On this 2014 Thanksgiving, a day before the final Grand Prix event of the year before the Final, here are the ten things I’m thankful for in this figure skating season.
What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving, skating fans? Sound off in the comments!
Ashley Wagner’s Sass
We all know this face well. Ashley Wagner never fails to let you know what her feelings are in the kiss & cry. Honesty and candor are always refreshing in a figure skating world where optics are oh so important.
Morgan Cipres’ Deep Vee Memo
Now, I won’t say that Morgan Cipres was the one who started the deep vee revolution. But lots of people have definitely taken note of his costume choices, which has led to more fans noticing other men’s costumes that are revealing in other ways.
Misha Ge’s step sequences
It’s all about passion and giving it his all for Misha Ge. Those step sequences are known around the world, and now that he’s got his triple axel and moving up in the standings, even more audiences will get to behold the power of Ge’s performance quality.
Adam Rippon’s layback
One of the best laybacks in the world, period. Great shapes, great speed, everything just works. Adam Rippon needs to give layback lessons.
Meagan Duhamel’s K&C analyses
Meagan Duhamel will talk your head off – about what she did right, what she did wrong, where their base value will be lowered, what scores she’s expecting, what scores they need to take the lead, how close the scores are to their personal best … the list goes on. Love listening to her analyses, and love that Eric Radford is the listening type.
Julia Lipnitskaia’s flexibility
Julia Lipnitskaia’s flexiblity is out of this world (well, at least out of this figure skating world). It’s something to watch, especially when it’s all incorporated in those incredible spins.
Just a few of these off the top of my head: Javier Fernandez’s quad salchow, Jeremy Abbott’s triple axel, Adelina Sotnikova’s triple flip, Stolbova/Klimov’s program-ending throw triple salchow, Gracie Gold’s triple lutz-triple toe, the Shibutanis’ twizzles (I know, those aren’t jumps).
Rivalries are the best because they provide story lines and lift the sport – Davis/White vs. Virture/Moir, Yuna Kim vs. Mao Asada, etc. We are seeing a new potential crop of rivalries in Duhamel/Radford vs. Stolbova/Klimov vs. Kavaguti/Smirnov, Elena Radionova vs. Julia Lipnitskaia, Chock/Bates vs. Weaver/Poje.
Judges who judge well
I rant enough about judges who don’t understand the system, or even judges who don’t understand that you don’t have to give PCSs that are all within a range of one point, or even judges who don’t understand that the Transition mark CAN be higher than the other marks. Here’s to the judges who do understand. Thank you.
Of course, figure skating would not be where it is without the people who watch it. And of course, figure skating commentary would not be worthwhile without the people who read it. Thank you, fans.