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    Best pairs programs of all time

    It seems like they get no love, but I did love Totmianina/Marinin's Ave Maria SP. It was clinically perfect and put me in a daze at 2005 Worlds.
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    From Russia with Love [#31]: Winter to Spring 2019

    As a native English (and or Mandarin speaker) who has been learning Russian for fun, I find learning and using the Russian verb tenses, as well as understanding their classification, to be a huge pain. And also prefixes for motion verbs. The declensions aren't easy, but I enjoy the mental...
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    From Russia with Love [#31]: Winter to Spring 2019

    I want to point out that there are no articles ("a" and "the") in the Russian language or certain other Slavic languages. For those who speak such languages as their native tongue, learning when to use the articles in English can be very difficult, because the grammar for articles is not...
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    From Russia with Love [#31]: Winter to Spring 2019

    I really do hope that the Worlds' spot goes to Tuktamysheva, although I'm also ok with the spot going to Medvedeva. Unless Tuk is really not ready in time, but I am optimistic. Konstantinova's time to prove herself was at Euros, and she blew it. Why should she get a second chance? And while I...
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    Vaytsekhovskaya's interview with Irina Slutskaya

    I don't think that the pairs' different styles was what should have made the difference -- what should have made the difference is that Elena and Anton have better basics and a far more complex program, objectively speaking. However, I did appreciate Love Story and it was delivered to perfection...
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    The Unbeatables (?)

    As someone else noted, it's funny that the OP's favorites include Hanyu and Tarasova/Morozov, yet Nathan Chen and James/Cipres are deemed 'unbeatable'. Both are questionable choices at best. Regarding the men, I think Yuzu's programs this year are brilliant and the best yet, and he'll probably...
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    Vaytsekhovskaya's interview with Irina Slutskaya

    My thoughts about the two judging systems, B/S, and Sarah Hughes: (1) The new judging system, with its overpenalization of URs, definitely appeared to have the goal of addressing a major criticism of 6.0: bad jump technique was not penalized frequently and consistently enough. However, it's not...
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    Vaytsekhovskaya's interview with Irina Slutskaya

    I find it funny that Bute had the "diva" reputation during her competitive years, but in these recent interviews, Bute's analyses appear much more level-headed and thought-out than Slute's. :) Ditto. Let's judge the competition through the lens of the judging system in place in 2002. It...
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    Vaytsekhovskaya's interview with Irina Slutskaya

    I find Irina's assessments of some of the results at past competitions rather inaccurate. First, her assessment of the outcome in Torino. I did not see anything wrong with the judges' decision to place Cohen ahead of Slutskaya in the short program. Yes, Irina had a difficult program (harder...
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    U.S. Ladies [#25]: Method in the Madness

    Agreed except Sakamoto in place of Samodurova.
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    U.S. Ladies [#25]: Method in the Madness

    My personal opinion: Choi is reliable but lacks star quality. I had the impression that she was being held as a placeholder while Lim and You were still juniors. Hopefully she will be back next year though - the Korean ladies will be a powerful force.
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    Japanese figure skating 2018-19 season news & updates

    Congratulations to the Japanese ladies for a great showing at 4CCs! It's what most of us expected. Especially for Mai, who made a great comeback. One would not have guessed that her 3-3 got a < call with her whopping technical score. I hope that Mai's coaching team works with her on performance...
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    U.S. Men 2018-19 season (cont.) - news & updates

    I questioned the rotation of Vincent's sal. Then again, as we saw last year at Worlds, the consistency of Shin Amano's calls is questionable. Overall, I would have Cha first, then maybe Vincent second and Boyang third. But I think the three were all pretty close, so Vincent ahead of Junhwan...
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    U.S. Ladies [#25]: Method in the Madness

    All the doom and gloom about U.S. ladies after the free skate is unwarranted, IMO. Mariah and Bradie did not have their best long programs, but they were decent outings and not a disaster by any means. And quite honestly, both skaters have made progress in relation to the rest of the field. We...
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    U.S. Ladies [#25]: Method in the Madness

    I was very impressed by all the ladies. I'm very happy that Bradie is 1st, although I am not so sure I'd give her higher scores than Kaori. Guess it came down to the base value. As for Ting, she had a good short. But her problem has frequently been one good program, one bad program in the same...
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    Samokhvalov's interview with Evgenia Tarasova

    This part of the interview reminds me of the one with Sokolovskaya (Samarin's coach). She was talking a long time about how she wishes to raise Samarin as a 'man'. And he didn't demonstrate his 'manliness' at Russian Nationals when his boots had problems that he did not fix, so she was furious...
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    From Russia with Love [#31]: Winter to Spring 2019

    I think the worst version of Carmen music has got to be Murakami's. :p
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    U.S. Ladies [#24]: Starr-Ting Order/Detailed Classification

    Fair enough. I did not know about Hanna's injury. She does seem both technically sound and has a charisma similar to Karen Chen's. Ting's long program reminds me of Nikodinov's Giselle program as well! I think Alyssa and Bradie are the most consistent at jumps. Ting, Hanna and Megan have the...
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    U.S. Ladies [#24]: Starr-Ting Order/Detailed Classification

    But Hanna did not do well on the Junior Grand Prix, historically she is just as much of a headcase as many of the other American ladies.. I wonder why not just send Cui and Harrell to JW and that's it? I know they aren't the most consistent, but even Izzo's PB this season didn't reach 160...
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    From Russia with Love [#31]: Winter to Spring 2019

    I had to dig at this because both of Chebotareva's star students are textbook headcases, and it only gets worse with time.. :scream:
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