Welcome to the 2018-2019 Season!

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Happy Post-Olympic Season, figure skating fans! The Judges’ Table is back for a fourth year. We’re all still learning about the updated scoring system and everyone seems equally confused so far, so this is a great year to take the plunge and become a judge! One of our previous judges legitimately judged the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, and some have only just started watching skating, so no matter your level of figure skating knowledge, there’s room for you at The Judges’ Table.

This year, The Judges’ Table will also include an editorial team to support the site throughout the season. The editorial team will:

  • Format posts
  • Copy-edit (and do some substantive editing as needed) 
  • Read everyone’s opinions first!
  • Support and grow a community of hundreds of contributors and thousands of readers
  • Probably some other stuff, entirely subject to your availability (you decide how much you want to contribute!) and your ideas

I don’t make any money from The Judges’ Table, and you won’t, either (sorry). This is entirely a labor of love. But if being a part of improving and growing a figure skating community sounds like fun, click “yes” on the editorial team question when you sign to judge, email me at TheJudgesTable0@gmail.com, or DM me on twitter @TheJudgesTable.

Enjoy the season!

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The Judges’ Table Does Worlds 2018

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With the absence of many Olympic medalists, some commentators and reporters have decided that Worlds is not a good idea during an Olympic year. Our judges disagreed, commenting on a variety of fabulous performances and highlighting a number of skaters who didn’t get the opportunity to compete in the Olympics.

The ISU appears to be getting videos taken down from YouTube and other video websites, so please move through links to watch skaters’ performances. I apologize for those performances that are missing!

With this, the 2017-2018 figure skating season is officially over! It’s been a great season and I’ve enjoyed reviewing it with all of you. I’m going to take a break from The Judges’ Table before reviewing the year in full or organizing any throwback events, but I do have a few ideas in mind, so stay tuned!

Thanks to these judges for sitting at The Judges’ Table during Worlds!

Ann J. (@annmjensen)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I skate a little myself. But I assist some fancy coaches with their schedule. Am also president of a club and often run or assist in running competitions.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? All North American dance in the 80s and 90s.
Events judged: Grand Prix Final 2017, World Championships 2018

Caroline D. (@caroline4pres)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. Ever since I saw Kristi Yamaguchi on Stars On Ice as a toddler, I’ve been obsessed with figure skating. I became completely invested in it when I decided to write about it for my senior thesis as a History major in college. I am ALL about stunts, drama, theatrics, artistry, etc. I always love the hot messes.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Adam Rippon’s free skate at 2015 Nationals.
Events judged: Skate Canada 2017, Russian Nationals 2017-2018, World Championships 2018

Emily M. (@e_mily1998)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I have been skating for 2 years since coming off a severe hip injury. I used to keep up on skating when I was younger but got back into it in the second half of the 16-17 season
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Any time Wakaba Higuchi skated.

Events judged: World Championships 2018

Maddie L. (@MaddieLarson19)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan.  I’ve been a fan of figure skating since the 2006 Olympics, but I myself have absolutely no athletic ability.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Yuna Kim’s 2014 Olympic Short Program.
Events judged: Internationaux de France 2017, World Championships 2018

Sigrid (@Mirrorhands)
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? I always felt the Kerrs were underscored during their whole career. Their programs on the 2010 Olympics were original, fresh but they got harsh marks from the judges.
Events judged: Skate Canada 2015, Rostelecom Cup 2015, European Championships 2016, Trophee de France 2016, World Championships 2018

LET’S GET JUDGING. Click “continue reading” below to continue. When you’re finished reading, leave a comment to let us know what you thought about Worlds, how you think the real judges did, and how you think our judges did. If you disagree, sign up to judge an event next year and share your thoughts!

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The Judges’ Table Does Junior Worlds 2018

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Remember Junior Worlds? Despite being right after an exciting Olympics, Junior Worlds still delivered a ton of exciting performances. For those of us who were still too exhausted from the Olympics to watch live (🙋), I’m especially grateful for these four judges, who catch us up and tell us what to look forward to next season!

Thanks to these judges for sitting at The Judges’ Table during Junior Worlds!

