28 April 2012

Camerlengo granted a visa only after Mishin’s intervention

Talking about crazy things, being invited by a country federation and being refused a visa to go to said country is definitely among the craziest.

Alexei Mishin made a personal appeal to the Russian authorities to secure a Russian visa for Plushenko's new choreographer, which led to him receiving a visa in minutes.

The choreographer, four-time Italian champion skater Pasquale Camerlengo, was originally refused a visa, despite an invitation from the Russian Skating Federation.

"I wrote a personal letter to the Russian consul. I asked him to give Camerlengo the visa and let him work with my pupil, because it would strengthen the friendship between our countries and contribute to the Olympic Games preparations,” Mishin said to RIA Novosti.

Camerlengo and Plushenko started work Thursday on a new program .

Camerlengo, in tandem with his wife, two-time world champion Angelika Krylova, has worked with many of the sport’s top names, including leading skaters Daisuke Takahashi and Michal Brezina, but also dancing couples Nathalie Péchalat/Fabian Bourzat and Caitlin Weaver/Andrew.

Sources: RIA Novosti and its English version

26 April 2012

Hanyu turns to Orser

The news has been out for a couple of days now on Japan news sites, but I was waiting some English site to report it because, you know, my Japanese is awful.

World bronze medalist Yuzuru Hanyu has switched coaches and will begin training with two-time Olympic silver medalist Brian Orser, the Jiji Press reported Wednesday. But Hanyu will continue to attend high school in Sendai while making frequent trips to Toronto to receive instruction from Orser.

Hanyu has been coached his entire career by Nanami Abe in Sendai and under her tutelage, he medaled at four of six events in the last season.

Hidehito Ito, the figure skating director at the Japanese Skating Federation, said the change was strategically designed in hopes of raising the level of his skating.

In recent years, Orser has been most well-known for guiding Yuna Kim to the Olympic gold medal in 2010. His current students include Grand Prix Final bronze medalist Javier Fernandez, two-time European bronze medalist Elene Gedevanishvili and former Canadian champion Cynthia Phaneuf.

Sources: icenetwork.com, Figure Skating Examiner

22 April 2012

World Team Trophy 2012 - Day 3

The second ISU World Team Trophy concluded Saturday with the Pairs and Ladies Free Skating.
Team Japan struck gold at the ISU World Team Trophy. Team USA took silver and team Canada pulled up from fifth to clinch the bronze medal. Japan collected 55 points, Team USA accumulated 53 points and Team Canada earned 42 points, beating Team France on a tie-breaker.

Team Japan

”It was very difficult to tell how the outcome would be, but it was a lot of fun and I enjoyed competing like this”, Japan's team capitain Daisuke Takahashi said. “The individual ability gives the whole team power. Throughout the competition I felt I was not alone and the team was there for us. That's very encouraging and it helped to take the pressure off”, he added.

Akiko Suzuki led the charge for Team Japan with her victory in the Ladies event. Skating to ”Die Fledermaus”, the World bronze medalist landed a double Axel-triple toe and four more triple jumps, but doubled a Lutz and singled a loop at the end. She scored 120.28 points and was ranked second in the Free Skating, but moved up to first place at 187.79 points. ”I am very happy for team Japan. I moved up to first place, but my performance wasn't so good, so I 'm a little bit surprised. The audience was so amazing, they really pushed me forward”, the 27-year-old noted. ”The Japanese team was aiming at winning this competition. We could achieve this goal. I have no other words other than I am so happy”, she added. Kanako Murakami dropped from third to sixth. In the Pairs event, Narumi Takahashi/Mervin Tran slipped from first to third after some errors, but they landed a triple twist, a throw triple toeloop and picked up a level four for five elements. They scored 177.56 points.

Team USA

“Team USA, second place. Obviously, we were going for first and trying to repeat. But I’m proud of how we all skated. We showed a lot of fight and character. It is a difficult competition and we showed grit and supported each other. Moving forward, we’re going to be going for first next year”, U.S. Team capitain Charlie White of the 2009 winning team commented.

