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2013 Rostelecom Cup

Julia Lipnitskaia gets a leg up on the competition. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

Julia Lipnitskaia gets a leg up on the competition. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

By now, it should be needless to say that NBC hardly showed any of this competition, as is their custom. This week, however, we give thanks for the paucity.

Savchenko & Szolkowy win. Bazarova & Larionov stay grounded. Moore-Towers & Moscovitch do something or other. Davis & Brubaker learn on the ice. Scimeca & Knierim go for 20.

Davis & White get the full court press. Bobrova & Soloviev take us back. Weaver & Poje bring us back. Chock & Bates get respect.

Julia Lipnitskaia leaps. Carolina Kostner distracts. Mirai Nagasu doesn’t have a good time. Elizaveta Tuktamysheva gets frogged. Agnes Zawadzki takes it slow.

Maxim Kovtun quads it out. Artur Gachinski gets no press while Konstantin Menshov does. Javier Fernández hits. Richard Dornbush surprises. Tatsuki Machida flies out of nowhere. And Joshua Farris withdraws while Evgeni Plushenko goes to Latvia.

And the results from Sectionals give us pause.

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2013 Trophée Eric Bompard

Patrick Chan fires up the lasers. (Source: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images Europe)

Patrick Chan fires up the lasers. (Source: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images Europe)

We’re woozy after this one, and it’s not because we stuffed ourselves full of cheese and talked like Maurice Chevalier all weekend, although we did do that. No, it’s from boredom. Here’s what triggered our malaise.

NBC hates ice dancing, especially Virtue & Moir, Péchalat & Bourzat, and some Russians. Where are Doug Wilson and Dick Button when you need them?

NBC hates pairs, too, especially Pang & Tong, Duhamel & Radford, and Denney & Coughlin.

Patrick Chan wins without falling down. Jason Brown catches our magic. NBC hates Michal Březina and Florent Amodio. Yan Han celebrates the season.

Ashley Wagner chooses the wrong music. Adelina Sotnikova spins right round like a record, baby. Anna Pogorilaya cuts it up. Samantha Cesario goes Gotham. Christina Gao doesn’t have her best skate. Rachel Flatt gives us a scare. Tara Lipinski tries to not tear her hair out. And Tori has some good news and bad news about Rostelecom.

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P.S. Before we recorded this episode, we came across the Skating Lesson’s interview with Alissa Czisny in which she talked about a comeback this year. After we recorded the episode, we came across Alissa’s statement that she’s dropping out of sectionals and seemingly is retiring from competing. It’s been a joy watching Alissa over the years, and The Ice Queens wish her nothing but the best.

2013 NHK Trophy

Elena Radionova (Koki Nagahama/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Elena Radionova (Koki Nagahama/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Surprisingly, NBC disappoints! Volosozhar & Trankov forge ahead. Peng & Zhang do something. Davis & White get no coverage. The Shibutanis do something. The Japanese fans crank up the generators. Mao Asada chokes up. Elena Radionova gets Johnny Weir to agree with the Ice Queens. Akiko Suzuki runs the embassy. Gracie Gold gets Johnny Weir to agree with the Ice Queens again. Satoko Miyahara gets scanned. Valentina Marchei doesn’t threaten. Alena Leonova does something. Mirai Nagasu slows it down. Elene Gedevanishvili does something. Daisuke Takahashi does fab. Nobunari Oda gets Johnny Weir to disagree with the Ice Queens. Jeremy Abbott fights and draws. Adam Rippon needs to do some connecting. Javier Fernández melts the ice, which trips him up a bit. Takahito Mura does something. Max Aaron does something. And we preview the Trophée Eric Bompard.

2013 Cup of China

Anna Pogorilaya

Anna Pogorilaya, selling it. (Photo: GOH CHAI HIN AFP/Getty Images)

The 2013 Cup of China is the third Grand Prix competition we’ve sat through this season, and we’re already bored to tears. Here are just some of the reasons why:

Savchenko & Szolkowy avoid the rats. Pang & Tong don’t retire.

Chock & Bates medal invisibly. Péchalat & Bourzat win. Bobrova & Soloviev remain unwatchable. Aldridge & Eaton bring up the rear.

Yan Han invokes Patrick Chan. Maxim Kovtun goes to the max. Takahiko Kozuka does the Sweaty Vulcan. Denis Ten didn’t finish last. Richard Dornbush cuts his hair. Florent Amodio flairs.