Alexandra R. (@OneFlutzAway) | Tumblr
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I have skated non-competitively since I was a very young girl, but I started to watch properly after seeing Yulia’s Schindler’s List in the Team Event in Sochi.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the five years? Mai Mihara’s FS at Japanese Nationals 2017.
Events judged: Junior Worlds 2018
Kara M. (@NamasteRead)

Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I took lessons when I was 12-15. Been a superfan since 2014.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? I still feel like Mirai Nagasu is underscored almost every time she skates.
Events judged: Rostelecom Cup 2016, Russian Nationals 2016-2017, Cup of China 2017, Four Continents 2018, Junior Worlds 2018

Laurel M. (@ThisIsLaurelM)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I fell in love with ice dance first, watching Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir on TV during the Vancouver Olympics. Now I follow everything, including juniors, but ice dance remains my favourite discipline.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Maybe Virtue/Moir’s SD in Sochi.
Events judged: Skate Canada 2017, Canadian Nationals 2018, Junior Worlds 2018

Madi L. (@not_lipton) | Tumblr
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I am an avid figure skater and figure skating fan. Sometimes I spend way too much money traveling to watch competitions but make up for it by teaching learn to skate with my home club.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Tessa and Scott’s Sochi short dance.
Events judged: Skate America 2017, Olympic Pairs Event 2018, , Junior Worlds 2018

LET’S GET JUDGING. Click “continue reading” below to continue. When you’re finished reading, leave a comment to let us know what you thought about Junior Worlds, how you think the real judges did, and how you think our judges did. If you disagree, sign up to judge an event later in the year and share your thoughts!

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The Judges’ Table Does the Olympics Ladies’ Event 2018

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With a tie between Alina Zagitova and Evgenia Medvedeva in the free skate, the battle for gold in the ladies’ discipline ultimately came down the short program, where Zagitova bested her training mate by just over a point. Bronze medalist Kaetlyn Osmond became the first lady not named Alina or Evgenia to crack 151 in the free skate (and joins Yuna Kim as the only non-Russians in the top 20 free skate scores ever).

Olympic posts are going to have to be formatted a bit differently than others. As you’ve probably noticed, the IOC and a variety of networks (NBC, which is affecting me in the state, CBC, EuroSport, etc.) are removing or blocking access to videos after the fact. I did the best I could to find links. Some are embedded into the post as normal; others are just linked into the responses.

Thanks to these judges for sitting at The Judges’ Table during the Olympic Ladies’ Event!

Amanda P. (@storyologist_ap) | The Storyologist
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I’ve loved skating all my life, but only laced up my own skates a couple years ago. Now I’m slowly working my way through the skills and watching every competition I can find a stream for!
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Weaver/Poje’s 2015 free dance at Worlds.
Events judged: Grand Prix Final 2016, World Championships 2017, Cup of China 2017, Junior Grand Prix Final 2017, Olympic Ladies’ Event 2018

Andrea G. 
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. Began watching skating and going to rinks for fun in Melbourne in the 1970’s. Rediscovered figure skating in the early 2000’s after moving to Japan, switching the TV on one Saturday afternoon and seeing Johnny Weir. 
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Takahito Mura’s free program at 2015 Japanese Nationals.
Events judged: Japanese Nationals 2017-2018, Olympic Ladies’ Event 2018

Camden R. (@camdenrider| YouTube Channel
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I have skated for the last 11 years! Currently at the intermediate level. One time Ashley and Adam called me their son and that was my peak.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Satoko Miyahara’s free skate at 2017 Skate Canada.
Events judged: Grand Prix Final 2016, Rostelecom Cup 2017, Junior Grand Prix Final 2017, Olympic Ladies’ Event 2018

Jenny H.  (@IceCharades)| Ice Charades
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I’m better judging the skaters’ costumes than GOEs, but I’ve got chapter 15 of Dick Button’s book.  Watch out Pyeongchang!
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Mao’s LP at Sochi.
Events judged: Olympic Ladies’ Event 2018

Justine K. (@beanyskates) | Princess Beany Skates
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I skated for years and have now coached for just as many. I fell in love with the sport when I saw Alexei Yagudin live at the 2001 World Championships in Vancouver. Since then I’ve been to another 6 World Championships, most recently in Helsinki and started a figure skating (Yuzuru Hanyu) blog.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? I still think Scott & Tessa should be two-time Olympic Champions.
Events judged: Cup of China 2015, Japanese Nationals 2015-16, Canadian Nationals 2016, Throwback: 1994 Olympics Ladies, Trophee de France 2016, Canadian Nationals 2017, Internationaux de France 2017, Olympic Ladies’ Event 2018

LET’S GET JUDGING. Click “continue reading” below to continue. When you’re finished reading, leave a comment to let us know what you thought about the Olympics, how you think the real judges did, and how you think our judges did. If you disagree, sign up to judge an event later in the year and share your thoughts!

