I just find it funny how some Jessica stans are so bitter that my Latin king is in final3 and that their “iconic” Queen is such a flop because not only DID SHE SEND HERSELF HOME SHE LEFT UNDER A JOSH HOH. So say what you want because from how I see it josh is in FINAL 3 and Jessica is a prejuror
1) When people say “first half of the season” it means they are talking about the time from September to December.
This is the time senior B competitions and GP series competitions happen (Skate America, Skate Canada, Trophée de France, Rostelecom Cup, Cup of China, NHK Trophy, and GPF). And maybe Nationals in some countries, as Japanese Nationals and Russian Nationals are scheduled in late December.
When they say “second half of the season”, they are talking about the time from January to April.
US National and Canadian National are scheduled in January. Then there are European Championships, Four Continent Championships, and World Championships.
2) No skaters can skate perfectly all the time in the whole season from September to April.
Skaters are also human. It is normal when you see some skaters peak (to perform their best) in the first half of the season, while some others peak in the second half of the season.
Skaters are trained to peak at the most important competitions of the season such as Olympic and World Championships, but it is not always the case in reality. Ice is slippery, sometimes you just accidently skate into a hole on the ice and perform worse than you can. Not to mention, injuries, sickness, and accidents happen all the time.
Some skaters (like Yuzuru Hanyu) have to deal with huge pressure to do well in every time they compete because… they’re champions and people expect more from them. Many great skaters underperform now and then in the biggest competitions.
3) Some Nationals are harsher than others. Some top skaters do not have to perform well at Nationals but some MUST do well to be selected to World and Olympic team.
The biggest Nationals are very competitive and skaters in big federations have to cope up with huge pressure on home ice. The biggest federations often have the most amount of talents, but each federation only has THREE slots at max for World Championships, Olympic, and others…
For example, Russian federation has TOO MANY good ladies, most can land 7 triples in a free skate. Any girl in their top 10 can medal or even win World Championship if they skate well. This means at least 10 or more ladies are fighting over 3 slots only. Russian National for ladies is a BLOODBATH. Japanese and US Nationals are very difficult as they also have many talents compete against each other.
Some top skaters come from smaller feds like France, Spain, Kazakhstan… they might get lesser funding but they are not as much as unfortunate as some people think. There is this fact, skaters from small federations might be the only great skaters in their countries, they can afford to do not very well in Nationals and still get the chance to go to World Championships and Olympics (their federations have no one else to send anyways). For example, Javier Fernandez might just jump triples in Spain National (no quad) and he will still get sent to World Championships and Olympic.
But remember this, the pool of talents changes all the time. For example, before 2010, Russian federation did not have as many great ladies as they have now.
4) Some big competitions (like GPF, 4CC, European) might not be the top requirements for some skaters.
Skaters from big federations need to be consistent and do well in smaller competitions to get selected to biggest competitions if their countries have too many good skaters at the same time. That’s why, for some Asian and North American skaters, getting into GPF, 4CC or European (with European skaters) and to win medals there is a great way for them to secure a slot for World Championships.
However, if you are the only good skater from Uzbekistan, Philippines or Spain… (these countries do not have much competitive field), you do not need to get into GPF or European or 4CC just to get a slot to World Championships or Olympic. This is the reality, when the pool of talent is small, the federations have the lesser choices but the skaters have better chances.
For some reason I don't want Jordan to win ANTM Cycle 20. It's not that she's bad or anything, but for 19 Cycles girls have won, and the whole "Blonde Bombshell" thing is beyond common, completely played out. I feel like everyone deserves to win, but I'm hoping that one of the guys takeover and win this.
Eu puxei meus cobertores até o queixo, senti o puxão suave de êxtase de um sonho chamando-me mais perto, deixe-me arrastar para baixo… E, em seguida, o colchão afundou-se com o peso de outro corpo.
— Não sei por que você é tão encantada com esta cama, — Patch disse — é de 12 polegadas, muito curto, por quatro pés, muito estreita, e os lençóis roxos não estão fazendo isso por mim. Cama, por outro lado…
Abri um olho e encontrei-o estirado ao meu lado, de mãos dadas livremente por trás de seu pescoço. Seus olhos escuros viram o meu, e ele cheirava limpo e sexy. Acima de tudo, ele estava quente pressionado contra mim. Apesar das minhas melhores intenções, com a proximidade estava tornando-se cada vez mais difícil se concentrar no sono.
— Ah, — eu disse — eu sei que você não se importa o quão confortável é minha cama. Você ficaria bem em um palete de tijolos. — Uma das desvantagens do Patch ser um anjo caído, era que ele não podia sentir sensação física. Sem dor, mas nenhum prazer também. Eu tinha que estar contente por saber que, quando eu o beijo, ele sente em um nível emocional apenas. Eu tentei fingir que não importava, mas eu queria que ele se sentisse eletrificado pelo meu toque.
Ele me beijou de leve na boca.
— O que você quer dizer?
Eu não conseguia lembrar. Algo sobre Dante. Fosse o que fosse, parecia sem importância. Falando no geral parecia sem importância. Eu me aconcheguei mais perto, e Patch acariciou sua mão no meu braço nu, fazendo uma sensação de formigamento quente atingir todo o caminho até os dedos dos pés.
Eu tinha perdido Patch uma vez antes, e, não querendo ser melodramática, mas achava a morte uma opção mais preferível. Patch estava na minha vida por um motivo. Eu precisava dele. Nós dois éramos metades do mesmo todo.