The Judges Table Does Skate Canada 2018

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Skate Canada has left us with some surprising results. Evgenia Medvedeva and Gilles/Poirier had to fight their way onto the podium. Mako Yamashita did not. Sinitsina/Katsalapov beat the reigning world silver medalists to win the free dance. Liza T’s 3A is back from the dead. Post-Olympic seasons always offer something something a little different.

We wanted to try to be a little different this week too, so we’re trying something new at The Judges’ Table. In addition to some new questions suggested by judges and the editorial team, we’re also testing out polls this week after some of the questions. Vote on which performance was best, who had the best costume, and who was the most underscored (among others), then let us know what you think by commenting, tweeting, or sending an email. If you have ideas for making The Judges’ Table even better, please reach out!

Thanks to these judges for sitting at The Judges’ Table during Skate Canada 2018, and a huge thank you to Justine, a member of the editorial team, for putting this post together:

Amber C. (@amberchamberlan)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I have been skating since I was 6 years old, I have been a super skating fan for 3 years and I have been to 2 US national championships as a fan.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Ashley Wagner’s 2018 US Championships free skate.
Events judged: Cup of China 2016, Four Continents 2017, Internationaux de France 2017, Olympic Pairs Event 2018, Skate Canada 2018

Erin C. (@Erinsk8) | On Stage and Screen
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I was a competitive figure skater for over 10 years before working as a coach. Now, I just obsess as a fan and occasionally break out my skates for fun.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Ashley Wagner’s 2016 Worlds short program
Events judged: NHK Trophy 2015, US Nationals 2016, World Championships 2017, Rostelecom Cup 2017, Olympic Ice Dance Event 2018, Skate Canada 2018

Mara B. (@missmaraskate) | Skating Instagram
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan, if any. I’ve been avidly watching skating since the beginning of the 2014-15 season. I laced up my own skates in June 2017, and I’ll be competing in intercollegiate skating this year!
Favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years: Weaver and Poje’s entire Olympic experience.
Events judged: Skate America 2016, Junior Worlds 2017, Grand Prix 2017, Olympic Ice Dance Event 2018, Skate Canada 2018

Mei L. (@dabbinzuru) | Youtube
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan, if any. I rediscovered the sport after Sochi. Once, I met Satoko Miyahara in the check out line at Hannafords in Lake Placid while my family was buying a cauliflower. 
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Anastasiia Gubanova’s 2017-2018 Jr Russian Nationals performances
Events judged: Skate Canada 2018

Ryan P. (@bmbrman85) | The Freeskate
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. Started figure skating when I was 15 and reached novice by 17. It got incredibly expensive so I quit. I can still do a sweet double toe loop at 33 years old!
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Many well done performances by Ashley Wagner.
Events judged: Russian Nationals 2016-2017, Canadian Nationals 2017, Junior Worlds 2017, Skate Canada 2017, European Championships 2018, Skate Canada 2018

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Skate Canada 2018: The Judges

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Did you get a chance to read our judges’ thoughts on Skate America? Do that! And then come back here and meet our judges for Skate Canada, the second Grand Prix of the 2018 season. Some of the competitors have a quick turn around for their attempt to qualify for the Grand Prix Final, including SA champions Hubbell and Donohue, Canadian pair Walsh/Michaud, 2016 Canadian champion Alaine Chartrand, and American Starr Andrews.

Here are the judges for Skate Canada 2018!

Amber C. (@amberchamberlan)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I have been skating since I was 6 years old, I have been a super skating fan for 3 years and I have been to 2 US national championships as a fan.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Ashley Wagner’s 2018 US Championships free skate.
Events judged: Cup of China 2016, Four Continents 2017, Internationaux de France 2017, Olympic Pairs Event 2018, Skate Canada 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 figure skater for over 10 years before working as a coach. Now, I just obsess as a fan and occasionally break out my skates for fun.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Ashley Wagner’s 2016 Worlds short program
Events judged: NHK Trophy 2015, US Nationals 2016, , World Championships 2017, Rostelecom Cup 2017, Olympic Ice Dance Event 2018, Skate Canada 2018

