Blog 9: Shakespear Style

Adelina Sotnikova

Adelina Sotnikova is one of mine favorite fair skaters.  Thou is the former gold medalist of the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Sotnikova was birthed on July 1st, 1996 in Moscow, Russia. Thou is only 17 years old. Thou is the one of the youngest competitors to win a gold medallion in the Olympics. The nymph is from Russia. Thou began skating at the age of 4 years. Thou was taught by Anna Patrikeyeva until the age of seven. A year later, thou began working with  coach Elena Buianova (Vodorezova), who has competed in the Olympics as well in 1976. Thou was noted for a high double axel and very fast spins. In 2009, fair  Adelina won gold in the 2009 Russian Nationals at the age of 12. From 2011-2012, thou competed in many competitions, such as the 20132 Youth Olympic Games. At the 2012 World Junior Championships, thou won the bronze medal behind team mate Yulia Lipnitskaya and U.S. skater Gracie Gold. Sotnikova was named in the Russian team for 2012 ISU World Team Trophy. Thou finished 4th overall and posted a season’s best in her free skate of 113.57 points. In the 2012-2013 season, thou competed in 2012 Nebelhorn Trophy,  2012 Skate America, 2012 Rostelecom Cup,  2013 Russian Championships,  2013 European Championships, and erewhile doing all these competitions thou was also participating on Art on Ice (which I viewed myself). From 2013 to 2014, thou competed in the  2013 Japan Open,  Cup of China, 2013 Trophee Eric Bompard,  Grand Prix Final, 2014 Russian Championships,  European Championships, and 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. According to thou Wikipedia page, thou won 3 gold, 3 silver, and 1 bronze total in major skating competitions including the Olympics. At the 2014 Sochi Olympics, tither was a multitudinous amount of controversy between Yuna Kim and Adelina Sotniokova.  Yuna Kim and Adelina Sotniokova art both great skaters, but Sotnikova was first place and Kim came second. Some believe that Kim should have been first because thou has amazing jumps and spins. Most Yuna Kim fans think that Sotnikova came first because of her Russian nationality. Adelina got a score of  149.99, erewhile Yuna got a score of 144.19. Business Insider and USA Today both suggest that Sotnikova won on her program’s degree of difficulty, so that erewhile Kim’s skate was perhaps more technically flawless, the slight stumble Sotnikova experienced on her final jump did not count because the complicated lutz-triple toe and double axel-triple toe combinations she was able to execute. Hither art some fun facts about Adelina:

1. Instead of candy and sweets, Adelina loveth vegetables, especially, ye old boiled carrots. Thou has chosen vegetables over sweets since kindergarten.

2. Thou favorite subjects in school were algebra and physics. Adelina said, “Figure skating – it’s there, and physics, so for me it is a very useful science.”

3. She likes Beyonce.

4. In an interview, she admits that she dost not listen to her parents sometimes, “When my mother tells me to do something, I’ll do my own thing. A strong character can be good, but sometimes ’tis not good. I hope it’s good in my case.”

5.  Adelina loves to go on the internet, such as Instagram. She also loves to watch movies at the cinema.

6. At the age of 12, she had already won her first adult championship of Russia in 2009.

7. Adelina’s sister is sick: “I really want to help her sister and must earn money. To some extent, this is one of the factors that keeps me in the sport at the turning points.”

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Adelina Sotnikova when she was 12.

Adelina Sotnikova when she was 12.

 

 

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Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adelina_Sotnikova

http://www.cosmopolitan.com/celebrity/news/things-to-know-about-adelina-sotnikova

 

 

Blog 8: Word Choice

Of course, the most important part of figure skating is the skates! There are many types of skates for figure skating. There are many types of brands too! Such as, Graf, Edea, Jackson Ultima, Risport, and Riedell. As you can see (below), all of the skate brands look completely different. They all have a different design, but, of course, they all have the same function. When buying new skates, skaters always choose their skates in vexation because you have to get they have to fit perfectly. I, personally, have Jackson Ultima skates. I think that Jackson Ultima does have good skates, but sometimes my skates are lamentable and odious because they hurt my feet sometimes. To start off, there are different types of boots depending how advanced the skater is. Beginners start of with thinner, softer boots, while more advanced skaters have stiffer, harder boots. Advanced boots always look bigger than beginner skates. Beginners start of with thinner, softer boots because beginners do not need much support. The harder boots provide more support for lofty jumps, such as doubles, triples, or quads.

