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    Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir #48: Long Time Running

    I really worried when she kept saying she wanted to do stuff for "credibility" and "authenticity." Like what does that even mean?
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    Best pairs programs of all time

    I've always actually disliked a lot of G&G's programs because when I see them I see Marina Zoueva all over them and I find Marina Zoueva to be a boring choreographer. They're beautiful skaters but I never really liked many of their programs. However I did love Crazy for You. Thought it was fun...
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    Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir #48: Long Time Running

    Scott's always had gf's but I do think that when two people train together from the time they're like 7 to the time they're 30 and always share the exact same goals when that goal is no longer there the closeness dissipates and for one person it can be harder than for another person. I also...
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    Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir #48: Long Time Running

    I think she sounds like Michael Phelps, or Meryl Davis, or Missy Franklin, or a number of post-career Olympic athletes who just don't know what to do and have spoken publicly about the depression. It also sounds as if she might have had some disordered eating. That comment about not being to eat...
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    Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir #48: Long Time Running

    I think they mentioned that the training environment in Detroit with Marina and Davis/White was tense and unhappy in a way that it wasn't in Montreal even though they were also training with their competitors P/C. Guess it's just personal chemistry why they were able to train alongside P/C...
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    Best pairs programs of all time

    I'm glad M&D's Liebestraum is getting the love it deserves, but their Don Quixote SP is also one of my favorites! Especially since Natalia struggled so much with nerves in the short programs but somehow always managed to nail this program when it REALLY counted...
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    Opera Suggestions, II

    Fille du Regiment was overall a pretty great revival: https://humbledandoverwhelmed.blogspot.com/2019/02/la-fille-du-regiment-vive-la-france.html
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    NYC Ballet Fans, part 2

    The new Justin Peck work is not that great, but The Runaway remains one of the best new pieces they've done: https://humbledandoverwhelmed.blogspot.com/2019/02/nycb-winter-diaries-justin-pecks.html I also saw both casts of Apollo and Orpheus...
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    Examples of skaters only doing a jump when they needed to

    I feel like many male skaters would avoid the triple axel if it wasn't a required element. Patrick Chan comes to mind ...
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    Vaytsekhovskaya's interview with Drmitriev sr.

    In the book she mentioned that Zhuk had some issues with sexual harassment and made her and other pairs uncomfortable. I don't think she had an issue with his training style but she did mention that Sergei did, because Sergei was an older teen who had other interests beyond being on the ice...
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    NYT: Gracie Gold’s Battle for Olympic Glory Ended in a Fight to Save Herself

    Marina Zueva said in an interview that she only works with "good students." Her biggest successes (G&G, Virtue/Moir, Davis/White, Shibsibs) I have a feeling are naturally self-motivated and (this is important) also were each others' support. I feel like she labeled Gracie as a head case and gave...
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    NYT: Gracie Gold’s Battle for Olympic Glory Ended in a Fight to Save Herself

    I also hate to say this but these problems do not develop overnight. It doesn't sound like Frank Carroll OR Marina Zueva offered her any support at all. The fact that she does not mention them once as people were supportive speaks volumes and is very sad.
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    The Problem with Body Image in Figure Skating

    I'll also note that in Russia, which maybe has the HARSHEST standards of weight and appearance, the last two OGM's were Adelina Sotnikova and Alina Zagitova, who are/were considerably more muscular than Yulia Lipnitskaya and Evgenia Medvedeva. Don't get me wrong they are tiny girls by any...
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    The Problem with Body Image in Figure Skating

    But we've already had the Simone Biles' of figure skating. In fact we've had several. Midori Ito, Tonya Harding, Surya Bonaly, Irina Slutskaya, were all powerful jumpers with muscular compact bodies. The fact that so many years later these ladies still maybe have the best jump technique of all...
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    Coughlin's Safe Sport Status Changed to Interim Suspension

    I agree that there are false accusations and people are wrongly accused of actions and there can be a mob mentality. However all the cases you cite are people who were serving prison sentences for crimes they did not commit. Most of those cases happen to be men who did not have the means to...
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