Mara B. (@missmaraskate) | Skating Instagram
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan, if any. I’ve been avidly watching skating since the beginning of the 2014-15 season. I laced up my own skates in June 2017, and I’ll be competing in intercollegiate skating this year!
Favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years: Weaver and Poje’s entire Olympic experience.
Events judged: Skate America 2016, Junior Worlds 2017, Grand Prix 2017, Olympic Ice Dance Event 2018, Skate Canada 2018

Mei L. (@dabbinzuru) | Youtube
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan, if any. I rediscovered the sport after Sochi. Once, I met Satoko Miyahara in the check out line at Hannafords in Lake Placid while my family was buying a cauliflower.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Anastasiia Gubanova’s 2017-2018 Jr Russian Nationals performances
Events judged: Skate Canada 2018

Ryan P. (@bmbrman85) | The Freeskate
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. Started figure skating when I was 15 and reached novice by 17. It got incredibly expensive so I quit. I can still do a sweet double toe loop at 33 years old!
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Many well done performances by Ashley Wagner.
Events judged: Russian Nationals 2016-2017, Canadian Nationals 2017, Junior Worlds 2017, Skate Canada 2017, European Championships 2018, Skate Canada 2018

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The Judges Table Does Skate America 2018

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The first competition of the Grand Prix season has ended! Like any good skating event, it was filled with brilliant performances (see below for everyone’s thoughts on Satoko Miyahara) and controversy (were Vincent Zhou’s jumps rotated?), and world records (since this -5 to +5 GOE scoring system is still new!). And while the first Grand Prix after the Olympics is a great chance to see who we can expect to succeed in the next quad, here’s your (incredibly sad) reminder that none of these GP Finalists from 2014 competed in the 2018 Olympics:

Thanks to these judges for sitting at The Judges’ Table during Skate America 2018!

Amanda H. (@BlondeAssassin1)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. 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) that competed at Sectionals and Nationals.
What’s your 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, Skate America 2018

Camden R. (@satokomiyaharas)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I’m a competitive figure skater at the Novice level, and have been skating for twelve years now. I’m also a massive hecking figure skating fan!
Events judged: Grand Prix Final 2016, Rostelecom Cup 2017, Junior Grand Prix Final 2017, Olympic Ladies’ Event 2018, Skate America 2018

Ellie Z. (@jauntypearl)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. Ex-figure skater of 14 years, returning as an adult. Fan for life!
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Piper Gilles & Paul Poirier’s 2018 Olympic free dance.
Events judged: Skate America 2018

Ti B. (@ohmypho)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. Can’t skate but like to watch it! I got into it during Sochi.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Mao Asada in general.
Events judged: Skate America 2018

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Skate America: The Judges

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Two of last year’s Skate America’s medalists in the men’s event have returned in 2018

It’s here! Welcome to the 2018-2019 Grand Prix. After an exciting Junior Grand Prix and what feels like an ever-increasing number of Challenger events, we’ve finally reached the heart of the competitive figure skating season. There’s a lot to look forward to in Washington State – World Champion Nathan Chen, a trio of surging Japanese ladies, whatever we’re calling the short dance now, and a pairs event that may lead to some surprising GPF qualification opportunities.

Everyone who signed up to judge this year provided some really great suggestions for making The Judges’ Table even better this year, so I’m going to apologize in advance that Skate America is probably going to look like events have looked in the past. But with the help of the Editorial Team (to be shared in a future post), The Judges’ Table has a bright future. 😎

Here are the judges for Skate America 2018, including three new participants to The Judges’ Table!

