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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

The guilty pleasures of autumn: pumpkins and figure skating.

Welcome, dear Friends, to this blog on this particular day. Whether you are sitting on masses of candy already, or are still putting on your zombie makeup or brushing your fangs, whatever it is, you have come to the right place. Enter at your own risk and to your own delight...

Monday, October 21, 2013

Mao Asada, dream podium candidate

I have already expressed my admiration for Mao Asada's countrywoman Akiko Suzuki, but I shouldn't neglect Mao, who is lovely herself. Mao came into the senior ranks with extremely high expectations, and while she hasn't always lived up to them, she's certainly had her share of of impressive accomplishments. And she really has been a delight to watch. I'll admit I actually didn't pay her much notice for the first couple of years in her career. Since then, however...

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

A final goodbye to the 6.0 era

The Olympic season is now underway. While the results of this year's competitions might not be easy to predict, it is pretty certain that this will be the final season for many skaters, including some who have had exceptionally long careers. This is the end of an era not just because we, as fans, will bid farewell to many talented and entertaining performers, but also because this will essentially be the end of whatever link skating still has with the old 6.0 judging system.

There is a lot of good in the IJS, and some skaters have found ways to score well and skate interesting programs under it. But 6.0 remains, to me, a system that at its best produced skates that were more than the sum of their parts – something that the IJS does not (yet?) truly reward. With this post, I’d like to take a look at the remaining competitive skaters who skated in the days of 6.0.

Like so.