Hey sports fans!! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I am a self admitted “rink rat” so a lot of this blog will be about figure skating and hockey, however as an ex-figure skater, ex-varsity athlete and a sports fan in general, I usually have thoughts and opinions about alot of different sports I follow, so visit often!
I made it home safe and sound! I’m exhausted but grateful for such a fantastic, amazing experience in Helsinki! Does it get any better than this? Uh, NO! To make a very long week short, I want to share the sights and sounds of my Worlds experience through pictures.
During this Worlds I tried to be an equal opportunity photographer. Ha ha. Normally I take a ton of photos of only Yuzu, but I also wanted to capture many of the other skaters as well, so I hope you enjoy the photos. My Yuzu photos are coming soon…..
First of all, I upgraded my equipment from the Sony RX10 Mark II that I used last year at Worlds in Boston to the Canon EOS 7D Mark II. I threw on a 70-200mm lens and was ready to go. This was like jumping from a Toyota to a Porsche. Worlds in Helsinki was my first time with this new camera so I was quite nervous about all the settings but I think I did ok.
Dance: To start with, I didn’t take any Dance photos during the competition – oops. I only took a few shots of Dance during the Gala, so here are just a couple shots from the Gala.
Unfortunately, this one of Tessa and Scott is not super crispy clear, but I like the shot anyways.
Pairs Practice: I found Pairs the hardest to photograph and I am just starting to learn about adjusting the focal points. Here are my favorite shots from practice.
Nice height on the throw triple twist. This is my 2nd favorite throw triple twist (see Aliona and Bruno below for #1).
Massive height and distance on the throw triple loop. Given that Evgenia is above the boards, the force of the impact on the landing leg of these throw jumps is just incredible.
Julian and Charlie just coming around the corner.
Pairs Competition: Even though Canada didn’t repeat as World Champions, I am thrilled with the final podium results, and so happy for Sui and Han!! After the 2 foot surgeries Sui went through just last season, they came back and their programs were brilliant!
They are super adorable and you could feel the intensity of the crowd willing them on to victory during their free skate!
Aliona has had 2 amazing partners: Robin Szolkowy and now Bruno Massot. At 33 years old, the next Olympics will be her 4th. A 5-time World Champion, Aliona is one of the most decorated women in the pairs event.
The #1 split triple twist in the business! After 2 years of trying to capture Aliona and Bruno’s split triple twist (Bruno always throws her out of my viewfinder), I finally got it! She is fearless, look at the height!
Yu is so delicate. Her and Zhang were a bit overshadowed by Sui/Han at this Worlds.
After a freak accident in practice, Evgenia had to get 12 stitches in her leg as Vladimir’s skate blade cut her. They were not sure if they were going to be able to skate but she toughed it out, and they skated beautifully. Such an emotional end to their program!
Eric was also hurt during this Worlds and unfortunately Canada did not make the podium this year.
This is absolutely my favorite photo of Megan. She is so tough!
Pairs Gala: Sui/Han and Duhamel/Radford were the only pairs I took photos of during the Gala. The Gold Medalists, Sui/Han!
I sure hope these photos render ok on the wordpress site. None of these photos have been cropped which I kinda take pride in as I’m getting better at tracking, it’s hard! The Dance and Pairs were like my warmup for my Womens, Mens, and Yuzu posts coming soon!
Go Yuzu Go!!! Doki Doki!!