Saturday, April 30, 2011

2011 World Figure Skating Championships: Free Dance Live Blog

1) Charlene Guignard & Marco Fabbri (ITA)
 Music: March With Me
  • Who decided that these costumes were necessary?
  • Nice tight twizzles
  • But seriously can we get a deduction for that heinous costume
  • They are practically at  a standstill at some points of this program
  • When in doubt, do a haircutter position in your rotational lift?
  • Slight bobble by Marco on the curve lift
  • Thank god Barbra Fusar-Poli created something tackier than herself
 FD Score: 37.15 (TES) + 33.07 (PCS) - (DED) = 70.22
 Combined Total: 49.80 (SD) + 70.22 (FD) = 120.02

2) Xintong Huang & Xun Zheng (CHN)
 Music: Singing In The Rain
  • They have a nice light quality, a good lilt to their movements
  • Simple position on the curve lift
  • Not the fastest twizzles, but pretty good unison
  • The straight line lift is like an homage to swing dancing, but position changes and exit could be much smoother
  • I love his sweater vest
  • This techno rap remix in the middle of the piece completely ruins the romantic, Old Hollywood feel
  • Very nice hydroblade move
 FD Score: 36.08 (TES) + 34.76 (PCS) - (DED) = 70.84
 Combined Total: 52.17 (SD) + 70.84 (FD) = 123.01

3) Penny Coomes & Nicholas Buckland (GBR)
 Music: The Lion King
  • They are carrying great speed right now, let's see if they can maintain it and stay in control
  • Loss of unison in twizzles
  • The lift with him in a low position and her on his upper back is interesting
  • Her upside down balance on his knee is also nice
  • I love this music and they seem to be able to emote with it quite well
  • They have mostly maintained their energy level throughout
  • They have a lot of potential and are now the top team in Great Britain
 FD Score: 38.93 (TES) + 35.61 (PCS) - (DED) = 74.54
 Combined Total: 51.75 (SD) + 74.54 (FD) = 126.29

4) Louise Walden & Owen Edwards (GBR)
 Music: Goodbye Lenin
  • Decent rotational lift
  • I like the tempo of this music
  • That fee leg twizzle was too much for them to maintain
  • That is an interesting dance spin position
  • Some unique counter-balance moves
  • Nice innovation, but lacked polish
 FD Score: 38.28 (TES) + 31.51 (PCS) - (DED) = 69.79
 Combined Total: 46.73 (SD) + 69.79 (FD) = 116.52

5) Allison Reed& Otar Japaridze (GEO)
 Music: The Messiah Will Come Again/Pretty Woman
  • This seems like a piece of music that Lang & Tschernyshev would've skated to
  • That double spread eagle movement was awkward
  • Very slow and out of synch twizzles
  • The age difference between them (16 & 23) is borderline awkward
  • Why is she dressed as Xena warrior princess
  • They have a lot of passion and energy, but lack the control and polish of better teams
 FD Score: 37.15 (TES) + 33.52 (PCS) - (DED) = 70.67
 Combined Total: 49.44 (SD) + 70.67 (FD) = 120.11

6) Siobhan Heekin-Canedy & Alexander Shakalov (UKR)
 Music: La Vie En Rose/Padam Padam/ L'Arrestation/Je Ne Regrette Rien
  • Very elegant, good flow
  • Positions are interesting in the dance spin but they could be more stretched
  • I love Padam, Padam
  • I really want them to pick up some more speed
  • Good unison on twizzles but a little slow
  • They use levels well
  • This is an example of good music editing
  • These costumes are very elegant and they really relate well to one another
  • Could've used more speed on final lift
 FD Score: 40.70 (TES) + 36.69 (PCS) - 1.00 (DED) = 76.39
 Combined Total: 52.31 (SD) + 76.39 (FD) = 128.70