Amanda H. (@BlondeAssassin1)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. 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) that competed at Sectionals and Nationals.
What’s your 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, Skate America 2018

Camden R. (@satokomiyaharas)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I’m a competitive figure skater at the Novice level, and have been skating for twelve years now. I’m also a massive hecking figure skating fan!
Events judged: Grand Prix Final 2016, Rostelecom Cup 2017, Junior Grand Prix Final 2017, Olympic Ladies’ Event 2018, Skate America 2018

Ellie Z. (@jauntypearl)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. Ex-figure skater of 14 years, returning as an adult. Fan for life!
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Piper Gilles & Paul Poirier’s 2018 Olympic free dance.
Events judged: Skate America 2018

Taylor C.
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. After becoming a serious fan of FS in 2016, I studied hard to learn as much about it as I could!
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Piper Gilles/Paul Poirier 2016 worlds free dance.
Events judged: Skate America 2018

Ti B. (@ohmypho)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. Can’t skate but like to watch it! I got into it during Sochi.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Mao Asada in general.
Events judged: Skate America 2018

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The Judges’ Table Does Canadian Nationals 2018

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What a weekend! Despite my assertion that Canadian Nationals would be substantially less dramatic than the US version, podiums and Olympic teams were a bit of a surprise. Gabrielle Daleman beat a surging Kaetlyn Osmond despite having pneumonia, Seguin/Bilodeau and Moore-Towers/Marinaro upended the conventional thinking on Canadian pairs, a fall from Weaver/Poje gave Gilles/Poirier a silver medal, and Alaskan resident Keegan Messing beat out two Olympians and a world team member for his Canadian spot in Pyeongchang.

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

Alexandra E. (@alexandra_ewing)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. Though I watched figure skating on occasion for 20 years, access to cable during the 2013 Grand Prix made me a dedicated fan.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Gilles/Poirier’s FD at Worlds 2016.
Events Judged: Canadian Nationals 2018

Becky Y.
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. Hardcore fan since Calgary ’88. Meeting Shae-Lynn Bourne on my 15th birthday is still my favorite birthday yet! Had my son during the Sochi games, so of course I named him after my favourite ice dancer (shhhh – don’t tell my husband).
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Scott & Tessa in Sochi.
Events judged: Canadian Nationals 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

Lauren R. (@Lauren__145)
Favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years: I have figure skated for 6 years, and became obsessed with watching skating when I saw Mao Asada’s free from Sochi on YouTube.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Mirai Nagasu anything.
Events judged: Canadian Nationals 2018

Meghan C. (@meghancard)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. Fell in love with the ice at age 4, now that I’m at college I live for livestreams and anywhere else I can get my skating info fix!
Favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years: Carolina Kostner’s Olympic Bolero

Events judged: Canadian Nationals 2018

Taryn H. (@tleeh)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. Started skating at age 3; quit at 10 when I had to get up at 5 am! I’ve watched everything I can on TV.

What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Weaver/Poje at Worlds 2016.
Events judged: Canadian Nationals 2016, Canadian Nationals 2017, Canadian Nationals 2018

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Skate Canada 2017: The Judges

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At last year’s Skate Canada, Kaetlyn Osmond roared back into the spotlight, scoring over 200 points for the first time in international competition. She was kept from gold by brilliant performances from Evgenia Medvedeva, who won’t be there this weekend. But Kaetyln will still have to beat a heavyweight collection of ladies skaters, including world medalists Ashley Wagner and Anna Pogorilaya, as well as up-and-comers Karen Chen and Maria Sotskova, to win her first Grand Prix gold since 2012. In the other disciplines, Canadians Duhamel/Radford, Patrick Chan, and Virtue/Moir will all be fighting hard (well, at least the first two will) to keep their Skate Canada International golds – all three have won the event at least three times. With great performances from some of the most talented skaters in the world – and the standard help from the home crowd we’ve come to expect during Grand Prix – Canada has a very real chance to sweep this event.

Thanks to these six judges for sitting at The Judges’ Table for Skate Canada 2017!

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.

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.)

Erica G. (@egaley)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I’ve been figure skating for 27 years, and a Canadian Skating Official for the last 6. I still get giddy when I put on my skates and hit clean ice, and being an official has given me a whole new perspective on why we do what we do.

Keira C. (@tripletoes)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I figure skated as a child but stopped at age 10. I fell back in love with the sport when I caught the 2014 US National Championships on TV and have been obsessed since!!
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje’s free dance from 2015 Worlds.

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.

Ryan P. (@jetsfan_85)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. 2002 Manitoba Winter Games 4th place!! LOL. Certified in Jr Silver FS in Canada. Big fan and watch every GP event.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje’s free dance from 2015 Worlds.

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