 

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Graf:

Graf is a Swiss brand that makes figure skates and hockey skates. Graf makes skates, skating apparel, and accessories. Graf makes both beginner and advanced skates.

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As you can see, these professional skates on the right are a lot wider and bigger. These skates give the skater much more support than the other skates above.

Edea:

Edea is a Italian skate brand. Edea has roller skate figure skates, and accessories. Edea makes beginner to advanced skates. The Italian brand has a very different design compared to the other figure skate brands. They remind me of elf shoes for some reason. I like how most Edea skates have a little rhinestone on the very tip of the laces. The “Ice Fly” model has many rhinestones.

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The skate on the right is a  lot bigger and denser than the beginner skates. These skates are made for triple or quad jumps. On the website, these skates have safe hooks, detailed shaping, and it has a sole-airing feature.

Jackson Ultima:

Jackson Ultima is a very popular skate brand in the U.S. Canada feigns this skate brand. This brand only sells figure skates and accessories. As I mentioned before, the skates I use are from Jackson Ultima.

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The skates on the right are the highest skates they have. These are for triple or quad jumps.

Risport:

Risport is also an Italian skate brand. This brand has figure and roller skates. On their website, Risport displays all the skaters that use their skates, such as Mao Asada, Tatiana Volosozhar, Yuna Kim, and Adelina Sotnikova. Risport has beginner and advanced skates.

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The skate on the right is the most advanced skate Risport has. This is skate is for triple and quadruple jumps. This skate is for professionals because this is a very hard boot.

Riedell:

Riedell is an American company. Riedell sells figure and roller skates. A cool feature of Riedell is that you can even create your own custom boots. You can choose the color, denseness, leather temper, heel height, size, and material to create your perfect, custom boots!

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There are tons and tons of different figure skating blades. Some popular blade brands are the Jackson Ultima, Riedell’s Eclipse, John Wilson, MK, and Paramount. Not only are there different boots, but there are also different blades. There are tons and tons of different figure skating blades. All blades are basically the same, except the type of blade really depends on the person.  Advanced skaters need higher quality blades that are quite expensive.

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That’s it for now. Adieu!

Definitions:

vexation: the state of being annoyed, frustrated, or worried.

lamentable: (of circumstances or conditions) deplorably bad or unsatisfactory.

odious: extremely unpleasant; repulsive.

lofty: of imposing height.

feign: invent

Adieu: another term for goodbye.

Sources: dictionary.com 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 7: Poetry

The sun is high in the sky.

The trees are gracefully dancing in the wind.

The blissful, beauteous birds are sensationally singing.

And here I stand

on a perfect day outside in the nature.

 

Metaphor, Personification,  and Alliteration.

