In the final day of medal-placing competition, highlights included Rika Kihira winning the senior ladies’ division in her first year at the senior level, a crowd-pleasing and gold-medal winning performance from the French senior pair and swept divisions by the Russians.
It was gold for Canada in the junior men's division, thanks to 13-year-old marvel Stephen Gogolev.
From under-rotations to clean combos, the first day of Grand Prix Final events was riveting from start to finish.
The Grand Prix Final is the most exclusive competition of figure skating season. Only the top six skaters or teams in each division (men's, ladies', pairs and ice dance) are able to compete.
Step One: Organize your first-year dorm flashbacks. I fondly remember the nights of having to get out of my bed at 4 a.m. in Salish because the fourth floor was partying a bit too hard.
Buy yourself some lube, throw it in your bedroom drawer and apply as needed — and trust me, lube is almost always needed. You think you’re enjoying sex now? Mmm, you poor child.
“I won’t be answering questions about almond milk or drunken misadventures, but I still have advice for you. Not for the big things — the fights, the lovers, the grades — but for what falls between those.”
But focus on the fact that this is the last time you’ll be getting ready for the holidays while in school.
“It took a series of texts of me trying to end things ‘nicely,’ becoming less friendly with each text, before I just told him I didn't feel like we were working out.”
I know all of these movies have their flaws and are definitely not as intersectional as one would like, but as someone who loves watching badass women be their badass selves, I've finally narrowed down the list of incredible feminist movies down to an iconic five.
“Maybe you're like me and are in your 18th straight year in school and you're excited that you can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. It's normal. You just need to power through it.”
“Every time I walk into the washroom on the second floor, I'm faced with a horrifying sight. There's an Alesse birth control advertisement and it shouts a horrible message: if you don't get the brand name version of the Pill, you've gotten the wrong Pill.”
“You can go the super petty (read: fun) route where you hide the almond milk every time he comes over and you can replace it with a 250 mL bottle of regular milk with your boyfriend’s name written on it.”
We were waiting outside together, this mismatched group of people. An older couple waited by the door, making sure they would be the first in. An accordion player was singing to help the wait go faster until the doors open.
“My mother calls me every day. She gets upset if I don't answer. She knows my class schedule and she'll call when she knows I'm not busy.”