Anna Pogorilaya sells sea shells by the sea shore. Adelina Sotnikova tries to pull one over, glove-wise. Carolina Kostner goes out with a splat. Kanako Murakami sets our remote to “scan.” Agnes Zawadzki takes it nice and slow; well, at least, slow.

And we look forward to the NHK. Talent and eye candy. Maybe NBC will actually show some of it.

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2013 Skate Canada


You can tell it’s an Olympic year. NBC is showing a lot of events, and the Ice Queens are doing a lot of shows. This one’s about 2013 Skate Canada. Here’s how it went down.

Berton & Hotárek get their 15 seconds. Sui & Han come of age. Duhamel & Radford disappoint the home crowd. Denney & Frazier – accept no substitutions. Davis & Brubaker get on the merry-go-round.

Virtue & Moir seem like a couple. Weaver & Poje close the gap. Hubbell & Donohue cash in on their IQ luck.

Julia Lipnitskaia can be a contender. Gracie Gold gets Franked. Akiko Suzuki invests. Christina Gao doesn’t wow. Courtney Hicks makes us cry for her.

NBC’s B Team —Terry Gannon, Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir – get an A. The gets an F.

Jeremy Abbott recycles. Joshua Farris get Johnny’d. As does Yuzuru Hanyu. Nobunari Oda gets the bends. Patrick Chan stands up. And Ross Miner gets no screen time.

2013 Skate America

Liz and Jason Brown

Liz and Jason Brown

Welcome back, figure skating fans! We kick off our 7th royal season with the 2013 Skate America Grand Prix competition. Actually, it’s the 2013 Hilton HHonors Skate America, just in time for Hhalloween, so hhave yourself some Hhennessy and enjoy our show, in which…

Liz and Tori change their names. Johnny Weir joins Matt Lauer’s family. Evgeni Plushenko attains Small Wonder status. Evan Lysacek sits this one out. Gracie Gold heads west. Carolina Kostner sticks around. Valentina Marchei skates on Kostner’s heels.

Volosozhar & Trankov get their 15 seconds. Denney & Coughlin do not.

Davis & White are dancin’ to the oldies. Shibutani & Shibutani barely shake off Hubbell & Donohue.

Max Aaron wears gloves. Adam Rippon lacks spark. Tatsuki Machida makes us miss Dick. Jason Brown, SPM. Daisuke Takahashi gets Belbined. Artur Gachinski skates like he skates.

Mao Asada goes 6 for 6. Ashley Wagner dresses well. Elena Radionova keeps Russian traditions alive. Caroline Zhang does not do well. Samantha Cesario remains a mystery.

And our Skate Canada preview: Jeremy Abbott, Virtue & Moir, Patrick Chan, Ross Miner, Joshua Farris, Michal Brezina, Gracie Gold, Akiko Suzuki, Duhamel & Radford, Denney & Frazier, Hubbell & Donohue and Weaver & Poje.

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2013 World Figure Skating Championships

Nelli Zhiganshina and Alexander Gazsi Free Dance

Recorded March 23, 2013 – you know, when NBC got around to showing it. Posted April 4, 2013 – you know, when we got around to editing it. Here’s the lineup:

Terry Gannon and Scott Hamilton phone it in. Because it’s expensive to send two guys to Canada.

The Men

We experience runaway Chanflation. Denis Ten “comes out of nowhere.” Javier Fernández takes it slow. Max Aaron back loads. Ross Miner doesn’t quite come through. Kevin Reynolds “scores” a hat trick. Daisuke Takahashi breaks it down. Brian Joubert eats dinner at 4:30. Florent Amodio goes for a spin.


Volosozhar and Trankov run in front and trip. Savchenko and Szolkowy can’t catch a break. Duhamel and Radford lutz the envelope. Scimeca and Knierim do the job.

Ice Dance

Davis and White and Virtue and Moir keep duking it out. Shibutani and Shibutani keep creeping. Bobrova and Soloviev prepare us for the Olympics.


Kim Yuna cleans the ice. Carolina Kostner gets her season’s best. Mao Asada goes for the triple axle. Ashley Wagner and Gracie Gold do their jobs. Akiko Suzuki and Alena Leonova struggle.

And we’re still pulling for Jeremy Abbott.

