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Smooth’s Podium Picks – 2014 World Championships

The long season comes to a conclusion with this year’s World Championships in Japan.  If you may remember, the competition was originally schedule for Tokyo in 2011, when tragedy struck.  The Earthquake/Tsunami/Nuclear Power Plant disrupted the World Championships and the … Continue reading

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Olympic Podium Picks – Ladies

We’re down to the final category of these Olympic Games in Sochi, the all important Ladies division. There are numerous questions that will be answered in the next three days, including how much of a layoff affected Yu-Na Kim? Did … Continue reading

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Olympic Podium Picks – Ice Dance

With grace and elegance, Ice Dancing can be the most gratifying competitions of these Olympics. 24 teams will be contending for medals tomorrow. The top five teams will be skating in the same (5th) warm-up group, with the current World … Continue reading

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Olympic Podium Picks – Pairs

The pairs competition has pretty much leveled off in years past, consisting of two teams from Russia and Germany trading championships. However, it’s the Russians who have lunged ahead in the ISU standings due to the misfortune of the German … Continue reading

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Olympic Podium Picks – Men’s

One of the more open competitions in recent memory, the men’s division has gone through a major transition. Many skaters have either retired, gone through injuries, or have suffered through inconsistencies. This Olympic is is no exception. 2010 Olympic champ, … Continue reading

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Olympic Podium Picks – World Team Skating

After 4 years of preparations, Russia welcomes the world to the XXII Olympic Winter Games.  The highly anticipated games have been vastly controversial for Russia’s stand on human rights, in particular, its stance on laws banning public displays of homosexuality.  … Continue reading

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Snub of Mirai Nagasu Sparks Allegations of Favoritism, Racism

I’ve been covering figure skating for a number of years, and every Olympic year guarantees a controversy. Mirai Nagasu skating career was unceremoniously ended on Sunday, the victim of a perfect storm of circumstances. Her past performance, two up and … Continue reading

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