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    Sin/Kats Really Need a Cheer Right Now!

    :cheer2: :cheer2: :cheer2: :cheer2: :cheer2: :cheer2: :cheer2: :cheer2: :cheer2: :cheer2: :cheer2: :cheer2: :cheer2: :cheer2: I just woke up and saw the results! I can't believe it. I don't know who's happier - them or me! CONGRATULATIONS TO BOTH OF YOU!!! Im sure all that hard work paid...
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    2020 Euros Free Dance - Nail Biter!

    :cheer2::cheer2::cheer2::cheer2::cheer2::cheer2::cheer2::cheer2::cheer2: I just got up and still can't believe it. CONGRATULATIONS TO SIN/KATS!!!! Im still amazed.
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    Should The Minimum Age That Ladies Can Compete As Seniors In Singles Be Raised From 15 To 17/18 Years Of Age?

    Thank you for bringing up Midori Ito. She certainly was a jumping genius even during her earlier years...1981-86. Perhaps most relevant to current discussion is how her injuries and ISU rules impacted her career. Around 1982-83, she injured her ankle and she did not return till 83-84 Junior...
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    2019 Japan Nationals - Ladies FS

    Tomoe Kawabata only competed in Juniors this season. Her SP is incredibly well structured "Blue Danube", choreo by Lambiel, and my favorite SP this season. The Free Program, in the second half, uses South American Music made famous by Duchesnays in 90-91, in their wonderful Missing 1 and 2. She...
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    Where will skating be five years from now?

    In 1991, I was an uniformed newbie. Just prior to 91W, Tonya Harding nailed 3Ax at US Nats. At that time, I fully expected GDR (remeber them?) to come up with Ladies triple Axeler before long, as well as a couple more from JPN and USA. I thought rule changes would happen much quicker than the...
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    The 88th All Japan Championship in Tokyo, December 18-22, 2019

    Media reports on Official Practice: Headline reads "Triple Axel Shootout expected"! Kihira: Lands 5 out of 5 3Ax attempts. However, no success on 4Sal. Wakaba: Lands 3 3Ax at the end of practice session. "Thinking of including 3Ax in the Free, if SP goes well." Mana Kawabe: "Thinking of doing...
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    Where will skating be five years from now?

    Interesting topic! IMHO, the closest analogy to current situation in the Ladies was 1991. Just before attending 91 Worlds, I thought by 96 Worlds 5-6 Ladies would be attempting and landing 3Ax. 3Ax will be allowed in Ladies SP, as Axel type jump. What happened is history. After Midori landed...
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    Japanese figure skating 2019-20 season news & updates

    It is not just the Seniors, the Junior Ladies in Japan looks like a Field Hospital after a major battle! IMHO, only Tomoe Kawabata (and Chisato Uramatsu) skated reasonably well and remained relatively healthy during 2019-2020 JGP season. It was so bad that JPN did not have any Ladies competitors...
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    Trusova breaks 100 in TES.

    There is one aspect which has not been touched on, but I consider this practice to be a borderline cheat, since this practice runs counter to "Well-Rounded Skating". I would like to relate something Midori Ito wrote around 1992. "With the pressure mounting to land the triple Axel, Midori became...
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    What are your favorite 19-20 programs so far?????

    Have only seen Junior Ladies and Dance, Senior Ladies. My favorites are: Tomoe Kawabata "Blue Danube" SP: added bonus was seeing Yukina Ota with Tomoe in Kiss & Cry Alyssa Liu SP and LP Kurakova "Le Corsaire" LP, particularly Gdansk performance: Midori's Calgary LP Music! Nguyen/ Kolesnik...
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    Trusova breaks 100 in TES.

    First, a bit of Midori news: NHK showed a program last night (30th October), as a lead up to NHK Trophy, a show with Kihira,Takeshi Honda and Akiko Suzuki. Near the end of program, Akiko talked about "the great Midori Ito" featuring skating snippets from 88Calgary, 89Worlds and 92Olympics. Akiko...
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    Trusova breaks 100 in TES.

    This statement made me think a bit, and I would like to suggest that "Technical Stagnation" occurred in Mens Division rather than Ladies. Triple Axel was first landed by Vern Taylor in 1978, and Midori was attempting it by 1984-85. By 1991 Worlds, Midori and Tonya was having triple Axel shootout...
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    Trusova breaks 100 in TES.

    Congratulations to Trusova. Last time Ladies Division skater challenged the best of Men, technically, was 1988-92. Midori Ito did have technical content (up to triple Axel), since the quad age was just dawning in Mens Division. Browning's first ratified quad toe was at 1988 Worlds. I have to...
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    2019 World Team Trophy Ladies FS

    One other rarely mentioned fact about that 1991 Worlds collision between Midori and Laetitia is that this warm-up was delayed 3-4 minutes due to breakdown of Zamboni machine. They needed to start the replacement machine to resurface. I remember all the skaters in this group waiting for the ice...
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    2019 World Team Trophy Ladies FS

    1991 Munich Worlds was my first live Worlds. I was not able to see the collision, since a rather large German lady was trying to get the staircase right in front of me. However I do remember the collective gasp and humongous bang that reverbrated within Olympiahalle. I did not understand what...
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