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    A new program update today. Still not feeling 100% skating this.....as you can see.....but hopefully I can perfect the artistry and make it a much, much better program! Still trying to figure out the steps and what looks best.

    direct: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wl-OIAgm5IE

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    Here's my competition video of my new artistic skate. I skated at the California Championships, in Artesia, and it was nice and relaxing. Also saw and talked to many skaters there that we discuss here on the forum (aka, Grant, Karen, etc.), so it was cool to see everyone all in one place for the various events taking place.

    Anyway, with a little over one wee to practice, I think it looks okay, but definitely needs more choreo and more feeling....a lot more feeling and me not looking uncomfortable and looking down

    I do like the new shirt I had made. We dyed the fabric to a very deep blue you see in the photo and video. It looks so much nicer in person, but I really like it and the cut.

    Photo:


    Direct link: http://youtu.be/Z2nIb6IX7_w


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    I was unable to watch your video, because it says it has been blocked on copyright grounds, but am gald to hear that things are going so well for you with your new program.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicki View Post
    I was unable to watch your video, because it says it has been blocked on copyright grounds, but am gald to hear that things are going so well for you with your new program.
    Thank you :-) I uploaded the video to another site, so here's a new link. I certainly hope by next week, when I skate this under spotlight, it'll look MUCH better than here. I did strain my left side (again), so I'm cautiously working on this program since the bauer, splits, and death drop all hurt that side

    direct link: https://vimeo.com/43203446

    Last edited by scootie12; May 31st, 2012 at 05:48 PM.

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    Well done! I love your music and how all of your movements flow so well with it. Hope you're all healed up before your next event.

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    Default 2012 LAFSC Showcase

    I always enjoy this time of year when my club, the Los Angeles Figure Skating Club (LAFSC), hosts its annual Showcase event.

    This year, I skated in two events. The first was with my friend Jamie, skating to Simon & Garfunkel's "Old Friend." The other event was my dramatic solo skated to Josh Groban's "February Song."

    Jamie and I only practiced our program 3 times (the day prior) to the event. I choreographed the steps, and then when we got together we practiced together. I'd say not too bad when you take that into consideration

    On my solo, I feel I skated it pretty well. It's funny skating spotlight because you are basically blinded when you skate, so it's harder to find your points of reference. Anyway, I feel happy with my performance, and just wish the ice wasn't so choppy. My camel spin is such an easy spin, but I got caught right into a rut...eek. I tried to save it haha. After I got off the ice, a lady was crying saying how much she loved the song and my skating. That was awesome







    Here are the programs:


    Adult Masters Duets
    Song: Old Friend/Bookends
    Artist: Simon & Garfunkel
    Placement: 2nd place

    direct link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lepcTL4fseM

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    Adult Masters Dramatic - Men
    Song: February Song
    Artist: Josh Groban
    Placement: 2nd Place (I got a lot of wuz robbed from people, but you can't win 'em all)


    direct link YouTube (might be blocked in US): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o11FGIUKjuQ
    direct link Vimeo (alternative link): https://vimeo.com/43746411


    embedded video:

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    Default Photos from Solo Dramatic

    I thought I'd share some photos from the two events. First are the solo dramatic pics

    spread eagle **lol at the side view








    A few from the duet:




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    Thanks for sharing, Michael. I can see why Michelle is your inspiration; it shows in your skating style.

    Your Duets was touching. Always love Josh Groban & skating together...well done.

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    Thanks :-) I appreciate the kind words!

    Despite scoring the highest PCS scores at nationals, I wasn't very happy with my actual interpretation of the music. There was no feeling to it, IMO. I decided that when I did showcase this year, I would do something that I could interpret. I came up with the program in about one session, and then did a test skate about a week later at an Artesia event (this one https://vimeo.com/43203446). After seeing what I wanted to fix, I then took it to the Showcase event, where I think the corrections I made were a big step forward. The one thing I wish I could have changed was NOT doing the camel spin at Showcase. Due to a pulled groin I had to remove the death drop. Ironically, the camel being a very easy spin for me, my blade was caught in a bit of a rut haha.

