Friday, October 29, 2010

ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating: Skate Canada Pairs Short Program

This pairs event is going to be such a craps shoot. I have no clue what to expect.

1) Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford (Canada) **
  • I completely missed this program!
  • I will comment on it later when the live competition is over
  • SP Score: 29.08 (technical) + 25.72 (presentation) = 54.80
2) Kirsten Moore-Towers & Dylan Moscovitch (Canada) **
      Music: Zorba's Dance
  •  They have nice energy and speed across the ice
  • The catch on the twist was rough
  • The entrance into the lift was a little off
  • She takes a fall on the throw
  • I don't like these upside down death spiral positions, they are unbecoming for the woman
  • Good recovery with some nice footwork
  • SP Score: 29.68 (technical) + 25.00 (presentation) - 1.00 (deduction) = 53.68

3) Paige Lawrence & Rudy Swiegers (Canada)
      Music: City Slickers soundtrack
  •  I can already tell that they are very theatrical performers
  • Hand down on the first side-by-side jumps
  • The exit from the first lift was gorgeous
  • She touched the ground in the death spiral, not  sure how I feel about that
  • She totally saved the landing on that throw
  • SP Score: 31.74 (technical) + 24.40 (presentation) = 56.14

4) Britney Simpson & Nathan Miller (USA)
      Music: The Pink Panther
  •  14 & 22, quite the age difference
  • I love her pink costume so much and it fits the piece
  • Nice clean side-by-side jumps
  • That was a low catch on the twist
  • She two-footed the landing on the throw and barely saved it
  • Some loss of unison on the side-by-side combination spin
  • This footwork lacks some flair I think
  • The lift was very nice
  • SP Score: 23.98 (technical) + 22.41 (presentation) = 46.39
5) Marissa Castelli & Simon Shnapir (USA) **
      Music: Money by Pink Floyd
  •  Pretty solid side-by-side jumps
  • That was actually a very clean twist, even by my standards
  • Definitely out of sync on those spins, they need to clean that up if they want to compete with the best in the world
  • That throw was CRAZY high, it reminded me of the chinese throwing the girls over couches
  • That overhead lift in the leg catch position was ahmaaaazing!
  • This team certainly has some awesome elements and great hilights to their programs
  • SP Score:  32.96(technical) +23.38 (presentation) =56.34
6) Lubov Iliushechkina & Nodari Maisuradze (Russia) **
      Music: The Marriage of Figaro
  •  Nice Sid-by-side jumps
  • The throw was amazing
  • They cover the ice with so much speed
  • I didn't like the catch on their twist
  • They lost a lot of speed in their death spiral
  • They are a bit out of sync in the side-by-side spins
  • That one-handed lift was impressive, but the exit was a bit clunky for me
  • SP Score: 34.03 (technical) + 26.69 (presentation) = 60.72
7) Stacey Kemp & David King (Great Britain)
  •  SP Score: 23.27 (technical) + 20.23 (presentation) = 43.50
8) Huibo Dong & Yiming Wi (China)
  •  SP Score: 22.92 (technical) + 20.61(presentation) = 43.53

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