BTW, just a comment about men in general because I don't see a thread for this - What will RUS do if their 3 youngsters do well at Euros v. Kolyada? That is more dramatic than Jason v. Ilia.
Just an update. Vincent Zhou just shared a story on Instagram applauding the USFS for standing behind Timothy LeDuc and said he was proud to be Timothy's team member. He also asked that we keep the community positive and supportive.I think he had some real Republican leanings when he was 17-18. I don’t think he’s liked or tweeted anything political in the past three or two years though. I hope he’s learned some things. Or at least he learned to keep his mouth shut. Maybe he’ll end up like a Jamie Sale/Lloyd Eisler. Or maybe he’ll learn more at Brown. Who knows. Is his family from Taiwan? A lot of Taiwanese immigrants in the US became very pro-Trump due to their perceived idea of him being strong against China when a lot of Dem Presidents in the past seemed like they were appeasing China (the truth is a lot more complicated and they’ve been warning about China as well). As a Viet-American who has family who does the same thing, it’s a huge thing to overcome.
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Kolyada's skating, but he is just as inconsistent as they are. Kondratiuk, Semenenko, and Mozalev, thus far, have each made VERY compelling cases. Kolyada has higher PCS potential than them, but he's never put out an SP this season as clean as these three guys -- nor do I remember him ever scoring that high in the SP in this season.Kolyada was second at nationals and isn’t here they are all inconsistent.
He sounds like your typical American teenager being interviewed for the first time. Confident but also realistic about improving his programs and consistency vs chasing quads.
Oh good. We found the savior for US Ladies! We just have to wait 10 years.Ilia is so adorable in the interview. Very forthcoming and interesting. He’s not sure whether he is moving to CA to train with RAF next year because he has one more year of school. He also said his mother usually tells him what to do but his dad motivates him. He says he really loves skating and that it’s really fun. He’s motivated on his own. Says the flip is the hardest jump for him. He wants to be the first to land a quad axel. Also thrilled to learn he has a little sister in skating who is 6 and working on intermediate moves
I was excited to watch this. As soon as I opened it, I realized it was Dave lease and TSL. I immediately shut it off. I haven’t watched any TSL in years and I don’t intend to start now!
Ten years ago, the top six finishers in the Ladies' Competition at Worlds were aged 25, 21, 27, 21, 17, and 21, respectively. The fact that the three current favorites for the Olympic podium (Valieva, Scherbakova, and Trusova) are 15, 17, and 17, respectively, doesn't mean that the same will hold true eight, twelve, or sixteen year from now.I don't get it. This is Valieva's first senior season and she's 15.
Young Liam was definitely a highlight for me in Nashville! He won the 2020 U.S. Junior men's bronze medal, fell back to 9th in Junior last year, and was able to improve the consistency of his 3A this season to finish a solid 7th in his senior national debut!I'd very much like to see Liam Kapeikis at Junior Worlds. Really enjoyed his skating here.
That’s your loss. Dave is great at interviews and this interview was enjoyable. Ilia and other skaters are aware of TSL and have no problem going on the show, so why do fans feel this strong need to avoid the show? It’s not as if he’s talking about anyone of us personally.I was excited to watch this. As soon as I opened it, I realized it was Dave lease and TSL. I immediately shut it off. I haven’t watched any TSL in years and I don’t intend to start now!
DL is not a great interviewer. The questions and the transitions between questions are often awkward and lacking. Still, I do give him credits for being able to score interviews with so many people in the skating community and having the only consistent content about skating on utube for the past several years.That’s your loss. Dave is great at interviews and this interview was enjoyable. Ilia and other skaters are aware of TSL and have no problem going on the show, so why do fans feel this strong need to avoid the show? It’s not as if he’s talking about anyone of us personally.
I found the early iteration of TSL pretty catty and was not particularly a fan of the show. I don't remember why, but I gave it another listen earlier this season and I found it to be entirely different in tone and content and rather enjoy it now. Dave and Jonathan do offer criticisms, but they are almost always reasonable comments that focus on opportunities for changes that might improve a skater's impact. They do drop the occasional rumor, but then so does FSU and the skating world at large.It does bother me though that he would be all polite and nice to the interviewee during the interview but then would have no problem being all catty about that same skater/official behind his back in next week episode. I'm a bit surprised that well known skaters/ officials are still willing to appear on TSL.