Ashley Wagner's strong performance and third-place finish helped Team USA to close the gap to Team Japan. The reigning Four Continents Champion put out a strong performance to ”Black Swan”, completing a triple flip-double toe-double loop combination and five triples as well as difficult spins and footwork. Only a triple loop was underrotated. Wagner won the Free Skating portion with 122.29 points and moved up to third overall at 179.81 points. ”That performance was just the way I wanted to end my ‘Black Swan’ program. It’s one of my favorite programs by far and to skate it clean is quite extraordinary. To top it off, I had a great double Axel-triple toe. Overall, it was a solid program. For the end of the season and the last program, it’s a great way to wrap everything up”, the U.S. Champion commented. Gracie Gold came fifth with a solid skate. Pair skaters Caydee Denney/John Coughlin gave a clean performance to ”Nessum Dorma” that was highlighted by a triple toe, triple throws and impressive lifts. They picked up 117.05 points and moved up one spot to fourth at 175.98 points overall.

Team Canada

”For team Canada, it was a little bit of an up and down week. We kind of came in and had some ok skates from some of our top athletes and then it was also nice to see some people with less experience to have great performances. This gave our team a boost and gave us a shot to come after this third place”, Scott Moir told the post-event press conference. ”This is turning into an exciting event. I was here in 2009 and it is a lot different feeling to know it's going to be at the Olympic Games. Hopefully we can catch up and try to challenge the Americans and the Japanese in the Olympics. But we have some work to do in order to be in that league”, he continued.

Meagan Duhamel/Eric Radford's second place finish in the Pairs event propelled Team Canada to the bronze medals. The Canadian Champions produced a triple twist, triple Salchow, throw triple loop and Lutz in their routine to "Viva la Vida" and ”Yellow” by Coldplay and picked up a level four for six elements to earn 118.35 points for the Free Skating. Duhamel only stumbled on the triple toe. The Canadians totaled 177.62 points and pulled up from fourth to second. ”It was the best we could have done in this moment. Obviously I had one little bobble, but to start out with a bobble like that and to do the rest of it the best we could is a really good feeling. We were discouraged after yesterday. This skate is for us. It was a great way to end the season. Next year we're going to take off right where we left off and build even higher”, Duhamel said. Amelie Lacoste and Cynthia Phaneuf finished 10th and 12th in the Ladies competition.

Team France

Team France slipped from third to fourth, loosing on a tie- breaker to Canada as the Canadians had the higher individual placements.

Team Russia

Team Russia managed to move up one spot to finish fifth at 39 points, overtaking Team Italy on the tie-breaker. Vera Bazarova/Yuri Larionov won the Pairs event at 180.70 points with a solid performance to ”Doctor Zhivago”.

Team Italy

Team Italy placed sixth in the end. World Champion Carolina Kostner slipped from first to second in the Ladies competition.

The WTT concludes Sunday with the Exhibition Gala. The next ISU World Team Trophy will be held in 2013.

You can find all pic from the event on my Facebook Page, and many more are coming soon! I'll apdate all WWT posts with more pics and videos as soon as I upload them, so check back often!

Source: ISU

20 April 2012

World Team Trophy 2012 - Day 2

The World Team Trophy continued today with the Pairs Short Program, Free Dance and Men's Free Skating.

Team Japan

Team Japan strengthened their lead over the teams from the USA and France on the second day of the World Team Trophy.

"I am very happy with the first place after the second day. I had to prepare for my own performance, so I couldn't watch the ice dancers or pairs, but with this first place I can feel that everybody made their best efforts. Coming into this competition I was concentrated on the team. I focused on my own performance, so that I could contribute to the Japanese team. Maybe I wasn't aware of it, but unconciously I must have had this kind of feeling that I wanted to do better than at the World Championships”, team capitain Daisuke Takahashi said.

