Sunday, 22 February 2009

Art On Ice 2009 - Stronger

In this year's Art On Ice show from January, Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy were due to perform with Aliona's former partner Stanislav Morozov and Tatiana Volosozhar. However, Morozov was ill and so could not take part; instead, their coach Ingo Steuer took his place. It's a beautiful performance, with moments of great synchronicity between the four of them, despite the yawn-worthy music. The other thing which is noticable in this program is just how similar Aliona and Tatiana look; it was apparent before, but when they are in the same costumes it is difficult to tell who is who!

"What Women Want: Champion figure skater Joannie Rochette on Valentine's Day"

The National Post has a short but sweet interview with Joannie for Valentines Day (slightly late I know)

Just back with a silver from the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Vancouver, Joannie Rochette needs a break from those triple Lutzes and training for the Worlds in March and the 2010 Games. Maybe some foot-rub tiime with her boyfriend, Olympic-medallist, short track speed-skater Francois-Louis Tremblay on Valentine's Day? The two athletes met competing for Canada at the 2006 Games in Torino.

Q: What don't you want to get for Valentine’s Day?
Joannie Rochette: No chocolate or roses — unless it's a flower he picked himself. I like something that lasts. Chocolates, I'll just eat them, and the flowers would die. Earrings would be nice.

Q: What do you want?
Joannie Rochette: Earrings would be nice. Francois-Louis won't be back in time for Saturday. He's away competing [on the World Cup circuit where he won gold in the 500 metres in Sofia, Bulgaria last weekend]. He's the romantic one. He's a great cook, so maybe he'll make me brunch when he's back on Sunday — crepes and salad.

Q: What do you think you'll get?
Joannie Rochette: I have no clue. No jewellery, though, because he thinks I have too much already. Maybe gloves, because I lose my gloves all the time.

I love her honesty and realism - she's right, the flowers would die. For this, Joannie gets Program of the Day here at Ice Addiction, with her SP from 4CC this year.