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    Eteri Tutberidze Method

    Child abuse is child abuse is child abuse. There are not some forms of child abuse that are more acceptable than other forms of child abuse. Starving children is not acceptable. Terrorizing, verbally harassing and threatening children is not acceptable. Playing mind games on children is not...
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    Eteri Tutberidze Method

    Great article on Eteri Tutberidze and her methods: https://medium.com/@maddienikola/eteri-tutberidze-and-the-future-of-figure-skating-ede4aea1cf76 I like the fact that the author does not sugarcoat anything...basically saying that Eteri is the skating equivalent of Larry Nasser. Every time...
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    Medvedeva leaves Orser for Tutberidze

    I just want to point out that all the drama surrounding this situation was created by Eteri. Had she acted classy in the beginning, there would have been no drama. There is so much scrutiny of the actions of the minors involved (to leave, to return) but almost no scrutiny of the (adult) drama...
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    From Russia With Love [#37]: Summer 2020

    Kolyada was in a class all by himself (among the men). Incredible comeback!
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    From Russia With Love [#37]: Summer 2020

    Sherbakova, Trusova, Valieva and Medvedeva all look like they have grown. Some of these ladies might get really tall. I think Sherbakova has the weakest technique. She jumps so much with her upper body. I am getting Lipnitskaya vibes from her. Conversely, even though she did not skate the...
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    Kostornaia leaves Tutberidze

    When Alysa Liu left her, Laura Lipetsky (her former coach), kept it classy, saying "no comment...I don't want to distract Alysa or undermine her training in any way." Eteri, as per usual, paints hersef as the victim while proceeding to tear down, trash, dismiss and abuse the minors that she...
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    Last American Olympic Champion

    I wonder why Carroll never applied that same thinking to any of his ladies. After all, both Mirai and Gracie came in fourth at the Olympics (while training under Carroll). I wonder what it would have taken (from a coaching perspective) to give those ladies that final "push" to get them on the...
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    Last American Olympic Champion

    Good point. I am torn about this. If an American skater does not go to Eteri then I am sure someone else will...perhaps it will be Young You or Kaori Sakamoto...or Evgenia.
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    Last American Olympic Champion

    I just realized that Sarah's Olympics were the last judged under 6.0. No American lady has ever won under the New Judging System. Do we think the NJS has hurt American ladies? As @aftershocks has pointed out (many times), I think we have fine athletes who are all capable of doing well, yet I...
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    Last American Olympic Champion

    I was re-watching Sarah Hughes 2002 Olympic Long Program and I realized that she's the last American Lady to win and that it has almost been 20 years since that victory. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-Au7ZvpO2E Those Olympics were so special for her. She went in as an underdog, the 3rd...
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    Tai Babilonia, a U.S. Winter Olympic original, credits figure skating trailblazer Mabel Fairbanks

    That's a powerful (and gracious) tribute. Thank you for posting that.
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    U.S. Ice Dance 2020-21 season news & updates

    That talent ratio did not hurt the partnership of Fusar-Poli/Margalio at all! On a serious note, I think Anton has much better posture and body-line than Lorraine does, although she skates much faster and seems to be more skilled with footwork, spins (and lifts). I hope that they can teach each...
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    Nguyen & Kolesnik have ended their partnership

    I am gutted by this news! This team was the future of US Ice Dance. It seems all of our up and coming teams and World Junior Champions split up before making a splash in the Senior ranks. I can only hope that our current top three Senior teams hold out and skate for another quad past Beijing. I...
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    USFS announces Alysa Liu's coaching change to Barkell & Nichol in Toronto and Massimo Scali in Oakland, CA

    I just re-watched Alysa's Nationals 2020 and Jr. Worlds 2020 performances and I agree with those who say that she was making steady progress under her old coach...I can see the improvements from competition to competition...more speed and flow into and out of the jumps and in between the jumps...
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    USFS announces Alysa Liu's coaching change to Barkell & Nichol in Toronto and Massimo Scali in Oakland, CA

    It does not look like Alysa Liu has had a say in this coaching change. I just watched Dave Lease's breakdown of this matter. Now not everyone is going to agree with Dave Lease (he is a controversial figure in the sport) but this (coaching change) is a difficult situation for people outside the...
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