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    Junior moves I keep failing

    Not junior moves, but I've been stuck on novice MITF for over 5 years. In all fairness, I don't practice them all the time and ever since I've gone to work a start-up I couldn't skate as much as I'd want to. Definitely understand feeling stuck. My issue is convincing myself to do some of the...
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    2019 U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships, April 3-6 in Salt Lake City, UT

    Definitely! Masters events, in particular, are very competitive these days and have impressive technical content. UD is doable for me with a stopover in New York and one of my good friends lives there, so hopefully I can go next year.
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    Downgraded jumps at Adult Sectionals

    As an update, managed to get sick the week before I competed and never got better before the event. So the two axels turned into waltz jumps, complete with stalking them like real axels since I had every intention of rotating. And I wasn't -ahem- particularly fast overall, meaning I managed to...
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    2019 U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships, April 3-6 in Salt Lake City, UT

    Wish I could go! Would need to take time off work and with less than-ideal prep time (also because of work!), am not going all the way to Salt Lake this year. Hopefully by next year will get back to more humane hours and I can start practicing on a regular basis. Will stick to taking...
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    Downgraded jumps at Adult Sectionals

    Oh, I toe waltz when there's nothing wrong with my first jump in a combo, so realistically under-rotated toes would be fine for me. I just do those to be able to repeat jumps anyways. Was more worried about the downgraded axels since 0 pts instead of 2.2 is a big change in your TS, but will see...
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    Downgraded jumps at Adult Sectionals

    I knew about the under change, but this is a fair reminder. What struck me were the downgrades, not so much under-rotations (those I would almost expect, based on the change you just mentioned again). Guess Shin Amano decided to moonlight at Adult Sectionals this year :p considering how many...
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    Downgraded jumps at Adult Sectionals

    Am hoping some of the judges who read this can weigh in. Noticed a lot of downgraded jumps (especially axels in silver ladies) at this year's Adult Sectionals. Was there a change in rules when it comes to what leads to that call, i.e. more than half a revolution short? Since it seems more...
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    Maribel Vinson's Primer of Figure Skating -- relevance to today's skaters

    All of this. Also, everyone learns things differently. I am definitely very odd when it comes to figuring things out and somehow working on my LFO paragraph loop helped my axel take off. Finally understood the difference between leaning into an edge to the point where you are forced into a loop...
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    Coaching Changes -- best ways and worst ways to do it

    Most coaches at my rink have their post-lesson followups during ice resurfaces, between freestyle sessions. So their students are either taking off skates and leaving or staying for the next session, but either way that's when they catch up on what their kid needs to focus on when they skate by...
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    Coughlin's Safe Sport Status Changed to Interim Suspension

    Did anyone else see the #justiceforjohncoughlin temporary profile pics that are showing up on FB? Am not entirely sure what they mean but it doesn't come across as an impartial stance -at least, not to me. And the reason why I would even bring up being impartial is because I've seen that from...
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    Kevin Reynolds is retiring

    Fumie Suguri also did a Jenkins program back in 06-07 Agreed Kevin's musical choices got progressively more interesting as he got older and started picking his own music more and more. Was a big fan of his Chambermaid Swing SP back in the day. First...
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    2018 U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships, April 10-14 in Marlborough, MA

    My program in case anyone wants to feel better about how unprepared they are right now :P. It is more of a program now. Marginally ;)
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    Jean-François Ballester has passed away

    Yes, kids use RIP to describe anything that doesn't work on social media, i.e. my 3loop is on vacation RIP. When I first saw the story, I was hoping it was more of the same and this was a coaching change. Must be terrible for all the skaters and family involved. He clearly was a great technical...
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    Japanese figure skating 2018-19 season news & updates

    There's a very good interview with Akiko Suzuki on her life after competitive skating, growth of skating popularity in Japan and some of the challenges she dealt with as a competitor here. Google translate worked reasonably well for me :)...
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    Love, Balls and Courting: Tennis V

    Believe you mean on-court coaching is legal on the WTA tour since box coaching gets called for violations plenty of times on tour. It's very true the on court coaching option tends to widen the gulf between players who have financial backing/success and those who don't, but it can sometimes make...
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