Saturday, October 22, 2011

2011 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating: Skate America Pairs Short Program [LIVE BLOG]

Wow, Dan Zhang is super tall now!!

1) Caydee Denney & John Coughlin (USA)
    Music: East of Eden
  • I don't like her lipstick, but I like her dress a lot
  • it still hurts that she's not Caitlin
  • That triple twist was huge with a very clean catch
  • Nice clean triple toes, slight unison issues
  • They seem to have a very strong personal connection to one another for only being together a few months
  • Very slow in the footwok, speed will pick up as they get more experience
  • A little bit of a wonky entrance into that overhead lift
  • I don't know how Caydee saved that throw, very tilted in the air
  • I still hate that she isn't Caitlin, but that was a solid skate
SP Score: 33.82 (TES) + 25.80 (PCS) = 59.62

2) Tiffany Vise & Don Baldwin (USA)
     Music: Pirates of the Caribbean by Hans Zimmer
  • They only do a split double twist, so that will her their TES
  • Very good height on the throw triple loop, hand down
  • I think it's interesting to watch teams that jump and spin in opposite directions
  • Here head almost hit the ice on that death spiral
  • I really like their speed and edging on the footwork
  • She tripped up a bit at the end, unfortunate
SP Score: 27.12 (TES) + 24.43 (PCS) = 51.55

3) Mary-Beth Marley & Rockne Brubaker (USA)
    Music: Singin in the Rain
  • I love that they are doing a cute, jazzy short program
  • Very good unison on those side by side triple toes
  • Very cute choreography, loving it so far
  • Really good height on the the split triple twist, a little bit of a rough catch
  • Hands down maybe on that throw triple lutz, but kudos to them for trying a harder throw
  • I am just smitten with this program
  • Very great energy throughout
  • Nice lift
  • They showed AMAZING improvement
SP Score: 29.68 (TES) + 26.48 (PCS) = 56.16

4) Dan Zhang & Hao Zhang (CHN)
    Music: A Transylvanian Lullaby by John Morris
  • Fantastic throw triple loop, that's what happens when you practice throwing over couches
  • This is signature Lori Nichol choreography
  • Other than lacking some speed, they look just as good as they did before they took their year off
  • I'm not in love with this program, it is a little bland for me
  • They are clearly a class above all the other skaters we've seen
  • That was an abrupt ending to the program
SP Score: 34.17 (TES) +28.68  (PCS) = 62.85

5) Kirsten  Moore-Towers & Dylan Moscovitch (CAN)
     Music: Borsalino by Claude Bolling
  • Fast rotation on the  split twist, but not a clean catch
  • Good side by side triple toes
  • That throw triple loop was so tilted, she saved it
  • I love their lift entry with Dylan in the lunge
  • This program has some nice potential, but they can really up the performance ante
  • That was scary when she stepped over the back of his skate boot, looked like a sliced achilles waiting to happen
SP Score: 32.30 (TES) + 27.40 (PCS) = 59.60

6) Maylin Hausch & Daniel Wendne (GER)
    Music: Music by John Miles
  • Is it just me or does Daniel look a bit like Alexander Gazsi?
  • Bad catch on that split triple twist, but I like how they linked it to their throw triple salchow
  • Fall by Maylin on the triple toe
  • I'm hating this 80s-tastic musical selections, and how do black and white costumes fit? 
  • Trip by Daniel on the footwork sequence, they just look a bit frantic for me
  • Her positions in the overhead spins could really use work
  • I really like the ending pose
SP Score: 25.63 (TES) + 24.31 (PCS) - 1.00 (DED) = 48.94

7) Vera Bazarova & Yuri Larionov (RUS)
    Music: Tosca by Puccini
  • I always forget that Vera is so young, only 18
  • I love they're elegance, if they can just land their elements, they're elite status
  • Wow Yuri actually fell this time, usually it's Vera who struggles
  • Did she die her hair darker?
  • I've been saying for many a season that they remind me of Gordeeva & Grinkov, but not when they fall like that
  • Clean throw triple flip, a harder throw than many
  • I like their death spiral and that pair spin is to die for
  • Very unique entrance and position changes into their overhead lift
  • This is lovely choreography, not a moment is wasted
  • Stumble by Yuri at the end, they looked unsettled out there
SP Score: 32.43 (TES) + 28.20 (PCS) -1.00 (DED) = 59.62

8) Aliona Savchenko & Robin Szolkowy (GER)
    Music: Angels & Demons by Hans Zimmer
  • Wow, Aliona is all about the fake skin
  • I love Ingo!!
  • Let me guess, she's the angel and he's the demon?
  • They have a very innovative coach which is great to see
  • She ate it in the throw triple axel, very tilted, not sure if they'll call it rotated or not
  • Struggle coming out of the split triple twist
  • She two-footed the triple toe
  • Granted she took a very hard fall on the throw, could understandably be shaken
  • Their pair spin is so cool, loving it!
  • So far no heinous death spirals, I'm okay with that sideways position
  • This program is going to be outstanding come the Grand Prix Final, just needs some work
SP Score: 29.48 (TES) + 30.97 (PCS) - 1.00 (DED) = 59.45

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