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Has the DL given up on figure skating?

Two GRAND PRIX events completed, and I see nothing… I tried a Google search..,

by Anonymousreply 189December 4, 2023 12:27 PM

Figure skating has given up on us, op..

by Anonymousreply 1October 29, 2023 8:14 PM

Is there still bulge? I used to enjoy figure skater bulge.

by Anonymousreply 2October 29, 2023 8:16 PM

Is there still ass? I used to enjoy figure skater ass.

by Anonymousreply 3October 29, 2023 8:19 PM

It's not figure skating anymore.

by Anonymousreply 4October 29, 2023 8:21 PM

Because Peacock’s coverage is ass, OP.

by Anonymousreply 5October 29, 2023 9:03 PM

Are Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir still doing the coverage?

by Anonymousreply 6October 29, 2023 9:06 PM

Skating has died. ABC/ESPN and Eurosport UK were the best at presenting figure skating events. Is it still popular in Asia and Europe? No one seems to be that into this here in America. We have no more stars. Did Nathan Chen get any endorsements after his OGM ?

by Anonymousreply 7October 29, 2023 9:20 PM

Tara is nursing her newborn….well, her wet nurse is.

by Anonymousreply 8October 29, 2023 9:44 PM

TERROR had a baby?

by Anonymousreply 9October 29, 2023 10:38 PM

I see that she did, never mind. Via surrogate.

by Anonymousreply 10October 29, 2023 10:39 PM

Hence the wet nurse joke

by Anonymousreply 11October 29, 2023 10:54 PM

Read it and weep ;)

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by Anonymousreply 12October 29, 2023 10:55 PM

Johnny, Tara, and Ilia on NBC.

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by Anonymousreply 13October 29, 2023 10:55 PM

If she's happy, then more power to her.

by Anonymousreply 14October 29, 2023 10:58 PM

People always bitched about the Russians dominating everything, and now that they're gone, nobody bothers watching.

by Anonymousreply 15October 29, 2023 11:00 PM

R15, it’s not that, it’s problems with accessibility.

by Anonymousreply 16October 29, 2023 11:48 PM

We want to show race car driving, Taylor/Kelce, and women's volleyball.

by Anonymousreply 17October 29, 2023 11:51 PM

We need to arm them with AK-47s and provide targets.

by Anonymousreply 18October 29, 2023 11:57 PM

When will the first trans woman compete in the Ladies' Competition and land a quad axel?

by Anonymousreply 19October 30, 2023 12:03 AM

Tangent Warning: I went down a rabbit hole when the Nancy Kerrigan thread was active, and after an Oxana performance on YouTube, this freak of nature who looked like a CGI skeleton came up in a video 'short'. Seriously disturbing.

by Anonymousreply 20October 30, 2023 12:50 AM

^R20 again, forgot to include link- you've been warned.

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by Anonymousreply 21October 30, 2023 12:51 AM

What freak?

Freakier than that guy who omits the link?

by Anonymousreply 22October 30, 2023 12:51 AM

You link stinks freak.

by Anonymousreply 23October 30, 2023 12:52 AM

As R16 said, the problem is that there is so little TV coverage of figure skating compared to a couple of decades ago. We figure skating fans can find ways to watch it, but the general public is no longer watching. There is very little coverage in both Canada and the U.S. Canadian TV didn't even cover Skate Canada this weekend for the first time ever.

That sucks because Piper Gilles and DL fave big butt Paul Poirier won the gold medal in Ice Dance. Hopefully there will be some TV coverage in Canada by the time of the Worlds in Montreal in March.

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by Anonymousreply 24October 30, 2023 8:09 AM

When you don't have a female skating star from the USA who is charismatic, so goes the sport. Isabelle DeVito or whatever her name is, is dull. Gracie Gold is still a bigger star, lol. Gracie could come in and finish 11th and she's still going to get the ink.

by Anonymousreply 25October 30, 2023 8:24 AM

His butt doesn’t look very big.

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by Anonymousreply 26October 30, 2023 8:34 AM

Here's a better angle, R26:

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by Anonymousreply 27October 30, 2023 8:40 AM

Some more:

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by Anonymousreply 28October 30, 2023 8:40 AM
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by Anonymousreply 29October 30, 2023 8:41 AM
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by Anonymousreply 30October 30, 2023 8:42 AM

Ice dance is where it's at.

by Anonymousreply 31October 30, 2023 9:07 AM

I never thought Gracie Gold was charismatic at all.

by Anonymousreply 32October 30, 2023 9:15 AM

America hasn't had a charismatic female figure skater in many years. Maybe since Tonya Harding.

by Anonymousreply 33October 30, 2023 12:53 PM

Since Dorothy Hamill ⛸️

by Anonymousreply 34October 30, 2023 1:03 PM

What about Michelle Kwon?

by Anonymousreply 35October 30, 2023 1:30 PM

Was she a known Kwantity?

by Anonymousreply 36October 30, 2023 1:34 PM

She was not charismatic.

by Anonymousreply 37October 30, 2023 1:44 PM

I think the scoring scandal at the 2002 Olympics really began the decline of interest in skating in the US.

by Anonymousreply 38October 30, 2023 2:09 PM

Kwan was a beautiful skater and lots of people rooted for her. But there were other types of skaters to root for as well. Now it’s just the Russians and they’re all from the exact same club. That is boring as hell.

