Saturday, January 29, 2011

2011 US Figure Skating Championships: Senior Free Dance

Alright everybody, the senior free dance is about to get underway. I'll be giving my commentary and thoughts on the elements and the performances as a whole. Feel free to leave me a comment!
** Denotes my choice in USFSA Fantasy Skating

1) Kristen Nardozzi & Robert Cuthbertson
   Music: Imagine/Revolution
  • Great to hear the Beatles, a great American musical selection
  • I don't love that they chose the GLEE version of Imagine versus the original John Lennon
  • These 60s costumes a a tad tacky for me
  • Kristen has a beautiful smile, but I hope she explores other ranges of emotion
  • I'd like them to hold their lift positions a bit longer
  • Oh Kristen tripped on her toe pick in the circular step sequence
  • I love that we get to hear lyrics in Ice Dance
  • That was a nice position in that one-arm rotational lift
  • They are really far apart in their twizzles, but the mirroring work is very nice
  • Using several versions of Imagine is a nice idea
  • Nice solid ending to them
  • Good performance, despite the fall
  • FD Score: 29.75 (TES) + 25.71 (PCS) -1.00 (DED) = 54.46
  • 38.53 (SD) + 54.46 (FD) = 92.99
2) Alison Carey & Ryan Van Nattan
   Music: James Bond
  • Nice difficult spin positions, but they lose speed
  • They start off out of synch, but get back together later in the twizzle sequence
  • There is some snow flying, which is a sign of unclean turns
  • They definitely can work on their fluidity and elegance
  • They seem to be dancing on top of the ice, rather than into the ice
  • They did a nice job, she really looks like a Bond Girl
  • As their first senior season, this will be a good building year for them
  • FD Score: 27.27 (TES) + 23.06 (PCS) -1.00 (DED) = 49.33
  • 34.35 (SD) + 49.33 (FD) = 83.68
3) Alissandra Aronow & Zachary Donohue 
   Music: Medley
  • This is another Zoueva/Shpilband team
  • Zachary used to skate with Piper Gilles, the twin of Alexe
  • They have been together less than a year
  • So far, a very fluid, sensual opening
  • They have some really fine lifts with interesting positions
  • They really use their knees a lot
  • Nice attack in those twizzles
  • Nice layed out camel position by Alissandra in the dance spin
  • Emily Samuelson just commented on their improved connection with each other on the ice
  • Alissandra shows some nice flexibility in the split position going into the rotational lift
  • That was a very strong free dance from them
  • FD Score:  32.54 (TES) + 31.98 (PCS) = 64.52
  • 40.84 (SD) + 64.52 (FD) = 105.36
4) Katharine Zeigler & Baxter Burbank
   Music: Ladies in Lavender
  • This is another team in their first year at senior Nationals
  • Slightly out of sync on their twizzles
  • Nice lyrical quality and elegance in their program
  • This won't medal, but it's a good beginning to their senior careers
  • FD Score: 30.41 (TES) + 27.30 (PCS) = 57.71 
  • 32.29 (SD) + 57.71 (FD) = 90.00
5) Katherine Pilgrim & Alexander Lorello
   Music: Sweet Emotion/Come Together/Walk This Way
  • They are starting right off with their dance spin
  • They are very close in height which gives them nice long lines on the ice
  • Very far apart in their twizzles, they'll want to get closer together in those in the future
  • He caught an edge and dropped her in a split position from a rotational lift
  • She has to be hurting right now
  • A fall like that will definitely hurt your performance quality
  • They seem like they are running out of steam here after that fall
  • Nice hydroblade move, I wish they would've hung onto the edge a little longer and rode a longer curve
  • Poor Katherine also had a serious collision during the warm up for the short dance and now this
  • FD Score: 22.92 (TES) + 25.68 (PCS) -1.00 (DED) = 47.60
  • 32.79 (SD) + 47.60 (FD) = 80.39
6) Ginna Hoptman & Pavel Filchenkov **

  • FD Score: (TES) +  (PCS) = 69.16
  • 48.37 (SD) + 69.16 (FD) = 117.53
7) Isabella Cannuscio & Ian Lorello
   Music: West Side Story

  • FD Score: (TES) +  (PCS) = 82.12
  • 54.43 (SD) + 82.12 (FD) = 136.55
8) Rachel Tibbets & Colin Brubaker

  • FD Score: (TES) +  (PCS) = 76.39
  • 41.86 (SD) + 76.39 (FD) = 118.25
9) Shannon Wingle & Timothy McKernan

