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Skating in the key of life

Quick to judge


I used to be quite opinionated about skating. Just ask me who my favorites were, and I could rattle off a list of names and programs and elements–and even costumes.

But I must be mellowing out, because the other day someone asked me who my favorite skaters were this year, and I had trouble answering. Okay, it’s partly because I’ve been watching for so many years that the list is getting awfully long.

But I think it’s also because everything is on YouTube these days, and I get the chance to watch programs throughout an entire season. I get to avoid watching an entire competition; I can even stop mid-program if it’s clear that it’s not a particularly good day for them. Or, I confess, if I need a snack (watching that many revolutions sometimes requires kettle corn.)

I must say that I do like Nathan Chen’s “Rocket Man” program, and I thought Alena Kostornaia’s long program at the Finlandia Trophy was quite breathtaking. And there are a number of dance programs that I like quite a bit (like Jean-Luc Baker and Kaitlin Hawayek doing the Bee Gees).

Beyond that, no need to play favorites, at least at this stage. Or maybe I’ll just say that my favorite skaters are some of the folks I see at the rink during the week!

I got my skates sharpened last week after months of waiting. The first couple of sessions afterwards felt a little–sharp (duh!) But yesterday was OMG! Amazing to have instant edges again.

No lesson notes today (had to miss last week). Am still working on the following:

  • turning in at the hips,
  • pressing shins forward,
  • being farther back on my skates,
  • engaging my ankles and using my feet,
  • using my ribcage,
  • keeping my head up, and
  • skating happy to my favorite Bee Gees song. Thanks, Kaitlin and Jean-Luc!


Author: Joskates

Don't see me on the ice? I may be in the classroom or at the theater, or hanging out with my family and friends.

8 thoughts on “Quick to judge

  1. “I’ll just say that my favorite skaters are some of the folks I see at the rink during the week!” Good answer!


  2. Thanks, George! Hope you are still skating and doing well!


    • Oh, I’m still staggering around the rink, taking ice dance lessons. Just no new progress to report. I’m stuck and I can’t get up! Some day…


  3. So glad you’re still skating, George (and you’re not the only one “staggering!”) I tried to put some comments on your blog but for some reason those kept getting erased. Will trying!


    • Jo: I was unaware that people were having trouble posting comments. Which posts? I wonder what setting needs to be adjusted or how to do it?


  4. I’m not sure why, but when I try to comment, it keeps telling me to log into my Google account (even when I’m already logged in). 😦


  5. Jean-Luc is our local boy and I always enjoy watching him. Favorites? How about Jason Brown’s new long program to Schindler’s list? How about Papadakis and Cizeron’s long program that makes me cry every time I watch it? (Guess I’m going for the sad ones at the moment.)


  6. Mary, I am such a fan of Jean-Luc’s skating. And I have to go back now to watch Jason Brown and P&C. Just saw Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier do a lovely long, so I’m ready for more.


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