7) Isabella Tobias & Deividas Stagniunas (LTU)
 Music: Les Miserables
  • Her hair looks a mess, did she brush it?
  • Really fast twizzles like the other Zoueva & Shpilband teams
  • I like the positions in the dance spin
  • I think we could do without the lyrics in this piece
  • The size of their movements is not living up to the power of the vocals
  • These costumes also don't scream Les Miz to me
  • Nice hydroblade move, I like his dramatic arm movements
 FD Score: 39.68 (TES) + 38.17 (PCS) - (DED) = 77.85
 Combined Total: 53.16 (SD) + 77.85 (FD) = 131.01

8) Cathy Reed & Chris Reed (JPN)
 Music: Just for a Little While/Aint No Sunshine/Think
  • Nice twizzles
  • Nice improvements since the last time I saw them
  • This music is a little to romantic for a sibling team
  • The "Think" section suits a brother and sister team better in my opinion
  • The rotational lift is nice, but we've all seen that position many times before
  • I enjoy watching Chris more than Cathy because he is more expressive
  • Chris fell  doing a hitch kick in literally the last second of the piece
 FD Score: 41.64 (TES) + 37.83 (PCS) - 1.00 (DED) = 78.47
 Combined Total: 54.86 (SD) + 78.47 (FD) = 133.33

9) Nelli Zhiganshina & Alexander Gazsi (GER)
 Music: Liebestraum/Four Seasons
  • Really nice twizzles
  • Good attention to character details
  • I don't love the background noise that is in this arrangement
  • Small stumble by Alexander getting up from a kneel
  • I like that they use true ballet-inspired movements
  • They look very happy with that
 FD Score: 44.13 (TES) + 41.29 (PCS) - (DED) = 85.42
 Combined Total: 55.53 (SD) + 85.42 (FD) = 140.95

10) Pernelle Carron & Lloyd Jones (FRA)
 Music: George Gershwin Medley
  • I love me some Gershwin
  • Some unison issues on the twizzles
  • I love the costumes
  • They are a nice team but they look very young, some more experience will give them a more mature look
  • They almost look like they could be a brother-sister team
 FD Score: 41.55 (TES) + 41.63 (PCS) - (DED) = 83.18
 Combined Total: 57.68 (SD) + 83.18 (FD) = 140.86

11) Anna Cappellini & Luca Lanotte (ITA)
 Music: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
  • Great unison in twizzles, they could be faster though
  • Wonderful glide and flow across the ice
  • This elegant music suits them oh so well
  • I love how seamless everything is, it doesn't look like they are doing elements, just a great flow across the ice
  • They've maintained the same speed and tempo throughout the entire piece
  • They lose a lot of speed coming out of the third position of their camel spin
  • That was simply gorgeous, very European
 FD Score: 44.58 (TES) + 44.07 (PCS) - (DED) = 89.65
 Combined Total: 64.12 (SD) + 89.65 (FD) = 153.77

12) Madison Chock & Greg Zuerlein (USA)
 Music: Cabaret
  • Nobody pulls their faces like these two!
  • This is my favorite free dance of the season, such theatrics
  • Nice unison and speed in twizzles
  • I love her upside down camel position in the dance spin on "The Money Song"
  • They really start picking up speed during The Money Song
  • Good soft knees
  • Love the straight line lift
  • The curve lift with Greg on one foot is very nice
  • Loving the Liza moment!
  • Great position and speed on rotational lift
  • That's the best I've seen them do that program all year
 FD Score: 46.65 (TES) + 44.74 (PCS) - (DED) = 90.30
 Combined Total: 61.47 (SD) + 90.30 (FD) = 151.86

13) Vanessa Crone & Paul Poirier (CAN)
 Music: Eleanor Rigby
  • I will never understand the appeal of this program
  • He is a good strong partner but she does nothing for me and I don't find them well matched
  • Unison issues on 2nd and 3rd twizzles
  • Curve lift loses a lot of speed
  • He has beautiful posture but her upper body is very stiff and she is wearing her shoulders as earrings
  • She also needs to point her feet more
  • I don't understand why the elaborate opening and closing pose is necessary
 FD Score: 45.69 (TES) + 44.43 (PCS) - (DED) = 90.12
 Combined Total: 61.01 (SD) + 90.12 (FD) = 151.13

14) Elena Ilinykh & Nikita Katsalapov (RUS)
 Music: Don Quixote
  • She fully embodies this character
  • I'm so happy she is wearing a real tutu
  • Nice curve lift
  • Nikita loses unison in the second set of twizzles, the distance between them increases
  • He could have her higher off the ground in the one-arm rotational lift
  • Was it really necessary for her to stop mid-program and do a heel stretch
  • Awkward moment getting into the lift with her leg behind his head, awkward getting out as well
  • She has gorgeous posture and upper body carriage, she mus have studied a lot of ballet
  • The speed is not consistent in the dance spin
  • The last lift is a very ugly position
  • I've seen them do that program much better, this was not polished today
 FD Score: 42.47 (TES) + 46.52 (PCS) - (DED) = 88.99
 Combined Total: 65.51 (SD) + 88.99 (FD) = 154.50

15) Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje (CAN)
 Music: Moulin Rouge
  • I'm praying to finally see a clean version of this free dance
  • Good unison in the twizzles
  • There are certain transitional moments still look sloppy to me
  • This middle section fits them better because its more lyrical
  • She caught her boot in the haircutter position of the rotational lift, but the exit was awkward
  • Nice cartwheel entrance to the curve lift
  • That horizontal lift must take amazing ab strength on Kaitlyns' part
  • I don't know what it is, but this program still looks so choppy to me
 FD Score: 48.51 (TES) + 46.74 (PCS) - (DED) = 95.25
 Combined Total: 65.07 (SD) + 95.25 (FD) = 160.32

16) Nathalie Pechalat & Fabian Bourzat (FRA)
 Music: Charlie Chaplin Medley
  • Just an exquisite free skate
  • So true to character
  • It is just perfection, and they don't seem to be working, its all so natural
  • Every detail is just perfection
  • They have an ease out there that the top american and Canadian teams don't have
  • Wow they both took a fall out of nowhere
  • That opened the door for the Shibutanis to come from behind in 4th
  • I don't believe the fall was on an element so I doubt it will cost them much
  • I just can't believe that, after such an amazing season
  • I just feel terribly for them
 FD Score: 43.00 (TES) + 51.57 (PCS) - 2.00 (DED) = 92.57
 Combined Total: 70.97 (SD) + 92.57 (FD) = 163.54

17) Ekaterina Bobrova & Dmitri Soloviev (RUS)
 Music: Melody of the White Nights
  • Slight unison issues, she does an extra rotation on the 3rd set
  • Very awkward entrance to first lift
  • I don't like this program at all
  • The is very little drama and the costumes are very dull
  • This is not a perfect skate, a few stumbles and bobbles here and there
  • They did not capitalize on the mistake by the French team
 FD Score: 45.78 (TES) + 48.56 (PCS) - (DED) = 94.35
 Combined Total: 65.88 (SD) + 94.35 (FD) = 160.23

18) Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani (USA)
 Music: Smile/Just Face The Music and Dance
  • Such amazing speed and flow across the ice
  • The lifts are looking very good today
  • All I want is for them to go clean
  • The quicker part is where they really shine
  • Their twizzles are the best in the world
  • Can't wait to see what the judges will do
  • The two point deduction to the French for the fall takes away their lead from the short dance
  • Shibutanis should get a higher technical score, but judges could hold the French up on PCS if they want
 FD Score: 48.14 (TES) + 48.77 (PCS) - (DED) = 96.91
 Combined Total: 66.88 (SD) + 96.91 (FD) = 163.79

19) Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir (CAN)
 Music: Temptation/Mujer Latina

  • This fast footwork and th hip action at the top is phenomenal
  • I can't wait until we get to see the who piece
  • Wonderful twizzles
  • I love that little moment when she pushes Scott
  • That change of position lift was phenomenal
  • The upside down straight line lift is equally great
  • This dance was so worth waiting for 
  • These two just look so great together, they were born to dance with each other
  • The eye contact is amazing
  • I saw no visible mistakes; they look as though they've been competing all season
  • Wow, that was electrifying
 FD Score: 51.21 (TES) + 56.29 (PCS) - (DED) = 107.50
 Combined Total: 74.29 (SD) + 107.50 (FD) = 181.79

