Fug File: Figure Skating

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]


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]


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]



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]


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.]


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.


Fab and Fabber: 2014 Winter Olympics Figure Skating: The Ice Dancers

In which you will see both the medalists, and a variety of people that I felt you needed to witness in order to live a full and complete life. We’ve already covered the pairs, and the men’s competition, and all the Americans were covered at Nationals, although the Shibs have new costumes, so I decided to include them. And then because it felt weird to NOT include Meryl and Charlie, given that they won this one (and because I really love Charlie), I tossed them in too. And then I tossed in Bates and Chock because their short dance costumes are gorgeous. In other words: I am just making up the rules as I go along and I have no idea what I’m talking about.

Additionally, you might want to review what happened in the previous Olympics. THEY WERE COMPLETELY INSANE. They make all of these costumes look like something you’d rustle up at the mall. And, as always: rumor-mongering and tales of ice-dancing DRAMA welcome.

[Photos: ME]