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Skating through the Decades: A Spice Capades Series! (Let’s Start at the Very Beginning!)

Are you singing Sound of Music, yet? So, Spice Capader, @tenacioustempest suggested costumes as a potential topic to cover to get me through my blogger’s block. Here’s the original pitch:

Here’s a possible topic, just because I’d love to know more! How much does real-world fashion influence what’s trendy in terms of skating costumes? (I assume it does, but to what degree?) Have there ever been some seasons where there were certain common elements between costumes, such as sleeves vs. no sleeves, gloves, colour schemes, fabric (velvet comes to mind), etc.? Or does everyone just do their own thing?

I’ve covered the basics of costuming on one of my more popular posts here. However, when I went to get photographic evidence to answer this ask, I found there was just too much great costuming that you were all missing out on. And thus, I give you my latest series: Skating through the Decades! 

Skating was and has always been influenced by the current fashion, and societal issues like (womp, womp) lame gender roles. I’ve started our costuming journey in the 1920s because by then, it had fully hit it’s groove as a recognized sport. 

The first Olympic Ice Skating event was held in the 1908 Olympics. But it wouldn’t return until 1920. It officially joined the Olympics permanently in 1924, when it was officially recognized. Only the Men’s, Ladies’, and Pairs competitions were held. It was here that Sonia Hennie, renowned figure skater and Ice Show/Hollywood Starlet made her debut (at ELEVEN YEARS OLD). 

In the early days of the sport, skaters didn’t really wear “costumes.” Their skating ensembles were pretty much cute activewear. Here’s the 1924 Ladies’ Gold Medalist, Herma Szazbo of Austria. Yes, this is a picture from those Olympics. Check out the skates! No triples or quads in these soft leather boots! (Notice, the ladies’ skates were brown or black at this time, a change from the later years to come.)

The men didn’t dress that much different going dancing than they did on the ice. Here’s the pairs’ gold medalists, Andrée Joly & Pierre Brunet of France. 

So, if Yuuri and Victor lived in the twenties…they could literally wear their banquet suits on the ice (Challenge, thrown!).

However, you can see the very creepings of classic skating costumes emerging, even in this period. The “coat-style” dress for the ladies and the dapper military/prince hybrid rocked by Victor in the show and, way back in the day, by Men’s Gold medalist, Gillis Grafström. No wonder he won, seeing what his competitors were rocking (see below)! Dapper may not always win, but it sure does help! 

Overview: clothes were built for movement as much as fashion would allow. They were also much heavier (because no one was jumping by today’s standards) and all competitions were held outdoors. The women’s skirts were much longer, but all competitors rocked thick legging like tights to keep their legs warm (…and cover their bums).  

So, if you’re writing a time-travel AU, an AU set in the 1920s, or just wanna draw Yuuri and Victor in their dapper 1920s best, you know where to send those links (Right here. Right here to my dash.).

And I’ll see you next time as we explore the 1930s and 1940s! 

anonymous asked:

HELLO!! I'm very new to this whole figure skating thing (I became a fan bc shoma and Javier back in August I don't know how I even found this whole amazing ice skating thing Tumblr is an amazing thing) but I have no idea when anything happens and what Kinds of competitions there are and I just wanna know why was 2017 so bad?!?! Ok, I'm just so confused! Bye!!

Oh dear, can I just say, first, that I am very sorry you have to join us in this horrible, no good, very bad season. I am happy that you joined us, but I feel obliged to offer you an apology on behalf of, everything, just the same.

A quick rundown of what happened so far this season:

Pre Grand Prix Series: everything looked promising. Shoma Uno debuted a quad Salchow, posting personal best left and right. Nathan Chen debuted a quad loop, becoming the first skater ever to land all 5 different quads in competition. Yuzuru Hanyu broke another world record. Evgenia Medvedeva notched another 80-point SP. Marin Honda won her first senior competition. Mirai Nagasu landed a triple Axel. Everybody appeared to be in great shape.

Rostelecom Cup, aka Cup of Poohs: still not too bad. Yuzuru also debuted a new quad, actually posting his best result ever in a first Grand Prix. Nathan showcased a great SP. Janny fell on a jump for the first time since forever and shocked everyone, but people were still generally assured that she just had a random bad day.