20) Meryl Davis & Charlie White (USA)
 Music: Il Postino/Payadora/Recuerdo

  • They need absolute perfection, they can't withstand even a small mistake
  • Amazing speed
  • Incredible twizzles with phenomenal unison & speed
  • I could see Igor in the background getting very excited after the twizzles
  • They are attacking this every bit as hard as they possibly can
  • Great dance spin with almost no speed lost in position changes
  • I love the backward entrance rotational lift, slightly clunky exit
  • I love how close and intricate the holds are
  • Signature Tanith Belbin lift at the end
  • They did that as well as they possibly could've
  • If you are the judges, how do you make that decision
 FD Score: 53.78 (TES) + 57.73 (PCS) - (DED) = 111.51
 Combined Total: 73.76 (SD) + 111.51 (FD) = 185.27

2011 World Figure Skating Championships: Ladies Free Skate Live Blog

1) Irina Movchan (UKR)
  Music: Verano Portento
  • I've not seen this skater before, she is gorgeous
  • She seems  very young and inexperienced
  • I wish we could see more passion and intensity in her performance
  • She kind of looks like she is just in practice right now
  • Popped a double axel to a single
  • She seems to be running out of steam
  • In her combination spin, it doesn't seem she is holding each position long enough to achieve top levels
  FS Score: 39.87 (TES) + 37.90 (PCS) - (DED) = 77.47
  Total Score: 45.68 (SP) + 77.47 (FS) = 123.15

2) Elena Glebova (EST)
  Music: Cappricio Espagno
  • She had a lot of highs and lows in the warm-up
  • She is a very sassy skater, especially in her Sex and the City short program
  • Decent opening 3z
  • Fall on 3lo
  • Good double axel, singles the combination jump
  • Another shaky 2a
  • "shaky" is a good word for this program, she doesn't look confident in her landings
  • Even her spins look wobbly and she is traveling
  • I admire her effort and her flair in the choreography between elements
  • Elena isn't thrilled with that overall
  FS Score: 38.29 (TES) + 41.21 (PCS) - 1.00 (DED) = 78.50
  Total Score: 46.28 (SP) + 78.50 (FS) = 124.78

3) Viktoria Helgesson (SWE)
  Music: The Drummer/Sad Romance/ August Rhapsody
  • The Helgesson sisters are coached by their mother; Joshi had the better short program here
  • Popped her opening jump, not a good way to make up ground after a poor short
  • Hand down on 3F, adds two doubles to make a series
  • Nice strong 3lo to recover
  • This is a gorgeous musical selection and it suits her style very well
  • I'd love to see more freedom in this footwork sequence, she is concentrating so hard
  • That spiral could use a lot more stretch
  • Good 3T
  • Another strong 3lz, but hardly any speed coming out to get into the 2T
  • I love this August's Rhapsody section, she seems to be hitting her stride here
  • She saved a lot of jumps for the second half so she'll get extra credit
  FS Score: 49.94 (TES) + 47.18 (PCS) - (DED) = 97.12
  Total Score: 45.40 (SP) + 97.12 (FS) = 142.52

4) Juulia Turkkila (FIN)
  Music: Don Quixote
  • I have Juulia on my fantasy team so I'm pulling for a great skate
  • Good opening double axel
  • I'd like to see her pick up the speed
  • Nice 3lo-3T combination
  • A solid 3s-3t combination
  • The speed isn't great, but so far a clean skate
  • She has nice posture and the look of a ballerina on the ice
  • She is only 16 so this is a good youthful musical selection for her
  • Good double axel
  • She is replacing the injured Laura Lepisto at worlds and she is doing a fine job
  • It is great to see that Finland is building a talented ladies field
  • She is fizzling off toward the end, needs to keep her energy up
  • That crossed leg sit spin position was really interesting
  • The crowd is getting behind her in this footwork
  • Great clean skate overall, she is very pleased!
  FS Score: 46.91 (TES) + 44.07 (PCS) - (DED) = 90.98
  Total Score: 45.70 (SP) + 90.98 (FS) = 136.68

5) Bingwa Geng (CHN) 
  Music: Red Violin
  • Bingwa has been up and down all season so I'm hoping for a solid skate from her
  • Yuna Kim is her idol so it must be quite an experience for her to skate in the same competition
  • A fall on the opening 3z
  • Good strong 3T
  • Nice 2A to recover
  • Let's hope she's found her stride now
  • Two solid 3-2 combinations with only slightly shaky landings
  • It's good to see her finally finding her stride
  • I wish she could pick up some more speed
  • She is really trying to use her entire body for expression in this footwork
  • She is concentration so hard and that shows on her face; I'd like more of a performance
  • Her 2a covers a decent amount of ice
  • Slow camel spin, but it picks up speed when she hits the donut position
  FS Score: 50.93 (TES) + 42.96 (PCS) - 1.00 (DED) = 92.89
  Total Score: 47.89 (SP) + 92.89 (FS) = 140.78

6) Jenna McCorkell (GBR) 
  Music: Voice of Violins/Allegro from Music for Strings
  • Jenna has been up and down all season but she looked good in warm-up
  • She is  married to Kevin Van Der Perren
  • She is taller for a skater and can build good speed with those long lets
  • Awkward 3Z, but solid 3F to follow
  • Hands down and turn out of 3T
  • None of her landings are really happening correctly for her today
  • She doesn't seem to be working to interpret this music, all she is doing is smiling
  • She looks exhausted by the end of this footwork and her limbs are flailing
  • She is not happy with that performance at all
  FS Score: 33.55 (TES) + 42.22 (PCS) - (DED) = 75.77
  Total Score: 45.99 (SP) + 75.77 (FS) = 121.76

7) Cheltzie Lee (AUS) 
  Music: Yentl
  • Is she going to channel Barbra?
  • She took it easy in the warm-up, which is understandable for skating first
  • She is very expressive, particularly with her upper body, straight from the top
  • Good 3f-3t-2t from the beginning
  • Bails out and two-foots the 3z
  • Could use more speed in that sit spin
  • She is really focused; she'll need more reckless abandon to channel Barbra
  • Good 3T
  • She looks very unsure in all of her jump landings
  • Step out of 3S-2T
  • She needs to stretch in her neck and drop her shoulders
  • Needs much more stretch in spiral
  • 2a is the very las movement of the program, hand down
  FS Score: 42.85 (TES) + 42.60 (PCS) - (DED) = 85.45
  Total Score: 48.20 (SP) + 85.45 (FS) = 133.65

8) Elene Gedevanishvili (GEO) 
  Music: Phantom of the Opera
  • Nice solid 3z-2t to open
  • She has good speed and flow across the ice
  • Strong 3z
  • She is so hit or miss because right now she looks strong
  • I clearly spoke to soon because she fell on the 3F
  • I hate Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • 2a into a 3 jump series
  • 4 of her jumping passes are out of the way in the first minute
  • She is very expressive with her face and arms
  • She needs to shake out her hands before she skates so they don't clench up like claws
  • Good strong solo 2a
  • I adore this costume
  • The Masquerade music is a good choice for the foot sequence
  • She is definitely showing that she is a fighter with this program
  • There is nothing tentative about her skating and she attacks everything
  FS Score: 54.66 (TES) + 50.97 (PCS) - 1.00 (DED) = 104.63
  Total Score: 51.61 (SP) + 104.63 (FS) = 156.24

9) Amelie Lacoste (CAN) 
  Music: Sheherazade
  • I hate how she stays still for those opening notes, they are so dynamic and are dying for movement
  • 2 strong 2a's with a stumble on one
  • Popped open the 3z
  • I love the wally entrance into the 3F, her feet get tangled and a hand must go down
  • She could use a lot more stretch in the spiral
  • I love that she uses her arms well and is so strong, but I want to see more on her face
  • Fall on 3T
  • She made such a strong debut this season with a bronze at Skate Canada; such a shame she couldn't find that magic the rest of the season
  FS Score: 44.58 (TES) + 48.20 (PCS) - 1.00 (DED) = 92.78
  Total Score: 51.98 (SP) + 92.78 (FS) = 144.76

