As activity ramps up for a big weekend of Canadian Nationals… followed by a big weekend (NEXT weekend) of U.S. Nationals… here’s what making news:
(NOTE: I’ll try to include links to these respective stories later on today.)
+ Virtue/Moir sat on the proverbial fence, all the way to… well, just a few days ago… regarding whether or not they would actually compete at Canadian Nationals in an effort to defend their title. (Virtue had surgery that kept them out of the competitive eye this past fall.) The answer is “no;” apparently they feel a little more time is needed… next chance to see them will presumably be Four Continents.
+ But Patrick Chan plans to compete this weekend. So does Kevin Reynolds. And despite the latter being the current “quad king” and all, the attention remains on Chan… especially since he announced his plans to put two quads in his own free skate. Veeery Eeenteresting. Or at least it will be when it comes to Worlds… here at Canadians, I’m not sure Reynolds would be able to upset Chan if Reynolds did his jumps with both hands tied behind his back, much less the normal way.
+ And hopping over the border for some U.S. news-- through the magic of Twitter and Facebook, I saw (via a post from U.S.F.S.) that Britney Simpson and Nathan Miller have withdrawn from next week’s pairs event. Simpson/Miller competed in the GP twice this year (earning 6th at Skate Canada and 7th at Cup of Russia); while they surely weren’t seen yet as title contenders, a spot on the podium seemed a definite possibility…