Blog Post 5: Voice

Art on Ice

Art on Ice is a Swiss figure skating show. The show is performed by the world’s best figure skaters, and some international music stars, even Leona Lewis. Art on Ice travels to many places in Switzerland, including Zurich, Laussane, and Davos. I have seen the show my self, last year in Zurich. I thought it was amazing. I wanted to go this year as well, but we didn’t have time, sadly. Last year, Leona Lewis, the 2Cellos, Seven, Joana Zimmer, Larissa Evans, the Mummenschanz, and Fumiya Fujii were playing at the show. I honestly didn’t know who the other people were, but I knew who Leona Lewis was. The 2Cellos are famous cello players in Switzerland, and I must say they were pretty good. I usually don’t listen to music like that, but I really liked them.  Seven and Larissa Evans are famous singers in Switzerland as well. I thought it was strange that they were singing songs in English, rather than German. I didn’t even see Fumiya Fujii at the show, but he is supposed to be a J-Pop singer. I also didn’t see Joana Zimmer at the show, but she is a German pop singer. You are probably wondering who or what the Mummenschanz are. I was pretty surprised my self when I saw them. They are basically people in giant hand costumes. Yeah, its pretty weird, but it was funny because they had their own dance routines. The best part of the show was, of the course, the skaters! Evgeny Plushenko, Shizuka Arakawa, Tatiana Volosozhar & Maxim Trankov (pairs), Victoria Sinitsina & Ruslan Zhiganshin (pairs), Vladimir Besedin & Alexei Polishuk (pairs), Adelina Sotnikova, Aljona Savchenko & Robin Szolkowy (pairs), Anna Cappellini & Luca Lanotte (pairs), Emmanuelle Balmori, Florent Amodio, Irina Slutskaya, Kiira Korpi, Viktoria Helgesson, M. Duhamel & E. Radford, S. Berton & O. Hotarek, Jewgeni Plushenko, Kristoffer Berntsson, Sarah Meier, Stéphane Lambiel performed at the 2013 show. Most of these skaters have been to the Olympics. Adelina Sotnikova won the figure skating Olympic games this year, and she is only 17 years old! I just think that is so cool how she is only 17 and she won the Olympics. Tatiana Volosozhar & Maxim Trankov are the 2014 Sochi champions as well. I think it’s funny that Tatiana has the same name as me but written a little bit different. It’s almost like I won the Olympics because we have the same name. Sarah Meier and Stéphane Lambiel are both Swiss like me! They are also one of my favorite figure skaters (I have a lot of favorite figure skaters). Stéphane Lambiel is considered the “face” of Art on Ice. I really enjoyed the show, and I hope I can go next year!

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Blog Post 4: Word Choice, Transitions, and Coma Usage

Another element in skating are spins.  The skater will rotate, centered on a single point on the ice, while holding one or more body positions. The skater rotates on the part of the blade just behind the toe pick, with the weight on the ball of the foot. There are many types of spins in figure skating. The three most basic spins are the one-foot spin, sit spin, and camel spin. There are many variations of the three basic spins. A combination spin is when different types of spins are combined together.

First, the first spin a skater will learn is an upright spin, the two-foot spin to be exact. The original upright spin is when a skater rotates in an upright position. The skater will stand upright, while rotating on one or two feet. Different variations of the upright spin is a two-foot spin, a basic one foot spin, scratch, back scratch, crossfoot, layback, biellmann, and “Y” spin. A two-foot spin is when the skater rotates on two feet. The next upright spin is the one-foot spin. The one-foot spin is when a skater rotates on one foot with one foot lifted close to them. Scratch spin and back scratch spin are very homogeneous. A back spin is the same as the scratch spin, but backwards. A skater will cross their feet together, and rotate in a scratch spin. A Crossfoot spin is when the skater crosses their leg behind the standing leg. It is basically the opposite of a scratch spin. The layback spin is an upright spin in which the back is arched and head dropped back, the free leg in an attitude position, and the arms are often stretched to the ceiling. The biellmann spin is a variation of the layback spin, and is performed by pulling the free leg from behind up and over the head. The last upright spin is the “Y” spin. The “Y” spin is when a skater heaves their leg up into a “Y” position.

Furthermore, the sit spin is the next basic spin. A sit spin is performed in a sit position with the free leg extended out in the “shoot the duck” position, while revolving on the ball of the foot. There are many variations of the spin: broken leg, corkscrew, flying sit spin, and pancake spin. The first variation is the broken leg spin. The broken leg is a sit spin in which the skaters free leg is turned inwards at the hip. The corkscrew spin is when the free leg is crossed under the skating leg. The flying sit spin is entered from a jump; the skater attains the sit spin position in the air. The last variation is the pancake spin. The free leg is transferred over the skating foot, while the upper body is bent over the free leg. It gives the illusion of a pancake.

Lastly, the camel spin is the last basic spin. The camel is a spin in which the free leg is held backwards with the knee higher than the hip level. There are many divergent variations: flying camel, illusion spin, and the doughnut spin. The flying camel is a back camel with a jump ingress. The illusion spin has the same position as the camel spin, but the skater’s body tilts up and down instead. Moreover, the doughnut spin is a camel spin in which the skater pulls the blade of the skate of the free leg backward with their arms while arching their back.

