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Stars on Ice Cast Announced

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by TanithandBenFan, Feb 27, 2014.

  1. kwanette

    kwanette Fetalized since 1998


    They say that some skaters will make special appearances, maybe Polina will do a few shows.

    Several special guests will also make appearances throughout the tour.
  2. PishPosh9

    PishPosh9 Active Member

    Remember when Champions on Ice had ALL the medalists, regardless of what country they were from? Russian, Canadian, etc etc?!? How cool would it be to see everyone from Sochi? Those days are sadly gone..

    I'll take Mirai over Gracie and Ashley. I'd like to see Jeremy and Jason..too bad Z&B werent invited, they are terrific. Probably wont spend $$ on this though.

    ETA- I just visited the website, and the cast pictured from previous years looks a lot better than this one. (S&P, the Kerrs, Tanith and Ben, even good ol' Mikey Weiss) I have to say Wagner is probably the most overwhelmingly mediocre US lady ever made out to be a "star"..and Gracie is pretty unlikable. And they both paled to the big guns in Sochi. Meh...
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2014
  3. Frau Muller

    Frau Muller #1 Dick Button Fan

    Where are the non-American skaters? Boo! I remember when the post-Olympic or post-Worlds Collins tours used to always include the international eligible stars from all four disciplines. Where are the gold medalists of the other 3 divisions (other than Dance): Adelina, Volo/Trankov & Hanyu?

    I remember the 2010 SOI tour in DC (Verizon Center) when Mirai -- then in her absolute prime -- fell twice while performing her 'Pirates' SP and did not smile a single moment. That's the last time that I bothered going to SOI, not that there's been much opportunity to attend subsequent editions in my area.
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2014
  4. moviechicko_o

    moviechicko_o New Member

    I don't think SOI can even afford the Russian and Japanese skaters these days cause they have much more lucrative opportunities in their own countries where skating is very popular. They definitely cannot afford Yuna or Mao.
  5. RD

    RD Well-Known Member

    "Mediocre" is probably a bit harsh but I agree that there's no one here with true "star power". Gold MAY get there one day but that is years off. I don't find her particularly appealing or likeable either, but we are in the vast minority. Most of the public seems to love her judging from comments and tweets.

    I still root for her though as she is American, probably our best shot at getting back onto the world podium. It's been a ridiculously long time now.
  6. Skittl1321

    Skittl1321 Well-Known Member

    That's a really good point. Even minor European skaters can get better money doing Asian tours.
  7. MrLucky

    MrLucky Active Member

    Maybe mediocre is harsh just as redemption (heard every 30 seconds on NBC during Wagner's performances in Sochi)) was overly generous.

    I am trying hard to like Gracie but at this point I like Polina better.
  8. moviechicko_o

    moviechicko_o New Member

    The last internationally represented tour was like the post-SLC era I think when you had Yagudin and B/S along with the NA Olympic champs. By the time Torino came around, things had clearly shifted and most of the Russians were moving back to capitalize on the huge popularity there.
  9. watchthis!!

    watchthis!! Well-Known Member

    Yes. Polina Edwards is a much bigger name now that she has competed in the Olympics.
  10. mag

    mag Well-Known Member

    Firus now lives and trains full time in Colorado. Not to say he wouldn't come up if asked, but it would not be as easy as when he was living and training in Vancouver.
  11. BittyBug

    BittyBug And the band played on

    The return to Russia happened a bit later. At least for 2006, Totmianina & Marinin and Plushenko - newly crowned Olympic champions - were part of the COI cast. I think Slutskaya was as well.
  12. kwanette

    kwanette Fetalized since 1998

    Yes, Irina was on the 06 tour.
  13. Blondie12

    Blondie12 New Member

    Wonder why Evan is not on the list? Johnny weir too is a great show skater and was widely popular with his commentary.
  14. seabm7

    seabm7 Well-Known Member

    Evan left IMG after his last SOI tour. He wanted to go back to competitions and was not interested in ice shows. I wonder what he will do now.
  15. moviechicko_o

    moviechicko_o New Member

    Whatever it is, I imagine it involves tanning.
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  16. paskatefan

    paskatefan Well-Known Member

    I'm hoping that next season (as long as SOI continues) that the US & Canadian tours won't overlap, and that SOI will go back to having an international cast. It may be that this season they are focusing mostly on the skaters who competed at the Olympics/will compete @ Worlds. While we always look forward to attending SOI, we do like to see the Canadian and other international skaters in the cast as well as our American ones.
  17. centerpt1

    centerpt1 Well-Known Member

    Lately, the Canadian cast has been better than the US one.

    Evan's a name skater, and could really have helped US SOI stay viable. Instead, he nailed the lid on that coffin.
  18. Jarrett

    Jarrett Firebird for worlds!