  • FD Score: (TES) +  (PCS) = 75.13
  • 55.07 (SD) + 75.13 (FD) = 130.20
10) Meredith Zuber & Kyle Herring

  • FD Score: (TES) +  (PCS) = 73.64
  • 44.42 (SD) + 73.64 (FD) = 118.06 
11) Madison Chock & Greg Zuerlein
     Music: Cabaret
  • I've been saying all season that they look like a young Liza Minnelli & Joel Grey, thats a compliment
  • Greg has great facial expression here to keep up with Madison
  • Nice twizzle series, very solid
  • They just banged it out
  • Awesome speed in teh circular step sequence, good tight turns here
  • Greg is killing me with this performance, Joel Grey would be so proud
  • I love this spin they do at the beginning of The Money Song
  • Loving everything about them
  • They've been the team I've been pulling for all season
  • I love that upside down lift they do in The Money Song
  • Those tight turns at the end of the Money Song are so tight, they had falls there at Grand Prix Paris but so clean here
  • oooo time for Liza, work the Liza Madison!
  • That final rotational lift was awesome!
  • FD Score: 48.07 (TES) + 44.81 (PCS) = 92.88
  • 61.74 (SD) + 92.88 (FD) = 154.62
12) Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani
     Music: Smile/Let's Face The Music And Dance
  • So precious, I just love it
  • This is so elegant, maturity beyond their years
  • They look like a 25-year old seasoned veteran team out there
  • Every moment is just so special, there is so much detail
  • They are so gentle and delicate in those holds
  • That combination lift is fantastic and he sets her down so gently 
  • I love the transition here into the second piece
  • They are twizzle masters, they are so good the do three sets 
  • He lifts her like nobody's business
  • They just are so heartwarming, they have something so very special about them
  • They have that X-factor performance quality that you just can't teach
  • They could be the next Olympic champions, they are that good at such a young age
  • FD Score: 52.34 (TES) + 50.37 (PCS) = 102.71
  • 70.47 (SD) + 102.71 (FD) = 173.18
13) Madison Hubbell & Keiffer Hubbell
     Music: Medley by Yellow & Art of Noise
  • Their programs always have a bit too much sensuality for me for a brother/sister team
  • They have some unison issues on their twizzles, they are pushing it too much
  • They do have nice long lines because they are both so tall
  • They hit some innovative lift positions
  • Nice use of the hydroblade technique there
  • I love the low positions they get to in those balance moves, that's a way that they use their height similarity to their advantage
  • They look a little wild in my opinion, not as crisp and clean as I would like
  • FD Score: 41.86 (TES) + 41.93 (PCS) = 83.79
  • 57.91 (SD) + 83.79 (FD) = 141.70
14) Lynn Kriengkrairut & Logan Giulietti-Schmitt **
  • They are on my fantasy team so I'm rooting for them
  • They have nice speed, but I want them to calm down a bit and not get so wild
  • Nice lift with Logan on one foot
  • Arms were a little out of unison on the twizzles
  • She is flying around his head really quickly in some of those lifts
  • I'm not sure who their coaches are, but they have some pretty innovative lifts
  • They don't have the speed and difficulty of the Zoueva/Shpilband teams in their footwork sequences
  • Nice dance spin sequence, she uses her free arm quite well as well
  • Oh wow Lynn just fell and pulled Logan down on top her
  • That is really going to hurt their score, which is unfortunate because they had been doing so well
  • FD Score: 40.00 (TES) + 42.83 (PCS) -2.00 (DED)  = 79.83
  • 58.59 (SD) + 79.83 (FD) = 138.42
15) Meryl Davis & Charlie White **
     Music: Tango Medley
  • I have a feeling this is just a preview of the 2011 World Champions
  • Another new costume for Meryl, I love the skirt on this one
  • They have such amazing speed
  • I love that lift where Meryl rests on the back of Charlie's leg
  • They have such intricate and complicated holds
  • They are soo good at the small details like head positions and hand movements
  • Phenomenal twizzles
  • This is an expertly choreographed program that does not waste a single moment of the music
  • Every time they get through that moment where they fell at Skate America, I breath a little easier
  • Meryl has to have such amazing abdominal strength to hold some of those lift positions
  • They have to be so exhausted after this program
  • I love how distinctive those three poses are at the end of the program
  • FD Score: 52.16 (TES) + 57.28 (PCS) = 109.44
  • 76.04 (SD) + 109.44 (FD) = 185.48
Final Standings:

1 comment:

  1. Madison & Greg <3 <3

    They so own that program! I can't wait see where they go!!!