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The Judges’ Table Does Olympic Ice Dance 2018

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As expected, the battle for gold came down to Virtue/Moir and Papadakis/Cizeron, with the victory going, once again, to the Canadians, who are now the most decorated Olympic figure skaters of all time (thanks, Team Event!).

Olympic posts are going to have to be formatted a bit differently than others. As you’ve probably noticed, the IOC and a variety of networks (NBC, which is affecting me in the state, CBC, EuroSport, etc.) are removing or blocking access to videos after the fact. I did the best I could to find links. Some are embedded into the post as normal; others are just linked into the responses. Not all links will work in every country.

Thanks to these judges for sitting at The Judges’ Table during the Olympic Dance Event!

Amanda H. (@BlondeAssassin1)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan, if any. I’m a lifelong fan who skated as a kid, competing locally and skating in club shows wearing terrible costumes. I was also on a precision skating team (the precursor to synchro) for 3 years that competed at Sectionals twice and Nationals once.
Favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years: Satoko Miyahara at 2016 Worlds.
Events judged: Skate America 2015, Skate Canada 2015, US Nationals 2016, World Junior Championships 2016, Throwback: 1994 Olympics Ladies, Skate Canada 2016, NHK Trophy 2017, Olympic Ice Dance Event 2018

Erin C. (@Erinsk8On Stage and Screen
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I was a competitive skater for 10 years and also did some coaching. I fell in love with the sport while watching the drama of the 94 Olympics and have never looked back.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Belbin & Agosto at the 2010 Olympics.
Events judged: NHK Trophy 2015, US Nationals 2016, , World Championships 2017, Rostelecom Cup 2017, Olympic Ice Dance Event 2018

Linda K.
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Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan.  I’ve been following skating as a fan since I was very young. My list of events I’ve attended includes 6 US Nationals and 2 Worlds. Sheepishly, I admit I’m still working on telling the jumps apart. Ice dance is my favorite discipline.
Events judged: Internationaux de France 2017, Olympic Ice Dance Event 2018

Mara B. (@missmaraskate)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan, if any. I’ve never been to a major event, but I did start taking lessons in June, and can now do a toe loop!
Favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years: I do wish Weaver and Poje had scored .03 more in their FD at 2014 Worlds.
Events judged: Skate America 2016, Junior Worlds 2017, Grand Prix 2017, Olympic Ice Dance Event 2018

Margaret D. (@elysiondream)| Tumblr
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan, if any. Like a lot of people, I became a figure skating fan during the whole Nancy/Tanya saga. I fell in love with the combination of art and athleticism and knew I would be a lifelong fan.
Favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years: Mao Asada’s free at Sochi.
Events judged: Throwback: 2002 Olympics Pairs, Skate America 2016, World Championships 2017, Skate America 2017, Olympic Ice Dance Event 2018

TJ C. (@Tsk8c)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I’m a national competitor in ice dancing who watches tons of skating in his free time. That’s a pretty good explanation of me as a person.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Jason Brown’s Skate America 2016 Free Skate.
Events judged: Russian Nationals 2016-2017, Junior Worlds 2017, Junior Grand Prix Final 2017, European Championships 2018, Olympic Ice Dance Event 2018

LET’S GET JUDGING. Click “continue reading” below to continue. When you’re finished reading, leave a comment to let us know what you thought about Olympic ice dance, how you think the real judges did, and how you think our judges did. If you disagree, sign up to judge an event later in the year and share your thoughts!

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The Judges’ Table Does the Olympic Men’s Event 2018

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Yuzuru Hanyu won his second straight Olympic gold medal, defending his title for the first time since Dick Button did it in 1952. He shared the podium with teammate Shoma Uno and training mate Javier Fernandez, who finally got on the podium after a disastrous extra jump in Sochi. 

Olympic posts are going to have to be formatted a bit differently than others. As you’ve probably noticed, the IOC and a variety of networks (NBC, which is affecting me in the state, CBC, EuroSport, etc.) are removing or blocking access to videos after the fact. I did the best I could to find links. Some are embedded into the post as normal; others are just linked into the responses.

Thanks to these judges for sitting at The Judges’ Table during the Olympic Men’s Event!

