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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A new season and a lot of questions

Tomorrow marks the beginning of the 2014-15 season, as the junior Grand Prix kicks off in Courchevel - with senior international competitions to follow in a few weeks' time.

With so many off-season and planned changes, there's a lot that will be new and different this season: many skaters have retired, pretty much all the pairs have split with some already slated to compete with new partners, music with lyrics is now allowed in all disciplines (oh joy, the Phantom of the Opera with lyrics), and several senior international events are now part of the new ISU Challenger series.

I'm still not sure how I'll feel about skating without Savchenko/Szolkowy (Savchenko/Massot are still an unknown), Tomas Verner, Carolina Kostner, Mao Asada, Akiko Suzuki, Brian Joubert, Yuna Kim, Péchalat/Bourzat and even the Canton teams, but there are some interesting questions that will be answered over the next few months - and in some cases, the next few years: