In our last interview from Internationaux de France 2018, Clara (@daejangie) sits down with Vanessa James and Morgan Ciprès, the 2018 World Bronze Medalists, to discuss their trajectory, programs, throw quads, and more!
Our second interview from Internationaux de France 2018, Clara (@daejangie) sits down with Kévin Aymoz, the 2017 French National Champion, for a brief chat about his programs, his elements, last season and more.
Direct from Internationaux de France 2018, Clara (@daejangie) sits down with 2006 Olympic silver medalist Stéphane Lambiel for a brief chat about the changes to the IJS, his coaching philosophy and his work as a choreographer.
Tilda: The spin! The spin where he did the [YMCA] movements? Pure genius.
Evie: That’s the only valid choreographic sequence from now on, if you’re doing the YMCA arms. Only valid one, I’m sorry.
The fourth Challenger Series event, the Ondrej Nepela Trophy, took place in Bratislava, Slovakia over the weekend. The event was streamed by the Slovakian Federation but most of the original feeds have been taken down due to copyright issues - you should be able to find most of the individual programmes reuploaded to Youtube. Protocols and score breakdowns can be found here.
The Challenger Series made it’s first stop in North America this week in Salt Lake City for the US International Figure Skating Classic. This event hosted a contingent of 5 pairs, 11 men, 7 ice dance teams, and 15 ladies. All vying for a spot on the podium and points toward their world rank. Unfortunately this event was geo-blocked and only available for US viewers who purchased an NBC Gold subscription pass for figure skating.
This event saw the season debut for many top skaters, marking first looks at new programs costumes and improvements from last season. All event results information, including protocols, can be found here.
Evie: So we’ve had two successive weekends filled with figure skating after several months of barely anything and -
Karly: It's been so nice!
Evie: It’s been nice but also I miss having sleep, I miss being able to sleep. (Laughs).
The JGP series has kicked off with JGP Bratislava - here’s our first competition recap of the 2018 - 2019 season!
Clara: So in the end, this has more or less morphed into something like a brief history of the last thirty years of figure skating, which is clearly more than anyone can cover in an hour, especially us, given how chatty we are liable to be. So take this as an upfront disclaimer, this is going to be a very whistle-stop tour and necessarily incomplete.