The Judges Table Does NHK Trophy 2018

NHK Trophy was about as exciting as expected: we got first-time Grand Prix champions in multiple disciplines and several qualifiers to the Grand Prix Final. In the midst of all this, newly-senior Japanese skater Rika Kihira broke 150 in the free skate and landed two triple axels – if she’s clean, she’s going to be hard to beat this season.

Thanks so much to these judges for sharing their thoughts with The Judges’ Table during NHK Trophy 2018:

Andrea G. | Instagram
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. Fan living in Japan. I attend events if I can win tickets in the lottery system.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Wakaba Higuchi FS Cup of China 2017
Events judged: Japanese Nationals 2017-2018, Olympic Ladies’ Event 2018, NHK 2018

Craig S. (@timzbaygullls)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I figure skated until the end of college, competing in Junior Men and Pairs. I am an avid figure skating viewer and love to watch, analyze, and talk about any competition!
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Every Marchei and Hotarek program performed in South Korea!
Events judged: US Nationals 2018, Olympic Pairs Event 2018, NHK 2018

Grace W. | Tumblr
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. Never a skater myself, but have been to 3 world championships and going to 2019 Nationals in January as a spectator!
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Ashley Wagner’s Free Skate at the 2018 US Championships. #stillnotoverit
Events judged: NHK 2016, World Team Trophy 2017, US Nationals 2018, NHK 2018

Sarah R. (@pas_dechat) | The Finer Sports
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I’m a former youth recreational skater who grew up to write a blog.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Please let me bore you with my opinions about Gilles and Poirier’s components scores at 2016 and 2017 Worlds.
Events judged: Skate Canada 2016, Junior Grand Prix Final 2016, NHK 2018

Tiffany L. (@TiffLangston) | Tiffany Langston
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I stan (maybe slightly quieter than most) with the best of them. Most recently in the house for 2018 US Champs.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Mao Asada’s 2014 Olympic long program (I think this is the last time I can use that one?)
Events judged: Skate America 2015, US Nationals 2016, Team Challenge Cup 2016, Rostelecom Cup 2016, World Championships 2017, Internationaux de France 2017, Four Continents 2018, NHK 2018

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NHK Trophy 2018: The Judges

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We’ve reached the second half of the Grand Prix season! The fields are deep in all events, but especially for the ladies, where there will be both intra- and inter-country battles. among Japanese, Russian, and American competitors (this event is so deep I’d super happily watch a competition of the remaining ladies not from those countries). The men’s, dance, and pairs events also create an opportunity for overlooked competitors to show why they should be among the top names in their countries. This should be a good one.

Don’t forget to catch up on the season by reading our judges’ thoughts on Skate America , Skate Canada, and GP Helsinki! We’ve started adding polls to the site so you can vote on which of the judges favorite performances you like the most. Don’t miss your opportunity to share your opinion! Then come back and meet our judges for NHK 2018:

Andrea G. | Instagram
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. Fan living in Japan. I attend events if I can win tickets in the lottery system.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Wakaba Higuchi FS Cup of China 2017
Events judged: Japanese Nationals 2017-2018, Olympic Ladies’ Event 2018, NHK 2018

Craig S. (@timzbaygullls)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I figure skated until the end of college, competing in Junior Men and Pairs. I am an avid figure skating viewer and love to watch, analyze, and talk about any competition!
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Every Marchei and Hotarek program performed in South Korea!
Events judged: US Nationals 2018, Olympic Pairs Event 2018, NHK 2018

Grace W. | Tumblr
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. Never a skater myself, but have been to 3 world championships and going to 2019 Nationals in January as a spectator!
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Ashley Wagner’s Free Skate at the 2018 US Championships. #stillnotoverit
Events judged: NHK 2016, World Team Trophy 2017, US Nationals 2018, NHK 2018

Sarah R. (@pas_dechat) | The Finer Sports
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I’m a former youth recreational skater who grew up to write a blog.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Please let me bore you with my opinions about Gilles and Poirier’s components scores at 2016 and 2017 Worlds.
Events judged: Skate Canada 2016, Junior Grand Prix Final 2016, NHK 2018

Tiffany (@TiffLangston) | Tiffany Langston
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I stan (maybe slightly quieter than most) with the best of them. Most recently in the house for 2018 US Champs.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Mao Asada’s 2014 Olympic long program (I think this is the last time I can use that one?)
Events judged: Skate America 2015, US Nationals 2016, Team Challenge Cup 2016, Rostelecom Cup 2016, World Championships 2017, Internationaux de France 2017, Four Continents 2018, NHK 2018

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The Judges’ Table Does NHK Trophy 2017

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With only two Grand Prix events left before the final, several skaters and teams have officially qualified, including Virtue/Moir, Evgenia Medvedeva, and Sui/Han, who put down a world record performance this weekend. After Yuzuru Hanyu dropped out of the event, surprise men’s champion Sergei Voronov took advantage of the opening and will have the opportunity to sneak into the final in a few weeks.

Thanks to these judges for sitting at The Judges’ Table for NHK Trophy 2017!

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.

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.

Emily E. (@JoyofEmily)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. Life long obsession with the ice. Currently coaching, passing on my love of the Kerrigan Spiral.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years?  Insert any program skated against Kaetlyn Osmond in 2016/17.

Joseph K. (@thebrothaj)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. Former skater (Back in the stone age of the early-mid 80’s… I had a FABULOUS quarter turned double lutz!) Skating fan for life.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Kostner, 2014 Sochi. Deserved silver.

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!!

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 NHK Trophy, 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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NHK Trophy 2017: The Judges

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We’re officially halfway through the Grand Prix! In most countries, the battles are officially underway for Olympic spots – we’ll continue to see the Russian, Japanese, and American ladies battle it out at NHK, while Russian and Canadian pairs teams continue to try to make big statements before nationals.

Thanks to these five judges for sitting at the table this for NHK Trophy 2017. Keep your eyes peeled for the addition of one more judge this weekend.

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.

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.

Emily E. (@JoyofEmily)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. Life long obsession with the ice. Currently coaching, passing on my love of the Kerrigan Spiral.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years?  Insert any program skated against Kaetlyn Osmond in 2016/17.

Joseph K. (@thebrothaj)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. Former skater (Back in the stone age of the early-mid 80’s… I had a FABULOUS quarter turned double lutz!) Skating fan for life.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Kostner, 2014 Sochi. Deserved silver.

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!!

To keep up with those who have Twitter during the competitions, subscribe to our list and follow The Judges’ Table. And check out the updated Judges’ Page to quickly find all of our judges online.