Daisuke Takahashi secured the victory and 12 points in the Men's event for Japan. Skating to ”Blues for Klook”, the reigning World silver medalist nailed a quadruple toeloop, two triple Axels and five more triples as well as two level-four spins. "It was the last program of the season. I was able to skate really well. I was very happy. There were some details I didn't do well, but I was able to feel good out there and I was able to finish my program without major mistakes and I was able to contribute to the team. I was quite nervous form this morning. I felt really relieved at the end”, he explained.
Narumi Takahashi/Mervin Tran took the lead in the Pairs Short Program. Their routine to "Imagine” featured a triple twist, throw triple Salchow and four level-four elements, but she stumbled out of the triple Salchow. "Last time we were just attending this event, but this time actually we are able to leading the charge for the team. That is a very good feeling. I was so excited to compete today, because I felt so ready yesterday. I was inspired by the others”, Tran said.
Takahiko Kozuka came sixth and Ice Dancers Cathy Reed/Chris Reed finished in 7th place.
Team USA

”Today was a good day for Team USA. Our pairs team put themselves in a good position to place well going into free skate. It’s real tight in there. Meryl and I are thrilled. It was definitely a performance of a lifetime. Both Adam and Jeremy, I think, were hoping for better skates but I commend the fight they showed. I know it’s not easy”, U.S. Team capitain Charlie White commented. ”Team Japan is looking strong. Moving forward, we would like chip away at lead with ladies and pairs. We will do what we can and cross our fingers from our condo up there”, he continued.

Meryl Davis/Charlie White won the Ice Dance event for Team USA. The 2011 World Champions put out a technically solid and energetic performance of their dance to ”Die Fledermaus”, earning a level four their spin, lifts and twizzles. ”We’re really excited about our performance today. This is a program we really fell in love with and to put it out there for the last time, we really wanted to make it special between the two of us”, Davis said.
Jeremy Abbott dropped from third to fifth in the Men's event as he fell on a downgraded quad toe, singled a flip and doubled two other jumps. Adam Rippon remained in seventh place. Pair skaters Caydee Denney/John Coughlin are sitting in fifth place. They landed a triple twist and triple toe but she touched down on the throw triple flip.

Team France
”As the French capitain I had a great day today, because of the performances of the French team. It was a very good competition, and I am very pleased to end this season with this kind of feeling. Fabian and myself are very happy”, Nathalie Pechalat told the press. ”We are strong, we are a good team. For tomorrow we want to keep it the same way, have fun. I don't want anybody to be stressed. This is the last competition. I told my teammates, just do it, do your best. And if you don't do your best, don't care, because we will cheer for you in the Kiss & Cry”, she added.

Ice Dancers Nathalie Pechalat/Fabian Bourzat and Brian Joubert led Team France to their third-place finish by both finishing third in their evenst. Pechalat/Bourzat delivered a strong performance of their Egyptian dance ”The Pharao and His Mummy”, executing intricate footwork and innovative lifts. ”We are very pleased with the way we skated, plus we never had done this program in Japan. The atmosphere was great, the audience was great, we felt their support and clapping, that gave us extra energy. I am happy to finish the season this way”, Pechalat noted.
Joubert and Florent Amodio moved up one spot in the Men's competition. Joubert's Matrix program featured six clean triples including two Axels, but he did a three-turn out of the quad toe before tacking a double toe to it. ”It was very, very hard. I did the last complete run-through of my long program in Nice. I am still very satisfied with what I did. I fought well. Overall I felt good in this competition and this confirms my feeling of having a good comeback”, the Frenchman commented. Amodio landed a quad Salchow to pull up from fifth to fourth. Daria Popova/Bruno Massot finished sixth in the Pairs Short Program.

Team Italy
Team Italy moved up to fourth place as pair skaters Stefania Berton/Ondrej Hotarek came third in the Pairs Short Program. Ice Dancers Anna Cappellini/Luca Lanotte remained in fourth place in the Ice Dance event.

Team Canada
Canada slipped to fifth place. World Champion Patrick Chan came second in the Men's event after missing a quad toe and doubling an Axel and World Ice Dance Champions Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir had to settle for second place as well.

Team Russia
Team Russia is still ranked sixth, although Vera Bazarova/Yuri Larionov placed second in the Pairs Short Program.

The World Team Trophy concludes tomorrow with the Pairs and Ladies Free Skating.

You can find all pic from the event on my Facebook Page, and many more are coming soon! I'll apdate all WWT posts with more pics and videos as soon as I upload them, so check back often!

Source: ISU

World Team Trophy 2012 - Day 1

Ok, maybe the World Team Trophy isn't the event of the season, but it's proving itself very entertaining.

The second edition of the World Team Trophy opened Thursday in Tokyo, Japan with the Short Dance, Men's and Ladies Short Programs.

Team Japan

Team Japan took the lead in Tokyo ahead of Team USA. Both teams scored 45 points, but Japan finished first in Men's and second in Ladies while the USA had one first place and one third place as their best results.

Daisuke Takahashi was the top scoring Japanese skater with his win in the Men's Short Program. The 2012 World silver medalist hit a quad toe, a triple Axel and triple Lutz-triple toe in his oriental themed program to ”Garden of the Souls”. ”I had a charity event and TV appearances, so it was mentally tough to prepare. It was a lot of work and I had to overcome the fatigue from Worlds”, the 26-year-old said. Overall he was pleased with the showing of his team. ”After the Men's, team Japan was in fourth place and then we were in first place after the Ladies, and it was a surprise in the end. For the team competition it is difficult to tell the outcome. I am myself not so knowledgeable about pairs and dance. But I think this is what makes this event to interesting. All skaters did their best today and that will be connecting into tomorrow. We have high expectations”, Takahashi told the press. Takahiko Kozuka placed 8th. Akiko Suzuki finished second in the Ladies event with a strong performance to ”Hungarian Rhapsody”. She landed a triple toe-triple toe and a triple Lutz. ”As I didn't want to repeat the same mistake I did at Worlds, I was so cautious after I landed the triple toe-triple toe. Anyway, I was able to perform my best short program without major mistakes at the end of the season”, the reigning World bronze medalist commented. Ice Dancers Cathy Reed/Chris Reed came sixth in the Short Dance.

Team USA

Team USA got off to a good start with current World silver medalists Meryl Davis/Charlie White winning the Short Dance. They 2011 World Champions put out a technically strong performance to Samba and Rhuma rhythms, picking up a level four for the twizzles, lift and one Rhumba pattern. ”I think we had a really solid skate as far as the technical aspect goes. We knew we wanted to have a lot of fun with the program which we definitely did. It wasn't necessarily the cleanest skate we’ve had but I think that is ok. We had a lot of fun and that is what this competition is all about. Something that is special about this competition is the team spirit”, Davis noted. White agreed and as the team capitain, assessed the performance of the whole team: ”We’re pleased to be basically tied at the top with Japan. I was really proud of how we skated as a whole. Everyone gave their all and skated their hearts out. This is a difficult competition coming after Worlds. I was proud. Obviously, there is a long way to go before the dust settles and the scores are final. But as of now, we can’t ask for much more as a team”, he explained.
Jeremy Abbott then came third in the Men's event. His routine to ”Bei mir bist du schoen” and ”Swing Kids” included a triple flip-triple toe combination and a triple Axel. ”This was the performance I would have loved to have at the World Championships, but better late than never. I wanted to skate for me and for my team. There is always pressure for competition, but you try to put it to the side and focus on yourself and what you have to do. I could hear my team cheering for me really loud. It made me do that much better for me and for them and for my family at home”, he commented. Adam Rippon finished 7th. In the Ladies category, Gracie Gold finished fourth. She pulled off a triple flip-triple toe combination and Ashley Wagner missed the double Axel to place fifth.

Team France

Ice Dancers Nathalie Pechalat/Fabian Bourzat lead the French team to their third-place finish on Day One. The World bronze medalists put out an upbeat Samba and collected a level four for the curve lift and one Rhumba section, but he wobbled on the twizzles. ”Right before our last part, I saw how the French team cheered for us, and it really pushed me. This event is about having fun, and it was the very last time for us to perform this short dance and so we gave it everything”, Pechalat commented. “Yes, that was a close call. I was a little tired, but I didn't put my foot down. We saved it. It was just a little error and it didn't affect the program”, added Bourzat. “At the end it was such a good surprise to be third. It was unexpected”, Pechalat, who also serves as the team capitain, continued. “We were here to have fun and just to enjoy. The thing is that every team has such good skaters so nobody can say what will happen in the competition. So it is very exciting. We try to keep it like that and do our best, especially in the (team) boxes.”
Brian Joubert and Florent Amodio scored for France by finishing fourth and fifth. Joubert pulled off a quad-triple toe combination, triple Axel and triple Lutz while Amodio landed a quad Salchow and triple Lutz-triple toe combination and a somewhat shaky triple Axel. "I found my confidence again. In Nice it was great, but today it was even better. My jumps were very clean. The quad toe was very good in practice. I made no mistakes and I felt good in the program. I am going for two quads in the free skating. It is like a practice for the next season”, Joubert said. Yretha Silete sits in 7th in the Ladies event with a clean program. Mae-Berenice Meite finished 11th in the Short Program.

Team Canada

Team Canada is currently ranked fourth with 33 points. World Ice Dance Champions Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir and World Champion Patrick Chan came second in their events. Chan missed the triple Axel but still got a seasons best of 89.81 points.

Team Italy

World Champion Carolina Kostner led Team Italy to fifth place on the first day. Kostner won the Ladies Short Program with a clean performance and a seasons best of 69.48 points.

Team Russia

Team Russia came sixth. 2011 World Junior Champion Adelina Sotnikova's sixth place in the Ladies Short Program was their best result. 2012 World silver medalist Alena Leonova popped the flip and underrotated her triple toe-triple toe combination.

You can find all pic from the event on my Facebook Page, and many more are coming soon! I'll apdate all WWT posts with more pics and videos as soon as I upload them, so check back often!

Source: ISU

17 April 2012

World Team Trophy 2012 - FREE LIVE STREAMING

It seems the ISU took pity of us and decided to stream live and for free the upcoming World Team Trophy! Here an extract from the ISU press release:

We are pleased to announce that the ISU World Team Trophy will be available as a free live stream via the ISU Skating Channel http://livemanager.eurovision.edgesuite.net/isu/site/index.html

In order to promote the ISU World Team Trophy, the ISU is making the full event including the Gala available as a free live stream in all countries except in the Republic of Korea and in Japan. The live video stream will be promoted through the ISU website and Facebook page www.facebook.com/isufigureskating and pictures of the event will also be available on the Facebook page.

We kindly request your participation on social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Google+ etc) to help promote the second edition of the ISU World Team Trophy and we encourage you to “share” and “retweet” pictures, videos and other content from the ISU Figure Skating Facebook page.

ISU, this time we really love you!

If you need the event schedule, you can find it here. If you want to read some curiosities about the event, you can read them here.

16 April 2012

World Team Trophy 2012 - Curiosities

The inaugural ISU World Team Trophy was held in 2009 in Tokyo, Japan and Team USA won the event ahead of Team Canada and Team Japan. The event is held every two years, however the ISU World Team Trophy 2011 was postponed until 2012 due to the series of natural disasters that took place in Japan in March 2011. The next ISU World Team Trophy is due to be held in 2013.

The second ISU World Team Trophy will take place in Tokyo, Japan from April 18 to 22. The six best national figure skating teams of the 2011/12 season will perform. Based on the scoring scale used for the ISU World Standing points, the six teams qualified for this event are Japan, Canada, Russia, USA, Italy and France. They qualified primarily according to the results of the ISU World Figure Skating Championships, the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Events and the Final plus possibly the ISU European, ISU Four Continents, ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships and the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Events. The highest prize money in ISU history will be awarded with a total of US$ 1.000.000. For the first time a team event, which differs slightly to the ISU World Team Trophy format, will be included in the program of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

The ISU World Team Trophy is a competition between six national figure skating teams. Each team has a total of eight skaters namely two Men, two Ladies, one Pair and one Ice Dance couple. Each team nominates a captain who represents the team including during the medal giving ceremony. The competition will be held in the Yoyogi National Stadium in Tokyo.

Each skater/couple will compete with a Short Program/Short Dance and Free Skating/Free Dance. In each discipline, the top ranked skater(s) earns 12 points, the second ranked skater/couple receives 11 points and so on. The last ranked single skater gets one point, the last pair/ice dance couple gets 7 points. These points are added together to determine the winning team.

Overview of the teams

Japan tops the team standings with 7891 points followed by Canada with 6943 points and Russia with 6807 points. The USA accumulated 6399 points and came in fourth while Italy is ranked fifth at 5412 points. France qualified with 5214 points. Three 2012 World Champions and five World medalists will compete.


