It's been over 24 hours and all I can type at this time is that my heart goes all to those who knew John personally, at any level, and are grieving his untimely death like I am. This is the link to the GFM that was set up last night to help John's sister and father with his funeral expenses...
"Alicia Pineault (QC) has withdrawn from the 2019 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships today before the short program due to a left ankle injury."
U.S. Nationals kicks off today with Juvenile & Intermediate level events. I've started a thread for the Juvenile events in the 2019 U.S. Nationals sub forum/Kiss & Cry section: https://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/threads/juvenile-girls-boys-pairs-fs.105123/
For those who may remember Patricia...
Also, Emma Roberts' replacement was announced back on December 13, 2018: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/kaya-scodelario-replaces-emma-roberts-netflix-figure-skating-drama-spinning-1169022
Maybe an Admin. can update the thread title?
Maia and Alex will be honored at the Asia Society Southern California's 2019 Annual Gala Dinner on Sunday, April 7 in Los Angeles: https://asiasociety.org/southern-california/events/2019-annual-gala-dinner
Here's a good local article on one of the top contenders in Novice Pairs, Isabelle Goldstein, 15, and Keyton Bearinger, 19, who have been together for 4 years and are coached by Zuzanna Szwed (competed at 1992 Olympics for Poland and married to 2006 Olympian Aaron Parchem) at the Detroit Skating...
IFS' Q&A with Piper Gilles & Poirier: https://www.ifsmagazine.com/gilles-poirier-hope-to-tell-golden-story-at-canadians/
The Canadian Press' Lori Ewing on Weaver & Poje: https://www.tsn.ca/weaver-poje-return-to-competition-after-fall-spent-on-tour-1.1242502
This selection criterion used to be in the rulebook but no longer is.
@her grace posted a breakdown of likely Worlds selection criteria earlier in this thread (before the withdrawals of Wang and Lin)...
I'd really like these GSD threads mainly to be about current season news (the Trash Can is the best place for discussions about past competitions, IMO).
Here's a new article about Andrew Torgashev (who will be the youngest skater in the Senior men's field again this year)...
Sierra Venetta, 18, won the U.S. Novice Ladies bronze medal back in 2016 and her longtime coach in the SF Bay area was Grete Castaneda who passed away last year. I remember Sierra's name as being someone who was supported by the Michael Weiss Foundation as a young skater.
Rena Ikenishi, 18, was...
Skate Canada is archiving their Junior/Novice event videos on their Dailymotion channel.
Junior FD (Ted Barton, Debbi Wilkes): https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x70phdr
Medal ceremony: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x70r3cl
@doglover123, here's a Boston University article from one year ago about Heidi Munger ("freshman biology major skates five days a week while balancing a full course load") who also skates on their intercollegiate figure skating team)...
Last sentence in the article reads: "Joining Zoueva on her staff of coaches will be Johnny Johns, Ilya Tkachenko and Alper Ucar; Massimo Scali and Oleg Epstein will serve as part-time coaches."
ETA that Epstein explained why he is not moving full-time to Florida in this translated interview...
Two pair teams no longer on the updated competitors' list that was published yesterday on the Nationals website:
Senior: Sarah Feng (The Skating Club of San Francisco, Inc.) and TJ Nyman (Broadmoor SC, Inc.) :(
Novice: Jasmine Fendi and Joshua Fendi (both Los Angeles FSC)