The Judges’ Table Does Junior Worlds 2018

ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating - Salzburg

Remember Junior Worlds? Despite being right after an exciting Olympics, Junior Worlds still delivered a ton of exciting performances. For those of us who were still too exhausted from the Olympics to watch live (ūüôč), I’m especially grateful for these four judges, who catch us up and tell us what to look forward to next season!

Thanks to these judges for sitting at The Judges’ Table during Junior Worlds!

Alexandra R. (@OneFlutzAway) | Tumblr
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan.¬†I have skated non-competitively since I was a very young girl, but I started to watch properly after seeing Yulia’s Schindler’s List in the Team Event in Sochi.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the¬†five years?¬†Mai Mihara’s FS at Japanese Nationals 2017.
Events judged: Junior Worlds 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, Junior Worlds 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, Junior Worlds 2018

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.
Events judged: Skate America 2017, Olympic Pairs Event 2018, , Junior Worlds 2018

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World Junior Championships 2017: The Judges

marin honda world juniors 2016

We’re finally back! It’s been a long several weeks since Four Continents, but the World Junior Championships are here and we’re returning to Taipei – the site of the 2016 Four Continents Championships.¬†Three of last year’s champions are returning this event, and all will likely encounter great difficulty in defending their titles. I imagine Daniel Samohin’s skates will actually arrive this time, but that’s not going to be enough to stop his competitors. McNamara and Carpenter will have to get past their uncharacteristic mistakes this season to beat their undefeated teammates, Parsons and Parsons. And Marin Honda, who has had a good season compared to her fellow reigning champions, is facing a team of seemingly unstoppable Russian women, two of whom are coached by¬†Eteri Tutberidze – the same coach as Evgenia Medvedeva, who is nearly undefeated over the last three¬†years.

Thanks to these judges for sitting at¬†The Judges’ Table for Junior Worlds!

Bea (@tweenershots) | You Only Lutz Once
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan.¬†I co-founded and blog in You Only Lutz Once. I also co-founded Tropical Frost, a fan site dedicated to Michael Christian Martinez (PHI). Outside streaming, I’ve watched Four Continents in Taipei last season. (I was probably on TV too many times because of the many banners we had, especially that “The CHANpion is Back” banner. This season, I got to watch Asian Open Trophy and got to meet and cheer for many of my favorite skaters.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years?¬†Tatsuki Machida’s 2014 Worlds free skate

J.j. (@RealDetective) | Tumblr
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan.¬†One time Meryl Davis told me happy birthday and another time a security guard told me he took a picture of me and Zach Donohue but he unknowingly never actually pressed the button and I didn’t want to ask Zach for another picture. It was all very sad. Except for the Meryl part. Which made being old worth it.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years?¬†Davis/White 2014 US Nationals Free Dance and let me tell you why, you see one judge (specifically Mary Karen Henderson OF THEIR VERY OWN HOME STATE OF MICHIGAN) thought that they were worthy of only +2 GOE on two elements and had the gall, THE GALL, to give them a 9.75 in one (1) PCS category WHICH IS A FULL STEP LESS THAN WHAT IS SOCIALLY ACCEPTABLE. Sure, these scores are thrown out and Meryl Elizabeth Davis and Chuck White scored the maximum amount of points possible BUT THE PRINCIPLE. The principle. (Don’t @ me.)

Mara B. (@missmaraskate)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan, if any.¬†I started out as purely an ice dance fan, after watching D/W on DWTS. Gradually, I was introduced to the other disciplines, and I’ve found myself enjoying all of them. I’ve never been to a live event…hopefully that will change eventually¬†(hi Skate America 2017!).

Ryan P. (@jetsfan_85)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I used to compete from ages 15-17 and casually skated for years later. Just got back into it this year (31y.o now). I watch every GP competition of the year as well as Canadian and American Nationals etc.
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years?¬†Bourne/Kraatz River Dance 1998 Worlds…they should have won gold.

TJ C. (@Tsk8c)
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan.¬†I am a current competitor in ice dancing (and a first-time national qualifier!). I’m a huge fan of the sport, but it’s not like I have a problem or anything (hehehe…).
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years?¬†Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje’s FD at the 2014 GP Final.

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