A Southern, hot-blooded temperamental individual
I'm a Tomoki Hiwatashi uber. He just keeps being amazing. Apologies if I cursed him in the future.
Near the end (56:30) of the podcast, Torgashev reveals his (partly self-choreographed) programs for the season:Episode 32 of the Ice Tea podcast focuses on the Peggy Fleming Trophy and Andrew Torgashev joined the hosts after the 28-minute mark (and talked about creatively collaborating with Josh Farris on his program after the 31-min. mark & again at 43:48):
Tomoki debuted his free skate earlier today at the Colorado Springs Invitational to "Take 5"/jazzy medley (male vocal in the middle) and attempted 4Lz for the first time in competition (he fell and it was called <).
Preparing for the 2020-21 season has been anything but ordinary for Naumov and his fellow athletes. During a two-month lockdown, he was unable to skate. Lucky to live with his coaches, a.k.a. his parents, he had the advantage of social distancing and training with them in-person off-ice. He consulted with his choreographer, Adam Blake, to work on dance steps and keep his "body in the rhythm."
Naumov and his coaching and creative team are still putting the finishing touches on his short and free programs. He loves to tell a story through his musicality, but is keeping the storylines for his senior debut season under wraps until he debuts his routines later this month in the International Selection Pool (ISP) Points Challenge.
Naumov did reveal that he'll be skating to music by artist Joji for one of his numbers. "We decided to look at something super, super different this season and it's totally out of my style, but I've really, really enjoyed working with my choreographer to make this piece and it's going to be very mature for me," he said. "I can't wait to get people's reactions to it."
Posted in mid-August:His short program, set to Josh Groban’s rendition of “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night),” was created via two weeks of FaceTime sessions with Nichol, with former U.S. competitor Josh Farris skating alongside Zhou, holding the iPad.
“Josh would also set the camera down and figure out some of the movements with me,” he said. “It was a lot of listening to ideas and putting it into motion on my side through our own imaginations. It was definitely harder than regular in-person choreographing.”
The song, written by Don McLean in 1971 and inspired by the life of painter Vincent van Gogh, isn’t all too cheerful, but Zhou emphasizes that he’s not portraying van Gogh.
“It’s more an artistic interpretation,” he said. “(Van Gogh) spent time in a mental asylum, and some of the confusion and frustration he must have experienced is present in some parts of the choreography. We did our best to express it’s not just a pretty program, it has a deeper meaning.”
Jordan Moeller is now listed in the ISP.
2020 Midwestern Juvenile Boys champ Taira Shinohara (in ISP) was fun to watch in his Novice Men's SP to "The Sorceror's Apprentice" - jumps were 3F+2T (wobbly landing), 2A & 3Lz! (eta) he scored 50.69 & 2T in combo was called q.
Ilia Malinin, who placed 16th in his Junior Worlds debut this past March, shared a clip of his first 4T back in July and followed up with a 4S+3T clip: https://www.instagram.com/p/CCeZBOlJcud/Taira Shinohara skated a pretty good Novice FS (92.80) yesterday [Saturday] to "Jupiter" from The Planets by Gustav Holst. I was told that former national & international competitor Tommy Steenberg (now based in the Chicago area) choreographed his programs. He landed 4 triples - two 3Lz, 3F & 3T+1T - and two 2A (second was in combo with half loop+2F).
Top 2 finishers in the first Junior Men's ISP Points Challenge (videos are available to watch in USFS' Fan Zone):*=senior debut
10 Senior men in the ISP submitted videos to be judged in this first opportunity:
Nathan Chen 105.53 (1) 209.79 (1) 315.32
Jason Brown 94.51 (2) 173.80 (2) 268.31
Aleksei Krasnozhon 60.44 (10) 150.65 (3) 211.09
Jimmy Ma 79.69 (5) 130.48 (4) 210.17
Tomoki Hiwatashi 82.80 (3) 121.87 (5) 204.67
*Ilia Malinin 80.87 (4) 119.47 (7) 200.34
*Maxim Naumov 66.24 (6) 119.77 (6) 186.01
Dinh Tran 60.70 (9) 119.29 (8) 179.99
Sean Rabbitt 62.91 (8) 116.43 (9) 179.34
*Joseph Kang 64.67 (7) 112.27 (10) 176.94
"I had to self-motivate differently, but other than that, it [virtual competition felt] really similar," Klein said. "I wore my costumes, skated my programs and my coaches were there — except, there were no judges, which was less scary."