I lost interest after Dick Button retired coupled with the scoring system change. Im old and set in my ways. The scoring system especially put me off.

by Anonymousreply 39October 30, 2023 2:18 PM

I almost hate to admit it, but lately the Russian drama has been the best part of figure skating.

And as I mentioned earlier, Peacock’s coverage of the Grand Prix is sorely lacking. I don’t expect we’ll see Johnny and Tara again until (maybe) the Grand Prix and the US and World championships.

by Anonymousreply 40October 30, 2023 2:38 PM

DL has masculine gays now. We watch football and baseball.

by Anonymousreply 41October 30, 2023 2:40 PM

I loved Button and Peggy Fleming. They obsessed over laybacks. I also liked Peter Carruthers. Susie Wynn and sometimes Tracy Wilson.

If it weren’t for Susie, I wouldn’t have known that Amber Corwin had cheated triple jumps.

by Anonymousreply 42October 30, 2023 2:47 PM

I like the old way of keeping score much better. The new way is the biggest part of what drove me away. The past scoring was part of the fun. Knowing that judges could and would show favoritism so we could all discuss and boo and hiss was a huge part of the fun.

by Anonymousreply 43October 30, 2023 2:59 PM

Peggy obsessed because her coach Carlo Fassi was obsessed with the layback. Fleming may have been the best ever at that spin.

by Anonymousreply 44October 30, 2023 3:26 PM

It's so funny. I did a deep dive on Dorothy Hamill. Turns out her little routine Olympic exhibition is my favorite piece of skating. Silly I know. But these two minutes immediately point out what is wrong with skating today. Dorothy's exhibition is so free and fun yet she knows her figures so no matter what it retains some elegance. It also helps that she was so friggin cute and the audience would have sat there all day if she kept skating.

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by Anonymousreply 45October 30, 2023 3:29 PM

Kwan was reliable. Not the most exciting skater but steady. But she didn’t have a consistent triple-triple. She did have one for a couple of seasons but her hips were giving her trouble.

by Anonymousreply 46October 30, 2023 3:39 PM

Kwan landed on her feet. Did well in college and grad school. Joined the State Dept. as of now she’s the US Ambassador to Belize. …tho she had a disasterous marriage—🧐

by Anonymousreply 47October 30, 2023 3:45 PM

R47, tell us more about Kwan's marriage.

by Anonymousreply 48October 30, 2023 3:56 PM

Google: nasty divorce battle

by Anonymousreply 49October 30, 2023 3:57 PM

[quote]America hasn't had a charismatic female figure skater in many years. Maybe since Tonya Harding.

I would say Ashley Wagner was charismatic, although I didn't particularly enjoy her skating.

by Anonymousreply 50October 30, 2023 4:05 PM

I always wondered why her marriage ended like that. She’s so private about everything. The frauen at Female Straight Universe used to write essays about the love lives of the girl skaters. Posting about gay skaters was verboten.

by Anonymousreply 51October 30, 2023 4:06 PM

It appears she also has an infant —says Wiki

…she best Lipinski at parenthood ;)

by Anonymousreply 52October 30, 2023 4:55 PM

What about female skates who marry gays?—allegedly

by Anonymousreply 53October 30, 2023 4:55 PM

R53 ask Michelle’s sister Karen.

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by Anonymousreply 54October 30, 2023 4:57 PM

R54 here. Should have mentioned that Oppegard was busted with gay porn at an airport years ago when he was still married to Karen.

by Anonymousreply 55October 30, 2023 4:59 PM

R55 Wiki says, as of 2017, they are estranged.

I’ll bet 🤠

by Anonymousreply 56October 30, 2023 5:29 PM

This thread has me going down the rabbit hole of old Google newsgroups about skating. Sandra Loosemore, Janet, and Brian Orser obsessed Trudi, who was a college administrator in Binghamton NY. She loved Orser to death and would stalk him on the COI/SOI tours.

