Boardwalk Blog (#6)

by Michelle Wojdyla, Special to U.S. Figure Skating Online
Brian Joubert
Photo by Michelle Wojdyla
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(10/21/05) - Friday, 4:27 p.m.

Just watched the men's practice. Evan Lysacek didn't stay long. Ran through his program and then did a couple more jumps. Landed sweet quad toe-triple toe. Took his bows and was outta here. Yannik Ponsero from France landed at least two quad toes. Takahashi still looked in the zone from yesterday. Timothy did some quad combos. Kevin van der Perren kept working on jumps but sat down on a lot of them. He was “spotting” in his revolutions more than he seemed to be earlier in the week. Got a couple 3-3-3s done before the session ended.

Highlight of the session for me was Brian Joubert's run-through of his “Lord of the Dance” program. Yes, the music's been done before, but I still like it, and it sounds great blasting through arena speakers. Joubert looked less like an Alexei Yagudin clone and more like his own skater. The straight line footwork section rocks and everyone was clapping along. Huge ovation at the end. He stayed and signed autographs for a while and had quite a fan base with a wide range of ages.

It's that hour between practice and competition and the media room is getting less quiet. People are coming in from their food runs. Speaking of which, it's going to be a long night and potato chips aren't going to cut it. Back later.