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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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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Skate Canada 2017: The Judges

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At last year’s Skate Canada, Kaetlyn Osmond roared back into the spotlight, scoring over 200 points for the first time in international competition. She was kept from gold by brilliant performances from Evgenia Medvedeva, who won’t be there this weekend. But Kaetyln will still have to beat a heavyweight collection of ladies skaters, including world medalists Ashley Wagner and Anna Pogorilaya, as well as up-and-comers Karen Chen and Maria Sotskova, to win her first Grand Prix gold since 2012. In the other disciplines, Canadians Duhamel/Radford, Patrick Chan, and Virtue/Moir will all be fighting hard (well, at least the first two will) to keep their Skate Canada International golds – all three have won the event at least three times. With great performances from some of the most talented skaters in the world – and the standard help from the home crowd we’ve come to expect during Grand Prix – Canada has a very real chance to sweep this event.

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

Caroline D. (@caroline4pres)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. Ever since I saw Kristi Yamaguchi on Stars On Ice as a toddler, I’ve been obsessed with figure skating. I became completely invested in it when I decided to write about it for my senior thesis as a History major in college. I am ALL about stunts, drama, theatrics, artistry, etc. I always love the hot messes.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Adam Rippon’s free skate at 2015 Nationals.

Emily W. (@Em_Wilmes)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. Last year at Skate America I stalked Jorik Hendrickx until he caved and told me where he was sitting; becoming a full blown stan was worth it for that picture.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Is there anyone more #robbed than Zijun Li? (No.)

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.

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.

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.

Ryan P. (@jetsfan_85)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. 2002 Manitoba Winter Games 4th place!! LOL. Certified in Jr Silver FS in Canada. Big fan and watch every GP event.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje’s free dance from 2015 Worlds.

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