Evgeni Plushenko

28 Dec

Evgeni Plushenko is the 2013 Russian national men’s figure skating champion. Evgeni Plushenko has secured his 10th national figure skating championship.


Basic information on Evgeni Plushenko

Skating for: Russia

Date of birth: November 3, 1982 – Solnechny, Khabarovsk Krai, Soviet Union

Residence: Saint Petersburg, Russia

Height: 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)

Coach: Alexei Mishin

Choreographer: Pasquale Camerlengo, Kenji Miyamoto

Skating club: Yubileyny Sports Palace



History on Evgeni Plushenko major championships:

2002 Winter Olympics, Silver

2006 Winter Olympics, Gold

2010 Winter Olympics, Silver

World champion, 3 times

European champion, 7 times

Grand Prix Final Champion, 4 times

Russian national champion, 10 times


We wish Evgeni Plushenko a wonderful and successful 2012/2013 skating season.




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Emi Hirai Marien de la Asuncion

27 Dec

Emi Hirai – Marien de la Asuncion, Japanese Ice Dancers won the Silver medal winner at the 2013 Japanese national championships.  Emi Hirai – Marien de la Asuncion  made 14th place at the 2012 Nebelhorn Trophy in Oberstdorf, Germany.

Emi Hirai

Birth date: October 14, 1986

Birth place: Kurashiki

Home town: Kurashiki , Japan

Started skating: 1995

Former partner(s): Taiyo Mizutani, Ayato Yuzawa


Marien De La Asuncion

Birth date: February 6, 1989

Home town: Lyon, France

Former partners: Chloe Ibanez, Rowan Musson


Wishing Emi Hirai – Marien de la Asuncion a great 2012/2013 skating season.

Cathy Reed Chris Reed

27 Dec

Cathy Reed Chris Reed are the 2013 Japanese national ice dance champions. The siblings Cathy Reed and Chris Reed just secured themselves the 5th Japanese national ice dance championship title.


This seasons music selections are:

Short dance

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers:

June Bride from Barn Dance


Free dance

The Beatles:

Golden Slumbers

Carry that Weight

The End

Originally born in the USA with an American dad and a Japanese mom, the Reeds were offered a chance to compete for Japan in the 2006 / 2007 season and they took it.

Cathy Reed

Country represented: Japan

Born: June 5, 1987 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, U.S.A.

Height: 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)


Chris Reed

Country represented: Japan

Born:July 7, 1989 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, U.S.A.

Height: 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)


Coach: Galit Chait, John Kerr, Inese Bucevica

Choreographer: Galit Chait, Inese Bucevica

Skating club: Kawagoe Figure Skating Club


Wishing Cathy Reed and Chris Reed a successful ice dancing season.


Cathy Reed Chris Reed


Colonial Classic Synchronized Skating Competition

27 Dec

The Colonial Classic Synchronized Skating Competition 2013 are held in the UMass Lowell Tsongas Center from January 4th to January 6th of 2013. This is the 29th Annual Colonial Classic Synchronized Skating Competition hosted proudly by The Colonial Figure Skating Club, Inc.

Please visit the following websites (click the banners) for more information of the Synchronized Skating Competition.

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Colonial Figure Skating Club, Inc.

34 Massachusetts Aveue

Boxborough, MA 01719

 (978) 263-3450


UMass Lowell Tsongas Center

300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way

Lowell, MA 01852

Wishing all teams at the Synchronized Skating Competition the very best.

Flying Sit Spin

27 Dec

This flying sit spin is a free skating element where a jump is combined with a spin. The flying sit spin is taken off from a forward outside edge with about one or one and a half revolution in the air into a sitting position, landed on the same foot and concluded by a sit spin. We describe the jump taken off of the left foot. The run-in for the flying sit spin can be performed as a right backward inside curve from which we strike the take- off curve left forward outside similarly as we strike the a roach curve for a spin. The take-off leg for the flying sit spin must be well bent at the knee. The left arm and shoulder in forward , right backward and the free leg after the thrust is extended backwards. At the take-off for the flying sit spin the skating leg straightens strongly at the knee, the free leg make a wide rotational swing round the body into a horizontal position and the arms swing up into an open position.

The take-off edge for the flying sit spin is shorter and more curved than in case of an Axel jump because the skater must make a centering movement such as in a spin, transforming a part of the running momentum into push-off and spinning momentum. The take-off leg for the flying sit spin is quickly drawn up towards the free leg bending strongly at the knee. At the highest point of the jump the skater assumes the same carriage as in a sit spin. While descending the take-off leg for the flying sit spin again quickly extends downwards, preparing for the landing. At the landing for the flying sit spin it is nearly straightened at the knee to be able to take the impact of the jump on a flexible knee and make the landing soft. After the landing the skater assumes the normal sit spin position and continues with a sit spin.

The flying sit spin is written by Karin Doherty, World and Olympic figure skating coach.

Kanako Murakami

27 Dec

Kanako Murakami is the Silver medal winner at the 2013 Japanese national figure skating championships.  Kanako Murakami started her season with a bronze at the 2012 Skate Canada and finished 4th at her next event, the 2012 Cup of Russia.

Her music selections for the 2013 season are:

Short program

Prayer for Taylor


Free skating


A fuego lento

Adios Nonino by Astor Piazzolla



Someone like You

Rolling in the Deep by Adele


Kanako Murakami major achievements to date:

She is the 2010–2011 Grand Prix Final bronze medalist, 2010 World Junior Champion, 2009/2010 Junior Grand Prix Final champion, and a 3-time Japanese national medalist (Bronze – 2011, 2012; Silver – 2013), the 2010 Japanese junior national champion, and the 2009 Japanese junior bronze medalist

Basic information of Kanako Murakami:

Representing: Japan

Date of birth: November 7, 1994 in Naka-ku, Nagoya

Height: 1.61 m (5 ft 3 in)

Coach: Machiko Yamada, Mihoko Higuchi

Choreographer: Machiko Yamada, Mihoko Higuchi

Skating club GPT SC


Wishing Kanako Murakami a successful 2012/2013 skating season.


