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    U.S. Women [#3]: Skating Clean

    This seems unlikely. Why go to the trouble of getting a new LP, if coaching will be her main focus? That long program and the new costume look expensive. I think it's more likely that Gracie can see her own potential (just as we all can see it). From what I saw this weekend, she looks to be 2...
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    U.S. Women [#3]: Skating Clean

    Lindsay Thorngren has grown a great deal...both physically and on the ice. Her artistry seems to have improved 1000%! Seems like Lindsay got the memo that to move ahead of Isabeau, she will have to work harder on her artistry and she has big time! I have never seen her skate like this before. I...
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    U.S. Women [#3]: Skating Clean

    I like Isabeau's programs but I am fearful for her jumps. They seemed even more of a struggle than they normally do and she can't stay tiny forever. I don't like the way she drops her back in the landings of some of these jumps and the way that she cranks her upper body to eke out the rotations...
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    U.S. Women [#3]: Skating Clean

    That was a beautiful, classic and classy program from Gracie to Rachmaninoff's "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini." This was a fantastic competition for Gracie...a clean short and a long with five clean triples (and not a carrot in site)! Well done! I knew she could do it! I knew it last season...
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    U.S. Ice Dance 2022-23 news & updates

    I see a lot of improvement in their unison but some of the technical elements (twizzles, spins) looked rough. Hopefully they will perform this program better with more mileage.
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    U.S. Ice Dance 2022-23 news & updates

    I like the partnering and connection that I see between Bratti and Somerville. I just think she needs to work on her posture and extension to match his.
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    U.S. Ice Dance 2022-23 news & updates

    I loved Wolkstokin and Chen's dances. I like the use of the authentic Samba-roll(s) in the RD. I love the quality of the dancing in their FD and am puzzled why they were scored so low in the FD portion of the event.
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    U.S. Ice Dance 2022-23 news & updates

    Emilea Zingas and Vadym Kolesnik look beautiful together! Their unison and matching lines are breathtaking! You would never know that they have only been together for a few months!
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    U.S. Women [#3]: Skating Clean

    If Gracie wants another US Title, it's there for her to take. No other skater (in the US or World) can match the lift and spring that she get's in her jumps. We saw her train harder last season than she has in years. If she wants to continue, she has the talent (once in a generation talent) to...
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    U.S. Ice Dance 2022-23 news & updates

    This is a really strong crop of American Ice Dancers. I am very excited about what the next four (plus) years may bring (in Ice Dance) and I look forward to following all the teams!
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    U.S. Ice Dance 2022-23 news & updates

    Even though Emilea Zingas is brand new to Ice Dance, after watching some vids of her singles skating on You Tube, I can see why Igor Shpildband was so excited about her potential (in Ice Dance). In her singles programs, I see great foot work, fantastic posture, beautiful extension through her...
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    2022 Grand Prix Assignments - when do they come out?

    I am seeing all the Grand Prix Competitions and Dates now, just no assignments/competitor lists yet: https://www.isu.org/figure-skating/events/grand-prix-of-figure-skating ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Skate America 21 Oct - 23 Oct, 2022 Norwood /USA ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Skate...
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    Russian figure skating news & updates in 2022

    ...or her Ego (given the size of the bag).
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    U.S. Ice Dance 2021-22 season news & updates

    These are outdated aesthetics. Ice Dance should be judged on the quality of the dancing on ice not on how the dancers look. I hope that without the toxic influence of the Russians (and their outdated ideas about aesthetics) that Ice Dance will move in a healthier direction, where the dancers are...
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    U.S. Women [#3]: Skating Clean

    They put a good spin (and a bow) on it but Alysa just retired in her senior debut season! Even Tara Lipinski had two seasons as a senior (and a World and Olympic title to show for it). Alysa's desire to compete just seemed to evaporate mid-senior debut season. The hype surely did not help.
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