Arlisse L. (@fanspirals)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I grew up skating, but stopped after I learned how to do cross overs. Once, Mirai Nagasu retweeted my reaction to her triple axel and I actually cried a little bit.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years?  Tatsuki Machida at 2014 Worlds.
Events judged: Rostelecom Cup 2017, Olympic Men’s Event 2018

Clara P. (@jimboppa| You Only Lutz Once
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. Besides writing for You Only Lutz Once, I also try translating updates on Team Korea. I was one of the two “banner-waving girls caught on TV too many times at the 2016 Four Continents Championships. Jin Seo Kim hugged me at 2016 Asia Open Trophy.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Michael Martinez’s short program at 2017 Nebelhorn Trophy.
Events judged: Junior Grand Prix Final 2016, Four Continents 2017, NHK Trophy 2017, Olympic Men’s Event 2018

Emily W. (@Em_Wilmes)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. Last year at Skate America I stalked Jorik Hendrickx until he caved and told me where he was sitting; becoming a full blown stan was worth it for that picture.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Is there anyone more #robbed than Zijun Li? (No.)
Events judged: Rostelecom Cup 2016, Four Continents 2017, Skate Canada 2017, Olympic Men’s Event 2018

Jared A. (@JaredMAllen) | Instagram
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I’m a lifelong fan of the sport and decided to learn how to skate, purely to have more info to influence my judgements! Now I’m a competitive skater myself and I absolutely love it.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years?  Satoko’s FS in Boston.
Events judged: Skate America 2017, Olympic Men’s Event 2018

Sara J. (@getmerescued)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I went to 2015 Nationals in Greensboro and 2016 Worlds in Boston and cried the entire time. I’ve watched skating since 1996 – which means I’m super old. I saw like a thirteen year old Nathan Chen and who knew that I was in the presence of royalty? (I totally did!!!)
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years?  I rewatched some of the 2014 Olympics free skates again recently and the fact that Yuna Kim did not win still irritates me!!
Events judged: NHK Trophy 2017, Olympic Men’s Event 2018

LET’S GET JUDGING. Click “continue reading” below to continue. When you’re finished reading, leave a comment to let us know what you thought about Olympic men’s, how you think the real judges did, and how you think our judges did. If you disagree, sign up to judge an event later in the year and share your thoughts!

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The Judges’ Table Does the Olympic Pairs Event 2018

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After five attempts, the incomparable Aliona Savchenko finally won her Olympic gold medal with new German citizen Bruno Massot. Wenjing Sui and Cong Han and Meagan Duhamel’s moving programs also landed them on the podium, while Tarasova and Morozov’s technical difficulties in the free skate forced them to settle for fourth.

Olympic posts are going to have to be formatted a bit differently than others. As you’ve probably noticed, the IOC and a variety of networks (NBC, which is affecting me in the state, CBC, EuroSport, etc.) are removing or blocking access to videos after the fact. I did the best I could to find links. Some are embedded into the post as normal; others are just linked into the responses.

Thanks to these judges for sitting at The Judges’ Table during the Olympic Pairs Event!

Amber C. (@amberchamberlan) | A Skater’s Perspective
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I am a figure skater myself. I really love Ashley Wagner. That is about all you need to know about me.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Ashley Wagner’s 2017 World Championships short program.
Events judged: Cup of China 2016, Four Continents 2017, Internationaux de France 2017, Olympic Pairs Event 2018

Craig S. (@timzbaygullls)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I competed Junior Pairs and Men until I was 20. I still show back up to the rink to throw down some triples every once in a while. I love tracking scores and make my own fantasy competitions with my best friends from the skating years!
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? The most recently skated program not by one of Eteri’s students.
Events judged: US Nationals 2018, Olympic Pairs Event 2018

Madi L. (@not_lipton) | Tumblr
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I am an avid figure skater and figure skating fan. Sometimes I spend way too much money traveling to watch competitions but make up for it by teaching learn to skate with my home club.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Tessa and Scott’s Sochi short dance.
Events judged: Skate America 2017, Olympic Pairs Event 2018

Meghan B. (@meghanbartels)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I can’t tell loops from axels but I have strong feelings about costumes.
Events judged: Rostelecom Cup 2017, Olympic Pairs Event 2018

Rafael Q. (@HRHtheDentist)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. Been skating since I was 3, following competitions closely since 2009, etc.
Events judged: Skate Canada 2015, US Nationals 2016, Skate America 2017, Olympic Pairs Event 2018

LET’S GET JUDGING. Click “continue reading” below to continue. When you’re finished reading, leave a comment to let us know what you thought about Olympic pairs, how you think the real judges did, and how you think our judges did. If you disagree, sign up to judge an event later in the year and share your thoughts!

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