Skate Canada, aka Skate Carrots: technical panel lavishly handed out under-rotation calls for almost, but not everyone. After a nice SP, everyone thought Anna Pogorilaya was back with us, but her FS broke our heart all over again. Patrick Chan had a disastrous FS and to make sure that he killed us good, he later announced his withdrawal from the rest of the GP Series.

Cup of China, aka Cup of Disaster: it was Javier Fernández’s turn to bomb, both his SP and FS. Disappointing performance from America’s rising star Vincent Zhou too. On the other hand, the ladies skated supremely and we were treated to what was probably the best ladies’ event in the last decade of figure skating, only it was accompanied by what was probably one of the worst judging panels ever.     

NHK Trophy, aka Withdrawal Trophy: Yuzuru had a bad fall during practice and ended up having to withdraw from the event. Janny fell again in her FS, and it was later announced that she has been dealing with a bone fracture since earlier in the season. 

Internationaux de France, aka InternatioNO de France: Javi came back to win the event with a spectacular SP, but in the FS both he and Shoma had dismal performances, not their worst ever but certainly lackluster. The ladies’ event could be summed up as swans, swans everywhere. The disappointment we had in the men’s show and the exasperation we had every time Tchaikovsky started playing were both nothing compared to our horror at the French federation’s avant-garde choice of plastic medals in the shape of neon-colored stars which looked like they’ve been fished straight out of the bargain bin at the local Christmas decor store though. 

Skate America, aka Skate AmeriCAN’T: Daniel Samohin had a horrible fall and dislocated his shoulder. Adam Rippon also fell and hurt his shoulder in his FS after having to pick up bugs from the ice before he could skate. Boyang Jin showed up with injuries on both his ankles. Nathan had a decent SP but then hosted a one-man pop concert in the long program, making it at least one disastrous free skate per person for all the men in the top 6 this season. Gabrielle Daleman struggled with her free skate, again. Karen Chen ditched her new free skate, again, but didn’t manage to ditch the inconsistency that has been haunting her. Ashley Wagner joined the list of injured athletes with an ankle infection. Satoko Miyahara bounced back after an unsatisfactory showing at NHK to win the event, but not without raising some eyebrows (which I’ll get to in another post). Kaori Sakamoto saved the day by winning her first GP medal, which made her senior debut way more successful than anyone could have expected and certainly much better than that of her teammate Marin, whose trajectory has been rather unfortunate. 

Prospect of the Grand Prix Final: On the men’s side, we will have a conspicuous lack of World Champions in the lineup. Boyang qualified, but we’re unsure whether his health would allow him to compete. The Gold medal looks to hinge on a showdown, or quad-off, between Shoma and Nathan, which provides the perfect battleground for a Japanese v American media duel and I can’t say I have been enjoying it or am looking forward to more of the same. On the ladies’ side, Janny’s chance of participating is uncertain. If she decides to skip the event, her slot will go to Satoko as the first substitute.

All that, and in the background, there’s this.
Lovers? Spouses? Just Good Friends? On the Olympic Ice, It’s Getting Hard to Tell
Some couples say their relationship is a boon to teamwork. Others have broken up to preserve their professional coupling. Then there’s the guessing over Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.
By Louise Radnofsky and Brian Costa

Lovers? Spouses? Just Good Friends? On the Olympic Ice, It’s Getting Hard to Tell

Some couples say their relationship is a boon. Others have broken up to preserve their teamwork. Then there’s the guessing over Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.

Canada is currently gripped by the possibility that two-time gold-medalist ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, Canadians who do a passionate “Moulin Rouge!” free dance, have kept their love a secret for the two decades they have skated together. The theory revives every four years when they compete at the Games; they have said a brief period of dating is as far as it’s gone. She was eight and he was 10.

Skating Through the Decades: 1930s!

Continuing our series on Skating Costuming through the ages, we move into the 1930s. You can read the first post here

The Great Depression was rocking the world, but you would never know it. Ice skating, just beginning to be popular in newsreels and the occasional show, was like all other forms of entertainment during this era, designed to make people forget about the depression. The glitz factor just starts to come into the sport and, as the sport starts to evolve, so do the costumes to allow for better movement. 