    Lastly, I felt Josh Groban would be a nice indirect Michelle tribute

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    This week I purchased a new pair of boots. I have skated my entire life in SP Teri boots, but after returning in 2009, I had purchased two pairs of boots. The first pair were the KT-2's that I had from 2010 until 2011. Then in 2011, I purchased the KT-3's, which are the stiffest boots they make. In both instances, I killed the boots in a matter of weeks/months. Both pairs broke down so fast that I had to have both rebuilt, which is such a pain since it puts you out of commission for a week or so. I have a strong feeling when skate manufacturers created heat-moldable boots, they sacrificed the quality of the leather and build of the boots. In the "old" days, it would take a few weeks to break in a pair of skates, and they were always made with stiff leather.....many memories of painful boots here

    While I LOVE heat molded boots that can allow me to have nearly no break-in period, I'm not sure if the quality of the leather is as good.

    Anyway, I decided to move to GRAF boots, and everyone swears by them. The one major positive for me is the boot feels much lighter than SP Teri, which is great, although I venture to guess my jumps will feel off for a bit while I acclimate. I am really hoping these boots meet the hype everyone has been feeding me. Nearly every guy skater I know has GRAF, so I'm optimistic :-)

    One of my major issues has been since I skate pretty deep into edges and crossrolls, I am always flexing the boot a lot more. With my recent fitting I was told the boot is properly flexing at the V-Notch, which is what I was told caused many problems on my last two boots with SP Teri.

    Here's a pic of the lovely skates. And I love the suede (although I hope they won't scuff up too much!!)


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    I've been back on the ice frequently with the groin strain/minor tear healing at a decent pace. I'd say it's about 85% healed so far. The new boots have broken in nicely and I am now back to a full array of jumps on the ice. Now that I've been in them for several weeks, I can definitely tell they are much lighter boots as my axel and other jumps feel much higher in the air. This was something I was warned about, and it takes a little time to get used to

    I am planning to skate senior men next season, so I have spoken with my coach, and we will prepare the program by September and then work on combinations, getting comfortable with the flip and lutz again (two jumps I avoided most of last year due to previous injury), and the double axel. The double flip has been easy for me to get back, and I can usually hit several in practice. It's moreso getting comfortable with the take-off so I don't pop. I tend to be a skater that either pops or pulls in to land a jump. Luckily, I have cat feet and can usually save a jump, which is good

    I've been working to get back a consistent double lutz, but the take-off has been causing me a bit of trouble. I am DETERMINED to land it this week! I know I can do it, but again, it's just the timing of the vault + my upper body movement that I'm not comfortable with yet.

    In the meantime, here is a practice video from 07-04-12 and two run-throughs of my artistic program that I will skate this upcoming Sunday.

    direct link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLT-3xRq5wk
    Last edited by scootie12; July 12th, 2012 at 08:51 AM.

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    Thanks for the update. Looking good!

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    Default 2012 LA Club Competition: Burbank, CA (Pickwick Ice Center)

    Yesterday, I competed in an artistic event at my home rink, Pickwick, located in Burbank, CA. The rink hosts its annual LA Club (LAFSC) event each July, and I love competeing at this one. Since I have no other Novice adult to compete with in the mens division, I did artistic, where I was grouped with adult ladies

    Since I am in the middle of moving into a new place, my body was a bit sore, but I think I did okay. I wasn't feeling it in my newish skates as I still need a bit more time to warmup in them to feel "right," but again, I was okay.

    I changed the middle of the program from a lunge to a one-foot glide. I just wish the camera angle was different to show how far backward I had my back

    Here is the competition video. I placed 1st in the event (four 1st place ordinals and one 2nd place ordinal):


    Direct Link to Video: http://vimeo.com/45845156

    Embedded Video:




    Here are several photos, which I might split into another post:

    Last edited by scootie12; July 16th, 2012 at 02:44 PM.

