Kevin Reynolds!! There's a name I haven't heard in a while. I remember seeing him at Skate Canada back in 2010. Does he still have that cool hair? Here's his fantastic SP that had me worried he might beat Patrick. ( I couldn't handle that ) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0oSRChNVNXQI've just been watching the FS of the Pairs, and the Canadians did quite well. Lori-Anne and Thierry did not have their day but they were still beautiful to watch. Deanna and Maxime were really great. Sure, some mistakes on the jumps but a fantastic not often executed death spiral, great lifts and just looking good. Vanessa and Eric (were second) look really nice together - lines! - but Vanessa did not have her day on the jump part (and I know she can).
The Japanese were fabulous and won deservedly, and they have a Canadian coaching team.
Also, great commentary by Kevin Reynolds and Meagan Duhamel.
though he has won 4CC against skaters like Yuzuru Hanyu and was 5th in the worlds one year, he has never won Canadian championships... he has beaten Patrick Chan though... at Nationals, before seniorsKevin Reynolds!! There's a name I haven't heard in a while. I remember seeing him at Skate Canada back in 2010. Does he still have that cool hair? Here's his fantastic SP that had me worried he might beat Patrick. ( I couldn't handle that ) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0oSRChNVNXQ
I'm sure they'd prefer to send Madeline over Kaiya right now, I'm just saying that it's, as of now, entirely conceivable that it will be hard not to send Kaiya. Kaiya's developed into a very consistent skater, and while we hope to say the same for Madeline, she hasn't actually been seen much yet; if she doesn't have a good fall season and struggles at nationals, and Kaiya does better, then that's kind of that.I don't think Kaiya's PCS would be competitive if her first major senior event is the Olympics. Judges would bury her down... which is not great, considering she is also needed for the team event. I believe Madeline has the best shot of 1) making the team 2) getting the highest score internationally... UNLESS, Gabby figures out her landings. I watched her free program at ACI : big jumps. Big air. The loop looked slow... but the other jumps had great spring. She just rushed the timing often or didn't check out of the jumps strongly enough. Her program otherwise looked so much better and polished than before. She also looked fit. I wouldn't count her out just yet and if she wins Nationals with 2 great skates, Skate Canada will have a hard time not sending her. I am still thinking Maddie will take it though.
I believe she is Olympic eligible this season. I do think that the Olympic spot will be between Kaiya and Madeline, and if Gabby gets a lot better as the season goes on, possibly her too.Kaiya Ruiter for the Olympic spot would be cool. Like a breath of fresh air for the canadian. I wonder if she can go to the Olympic ? I rather see her or Madeline Schizas. I think the spot would be between those 2.
3:49 am PDT? I think it will be a problem for me to watch live. Of course, most Canadians live in EDT zone, so it will be 3 hours later for them.
Great! Makes sense. I like it when they are seeded. Shows that past history matters, a bit. Also, the skaters that have been around longer, tend to be seeded towards the end. So, this allows me to fast forward to the final two groups, in most cases.
well.. that will be an issue... roman's jumps are often < or at best Q... but so are vincent zhou'sGreat! Makes sense. I like it when they are seeded. Shows that past history matters, a bit. Also, the skaters that have been around longer, tend to be seeded towards the end. So, this allows me to fast forward to the final two groups, in most cases.
Also, Shin Amano has been selected as technical specialist for this event. So, Roman needs to make sure his jumps are fully rotated. I hope he has a clean skate tmrw and is in the top 6 group after the short program.
Come on Roman, you can do this!Heh, well the best news is that Roman's mental conditioning has improved a bit, as he managed to gut out the rest of the jumps after the opening fall, and is still in the final qualification position. Given that the short is usually the weaker program, he should be able to see this through (but then, many skaters should be able to do a lot of things). And there's the "Swedish" eighth spot as a safety cushion, though let's hope we don't need to wait on that.
Natalie & Bruce are skating at the end of the first RD group tomorrow; not the best draw, since both their main rivals are in the final group, but this is all about scores (probably) anyway.
Piper & Paul are featured in the Canadian Olympic Committee's new lululemon ad, which I would say confirms (as most would guess) that they're likely to be the figureheads of Canadian figure skating going into this Olympics: