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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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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The Judges’ Table Does Four Continents Championships 2018

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Four Continents is typically not as intense as Euros in an Olympic year. With so much travel required for so many of the athletes, and the competition itself taking place to close to the Olympics, it’s not realistic for the top North American athletes to compete. Despite this, the event featured some fantastic skating from all parts of the world, including several very satisfying final competitive performances (Grant Hochstein and Elladj Balde have confirmed their retirements).

And, uh, not to scare anyone, but the Olympics start in a week and a half. On that note…

Thanks to these judges for sitting at The Judges’ Table during the 2018 Four Continents Championships!

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.
Events judged: Skate Canada 2017, Four Continents 2018

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.
Events judged: Cup of China 2016, US Nationals 2017, NHK Trophy 2017, Four Continents 2018

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.
Events judged: Rostelecom Cup 2016, Russian Nationals 2016-2017, Cup of China 2017, Four Continents 2018

Kelly C. (@KACkelly)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I first became a figure skating fan during the 1994 Olympics, when I was staunchly #teamnancy. So began my life of rooting for the Ones Who Do Not Win. I was more of a casual viewer until 2014, when I fell back in love with watching the sport.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? I can’t choose. Justice for my faves!
Events Judged: Four Continents 2018

Punk S. (@PunkSalchow)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I was raised exclusively on Michelle Kwan spirals.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Wakaba Higuchi 2017 Worlds.
Events Judged: Four Continents 2018

Tiffany L. (@TiffLangston)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. Stanning for skating since 1994!
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Any time Satoko Miyahara skated in the 2014-2015 season.
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

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The Judges’ Table Does US Nationals 2018

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That was a lot. I AM SO TIRED. Upsets and surprises were the main story of nearly every event. In the remaining competition, pairs, the top 3 teams all have impressive comeback stories that made their performances a delight to watch. Only Nathan Chen managed to defend his national title and few 2014 Olympians will be on the American team in Pyeongchang. I would put money on Canadian podiums this weekend being a little less surprising.

A side note: please reach out if videos are difficult to access. Media organizations have been removing videos from YouTube.

Thanks to these judges for sitting at The Judges’ Table during a crazy US nationals!

Craig S. (@timzbaygullls)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I competed Junior Pairs and Men until I was 20. I still show back up to the rink to throw down some triples every once in a while. I love tracking scores and make my own fantasy competitions with my best friends from the skating years!
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? The most recently skated program not by one of Eteri’s students.
Events judged: US Nationals 2018

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Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I’ve never been a skater myself, but I’ve been a fan since 1998 and have attended 3 world championships, most recently in Helsinki in 2017.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Misha Ge’s free skate at the 2017 World Championships.
Events judged: NHK 2016, World Team Trophy 2017, US Nationals 2018

Pinar G. (@pinar_gurel)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I have been skating since age 7, coached a little in high school and college, competed for Dartmouth College at the Intercollegiate level, and was a part of the 2012 Intercollegiate National Championship team. I am now competing in the adult circuit, 2016 pewter medalist at adult nationals championship master junior/senior level.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Marin Honda’s free program at 2017 Skate Canada
Events judged: US Nationals 2018

Rylie S. (@rsmittay)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I have wanted to become a figure skater ever since I was little, when I first stepped foot on the ice at three years old. I enjoy following the figure skating season, and I have attended Stars on Ice. I will be attending Skate America in November. I have also won Summer With Team USA two years in a row.
Events judged: US Nationals 2018

Samantha H. (@samantharrin)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I skated for 10 years growing up, and I’ve been watching skating as long as I can remember. I’m more likely to get emotional about a good quad loop than pretty choreo. But that place where really athletic meets really artistic is sublime.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Mao Asada’s long at Vancouver 2010 comes to mind.
Events judged: US Nationals 2018

Sam H. (@quadlutze)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I was just the kid who was obsessed with Michelle Kwan but had no idea what was going on. Dropped the four year fan act in 2010 and never looked back.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Satoko Miyahara’s entire career.
Events judged: Junior Grand Prix Final 2017, US Nationals 2018

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