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

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  1. Sylvia

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    Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto #2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRkOp68nIeU
    Scheherazade: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qm9lXx_ANM8

    It happened before the 3-minute mark: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZMXnes3LoM

    More St. Paul vids:
    "The Walker": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMbXZiIM9QM
    Jason Brown's "Can't Touch This": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_d1NDPnuUYY
    Ryan Bradley's "Wake Me Up": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XP0v9Owv2A
    Castelli/Shnapir's "Royals" (their last SOI show of the tour): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFbQ7ZpH33g
    Gracie Gold's "Let It Go": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGI04wjJlcE
    Finale (some fun moments when "Happy" kicks in after the 4-min. mark): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhjvyHLWkZ0

    ETA article/video of Jason Brown at the SkateFest in Skokie, IL on May 2nd (Mirai Nagasu makes an appearance too): http://highlandpark.suntimes.com/pe...n_visits_skokie_s_skatef-SKO-05062014:article
     
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  2. Fsbarbie89

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    Does anybody happen to have the videos from the Chicago show? I am loving being able to see everyone's performances without having to pay ticket prices :cool:
     
  3. scarletbloom

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    Jason has a new fan after this weekend's show in Chicago as my sister couldn't get over how adorable and exciting he is on the ice, and I told her that she now understands why I have gone completely bonkers over him. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and I am beginning to warm up to Josh Farris. I loved him in the Men's group number and really liked his exhibition number. Anyone who can perform a skid spiral as well as he does it, has my respect.

    Ryan Bradley is still as fun as ever. It didn't matter that he fell really hard on one of his jumps...he got up dusted himself off and made me like him even more than normal. If only he had the skating skills of Jason Brown, he could have ruled the world! :respec:

    Other than the usual suspects (Meryl and Charlie) Navarro and Bommentre were also really good. They have grown into a wonderful dance team. I liked them when they competed, but now it seems that with maturity they have learned to max their potential.

    Jeremy Abbott, sigh...My sister and I love his movements and musicality. It's amazing how much power and speed he generates with just a couple of strokes of his blades. If only he wasn't in his own head so much. Still love watching him skate however.
     
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  4. Sylvia

    Sylvia On to GP & U.S. Sectionals!

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    Thanks, scarletbloom!

    Re-posting from the Joshua Farris fan thread... justastori's Tumblr video of his "To Build a Home" solo.

    ETA: Busy 3-day California weekend ahead! San Diego on Friday, Anaheim on Saturday, and San Jose on Sunday. There's a SOI publicity article in the Orange County Register but you have to be a subscriber to access it.
     
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  5. Sylvia

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    redfiretrees Figure Skating Fan in the Tropics

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    Thanks Sylvia. Those are really cute. I love when Jason is with the SOI tour. I think out of all the cast he tweets and posts on Instagram the most behind the scenes photos.
     
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    redfiretrees Figure Skating Fan in the Tropics

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    Thank you so much for posting!! The quality of the video is amazing! I'm so glad everyone can see this beautiful program now as if they were in the audience :)
     
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    OT, Joshua should do a LP based on the style he is showing here.
     
  11. Sylvia

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    Oh, thankyou so much! :swoon:

    It is just so gorgeous! His every movement is polished and extended and careful. And that Ina Bauer into the skid spiral! :swoon: :swoon: :swoon:

    Lacey - The first time I saw it with the three jumps, I had a "Wait a second..." moment - I think it's about ten seconds too long to be a short program (rough count). But my initial thought was "wow, this would make a stunning SP to go with Schindler's List this season."
     
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    Back from Anaheim... very well skated show! I loved everyone. Great center ice fifth row seats - directly behind me was Drew Carey and Danica McKeller and their kids! It was better attended then it has been for the past few years - good to see that!

    When Jeremy skates I am reminded that no one quite moves like him - really wonderful and hit a gorgeous triple axel. Jason's smile is second to none. LOVED Mirai - she was fab in both programs though she opened up on her flip in her On Golden Pond number, it still was a beautiful program. Josh was so smooth and elegant - so impressed w/him. I look forward to his future. Ashley nailed all her jumps then had a slight wobble on her end pose which she made fun of herself with in her bows which made the audience laugh. Kim and Brent were real crowd pleasers. Of course everyone loves Ryan's backflips and charisma. I liked Gracie's Chicago program which really suits her personality. Alissa's spins are still sublime, her jumps are more elusive but she did manage a triple in her second number. Polina skated very well - was so nice to see her. And of course Meryl and Charlie are the big stars with huge applause every time they are on the ice - their skating is so light and effortless over the ice... what a joy to see them skate :) This was my 20th SOI in a row... will put in the pre-order for number 21!
     