I met a woman at Skate America who had photos of Todd Eldredge in her wallet. She called Todd a “sex symbol for the thinking woman”, whatever that meant. I met a few second tier skaters at a couple of events. All seemed nice and well adjusted.

by Anonymousreply 57October 30, 2023 6:42 PM

As others have said, it's the lack of TV coverage and promotion thereof. I'm a longtime, if fair weather, skating fan and didn't even know Skate America/Canada were happening. The dissolution of the NBC Sports channel was the death knell (see also: curling coverage, of which I'm also a fair weather fan). USA Network and NBC sometimes show repeats of skating events, but I clearly missed or couldn't find them. I tried Peacock's skating channel for Skate America ice dance and lasted about 15 minutes because it was unedited coverage. First the judges were announced, then five pairs skated out, waved at the audience, faffed around for a bit, then went off the ice, except for the first couple to compete. No commentators of any sort -- Terry, Tara, Johnny, Andrea, etc. -- so I turned it off. So I guess instead of TV promoting what few events it will air, we have to seek out the info ourselves. US Nationals are Jan. 22-28 in Columbus if you want to mark your calendars.

by Anonymousreply 58October 30, 2023 8:26 PM

Fucking Peacock has their coverage of figure skating events on their platform for about 6 1/2 hours before they remove them. Quick, watch it while you can, then performances are available nowhere else ever again.

I do like the unedited, uncommentated coverage, but once it's off of Peacock, it disappears.

by Anonymousreply 59October 31, 2023 1:10 AM

Michelle Kwan had near a Hanyu level fanbase. I don't know what everyone is talking about. People adored her skating.

by Anonymousreply 60October 31, 2023 1:55 AM

But, she wasn't charismatic.

by Anonymousreply 61October 31, 2023 2:04 AM

But her personality was reliable, non-threatening and young girls looked up to her. Nicole Bobek was charismatic. But she was also a flighty fuckup.

by Anonymousreply 62October 31, 2023 2:12 AM

Nicole Bobek killed Carlo Fassi—just like what the jacuzzi did to Perry.

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by Anonymousreply 63October 31, 2023 2:45 AM

American advertisers were desperate to find that All-American girl who would lift the tv ratings and serve as an advertising icon. They thought maybe Kerrigan was it, but that fell through. So, they tried featuring skater like Bobek and Sasha Cohen ( who was guaranteed to fall at every major world competition). All they had were the Asians, Yamaguchi and Kwan, who raised ratings, but who were unacceptable as representatives of the All-American girl. So, after a few years of mediocre women's skating, they just gave up. Can't feature the men, because everyone thinks they are all gay. Besides, the dominant male was Nathan Chen, who was also unacceptable. So, can't sell products , no interest in telecasts. American advertisers were waiting ( and still are) for a skating Taylor Swift.

by Anonymousreply 64October 31, 2023 3:55 AM

They should have embraced Tonya Harding, maybe the skating boom would have lasted a little longer.

by Anonymousreply 65October 31, 2023 4:25 AM

Who else's knee could she have whacked?

by Anonymousreply 66October 31, 2023 4:27 AM

R66, TERROR Lipinski's!

by Anonymousreply 67November 1, 2023 5:41 AM

NBC will be broadcasting some of the Grand Prix this Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

by Anonymousreply 68November 1, 2023 8:39 AM

Are the Russians banned past the next OLYMPICS? Or will they be cheating up a storm in time for all those medals? Whatever happened to the team medals compromised by their cheating from Bejing?

by Anonymousreply 69November 1, 2023 8:34 PM

The athletes can compete, but under a neutral flag. Big deal. So they can cheat and Russia will not be blamed. BTW, did the team figure skaters ever receive their medals from the last Olympics? IOC filled with cowards.

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by Anonymousreply 70November 1, 2023 8:58 PM

Nothing re those medals —2.5 years later

by Anonymousreply 71November 1, 2023 9:25 PM

NBC is showing 90 minutes Skate France on Saturday morning. They’re repeating it on Sunday morning followed by FIVE hours of NASCAR. I guess NBC knows where its bread is buttered. To each their own and all, but yeesh.

by Anonymousreply 72November 2, 2023 2:20 AM

I enjoy figure skating when it's on, but have a hard time understanding which jumps are which. Except for the triple axel (because of the forward entry).

by Anonymousreply 73November 2, 2023 2:38 AM

R72, according to this link, November 4 is supposed to be Skate Canada highlights and then coverage of France on November 5:

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by Anonymousreply 74November 2, 2023 6:49 AM

Yuzuru Hanyu got married. To a woman! And he retired, which hasn't exactly helped figure skating. It's even faltering in Japan, post-Hanyu.

by Anonymousreply 75November 2, 2023 7:34 AM

[quote] Yuzuru Hanyu got married. To a woman

Oh, please. He's gayer than a geisha's feather boa.

by Anonymousreply 76November 2, 2023 10:00 AM

Did Stephane Lambiel design his wedding dress?

by Anonymousreply 77November 2, 2023 10:06 AM

R77, no. Brian Boitano did.

by Anonymousreply 78November 2, 2023 10:07 AM

Pro figure skating 1980-late 90's had so many great stars. The ISU saw the ratings and tried to keep the more self centered skaters (Kwan) to stay 'eligible' so they'd put her in any kind of pro-am they could find. Her lack of showmanship was obvious. She still wanted that Gold medal from the Ols so Kwan put down the pros and helped kill interest. Tara Lipinski got injured her first year as a pro - she couldn't spin those difficult triples and pared down her content - and really never commanded pro skating. The Michelle-Tara rivalry might have kept interest for years, but Tara was clearly afraid of going up aganist Michelle in the eligible pro-ams, so it all went ppfffttdd!