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    Default LA Club Photos Set #2

    Here is post #2 from LA Club, with more photos:


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    Nice program. Congratulations on your win.

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    I haven't posted in a little while. I've been very busy with work and am still skating a ton. In fact, I've been doing many run-throughs each day, and feel in great shape. I've been running perfect programs and am now able to end my program and still skate right back around to complete one or two double jumps.

    Depending on where the chips fall this fall, I might end up doing adult senior next season.

    Anyway, here's a video from a pretty light practice today. My new stamina sequence is double salchow/axel/double loop, which I was kinda shaky on today.

    My jumps are feeling pretty strong, and overall my skating feels significantly improved since April 2012.

    direct link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipj8aGjXiRY


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    Here's a video of the holiday program I reprised from 2011, and used for the 2012 show. I finally got a copy of the video made About a week prior, I put together a program similar to the one from 2011, but made a few changes and added an extra jump.

    Funny how horrible the ice conditions were, but you can never see from the stands or in this video.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlNo_04ByRI

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    I competed on February 17th at the Adult Mid-Winter Warmup competition, at East West Ice Palace, in Artesia.

    This year I decided to compete in both the freeskate and the artistic event. I placed 1st in the freeskate, and 3rd in the artistic event. While I was happy to win, I hope to skate 100% in another week at Sectionals, and hopefully break a score of 40. In the artistic event, I competed against the ladies, which was fun They were so artistic, which was nice too

    I basically did the artistic event as a warm-up for the freeskate. I did about one or two run-throughs of this program, which I used last summer. It was easy to remember, lol. It obviously could have used more content, but I was happy with it anyway....it served its purpose.

    I really don't like the ice there. It's very hard and has little grip. It was tricky doing edge jumps since I felt like I was working on muscle memory....always have that issue on East West ice. Never been a fan

    Here is the video:

    direct link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_agZo1tn4VU



    Below are photos. The photos in the brown outfit are from the freeskate. My music was a medley of "A River Runs Through It" and "Out of Africa."


    ** didn't realize I was sweating







    Last edited by scootie12; February 25th, 2013 at 08:01 PM.

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    Congratulations, and best of luck at Sectionals.

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    Wow Michael I really like your programs! Good luck at Sectionals. Please report on how it goes....and report on FSU too - there are a lot of skaters over there that enjoy reading your posts.

    When you have a chance could you PM me? I have a question for you. Thanks!

    Maureen

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    Looking great Michael. Good luck to you!

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    Thank you everyone for the kind words. Sectionals is in one more week! Excited and anxious to compete!

    I posted two videos today on YT. One is a back scratch spin demo for a friend, and the other is a video of me testing out the ice today at the rink I'll be at for Sectionals.

    Here's the spin demo video:
    direct link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gC0jfpHTMgo

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    I can only post one video per post, so here's the second one:


    Here's the jumping video:
    direct link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCaODdxjiLw

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    Default 2013 Pacific Coast Adult Sectionals

    Yesterday, March 9th, I competed in the Championship Novice Men event in order to gain qualification to the 2013 Adult Nationals, which are in Scottsdale this year. Although only 3 of us competed, which means we all automatically qualify, this competition was no different than any other for me in the sense that I wanted to skate well and show everyone that I can live up to the performances I've given in the past (while hopefully improving myself along the way).

    I am happy to say that I won the event with about 7.5 point lead! I rotated all of my jumps, and was nearly perfect in the technical elements. I am a little annoyed my lv.3 spin was called a 2 by the caller despite the video showing I clearly held the broken leg beyond the 8-count required. They did not have instant reply at this event.

    Most importantly from this event, I wanted to enjoy myself and show more confidence in my skating. A few weeks ago, at Mid Winter, I did the job, but I didn't show the authority. Here I looked and felt more confident while on the ice.

    I will share the video at some point, but in the meantime I thought I'd share some photos from the event.








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    Nice photos. Glad to hear that everything went as you hoped. Looking forward to your next report.

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