    Woohoo Mirai... and they are coming to San Diego, double woohoo!
  19. Jenny

    Jenny From the Bloc

    There are no non-US or professional skaters because this tour is in partnership with USFS to promote their current skaters - it was announced a year ago - IMG, US Figure Skating partnering on tour for the first time

    Not sure if there's a similar deal with Skate Canada, but might be since CSOI is all Canadian skaters. Not all current, but there might have been a leftover deal with Kurt, Joannie and Shaun.
  20. seabm7

    seabm7 Well-Known Member

    They have sponsors (Investors Group, Lindt) for CSOI, so a deal with Skate Canada may not be necessary. My guess is IMG had to go to USFS since they could not find a sponsor for the US part of the tour.
    Last edited: Mar 2, 2014
  21. centerpt1

    centerpt1 Well-Known Member

    Ryan Bradley is a pro skater. If they were going all non pro they could have picked up Max. (But I guess they needed a male skater with a backflip)
  22. Jenny

    Jenny From the Bloc

    Well again, there might have been a leftover contract to be honoured, or maybe they wanted to be sure that there a couple of skaters experienced with the tour, or maybe they just like him. Plus, my bet is most ticket buyers don't know the difference and will just be happy to see a bunch of skaters they've heard of from the Olys and nationals in recent years, and USFS is happy to have him on board promoting their sport.
  23. heckles

    heckles Well-Known Member

    Nah, an ice show isn't completely in the toilet until Jumpin' Joe Sabovčík is in the cast.
    Last edited: Mar 2, 2014
  24. Justathoughtabl

    Justathoughtabl Well-Known Member

    Johnny was not invited after Vancouver (despite a 6th place finish) and was supposedly told or had it implied to him that it was because he was not "family friendly." Whether that's true or not, he later said he's not interested in SOI. He does more lucrative shows in Asia and Russia (he was supposed to be in Plush's cancelled tour after Sochi). I do believe Johnny once did SOI Japan, though.
  25. Carolla5501

    Carolla5501 Well-Known Member

    I wonder how we "know" people weren't invited? Some of them could have just said no.

    The assumption on here is that "any skater" should be so grateful for anything they take it. I recall several years ago some skaters said no to some tours just because the "rate" wasn't worth it to them. Maybe they had better offers, maybe they had other interests. Michelle is a prime example. SOI would have taken her, heck she probably could have had her own tour, but she was ready to move on. Evan may not like the touring lifestyle or may be able to make more elsewhere. Weir is a prime example of a skater I can see making more in Russia then here. (surely there was a reason he was gushing about Plush... payday?)

    Bradley strikes me as the best "entertainer" in this tour. I love some of the other skaters, but Ryan can "SELL" He's cut from the Scott Hamilton cloth when it comes to entertaining a crowd. (I think Jason can get there, but I don't see Abbott ever hitting that type of appeal for example.) You need someone to run the show and keep it fun! Ryan fits that mold perfectly!
  26. shan

    shan Well-Known Member

    I was really thinking that SOI might make a stop somewhere in the Southeast because of Nationals being in NC again. And now seeing that that the cast is non pros, it would have been a nice promotional opportunity.
  27. kwanfan1818

    kwanfan1818 I <3 Kozuka

    I think there was a lot of gushing by skaters that buttered the bread.
  28. SkateFan66

    SkateFan66 Active Member

    Evan's hip injury may not be healed enough for him to commit to the entire tour. While in Sochi, he taped a TV segment giving Nastia a skating lesson. At that time, Evan mentioned that he had been off the ice with an injury for 13 weeks. Moreover, in an interview that he did while in Sochi, he mentioned that he had been off the ice and that he would later be evaluated to determine if surgery would be necessary.
  29. nlyoung

    nlyoung Active Member

    I had a chance to see Holiday On Ice with the Stars on Ice cast this past December. The cast was primarily Canadian (I saw the Lake Placid show), the only exceptions being Ryan Bradley, Kimmie Meissner, and the Kerrs. Bradley and Meissner were obviously the token Americans in the show, and the difference in quality between Bradley and the Canadian men in particular was huge. This isn't his fault, of course, as the other male cast members were Kurt, Jeff, Shawn Sawyer, and Elvis, all of whom could skate circles around him and it showed. Kimmie is a beautiful skater, but her counterpart was Rochette who is still in her prime. I was a bit surprised by how big the difference between Bradley and the others was...
  30. skatepixie

    skatepixie Well-Known Member

    Meh, I too prefer a more international cast -- at this point, I'd prefer to fly up to Canada and see THEIR SOI, other than D/W, of course. I don't know if we will go to the So Cal tour this year -- depends on our adoption travel and who the special guests are, I think. I like D/W and Ryan, but the rest are rather blah for me, as most of my favs are international at the moment.