2012 World silver medalist Daisuke Takahashi (seasons best 259.75 points) leads team Japan. He is joined by 2012 World bronze medalists Akiko Suzuki (seasons best 185.98 points) and Narumi Takahashi/Mervin Tran (seasons best 189.69 points). 2011 World silver medalist Takahiko Kozuka (seasons best 235.02 points), Kanako Murakami (seasons best 175.41 points) and ice dancers Cathy Reed/Chris Reed (seasons best 123.22 points) complete the team.


Two-time and reigning World Champions Patrick Chan (seasons best 273.94 points) and Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir (seasons best 183.34 points) headline the Canadian squad and are looking forward to compete against their top rivals from the USA, France and Japan again. Canada’s second entry in the Men’s event is Kevin Reynolds (seasons best 217.20 points). Canadian Champion Amelie Lacoste (seasons best 148.48 points) and Cynthia Phaneuf (seasons best 147.47 points) are the entries in the Ladies event. Meagan Duhamel/Eric Radford (seasons best 185.41 points) who just finished fifth at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships will compete in Pairs on the behalf of Canada.


Freshly minted World silver medalist Alena Leonova (seasons best 184.28 points) leads the Russian team. 2011 World Junior Champion Adelina Sotnikova (seasons best 169.75 points), 2012 European Pairs silver medalists Vera Bazarova/Yuri Larionov (seasons best 193.79 points) and reigning European Ice Dance bronze medalists Elena Ilinykh/Nikita Katsalapov (season best 161.00 points) are on the team as well. Zhan Bush (seasons best 196.06 points) and Maxim Kovtun (seasons best 193.76 points) will compete in the Men’s event for Russia.

United States of America

Collecting points for the USA in Tokyo are reigning World silver medalists Meryl Davis/Charlie White (seasons best 188.55 points), 2012 Four Continents Champion Ashley Wagner (seasons best 192.41 points) as well as 2012 World Junior silver medalist Gracie Gold (seasons best 172.69 points). They are joined by Jeremy Abbott (seasons best 238.82 points), Adam Rippon (seasons best 221.55 points) and 2012 Four Continents silver medalists Caydee Denney/John Coughlin (seasons best 185.42 points).


Team Italy will compete for the first time at the World Team Trophy and newly crowned World Champion Carolina Kostner (seasons best 189.94) headlines the team. The other competitors are ice dancers Anna Cappellini/Luca Lanotte (seasons best 160.62 points), Pair skaters Stefania Berton/Ondrej Hotarek (seasons best 168.16 points), Valentina Marchei (seasons best 150.10 points), Samuel Contesti (seasons best 224.89 points) and Paolo Bacchini.


The French delegation in Tokyo is spearheaded by 2012 World bronze medalists Nathalie Pechalat/Fabian Bourzat (seasons best 173.18 points). France also sends Brian Joubert (seasons best 244.58 points), 2012 European bronze medalist Florent Amodio (seasons best 243.03 points), Yretha Silete (seasons best 148.18 points), Mae-Berenice Meite (seasons best 145.44 points) and Pair skaters Daria Popova/Bruno Massot (seasons best 139.98 points).

Prize Money

The organizing ISU member (Japan Figure Skating Federation) will make available the Global Prize Money of US$ 1.000.000 to the skaters/couples of the awarded teams based on the following scale:

1st placed team: US$ 200.000

2nd placed team: US$ 170.000

3rd placed team: US$ 160.000

4th placed team: US$ 150.000

5th placed team: US$ 140.000

6th placed team: US$ 130.000

Two single skaters and one pair and one ice dance couple from none qualfied teams that are invited to the exhibition gala will receive the following apprearance fees:

2 single skaters: US$ 10.000 per skater

1 pair/1 ice dance couple: US$ 15.000 per couple

Source: ISU press release

14 April 2012

Understanding the figure skating scoring system

It would be useful for us to better understand the new figure skating scoring system. I'll report here Cameron Scott's article, because I think it will help us in this.

The International Skating Union (ISU) judging system has been used to judge all figure skating since 2004. It replaced the previous 6.0 system after the 2002 Winter Olympic Games judging controversy.

Under the 6.0 system, skaters had been judged relative to each other on technical merit, required elements, and presentation. The new ISU judging system is based on elements and program components. The scoring of the elements portion is completely independent of other skaters. However, the scoring of program components is based on a comparative scale against an “average” performance.