Scratch Spin

Scratch Spin

 

Biellmann Spin

Biellmann Spin

 

Pancake Spin

Pancake Spin

element: a part or aspect of something abstract, esp. one that is essential or characteristic.

homogeneous: of the same kind; alike, consisting of parts all of the same kind.

heaves: [ with obj. ] lift or haul (a heavy thing) with great effort: she heaved the sofa back into place | he heaved himself out of bed.

revolving: move in a circle on a central axis: overhead, the fan revolved slowly.

• (revolve around/about) move in a circular orbit around: the earth revolves around the sun.

attains: succeed in achieving (something that one desires and has worked for): clarify your objectives and ways of attaining them | he attained the rank of admiral | human beings can attain happiness.

• reach (a specified age, size, or amount): dolphins can attain remarkable speeds in water.

transferredto convey or remove from one place, person, etc., to another.

divergent: tending to be different or develop in different directions: divergent interpretations | varieties of English can remain astonishingly divergent from one another.

ingress: a place or means of access; an entrance.

• the action or fact of going in or entering.

• the capacity or right of entrance.

Sources: dictonary.com

 

 

Blog Post 3: Transitions

There are many different  jumps in figure skating. First, the easiest jump that beginners learn first is the waltz jump. A waltz jump is only have a revolution. To do the waltz jump, the skater will start from an inside edge and kick their leg to the other side, and land on their opposite foot on a back outside edge.

In addition, the next easiest jump is the salchow. The salchow is an edge jump. The salchow is started with a three-turn. After the three-turn, the skater will swing the extended leg, and land backwards on a outside edge.

Furthermore, the third easiest jump is the toe loop. The toe loop is performed from an inside three-turn on an inside edge. After the inside three-turn, the skater will tap their toe pick (spiky part on blade) into the ice, and land on a backward outside edge. The jump is also one revolution.

Another jump is the loop. The loop is and edge jump. This jump is performed backwards on an inside edge. The skater will swing the foot that is on the ice, cross their legs in the air, and land on a backward outside edge.

Similarly, the next jump that is next learned is the flip. The entrance of a flip is accompanied by a outside three turn. After the three turn, the skater will tap the ice with their toe pick, and jump in the air landing on a backward outside edge. This jump is almost like the loop, but with a three turn in the entrance. This (below) is a triple flip.

This is a triple flip. (A flip with three rotations.)

The next jump is the lutz. The lutz is a toe jump that takes off from a backward outside edge. The skater will tap the ice with their toe pick and jump into the air landing on a backward outside edge. This jump is one revolution in the air. This (below) is a triple lutz.

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Lastly, the last jump is the axel. The axel is the hardest, most difficult jump to learn. The axel is the only jump that starts from a forward outside edge. The skater will kick their leg, rotate one and half rotations in the air, and land on a backward outside edge. The axel is basically a waltz jump, but with one and half rotations. This (below) is a triple axel.

Also, more advanced skaters can do doubles, triples, and quads of these jumps. The Advanced skaters just have to rotate more in the jump. Double salchow, triple axel, and double lutz are all examples of double, triple, and quad jumps.

 

