Friday, November 5, 2010

ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating: Cup of China Pairs Short Program

1) Kaleigh Hole & Adam Johnson (Canada)
  • I logged in too late and missed this performance, I will update later with commentary and scores
  • SP Score: 23.96 (technical) + 20.06 (presentation) =43.02
2) Amanda Evora & Mark Ladwig (USA)
   Music: The Mask of Zorro
  • Here we go with another Spanish themed program
  • The twist was lovely, but they crashed a bit on landing
  • Mark stumbles out of the first side-by-side but Amanda looks clean
  • Lost some speed on the spins
  • Love the foorwork
  • And what we have come to love from them, their overhead lift
  • The crowd looks really empty there!
  • SP Score: 28.69 (technical) + 22.77 (presentation) = 51.46
3) Lubov Iliushechkina & Nodari Maisuradze (Russia) **
   Music: The Marriage of Figaro
  • This is their second Grand Prix outing this year and they are coming off of a gold medal performance at Skate Canada
  • This is my fantasy A team so I'm pulling for them!
  • I love the opening over-the-head maneuver
  • I love the speed of this program so much
  • Throw and twists were both solid
  • A beautiful death spiral, but with a slightly awkward exit
  • Now that is a side-by-side spin sequence
  • This should put them solidly in the lead, even with the fall, until Pang & Tong come up
  • SP Score: 30.53 (technical) + 26.32 (presentation) - 1.00 (deduction) = 55.85
4) Caitlyn Yankowskas & John Coughlin (USA) **
   Music: Obilivion by Piazzolla
  • I am a big fan of this team and this program
  • Caitlin came out with a fire in her eyes like she is ready to attack
  • Twist looked  bit slow, but a clean catch
  • Clean throw
  • Is it just me, or does Caitlin look a lot like Shae-Lynn Bourne
  • The side-by-sides looked clean to me
  • That overhead lift looks very impressive with his height
  • I like the simple lines of these costumes
  • Spin sequence went a bit in and out of synchronization
  • A clean short, exactly what they need to stay on the podium track
  • SP Score: 31.20 (technical) + 26.66 (presentation) = 57.86
  • This was a new Season's Best!!
  • I was wrong about the Russians staying on top, congrats to this lovely American team
5)  Huibo Dong & Yiming Wu (China) **
    Music: Red Violin
  • This team is poised to be one of Bin Yao's up-and-comers
  • Nice clean side-by-side jumps
  • I understand why she does the leg catch on the death spiral, to earn more points, but the position just isn't that pretty, although I can see that being gorgeous on someone with longer legs like Amanda Evora
  • This team seems to be fairly strong technically, but lacks the polish of some of the top world teams; but I'll be happy to eat my words if they become the next Shen & Zhao in a few years
  • SP Score: 21.74 (technical) + 24.31 (presentation) = 46.05
  • This is a new season's b est
  • They look a bit confused at how low their scores were
6) Wenjing Sui & Cong Han (China)
   Music: Country Dance by Josh Turner
  • It is still strange for me to see a Chinese pair team that is not coached by Bin Yao
  • I would love to know the story there, if Bin Yao did not want them, or if they did not want him
  • Their triple twist and throw triple were absolutely huge
  • I love their speed and energy here
  • He switched positions on his combination spin a full rotation before she did
  • Wow he takes a fall on footwork and pulls her down with him
  • She has a big arch in her back on the death spiral and her head almost hits the ice
  • I'm assuming that will be a two point deduction
  • SP Score: 35.57technical) + 26.01 (presentation) - 2.00 (deduction) = 59.58
  • Even with the two falls, that is a new season's best and they take over the lead
7) Nicole Della Monica & Yannick Kocon (Italy)
   Music: Piano Fantasy by William Joseph
  • Nice opening side-by-sides
  • She could point her feet harder in this overhead lift
  • The twist lacked height and crashed on landing
  • She two-foots the landing on the throw and puts a hand down
  • I really like this music and the choreography
  • SP Score: 25.95 (technical) + 23.86 (presentation) = 49.81
8) Qing Pang & Jian Tong (China)
   Music: Chopin
  • This team has no equal in the world right now, except for maybe Savchenko & Szolkowy of Germany, but they definitely lack consistency
  • I keep wondering how long Pang & Tong are planning to stay competition eligible
  • They are 30 & 31 now and have immense maturity, but their technical level is still that of a much younger team
  • Tong puts a hand down on the side-by-side 
  • The overhead lift seemed to be rotating very slowly
  • This is a very elegant, quiet program from the home favorites
  • SP Score: 30.13 (technical) + 30.49 (presentation) = 60.62
1) Pang/Tong                       60.62
2) Sui/Han                           59.58
3) Yankowskas/Coughlin       57.86
4) Iliushechkina/Maisuradze  55.85
5) Evora/Ladwig                    51.86
6) Della Monica/Kocon          49.81
7) Dong/Wu                          46.05
8) Hole/Johnson                    43.02

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