Editorial

Editorial: Michael Christian Martinez Did Not Qualify for the Olympics – And We Saw It Coming

The Nebelhorn Trophy concluded last September 30, 2017 – and despite his bravado, Michael did not make the cut. A lot of people wondered how he didn't make the cut; he didn't fall in either of his programs, and he seemed very confident coming into the competition. How and why didn't he qualify, if that's… Continue reading Editorial: Michael Christian Martinez Did Not Qualify for the Olympics – And We Saw It Coming

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Competitions, Events & Competitions

Nebelhorn Trophy, Road to Olympics: Who’ll Make It? – Part 2

Competition is extremely tight with the ladies as over thirty of them vie for a spot in the 2018 Olympics. With so many contenders at almost-similar skill levels, who among them have that edge that set them above the rest of the competition? BETS Alexia Paganini, Switzerland Personal Best Total:        162.27 Personal Best SP:             53.60… Continue reading Nebelhorn Trophy, Road to Olympics: Who’ll Make It? – Part 2

Competitions, Events & Competitions

Nebelhorn Trophy, Road to Olympics: Who’ll Make It? – Part 1

First off, let’s get this out of the way: what is the Nebelhorn Trophy and why is everyone so gung-ho about it? The Nebelhorn Trophy is an annual figure skating competition held in Oberstdorf, Germany. It became part of the ISU Challenger Series since 2014 and has been the venue for the final Olympic qualifiers… Continue reading Nebelhorn Trophy, Road to Olympics: Who’ll Make It? – Part 1

Education

The Blades That Set Our Hearts On Fire: The Different Figure Skating Blade Models in Yuri!!! on ICE

It's a well-known fact that the creators and MAPPA didn't half-ass their research when it came to the figure skating aspect of the show. Accurate figure skating season timeline? Check. Varied figure skating programs with correct elements? Check. Showcase different figure skating blade models? Check. Wait, what? Figure skating blades, the little killing machines that… Continue reading The Blades That Set Our Hearts On Fire: The Different Figure Skating Blade Models in Yuri!!! on ICE

Education

Understanding Figure Skating Jumps As Demonstrated by Yuri!!! on ICE Skaters

Triple and quadruple jumps are arguably the most exciting part of figure skating, more so for the Men’s events where quads are slowly but surely becoming as common as breathing. Everyone gets giddy over them: casual and long-time viewers, commentators, coaches, and even skaters themselves sometimes do fist pumps in the middle of their program… Continue reading Understanding Figure Skating Jumps As Demonstrated by Yuri!!! on ICE Skaters