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    GPF previews and interviews

    GPF previews and interviews:

    To complement the corresponding JGPF thread started by Doris, I am adding this GPF thread -- with Kurt Browning's preview, for starters:

    Grand Prix final is the 'Showdown at the Sochi Corral'
    By Kurt Browning
    Posted: Saturday, December 1, 2012 | 10:01 AM
    http://www.cbc.ca/sports/figureskati...hi-corral.html

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    I enjoyed the Kurt's preview a lot. Thank you so much, golden!

    I loved how Kurt described each skater/team, especially Kiira and Akiko. That's why I admire and root for veteran skaters.
    to their believeing themselves and, of course, their hard work over the years to improve to be a 'better skater' each season!

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    Very interesting to read that Kurt thinks Kozuka is the best skater, even better then Patrick! Wow! What a great compliment coming from such a legendary skater himself!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chloepoco View Post
    Very interesting to read that Kurt thinks Kozuka is the best skater, even better then Patrick! Wow! What a great compliment coming from such a legendary skater himself!!
    Kurt is fair and loves skating. Not surprising that he can ignore national bias.

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    I love him for naming Kozuka the best skater and I hope judges would hear him but dissapointed he refered to Liza with a two lines paragraph!

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    New interview with Gao on IN (Tue Dec 4)

    Rejuvenated Gao 'honored' to be with sport's elite
    Harvard freshman to square off against Wagner, Asada in Sochi

    By Lynn Rutherford, special to icenetwork.com
    (12/04/2012)
    http://web.icenetwork.com/news/artic...&vkey=ice_news

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    DiManno: Sochi going from sleepy to gaudy as Olympics draw near
    Published on Sunday December 02, 2012
    By Rosie DiManno
    http://www.thestar.com/news/world/ar...pics-draw-near
    Note: The article above mentions the GPF only in passing. It is mostly a scene-setter/status report re the infrastructure in Sochi as the Olympics approach.

    And for history buffs, today's offering from DiManno:
    Joseph Stalin still looms large in Sochi, Russia
    Published on Tuesday December 04, 2012
    By Rosie DiManno
    http://www.thestar.com/news/world/ar...n-sochi-russia

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    Here is a video of VolTran practice in Iceberg (click on the red button with "Видео"). In the interview Max said that the arena doesn't have any minuses like other Olympic arenas, for example in Vacouver there were no special changing rooms, in Turin the gym was not so well-equipped. Kudryavtsev mentioned that the ice is "skating" very well, which is definitely a good advantage for skaters.
    www.vesti.ru/doc.html?id=974874&cid=680

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    Gao interview with Hersh (Dec 6)

    Gao performing in 2 world-class worlds
    U.S. figure skater juggling books at Harvard with an eye on 2013 worlds and 2014 Olympics

    Globetrotting by Philip Hersh
    December 6, 2012
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports...1396768.column

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    I have so much respect for Christina after reading that article. I can only imagine how tough that is. I complain about being busy all the time and have less than half of her schedule and workload. She really makes people root for her. I hope she continues to improve at her own pace.

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