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by Anonymousreply 80November 2, 2023 11:48 AM

R75, Japan doesn't permit same-sex marriage, although in a recent case a court permitted the registration of a same-sex partnership. No one knows anything about Hanyu's marriage. Some Japanese stars have not only never named their spouses, they have prevented photographs of them from ever appearing.

by Anonymousreply 81November 2, 2023 1:54 PM

None of the accounts mention " wife," merely " partner" or "spouse." He also doesn't refer to " wife."

Two-time Olympic men’s figure skater champion Hanyu Yuzuru broke the news on his official social media account that he is now married.

Hanyu, who is 28 and turned professional in July last year, put the word out about the happy development in his personal life on Aug. 4. He did not name his spouse, though.

“To all of you who have always supported me. I, Yuzuru Hanyu, have decided to enter the family register,” he wrote, posting an image of the document that records changes in a person’s circumstances, such as marriage. “I will continue to skate one by one, moment by moment, so that I can skate at my best from now on.”

Hanyu, a native of Sendai City, is regarded as one of the greatest ice skaters of all time. In 2014, he won gold at the Sochi Olympics and repeated the feat four years later at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

In February, he became the first skater to perform solo at the Tokyo Dome.

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by Anonymousreply 82November 2, 2023 2:09 PM

"Everybody's saying" Yuzuru's wife is Mayuko Suenobo, a 36 year old female violinist who accompanied him on ice with her violin in 2019 at an ice show. Her family is wealthy (from a different city) and there's controversy because Shinzo Abe knew her father, golfed with him, went to his funeral, etc.

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by Anonymousreply 83November 2, 2023 8:48 PM

Reba Hughes didn't help either. They all just became so fucking boring. skate, pickup speed, jump, rinse and repeat. The new scoring helped kill it. Plus,the lack of interesting, experienced, and media capable commentators helped the demise. We need Peggy's cuntiness.

by Anonymousreply 84November 3, 2023 1:48 PM

Poor Reba. The most forgettable American Olympic gold winner in the sport’s history.

by Anonymousreply 85November 3, 2023 1:53 PM

we used to die laughing. Reba Hughes was just the most boring.

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by Anonymousreply 86November 3, 2023 1:58 PM

America agrees.

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by Anonymousreply 87November 3, 2023 1:59 PM

The only reason to watch figure skating these days is to see the men's asses. Come to think of it, that has always been the only reason to watch. Even Johnny Weir.

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by Anonymousreply 88November 3, 2023 3:32 PM

I miss Javier's ass

by Anonymousreply 89November 3, 2023 3:54 PM

R85 I thought it was Sarah Hughes. Is Reba a nickname?

by Anonymousreply 90November 3, 2023 6:00 PM

oops - sorry. I just saw R87.

by Anonymousreply 91November 3, 2023 6:01 PM

Sarah Hughes was both a skater and a judge? What a multi-talented individual.

by Anonymousreply 92November 3, 2023 6:10 PM

I miss Brian Joubert’s ass…did he ever get married or anything?

by Anonymousreply 93November 3, 2023 6:23 PM

Yes R92 she swore in LBJ on 11/22/63 after JFK was shot, and then won the Ols in 2002. Remarkable.

by Anonymousreply 94November 3, 2023 7:21 PM

[quote]I miss Brian Joubert’s ass

Who doesn't?

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by Anonymousreply 95November 3, 2023 7:23 PM

The front is fine also.

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by Anonymousreply 96November 3, 2023 7:50 PM

Plushenko is doing ice shows in China (and Russia, of course).

Wonder how he's doing? He was a fixture in Japanese ice shows but haven't heard about him appearing in them lately. Maybe he aged out - or they decided it was bad politically to have him?

by Anonymousreply 97November 3, 2023 10:51 PM

But yeah has there ever been a more boring skater than Sarah Hughes? I'd rather watch that Sasha girl choke and fall every time.

by Anonymousreply 98November 3, 2023 10:55 PM

R96, that one isn't Brian Joubert -- someone mislabelled the photo.

