Monday, January 17, 2011

Countdown to US Figure Skating Championships: 5 Days!

Britney Simpson & Nathan Miller (Broadmoor SC)

  • 2009 US Junior Pewter Medalists
  • 2009 Jr. Grand Prix Final 6th 
  • 2010 US Junior Silver Medalists
  • 2010 Skate Canada 6th
  • 2010 Cup of Russia 7th

This team actually made quite a senior Grand Prix debut for a young pair team, finishing 6th and 7th respectively at Skate Canada and Cup of Russia. Though they are currently ranked only 26th in the world, that is not terribly shabby for a senior debut season. I like their youthful energy and exuberance, which really shows in their Pink Panther short program. I am not crazy about their selection of Moonlight Sonata for the free skate because I think they lack the maturity to play to its nuances and I will always believe that that piece belongs to Gordeeva and Grinkov. Their scores place them 5th among US pairs who have competed on the Senior Grand Prix Circuit this seasons, but we must not forget Marley and Brubaker who also outscored them with their Nesquik Cup performance. Their goal for this season was to receive International assignments and they achieved that by competing in two Grand Prix events. Their next goal should be a top 6 finish in Greensboro which should be easily achievable for them if they have put in some hard work in the past two months.

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