10) Ira Vannut (BEL) 
  Music: Children of Dune
  • Very tilted in the air on her opening 3z, couldn't save the landing
  • This costume is too over the top for me, with the gloves and all its too much red
  • I want to see some expression on her face
  • I want her to turn out that foot on the layback spin
  • She is in dire need of some ballet to help her skate more elegantly
  • Is that pink underneath her costume? Why is that necessary?
  • I feel that she is just going through the motions and is not engaged at all with the performance
  • She really needs to stretch through those fee in her spins so they don't look like they are just hanging off of her legs
  FS Score: 47.31 (TES) + 42.74 (PCS) - 1.00 (DED) = 89.05
  Total Score: 49.23 (SP) + 89.05 (FS) = 138.28

11) Joshi Helgesson (SWE) 
  Music: Palladio/Feeling Good
  • I love Joshi, she's had a great season so far
  • She takes a very  hard fall on her opening 3z
  • Nice 3S to get back into it
  • I admire that she didn't let the fall hurt her and she is still putting 100% into the performance
  • She seems to really enjoy this footwork
  • She needs to keep her speed up because its one of the best things about her skating
  • She is definitely the more athletic of the Helgesson sisters while Viktoria is more elegant
  • She seems to have the crowd on her side
  • I love the way she attacks every element
  • Aside from the fall, what a great free skate
  • She and her coaches seems so pleased
  FS Score: 53.47 (TES) + 46.36 (PCS) - 1.00 (DED) = 98.83
  Total Score: 50.25 (SP) + 98.83 (FS) = 149.08

12) Cynthia Phaneuf (CAN) 
  Music: Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini
  • She needs to do well here to hold onto 2 ladies spots for Canada at 2012 worlds
  • Nice strong 3T
  • Very tilted in the air, falls on 3z
  • I wish she would've picked a stronger piece of music; her short is much better suited for her
  • She has really good speed
  • She is popping jumps now, she is losing her concentration
  • This won't be the 5th place finish she had last season
  • It has to be a lot of pressure to go out and know that your teammate didn't skate well and that it falls on  your shoulders to hold onto the spots
  FS Score: 47.94 (TES) + 53.22 (PCS) - 1.00 (DED) = 100.16
  Total Score: 52.26 (SP) + 100.16 (FS) = 152.78

13) Sarah Hecken (GER) 
  Music: Zazdrosc i Medycyna/Smuga Cienia/Revolutionary Etude
  • Sarah is probably the surprise of this group
  • A fine opening so far
  • Her entrances are very long, I'd like to see more choreography into the jumps
  • She really needs to concentrate on pointing her feet, they are especially noticeable in spins
  • She is really committing to this footwork which is great to see
  • Some of her spin positions are truly heinous, skaters shouldn't sacrifice beauty for levels
  FS Score: 53.88 (TES) + 50.22 (PCS) - 1.00 (DED) = 103.10
  Total Score: 52.73 (SP) + 103.10 (FS) = 155.83

14) Kiira Korpi (FIN) 
  Music: Evita
  • Nice 3t-3t; redemption from the short program
  • Great jump on that flying sit spin
  • After a doubled triple and a fall, this will not be the clean free that she wanted
  • That spiral position really needs to be stretched out
  • I would have worn a white dress rather than purple
  • Another double
  • The catch foot is a nice spin position, but that ending was very abrupt
  FS Score: 52.65 (TES) + 58.06 (PCS) - 1.00 (DED) = 109.71
  Total Score: 55.09 (SP) + (FS) = 164.80

15) Kanako Murakami (JPN) 
  Music: The Mask of Zorro
  • So she changed her fabulous short program costume but kept this mess?
  • Nice 3-3
  • Now this looks like the Kanako we've been seeing all season, very solid
  • She has nothing to lose, starting in 10th, so its good to see her going all out
  • Fairly nice stretch on her spiral
  • A single flip, that certainly won't do
  • I wonder how she feels about skating before her idol Mao
  • She looks pleased and if she is happy, I'm happy
  FS Score: 55.62 (TES) + 56.62 (PCS) - (DED) = 112.62
  Total Score: 54.86 (SP) + 112.62 (FS) = 167.10