R97, Plushenko has spoken out in favor of Vladimir Putin recently, so yeah, I imagine he's now limited as to which countries he can skate in.

by Anonymousreply 99November 4, 2023 7:44 AM

Plushenko is one of the most brazenly pro-war athletes. He went to one of the big rallies...think it was the same one with Sinitsina/Katsalapov and Tarasova/Morozov wearing the Z on the uniforms. They should all be persona non grata at any international skating events forever.

by Anonymousreply 100November 4, 2023 11:33 AM

Plushenko is also world class ugly.

by Anonymousreply 101November 4, 2023 4:01 PM

Dear NBC, Please get your programming act together. I recorded what I thought was going to be Skate France today, but you showed Skate Canada. Just because they speak the same language (sorta) doesn’t mean they’re the same country. Merci a lot.

by Anonymousreply 102November 5, 2023 2:34 AM

R102, I mentioned above at R74 that the NBC schedule at the link provided showed Skate Canada for November 4 and France for November 5.

by Anonymousreply 103November 5, 2023 6:36 AM

NBC is showing the ISU Grand Prix China on Sunday from noon to 3p (Pacific time). Supposedly...

Are Papadakis and Cizeron still competing or are they holding off until the run-up to the 2026 Olympics? I will have a sad if they've retired.

by Anonymousreply 104November 10, 2023 6:56 PM

Papa Papadakis?

by Anonymousreply 105November 10, 2023 7:00 PM

Oleg Protopopov is dead …He and his wife perfected the death spiral and the first true overhead lifts.

Here’s their last world titile, right after winning Olympic Gold in Grenoble. But for the change to more athleticism, they would be at the top even today with their artistry.

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by Anonymousreply 106November 10, 2023 7:23 PM

I don't know DL, but I gave up on figure skating, there were "No more Michelle Kwans, Nancy Kerrigan" and the new scoring rules destroyed women's figure skating. It became all about jumping!!

I did like Nathan Chen's ass and I loved when Sacha Cohen fell all the time(that was fun). Winter Olympics, I attended Sarajevo, 1984, Albertville,1992 and Lillehammer, 1994( that was a party in itself).

by Anonymousreply 107November 10, 2023 7:57 PM

[quote]I loved when Sacha Cohen fell all the time(that was fun)

This was the best.

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by Anonymousreply 108November 10, 2023 8:16 PM

One of my ice skating fan buddies used to call Sasha “Origami” because she folded so beautifully. Even her falls and stumbles were gorgeous…after all, she had lots of practice 🥴

by Anonymousreply 109November 10, 2023 8:47 PM

I loved her skating so much, but once I realized she was incapable of skating both programs clean and I don’t mean perfect, just decently so, I got so sick of her.

by Anonymousreply 110November 10, 2023 8:51 PM

Emanuel Sandhu was her brother from another mother…

by Anonymousreply 111November 10, 2023 9:31 PM

If it wasn't for her falls Sasha would have been the most elegant skater ever. Not the best. The most elegant. She kept you on the edge of your seat though waiting for the inevitable fall.

by Anonymousreply 112November 10, 2023 10:08 PM

Cohen graduated from Columbia—worked for Morgan Stanley and married up to a bigwig at MS. She sends her regards.

by Anonymousreply 113November 10, 2023 10:53 PM

But she will be forever known as a choke artist.

by Anonymousreply 114November 10, 2023 11:29 PM

Alexei Yagudin was the sexiest skater I have ever seen, strong and artistic. I couldn't take my eyes off of him.

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by Anonymousreply 115November 11, 2023 12:46 AM

Can anyone tell us how Poivier's cock's performance was during this dance?

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by Anonymousreply 116November 11, 2023 1:07 AM

R116, based on the bulge, do you think Paul Poirier is cut or uncut?

by Anonymousreply 117November 11, 2023 7:30 AM

Yagudin is a homophobic douchebag.

by Anonymousreply 118November 11, 2023 7:49 AM

Our hot beauty Paul Poirier just won gold at the Cup of China in Chongqing. With what's her name - Piper Gilles I think. The other Canadians were second, Americans third and fourth. The Chinese were last and next to last :(

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by Anonymousreply 119November 11, 2023 9:05 AM

Yags is an extravagant piece of shit.

"...Mr. Yagudin also supports inappropriate statements from his followers. Here is a comment to illustrate this: “I don’t get it why people are suddenly standing up for Brown. He’s a f*gg*t who can’t even jump triples” — Mr. Yagudin reacted to this with the emoji picturing applause..."

Tried to link article but it's got Russian in it - but you can search for "Remove Alexei Yagudin from commenting on the figure skating competitions" (change.org petition from 4 years ago)

by Anonymousreply 120November 11, 2023 9:13 AM

R119, yeah, Gilles & Poirier won the gold, although the result was closer than usual between them and their teammates Lajoie & Lagha because Piper made a mistake on the twizzles in the Rhythm Dance. I hope to watch the competition later.

