Tuesday, November 2, 2010

ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating: Skate Canada Pairs Free Skate

1) Stacey Kemp & David King (Great Britain)
    Music: Sweeney Todd by Sondheim
  • Very low catch on the triple twist, very clunky
  • Opening side-by-sides looked futzed
  • Landing on the first throw looked very much like a save
  • Spins looked slow and I think he got tripped up
  • I love this music for skating!!!
  • I love this trend of musical theatre free skates with this, Chan's Phantom, Makarova's Evita, and Chock/Zuerlein's Cabaret
  • The star lift was very slow moving and very slow rotating
  • I didn't catch the ages of this team, but if their inexperience comes from age, they definitely have the chance to improve
  • Second set of side-by-sides was not clean either
  • This team just looks very under-rehearsed to me
  • Also, knowing Sweeney Todd, I think they could have selected some more dynamic pieces of music
  • FS Score: 43.86 (technical) + 38.16 (presentation) = 82.02
  • 43.50 (SP) + 82.02 (FS) = 125. 52
2) Huibo Dong & Yiming Wu (China)
    Music: The Myth
  • Opening side-by-side was clean
  • I actually didn't mind that triple twist
  • Spins ares pretty clean until the end where they lose speed 
  • Everything looks very clean and strong here, just very slow
  • They definitively have the makings of a great pair team here and I think some experience and more training will benefit them greatly
  • They seem to have the discipline of Bin Yao's other great teams
  • FS Score: 46.19 (technical) + 39.54 (presentation) = 85.73
  • 43.53 (SP) + 85.75 (FS) =129.26
3) Britney Simpson & Nathan Miller (USA)
     Music: Moonlight Sonata
  • She two-foots her double axel and under-rotates the second jump of the combo
  • The entrance to the first throw was entirely too slow and she stumbles out of it
  • This choreogrpahy is very elegant, but unfortunately they are not consistent in their speed as they stop and start a lot, breaking the flow of the program
  • He two-foots the last side-by-side triples and she stumbles
  • They just look like they are not trying hard enough out there to save their landings
  • I think this musical selection was a bit too mature for them; Moonlight Sonata will always be associated with Gordeeva & Grinkov and unless another pair can live up to them, I'd stay away from it
  • Moonlight Sonata in pairs is like doing Bolero in ice dance as its so closely associated with Torvill & Dean
  • FS Score: 45.49 (technical) + 43.17 (presentation) -1.00 (deduction) = 87.66
  • 46.39(SP) + 87.66 (FS) = 134.05
4) Kirsten Moore-Towers & Dylan Moscovitch (USA)**
     Music: Les Miserables
  • That was a pretty dynamic opening sequence with the triple twist and fairly solid side-by-sides
  • A very big throw triple with a solid landing
  • I like the way this program is choreographed to hilight the dynamic movements on the musical crescendos
  • A fall by Kirsten on the second side-by-side
  • Her head is dangerously close to his skate on the death spiral
  • I like the low position on the pair spin and all of the variations
  • They cover a lot of ice on their overhead lift, change a lot of positions, and he even goes to one foot displaying a lot of strength and control
  • Second triple throw is very strong and covers a lot of ice
  • He lifts her from one knee on the ice up to standing at the end of the program
  • I think this was a very strong program and I want to see how they fare at worlds if they make it that far
  • This team can go far if they can stay consistent
  • FS Score: 62.59 (technical) + 55.65 (presentation) - 1.00 (deduction) = 117.24
  • 53.68 (SP) + 117.24 (FS) = 170.92
5) Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford (Canada) **
     Music: The Train 
  • Wow, hello height difference
  • That triple twist was actually very clean and fluid for me
  • Meagan totally dropped the combination and only performed one of the three jumps
  • A very low landing on the first throw triple, maybe even two-footed
  • The height difference makes the lifts look really spectacular
  • I don't love their death spiral position with her high free leg
  • She pops her jump on the second side-by-side sequence and he seemed to wobble on his
  • This music is gorgeous 
  • They have some great moments, particularly in their lifts
  • She almost puts a hand down on the second throw
  • I like the choreography of this piece in relationship to the music very much so
  • FS Score: 52.36 (technical) + 51.37 (presentation) = 103.73
  • 54.80 (SP) + 103.73 (FD) =158.53
6) Paige Lawrence & Rudi Swiegers (Canada)
     Music: Van Helsing
  • This has some nice speed right from the top
  • Paige falls on a side-by-side
  • They were very out of sync on that second side-by-side combination jump with Paige bobbling the first and losing her timing for the second
  • She nearly loses the landing on this throw
  • I really hope that all of this inconsistency in this pairs event is either A) because these teams are young or B) because it is early in the season or else we are in for a long, dull series of pairs
  • She  nearly loses that second throw too
  • FS Score: 54.79 (technical) + 51.22 (presentation) -1.00 (deduction)  =105.01
  • 56.14(SP) + 105.01 (FS) = 161.15
 7) Marissa Castelli & Simon Shnapir (USA) **
    Music:  Avatar
  • This program is very cool choreographically
  • This boy is tall so there is no reason for them to get amazing height on their elemetns
  • She puts a hand down on the first side-by-side
  • It looks like he opens up out of the first jump in combination
  • She lands the throw 3A for a moment but then falls
  • I know their goal was to get credit for rotating the throw 3A, not to land it necessarily, but I do not understand the mindset of throwing a trick you cannot control, its too big of a risk for injury and is unfair to a paying audience
  • Messy, out of sync spins
  • They are losing speed
  • Second throw wasn't clean, maybe a hand down on an under-rotation
  • Her front leg catch overhead lift is insanely cool looking
  • I hate that high free leg position that some ladies use in death spirals
  • she is only a head taller than him when he is on his knees and she is standing
  • All I can say is US nationals should be interesting in pairs with a lot of mediocre teams that have the chance to be good
  • FS Score: 53.82 (technical) + 50.69 (presentation) -1.00 (deduction) = 103.51
  • 56.34 (SD) + 103.51 (FS) = 159.85Minimize

8) Lubov Iliushechkina & Nobari Maisuradze (Russia) **
    Music: Conquest of Paradise
  • I'm expecting this team to be good so I'm not going to comment too much
  • She stumbled out of that first throw but I don't know if it will count as a fall or not
  • This team is very young at 19/22 so I'm wondering if Tamara Moskvina will scoop them up to try to train them to be the next top Russian pair
  • They have good natural talent but can definitely use some more polish from a top coach
  • They had the one fall, but with an otherwise clean program they should have no problem winning this competition
  • FS Score: 56.79 (technical) + 53.89 (presentation) =100.68
  • 60.72 (SP) + 110.68 (FS) = 171.40

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