Costumes in the early 1930s continued to stick to a traditional old-timey winter vibe, for the most part. Remember that all competitions were held outdoors. Here are the US Pair Team from the 1932 Olympics, Sherwin Campbell and Beatrix Loughran. Both look very dapper, and you can see the embroidered designs on the bottom of her dress and fur cuffs. Note that it was still considered necessary for women to wear a hat, even while skating. Our men look dapper in suit tops and pants more tailored for movement. 

Practice clothes started to look similar to the active wear/sportswear of the time as well. Remember the first skating super star, Sonja Henie of Norway mentioned in our last post. Here she is in yet another Olympic games (1932) modeling with the Gold Medalist from the Men’s event Karl Schafer of Austria. 

In fact, Sonja Henie, widely credited with pushing the sport forward athletically, was also widely responsible for helping to popularize the hemlines on female skating costumes, which continued to rise through the decade. (She also, was rumored to have an affair with Hitler, which was never confirmed…though they did meet several times…)

Henie also brought her silver blades to the big screen as a Hollywood Starlet. Here’s a clip of her skating…in her mid-thigh skirt. *Gasp!*

The end of the decade saw ladies slowly getting rid of the hats and men slowly getting rid of the Knickerbocker style pants. It also saw the rise of the touring Ice Show, with The Ice Follies in 1936. The Ice Follies troupe, modeled after the famous Theatrical troupe the Ziegfeld Follies was a variety show, comprised of lots of pretty women skating in lots of impossible costumes. I mean IMPOSSIBLE. And it also featured Mr. Frick, who invented the cantilever move. (OMG HIS KNEES). Below is a picture of the Ice Follies performing a traditional number at the 1962 World’s Fair. (It’s not from the 1930s, but a lot of their stuff was like this…generally with bigger headdresses). 

The troupe was featured in the 1939 movie, the Ice Follies of 1939, starring Joan Crawford. If you can get a hold of it, you can see the show costumes from the time. 

We’ll return next time with even shorter skirts, more dapper men, and the beginning of the sparkle craze! And, the birth of the Ice Capades!

P.S. If you want to watch a cool documentary the history of ice shows and “Professional” (as in tour) skating you can check out the documentary the Fabulous Ice Age, which was streaming on Netflix, last I knew! 

Canadian Press by Lori Ewig

Contrary to popular belief, Canada’s ice dance darlings Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir were once sweethearts.

Virtue was seven and Moir was nine. Former long-time coach Paul MacIntosh affectionately recounted how they would tell people they were dating, all the while being so shy they barely spoke, or even glanced in one another’s direction.

“The whole world would like them to date. But they were ‘dating’ at age nine and seven, and I think Scotty broke it off. And he would say that’s 19 or 20 years of regret,” MacIntosh laughed.

Theirs is an undeniable chemistry two decades in the making. Skating to Gustav Mahler’s dreamy “Symphony No. 5” at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, they not only became the youngest ice dancers to win gold, they tugged on Canadians’ heartstrings and reeled them in with their illusory on-ice romance.

They positively peddle in goosebumps.

Their storybook performance in Vancouver was so believable, viewers could never have guessed that Virtue was skating through pain so excruciating from compartment syndrome in her lower legs that she could barely walk from her apartment at the athletes village to the cafeteria.

Now 28 and 30, they’re no longer the fresh-faced, self-proclaimed “kids” who captured the imagination in Vancouver, but boast a partnership that’s only grown stronger with time.

They hope to close their illustrious career with gold at the Pyeongchang Games later this month.

Virtue and Moir were paired up in 1997 by Moir’s aunt and coach Carol — Carol and Moir’s mom Alma are identical twins. In the early days, the ice dancers split time training with Moir and MacIntosh in London and Waterloo, Ont. Virtue chose ice dance over ballet, after she was invited to attend the National Ballet in Toronto at a young age.

They eventually moved to Waterloo, where they boarded and attended high school.

“Pretty early in their career they showed an awful lot of musical promise,” said MacIntosh, who coaches at the Kitchener Waterloo Skating Club. “They were a small couple, they competed against kids much older than them, and much bigger… but they showed musical talent, and edge and gliding talent that was well beyond their years, at a very early age. Probably at a time they were maybe nine and 11, we knew they had little magic feet, and magic music, and they seemed pretty comfortable with expressing that music.”

Virtue and Moir, who will carry Canada’s flag into the opening ceremonies on Feb. 9, went on to win three world titles and eight national titles, and then stepped away from the competitive arena after their disappointing Olympic silver in 2016 in Sochi.

