The Judges’ Table Does Rostelecom 2018

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Our judges did not have the most uplifting things to say about the penultimate Grand Prix of the year. They didn’t watch much of the event, and they’re not sorry about it. Rostelecom was messy, creating room for several surprise medalists who took advantage of mistakes by others. Still, in the ladies’ and men’s events, Olympic champions Yuzuru Hanyu and Alina Zagitova took the gold, and the champions in the pairs and dance events were all but a given.

Thanks so much to these judges for sharing their thoughts with The Judges’ Table during Rostelecom Cup 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, Rostelecom Cup 2018

Becky Y.
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. Hardcore fan since Calgary ’88. Unfortunately, my klutzy side has limited my figure skating career – dance only & hold the ice. My youngest kid (born during the Sochi ice dance event) is named after one of my favourite skaters!
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Weaver & Poje 14/15 Worlds.
Events judged: Canadian Nationals 2018, Rostelecom Cup 2018

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Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. Previous casual fan, but took a deep dive into skating the last couple of years! It’s been a super fun time since then.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years?Pretty much anything from Piper and Paul!
Events judged: Olympic Team Event 2018, Rostelecom Cup 2018

Isabel N. (@madrskating) | Mad For Skating
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I became a hardcore fan after the 2014 Olympics and I never looked back!
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Ashley Wagner, particularly the 2018 Nationals That Never Happened.
Events judged: World Team Trophy 2017, Russian Nationals 2017-2018, Rostelecom Cup 2018

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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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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 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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@lindalmk)
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

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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

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