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  1. Rock2

    SafeSport alleges "culture of grooming and abuse" in U.S. figure skating

    This is not uncommon. I have tried several times to engage in volunteer activity outside of anything to do with sport - just to be charitable. If it's even a slightly known org, I have to engage in a ton of paperwork consisiting of background checks and questions about my marital status, sexual...
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    Canadian Pairs 2018/2019 Season News and Updates

    This is sadly quite true. We complain about programs here, but the fact remains they don't matter much. Skate well and PCS climbs -- simple as that. Probably more downside in picking music that alienates judges when you're still rising and not seen yet as a '9' skater. I think this is the...
  3. Rock2

    Canadian Pairs 2018/2019 Season News and Updates

    It's also a GoE world, now, and I can imagine lots of potential for that across many elements such as lifts and throws especially. Gauthier is very even keel and this will be helpful to Luba. Also, he brought in some jump specialists (forget who) who have helped Marinaro with his two-footing...
  4. Rock2

    SafeSport alleges "culture of grooming and abuse" in U.S. figure skating

    I want to screen grab every reply here complaining about the agenda of Brennan or the politics of SafeSport or anyone else. What has happened here is that SafeSport has thrown a public warning shot over the bow that there very well may be a problem in the sport. Any comment other than something...
  5. Rock2

    Canadian Pairs 2018/2019 Season News and Updates

    I would have that fairly far down the list. Not at all to say they won't work on it. They should and they will. You are bringing two immense talents together. Your top priority should be to develop your pairs skills, starting from stroking and tracking right through to lifts and twists. You...
  6. Rock2

    Canadian Pairs 2018/2019 Season News and Updates

    ...and I'm hoping for a $10K tax refund but reality can hit us pretty hard sometimes.
  7. Rock2

    Most Controversial Judging Decisions Ever

    But if you do the math, dropping him just a couple of places in short and long (reasonable) gives him bronze.
  8. Rock2

    Canadian Pairs 2018/2019 Season News and Updates

    Julianne and Charlie were with Picard who wasn't attached to any specific choreographer, so the choices were wide open. Julie is an in-house choreographer in Richard's school so she's likely to be involved. No guarantees, though. The skaters will have to request to go elsewhere, as MT/M did in...
  9. Rock2

    Most Controversial Judging Decisions Ever

    Here's one to analyze, which is rarely talked about, if ever. And I suppose no one brings it up to be perceived as bashing a beloved skater. Scott Hamilton's Sarajevo win would be my entry although it was never considered 'controversial' Short program: easy combo (2L+3T), very average spins...
  10. Rock2

    Canadian Pairs 2018/2019 Season News and Updates

    I'm REALLY happy they are starting to train this month. In order to position themselves for the world team they needed to get going before the season and touring ends. Starting in late spring wouldn't have had them ready to do anything until nationals. Starting now means they can realistically...
  11. Rock2

    Any chance of Rika Kihira running the entire quad out?

    My comment is the same on topics of this nature with respect to any skater. I first said this when everyone was speculating about the future of Brezina after 2010 worlds and have repeated it in a few other cases. Let me first see how she skates under pressure of expectations. May see some of...
  12. Rock2

    2018-2019 Canadian Ladies News and Updates!

    I take slight exception to the word 'pushing' and would instead re-word to suggest that SC is allowing her to fulfill the opportunities she has earned. She finished 2nd at nationals and earned a shot at the world team. I don't see any SC 'pushing' agenda here. Just giving her the chance she...
  13. Rock2

    2018-2019 Canadian Ladies News and Updates!

    I think it might be you who is a bit over the top (or edge, as it were) here. No one is saying that. Canadian ladies are going through a bit of a lull right now so there will be some criticism. Where it might appear more harsh is not for athletes who have the occasional bad day in competition...
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    2018-2019 Canadian Ladies News and Updates!

    ....and then missed just about everything in her long in Tyrol and didn't break 100. I'm OK with our world team. Back to the drawing board for the rest
  15. Rock2

    2018-2019 Canadian Ladies News and Updates!

    Puts more pressure on her next year, but I'm OK with the subs we have.
  16. Rock2

    Canadian Pairs 2018/2019 Season News and Updates

    It has happened. I'm just hoping that since there has been no official announcement that I know of I'm going to hold out hope of reconciliation. I have no real reason to believe that will happen; simply the alternate universe that exists purely in my own mind (and some would say half of my posts)
  17. Rock2

    Canadian Pairs 2018/2019 Season News and Updates

    What are the details on Howe in terms of age, height and is he in skating atm?
  18. Rock2

    Canadian Pairs 2018/2019 Season News and Updates

    That's a whole other can of worms. I seem to remember her being better with jumps as a singles skater and earlier in her pairs career. I feel like some combination of their competitive drive and confidence or both have dissipated. My understanding is that they aren't all that clean in training...
  19. Rock2

    Canadian Pairs 2018/2019 Season News and Updates

    I think the factors affecting the woman are your technique, your overall weight, your core strength and the length of your legs. The bigger you are in any dimension, the harder it is for any man to toss you up there and the harder time you have pulling in to a tight rotation. I marvel at the...
  20. Rock2

    Canadian Pairs 2018/2019 Season News and Updates

    What are we discussing here!?!?!? I'm so lost.... Can someone tell me who Nadine Wang is and this 'big Paradis' guy? Unfamiliar with both
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