Elements are individual parts of the program, such as jumps and spins. Each type of element is identified by a technical specialist who assigns it a base value, using instant replay video if necessary. Small changes can change one element into another. Too long an interval between jumps can even convert a jump combination into a skating sequence, which has a much lower base value.

A panel of judges then assigns a grade of execution (GOE) ranging from -3 to +3. Starting an element from the wrong blade edge automatically makes the GOE negative. The GOE is converted into a value using the ISU table from rule 322. The highest and lowest scores are dropped, and the remainder are averaged. This number is added or subtracted from the base value to get the final value of that element. Adding together all the individual element scores gives the element score.

Olympic figure skating short programs have seven or eight required elements. Figure skating long programs have between twelve and fourteen elements. Although the number of elements in a program is fixed, Olympic figure skaters are free to choose the type of element within the requirements. Single skaters skating a short program can have a maximum of two solo jumps, but those jump elements could be a single, double, triple, or quadruple toe loop jump, axel jump, salchow jump, loop jump, flip jump, or lutz jump, or even a walley jump, split jump, or waltz jump. Other elements have even more options. Olympic figure skaters usually hone their programs to get the highest possible element value within their abilities.

In their short programs, single skaters are required to have one combination jump, two solo jumps, one spin combination, two solo spins, and one or two skating sequences. Pairs short programs must have two lifts, a throw jump, a side-by-side jump, a side-by-side spin combination, a pair spin combination,a death spiral, and a skating sequence.
In their long programs, single skaters are required to have eight jumps (seven for women), three spins, and two skating sequences. Pairs long programs must have four lifts, four jumps, two spins, a death spiral, and two skating sequences.

Elements which go beyond these requirements are identified by the technical panel, but have a GEO and mark of 0. A single skater who performs a third solo jump in his short program gets no credit for it.

Program components

In the new ISU judging system, Olympic figure skaters are marked on presentation based on five program components:

  1.  skating skills
  2.  transitions
  3.  performance
  4.  choreography
  5.  interpretation

Ice dancing uses only four program components. Instead of program component scores for transitions and choreography, ice dancing uses a timing component.

These components are marked on a scale from 0 to 10 in increments of 0.25, with a mark of 5 being considered “average.” The highest and lowest scores are dropped, and the remainder are averaged. The average is then multiplied by a factor of between 0.8 (women’s solo short program) and 2 (men’s long program) to get the final value for that program component. Adding together all the individual program component scores gives the program component score.

The multiplication factor is always set so that the program component score has a similar weight to the element score. Programs with more elements or higher GOEs have higher multiplication factors than programs with fewer elements or lower GOEs. Men’s short programs have a factor of 1, men’s long programs a factor of 2. Women’s and pairs short programs have a factor of 0.8, long programs a factor of 1.6.

This system is intended to judge skaters independently rather than relative to each other, reducing the chance of a predetermined win such as was seen in the 2002 Winter Olympic Games judging controversy.


Deductions are given for falls, time violations, costume and prop violations, music violations, excessive interruption, and illegal elements. These are noted separately on the judging form, also called the protocol. Because the program is so carefully scripted to maximize points, the only deductions usually seen at the Winter Olympics are for falls. Canadian ice dancing Olympic hopefuls Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue have altered the dismount of their signature lift, nicknamed the Goose, because the original 360 spinning dismount might be ruled a jump and jumps are illegal in ice dancing.

The final score

Adding the technical score to the program component score, taking into account all deductions, gives the segment score. The segment scores for the short program and free skate are added together to give the total competition score.

13 April 2012

Brisons la Glace - Brian Joubert plays the actor

I already told you about Joubert shooting a pilot. Here I have some more infos for all Brian's fans.

Brisons la Glace is a shortcom with famous skaters, not as guest stars but as recurring character. It offers a new look on the world of competition, a more realistic and less conventional look than the one conveyed by the media. It will also highlight the complex relationship between the coach and his athletes. It will therefore be realistic while playing on the register of comedy.

The series shows the life of a young couple, the generation of the under 30 but over 19, raised in a pessimistic atmosphere (1 of 3 marriage ends in divorce). This is the generation that ends late its studies, but also the one which wants a dream job as well as a happy family. This utopia is difficult to achieve and therefore the comedy follows.