Kanako Murakami

Daisuke Takahashi

26 Dec

Daisuke Takahashi is second at the 2013 Japanese Men’s Figure Skating Champion ships. With only 3 available spots on the Japanese Men’s world team and 6 strong competitors, Japan Nationals can be considered the most important competition for the men this season. Takahashi fell short in the short program, coming in second with more than 9 points behind Yuzuru Hanyu. Although Daisuke Takahashi came back and beat Hanyu for first in the long program, it was not enough to claim the champion title. Despite coming in 2nd, he has secured his spot for the 2013 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships held in Takahashi’s current hometown and the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships.

At the 2012-2013 Grand Prix Final, Daisuke Takahashi made history again as the first Japanese man to win a gold medal in the event, an addition to his previous accomplishment of being the first Japanese man to medal at the event in 2005.The 2012 Grand Prix Final took place in Sochi, Russia at the planned 2014 Winter Olympics rink. Takahashi placed first in the short program and third in the free skate and won his first GPF gold medal. He is also the first Japanese man ever to win a gold medal at the Grand Prix Final.

Daisuke Takahashi music selection for the 2012/2013 season:

Short program

Rock’n’Roll medley (Hard Times) by Noble “Thin Man” Watts

The Stroll by Lawson Haggart Rockin’ Band

Rudy’s Rock by Bill Haley & The Comets

Free skating

Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo


Primavera Porteña by Quint Elle composed by Ástor Piazzolla

Sweat by Snoop Dogg (David Guetta remix)

Daisuke Takahashi represented Japan at the 2006 Winter Olympics and at the 2010 Winter Olympics. His bronze medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics was the first Olympic medal for Japan in the men’s singles event. He was also the first Asian man to win a World title at the 2010 World Championships, a two-time (2007, 2012) World silver medalist, a two-time (2008, 2011) Four Continents Champion, and a five-time (2006-2008, 2010, 2012) Japanese national champion.

Wishing Daisuke Takahashi a successful 2012/2013 skating season.


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Yuzuru Hanyu

26 Dec

Yuzuru Hanyu is the 2012/2013 Japan Figure Skating Champion. Yuzuru Hanyu (285.23 points) beat Daisuke Takahashi by only 4.83 points. Yuzuru Hanyu clearly dominated the short program but Daisuke had the better free style, yet on the end Yuzuru took home the title. Third place went to Takahito Mura with a total of 240.56 points.

Yuzuru Hanyu  music choices are for the short program:

Parisienne Walkways by Gary Moore, Choreographed by Jeffrey Buttle

and for the free skating:

Notre-Dame de Paris by Riccardo Cocciante, Choreographed by David Wilson

We are looking forward seeing some interesting and delightful competitions of Yuzuru Hanyu.

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Salchow jump

26 Dec

The Salchow jump is taken-off from the backward inside edge, with one revolution (360°) and landed on the backward edge of the other foot. We are describing the Salchow jump taken off on the left foot.

After gathering speed by means of crossovers forward, right or left we make two or three consecutive forward outside curves on alternate feet along the long axis, not to deep. After skating we make a forward outside three turn taking the right arm forward, left backward immediately before the turn. Then the shoulders, arms and free leg continue in the rotation on the take-off curve for the Salchow jump. The free leg swings from the position backward through sideways into the position. During the swing the toe of the free foot is turned out. At the moment of the take-off for the Salchow jump from the skating leg , the arms, shoulders, hips and free leg are already turned in such a way, that a position similar to that at the take-off of a Waltz jump. The swing of the free leg for the Salchow jump is similar like the Waltz jump. On landing the Salchow jump, the landing leg bends well at the knee making the landing smooth and elastic. During the landing of the Salchow jump, arms are in a open position and check the rotation by maintaining a square position. The checking movement of the arms and shoulders should be soft and flowing. In order to ensure the right lean on the Salchow jump must be on the backwards outside edge.

Note: In the Salchow jump take-off the deviation of the take-off curve from the main direction is very strong, amounting to at least (90). If we also take into consideration the deviation of the landing curve, we come to be revolution of the upper part of the body of about one half revolution (180) Salchow jump is a jump with one revolution in the air.

The Salchow jump is written by Karin Doherty, World and Olympic figure skating coach.


Paul Bonifacio Parkinson

26 Dec

Paul Bonifacio Parkinson is the 2013 Italian men’s figure skating champion. Paul Bonifacio Parkinson has achieved in 2012 a 11th place at the Nebelhorn Trophy, 9th at the US Senior Intl in Salt Lake City and 6th at the Golden Spin in Zagreb.


Information on Paul Bonifacio Parkinson:

Date of birth:            16.02.1991

Place of birth:           Canada

Height:                        170 cm

Home town:               Ottawa, CAN

Coach:                          Becky Calvin, Tom Zakrajsek

Choreographer:        Jeffrey Buttle, Tom Dickson


Paul Bonifacio Parkinson  music selection for the season 2012/2013:


Short Program

Nothing Else Matters by Metallica


Free Skating

Adagio by Queen Symphony

Allegro Vivo by Queen Symphony

Andante Doloroso by Queen Symphony

Andante Sostenuto Queen Symphony


Wishing Paul Bonifacio Parkinson a successful 2012/2013 skating season.