2014 U.S. Figure Skating Championships – part 2

The Shibutanis react to The Ice Queens podcast. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

The Shibutanis react to the latest Ice Queens podcast. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

2014 U.S. Figure Skating Championships 2: Electric Boogalloo. That’s right, we’re back… for everyone who believes in the beat. Here’s what we’re talking about:

Ice Dance

Chock & Bates impress. Davis & White get inflated. The Shibutanis look at the skaters in the mirror. Hubbell & Donohue may be onto something.

Ladies

Gracie Gold gets pushed. Polina Edmunds arms herself. Mirai Nagasu breaks it up. Ashley Wagner uses both feet. Agnes Zawadzki has a tough time, and Rachael Flatt shows up.

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2014 U.S. Figure Skating Championships – part 1

Liz and Jason Brown

Liz and future Olympian Jason Brown

We celebrate the 100th anniversary of the U.S. Figure Skating Championships by watching most of it! And that’s the Cold Truth. There is so much to talk about, we’ve split it up into two shows. Here’s how some of it went down.

The Pairs

Castelli & Shnapir bond together. Denney & Coughlin deliver some goods. Zhang & Bartholomay put on their best undershirts. Davis & Brubaker and Leng & Leduc should do a little swapping.

The Men

Jason Brown gets the Ice Queens magic. Max Aaron flashes us back. Jeremy Abbott fights. Adam Rippon pops. Joshua Farris impresses. Richard Dornbush drops his ball. Douglas Razzano and Ross Miner show up. Brandon Mroz keeps skating. Keegan Messing keeps it “hot.”

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2013 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final

FUKUOKA, JAPAN - DECEMBER 07: Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov of Russia fall after skating into the red carpet on their entrance for the Pairs Free Skating Final victory ceremony on day three of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final 2013/2014 at Marine Messe Fukuoka on December 7, 2013 in Fukuoka, Japan. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images) Copyright © 2013 Getty Images. All rights reserved.

Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov of Russia fall after skating into the red carpet on their entrance for the Pairs Free Skating Final victory ceremony on day three of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
Copyright © 2013 Getty Images. All rights reserved.

Finally, the Grand Prix Finals.

Hey, NBC, Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski impress us. Steve Schlager doesn’t. And wouldn’t we look nice in front of the fake fireplace with Bob Costas?

Volosozhar & Trankov fall to fame. Savchenko & Szolkowy win it. Pang & Tong hang on. Davis & White get a “convincing win.” Virtue & Moir make it look effortless. Péchalat & Bourzat knock the Russians off. Ashley Wagner calls ‘em like she sees ‘em. Anna Pogorilaya can’t get a ticket. Elena Radionova performs. Irina Slutskaya gets some air time. Adelina Sotnikova rocks then rolls. Julia Lipnitskaia spins perfectly. Mao Asada brings in some fire power. Yuzuru Hanyu’s short goes big. Patrick Chan skates well, interviews poorly. Nobunari Oda sprites it up. Yan Han gets emotional while Maxim Kovtun gets our hopes up.

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Recent Books

Some figure skating books have been published recently. We’d read them if we didn’t have to spend all our time watching the 40 or so Grand Prix events this year. Here’s what’s out:

Push Dick’s Button: A Conversation on Skating from a Good Part of the Last Century–and a Little Tomfoolery by, of course, Dick Button.

And ABC television director Doug Wilson’s memoir, The World Was Our Stage: Spanning the Globe with ABC Sports.

As well as Kelli Lawrence’s Skating on Air: The Broadcast History of an Olympic Marquee Sport.

Not to mention Christine Brennan’s update to Edge of Glory: The Inside Story of the Quest for Figure Skatings Olympic Gold Medals. Well, I guess we mentioned it.

If you have to choose between reading these books or listening to our podcast, we think you know which you should do.

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

Tessa VIrtue and Scott Moir – ANDREW VAUGHAN / THE CANADIAN PRESS

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 icenetwork.com 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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