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    I just got home from SOI Anaheim, I was on the other side, fifth row center, saw Danica and Drew as well. Not much more to add to Love Skating's post, but I was happy to see Alissa's triple in the second program, especially since she barely managed an Axel in her first number. I went with my sister who knows nothing about skating, and doesn't watch the Olympics, and she LOVED Jason Brown! She thought he was adorable. D&W were wonderful of course, and Jeremy was really on. I usually don't like his skating when I've seen him live in competition, but he was fabulous tonight.
     
  15. redfiretrees

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    Thanks for sharing with us your experience love skating and operagirl!
     
  16. Sylvia

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    Meryl Davis tweeted "Backstage at @starsonice with some friends..." (group photo with DWTS' Drew Carey and Danica McKellar) last night: http://pic.twitter.com/ybKZ6PNwrp

    @DrewFromTV's tweets:
    Jason Brown was excited to meet Drew Carey:
    Abbott's "The Fear" performance in Anaheim: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0jw81a1rq8
     
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    Another SOI Anaheim attendee. I was sitting at the end, the side where the skaters some out. Such a great show! I'm still giddy with the post-show high!

    Absolute favorite was Jeremy. Both of his programs = amazing. The choreography, the musicality, the way he moves, such an artist! So happy to see those programs live and to see him skate without the competition pressures. Also really loved Mirai, especially her Demons program. I love her pearl layback and the jumps she hit were done with such flow and ease. As everyone has been saying, I really hope she can put the expression she shows in SOI into her competitive programs. She really has that captivating "it" presence. Probably not the best thing to do right in the middle of her On Golden Pond program but cute how someone in the audience shouted something along the lines of, "We love you Mirari!" and someone else in the audience shouted, "We love you more!"

    Kim and Brent skated gorgeous programs with lots of crowd pleasing (but sometimes scary!) moves. Ryan can dance! The crowd really loved his Wake Me Up program. Alissa just oozes grace and her spins are really something to see live, so fast and centered compared to other skaters. Jason was so much fun! His enthusiasm is infectious. Amazing Russian split jumps. New appreciation for Ashley. She really projects and performs, very steady and committed movement. Gracie and Polina were okay. Gracie seemed kind of stiff with her jumps. However, very glad to see both of them live. Josh was great! So many beautiful moves with the spread eagle and ina bauer and skid spiral. The guys' number was a highlight. The girls' number, while pretty, was kind of confusing. I guess they needed a slow number to contrast with the upbeat guys' number but the song is such a downer.

    I was glad to see the lower bowl almost full except for those sections blocked by lighting/ TV screens. Good attendance. People were on the 2nd level and many people were even on the 3rd level way up at the ceiling. Very appreciative crowd with loud applause for everyone, especially in the second half. Meryl and Davis got absolutely thunderous applause, twice as loud as any other skater, and well deserved too! Such gorgeous skating and amazing representatives of ice dancing, skating, the US. So happy for them and the gold medal. Such a privilege to see all of these outstanding skaters live; they all really worked hard and put on a great show.
     
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    Thanks for the report! Think you meant to say "Meryl & Charlie" though ;)
     
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    RD, LOL I even proofread the post twice. So much for my proofreading skills.

    Sylvia, thank you for all of your super informative posts. I'm not on Twitter so it's helpful to see your skater tweet summaries.

    YukiNieve, please tell Minori thank you for capturing these great performances on video!
     
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    Yes, please, given a chance, say Thank You from me, as well.
    To get to see Abbott and Farris finally- it's a bit of Christmas:)
     
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    Gorgeous videos for stunning performances - Abbott and Farris.

    I do think Jeremy still has a lot to give to figure skating. Go Jeremy.:kickass:
     
  23. Lacey

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    OK, a short program would be very effective too. GREAT IDEA misskarne.

    It is rare when skaters' programs take my breath away, and that exhibition did, so make it real!
     
  24. Sylvia

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    I'd like to see Josh Farris skate a short program in the style of "The Walker" group number! :D
     
  25. misskarne

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    I'd love to see Josh do a more upbeat number this season for his SP, but I could be persuaded to change my mind for this in competition format. It wouldn't even need all that much tweaking - add a spin here, a bit more footwork there.