16) Mao Asada (JPN) 
  Music: Liebestraum
  • Here comes one of the two headliners
  • The 3a looked two-footed to me
  • This lyrical program suits Mao so much better than her short
  • Does Mao always wear long sleeves?
  • You can tell Mao has a ballet background by looking at her arms
  • A bit wild on the camel spin, but she controls it by the sit spin
  • 2a-3t (two-footed)
  • Mao you can't pop jumps like that if you want to move up; she's letting it get away
  • Nice spiral position
  • I can see she isn't completely happy
  • Nice to see a little smile though
  FS Score: 54.19 (TES) + 59.94 (PCS) - (DED) = 114.13
  Total Score: 58.66 (SP) + 114.13 (FS) = 172.79

17) Mae Berenice Meite (FRA) 
  Music: Concertino pour guitare/Hable con ella/Fiesta Flamenca
  • Wow after a great short, she is struggling with a fall and a huge stumble in the opening sequence of jumps
  • Her footwork seems so slow
  • Her leg is wrapped very high in these jumps which slows rotation
  • Another stumble, this just is not her day
  • But either way, that good short shows she can hang with the top skaters and sets her up well for next year
  • The faster part of this music suits her better than the opening
  FS Score: 50.63 (TES) + 47.55 (PCS) - 1.00 (DED) = 97.18
  Total Score: 53.26 (SP) + 150.44 (FS) = 150.44

18) Rachael Flatt (USA) 
  Music: Slaughter on Tenth Avenue
  • This new costume adds a level of elegance
  • 2a-3t (maybe under-rotated and stumble, hand down)
  • Popped 3F
  • She needs perfection from here on out to help team USA
  • 2a was nice
  • She needs to eek out every fraction of a point right now
  • Another popped Flip; has to be related to the injury
  • This score is just not going to be pretty at all
  • And she will not be held up by PCS like some of the other skater
  FS Score: 45.45 (TES) + 51.94 (PCS) - (DED) = 97.39
  Total Score: 57.22 (SP) + 97.39 (FS) =154.61

19) Miki Ando (JPN) 
  Music: Piano Concerto in A minor by Grieg

  • I think Miki is going to give this all she possibly has in the tank
  • I don't see her letting go of any easy points
  • I think her flexibility has improved
  • She is so focused, but I'd love to see a bit of that smile we saw in the short
  • She started doubling some jumps, so she definitely did not give her best performance of the season
  FS Score: 65.75 (TES) + 64.46 (PCS) - (DED) = 130.21
  Total Score: 65.58 (SP) + 130.21 (FS) = 195.79

20) Alena Leonova (RUS) 
  Music: The Witches of Eastwick

  • The costume, hair, gloves, it all looks like a tacky drag show
  • Very solid triple-triple
  • She has hit everything so far
  • I don't like anything about this program or performance, but must admit she is looking solid
  • This is the tackiest thing I've ever seen, but she landed the jumps and she'll score well
  • Its great to see such unbridled happiness; Irina Slutskaya loved it too
  FS Score: 62.35 (TES) + 61.82 (PCS) - (DED) = 124.17
  Total Score: 59.75 (SP) + 124.17 (FS) = 183.92

21) Yuna Kim (KOR) 
  Music: Homage to Korea
  • This program is an homage to Korea, the homeland
  • Amazing 3z-3t
  • Such gorgeous flow and glide across the ice
  • That was what, 2a-1t?
  • This is a gorgeous piece of music
  • 1F
  • 2a-2-2 sequence
  • This is the Yuna Kim we should have seen at the first grand prix of the season, not at Worlds
  • Her basic skills are so fantastic that she can afford jumping mistakes and still be okay
  • It looks like she has lost flexibility in her spiral
  • I would love to see more passion on her face since this piece is so near to her heart
  FS Score: 61.72 (TES) + 66.87 (PCS) - (DED) = 128.59
  Total Score: 65.91 (SP) + 128.59 (FS) = 194.50