They returned last season, and intent on reclaiming their Olympic crown, they upended everything about their training environment. They left Canton, Mich., and long-time coach Marina Zoueva and headed for Montreal, where they’ve assembled a mighty team around them. They’re coached by five-time Canadian ice-dance champions Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon, but also work regularly with sports psychologist J.F. Menard, nutritionists, and sports physiologists, among others. They’ve even trained with Cirque de Soleil.

Virtue and Moir were undefeated in their comeback, a perfect run that included a world championship win in Helsinki last spring, until they lost to French rivals Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron at the Grand Prix Final in December by less than three points.

At the recent European championships, Papadakis and Cizeron were awarded world-record scores in the free dance and overall total, and in a discipline that hasn’t quite managed to outrun its scandalous judging reputation prompted an outcry on social media, with the hashtag #justice4virtuemoir.

The Canadians’ rivalry with the young French team — Papadakis is 22, Cizeron 23 — is reminiscent of their matchup four years ago against Meryl Davis and Charlie White. Like the Americans who edged them for gold in Sochi, Papakis and Cizeron share the same coaches as Virtue and Moir, at the same Montreal rink.

“We were pretty open that we don’t plan on coming second at the Olympics like we did at Grand Prix Final,” Moir said earlier this month. “So we kind of went back to the drawing board.”

Virtue and Moir revamped their free dance to music from “Moulin Rouge,” to better emphasize the love story, and at the recent Canadian championships, they skated to virtually perfect scores in both their short dance — a Latin number to “Sympathy for the Devil,” “Hotel California,” and “Oye Como Va” — and free dance.

They couldn’t have asked for a better launch pad into Pyeongchang.

“They continue to show such a diversity in how they’ve approached all of their programs over the years, that’s one of their greatest strengths is their versatility and ability to skate to different types of music,” MacIntosh said. “(Their free dance) is very complex, they have one main rival in the world who are amazing skaters themselves (in Papdakis and Cizeron) who are kind of like the masters of simplicity, and I think Tessa and Scott are the masters of complexity.“

“So it makes it hard for people to judge the two teams, because they do have different strengths, but Tessa and Scott, they just deliver so much passion with their performance. The short dance is a Latin rhythm… any rhythm really is good for them, but they both trained in Latin rhythm very well, Tessa moves like no other woman in the world and Scott like no other man.”

Regardless of who’s standing on the podium’s top spot next month, Virtue and Moir have set the ice dance bar sky high, not only in Canada, but globally. Canada’s other two ice dance teams of Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje and Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier could also finish within striking distance of the podium.

“Our three leading teams are three of the absolute masters in the world, so they’ve set some pretty primo examples for our young kids in Canada,” MacIntosh said.

Virtue and Moir won’t have much time to rest after their flag-carrying duties. The ice dance short program for the team event is on Feb. 9. Their free dance is Feb. 11. The individual ice dance event runs Feb. 19-20.

anonymous asked:

I love your blog and I love hearing your positivity about Tessa and Scott and their relationship. There's clearly love between them and I want to believe they might explore exactly what kind of love that is after these Olympics, but I'm really curious about this Tobin guy, and I'd love to hear your thoughts on where you think he fits in this story. Just a friend? Just a business guy who helps T with social media stuff? Somebody more?

On Tobin, I really don’t think he factors in other than being a Jordan Virtue’s ex. He could possibly back together with her. Clearly he works in the media industry, so he may have a double angle there.

I am super positive about TS. Because they are amazing athletes.
I have loved skating for decades and they are on par with Torvill and Dean. So I love them because of that first and foremost.
I get to have a bonus, because I ship them so much. I have followed them since 2008, but they did not trigger my shipping heart until last season.
I have always thought they were soulmates and should end up together. They have always had a special chemistry. But I could also understand why it was prudent for them to keep their distance, especially while they were young. I suspect that in the intense complex relationship that they have always had, there has been an understanding that being together could endanger their ‘business relationship’. But now that they are older and more mentally mature, that has completely changed.
My personal opinion is that they are together romantically. But wants to keep it private. There have been so much signaling going on during their comeback.
There are multiple reasons for them to keep it private:

1. They want the conversation to be about their skating and performance. Which technically it should be, because they are officially legendary.

