Category: fs

The first ladies triple axel done at the Olympics and still the only backloaded ladies triple axel. This was done 3 minutes and 10 seconds into Midori Ito’s long program. 👑👑👑 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JublV5cCRBg

Yuzuru Hanyu + Program Opening Stances 

Omg awww Scott Moir was crying after Yuzuru finally successfully landed his quad lutz in the FAOI finale! ❤️

Elizaveta Tuktamysheva (RUS) scores 153.89 in the free skate at the 2019 World Team Trophy

“It was a pretty hard time I can say,” Katsalapov said. “I remember that me and Lena could win that Worlds. We had this mistake on the twizzles in the short dance. After that we had a pretty strong skate in the free dance.”

For Katsalapov, it was a turning point. He made the decision to end his partnership with Ilinykh after Worlds concluded.

“After that I realised my life is going to change soon because I want to,” Katsalapov said. “I wasn’t afraid of anything. I just was open to everything new. I only was afraid to hurt my partner’s feelings. I wanted to move forward on my own path. I could speak a lot, but I just don’t want to do it now. If you ask me in five years, I will tell you everything.”

https://europeonice.com/2019/06/02/sinitsina-and-katsalapov-living-the-moment/

Nikita’s delusions: I had no choice except for breaking up with my partner after Worlds because there was no successful future for us after we made a mistake on our twizzles and lost not only a world title, but a world medal of any color

Reality: I/K won the Olympic bronze medal after finally doing 2 clean programs in the same competition and were projected to be the future of ice dance. Yet Nikita and Morozov went behind Elena’s back and had secret try outs with Vika BEFORE Worlds. Elena found out through the press and Nathalie Pechalat said everyone knew

except for Elena who only found out the morning of the Worlds short dance and burst into tears. Yet during the SD, when both got too close on the twizzles, Elena did her job and seamlessly saved the twizzles, while Nikita gave up after the 1st set, invalidating their twizzles and leading to them getting ZERO points on their twizzles. All he had to do for even level 1 on the twizzles was a 2nd set with just ONE (1) rotation, but he didn’t even attempt a 2nd or 3rd set. I/K won the FD, but the SD cost them not just the world title, but also a world medal of any color.

Nikita thinks the figure skating YouTube purge can erase the evidence and make us forget that it was HIM who messed up the twizzles and cost I/K the world title? WELL DESPITE THE YOUTUBE PURGE THE VIDEOS STILL EXIST!

Also you can really see the difference in effort Elena and Nikita put into saving these twizzles after they get too close at the end of the first set when changing from right back outside edge to right back inside edge. Usually they would do the 2nd set right out of the RBO to RBI change of edge. 

Elena saves this by pushing off her left foot and doing the 2nd set from a RFO edge. Elena’s twizzles are seamless and if each partner was given separate level, she would still get level 4 even without the “set of twizzles performed on one foot without steps between them” feature because she still only does the allowed one step between the 1st and 2nd set of twizzles in the SD (the push from the left foot) and has additional features that would be enough to get level 4 under the 2013-2014 rules: the dance jump into the first set of twizzles, arms clasped in front, and elbow(s) higher than shoulder level. She wouldn’t get the “third set of twizzles from different entry edge with at least 3 rotations” feature because she only completes 2 rotations instead of her usual 3 rotations on the 3rd set of twizzles, but if graded separately she would still get level 4 under the requirements for that season since she has different entry edge and direction of rotation of the two twizzles (1st set is right back outside counter-clockwise, 2nd set is right forward outside clockwise), at least 4 rotations in the each of the two twizzles, and option 2: 2 different additional features from different groups (she has 3, tho not from 3 different groups so this isn’t option 1, it’s option 2: dance jump entry into 1st set of twizzles [group c], arms clasped in front for at least 4 rotations established within first half rotation [group a], and elbow(s) above shoulder level for at least 4 rotations established within 1st half rotation [group a]). 

LITERALLY ALL NIKITA HAD TO DO FOR LEVEL 1 UNDER 2013-2014 SEASON RULES WAS DO A 2ND SET WITH JUST ONE (1) ROTATION!

