Although the World Championships were just three weeks ago, there are still some notable storylines to keep an eye on at World Team Trophy this week. First are the safety concerns of hosting the event as coronavirus cases in Osaka continue to rise, which we’ve already gone over, so for this final preview, let’s focus on the sporting elements of the weekend. Continue reading World Team Trophy 2021: Event Preview
Surprise! There’s still one more event left in the 2020/2021 season. World Team Trophy coming after the climax of the World Championships always catches skating fans off guard, but has done even more so this year when almost every other competition has been cancelled. So, what is this event, why is it happening, and how do its safely protocols measure up? Continue reading World Team Trophy 2021: What? Why?
In an extremely questionable move from the International Skating Union, this week’s World Championships will still be used to decide Olympic qualifying spots for the 2022 Winter Games, despite the pandemic impacting athlete training and comfort travelling to the event. Ethical concerns aside for a moment, let’s take a look at how spots are awarded and how qualifications might shake out across the four disciplines. Continue reading 2021 Worlds: Olympic Spots on the Line
Russian Cup Final this week will be the last domestic competition of the season (please, it has to be, I can’t take any more). And as far as we know, some results from this competition will determine entries for Worlds, but the Russian Federation has not been very forthcoming about which spots are already set. So, what’s on the line this weekend? Continue reading Preview – Russian Cup Final
The three Worlds teams for the ice dance event are all but assured, but in a rare turn for the discipline, it’s anyone’s guess who will come out on top. Madi vs. Madi The fight for gold will once again be between the team of Maddison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue and the team of Madison Chock and Evan Bates. Both teams are highly decorated at … Continue reading US Nationals preview – Dance
The discipline with the greatest chance of a shake-up, there is no clear favorite for the women’s gold and podium positions very up for grabs. Bell or Tennell The most likely contenders for the gold medal are Mariah Bell and Bradie Tennell. Tennell is the 2018 national champion and has the better international record, but she is still adjusting to a new coaching environment and … Continue reading US Nationals preview – Women
The first event up on Thursday evening will be the pairs, a discipline that is historically and currently the weakest among the US field. The last World medal for the US was in 2002, but this event is always an interesting watch at Nationals given how close many of the teams are domestically, even if they aren’t as competitive internationally. However, a number of notable … Continue reading US Nationals preview – Pairs
An event that usually kicks off the back half of the skating season with a bang, it now seems very possible that the US National Championships could be the final major event of the 2020-2021 season. If you’re new to skating, new to US Nationals, or just want to remember what this event is all about, here’s a little bit of background info. COVID restrictions … Continue reading US Nationals preview – Background