R120, that doesn't surprise me.. I seem to remember that Yagudin has a history of saying homophobic comments. I think it's happened more than once.

by Anonymousreply 121November 11, 2023 9:19 AM

OP, if you want to talk about something why must you wait for someone else to start a thread?

by Anonymousreply 122November 11, 2023 10:49 AM

But the story is that allegedly Yags and Rudy Galindo were briefly involved during their COI days. Yags was underage when they hooked up several times. The owners of COI AND Brian Boitano had to tell Rudy to leave him alone. Alexei Urmanov found out somehow and he told the bigwigs in the Russian skating federation and they were incensed. Some people say that it was the reason why Yagudin never won a national title for Russia. Not sure if it was known that Rudy was poz at the time. But Yags was also boning skate mattress Nicole Bobek at the same time. I can only imagine how frenzied things were when Rudy did disclose his HIV status. Yagudin is a big hypocrite.

by Anonymousreply 123November 11, 2023 11:41 AM

Or he was angry and scared.

by Anonymousreply 124November 12, 2023 2:32 AM

Hot photo of Paul Poirier:

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by Anonymousreply 125November 12, 2023 7:41 AM

Does anyone else follow The Skating Lesson?

I just hate it when Dave Lease allows Jonathan Beyer to get a word in edgewise.

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by Anonymousreply 126November 12, 2023 7:48 PM

Greatest male figure skater of all time.

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by Anonymousreply 127November 12, 2023 10:30 PM

I really want to see a trans skater shake up the women's division.

by Anonymousreply 128November 12, 2023 10:31 PM

DICK Button!

by Anonymousreply 129November 12, 2023 10:33 PM

Those rankings are so far fucking off—useless post.

by Anonymousreply 130November 12, 2023 10:35 PM

The post isn't useless; you need to react and show why it is terrible. Otherwise, you have nothing to offer.

by Anonymousreply 131November 12, 2023 10:41 PM

Some Canadian Acid Queen wrote up that list 😵‍💫

by Anonymousreply 132November 12, 2023 10:41 PM

There’s your answer —written by someone on drugs who decided to rank skaters in reverse order of their skating years, and by how gay they were.

by Anonymousreply 133November 12, 2023 10:43 PM

Emanuel Sandhu was the greatest but he always choked when it counted. Built more like an ice dancer than a singles skater. Never accepted responsibility for his mistakes. But gorgeous lines and extension…but a feckless head case of supernatural proportions.

by Anonymousreply 134November 12, 2023 11:47 PM

Didn't make it on the list, R133?

by Anonymousreply 135November 13, 2023 3:28 AM

It was good to see NBC broadcast the Dance event for a change this weekend. They showed the top Dance teams at Cup of China -- eg. Gilles/Poirier, Lajoie/Lagha, & Green/Parsons.

What do you make of Michael Parsons?

A) as an ice dancer?

B) his looks?

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by Anonymousreply 136November 13, 2023 8:38 AM

R126 I watch The Skating Lesson sometimes. This week I thought Dave and Jonathan would cover the Cup of China, but Dave was on with a 50-something year old ex figure skater (no Jonathan) and they barely touched on the competition. It was very long and meandered all over the place, a lot about the ancient days of Dorothy Hammill and, well, a whole litany of skaters from yesteryear - a lot about "figures" which Dave is now practicing himself, apparently.

Now that he's back into his own skating, there's just too much about it. And I really missed Jonathan, but even so, I think I might give up on them. Too much rambling.

by Anonymousreply 137November 13, 2023 9:44 AM

I used to think ice dancing was corny. Now that (formerly)figure skating is nothing but preparing for the jumps I've come to appreciate the ice dancing more.

by Anonymousreply 138November 13, 2023 10:53 AM

Michael Parsons is cute. Does he have an instagram page?

by Anonymousreply 139November 13, 2023 12:51 PM

He’s 5’ 5” He can fit in your backpack

by Anonymousreply 140November 13, 2023 1:56 PM

I found his Instagram page. Up until now I had no idea he existed…I haven’t followed skating since 2010.

by Anonymousreply 141November 13, 2023 2:05 PM

Michael Parsons is cute, but yes, he is short. Here's the Ice Dance Podium from Cup of China. Paul Poirier is the tallest even though he is just around 5'8 and yet he is taller than both Michael Parsons and Zachary Lagha:

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by Anonymousreply 142November 14, 2023 7:45 AM

Thanks, NBC, for showing a lot of Cup of China! Still, only one pairs team made it to air? I realize she's 40, and that's of interest, but was the rest of the field so mediocre that you couldn't show the top three? (Are Sui and Han still competing?) See you Sunday is Espoo!

by Anonymousreply 143November 15, 2023 6:18 PM

I thought ice dancers were supposed to be taller…

by Anonymousreply 144November 15, 2023 10:08 PM

Yuzuru released a statement today that he is getting divorced...after 3 months. Says it's due to the media harassing and stalking his spouse. Asian idol culture is bizarre.

by Anonymousreply 145November 17, 2023 10:24 PM

He has fulfilled his societal obligation. Now he's free so do whatever he wants.

by Anonymousreply 146November 17, 2023 11:12 PM

They're already selling tickets for Boston worlds 2025. But they want you to request tickets without telling you exactly where you're going to sit.

by Anonymousreply 147November 18, 2023 3:09 AM

Translation of Yuzuru's announcement:

Thank you very much for your warm words, support and encouragement. I would like to inform you of a personal matter. I have married a civilian. We married each other out of sincere respect and with a determination to cherish each other. We have overcome many obstacles together while thinking about various things in order to protect each other. Throughout our lives, my partner has acted to protect and support me even when I have been unable to leave the house even once.