2. As I have stated before, having a relationship under such public scrutiny must be hard. Especially if you are trying to figure out if it can work. Imagine having so many people invested in you personal life. Something so intimate as a burgeoning relationship. It is a confusing and insecure time for normal people. Imagine have so many people depending on it working.

3. They have been in the business of denying that they are in a romantic relationship all the way back to 2008. Have they played with our emotions all those year? Yes for sure. Leaving fans asking and guessing. But ultimately saying that they were not romantically involved. (That has stopped during the last year).

4. The only way we will ever know that they are together officially is if they decide to get married. If they are smart, they wait until everything dies down around the olympics and touring to figure that out. A romantic relationship forged under immense pressure and intense circumstances can often fizzle and feel different, when they get to the mundane of everyday life.

I know that other people totally disagree with me, which perfectly fine with me.
I have no problem reading blogs that do not think they are and will never be together. I just think in my head that. I disagree with them. Then hit the heart to give them a like. Because I appreciate that people have different opinions about something so superficial to other actual skating skills. That is part of what makes shipping fun. Theories and speculation.

What does get me much more riled up is wonky skating scoring. How Tessa and Scott have had to skate so much better than anyone else to win. When they have been so much better than their nearest competition. Daring them to put them second.

Sorry that was a long one😃

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What Coaching Yuuri Meant To Viktor

So I was rewatching Yuri on Ice and noticed something that really got me thinking.

This scene is startlingly similar to this.

source: @mystic-snk

So what intrigued me was why Viktor’s reactions were so different. The surprise from both Yuris’ boldness is there, but what makes Yuuri’s declaration so much more special? What made it enough to completely captivate Viktor?

I think the most important difference here, is in what each is asking for. What Yurio wants, is Viktor’s skating. What Yuuri wants, is Viktor.

Yes, while Yuuri does ask for Viktor to coach him, which can be seen as asking for his skating experience, we must note that a very drunk Yuuri says this first.

That’s got nothing to do with coaching, and it’s evident that what Yuuri desires most is not for skating legend Viktor to become his coach and help him work his way to the top, but for his TIME and his COMPANY— for himself.

Yurio is asking for the Skating Legend Viktor Nikiforov. Yuuri is asking for Viktor.

What makes this even more meaningful to Viktor is a result of what’s happening on Viktor’s side.

So from this we know is that Viktor has been skating for decades, and we know that he’s the best at it. The whole world knows it as well. And when your achievements become so big that they eclipse any other aspect of yourself, you become known only for those achievements alone.

The whole world sees Viktor only as a skater. When people approach him, it’s always for something to do with skating. If they want a photo, it’s because he’s skating legend Viktor Nikiforov. If they want an interview, they want one with skating legend Viktor Nikiforov. Without skating, there would be no Viktor. It’s almost as if that’s all he’s worth. When he’s exposed to something like that from such a young age, it’s no surprise that he’d start to form his identity around that. To Viktor, skating is who he is.

So when Viktor finds that he can no longer surprise people, when he finds that his skating is no longer what it used to be, it’s almost like he’s failing at being Viktor Nikiforov. In other words, he’s losing his identity.

It’s also worth noting that the Viktor in the first episode is nothing like the Viktor we know throughout the rest of the series. This backs up my idea that Viktor tries too hard to meet expectations, so much so that he suppresses himself to portray this cool image that is a part of his “skating identity”.

When Yuuri asks for him to be his coach, it’s not just the underlying meaning from my first point that gets to him.

It’s the fact that Yuuri says coach. Viktor doesn’t need to skate or surprise anyone, nor does he need to be a skating champion in order to be worth something to Yuuri.

What Yuuri has offered him is a chance to find a new identity, one that isn’t built around skating, and instead revolves around Viktor as a person. He’s giving Viktor a chance to break that facade and be himself (which Viktor does… Very unapologetically.)

This is why Viktor is able to walk away from everything so easily. This is why, when Yakov tells Viktor that he might not be able to return if he walked away, Viktor still left; because he felt that he could find a life apart from skating– a life with Yuuri, who didn’t expect him to be a skating legend– and he was willing to take the risk.

Thankfully, it worked out.

Viktor has no qualms leaving the world of competitive skating if it meant being by Yuuri’s side. He found an identity that didn’t need him to be a skating legend. He found a life apart from skating that made him happy, a life where he was just Viktor, and a life where that was enough.