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Olympic Figure Skating Predictions!

8 Feb
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Carolina Kostner of Italy in her new neon green bodysuit costume. Photo by Nick Verreo

I know everyone who is obsessed with figure skating has been waiting for the Olympics to start so we could all completely gorge on continuous figure skating coverage! And it’s finally here! YAYY!

So, I have some last minute Olympic figure skating predictions. We’ve all seen the numerous articles on ice network about who is predicted to medal and I thought I would add mine to the mix. This isn’t who I want to win, mind you, rather it’s who I think will win. That would be a completely different list with Carolina Kostner’s name at the top. HA.

Team Event: 

  1. Canada (I think they have a good all-around team where as we and the Russians have gaps)
  2. Olympic Athletes From Russia (Problem area: Mens)
  3.  USA (Problem area: Pairs and Ladies)

Men’s Figure Skating

  1. Yuzuru Hanyu – Japan (maybe a wild card at this point? but then again…fierce competitor, he knows how to win)
  2. Nathan Chen – USA (I think if Yuzuru just skates clean even with one less quad against a clean skate from Nathan they will give it to Yuzuru)
  3. Shoma Uno – Japan (so consistent, we may be all completely surprised if he ends up winning gold or silver instead)

Women’s Figure Skating

  1. Evgenia Medvedeva- Russia (I think she’s going to fight for this and if she skates clean they will give it to her over Alina)
  2. Alina Zagitova – Russia (I don’t like her skating overall.. but who else can do that Triple Lutz Triple Loop combo?? Just. Like. THAT?)
  3. Satoko Miyahara (she is out to win and is so consistent where others falter… if I was to switch third place out with anyone I would say Katelyn Osmond or Carolina)

Ice Dance 

  1. Papadakis and Cizeron – France (is there even any doubt about this? It’s them or Virtue and Moir)
  2. Virtue and Moir – Canada (unless they have a major error)
  3. Shibutanis – USA (Anyone see Alex’s face after they came in second at Nationals? They are out for the win here… otherwise I think Hubbell and Donohue will do it)

Pairs

  1. Sui/Han (Does it matter that they’ve been injured? I don’t know… they are hard core competitors)
  2. Savchenko/Massot – Germany
  3. Radford/Duhamel- Canada

So despite who I think is going to win, my favorites are Carolina (now that Ashley is out… admittedly I am less invested in the ladies event because of that). Also, I really like Maria Sotskova (I like her skating in general and her classical programs over the other Russians), and Satoko (someone who actually has artistry in her program while still rotating the jumps no matter how tiny they are). If we are talking US skating… then it would have to be Mirai. I am not a Karen Chen or a Bradie fan. Hopefully, Mirai will land one of her axel’s cleanly and then skate to the music in her program rather than going in and out of character.

For the men, I love Adam Rippon purely because of his artistry and Nathan Chen, I am beginning to like, mainly because of his short program.  I hope Patrick Chan has a clean skate. That would be lovely to see at this point. I don’t get into Ice Dancing and Pairs as much so no overall favorites, I like Virtue and Moir but I’m not obsessed so I’ll be happy just to watch the programs. I’m interested to see the North Koreans though. I saw their programs at Four Continents and I was very impressed! Wow. I think it’s amazing that they skated so well considering where they came from. I am sure all eyes will be on them because of that reason.

If you have picks of your own please share!

Alright, back to watching the NBC live practices! If you haven’t see the full schedule just for figure skating you can view it all in one place here:  https://goo.gl/zype6X

Happy Skating!!

 

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What WOULD Brian Boitano make?

25 Jul

Food network is debuting a new show called, “What Would Brian Boitano Make” August 23, on Sunday at 1pm.

I admit to being just a bit excited (and maybe a little skeptical) to seeing a cooking show with a figure skating star as a host. Although, it is no surprise that this show is starting just before the Winter Olympics make their appearance in 2010.

Let’s face it, every four years we see a new skating show pop up while their popularity usually diminishes (reality skating show with three Olympic hopefuls ring a bell?) as the excitement of the winter Olympics fade so do the shows. However, despite the lack of longevity of figure skating popularity in the U.S, I still can’t help but get excited about the one year when figure skating rises to the top on national tv. But maybe, just maybe this time it will be different.

Riding on the ever so catchy and most definitely mocking song “What would Brian Boitano Do?” created by the adult cartoon show “South Park” the Food Network has made a stab at drawing in figure skating fans and skaters alike in a pre-Olympic year. An ingenious and inspired move on their part. Not only is Brian a nationally and internationally known figure skating star but he’s a household name for the non-figure skating population. Assuming that the food network’s main audience is women, this show should do very well indeed with or without the rising star of the Winter Olympics on the horizon. Oh yes, Brian’s naturally dry humor, ability to engage the viewer with his escapades and his very strong iconic personality may make this a show to last.

I do admit to being very surprised (and delighted) to learn that his first concoction is not some soy and veggie inspired creation (befitting an olympic athlete’s diet) but rather a more fatty concoction with a definite twist. Think breakfast but with bacon and egg combined to make something like an ice cream cone. Definitely not your everyday food and just so unexpected!
Now, add a red sequined jumpsuit, ice skates and a hardware store and you get a mix of the inane and wacky that only Brian can bring to the Food Network channel.

And so, not only do I eagerly await Brian Boitano’s show but I also wait with bated breath for the newest slew of figure skating inspired shows and added national broadcasts as networks in the U.S. scramble to actually include figure skating more than once a month during the competitive season before a fast approaching winter Olympic year.

Suddenly, figure skating is in the limelight again and all the figure skating fans will soon have the fix they have been eagerly awaiting. Just maybe, this time it will be different and Boitano’s show might become an everyday staple of an American diet because once that winter Olympic star burns out, its almost a sure bet that figure skating will be cast in the shadows once again (at least in the U.S) in favor of the usual deluge of football, hockey, baseball, and basketball competitions, games, tv shows, talk shows and whatever else they can invent and we (figure skating fans) will have to survive on a meager supply of dvd’s, intermittent competition coverage and Christmas specials to last us till the next Winter Olympics.

P.S Check out a few clips from Brian Boitano’s show here:
http://www.foodnetwork.com/what-would-brian-boitano-make/index.html