Blog Post 2: Comma Usage

Gracie Gold is my favorite skater, but I also like Yulia Lipnitskaya. She is a Russian figure skater. Yulia was born on June 5, 1998, which means she is only 15 years old. She is almost my age, so she is kind of an inspiration to me. She is from Yekaterinburg, Russia. Lipnitskaya began skating at the age of four, which is pretty spectacular. A fun fact about her is that she had competed at a competition with a twisted ankle. She twisted her ankle a day before a big competition in Paris, the 2012 Trophee Eric Bompard to be exact. Even though her ankle was completely twisted, she still wanted to the compete. She ended up winning first in the short program, third in the free skate, and also third in the long program. She is the 2014 Sochi Olympics gold champion in the team event, the 2014 European champion, the 2013 Grand Prix Final silver medalist, and a two-time Russian national silver medalist. I think it’s pretty amazing that she is only 15 years old, and has already been to the Olympics. She is the youngest Olympic gold medalist in team figure skating, and she is also the ISU record holder in the ladies’ junior level for the highest combined total and free skate scores. She has won four gold medals and two silver medals overall in the five most major competitions she has competed in. She has marvelous spins and jumps. Her jumps are high, quick, and polished. Not only does she have amazing jumps, she can do magnificent spins. She is really flexible, so she can spin while holding her leg straight up in a split position. There is a spin called the “Y-spin”. In this spin, you have to grab your skate with both hands and pull your leg up. It is supposed to look like a “y”, but Yulia has an overstretched splits, and can do this in a split position. Not many skaters can do that. In conclusion, Yulia Lipnitskaya is one of my favorite figure skaters because of her wonderful performance, astounding jumps, and phenomenal spins.

 

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Y-Spin

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Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yulia_Lipnitskaya, http://www.cosmopolitan.com/celebrity/news/yulia-lipnitskaia-facts

Blog Post 1: Word Choice

Out of all the figure skaters in the world, my favorite is Gracie Gold. Gracie Gold is an American figure skater, who was born on August 17, 1995, which means she is 18 years old. She was born in Newton, Massachusetts. She is the  2012 World Junior silver medalist, the 2014 U.S. national champion, and 2014 Olympic bronze medalist in the team event. At the 2014 U.S Championships, Gold  placed first, and obtained a superlative score of 72.12 points, which is the highest ladies’ score earned at the U.S Championships. A fun fact about her is that she has a fraternal twin sister, who is also a competitive figure skater. Her name is Carly Gold, who is younger by 40 minutes.

Gracie Gold is my favorite skater because I think she has astonishing  stage performance, substantial jumps, and stupendous spins. Gold is a very zealous skater. She can execute all the triple jumps: axle, salchow, toe loop, loop, flip, and lutz. Toe loop, flip, and lutz are all done with the toe pick (the spiky point of the blade). The other jumps, axle, salchow, and loop are jumps that just use an edge. The easiest single jump is the salchow, that is the jump that is learned first. A triple jump is a jump with three rotations in the air. The maximum number of rotations that can be done is 4, but mostly male figure skaters can do quad jumps. She can do the all spins: one foot, scratch, sit, camel, lay back, bellman, and all combination jumps. All of the spins mentioned are different kinds of spins.  I have linked a video down below of Gracie Gold skating. The video is from the 2014 U.S Championships. As you can see, she glides on the ice so effortlessly.

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Gracie Gold at the U.S Championships.

Gracie Gold at the U.S Championships.

fraternal: (of twins) developed from separate ova and therefore genetically distinct and not necessarily of the same sex or more similar than other siblings.

astonishing: extremely surprising or impressive; amazing: an astonishing achievement | I find it astonishing that they ever thought it could work.

substantial: of considerable importance, size, or worth: a substantial amount of cash.

• strongly built or made: a row of substantial Victorian villas.

stupendous: extremely impressive: a stupendous display of technique.

 obtained: [ with obj. ] get, acquire, or secure (something): an opportunity to obtain advanced degrees.

superlative: of the highest quality or degree: a superlative piece of skill.

execute: carry out or put into effect (a plan, order, or course of action): the corporation executed a series of financial deals.

• produce (a work of art): not only does she execute embroideries, she designs them, too.

• perform (an activity or maneuver requiring care or skill): they had to execute their dance steps with the greatest precision.

zealous: having or showing zeal: the council was extremely zealous in the application of the regulations.

effortlessly: requiring or involving no effort; displaying no signs of effort; easy

All definitions are from dictionary.com

Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gracie_Gold, http://www.sochi2014.com/en/athlete-gracie-gold

 

 

Freedom of Expression

Freedom is, according to dictory.com, “the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.” Freedom basically means the power to do whatever you want. What does it mean to be a person? Being a person means you have emotions, a personality, and your own beliefs. When being an international blogger, you have to keep in mind what you’re writing, because it might be insulting or hurtful to others.