Category: TFTI Blog

Introducing Ask the Expert!

READERS: Next week we’ll be launching a new recurring column called Ask the Expert, in which some elite and developmental ice dance and pairs coaches and choreographers will answer technical questions you submit. Wondered how a team most efficiently trains an advanced element? What the physical limits of a certain lift might be? What PCS…

Road to Nationals: Duhamel and Radford

Defense of a Canadian title is nothing new for four-time national champions Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, who in past seasons had to battle through a tight rivalry with Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch. This time around, the Canadian Tire National Skating Championships present a chance for the pair to regroup after the stresses of…

Road to Nationals: Weaver and Poje, Chock and Bates

For reigning Canadian dance champions Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje, next week’s Canadian Tire National Skating Championships in Halifax marks a full circle moment — the couple made their national, and senior, debut together there at 2007’s event, capturing a surprise bronze medal alongside Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon and Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.…

Seeking Support for Skaters

TFTI is compiling a list of skater fundraising pages to help connect donors with skaters. Training costs in the U.S. and Canada, especially for skaters at the junior and senior level, can be steep — even outside coaching and ice time fees, costs can range from boots and blades from the mid-hundreds to over $1000,…

2015 in Summer Competition: Part 1

While complete rosters for all of this summer’s major events in dance and pairs are still in progress, here’s what to watch for so far: Philadelphia Summer International Competition (formerly Liberty) – July 16-19, IceWorks Skating Complex, Aston, PADance and pairs?: Pairs Livestream?: No Entries Of note: * New to senior: Camille Ruest and Samuel…

News for Wednesday, April 15

The ISU has now issued Communication No. 1937, addressing level requirements for the 2015-16 season in ice dance. While many changes of varying significance appear in the document, some are of particular interest. Lift requirements, for example, now include the option of an Exit Feature, including “significant transitional movement” by the lifted partner or a…

News for Monday, April 13

Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue‘s move from the Detroit Skating Club to train in Montreal under Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon was made official in press releases published by USFSA and icenetwork. Under coaches Angelika Krylova and Pasquale Camerlengo, the couple achieved bronze at 2012 and 2015 U.S. Nationals and made the U.S. Worlds team…

News for Thursday, March 26

After conclusion of the pairs event at Worlds, icenetwork and Skate Canada provide their recaps of the competition, with quotes from the medalists as well as Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim and Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier (icenetwork) and Julianne Séguin (Skate Canada). The U.S. Figure Skating Fan Zone also once again provides complete quotes…

News for Wednesday, March 25

Klaus-Reinhold Kany recaps the short dance and pairs short for icenetwork, offering quotes from the top three finishing couples in addition to both American pairs and dancers Maia and Alex Shibutani and Madison Hubbell. U.S. Figure Skating’s Fan Zone entry for the day includes comprehensive post-skate quotes from all five American teams in the dance…