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BLOG ENTRY: Smooth’s Podium Picks – 2022/23 European Figure Skating Championships

Espoo, Finland is once again the center of attention, as nearly 75 skaters from across Europe look to punch their ticket to the World Championships in Saitama, Japan.  The lack of Russian skaters for the second straight year is very … Continue reading

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Smooth’s Podium Picks – 2023 US Figure Skating Championships

San Jose, California is the setting for this season’s US Championships, and after a whirlwind season that included a number of COVID withdrawals, and missing Olympic medals (see Kamila Vaileva), a new slate of skaters will compete for the top … Continue reading

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Smooth’s Podium Picks – 2023 Canadian National Figure Skating Championships

This weekend signals another shift to the youth movement, and there are many skaters who will look towards 2026 and getting the Maple Leaf back on the Olympic podium. Continue reading

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Smooth’s Podium Picks 2022 – Grand Prix Final

The Grand Prix series return to Torino, Italy, where both the Junior and Senior Finals will take place.  It’s only fitting that the event is taking place in Italy, as the country has had it’s best success this season with … Continue reading

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Smooth’s Podium Picks 2022 – Grand Prix Espoo

The sixth and final leg of the senior Grand Prix heads to the city of Espoo, which is located just outside of the capital city of Helsinki, Finland. Espoo is the corporate home to Finnish technology giant, Nokia and chocolate … Continue reading

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Smooth’s Podium Picks 2022 – NHK Trophy

The Grand Prix series heads to the other side of the globe and the country of Japan for the NHK Trophy.  Slots for the Grand Prix Final have been clinched, and more will be determined this weekend. Men: Japan’s Shoma … Continue reading

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Smooth’s Podium Picks 2022 – MK John Wilson Trophy

It’s hard to believe that a country rich in figure skating tradition, from John Curry to legendary ice dancers, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, has never hosted a senior Grand Prix event. That all ends this week, as Sheffield makes … Continue reading

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Smooth’s Podium Picks 2022 – Grand Prix de Internationaux de France

The Grand Prix series moves east across the ocean and into the beautiful city of Angers. Located in the western portion of France beside the Maine river at the edge of the Loire Valley, this city has the look of … Continue reading

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Smooth’s Podium Picks 2022 – Skate Canada International

The Grand Prix Series moves north of the border to Mississauga, Ontario; just west of Toronto.  This will be the 5th Skate Canada International competition, with the last event taking place in 2016.  That year, Patrick Chan won his 6th … Continue reading

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Smooth’s Podium Picks 2022 – Grand Prix Series, Skate America

The new cycle of figure skating actually began with the end of the Winter Olympics, where skaters and teams either retired, or decided to take a break from competition.  The war in Ukraine forced the International Skating Union to take … Continue reading

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