seen the program before, based on her reaction to the Hammer Shuffle.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdMMnebiqcc

    I think I probably need to learn how to post links. But if it doesn't work, that's what copy and paste into browsers is for. :D
     
  12. Sylvia

    Sylvia On to GP & U.S. Sectionals!

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    ^^^ Thanks! Same user has also uploaded a few more videos from Newark:
    Gold's "Let it Go": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wz3OpVr2jwY
    Wagner's "Young and Beautiful": https://www..youtube.com/watch?v=_gqP-HHNaEI
    D&W's "Scheherazade": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cq72p26Asfk
    D&W's "Rachmaninoff": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3l4d1-ebEi0

    Charlie White tweeted tonight about their appearance tomorrow on ABC's Good Morning America:
    ETA tweets from Amy Rosewater at Hershey SOI:
    Tweeted by Jason Brown:
     
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  13. Jozet

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    Hershey show tonight!

    First, had a skate club meet and greet with Jeremy Abbott. What a sweet guy! Answered the kids' questions and signed autographs.

    Warm-up ice was fun. We saw one session. Jason Brown and I couldn't tell who--was it Ryan Bradley? (ETA: my Duh...Schnapir, of course)--were doing pairs throws together. Simon throwing Jason. Way to shake up Central PA, guys. ;)

    I loved the whole show, but the performances of the night went to Mirai Nagasu. Such beautiful expression, held positions, musicality and rock solid jumps and spins. Her double axel is enormous. Sooooo big and solid! She really knows how to perform to the entire audience, and yet some moments were so intimate. I think my 15yo skater daughter had a revelation of what skating could be beyond the points and judges, while still throwing down technical. Just, wow, wow and wow!

    The other program that brought tears to my eyes was Jeremy's first number ("The Fear" I think). Just such a sharp line between his skating and everyone else's when it comes to taking skating beyond competition and making it a performance. He could be the heir apparent to Scott and Kurt for SOI. This show really missed having an MC, and I wish Jeremy would have stepped into that role. And his blades on the ice...like buttah. He's so powerful and so precise. He bobbled and fell on one or two jumps, but landed a massive triple axel that made my daughter and I gasp. Unreal how fantastic that jump was.

    Gracie skated well to Chicago, and Frozen...well, of course. :) Her jumps IRL are huge, Huge, HUGE! She did a crazy big triple lutz--pure athleticism. I love Gracie, but she looked tight. Frozen was much better and a near iconic moment. Gracie Gold skating to the biggest Disney princess song ever? Of course! She seemed to loosen/lighten up a bit. I just really wanted her to "take" the ice like....

    Ashley Wagner! She is a rock star, for real. All jumps landed, without a doubt (maybe a small double axel bobble at one point...everyone seemed to have one). Possibly the best Biellmann of the night except for Mirai. I love that Sweet Dreams number. Definitely bootylicious,and I bet a lot of little skater girls in the audience were thinking, "Wait, I'm allowed to SHAKE MY BUTT like that? ON THE ICE?" The Lana del Rey number was wonderful. In everything Ashley does, she's just so secure on the ice; confident and maybe playfully cocky. Never a doubt for her or the audience.

    Jason Brown skated Riverdance (not all the jumps, but crowd still went wild) and Can't Touch This. So much fun!

    Josh Farris is beautiful. Just stunningly beautiful on the ice.

    Alissa Czisny looked tired, poor girl. She didn't jump much, mostly singles and a crashed double axel. Even her spins looked a little off kilter. But she's so lovely, and the crowd really loved her.

    The number with the women to "Creep" was weird, and I never say that. I'm not sure what that was all about with the tutus and the oddball bellybutton-gazing song. There were a lot of numbers that were kind of dark, introspective lyrics commenting on fleeting fame and beauty. And then the tour was called (ironically?) Top Of The World. I wasn't sure what they were going for, here. Maybe I was just too tired to figure it out.

    The men's number "The Walker" was funny. My daughter said, "Are they trying to look like One Direction?" They really did look like a cute boy band.

    Ryan Bradley's first "rock and roll" number was...uncomfortable. He was all amped up, but I'm not sure a lot of the audience knew who he was. He came out after Jeremy and Jason, and it was a bit of a dud. The second number by Avici was much better and the audience was into it. Backflips got big applause every time.

    I can't watch pairs. I get too nervous. My daughter said Navarro and Bommentre were excellent, but no throws. Castelli and Schnapir were good. She took a weird fall on a throw.

