The 2015 U.S. Figure Skating Championships

Better late than never! Or is it? In this episode we discuss the fine red, white & blue performances from Scimeca & Knierim, Leng & Shnapir, Castelli & Tran, Denney & Frazier, Kayne & O’Shea, Chock & Bates, Hawayek & Baker, Hubbell & Donohue, the Shibutanis, Ashley Wagner, Gracie Gold, Mirai Nagasu, Polina Edmunds, Karen Chen, Jason Brown, Adam Rippon, Joshua Farris, Max Aaron, Jeremy Abbott, Richard Dornbush, Ross Miner, and Keegan Messing, who’s Canadian now, somehow.

Then we set sail for beautiful Stockholm to discuss the 2015 European Figure Skating Championships and Florent Amodio, Michal Březina, Maxim Kovtun, Javier Fernández, Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, Elena Radionova, Anna Pogorilaya, Elene Gedevanishvili, Joshi Helgesson, Viktoria Helgesson, Yulia Lipnitskaya, Maé-Bérénice Méité, Kavaguti & Smirnov, Stolbova & Klimov, Papadakis & Cizeron, Cappellini & Lanotte, and Stepanova & Bukin.

And, the Skating and Gymnastics “Spectacular!” or “Everything with SKAT in the title.”

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2014 Grand Prix Final

Gracie Gold withdraws, so NBC delays airing the event for a week because who wants to watch if Gracie’s not there? Here’s who did show up:

Pairs

Duhamel & Radford get their 30 seconds of fame. Stolbova & Klimov and Sui & Han compete, but we didn’t see it.

Dance

Weaver & Poje, Chock & Bates, and Papadakis & Cizeron medal. The Shibutanis don’t.

Men

Maxim Kovtun spins a web. The Phantom menace captures Takahito Mura and Yuzuru Hanyu. Sergei Voronov suits up. Tatsuki Machida makes a surprise announcement. Javier Fernández gets nervous.

Women

Gracie Gold makes a withdrawal. Ashley Wagner comes out of the batter’s box. Yulia Lipnitskaya should be Coming to America. Anna Pogorilaya jumps. Elena Radionova skates her (possible) age. Elizaveta Tuktamysheva fails to anger us.

The Scandals

We discuss a bunch of stuff we don’t really know anything about. Carolina Kostner’s boyfriend walks a little too well. Javier and Miki Ando work on their posture. And are Terry, Tara, and Johnny even going to these competitions?

And the rest

Our 50th episode, in which we chat about the 2014 Cup of China, Rostelecom Cup, Trophée Éric Bompard, and NHK Trophy.

Season 8 Premiere – Skate America and Skate Canada

Frank loves a good bargain.

Frank loves a good bargain.

It’s the year after the Olympics, and yet, we’re STILL watching figure skating! In this, our 49th episode, we chat about Skate America, Sears, and Skate Canada. Here’s who we end up talking about:

Ice Dance

Madison Chock & Evan Bates

Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani
Alexandra Stepanova & Ivan Bukin
Madison Hubbell & Zachary Donohue
Piper Gilles & Paul Poirier
Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje

Pairs

Yuko Kavaguti & Alexander Smirnov
Haven Denney & Brandon Frazier
Peng Cheng & Zhang Hao
Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford
Madeline Aaron & Max Settlage
Sui Wenjing & Han Cong
Evgenia Tarasova & Vladimir Morozov

Ladies

Maé-Bérénice Méité
Haruka Imai
Elene Gedevanishvili
Mirai Nagasu
Samantha Cesario
Elizaveta Tuktamysheva
Elena Radionova
Gracie Gold and Frank Carroll
Ashley Wagner
Courtney Hicks
Anna Pogorilaya
Satoko Miyahara

Men

Tatsuki Machida
Jason Brown
Nam Nguyen
Denis Ten
Jeremy Abbott
Artur Gachinski
Javier Fernández
Max Aaron
Adam Rippon
Stephen Carriere
Takahito Mura

And remember, when you need “good stuff cheap,” check out Ollie’s Bargain Outlet!

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Nothing But Coverage

As you fans know, the Ice Queens depend on broadcast television coverage of figure skating events. Paying for the ice network gets our blood boiling, and actually going to the events is a possibility that presents itself only rarely. (However, Liz IS attending Skate America this year!)

Trying to find a schedule of television coverage for the 2014-2015 season is downright impossible at this stage. However, USFSA did have this gem in their press release about Skate America.

“NBC will kick off its season-long coverage of the ISU Grand Prix Series with two hours live at Skate America from 4-6 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, Oct. 26. Icenetwork will stream live coverage of the entire Grand Prix Series on a subscription basis. NBC will carry same-weekend coverage of the remaining Grand Prix events, while Universal Sports will broadcast live and delayed coverage throughout the Grand Prix season. Broadcast details will be announced at a later date.”

NBC with same-weekend coverage of all the Grand Prix events? I’ll believe it when I see it. Maybe the Tara and Johnny show has brought in enough viewers to wake up NBC Sports execs. Maybe the Today Show likes having T&J on so much that they’re forcing NBC Sports to provide timely coverage. Maybe it’s all a fever-induced dream I’m having – it was awfully hot here today.

At any rate, I can’t wait for the new season of The Ice Queens! We’ll keep you posted.

Taking and keeping the gloves off,
The Producer

XXII Olympic Winter Games – Sochi 2014 – Part 2

Frank Carroll fears only one person.

Frank Carroll fears only one person.

For part 2 of our Winter Olympics coverage, the Ice Queens felt such a kinship with our Sochi-bound skaters that they flew to Arizona, spent the day poolside enjoying the 75° weather, had a few glasses of wine, and then got to work. Just like all the athletes did.

