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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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

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