This year, Klein is focused on skating clean programs and gaining confidence in his triple Axel — but he is also looking forward to performing the strong storylines that weave through both of his programs. His short program is to "Don't Speak," while his free skate is set to the soundtrack from the film 1917.
"I like to choose music that I feel can convey a story," Klein said, noting he admires Jason Brown's narrative skating style. "I like to have one program with lyrics and one without, and I make up a plot for each of them. When music is more fun to train with, it's a lot easier to get through a program because you're enjoying what you're doing."
To push his skating career to the next level, Klein is moving to Colorado [to] train at the World Arena.
"It's a big step toward where I want to be with my future in skating," Klein said. "There are a bunch of great skaters to train with, so I'm excited to have those experiences and opportunities."
Outside of the rink, Klein speaks Italian, is a talented baker and aspires to become a doctor — but his greatest asset as an athlete, chef or student is his commitment to his goals. His pursuit of excellence has yet to waver, as he keeps his chin up through the ********* and toward his future.
Getting his green card has opened up a whole new set of possibilities for the skater. He will now follow his coaching team to the new Skating Club of Boston facility in Norwood, Massachusetts. Krasnozhon will keep his apartment in Dallas and maintain Texas residency, but will primarily train in Boston where he is splitting an apartment with fellow Team USA skaters Jimmy Ma and Misha Mitrofanov, who have also made the migration from the Lone Star State.
"This is probably one of the best, if not the best, skating facilities in the world because two ice rinks are completely dedicated to figure skating," he enthused. "It's a performance arena. It's like skating at the U.S. Championships every day."
... his experience going through immigration has inspired him to eventually pursue a law degree and practice immigration law to help people like himself who want to make the United States their home.
Nothing to do with meeting criteria, Ukraine enforced its 3-yr ban on releasing Olympians ...he will be eligible for International competition again in 2021Yaroslav Paniot has a new Elvis Presley free skate (medley of "Heartbreak Hotel," "Can't Help Falling in Love" & "Hound Dog" according to his hashtags), choreographed by Misha Ge: https://www.instagram.com/p/CDLAfZSJ6Pw/
He must not have met any of the current ISP criteria (not published online), but perhaps he will have an opportunity to qualify at a later date?
USFS has started updating their Team USA bios for the 2020-21 season - Andrew Torgashev's caught my eye: https://usfigureskatingfanzone.com/sports/figure-skating/roster/andrew-torgashev/419
TRAINING TOWN Irvine, CA
COACH(ES) Rafael Arutunian, Ilona Melnichenko
AFAIK, this is the first official/public confirmation of his coaching change.
Ukraine enforced its 3-yr ban on releasing Olympians He will be eligible for International Comp again starting in 2021
Dinh Tran medalled as a jr at nationals and placed top 10 as a senior last nationals. He did some jgp - three times - 12th, 10th and 9th in 3 separate years.Has anyone heard much about Dinh Tran? Am I wrong to be a bit surprised that he wasn't included in Skate America?
Tran landed his 3A cleanly in both program at Nationals (checking on Points Challenge - he landed both 3A in his 2nd opportunity programs but wasn't as successful in the 1st opp.).Eta: From what I remember from the video posted, he [Tran] is not consistent with his 3A. I can be wrong though
Specifically with the free skate, this year’s slower, classically driven program is very different compared to the more contemporary “Rocket Man” program from last year, which featured a strong hip-hop section. Last year’s program set a world record for points in a men’s free skate at the 2019 Grand Prix Final in Turin, Italy.
“Even since I was a little kid … I’ve really been trying to explore new styles, new genres of music per competition,” Chen said. “The [free skate is] more or less in my comfort zone since it’s a little slower, the music is a lot more emotional.”
A combination of flamenco and mariachi styles, this year’s short program is “character-driven” and specific to the feel of “Desperado,” Chen told the News.