Currently, various media outlets are reporting slander, stalking, and unauthorized interviews and reports against my partner, her relatives, and related persons, as well as my relatives and related persons. Even in our living space, we are sometimes approached by suspicious vehicles or people wandering around, or suddenly approached by someone.

We have tried to protect each other from these situations, even though we are both worried about them. We have tried to protect each other from such situations, although we are both worried. However, due to my inexperience, it has been extremely difficult and unbearable to continue to protect my partner and myself as it is.

With the possibility that this situation will continue, and even if it improves temporarily, it may happen again, when I think about the future, I want my partner to be happy and to be happy without any limitations. I made the decision to divorce because I want my partner to be happy and to be happy without any restrictions. From now on, please refrain from slander, unauthorized interviewing, reporting, or any other disturbing behavior toward my partner, who is a civilian, her relatives, and related persons, as well as my relatives and related persons. I sincerely ask for your kind cooperation.

I will continue to move forward. Thank you for your continued support.

Yuzuru Hanyu

To the Media

Representative Director Michio Masaki President of team Sirius, Inc.

Today, Yuzuru Hanyu made an important decision. The circumstances leading up to this decision are as described in his comments.

We respectfully request that you refrain from further media coverage of this matter, as we understand the circumstances that have led to this situation, and the feelings of Yuzuru Hanyu, his spouse, and his family.

Thank you very much.

by Anonymousreply 148November 18, 2023 3:17 AM

Does the spouse exist?

by Anonymousreply 149November 18, 2023 6:11 AM

Rafa Nadal wishes he could get away with that.

by Anonymousreply 150November 18, 2023 11:09 AM

How bad are the pairs teams that NBC won't show them? (One in China, none in Finland.) I don't watch the women, and most of the men are largely just jumping jacks these days with little artistry between jumps. Leaving pairs and ice dance. Thanks for showing Chock and Bates two weeks in a row and no other dancers, NBC. (Yes, I realize C&B won both times. Alas, their new Dali Time routine leaves me cold.) On to Japan!

by Anonymousreply 151November 20, 2023 7:07 PM

I’d rather watch pears skating!

by Anonymousreply 152November 20, 2023 7:09 PM

Me too, and probably most artistic& get better TV coverage.

Are the red pears team commies?

by Anonymousreply 153November 20, 2023 7:12 PM

I saw Tara on Jennifer Hudson’s talk show this afternoon on my break.

by Anonymousreply 154November 20, 2023 10:13 PM

Ice dance already poached most of pairs skating, with its fancy lifts, pairs spins and side by side skating. There’s no need for pairs anymore, most countries can’t even field a pair.

by Anonymousreply 155November 21, 2023 5:25 AM

Maybe it's just too dangerous. I wish they'd bad boxing for that reason. Do they still let kids do it ("Golden Gloves" or something I think I remember back in the day). Sweden banned boxing in 1970!

by Anonymousreply 156November 21, 2023 6:43 AM

*I wish they'd BAN boxing...

by Anonymousreply 157November 21, 2023 6:44 AM

I'm still thinking about Yuzuru's divorce. Does it help his fanbase think he's hetero and that they have a chance with him?

It could be a brilliant business decision, this three month marriage to the violinist who was hounded nearly to death. (but when he's hounded he's butch enough to take it! never mind the pink ruffles and skirts)

by Anonymousreply 158November 21, 2023 6:51 AM

Apparently the violinist isn’t the bride. She’s a non-celebrity

by Anonymousreply 159November 21, 2023 7:35 AM

R151, yeah, I saw the new Free Dance by Chock & Bates on NBC this weekend and it doesn't do anything for me. Madison had a problem with her twizzles, which is unusual.

by Anonymousreply 160November 21, 2023 7:45 AM

Fuck figure skating!

by Anonymousreply 161November 21, 2023 7:58 AM

I did r161. Didn’t turn out well for me…

by Anonymousreply 162November 21, 2023 10:36 AM

R158, that could be. He seems to be very aware of his fans and their obsessions and fantasies.

by Anonymousreply 163November 21, 2023 2:08 PM

I liked Daisuki Takahashi better. A more emotional style of skating.

by Anonymousreply 164November 21, 2023 3:29 PM

There is no indication that Hanyu is gay. Just Japanese.

by Anonymousreply 165November 21, 2023 3:33 PM

Where is YouNah Kim these days? Still singing or skating, or both? I always thought she should be in North Korea as Kim Jung Ill's bride, to unite Korea as one and peace and harmony can abide. Trump could be the officiant.

by Anonymousreply 166November 21, 2023 3:40 PM

Isn’t Hanyu close friends with Stephane Lambiel?

by Anonymousreply 167November 21, 2023 3:51 PM

[quote] She’s a non-celebrity


by Anonymousreply 168November 21, 2023 4:20 PM

[quote]How bad are the pairs teams that NBC won't show them?