    Me too! I want to see him do a really comical goofball program. It'd be such a contrast to the serious LP and so much fun! :D
     
  26. Sylvia

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    2nd half of "The Walker" in San Jose, CA yesterday afternoon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ehXiovFq9I

    Lots of Anaheim, CA videos (19!) are uploaded here: http://www.youtube.com/user/msteresaalvarez/videos
    Includes:
    Polina Edmunds' "Uptown Girl": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_K5hrrriNM
    "Creep": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HTcm6BL8Qk
    "The Walker": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIo_vTJ-TJc
    Navarro/Bommentre's "Another Story": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E89VPy_O0Lo
    Navarro/Bommentre's "How Do You Like Me Now?": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8TV5iH5hjE
    "Don't Stop Believin'/Happy" finale: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Id2xbgdxBZg

    ETA more individual links (Anaheim):
    D/W's Piano Concerto no . 2 by Rachmaninoff: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQn9VnRLqDc
    D/W's Scheherazade: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvReprS4TFQ
    Abbott's The Fear: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-S_n_M2zAo
    Abbott's Latch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RC35gCPukQ0
    Brown's U Can't Touch This: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UneSqwug5Fs
    Farris' To Build A Home: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPThKujmVcI
    Bradley's Wake Me Up: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePwazvW7TK0
    Czisny's My Kind of Love: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-F7UFv1jZ5A
    Nagasu's On Golden Pond: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDIXAMrhX3Q
    Nagasu's Demons: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RJv5aoGGYE
    Gold's Let It Go: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6FnxSdKnMw
    Wagner's Sweet Dreams: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGa_5ZCf90c
    Wagner's Young and Beautiful: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsgGaSlAcOc
     
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  27. misskarne

    misskarne #ForzaJules #KeepFightingMichael

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    What is going on? The whole tour there's been no video at all of this program, and suddenly there's been three in the last few days! :lol:
     
  28. raineydaze

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    I went to the SOI show in San Jose on Sunday and the meet and greet as well. Here's a partial write up of my experience:

    Overall, everyone did amazingly well. Jason Brown, Meryl and Charlie and Polina Edmunds got the most cheers. I was especially impressed with Mirai’s emotional skating and Ryan Bradley’s showmanship. The guys’ group number was super fun, too.

    Afterwards, I went to the meet and greet and got a chance to speak with all of the skaters. A few tidbits:

    1. Polina Edmunds aunt mistook me for Alissa Czisny and chided me for hiding in a corner and then told me I skated beautifully. Later on when I spoke with Alissa, I told her and we had a laugh about it. I took it as a compliment - she’s gorgeous!

    2. I told Ryan Bradley that I followed him on twitter and had enjoyed his Olympic snark and he told me he actually got in trouble for it. He didn’t say much beyond that, but we had a bit of conversation about governing sports bodies.

    3. Mirai was incredibly sweet. I brought a little “Mirai” for her to sign on behalf of a friend of mine and she took the time to write out my friend's name fancy and posed with it.

    4. Jason Brown is the sweetest ever. I spoke with him twice and he gave me three hugs. He was giving everyone hugs! He’s like the real life version of Olaf. He also told me, “I’ll do whatever you want,” to which I said, “Oh really? I like that in a man,” which made him collapse onto the table giggling and blushing.

    5. And finally I met Meryl and Charlie! They are so very nice! I told them about how my friend and I watch DWTS each Monday and then talk about it on Tuesday, and how we were both hoping for them to be in the top 2, to which Meryl said, “We hope so too!” Charlie insisted on taking the selfie (said he was “an expert” at them), and they were just very generous and gracious and lovely.

    Everyone was lovely! It was a great afternoon/evening, and I’m so happy I went to both the show and the meet and greet!

    Here's the link to my tumblr post, which also has some pics (although not very exciting, admittedly!): http://immaculategiraffe.tumblr.com/post/85588266937/yesterday-i-went-to-the-san-jose-soi-show-and-i
     
  29. Sylvia

    Sylvia On to GP & U.S. Sectionals!

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    Thanks, raineydaze, mkice9, love skating and operagirl for sharing your impressions from the Calif. shows! :)

    I found a 13+ minute video that includes clips from EVERY SINGLE performance in San Jose, including the local skaters at the beginning of the 2nd half skating to "Happy": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LI24ra3u6WA
     
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  30. Sylvia

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