2013 United States Figure Skating Championships

We watched the 2013 United States Figure Skating Championships on the National Broadcasting Company. Who knew they even covered skating anymore?

The competition turns into a game of Where’s Denney and Couglin and Rockne and Parnter X? Castelli and Shnapir, Zhang and Bartholomay, and Scimeca and Knierim skate inbetween stretching sessions.

Davis and White start connecting. The Shibutanis and Hubbell and Donohue get robbed. Chock and Bates do the robbing. Kriengkrairut and Giulietti-Schmitt stump us.

NBC brings over Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick from NHL coverage because, you know, both sports use skates. Did the Peacock lose Terry Gannon’s phone number?

Gracie Gold makes a comeback. Ashley Wagner falls to the top. Agnes Zawadzki slows it down. Courtney Hicks brings back some memories. Christina Gao flails and tangos. Mirai Nagasu under-rotates. Tori misses The Pearl and so does Caroline Zhang.

Jeremy Abbott makes us cry again. Adam Rippon leaves the Blue Lagoon. Evan couldn’t make it, so Jonathan Cassar steps in. Jason Brown needs to get in a new Outfit. Ross Miner has a quad or whatever. Max Aaron revs up the backloader. Keegan Messing, Brandon Mroz, Stephen Carriere, and Armin Mahbanoozadeh all surprise us… by simply being there. Richard Dornbush has us reaching for the remote. Joshua Farris joins the seniors.

The 2013 European Figure Skating Championships were held at the same time, with a mixed bag of results.

Javier Fernández won! Carolina Kostner won. Volosozhar & Trankov still stump us. And Bobrova & Soloviev keep giving us headaches.

2012 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final

This season has been so inspirational! For instance, we’ve been inspired to go shopping, see movies, wander the streets aimlessly, anything to not watch figure skating. But some events are just too important to ignore, unfortunately, like the 2012–2013 Grand Prix Final. So, we’re back, with our 6th season premiere episode. We’re taking the gloves off for this one, and we wish Yuzuru Hanyu would, too.

The Men

Daisuke Takahashi bugs us less! Yuzuru Hanyu dresses inappropriately. Patrick Chan doubles his way to the podium. Javier Fernández has “the complete package.”

The Ladies

Mao Asada puts the triple axel in a shoebox and shoves it under her bed. Ashley Wagner also bugs us less! Akiko Suzuki brings the joy. Kiira Korpi catches the Czisny. Elizaveta Tuktamysheva stumps The Gannon. Christina Gao qualifies.


Volosozhar & Trankov will probably keep winning. Bazarova & Larionov keep the Russian dreams alive. Pang & Tong are on the 100-year plan.

Ice Dancing

Davis & White get pushed. Virtue & Moir don’t meet NBC’s requirements for televising.

Looking Ahead

Jeremy Abbott needs to clean up. Ross Miner hangs in there. Adam Rippon gets no coversage. Johnny Weir drops his poker face. Evan Lysacek stays in the shadows. Gracie Gold trains nearby. Agnes Zawadzki and Mirai Nagasu compete. Rachael Flatt needs more schooling. Denney & Coughlin stay together. Hubbell & Donohue get a mention. And the Shibutanis still creep us out a little.

The 2012 World Figure Skating Championships… Finally

This event was so depressing, we didn’t feel like posting the show. The next thing you know, it’s the 4th of July – the holiday where everyone cleans out old audio files from their computer. So, here it is!


Denney & Coughlin really confuse us. Marley and Brubaker get a shout out. Takahashi & Tran represent. Volosozhar & Trankov pump it up. Savchenko & Szolkowy win by a nose.

Ice Dancing

Shibutani & Shibutani stand and don’t deliver. We call Hubbell & Donohue “School on Saturday.” Péchalat & Bourzat’s costumes are as stinky as, well, a mummy. Davis & White aren’t on the level. Virtue & Moir stumble their way to first place.

The Men

Artur Gachinski finally makes us happy. Adam Rippon jumps in the air like he just doesn’t care. Jeremy Abbott is off like bad milk. Brian Joubert rinses and repeats. Yuzuru Hanyu noodles around. Daisuke Takahashi gets robbed. Patrick Chan can, literally, do no wrong.

The Ladies

Alissa Czisny brings us to tears. Ashley Wagner knocks out the lights. Akiko Suzuki keeps us happy. Alena Leonova still bugs. Carolina Kostner makes our predictions come true. Unfortunately.