22) Alissa Czisny (USA) 
  Music: Winter and Spring by George Winston
  • Come on Alissa!!
  • I love that opening moment where she just takes her time to breathe
  • Fall on the opening jump, this cannot bode well
  • Nice 3-2 combination
  • 3-2-2 sequence
  • She looks very nervous, I want to see her face light up
  • If the opening jump was fully rotated and she can avoid edge calls, she may be able to hang in
  • Old Alissa would have crumbled after one fall, but this is new Alissa
  • Gorgeous despite that one pesky fall
  FS Score: 60.65 (TES) + 61.13 (PCS) - 1.00 (DED) = 120.78
  Total Score: 61.47 (SP) + 120.78 (FS) = 182.25

23) Carolina Kostner (ITA) 
  Music: Afternoon of a Fawn

  • This program is so unbelievably boring
  • There is no drama to the music so you need a very nuanced performer, which she is not
  • She normally tanks the free skate but she's been unusually clean today aside from a few bobbles
  • If she medals I'm going to vomit
  FS Score: 60.30 (TES) + 64.63 (PCS) - (DED) = 124.93
  Total Score: 59.75 (SP) + 124.93 (FS) = 184.68

24) Ksenia Makarova (RUS) 
  Music: Evita
  • Yay so far so good!
  • She has really grown up as a performer this season!
  • I want her on the podium so bad!!
  • She needs to keep fighting for every fraction of a point
  • Very hard fall 
  • Nice 2a-2-2 sequence
  • She may still hang on for a medal
  • She is such a little fighter out there
  • Nice 2a to end her jumps
  • Her spins are positions are much improved this season
  • I like when she goes into the Buenos Aires section for footwork
  • The sound design of her Evita is far superior to that of Korpi
  FS Score: 46.52 (TES) + 60.08 (PCS) - 1.00 (DED) = 105.60
  Total Score: 61.62 (SP) + 105.60 (FS) = 167.22

Thursday, April 28, 2011

2011 World Figure Skating Championships: Short Dance Skate Order

The Ice Dancers take the ice tomorrow for their Short Dance and the order is as follows. The top 20 will move on to compete in the Free Dance on Saturday.

1Brooke Elizabeth FRIELING / Lionel RUMI
2Sara HURTADO / Adria DIAZ
3Allison REED / Otar JAPARIDZE
4Charlene GUIGNARD / Marco FABBRI
5Isabella TOBIAS / Deividas STAGNIUNAS
Warm-Up Group 2
7Cathy REED / Chris REED
8Ramona ELSENER / Florian ROOST
9Penny COOMES / Nicholas BUCKLAND
10Nelli ZHIGANSHINA / Alexander GAZSI
Warm-Up Group 3
11Dora TUROCZI / Balazs MAJOR
12Siobhan HEEKIN-CANEDY / Alexander SHAKALOV
14Xintong HUANG / Xun ZHENG
15Madison CHOCK / Greg ZUERLEIN
Warm-Up Group 4
16Kaitlyn WEAVER / Andrew POJE
17Tessa VIRTUE / Scott MOIR
18Vanessa CRONE / Paul POIRIER
Warm-Up Group 5
21Ekaterina BOBROVA / Dmitri SOLOVIEV
22Meryl DAVIS / Charlie WHITE
24Pernelle CARRON / Lloyd JONES
25Nathalie PECHALAT / Fabian BOURZAT

2011 World Figure Skating Championships: Ladies Short Program Skate Order

The ladies take the ice for their short program tomorrow (Friday) at 5:30 am. I'll be live-blogging at tweeting!. The skate order is as follows and the top 24 will move on to the free skate on Saturday.

 Warm-Up Group 1 
3Dasa GRM
6Bettina HEIM
 Warm-Up Group 2 
7Cheltzie LEE
9Bingwa GENG
10Amelie LACOSTE
11Mae Berenice MEITE
 Warm-Up Group 3 
14Viktoria PAVUK
16Sarah HECKEN
17Viktoria HELGESSON
 Warm-Up Group 4 
20Cynthia PHANEUF
22Carolina KOSTNER
 Warm-Up Group 5 
25Miki ANDO
26Alissa CZISNY
27Kiira KORPI
28Rachael FLATT
30Yuna KIM