Monthly Archives: December 2011

2011 Rostelecom Cup

Ah, Moscow. Where Evgeni Plushenko always welcomes us with open arms. But, first, let’s look at some of the people who are actually eligible to skate.

The Men

Brandon Mroz needs to work on his formula. Jeremy Abbott never leaves anything on the ice. Except a little blood. Javier Fernández flips out. Yuzuru Hanyu proves 2 + 2 = 1.

The Pairs

Cain & Reagan measure up. Berton & Hotárek look just like us. Kavaguti & Smirnov get closer. Savchenko & Szolkowy just won’t retire.

Ice Dancing

Bobrova & Soloviev get nailed by Tanith. Weaver & Poje forget the wow. Davis & White really feel it.

The Ladies

Mao Asada brings it back. Alena Leonova is on a first name basis with us. Adelina Sotnikova goes gardening. Rachael Flatt stops making sense. Agnes Zawadzki biffs. And Christina Gao gets talked about.

Plus, cats, and the Tudors are no fans of cats.

2011 NHK Trophy and 2011 Trophée Eric Bompard

2011 NHK Trophy

The Men

Brandon Mroz jumps the shark bite. Ross Miner boldly goes to the tanning booth. Takahiko Kozuka takes us to the symphony. Daisuke Takahashi knows that coffee is for closers.

The Pairs

Denney & Coughlin still need to take a chemistry class. Savchenko & Szolkowy sing us a lullaby. Takahashi & Tran confuse us. Kavaguti & Smirnov remember the 3 S’s of good programs.

Ice Dancing

Kriengkrairut & Gjulietti-Schmitt and Cathy & Chris Reed try to wake us up. Ilinykh & Katsalapov twizzle covertly. Weaver & Poje should edit that last part out. Shibutani & Shibutani keep us in the mood.

The Ladies

Ashley Wagner uses both of her feet, like all swans do. Agnes Zawadzki gets off to a slow start. Alena Leonova breaks Rule #1. Mao Asada delays things a bit. Akiko Suzuki is fun to watch.

2011 Trophée Eric Bompard

The Men

Michal Březina takes things slow. Florent Amodio: Clothes of the Tiger! Song Nan needs a makeover. Patrick Chan riles us up.

The Pairs

Evora & Ladwig can’t go up. Duhamel & Radford bump it up. Bazarova & Larionov actually leave the ice. Volosozhar & Trankov win or something.

Ice Dancing

Cappellini & Lanotte lift where it counts. Péchalat & Bourzat lay it down. Virtue & Moir – what can we say?

The Ladies

Alissa Czisny catches a little of The Czisny. Carolina Kostner forgets to take the camel out for a spin. Elizaveta Tuktamysheva sets off our alarm bells.

And ice shows!