Also tbh if he was smart he could have just continued the 2nd and 3rd set of twizzles like they were planned and gotten level 3 twizzles. He would have had enough features for level 4, but one level would be reduced due to the complete stop between the 1st & 2nd set of twizzles. Also I know only one step between twizzles is allowed in the SD, but like just take the extra steps and reduction in level and do the 2nd set so you at least get a level instead of getting no level and 0 points!!!

RBI-Rocker (RBI to RFI) CW/RFI-Counter (RFI to RBI) CW/RBI-Three Turn (RBI to RFO) CW/RFO-Kerrigan Spiral CW/RFO to RFI Change of Edge CCW/RFI-Three Turn (RFI to RBO) CCW/Triple Loop CCW/RBO-Choctaw (RBO to LFI) CCW

I uploaded an improved video of my Polina “Light of Seven” 3Lo transitions video on YouTube! There are more examples and better camera angles and video quality included. This is my favorite transition ever! So difficult and such insane speed and ice coverage! She covers the entire diagonal of the rink! 

Polina Tsurskaya announced her retirement from figure skating (💔), but I will always remember her incredible performance at the 2017 NHK Trophy! Good luck to Polya in her studies! ❤️ (she is studying international economics and said that she has always loved studying more than skating)

illyria-and-her-pet:

illyria-and-her-pet:

“It seems that you want me to comment on an unstable persons (sic) Facebook comment – I don’t really understand your question. … my suggestion is to call some of his other partners …”

Tara Modlin, Coughlin’s agent who called Bridget Namiotka “unstable,” said you should ask his other partners about their experiences with him, & had extra red hats for anyone who wanted to support him at Nationals, is also a coach at Ice House in NJ. https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/92e035_25825875d54d4860ab035aaf85ac25ef.pdf

As a coach, she is a member of USFSA and PSA. Imo she, Dalilah Sappenfield, Nina Edmunds, and other coaches should be investigated by Safesport for their actions towards Coughlin’s victims.

Tara Modlin also had a 9/11 charity and skating show, yet no money was given to 9/11 victims.

BTW Ice House in NJ is also where Tara’s husband, Craig Maurizi, is the skating director. Other coaches at Ice Works are … Nikolai Morozov and Andrew Lavrik.

Tara Modlin’s husband, Craig Maurizi, is a survivor who came forward about Richard Callaghan in 1999.

Bridget Namiotka is actually represented by the same attorney as Craig Maurizi. Their attorney is John Manly, who also represents many of Nassar’s survivors. Manly has also said that he represents two other women who say they were sexually abused by Coughlin when they were minors.

USFSA dismissed Craig’s sexual abuse claims about Callaghan back in 1999 because it wasn’t filed within the required 60 days of the alleged improper conduct. In January 2018, Craig filed a Safesport report about Callaghan and Callaghan was FINALLY given a provisional suspension in March 2018. Craig was also one of the athletes and survivors that spoke to Senate urging them to investigate USOC’s handling of sexual abuse allegations in April 2018. He also criticized Safe Sport after Coughlin’s death for the handling of both the Callaghan and Coughlin cases.

“Is SafeSport cleaning up the sport? I’d have to say my answer, generally speaking, is yes,” said Craig Maurizi, a longtime coach and the director of figure skating at the Ice House training center in Hackensack, N.J., said on Sunday. “I think the mechanism is making people think twice before they act.”

At the same time, Maurizi criticized SafeSport for the manner in which it was adjudicating a high-profile case involving him that has been going on for two decades.

Meanwhile, it is now nearly a year after Maurizi’s complaint was resubmitted, but the case has yet to be fully resolved.

“Are they dragging their feet?” Maurizi said of SafeSport. “Absolutely.”

Maurizi, whose wife, Tara Modlin, was Coughlin’s agent, also questioned whether due process was being fairly granted to all parties in cases investigated by SafeSport. “It’s such mixed emotions and mixed feelings, given the situation with my friend who felt he didn’t have due process and was not given an opportunity to voice his side,” Maurizi said of Coughlin.

