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Monday, August 5, 2013

That's Entertainment: skate like a pirate

No, it's not the most original music choice. Yes, it's a Nikolai Morozov-choreographed program. And no, it's not exactly highbrow. But Javier Fernandez's Pirates of the Caribbean was great fun when he skated it in the 2009-10 season. Fernandez landed his first quads that year, achieved his first level 4 on steps (at Worlds) and finished in the top 10 at Euros for the first time in his career, along with a 12th place at Worlds that gave him two Grand Prix assignments the next season, also a career-first.

Javi the Pirate, 2010

Pirates of the Caribbean was a great vehicle for Fernandez at the time, allowing him to show greater technical skill along with his charm as an entertainer, both things that he would improve upon in later years. While it would have been better to retire the program after one season, it remains a good choice that likely helped Fernandez in his development as a skater. The later move to Canada and Brian Orser/David Wilson didn't hurt, either - but the potential was always there.

And really, who says everything in skating needs to be highbrow?

Note: I am aware that today is not actually International Talk (or skate) Like a Pirate Day.

The concept for the "that's entertainment" posts was explained in the first entry in the series. If you have ideas and further suggestions, please share! 

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