Anthony Joubert is the coach

Joubert is a young and famous humorist.

Jennifer Kerner is Stéphanie

Kerner is a young actress. Jennifer is also three times French Ice Dance Champion with Aurélien Déharbe (2009, 2010 and 2011).

Elodie Menant is Déborah

Menant is an actress and a singer.

Aurélien Déharbe is Jerome

Déharme is a former top athlete and choreographer of Brian Joubert from 2005 to 2008.

Romain Fleury is Daryl

Fleury is an actor and a singer. Romain was also University Franch Champion of rugby in 2002.

Brian Joubert is Kevin
I don't need to present the three times European champion and 2007 World champion.

Marina Anissina and Gwendal Peizerat

World champions in 2001, Olympic champions in 2002, six times French champions.

Florent Amodio

European Champion in 2011.

Surya Bonaly

Everyone knows Surya: three times runner up at the World Championships (1993, 1994, 1995), five times European champion (1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995) and 9 times French Champion (from 1989 to 1997).

Annick Dumont

Annick Dumont is without doubt the most glamorous coach of the French skating world. She spotted talents as Stannick Jeannette, Frederick Dambier, Alban Préuaubert and Florent Amodio. She is also a sports journalist and consultant for France Television since 1992.

But you want something more, right? Ok, I'll give you more! Here afor you a video with some mistakes from Brison la Glace.

Sources: Cinergie Productions, Brisons la Glace Facebook Page

12 April 2012

Some changes for Brezina and Plushenko

This season has alsmost ended but some skaters are already planning the next one, with a view to Sochi Olympics.

Michal Brezina, still looking for consistency, decided to change coach. The news appeared on his official website: Michael ended cooperation with coaches Peter Starec and Karl Fajfr and from the new season will work with Olympic champion Viktor Petrenko. Petrenko works in New Jersey with his wife Nina and Galina Zmievskaya.

Evgeni Plushenko has decided to hire a prestigious choreographer, Pasquale Camerlengo, in order to remedy to what has long been referred by many as as a weak point, namely the lack of choreography of his performances, especially to adapt to the new judging system.

In early April RIA Novosti had quoted renowned Russian coach Tatiana Tarasova, saying: “If nothing puts him [A/N: Camerlengo] off, then I think he will help Zhenya [A/N: Plushenko] to reveal his full talent.” Speking of Camerlengo, Tarasova said: “He’s my protege. I worked with him for many years when he was an athlete. Now he’s a creative person who makes very interesting programs.”

On April 6, in a text to the Free Press the same Camerlengo has confirmed that he will travel to Russia to choreograph both competitive programs that Plushenko will use next season.

11 April 2012

Kings On Ice 2012 - Watch the Show!

KingsOnIce2012 243x350 Kings On Ice 2012 la Bucureşti

On April, 7 Kings On Ice brought us a series of amazing skating performances in Bucharest, enhanced with Edvin Marton’s Stradivarious. On March, 20 was held a press conference during which Olympic champion Evgeni Plushenko and violinist Edvin Marton presented the show.

This fourth edition of the Kings on Ice included two performances: at 15:00 and at 20:00. Among the skaters that performed in Bucharest, there were Brian Joubert, Stephane Lambiel, Surya Bonaly, Fumie Suguri, Ekaterina Bobrov/Dmitri Soloviev, Vera Bazarova/Yuri Larionov and Fiona Zaldua/Dmitry Sukhanov. New additions were: Laura Lepisto and Ekaterina/Alexander Chesnut, famous for ice acrobatics.

If you weren't in Bucharest, you can watch the show with me! Just hit play  and relax!

A beautiful show deserves a great reporter, right? So here I show you some of Sarynka's pics of this Kings on Ice. You can see all her beautiful pics on her blog.

Photo courtesy of Sarynka
Photo courtesy of Sarynka
Photo courtesy of Sarynka

Photo courtesy of Sarynka

Photo courtesy of Sarynka

Photo courtesy of Sarynka

Photo courtesy of Sarynka

Photo courtesy of Sarynka

Photo courtesy of Sarynka

Photo courtesy of Sarynka

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