The wildest thing to me is that Craig Maurizi, Bridget Namiotka, and two other Coughlin survivors have the same lawyer, John Manly… Yet Craig Maurizi and Tara Modlin basically support John Coughlin because he was their friend even though Craig Maurizi is a survivor of Richard Callaghan…

Back in 1999 when Craig first came forward about his allegations against Callaghan, he said a coach should never have any sexual relationship with their students no matter the age or gender. Yet he employs Morozov who has multiple high profile relationships with students…

Andrew Lavrik was also a coach at Ice House… He was arrested for having a sexual relationship with a 16 year old female student…

Tony Wheeler, who runs Skate Talk Online, also said on FSU that Tara Modlin and Craig Maurizi tried to contact Coughlin’s accusers right after his suicide…

I also took a look at Craig’s twitter and hmm. He has two retweets supporting Coughlin. But he also replied to Christine Brennan’s tweet criticizing USFSA’s statement for not mentioning Bridget criticizing USFSA for not mentioning him or the many victims of abuse that have come forward either…

Omg the hypocrisy of her Facebook… Tara talks about “fighting for the safety of young athletes,” yet she has so many glowing posts about John and said Bridget was unstable

Requirements
for Level 4 Step Sequence:

  • Complexity:
    Must include at least 11 difficult turns and steps. None of the
    types of turns and steps can be counted more than twice. 5 types of
    turns and steps must be executed in both directions.
  • Rotations
    in either direction (left and right) with full body rotation
    covering at least 1/3 of the pattern in total for each rotational
    direction
  • Use
    of body movements for at least 1/3 of the pattern
  • Two
    different combinations of 3 difficult turns on different feet
    executed with a clear rhythm within the sequence. Only the first
    combination attempted on each foot can be counted.

Nathan
Chen’s 2019 Worlds FS Step Sequence:

  • 14
    difficult steps/turns attempted. 12 difficult steps/turns attempted
    when only two of each step/turn are counted. 6 types of steps/turns
    in both directions attempted.
  • Rotations
    in either direction (left and right) with full body rotation
    covering at least 1/3 of the pattern in total for each rotational
    direction
  • Use
    of body movements for at least 1/3 of the pattern
  • Two
    different combinations of 3 difficult turns on different feet
    attempted
  • Left
    foot cluster: LFO-Rocker (LFO to LBO)
    CCW/
    LBO-Counter (LBO to LFO) CCW/LFO-Twizzle
    CCW (questionable)
  • Right
    foot cluster: RFO-Rocker (RFO to RBO)
    CW/
    RBO-Counter (RBO to RFO) CW/RFO-Twizzle
    CW

