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

Iris W. | Tumblr
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 Internationaux de France 2017

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It was another messy Grand Prix event – Weaver and Poje had a rough short dance and couldn’t get on the podium, Javier and Shoma had messy free skates, Alina Zagitova had to make up a 7 point deficit to win the ladies’ event, and no one in the pairs field came even close to touching the top two teams. Still, there were phenomenal performances, including something we’ve never had at The Judges’ Table: a unanimous pick for best performance of the event! Misha Ge’s first and final Grand Prix medal/blue star was well-earned with skates his fans will remember for years.

Thanks to these judges for sitting at The Judges’ Table for Internationaux de France 2017!

Amber C. (@amberchamberlan) | A Skater’s Perspective
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I am a figure skater myself. I really love Ashley Wagner. That is about all you need to know about me.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Ashley Wagner’s 2017 World Championships short program.

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.

Linda K. (@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

Maddie L. (@MaddieLarson19)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan.  I’ve been a fan of figure skating since the 2006 Olympics, but I myself have absolutely no athletic ability.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Yuna Kim’s 2014 Olympic Short Program.
Events judged: Internationaux de France 2017

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.

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 Internationaux de France, 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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Internationaux de France 2017: The Judges

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The Grand Prix Final is, of course, the highlight of the Grand Prix season, but making the final isn’t the focus of many of the skaters at the next event of the Grand Prix season. Trophée de France Trophée Lalique Trophée Éric Bompard Trophée de France Internationaux de France features several important intra-country battles that will help various selection committees determine who will go to the Olympics. Keep your eyes peeled for the US men, French men, Japanese ladies, Russian ladies, and French ladies. Plenty of other skaters will look to lay down cleaner programs than their compatriots in previous weeks (I’m personally watching out for the Canadian pairs) and to help determine the final ice dance pecking order (Weaver/Poje vs. Chock/Bates!).

Thanks to these judges for sitting at the table for Internationaux de France:

Amber C. (@amberchamberlan) | A Skater’s Perspective
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I am a figure skater myself. I really love Ashley Wagner. That is about all you need to know about me.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Ashley Wagner’s 2017 World Championships short program.

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.

Linda K. (@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

Maddie L. (@MaddieLarson19)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan.  I’ve been a fan of figure skating since the 2006 Olympics, but I myself have absolutely no athletic ability.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Yuna Kim’s 2014 Olympic Short Program.
Events judged: Internationaux de France 2017

Tiffany (@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.

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