Monthly Archives: October 2016

Patrick Chan: “I am going to be a different skater this year”

Patrick Chan announced earlier in May that he would make his debut for the 2016/17 pre-Olympic season in Espoo, competing at the local Challenger Series event, Finlandia Trophy. And here I am in Espoo, at…

Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin: “We would very much like to get to the Grand Prix Final this season”

Talking to Alexandra and Ivan was easy – they show great, believable emotion on the ice, and in personal interactions one immediately gets embraced by their “Russian openness”. We met right after the ice dancing…

The ladies’ event in Espoo, a preview of the Worlds in Helsinki

In the press conference after the free skate in Espoo, Russia’s Anna Pogorilaya summarized it beautifully: “To compete against such great skaters here, that’s already a very good lesson”. And the truth is the last…

Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford: coming home and lessons learned

For Meagan Duhamel in particular, this year’s edition of Finlandia Trophy – the first one having a pairs section since 2007 – must have been a roller coaster of emotions. First of all, her Finnish…

Intriguing and addictive: Mao Asada’s programs for this season

For the first couple of seconds you only hear the cameras’ shutter buttons being pressed, and the piano. And see a feathery, black dress twirling and twizzling, and running away with your attention. Just like…