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

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by Sylvia, Apr 5, 2014.

  1. Susan M

    Susan M Well-Known Member

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    I think that is true pretty much anywhere because of the on-ice seating. Even sacrificing a couple yards all around, any NHL size ice is still way bigger than some of the places they skated before about 1970. Unlike SOI, COI always came to DC (2 shows some years) and always skated in the largest arena (Cap Center in Landover, MD then MCI/Verizon Center in downtown DC).

    I remember seeing SOI at George Mason University arena in Fairfax, which didn't even have its own ice and was basically only big enough for a basketball court (and not nearly big enough to do justice to skaters with speed like Kulik).

    I thought getting away from venues like that made sense and you are right, it probably is sound economics to not use expensive arenas you can't fill. Personally I didn't think the Baltimore arena was that bad. It remains my favorite of the 4 locations in which I have seen SOI, all things considered.
     
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  2. lauren329

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    Has anyone done the meet and greets? Asking for a friend who is contemplating buying M&G tickets for Portland but wondering if its worth the extra $75. I've never done one- are they well organized or a mess? Is it mostly little kids?
     
  3. RD

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    I did the one in Newark. I would say it's absolutely worth it - it wasn't rushed like a lot of M&Gs are, plus you may even get time to chat briefly. I was able to get to everyone as well.
     
  4. redfiretrees

    redfiretrees Figure Skating Fan in the Tropics

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    Here is a nice slideshow video of all photos someone took during an SOI show (not the most recent since it still has photos of Jason too). The photos are nice and I think he/she got photos of all the programs and of everyone.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aO4i7UsCPng
     
  5. Sylvia

    Sylvia On to Nationals!

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  6. Yazmeen

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    A teenage skater I know did the meet n' greet in LI and posted pictures of herself with Meryl and Charlie, Ashley, Gracie, and Alissa and got her skates signed by Meryl and Charlie. They also autographed a photo for her and signed her program, as did the ladies mentioned. She described it as amazing, and she definitely did have time with the skaters.
     
  7. RD

    RD Well-Known Member

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  8. shan

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    Beautiful! Mirai looks great! (actually, everyone does)
     
  10. RD

    RD Well-Known Member

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  11. Sylvia

    Sylvia On to Nationals!

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  12. misskarne

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  13. RD

    RD Well-Known Member

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    ^ Thanks :) I'll add the tags.
     
  14. mollymgr

    mollymgr Well-Known Member

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  15. Lacey

    Lacey Well-Known Member

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    Ya that's Brent.
     
  16. paskatefan

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    Gorgeous pics, RD, as usual! Thanks so much!

    Can anyone identify the music that Max is skating to in his SOI appearances?
     
  17. redfiretrees

    redfiretrees Figure Skating Fan in the Tropics

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    Wow! Amazing photos! Thanks for sharing RD! :)
     
  18. TanithandBenFan

    TanithandBenFan U.S. Ice Dance Junkie

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  19. misskarne

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    Oh my god my level of mixed emotions right now.

    FIRST: Yay Max! Max dancing and getting his groove on and being generally wonderful!

    SECOND: OH MY GOD NO ONE DIRECTION MAX WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY MY SOUL IS CRYING

    Third: *sigh* Max has only been on the tour for a tiny handful of shows and already there are fancams. I love Max and wanted to see but...
     
  20. Skittl1321

    Skittl1321 Well-Known Member

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    I really enjoy Max's performance ability. I really hope he starts getting better performance/interpretation scores, because I just don't see him as just a jumper. This experience can only help him open up more in competitions.
     
  21. misskarne

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    :) Max is so much fun.

    But apparently he is the wrong kind of fun for some snobs. :(
     
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  24. Sylvia

    Sylvia On to Nationals!

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    Thanks again, RD. I posted your photos link in the Davis/White thread and here's a positive comment from there:
    2 videos from Portland, Maine on 4/19:
    D&W's Scheherazade: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsiRyuGJIG8
    Clip from the finale: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9i1KVlhvkY
     
  25. E.A. Week

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    At Sylvia's nudging, I'm posting my (long) review of SOI, Portland. You don't need a Live Journal account to read it, but you do need to click on the button confirming you're at least 18. (I have an adult content warning on my LJ because of my frequent use of four-letter words :wideeyes:) Thanks, Sylvia, for identifying Castelli/ Snapir's music (and to TanithandBenFan for identifying Max's music).

    http://eaweek.livejournal.com/83961.html

    ETA: There's a lot of "context" material in this post that hard-core skating fans wouldn't really need, but I have LJ friends who don't follow the sport. I probably over-explain things as a result. ;)
     
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  26. clairecloutier

    clairecloutier Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for your review E.A. Week. Glad you enjoyed it!
     
  27. E.A. Week

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    She was also amazing in Portland. Just wonderful.
     
  28. DORISPULASKI

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    E.A. Week, thanks for the great, detailed review! It makes me happy to hear there was a good-sized crowd :)
     
  29. NYScorp6

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    Thank you E.A. Week! I enjoyed your review very much.
     
  30. misskarne

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    Thanks for the review, EA Week.




    But I must say it's starting to grate on me the number of people complaining about Max getting some shows and Jason taking some time off.