I
find the LFI-Rocker, LFO-Twizzle, RBI-Loop, RFO-Bracket, RFI-Bracket,
and RFO-Choctaw questionable. I wouldn’t count the LFI-Rocker (LFI
to LBI) CW because the left back inside edge is not very clear, has a
very short exit curve, and quickly changes edge. This does not affect
the level though because he has another clean clockwise rocker
counted (RFO-Rocker). The LFO-Twizzle is 2.5 rotations in total.
Rotation 1 to 1.5 looks hopped and the rotations don’t seem very
clean (the blade seems to rock back and forth a bit) from rotation 1 to 2 and like they turn into checked three turns. I wouldn’t
count this, so his counter-clockwise twizzle and the left foot
cluster would be invalidated, meaning he wouldn’t meet the “Two
different combinations of 3 difficult turns on different feet
executed with a clear rhythm within the sequence. Only the first
combination attempted on each foot can be counted.” feature and
wouldn’t get level 4. However, singles skating tends to be vague
and quite lenient. Like there is no specified amount of rotations
need in the twizzle and Nathan’s first rotation in the twizzle is
clean, so they might give him the cluster and still give him level 4.
Singles tech panels really only don’t give twizzles if the skater
stumbles out of them. His blade doesn’t stay on the ice in the
RBI-Loop, so I wouldn’t credit that and he wouldn’t have a
clockwise loop. The right back inside exit edge of the RFO-Bracket
(RFO to RBI) CCW could be clearer and have a more prolonged exit
curve, but I think it would still be counted in singles skating. The
right back outside exit edge of the RFI-Bracket (RFI to RBO) CW could
also be clearer, but I also think this would be counted in singles
skating. The left back inside edge of the RFO-Swing Choctaw (RFO to
LBI) CCW is not very clear, has a very short exit curve, and changes
to a left back outside edge very quickly. So I wouldn’t count this,
but Nathan already counted a counter-clockwise choctaw (RFI-Choctaw)
earlier, so this wouldn’t affect the level. The Worlds tech panel
gave Nathan a level 4 and I can see how they overlooked the
LFO-Twizzle to still count the cluster and still give level 4.
Whether they counted the RBI-Loop or not, as long as they counted the
LFO-Twizzle, Nathan would only drop from 6 to 5 steps/turns in both
directions, which would still be enough for level 4. I personally
wouldn’t count the LFI-Rocker, LFO-Twizzle, RBI-Loop, or
RFO-Choctaw. I am questionable on both brackets, but would let them
pass by singles standards. This would result in me giving Nathan a
level 3 since the LFO-Twizzle not being counted would lead to the
left foot cluster not being counted and the LFO-Twizzle and RBI-Loop
not being counted would mean Nathan doesn’t have a clockwise loop
or counter-clockwise twizzle, meaning he only has 4 steps/turns in
both directions instead of the required 5. He would have 10
steps/turns when only two of each type of step/turns are counted,
which is enough to meet level 3 requirements (9 steps/turns when only
two of each are counted).

Gifs of each step/turn are under the cut:

LFI-Rocker (LFI to LBI) CW: I wouldn’t count this because the left back inside exit edge is basically flat, the exit curve is very short, and he changes edge and puts down his free leg very quickly. This does not affect the step sequence level though because he has another clean clockwise rocker (RFO-Rocker).

LBO-Choctaw (LBO to RFI) CW to RFI-Choctaw (RFI to LBO) CCW: This is a very typical singles skating double choctaw. The left back outside entry edge could be clearer and and the free leg could be picked up more (though I’ve actually seen worse when it comes to singles skaters picking up their free legs on double choctaws). But these get counted by singles’ technical panels and I’ve seen these done worse than Nathan does here, yet still get counted.

LFO-Rocker (LFO to LBI) CCW + LBO-Counter (LBO to LFO) CCW + LFO-Twizzle with 2.5 Rotations CCW: The rocker and counter are clean. I wouldn’t count the twizzle because rotation 1 to 1.5 looks hopped and the rotations don’t seem very clean (the blade seems to rock back and forth a bit) from rotation 1 to 2 and like they turn into checked three turns.

RFO-Rocker (RFO to RBO) CW + RBO-Counter (RBO to RFO) CW + RFO-Twizzle CW: Bad angle, but the right foot cluster looks clean

LFO-Loop CCW: Clean

RBI-Loop CW: I wouldn’t count this because it looks like the right back inside edge isn’t maintained well and like his blade doesn’t stay completely on the ice

RFO-Bracket (RFO to RBI) CCW: The right back inside exit edge could be clearer, but I think it’s enough to get credit in singles skating

RFI-Bracket (RFI to RBO) CW: The right back outside edge could be clearer, but I think this bracket is also enough to get credit in singles skating

RFO-Swing Choctaw (RFO to LBI) CCW: The left back inside exit edge is not very clear, has a very short exit curve, and quickly changes to a left back outside edge, so I wouldn’t count this, but Nathan already counted a counter-clockwise choctaw (RFI-Choctaw) earlier, so this wouldn’t affect the level.

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Requirements for
Level 4 Step Sequence:

  • Complexity:
    Must include at least 11 difficult turns and steps. None of the
    types of turns and steps can be counted more than twice. 5 types of
    turns and steps must be executed in both directions.
  • Rotations in
    either direction (left and right) with full body rotation covering
    at least 1/3 of the pattern in total for each rotational direction
  • Use of body
    movements for at least 1/3 of the pattern
  • Two different
    combinations of 3 difficult turns on different feet executed with a
    clear rhythm within the sequence. Only the first combination
    attempted on each foot can be counted.