As far as I can remember, NBC has shown the Canadian pair with the 40-year old woman (originally from the U.S.) twice this season. They have presumably broadcast this team twice because of the interest in her age combined with the fact that they have won 2 events this season.

by Anonymousreply 169November 22, 2023 8:34 AM

Gee, NBC, I bet some of those 80s rhythm dances would have been fun to see in Japan. But thanks for showing a couple of the pairs at least. Is it too much to hope that all four formats will be more evenly represented at the finals?

by Anonymousreply 170November 28, 2023 2:45 AM

R170, yeah, NBC always focuses more on the singles than on the dance & pairs. They did show the Free Dances of Fear & Gibson and Guignard & Fabbri. What did you think of the upset that F&G pulled over G&F? Were the marks justified?

by Anonymousreply 171November 28, 2023 7:55 AM

Fear and Gibson were overscored. Their Rocky number is flashy with no substance.

by Anonymousreply 172November 28, 2023 10:07 AM

Agreed, R172. F&G were fun to watch, but there wasn't a lot of there there. Very ice show (and nothing wrong with that). I miss Papadakis and Cizeron, sigh...

ISU Grand Prix Finals are Dec. 7-10. Let's hope NBC gives us more than three hours of coverage (and maybe Terry, Tara and Johnny will actually be there instead of commenting from their separate living rooms in their jammies.)

by Anonymousreply 173November 28, 2023 8:13 PM

I haven’t watched an ice dancing competition in a couple of years but that Rocky performance was so not special. Slow and boring compared to years past.

by Anonymousreply 174November 28, 2023 10:25 PM

I don’t think there are more than 20 regular posters to the dl

by Anonymousreply 175November 28, 2023 10:27 PM

To R175, I would go with about 50 posters...On good days I can have about 6 multiple personalities while at work.

by Anonymousreply 176November 29, 2023 2:37 AM

Per NBC's schedule, there will be only two hours of the Grand Prix final from Beijing, down from three for the Grand Prix Japan. So I'm guessing 45 minutes each for the men and women's singles and maybe just the winners of pairs and dance. Sigh...

by Anonymousreply 177December 2, 2023 10:34 PM

Victor Voronov probably stopped coming here.

by Anonymousreply 178December 2, 2023 10:42 PM

Daddy Terry Gannon needs to strip naked to get the ratings up.

by Anonymousreply 179December 2, 2023 11:47 PM

One of my boy skater crushes from the early to mid 2000s was Kevin Van Der Perren of Belgium. He was so cute and a decent technical skater, though not very artistic. Recent photos of him show how hard he has hit the wall. When did he get so ugly and haggard?

by Anonymousreply 180December 3, 2023 1:22 AM

R177, the TV coverage is even worse for Canada. Despite the fact that Canada has 3 dance teams and 2 pairs going to the GPF, it won't be broadcast on TV -- only online.

by Anonymousreply 181December 3, 2023 8:06 AM

Are you all that technically challenged that you can’t learn to use VPNs and watch online? I haven’t watched NBC in years.

by Anonymousreply 182December 3, 2023 8:14 AM

I've heard Dick Button's dick is cute as a button.

by Anonymousreply 183December 3, 2023 8:56 AM

I'd kill for some skaters I would be interested in AND good commentary. I'd kill for some Button/Fleming coverage. Peg could be such a cunt and I loved it. I mean look at the drama that announcers of the past could add. You don't have this anymore. The commentators were half the fun.

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by Anonymousreply 184December 3, 2023 12:34 PM

Does Button have dementia or something?

by Anonymousreply 185December 3, 2023 3:55 PM

I thought Button had died.

by Anonymousreply 186December 3, 2023 4:12 PM

He’s 94 years old…so…I would not be surprised if he dies soon.

by Anonymousreply 187December 3, 2023 4:14 PM

Button has lived a long life and made an impact in his day.

I agree with R184 -- it's a shame that we don't get as much expert skating commentary as we did in years past. It loses something when you just watch an event online.

by Anonymousreply 188December 4, 2023 7:53 AM

LOL Jim and Dick turn a few tears from Dorothy into an international incident. I have to admit though I love Dorothy's determined stomp onto the ice. She was usually so demure.

by Anonymousreply 189December 4, 2023 12:27 PM
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