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ralph & russo spring summer 2016

while casually reviewing three dozen prior art references, i’ve had reruns of old shows on play. three years later, this collection is still very stunning.

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misc skating thoughts

so, Skate America and Skate Canada are complete. my absolute favorite SP is Satoko’s:

the ladies’ field is a complete toss-up, but i’m secretly rooting for Evgenia. she got rid of her miming, got rid of Eteri, got a new look, and got some muscles on her bones. i’m doubtful that she’s going to do well this season, but i respect her choices.

as for the men’s, somehow i’m less interested. i’m loving Yuzu’s Otonal but the field overall seems stagnant. blah blah, Shoma, Nathan, quads. but at least the new -5/+5 GOE system is keeping things interesting and the Kiss & Cry full of crazy reactions to all the UR calls.

on a personal note, i had two people (one a fellow skater, another a coach) give me compliments on my layback spins tonight. i finally got my arm position, and surprisingly, it helps me find my center. now i need stronger lower back muscles to hold my free leg out instead of doing the awkward leg-bend, which is my personal pet peeve of bad laybacks.

 

ode to oda

Japan Open is always an interesting competition, given that it mixes both “retired” (read: non-competing) skaters and current competitors of the season. that, and the fact that teams are based on geography, and only free skates are performed.

the thing that tickles me the most is that Nobunari Oda has competed in Japan Open for several years after retiring, and he still manages to put out a decent score. here is how the men stacked up this year:

remember last year, purported his “last” competition, when he pulled out a 4T-3T and another 4T?

let’s take a minute to appreciate how Oda has a happy family (his blog is basically him gushing over his adorable sons), manages a successful casting career, and still skates in shows and competitions at the level of a competitor who trains full-time. i have the utmost respect for skaters who have shown consistency in performance over several years. longevity in skating career is testament to good technique, and positive, healthy training. (i’m looking at you, Russian senior ladies.)

considering that Dai has returned to compete this season, can we bring back Oda as well?