Nathan Chen’s 2019
Worlds SP Step Sequence:

  • 15 difficult
    steps/turns attempted. 12 difficult steps/turns when only two of
    each step/turn are counted attempted. 5 types of steps/turns in both
    directions attempted.
  • Rotations in
    either direction (left and right) with full body rotation covering
    at least 1/3 of the pattern in total for each rotational direction
  • Use of body
    movements for at least 1/3 of the pattern
  • Two different
    combinations of 3 difficult turns on different feet executed with a
    clear rhythm within the sequence. Only the first combination
    attempted on each foot can be counted.
  • Right foot
    cluster: RFI-Bracket (RFI to RBO) CW/RBO-Counter
    (RBO to RFO) CW/
    RFO-Rocker (RFO to RBO) CW
  • Left foot
    cluster: LFO-Rocker (LFO to LBO) CCW/LBO-Counter
    (LBO to LFO) CCW/
    LFO-Loop CCW

I personally
wouldn’t count the LFI-Rocker, RBI-Rocker, or the LFI-Bracket. The
LFI-Rocker’s exit curve is very short and the left back inside edge
is initially flat before he pushes off on inside edge to go into the
RFO-Twizzle. The RBI-Rocker and LFI-Bracket both have flat entry
edges. The LFI-Rocker and RFI-Rocker don’t affect the level though
because neither are done in a cluster and he has a clean clockwise
rocker with the RFO-Rocker. The LFI-Bracket not being counted would
drop the step sequence to a level 3 since he would no longer have a
counter-clockwise bracket counted, meaning he would only have 4 types
of steps/turns in both directions instead of 5. The Worlds tech panel
did count the bracket and give him a level 4 though. But if the panel
was harsher, I would recommend doing one of the choctaws clockwise/on
the left foot (he does 2 counter-clockwise/on the right foot), so
that he attempts 6 types of steps/turns in both directions and would
still have 5, if the bracket wasn’t counted.

Gifs of each step/turn are under the cut:

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LFI-Rocker (LFI to LBI) CW: The exit curve is very short & the left back inside edge is initially flat before he pushes off an inside edge to go into the RFO-Twizzle. I wouldn’t count this, but it doesn’t affect the level since he has another clean clockwise rocker (RFO-Rocker).

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RFO-Twizzle CW: Clean

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Clean right foot
cluster: RFI-Bracket (RFI to RBO) CW/RBO-Counter
(RBO to RFO) CW/
RFO-Rocker (RFO to RBO) CW 

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RFI-Open Choctaw (RFI to LBO) CCW: clean

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LFO-Twizzle CCW: clean

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Clean left foot cluster:
LFO-Rocker (LFO to LBO) CCW/LBO-Counter
(LBO to LFO) CCW/
LFO-Loop CCW

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RBI-Loop CW: 

I’m not completely sure if the blade stays entirely on the ice, but it’s singles skating, so I’ll give the benefit of doubt.

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LFI-Bracket (LFI to LBO) CCW: The left forward inside entry edge of is clearly flat, so I wouldn’t count this. This would drop the step sequence to a level 3 since he would no longer have a counter-clockwise bracket counted, meaning he would only have 4 types of steps/turns in both directions instead of 5.

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RBI-Rocker (RBI to RFI) CW to RFI-Counter (RFI to RBI) CW: The right back inside entry edge of the RBI-Rocker is flat and the blade doesn’t stay entirely on the ice when turning from right back inside to right forward inside edge during the rocker. I wouldn’t count the rocker, but it doesn’t matter for the level, since he already has a clean clockwise rocker (RFO-Rocker). The edges in the RFI-Counter could be clearer, but it’s probably enough to count in singles skating. It doesn’t matter anyways whether it’s counted or not since he already has a clean clockwise counter (RBO-Counter).

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RFO-Swing Choctaw (RFO to LBI) CCW: Clean