    David and White got a HUGE reception from the crowd both times. They opened the show and talked a bit, but pretty low on personality for that kind of thing. Everyone in the group is a bit Stars On Ice "green" and I think they needed an old timer to anchor the show and talk with/to the crowd. Anyway, Davis and White's programs were very good. I liked the Concerto program better. They did pieces of Scheherazade, and I do believe I saw glimpses of them realizing they were about done ever wanting to skate that program again. It was good, but in a sort of representative/reminder way of the Olympics, without being "in the moment" good, if that makes sense.

    Anyway, it's been a long competitive season and now just working out the kinks, but a great show. A lot of "SQUEEEEE!" because it was chock full of current Olympic stars. Giant Center was mostly full, so good energy throughout.

    Again, my faves of the night were Jeremy, Mirai, Ashley and Jason. They really know how to translate and elevate the technical and more rote PCS stuff to a real performance that draws in and opens up to a big crowd. The others will get there, I'm sure. Thumbs up, all around! Good show!
     
  14. marysy

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    Some impressions from the Newark show: like other posters above, my friends and I were really impressed by both of Mirai's numbers as well. She hit a very nice 3Lz and did the pearl spin in Demons! There were 3As from both Jason and Joshua, whose one solo program was beautiful. He also lifted Kim Navarro in the finale and was delightful in the men's group number. Jason started You Can't Touch This wearing an NJ Devils jersey with Brown on the back!

    I also found Alissa and Jeremy's Piano Guys to be quite charming. Jeremy seemed to be having a bit of an off night, like he didn't quite have his feet under him or something. Wasn't sure what to make of the ladies ensemble, but it had a very haunting effect and created some beautiful images. Ryan Bradley landed a bit short on the back flip in his program and tried again at the very end and ended up overshooting and landing on his butt! He laughed it off both times. ;)

    For a Wednesday night, there was a decent crowd, though the ends of the rink were far from full. Compared to years past, it did feel like a smaller production overall, but still an enjoyable show. It's early on in the tour, so some of the group numbers weren't so cohesive, but I'm sure that will improve with more performances.

    The last few years when SOI was nowhere near me, I was most interested in seeing some of the group numbers that people talked about (but there were rarely ever videos online!), so I tried to capture those for people who might not be able to see the show live. It's a bit difficult to get everyone in the frame at the same time though. Anyway, I uploaded a few videos:

    The Walker (men's group): http://youtu.be/Ig6DRvFbRD4
    Creep (ladies' group): http://youtu.be/TkLwzhKHmCk
    Czisny & Abbott - Piano Guys: http://youtu.be/RvS9dQtnGA0
    Nagasu - Demons: http://youtu.be/LqW4fL184kU
    Davis & White - Scheherazade: http://youtu.be/akKFH0ZaLlY
     
  15. redfiretrees

    redfiretrees Figure Skating Fan in the Tropics

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    Thank you so much Jozet and Marysy for sharing your SOI experiences!

    Also a big thank you to marysy for recording and sharing those videos with us! I've been hoping to see the Ladies' group number. :respec:
     
  16. misskarne

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    THANKYOU! OH MY GOODNESS THANKYOU!

    I've been dying to see this number since I heard the first reports about it.

    I think this Stars on Ice could be the best thing to ever happen to Josh. He's such a character in this piece and it's so much fun!
     
  17. paskatefan

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    Jozet, thanks for your review of the Hershey show. Kim Navarro & Brent Bommentre are a dance team, so you wouldn't see throws from them. They did amazing things though, in their performances, and I'm glad they're back for their second season with SOI.

    Now, onto the Youtube videos! :cheer:
     
  18. Skittl1321

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    He seems to have come up with a very clever ploy to get custom hockey jerseys from all the teams! I noticed he was wearing a local jersey with his name on it in Florida.
     
  19. twizzlesizzle

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    Jason was given an unnumbered jersey at the Hershey show last night, still cool though.

    Marissa and Simon skated to their Royals program, aside from skating in the finale, this was all they did.
     
  20. twizzlesizzle

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    Kim and Brent are Ice Dancers, not a pairs team. That's why there were no throws. Yes, the did the headbanger like Marissa and Simon, but since they're not competitive anymore, they kinda do what they want, lol.

    Marissa ALMOST landed the quad last night, it was reeeealllly close.
     
  21. dinakt

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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.
     
  22. 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. :)
     
  23. 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.
     
  24. Sylvia

    Sylvia On to GP & U.S. Sectionals!

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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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  25. 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!
     
  26. 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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    TanithandBenFan U.S. Ice Dance Junkie

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    Sylvia On to GP & U.S. Sectionals!

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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
     
  29. DannyCurry

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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).
     
  30. Sylvia

    Sylvia On to GP & U.S. Sectionals!

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