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Olympic figure skating: who to watch in the men’s event


 

Wondering which men are in contention for a medal in Sochi? Wonder no longer!

Men’s skating has changed dramatically since the Vancouver Olympics when Evan Lysacek won without a quad and Evgeni Plushenko awarded himself the platinum medal. In 2014, the men need not only one quad, but likely three: one in the short and two in the long program. Some skaters will try three in the long program alone. There are a strong group of skaters who have combined jumping with artistry and edge skills, and they are leading the way in Sochi.

Note that the triple Axel is still a vital jump in men’s skating. Along with quads, top men have to do at least one triple Axel in the short and one in the long at the minimum. Most do two in the long, with one in combination.

The top contenders

Patrick Chan — Canada

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The three-time world champion has long been considered the favourite for the Olympic gold in 2014. However he has often been a controversial skater, which some accusing the judges of “Chanflation” and overscoring him when he makes mistakes. I think Patrick is a gorgeous skater with truly great skating skills and edges, and when he’s on, he is the best in the world. But in the past he has won when he was not at his best, which I think was bad not only for the sport, but for Patrick. It put him in a crappy position, and it wasn’t fair for anyone.

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Win a free figure skating romance novel!


 

Here’s your chance to win this hot romance about gay figure skaters! I’m at Hearts on Fire Reviews sharing a few of my favourite pairs programs and giving away a copy of bestselling figure skating romance Cold War. Plus, I’m sharing my pics for the hottest skaters you’ll see in Sochi, and giving away another copy of Cold War at The Novel Approach.

Enemies on the ice — lovers in the locker room

ka cold war web sm 206x300 Will figure skating ever be fair?After an explosive locker room confrontation with his Russian rival ends in the most surprising and intense sex of his life, American pairs skater Dev Avira needs to refocus. He’s worked for years to win Olympic gold, and he can’t let himself—or his partner—down. Distraction in the form of steely and smoldering Mikhail Reznikov is the last thing he needs as he prepares for the biggest competition of his life.

But with the Games only days away, they can’t keep their hands off each other. Dev soon learns that beneath Mikhail’s arrogant and aloof exterior is Misha, a passionate man who warms Dev’s heart and scorches his bed. They’re both determined to win, but for Misha his freedom could be on the line. Can Dev put his deepening feelings on ice as he goes for gold?


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Olympic figure skating: who to watch in the pairs event


 

Wondering which pair teams are in contention for a medal in Sochi? Wonder no longer!

The top contenders

Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov — Russia

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Four years ago in Vancouver, Tanya was skating for the Ukraine with Stan Morozov, and Maxim was stuck in a miserable partnership with Maria Mukhortova, who could go for an entire competition without looking him in the eye or talking to him (a remarkable feat for a pairs team!). Stan knew he was holding Tanya back, and encouraged her to team up with Maxim. Stan and Tanya were a couple off the ice as well, and he became one of Tanya and Maxim’s coaches.

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Check out this #figureskating romance bestseller!


 

So delighted that my gay figure skating romance Cold War has made the All Romance Ebooks bestseller list! Thank you so much to all my amazing readers!

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Enemies on the ice — lovers in the locker room

ka cold war web sm 206x300 Will figure skating ever be fair?After an explosive locker room confrontation with his Russian rival ends in the most surprising and intense sex of his life, American pairs skater Dev Avira needs to refocus. He’s worked for years to win Olympic gold, and he can’t let himself—or his partner—down. Distraction in the form of steely and smoldering Mikhail Reznikov is the last thing he needs as he prepares for the biggest competition of his life.

But with the Games only days away, they can’t keep their hands off each other. Dev soon learns that beneath Mikhail’s arrogant and aloof exterior is Misha, a passionate man who warms Dev’s heart and scorches his bed. They’re both determined to win, but for Misha his freedom could be on the line. Can Dev put his deepening feelings on ice as he goes for gold?


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Olympic figure skating team event opinions!


 

Olympic competition has begun! These are the times I’m so happy I work from home with a flexible schedule. (Although I’m always happy about that!) Videos, pics and my ramblings under the cut.

ETA: CBC vids are apparently geoblocked. Sorry! So annoying. Perhaps there’s a solution here?

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Can these rivals put their attraction on ice to win gold?


 

Release day — and a sale! Cold War is available now at Loose Id, and four of my backlist books are on sale. Check out the slashed prices in red!

Enemies on the ice — lovers in the locker room

ka cold war web sm 206x300 Will figure skating ever be fair?After an explosive locker room confrontation with his Russian rival ends in the most surprising and intense sex of his life, American pairs skater Dev Avira needs to refocus. He’s worked for years to win Olympic gold, and he can’t let himself—or his partner—down. Distraction in the form of steely and smoldering Mikhail Reznikov is the last thing he needs as he prepares for the biggest competition of his life.

But with the Games only days away, they can’t keep their hands off each other. Dev soon learns that beneath Mikhail’s arrogant and aloof exterior is Misha, a passionate man who warms Dev’s heart and scorches his bed. They’re both determined to win, but for Misha his freedom could be on the line. Can Dev put his deepening feelings on ice as he goes for gold?

 

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Win FREE books: #Sochi2014 sports romance blog hop!


 
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Much like bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens, sports romance is one of my very favourite things. I don’t even have to like the sport to get sucked into the drama and sexy funtimes. Love those hunky athletes! Of course the sports romances I write tend to be about sports I love, including tennis, synchronized diving and figure skating. The latter is my favourite sport of all time, and I have a new m/m figure skating romance available tomorrow — February 4. Meet Dev and Misha from Cold War!

