The Judges Table Does Grand Prix Helsinki 2018

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The inaugural Grand Prix Helsinki had a little something for everyone. An easy win for a reigning Olympic champ? Yup. A tightly-packed dance event? You got it. Everyone’s favorite also-ran (pretty much) qualifying to the Final? Surprisingly, yes! Post-Olympic madness reigns, and we’re here for it.

We hope you’re enjoying some of our formatting changes here at The Judges’ Table too, and we’re always happy to hear from you about how we can keep making things better and more fun!

Thanks so much to these judges for sharing their thoughts with The Judges’ Table during Grand Prix Helsinki 2018:

Heidi M. (@heihei_0422)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I can skate a bit myself but mostly I’ve experienced the sport via television and live streams.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Satoko Miyahara’s PCS in every competition.
Events judged: Japanese Nationals 2016-2017, European Championships 2017, Grand Prix Helsinki 2018

Justine K. (@beanyskates)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. Figure skated for years, coach a little now, and like to follow skaters around the world!
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, Grand Prix Helsinki 2018

Keira C. (@tripletoes)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I skated when I was younger and got back into the sport as a fan during 2014 US Nationals!!
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje’s entire career, if I’m being honest.
Events judged: Four Continents 2016, Throwback: 2002 Olympics Pairs, Cup of China 2016, European Championships 2017, Skate Canada 2017, Olympic Team Event 2018, Grand Prix Helsinki 2018

Sam Ha. (@samantharrin)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I grew up skating – I fell in love with it after watching Jamie Sale and the Kween in 2002. Dmitri Aliev is my son.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Ashley Wagner La La Land at Nationals 😭
Events judged: US Nationals 2018, Grand Prix Helsinki 2018

Stephanie H. (@perfectlonely)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan, if any. I grew up in the era of the Kween, but wasn’t more than a casual watcher. It’s only since 2016 Worlds that I really started following it.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? James/Cipres 2018 Euros

Events judged: Cup of China 2017, European Championships 2018, Grand Prix Helsinki 2018

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Grand Prix Helsinki: The Judges

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For the first time, Finland has earned a Grand Prix! This replaces Cup of China, leaving Asia down an event and giving an extra to Europe. Finland has a huge opportunity to take advantages of host spots, especially in the dance and men’s events.

Don’t forget to catch up on the season by reading our judges’ thoughts on Skate America and Skate CanadaThe come back and meet our judges for GP Helsinki 2018:

Heidi M. (@heihei_0422)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I can skate a bit myself but mostly I’ve experienced the sport via television and live streams.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Satoko Miyahara’s PCS in every competition.
Events judged: Japanese Nationals 2016-2017, European Championships 2017, Grand Prix Helsinki 2018

Justine K. (@beanyskates)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. Figure skated for years, coach a little now, and like to follow skaters around the world!
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, Grand Prix Helsinki 2018

Keira C. (@tripletoes)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I skated when I was younger and got back into the sport as a fan during 2014 US Nationals!!
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje’s entire career, if I’m being honest.
Events judged: Four Continents 2016, Throwback: 2002 Olympics Pairs, Cup of China 2016, European Championships 2017, Skate Canada 2017, Olympic Team Event 2018, Grand Prix Helsinki 2018

Sam Ha. (@samantharrin)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I grew up skating – I fell in love with it after watching Jamie Sale and the Kween in 2002. Dmitri Aliev is my son.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Ashley Wagner La La Land at Nationals 😭
Events judged: US Nationals 2018, Grand Prix Helsinki 2018

Stephanie H. (@perfectlonely)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan, if any. I grew up in the era of the Kween, but wasn’t more than a casual watcher. It’s only since 2016 Worlds that I really started following it.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? James/Cipres 2018 Euros

Events judged: Cup of China 2017, European Championships 2018, Grand Prix Helsinki 2018

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The Judges’ Table Does Cup of China 2017

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Apologies to readers – this week’s Cup of DisasterChina rejudging is, clearly, being posted a little bit late. But even though it’s been a few days, we’re halfway through the Grand Prix, which makes now the perfect time to take stock of exactly where we are before NHK begins!

Thanks to these six judges for sitting at The Judges’ Table for Cup of China 2017!

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.

Bea (@beanjibae) | You Only Lutz Once
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I was familiar with figure skating as a kid, but I only got more in-depth after watching the Olympics in Sochi. I now co-run You Only Lutz Once with my friend Clara (@jimboppa). I’m more known as that girl waving the large, obnoxious “The CHANpion is Back” banner in 4CC Taipei.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Our #TinyQueen Satoko Miyahara is grossly underscored all the time.

Bu B. (@bubblebarred)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. One time I watched the men’s free skate at the Sochi Olympics on my TV, and I died.

What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? I was really moved by Mirai Nagasu’s Demons short program at Worlds 2016.

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.

Laura C. (@LaurillaC)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I’ve watched figure skating all my life and decided following it more seriously at the age of 12, although I’ve never taken lessons. What I know about technique is all thanks to my friends and internet.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Rika Hongo – Riverdance.

Stephanie H. (@perfectlonely)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan, if any. I grew up in the era of the Kween, but wasn’t more than a casual watcher. It’s only since 2016 Worlds that I really started following it.

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 Cup of China, 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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Cup of China 2017: The Judges

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Welcome to the third Grand Prix event of the year! Those of you in Asia may be celebrating the first Grand Prix in a reasonable time zone. Those of us in North America are crankily setting our alarms.⏰

Thanks to these six judges for sitting at The Judges’ Table for Cup of China!

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.

Bea (@beanjibae) | You Only Lutz Once
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I was familiar with figure skating as a kid, but I only got more in-depth after watching the Olympics in Sochi. I now co-run You Only Lutz Once with my friend Clara (@jimboppa). I’m more known as that girl waving the large, obnoxious “The CHANpion is Back” banner in 4CC Taipei.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Our #TinyQueen Satoko Miyahara is grossly underscored all the time.

Bu B. (@bubblebarred)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. One time I watched the men’s free skate at the Sochi Olympics on my TV, and I died.

What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? I was really moved by Mirai Nagasu’s Demons short program at Worlds 2016.

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.

Laura C. (@LaurillaC)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I’ve watched figure skating all my life and decided following it more seriously at the age of 12, although I’ve never taken lessons. What I know about technique is all thanks to my friends and internet.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Rika Hongo – Riverdance.

Stephanie H. (@perfectlonely)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan, if any. I grew up in the era of the Kween, but wasn’t more than a casual watcher. It’s only since 2016 Worlds that I really started following it.

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