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Rink Roundups / Re: Skating in southern South Korea
« Last post by Loops on February 15, 2018, 01:25:29 PM »
Wow....disappointing that there aren't any adults....Perhaps that is your new calling- recruitment! 

My scratch spins travel terribly (like, "I need a visa" terribly- international boundries could be crossed), despite my efforts.  Fwiw, I've noticed that when I take time on the entry, and bend my skating knee to the point where I feel like I'm going to sit on the ice, AND look hard over my skating shoulder, I can get a nicely centered scratch spin.  Now if only I could do that every time.....  But if it helps you, more the better.
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Spectator Skating Discussions / Re: Commercials During Olympics
« Last post by tstop4me on February 15, 2018, 01:23:06 PM »
My favorite commercial so far is the Toyota commercial with Ashley Wagner.  Ironic, poignant, heart-rending ... and, at the same time, aethereally beautiful.
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Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: How One Skater Feels about Quad Jumps
« Last post by Doubletoe on February 15, 2018, 01:11:30 PM »

The only problem with quads that I have, is how much you can get for a fall. A quad with a fall is still basically a triple flip, lutz, or axel with +GOE. There doesn’t seem to be a workable middle ground between rewarding the attempt and punishing the failures. As long as you can at least rotate, it’s still a win - even if you’ve literally never landed one (even in practice). I see this as a sort of loophole in the system.

I have a big beef with how awful men’s events are becoming, because falling on quads is still worth more than a clean triple (of any type). The falls also increase risk of injury (like concussions).

This is why they have increased the penalty for falls.  In Senior Singles events, the first two falls still get a -1 deduction each, but then the deduction goes up to -2 on the third fall, and -3 for the 5th fall.  Also, when a skater falls on a quad jump, it is often due to under-rotation, so the points received for the jump are considerably less than a clean triple.  For example, Adam Rippon's quad lutz at Skate America this season got him a total of 2.9 points (plus a shoulder injury), thanks to the << call, -3 GOE and -1 fall deduction.  As a result, he has taken the quad lutz out of his program.  Looking at the scoresheets for the same competition, you will see that a 4T<  (under-rotated but not downgraded) with a fall gets a total of 3 points after the -GOE and fall deduction, compared to 4.3 points for a 3T.  These falls also hurt the PCS marks, particularly the Transitions mark and Performance & Execution mark.

To me, the biggest risks are being taken by female pairs skaters, who not only land jumps from a higher height (look at Meagan Duhamel's throw quad salchow), but also suffer concussions on a regular basis due to the nature of pairs elements.  I find it amazing that top female pairs skaters like Aljona Savchenko actually tend to have longer competitive careers than female singles skaters!
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Hey guys, so I’m selling these matrix elite blades (10 3/4) that were only used for about 5 months (practically new) because I stopped using them when I stopped skating with the Edea boots that did not workout for me. The blades have only been sharpened once. Set price. Please if you have any question don’t hesitate to write back or message me.


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Spectator Skating Discussions / Commercials During Olympics
« Last post by FigureSpins on February 15, 2018, 10:13:21 AM »
I love the commercials NBC shows - for the most part, they're unique and have tie-ins to the Winter Olympics theme.

One of my favorites was the Will & Grace commercial, despite the fact that I've outgrown that show.  (I watched it three times and took it off the DVR list. It didn't need a reboot, imo.)

Here's the commercial:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaCezSkiOiU&feature=youtu.be

I love Karen's martini toast, lol  Makes me laugh every time.

I'm on the Northern Ice & Dance emaili list.  Today, I received an email saying "Want the dress they wore on Will & Grace?" with a link to the video and another link to their website.  They sell that exact dress (Jerry's Mist on Amethyst #218) in several sizes! 
https://www.northerniceanddance.com/jerry-s-mist-on-amethyst-218-skating-dress.html

Great marketing by Northern Ice & Dance - I typically read the email and then delete it without going to their website unless I'm looking for something specific.
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Spectator Skating Discussions / Re: Olympic music- why all the covers?
« Last post by FigureSpins on February 15, 2018, 09:03:55 AM »
Just as aside, after any major televised skating competition or show, 15-20 teenagers will post on social media "What was (skater's) music?"  They want to know the title and the artist.

While the licensing fee per song is small, there is probably a sales bump after events.
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Spectator Skating Discussions / Re: Olympic music- why all the covers?
« Last post by FigureSpins on February 15, 2018, 08:54:20 AM »
Interesting and timely NYT article on music licensing at the Olympics:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/14/arts/music/olympics-figure-skating-songs-copyrights.html

The use of cover versions is not related to licensing fee contracts.  (I kind of knew that, but it was an interesting article.)

As for copyrights, singerskates can of course speak more to that topic.  These elite choreographers want what they want - if they hear a song, they'll listen to variations until they find one that "sings to them."  They don't negotiate any copyright or music licensing deals, AFAIK.

I will say that, in terms of digital music, covers can be less expensive to buy than originals.  There are a lot of instrumental cover versions of popular songs, with instruments from flute, to piano, to music boxes.  Most are 99¢ on iTunes or Amazon, compared to the original being $1.29 or $1.99. 

Some of the coaches at our rink download/convert songs from YouTube videos and it shows in the sound quality.  They think it's legal, I'm not so sure.

I buy digital music for my skaters, it's a business expense, so why monkey with converters?  I don't charge for cutting music since I often reuse two or more years later for another skater.
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The Pro Shop / Re: Avanta update
« Last post by tothepointe on February 14, 2018, 10:21:09 PM »
They've been making boots for her for a while now. She was about to quit.

To add to the Avanta discussion I will be going to get fitted with them at the end of next week. So I will keep the group updated on the process. Was not going to switch skates just yet but the opportunity came up both financially and time-wise to go to Avanta in person for a fitting.

The process of booking an appointment was smooth and I received a prompt followup via email including some answers to a few questions I had.

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Spectator Skating Discussions / Re: Olympic music- why all the covers?
« Last post by icedancer on February 14, 2018, 02:32:30 PM »
Does it maybe have to do with copyrights?
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