Cold War by Keira AndrewsAfter an explosive locker room confrontation with his Russian rival ends in the most surprising and intense sex of his life, American pairs skater Dev Avira needs to refocus. He’s worked for years to win Olympic gold, and he can’t let himself—or his partner—down. Distraction in the form of steely and smoldering Mikhail Reznikov is the last thing he needs as he prepares for the biggest competition of his life.

But with the Games only days away, they can’t keep their hands off each other. Dev soon learns that beneath Mikhail’s arrogant and aloof exterior is Misha, a passionate man who warms Dev’s heart and scorches his bed. They’re both determined to win, but for Misha his freedom could be on the line. Can Dev put his deepening feelings on ice as he goes for gold?

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Where fiction meets reality: #figureskating #Sochi2014


 

I’m over at Romancing the Jock this week talking about the thorny subject of the Sochi Games and the Russian government’s appalling treatment of its LGBT community. I don’t have any easy answer, and I can only hope that the Olympics will help put a spotlight on the abuses, and that the world won’t just forget about it once the Games are over.

Fiction vs. reality

When I was creating the plot for Cold War, my new m/m figure skating romance, I debated whether or not to set my story at the Sochi Games. I’ve written about the Olympics before in Synchronicity and The Next Competitor. I set both at fictional Olympics just to avoid the risk of the IOC taking offense. I decided in the end to do the same with my new book since without a crystal ball, I’m not sure what will happen in Sochi, and since I’m writing about fictional characters it’s better to keep them in a fictional — but realistic — world.

Cold War — available February 4 from Loose Id and soon after at Amazon and other resellers!

ka cold war web sm 206x300 Will figure skating ever be fair?After an explosive locker room confrontation with his Russian rival ends in the most surprising and intense sex of his life, American pairs skater Dev Avira needs to refocus. He’s worked for years to win Olympic gold, and he can’t let himself—or his partner—down. Distraction in the form of steely and smoldering Mikhail Reznikov is the last thing he needs as he prepares for the biggest competition of his life.

But with the Games only days away, they can’t keep their hands off each other. Dev soon learns that beneath Mikhail’s arrogant and aloof exterior is Misha, a passionate man who warms Dev’s heart and scorches his bed. They’re both determined to win, but for Misha his freedom could be on the line. Can Dev put his deepening feelings on ice as he goes for gold?

 

How does the new Olympic figure skating team event work? Here’s the answer!


 

Since the new Olympic figure skating team event is untested, and it remains to be seen how the skaters will respond to it, I didn’t include it in Cold War, my upcoming figure skating romance. I set my fictional Olympics in the French Alpine town of Annecy, which has been a contender in recent years for hosting, but hasn’t won a Games yet. My story is set sometime in the future, and it’s mentioned that the team event was eliminated after Sochi. I don’t expect that to happen, but I wanted to see how the event unfolded before including it any of my books.

Canada's team is ranked #1 going into Sochi.

Canada’s team is ranked #1 going into Sochi.

Will the skaters have too much on their plates? Especially the pairs, since they are first up in the regular competition? Will the team event provide a sort of practice run for skaters to shake off their Olympic jitters and deliver outstanding performances in the individual events? Or do they run the risk of nailing their team skates and then faltering in their own competitions? It’s impossible to say, of course, and it will vary from skater to skater and team to team. I can’t wait to see it unfold!

Money talks

I was surprised the team event is before the individual contests, but NBC insisted the women be the final skating competition. Women’s skating is their marquee event (while in Canada, for example, men and pairs have always reigned supreme, with ice dance now also very popular), and with the huge amount of money NBC pays for the TV rights, what NBC wants, NBC gets. (Yes, the Olympics aren’t supposed to be about money, but let’s be real!)

So now the team event is squished into the beginning of the Games, actually starting on February 6, one day before the Opening Ceremony. In gymnastics, the team event is first up, followed by the all-around and then the apparatus finals. So perhaps it does make sense for skating to follow suit and have their team event first.

Some think a team event is “cheesy” and all about greed, and that there will be too much skating in Sochi. I’m going to wait and see how it plays out before making a judgement, but I certainly don’t see it as cheesy. And with three components, I’ve never heard anyone complain there’s too much gymnastics in the Summer Games, have you?

Look at all the variations in skiing and snowboarding events, and all the different distance events in speedskating. Given skating’s immense popularity at the Olympics, why not try to expand it and give these athletes another chance to win a medal after their lifetime of dedication and hard work?

The contenders

10 countries qualified, with Canada, Russia and the US the top contenders. Which skaters will actually compete in the team event is a closely guarded secret for the federations, and we probably won’t know the line-ups until February 5. (Because figure skating always brings the drama! :D) Countries with a wealth of strong skaters will likely split duties with teammates, with some skaters/teams performing the short program, and others the long.

I’ve gotten a few questions about how the event will actually work, and here’s a great video that explains it.

 

What do you think? Will you be tuning in for the team event in Sochi? Or is it too much of a good thing?

Fave Things Friday: Jason Brown’s Riverdance


 

It’s been a couple of weeks, and I’m still not sick of this routine! Jason Brown is so full of adorableness and talent, and such JOY in his skating. He is an utter delight, and I hope he nails it in Sochi. I don’t expect him to be a podium contender without a quad, but he is top ten material for sure with the overall quality of his skating and his other jumps. Enjoy!