Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Patrick Chan's "A Journey," Composed by Eric Radford


So happy to see Patrick Chan back in a good mental and physical place. Beautiful skating and awesome technical elements. No one moves quite like this. This is skating at its best.


Sunday, November 20, 2016

Russian Diva Series: Part 1: Maria Butyrskaya



My sister and I were having a conversation yesterday about Russian skating divas. The top women on the scene these days--Evgenia, Elena, Elizaveta, Anna, Alina--are fierce, and beautiful! But this isn't new. How can we forget the great Russian divas of the past? The first that came to my mind is Maria Butyrskaya. She was never the most gifted skater, but what she lacked in natural talent, she made up for with sheer determination, grit, and plenty of sex appeal.

Maria captured the world title in 1999 in Helsinki, defeating reigning champion, Michelle Kwan. She never reached those same heights again, but went on to become an entertaining show skater. There is much love for Maria in my book--I truly admire the determination and perseverance that she showed throughout her competitive career.

Maria finished her career with six Russian National titles, three World medals (including her 1999 gold), three Grand Prix final medals, and three European Championship titles.

For some reason, I cannot find her 1999 Worlds win on You Tube, so instead I will post her 1999 European Championships win. This event led up to the Worlds in Helsinki.



Here's a clip of Maria's pure elation at the end of her World Championship win:

Friday, October 28, 2016

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Tribute to China: Sui and Han's 2016 Worlds Freeskate


As an up-and-coming pair on the figure skating scene, Wenjing Sui and Cong Han of China, are taking the world by storm. With their power, grace, and beauty, I see nothing but the brightest of futures for this pair. I look forward to seeing them compete this season!

Tribute to China: Xue Shen & Hongbo Zhao: 2003 World Freeskate to "Turandot"


One of my favorite performances of all time. Competing with an ankle injury, Xue Shen showed the ultimate determination and heart to perform a perfect and passionate performance to "Turandot." Shen and Hongbo Zhao performed as one and gave the world chills. This performance never ceases to remind me why I love this sport. Perfection.