The Judges’ Table Does The Olympic Team Event 2018

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The Team Event at the Olympics was completely dominated by Canada, which didn’t face much of a challenge from the Olympic Athletes from Russia, the US, or Italy, all of whom were vying for podium spots.

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.

Please also note that most judges responded before the men’s event took place (and many before pairs, as well).

Thanks to these judges for sitting at The Judges’ Table during the Olympic Team Event!

Emily E. (@JoyofEmily)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. Life long obsession with the ice. Currently coaching, passing on my love of the Kerrigan Spiral.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years?  Insert any program skated against Kaetlyn Osmond in 2016/17.
Events judged: Team Challenge Cup 2016, Throwback: 1994 Olympics Ladies, US Nationals 2017, NHK Trophy 2017, Olympic Team Event 2018

Hannah C. (@hannahskates96) | A Skater’s Perspective
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I have been competing for 14 years. I am also a skating coach and hope to make that my career!
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Almost anything from Ashley Wagner.
Events judged: Four Continents 2016, Trophee de France 2016, US Nationals 2017, Rostelecom Cup 2017, Olympic Team Event 2018

Iris W. Tumblr
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. First watched figure skating during the 2010 Olympics and loved it! Before last season, I was a more casual fan, but over the past two years I’ve learned a lot after finally taking a deep dive into figure skating!
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Gilles/Poirier 2015-16 FD.
Events judged: Olympic Team Event 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, Olympic Team Event 2018

Keira C. (@tripletoes)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I figure skated as a child but stopped at age 10. I fell back in love with the sport when I caught the 2014 US National Championships on TV and have been obsessed since!!
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje’s free dance from 2015 Worlds.
Events judged: Four Continents 2016, Throwback: 2002 Olympics Pairs, Cup of China 2016, European Championships 2017, Skate Canada 2017, Olympic Team Event 2018

Mara H. (@MaraAlyseGH) | The Judges’ Table
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan, if any. Tara Lipinski 1997, and I’m not even sorry. I run this website and I’ve somehow only judged two events.
Favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years: Ashley Wagner’s FS, US Nationals 2017
Events judged: Skate America 2015, Olympic Team Event 2018

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The Judges’ Table Does Canadian Nationals 2018

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What a weekend! Despite my assertion that Canadian Nationals would be substantially less dramatic than the US version, podiums and Olympic teams were a bit of a surprise. Gabrielle Daleman beat a surging Kaetlyn Osmond despite having pneumonia, Seguin/Bilodeau and Moore-Towers/Marinaro upended the conventional thinking on Canadian pairs, a fall from Weaver/Poje gave Gilles/Poirier a silver medal, and Alaskan resident Keegan Messing beat out two Olympians and a world team member for his Canadian spot in Pyeongchang.

Thanks to these judges for sitting at The Judges’ Table during Canadian nationals!

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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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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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

Sharon (@RosaCotton) | Tumblr
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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The Judges’ Table Does Skate America 2017

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So, uh, that was an event. 3 competitors withdrew during the event alone (two of those happening during the free skate), and many others found themselves competing injured. Boyang Jin has two sprained ankles. Ashley Wagner’s ankle is infected. Maxim Kovtun hurt his foot. Daniel Samohin and Adam Rippon both dislocated their shoulders in the middle of their programs. And this is all after Anna Pogorilaya, Dabin Choi, Jorik Hendrickx, and Tobias/Tkachenko had to withdraw due to injury or illness in the weeks and days leading up to the event. It’s been a rough Grand Prix season all around, and I’m pretty sure that no one’s joints will ever be the same again. But in the midst of all this insanity, we also saw incredible comebacks and a bevy of personal bests from skaters looking to assert themselves as possible Olympic participants and medalists.

Thanks to these six judges for sitting at The Judges’ Table for Skate America 2017!

Gabrielle T. (@Gabrielle_1209)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I skated for ten years, competing locally. Now, I enjoy watching skating from the stands (or anywhere I can find Wi-Fi)!

Irina G. (@annafly13
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I am a dedicated fan and photographer and love being part of figure skating events. I never travel without a camera and have thousands of pics from the events.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Yuna Kim at Sochi in 2014.

