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Fab and Fabber: The World Figure Skating Championships


All right! TIME FOR WORLDS! As you may know, I only cover the Americans in this post if their costumes has changed since I wrote about them during the US National Championships, so if you’re wondering where they are…now you know. Regardless, there is much to discuss; as usual, I’ll cover the winners and anyone who seems like they might be wearing something we’d like to eyeball. For example, WHY ALL THE GLOVES THIS YEAR? I unfortunately wasn’t able to watch a lot of this, because my DVR decided not to record much of it, AGAIN, and NBC hasn’t aired the men’s free skate yet (it airs on Sunday). If you don’t want to be spoiled on who won anything at this World Championships, I suggest you do NOT click into this post. As ever, I invite skating experts and aficionados please weigh in on any and all thoughts, including who choked, who surprised (Ashley hasn’t skated that long program that well in a LONG TIME), and WHY are so many people skating to Titanic again? Juicy gossip and tales from those of you who attended this event welcome as always. To the ruffles, the illusion netting, and the hideous tights!

[Photos: Getty]

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Fab and Fabber: The US National Figure-Skating Championships


I must confess something: I have not yet watched ALL of the skating, because my DVR decided the complete experience of pairs and ice dancing wasn’t something I needed in my life. Betrayal. I decided it would be better to bring you my snap, unfounded JUDGEMENTS on all the winners (and a handful of other ladies) more quickly than it was to be measured and knowledgeable and extremely late, after tracking down the bits I missed. As ever, Skating Fug Nation, give us the REAL dish in the comments, and fill me in on what I missed. How do you think Team USA is going to stand up to world competition?

[Photos: Getty and me]

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Fugs and Fabs: The Women of the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports Awards


I guess Nickelodeon thought, “well. While all these people are in town for the ESPYs, let’s throw another awards show!”

[Photos: Getty, Fame/Flynet]

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Fabs and Fabber: 2015 World Figure-Skating Championships


World’s have arrived AT LAST! As ever, I apologize for the relative tardiness of this post. I feel like the world figure-skating community could be more respectful of all the things I have going on, frankly! But here we are. As ever, I welcome skating gossip and intrigue-sharing in the comments. We’ve been so slammed with The Royal We that I feel like I am not as on top of this particular topic as usual, so more than ever I look forward to Fug Nation’s Thoughts. Also, as ever, we’ve already covered the Americans during Nationals (although I tossed 4th place finisher Gracie Gold in here because she had a new long-program ensemble; also, I am watching the NBC coverage of the ladies’ long program right now and Tara just said, “Gracie Gold and Ashley Wagner just had THE WORST SHORT PROGRAMS ANYONE COULD POSSIBLY DREAM UP, in case you were wondering how that went).

[Photos: Getty]

 

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Fab and Fabber: The 2015 US National Figure-Skating Championships


SKATING! First, a programming note: For some reason, Getty only had photos of some of these looks from the Grand Prixe Finals, and not Nationals, so I just used those, as the ensembles are the same. But if you happen to spy Japanese signage, that’s why. Second: My DVR didn’t record half of these — FLAMES ON THE SIDE OF MY FACE — so I am Less Informed about what went down this season than usual. Please, as always, skating experts, do weigh in! I know some of you attended this, so PLEASE give us any dirt or dish you like. (We constantly want skating gossip, as you guys know.) Finally: also as ever, we will cover the non-American skaters of the world once Worlds rolls around. TO THE ICE!

[Photos: Getty]

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Fab and Fabber: 2014 Winter Olympics Figure Skating: The Gala


My personal confession is that I hardly ever watch the gala skates. Are you BATTLING FOR DOMINANCE? Then I don’t care. (Also, I hate skating to music with vocals, which means my life is going to become very difficult, as rumor has it they’re going to allow that in all figure skating now, rather than just ice dancing.) But I had to bring you Carolina Kostner’s pantlessness and Javier Fernandez’s adorableness if nothing else. Although there’s LOTS of “else.”

Did you miss any of our other skating coverage?  Behold the pairs! The men Your ice dancing! And, of course, the women.

PS: See you in Brazil, SWIMMERS.

[Photos: Me.]

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Fab and Fabber: 2014 Winter Olympics Figure Skating: The Women


At last! The so-called marquee event of the Olympics, as full of DRAMA and FALLS and TIGHTS MALFUNCTIONS and SUSPICIONS OF RIGGING. Did you want to talk about the pairs? We can do that. Do you have a burning desire to weigh in on the drama of the men’s event? We are here for you. Can you no longer go on without discussing ice dancing? We ALWAYS want to discuss ice dancing. All ready for the women? Let’s do this thing. As always: discussion of drama is welcomed! Ashley Wagner has already started stirring the pot for you! (It’s rarely a good idea to really let it fly to the press on a day when you’ve lost. I’m saying that as someone actually think she makes a good point, even if she doesn’t acknowledge the irony that the very lack of transparency in skating is part of the reason she ended up at this Olympics in the first place. And I’m saying that as someone who thinks Ashley showed up this go-round with a major chip on her shoulder.) ANYWAY. DISCUSS. Discuss it ALL.

PS: Dear Johnny Weir, I think I’ll miss you most of all. You and Tara are the wind beneath my wings.

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