Liz and Tori recorded this one live in not one, but two different locations, so please excuse any background you may notice. Now, onto the Olympians.

Dance

Virtue & Moir got underscored. Davis & White gave us headaches. Ilinykh & Katsalapov deserved it. Bobrova & Soloviev counted the days. Péchalat & Bourzat also got underscored. Chock & Bates were also underscored. The Shibutanis sold it.

Ladies

Adelina Sotnikova Flattlined. Yulia Lipnitskaya got pressured. Polina Edmunds had a nice debut. Ashley Wagner used both feet. Gracie Gold “warmed” it up. Mao Asada came back. Yuna Kim arrived. Carolina Kostner cleaned it up.

And Evgeni Plushenko just won’t go away.

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XXII Olympic Winter Games – Sochi 2014 – Part 1

Jason Dungjen and Plushy.

Jason Dungjen and Plushy.

After watching the figure skating at the Sochi 2014 games so far, we don’t know whose eyes hurt worse, Bob Costas’s or ours. Here’s what we’ve sat through so far:

Team Trophy

Evgeni Plushenko actually skates. Stolbova & Klimov get some NBC airtime. Davis & White crush. Virtue & Moir don’t. Terry Gannon, Johnny Weir, and Tara Lipinski show NBC how it’s done. Ashley Wagner calls ‘em like she sees ‘em.

Pairs

Castelli & Shnapir and Zhang & Bartholomay clean up, respectably. Volosozhar & Trankov go old school. Stolbova & Klimov lurch to a medal. Savchenko & Szolkowy stay in the pink.

The Men

Yuzuru Hanyu sells. Javier Fernández gets his grades down. Jeremy Abbott turns on the auto pilot. Jason Brown builds his resume. Denis Ten interests us, even with that music. Patrick Chan continues the Canadian Curse. Evgeni Plushenko drops out, “surprisingly.” And Maxim Kovtun gets our sympathy.

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2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Preview

Jason Brown sees his Sochi hotel room.

Jason Brown sees his Sochi hotel room.

We’re excited, yes I said excited, about these Olympics. We have so many questions that need answering. Will Jeremy Abbott get over his nerves? Will the fifth ring from the opening ceremony ever open? Will they please let Jason Brown take another official picture?

But before we get to all that, we must, out of good conscience, talk about the European Championships and the Four Continents.

Javier Fernández wins. Michal Březina, Tomáš Verner, and Brian Joubert should be getting their AARP cards. Florent Amodio ruins our stellar prediction record. Julia Lipnitskaia wins. Carolina Kostner switch hits. Volosozhar & Trankov win, as do Cappellini & Lanotte. Mirai Nagasu and Richard Dornbush go into exile. Kanako Murakami, Takahito Mura, and Sui & Han win. Kayne & O’Shea and Scimeca & Knierim take the silver and bronze. Hubbell & Donohue cycle it up. Aldridge & Eaton make their Ice Queens debut.

Now the Olympics…

Team Event

Figure skating teams up on us. Jeremy Abbott digs. Evgeni Plushenko gets a haircut.

The Pairs

Volosozhar & Trankov are a Frankenpair. Savchenko & Szolkowy probably won’t get the gold this time around, either. Pang & Tong hit the century mark. Duhamel & Radford and Moore-Towers & Moscovitch look good. Stolbova & Klimov will get some experience.

Predictions

Liz: Volosozhar & Trankov

Tori: Volosozhar & Trankov, Savchenko & Szolkowy, Duhamel & Radford

The Men

Jeremy Abbott likes the ice. Patrick Chan may not run in front anymore. Yuzuru Hanyu jumps it up. Evgeni Plushenko may get overscored. Javier Fernandez does three quads. Daisuke Takahashi gets a pass. Jason Brown should have fun. Denis Ten fights through his illness.

Predictions

Liz: Yuzuru Hanyu

Tori: Yuzuru Hanyu, Patrick Chan, Javier Fernandez

Ice Dancing

Davis & White should win. Then Virtue & Moir. Bobrova & Soloviev don’t impress Johnny Weir as much as we thought they would. Péchalat & Bourzat deserve to beat them, as do Chock & Bates. And Cappellini & Lanotte. And Weaver & Poje.

Predictions

Liz: Davis & White

Tori: Davis & White, Virtue & Moir, Bobrova & Soloviev

The Ladies

Kim Yu-na may win, but she won’t like doing it. Mao Asada will be in there. Julia Lipnitskaia may Lipinski in. Carolina Kostner threatens for her birthday. Akiko Suzuki might sneak in. Gracie Gold is our best chance to medal. Ashley Wagner listens to us.

Predictions

Liz: Julia Lipnitskaia
Tori: Kim Yu-na, Julia Lipnitskaia, Mao Asada.

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Sochi 2014 – Team Figure Skating – Men’s Short

The Best of Plushenko (Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY Sports)

The Best of Plushenko (Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY Sports)

Hanyu, Evgeny & Chan in that order after the short. Looks like the judges plan on doing everything in their power to keep Plushy in this thing. Of course, Chan didn’t help himself by downgrading the combination jump. I have to believe he has his sights on the men’s title and isn’t really concerned with this stupid team event. Just do enough to get Canada into the final round. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Jeremy is trying to kill the queens. What a disaster…fall on the quad and singled the axel!

In other vomit inducing news, Evgeny’s free skate music is “The Best of Plushenko.” It consists of 6 different music selections including The Godfather, Scheherazade & Tosca. He is unreal! Seriously, how are we expected to watch this without laughing?! – Tori