Jared A. (@JaredMAllen) | Instagram
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I’m a lifelong fan of the sport and decided to learn how to skate, purely to have more info to influence my judgements! Now I’m a competitive skater myself and I absolutely love it.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years?  Satoko’s FS in Boston.

Madi L. (@not_lipton) | Tumblr
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I am an avid figure skater and figure skating fan. Sometimes I spend way too much money traveling to watch competitions but make up for it by teaching learn to skate with my home club.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Tessa and Scott’s Sochi short dance.

Margaret D. (@elysiondream)| Tumblr
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.

Rafael Q. (@HRHtheDentist)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. Been skating since I was 3, following competitions closely since 2009, etc.

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The Judges’ Table Does NHK Trophy 2017

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With only two Grand Prix events left before the final, several skaters and teams have officially qualified, including Virtue/Moir, Evgenia Medvedeva, and Sui/Han, who put down a world record performance this weekend. After Yuzuru Hanyu dropped out of the event, surprise men’s champion Sergei Voronov took advantage of the opening and will have the opportunity to sneak into the final in a few weeks.

Thanks to these judges for sitting at The Judges’ Table for NHK Trophy 2017!

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.

Clara P. (@jimboppa| You Only Lutz Once
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. Besides writing for You Only Lutz Once, I also try translating updates on Team Korea. I was one of the two “banner-waving girls caught on TV too many times at the 2016 Four Continents Championships. Jin Seo Kim hugged me at 2016 Asia Open Trophy.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Michael Martinez’s short program at 2017 Nebelhorn Trophy.

Emily E. (@JoyofEmily)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. Life long obsession with the ice. Currently coaching, passing on my love of the Kerrigan Spiral.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years?  Insert any program skated against Kaetlyn Osmond in 2016/17.

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.

Sara J. (@getmerescued)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I went to 2015 Nationals in Greensboro and 2016 Worlds in Boston and cried the entire time. I’ve watched skating since 1996 – which means I’m super old. I saw like a thirteen year old Nathan Chen and who knew that I was in the presence of royalty? (I totally did!!!)
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years?  I rewatched some of the 2014 Olympics free skates again recently and the fact that Yuna Kim did not win still irritates me!!

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The Judges’ Table Does Rostelecom Cup 2017

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I’ve always felt there was a huge advantage to the skaters from whichever ISU national federation managed to snag the first Grand Prix of the year – starting the season out with that home crowd scoring boost definitely can’t hurt. Usually, the United States gets that honor, but since we began this season in Moscow, Russia doesn’t appear to have missed the opportunity to offer its skaters some home-cooked scores. Evegenia Medvedeva took home a 150-point gold despite falling, and some of our judges felt Canadians Gilles and Poirier were underscored in favor of budding Russian dancers Stepanova and Bukin (Piper, by the way, seems to agree). Another judge saw politicking in the Russian-swept pairs podium. 

Regardless, Rostelecom offered some incredible performances and exciting moments. Nathan Chen established himself as a true contender after beating reigning Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu yet again. Wakaba Higuchi reminded us that, yes, she’s still here, and she’ll be fighting hard for one of Japan’s two ladies’ Olympic spots. Carolina Kostner proved that her three decades of experience – cue everyone calling her old – are going to be a benefit rather than a detriment in PyeongChang.

Thanks to these six judges for sitting at The Judges’ Table for Rostelecom!

Arlisse L. (@aethanie)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I grew up skating, but stopped after I learned how to do cross overs. Once, Mirai Nagasu retweeted my reaction to her triple axel and I actually cried a little bit.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years?  Tatsuki Machida at 2014 Worlds.

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.

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 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.

Hannah C. (@hannahskates96) | A Skater’s Perspective
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I have been competing for 14 years. I am also a skating coach and hope to make that my career!
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Almost anything from Ashley Wagner.

Meghan B. (@meghanbartels)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I can’t tell loops from axels but I have strong feelings about costumes.

Patrick D. (@Team_PDD) | Patrick Commentates Skating
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I lead figure skating prayer circles on twitter, make silly commentary videos, and spend way too much time tweeting about skating. Yay?
Favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years: Mirai Nagasu’s SP at 2015 NHK Trophy.

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