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  1. I definitely won't be going in 2020 with those prices but for anyone that's wondering if the price/ice level ratio is worth it, here's my opinion: Montreal 2020 map / Saitama 2019 map My S level all-event tickets for Saitama were cheaper than the P3 level here (1365 CAD) and in fact were closer to P4 (1080 CAD). Of course in Saitama we could not choose our seats but I got lucky with 4 row short side, close to the kiss&cry and athlete entrance/coach area. Originally I was praying to NOT get short side, that was my only wish BUT LET ME TELL YOU it was the biggest blessing to get those exact seats. We tried seats on the first rows on the judges' side for a practice session but even if you are relatively close to the ice, there are so many cameras, judge/tech panel seats etc that obstruct the view. We also saw another program from the door/entrance at the top of S level judges' side (we could not get to our seats fast enough, those toilet queues anyone? ) and even there the skaters looked like ants. So in the end, from the short side, we could see better. The other side of the rink is not that far (what I feared) and when the skater is close to you, IT'S REALLY CLOSE. Another thing is how the arena is build. Saitama Super Arena has lower but deeper seating stands and from the pictures I saw of the Centre Bell, it has very steep, high-rise stands. So my guess is, if you get P4 and P5 seats (the highest up), it would be really high. Now the good thing is that in Montreal you can choose your seat (?) so my strategy for the best price-to-seat payoff would be: CHOOSE the lowest row/closest to the ice in the orange P3 area on a short side. That would be the first 4-5 rows of P3. Any higher than that imo is not worth that price. If you can afford the red price category P2 then, again, choose the closet to he ice row OPPOSITE the judges so that there are less cameras in the way. Maybe for the red close to the kiss&cry is good too, but don't choose orange behind the kiss&cry cus you won't see anything. tldr: If you decide to pay those bloodsuckers, then choose your seat wisely. Short side IS GOOD and the last rows are preferably avoided. Hope this helps
  2. Tea Time Foxtrot? Maple Leaf March? Did they get the names out of a random selection of salty V/M fans' tweets...? And that Entertainment BS... can't even process rn
  3. Since I saw there are a lot of STEM people here.... Happy Pi Day! And on way more of a sad note, RIP Prof Hawking... I find it a little bit comforting that he ~chose~ to go on this day. That, and Galileo having died and Einstein being born on this date, that's a pretty great company there.
  4. I've been thinking about how today's top skaters could tranform the sport as coaches in the future. But not so much from a skating point of view but from an "actual millenial person experiencing today's problems as an athlete and human" one (for a lack of shorter better way to say it). By that I mean all these skaters whose careers have been impeded by physical injuries and even more so - problems related to mental health. They have all grown up in a skating world that is so heavily influenced by old-timely beliefs and coaching methods that simply aren't adequate today. I think that they, as the ones that have endured the damage, will be able to set new rules and make the sport a better place for the generations to come. Yuzuru specifically, he's shown to be devoted to his studies not only due to his love of learning but has also done so with a greater purpose - to implement it in (his) skating. Having a broader understanding of how being human works in every aspect possible will only benefit the singular experiences. If you recognize how complex we are and work with this knowledge, better and certainly more enjoyable outcomes will follow than if you treat these kids as machines that have to follow a strict regimen and when they fail to do so - be considered disposable. So if Yuzu decides to go into any type of coaching (incl. choreography and whatever other roles you can think of in a skater's team), I think he will bring something new and long-awaited to the field. Also I guess I'm trying to motivate myself as being a part of such a generation that will change/save the world...
  5. Blasphemy! Lol jokes aside, I think they (we) will remember him. I saw comments on twitter that were saying Yuzuru isn't the GOAT, but Dick Button still is? I mean c'mon, we all have favourites and there were many greats among the years but what Yuzu has achieved IN THIS LEVEL of the sport.... that's gonna be hard to beat and whatever happens in the future, nobody can take that away from him. So safe to say he will be remembered and loved. And several centuries from now, he will be almost mythical (like Seimei)
  6. I second that, can't really see anybody play him in a fictional adaptation.... good documentaries however, yes please! And other than Yuzu's, there are so many incredible stories of figure skaters who deserve movies more than the current Oscar nominated one....
  7. Hi there! Just found this forum less than an hour ago whilst searching for reliable sources of info about 2019 Worlds (yes, I know it's still a little early ) and immediately decided to register. I post on GS sometimes but tend to find it a little too much and too US-centric there. Here the atmosphere seems friendly and positive, plus you've got great emoticons! Anyway, my love for Yuzu started in 2014. I skated as a kid but after "retiring" my interest in watching the sport was a bit on and off for years. He was the one to pull me in again and has ruled my fandom heart ever since. My dream is to watch him live and will be manifesting for the right stars to align!
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