The gala is early PM Sunday after the senior. Juniors won't get to skate in it this time. Somewhere some one explained that it was impossible to book the week days before, and to start with the Juniors would have meant that the Senior competitions would have fallen mid week- which would have been a box office and media disaster.
That must mean he's healing well or 100% by now. That's great news.
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Last edited by spikydurian; 09-28-2013 at 03:17 PM. Reason: add news regarding J10's bronze medal
does anyone know if Mitchell Gordon is injured? haven't seen him around this summer and his jgps have been pushed back
Thumbnail photos of Jeremy Ten at Nebelhorn via Getty Images (click to enlarge): http://www.gettyimages.com/Search/Se...013+Oberstdorf
British Eurosport version of Jeremy's FS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrDqBVvx9A0
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I would love Jeremy to get choreography from Jeff Buttle. I feel like this choreography just doesn't showcase him properly. Maybe it is just early in the season, but it just seems very frantic.
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What in the world is going on with Andrei Rogozine? He had an 84-point long program at Octoberfest! Skate Detroit early in the season was his strongest long program this season, and everything since then has gotten weaker. Is he battling injury? There must be something wrong.
On the other hand, Nam Nguyen had another pretty much perfect long program (at least according to the protocols), just as he did at Thornhill. If he could somehow figure out how to skate at international competitions as well as he does in Canada, he's be a medal threat in many competitions.
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Link to his long program at Cup of Nice: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfAI_0UyrXU.
Not bad, and the triple axel was beautiful. He still fades a bit toward the end, but not as much as he used to. Perhaps the high altitude training is helping in that respect.
The four potential skaters who (IMO) could accompany Patrick and Kevin to the Olympics are quite close in their best international scores so far this season:
1. Jeremy Ten Nebelhorn 205.56 (short 76.49, long 129.07)
2. Eladj Balde Skate Canada 205.19 (short 72.35, long 132.84)
3. Andrei Rogozine Skate Canada 197.35 (short 68.31, long 129.04)
4. Liam Firus Cup de Nice 194.93 (short 65.07; long 129.86)
If either Eladj or Andrei gets a consistent quad in both the short and long program, that could put them ahead of others. If either Jeremy or Liam can do three consistent triple axels (one in the short, two in the long), that could put them ahead of the others. Otherwise it could be very close.
Does anyone know how is Kevin's recovery from his injury? Thanks.
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I've posted articles and excepts about Kevin Reynolds' 2 Grand Prix withdrawals (boot issues resulting in not enough training time) in his fan thread: http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/show...=1#post4038297
New article by Beverley Smith on Elladj Baldé: http://www.skatecanada.ca/AboutUs/Ne...S/Default.aspx
It’s been a long time coming. Baldé showed promise when he won the junior title in Canada in 2008, but disappointing results, and the loss of a year because of surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament kept his name in the rushes.
In Saint John, he finished seventh overall (sixth in the short), but it was clear that the gregarious skater had donned a new attitude – and he came armed with a quad, the magic word this year in men’s skating. There was to be no tippy-toeing with this big trick: he planned to do it in both the short and long programs.
Many would inch into it, trying it in one or the other.
And when he landed the first quad of his career in the short program at Saint John, he managed a double toe loop at the end of it, despite putting a hand down on the big jump. His first quad – and he’d made it part of a combination. “It’s a big plus for me,” he said.
What the crowd didn’t know was that Baldé accomplished the feat while skating on two different boots. He got new skates four weeks before the event, but every time he put them on, he fell on his triple Axel, a jump that had been solid for him. “I was freaking out,” he said. Short program, long, it didn’t matter.
He couldn’t land it. When he looked at his boot, he could see that the blade was not in the right spot; it made his body twist in the air. He was so frustrated that a few days before the event, he thought he couldn’t possibly compete that way.
He was ready to try anything. An experiment: skate with the new, stiff boot on the right foot, and use his old, broken-down soft-sided old boot for his left foot. He landed the triple Axel and he started kissing that old boot.
Baldé knows he’ll need new skates. He also skates with his knees taped up, because he has tendonitis in both.
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Liam Firus article in his hometown paper: http://www.northshoreoutlook.com/sports/230846481.html
Firus skated through excruciating pelvis pain while training intensely for the 2013 Canadian Figure Skating Championships held in January. He was rewarded with a commendable fifth place finish. At the same time, he had the foresight to sit on the sidelines for the five months that followed, to rest his body for what Firus calls a three-way dogfight that will decide who takes the final Olympic berth for Canadian men’s figure skating.
Firus’s injury progressed into a debilitating condition called osteitis pubis, commonly seen in NHL players. During his rehabilitation, he underwent an extremely painful treatment called prolotherapy, which involved 10 to 12 weekly injections of a solution that irritated the injured region to promote healing.
Now an Olympic hopeful himself, Firus has started training with U.S. champion figure skater Christy Krall in Colorado Springs. Krall has coached celebrated Canadian figure skater and three-time world champion Patrick Chan.
Firus’s full training regimen — two and a half hours on the ice and an hour and a half in the gym — runs five days a week.
“There are a handful of us gunning for that third spot,” said Firus. “It’s going to be a dogfight at nationals this year — and I can’t wait.”
Yes, based on Nam Nguyen's performance at sectionals this weekend his name can be added to the list of candidates for the third spot. According to the detailed reports, he skated clean short and long programs, with triple axels in both short and long and with eight triples landed in the long program. The scores were 71.77 (short) and 143.24 (long). That's likely a bit inflated compared to what he would get internationally, but even with the inflation factor taken out he would still get a very good score internationally given the technical content.
Therefore it's probably now five skaters potentially contending for the one Olympic spot and three probable spots at 4CC.