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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NHK Trophy 2018: The Judges

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We’ve reached the second half of the Grand Prix season! The fields are deep in all events, but especially for the ladies, where there will be both intra- and inter-country battles. among Japanese, Russian, and American competitors (this event is so deep I’d super happily watch a competition of the remaining ladies not from those countries). The men’s, dance, and pairs events also create an opportunity for overlooked competitors to show why they should be among the top names in their countries. This should be a good one.

Don’t forget to catch up on the season by reading our judges’ thoughts on Skate America , Skate Canada, and GP Helsinki! We’ve started adding polls to the site so you can vote on which of the judges favorite performances you like the most. Don’t miss your opportunity to share your opinion! Then come back and meet our judges for NHK 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 (@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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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 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

Grace W. | Tumblr
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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US and Canadian Nationals 2018: The Judges

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Happy new year to all of you who read The Judges’ Table! We’ve reached the fourth calendar year that The Judges’ Table has been around, and I’m grateful to all of you for keeping it rolling.

But enough of that – the Olympics are nearly here, and the US and Canada are about to select their teams.Over the next few weeks, you’ll be meeting eight new judges, and another two who only joined The Judges’ Table this season. Thanks to these judges, and to the two who’ve returned for multiple season, for sitting at The Judges’ Table for the 2018 US and Canadian National Championships! 

US Nationals 2018
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

Grace W. | Tumblr
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

Sam Ha. (@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 He. (@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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Alexandra E. (@alexandra_ewing)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. Though I watched figure skating on occasion for 20 years, access to cable during the 2013 Grand Prix made me a dedicated fan.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Gilles/Poirier’s FD at Worlds 2016.
Events Judged: Canadian Nationals 2018

Becky Y.
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. Hardcore fan since Calgary ’88. Meeting Shae-Lynn Bourne on my 15th birthday is still my favorite birthday yet! Had my son during the Sochi games, so of course I named him after my favourite ice dancer (shhhh – don’t tell my husband).
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Scott & Tessa in Sochi.
Events judged: Canadian Nationals 2018

Laurel M. (@ThisIsLaurelM)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I fell in love with ice dance first, watching Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir on TV during the Vancouver Olympics. Now I follow everything, including juniors, but ice dance remains my favourite discipline.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Maybe Virtue/Moir’s SD in Sochi.
Events judged: Skate Canada 2017, Canadian Nationals 2018

Lauren R. (@Lauren__145)
Favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years: I have figure skated for 6 years, and became obsessed with watching skating when I saw Mao Asada’s free from Sochi on YouTube.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Mirai Nagasu anything.
Events judged: Canadian Nationals 2018

Meghan C. (@meghancard)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. Fell in love with the ice at age 4, now that I’m at college I live for livestreams and anywhere else I can get my skating info fix!
Favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years: Carolina Kostner’s Olympic Bolero

Events judged: Canadian Nationals 2018

Taryn H. (@tleeh)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. Started skating at age 3; quit at 10 when I had to get up at 5 am! I’ve watched everything I can on TV.

What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Weaver/Poje at Worlds 2016.
Events judged: Canadian Nationals 2016, Canadian Nationals 2017, Canadian Nationals 2018

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