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 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 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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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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Four Continents 2018: The Judges

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The Four Continents Championship began yesterday! Unlike Euros, 4CC happens so close to the Olympics (and requires so much travel for North American athletes) that federations often take the opportunity to send their next set of skaters to an ISU championship. While the top Japanese ladies, including two Olympians, did choose to compete here and lead for now, American teams that qualified for neither the Olympics nor Worlds are sitting atop the pairs and dance standings after the short (the men’s short is today).

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

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 Japanese Nationals 2017-2018

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With only two ladies Olympic spots and approximately 23985729835 fan favorites who can contend internationally, Japanese nationals was an absolute nail-biter, leading to somewhat surprising results for those who thought Wakaba Higuchi was a lock for the Olympic team (I assume that’s not just me)? The men, too, fought for one remaining Olympic spot after Yuzuru and Shoma claimed theirs. The pairs and dance competition gave us a chance to see the future of Japanese skating.

Thanks to these judges for sitting at The Judges’ Table for Japanese nationals during the holiday!

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

Keiko A. (@glitterhapsody)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. Learned how to skate when I was younger. Casual fan during the broadcasts on ESPN and during the 2010 Olympics; turned into a quasi-uber around Sochi.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Relative to the scores on that day – Mao Asada’s Sochi FS.
Events judged:  Japanese Nationals 2017-2018

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Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I became a year-round figure skating fan when my roommate and I watched Skate America, and I fell head-over-heels for Davis/White’s Die Fledermaus. Ice dance remains my favorite discipline (men a close second). Having followed the ShibSibs for five years, I was so thrilled for them winning silver at Worlds with two fantastic programs. So excited to see what will happen in ice dance this season!

Events judged: Canadian Nationals 2016, European Championships 2016, Canadian Nationals 2017, Japanese Nationals 2017-2018

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