Friday, October 28, 2011

2011 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating: Skate Canada Pairs Short Program

3:45 Todd Sand, famed US pairs skater here is the technical specialist; he also coaches Marley & Brubaker
3:48 I love Lubov, she's such a tiny little fireball Diva!

1) Jessica Dube & Sebastien Wolfe (CAN)
     Music: Three Hours Pat Midnight
  • I love the simple black costume  with the glitter and details
  • Is he wearing a yellow bracelet? That's distracting
  • Blues piano is certainly a new style for Jessica who was so graceful and elegant with Bryce
  • Only a split double twist, top teams will do triples
  • Different timing take off for SBS triple toes
  • Those jumps will definitely receive a negative GOE
  • Very tilted in the air, but lands the throw nonetheless
  • This program isn't really doing much for me
  • They look nice on the ice together, but they need more time together to get in synch on their jump and spin timing
  • Same coaches as Cynthia Phaneuf
SP Score: 28.97 (TES) +24.26 (PCS) = 53.23

2) Xiaoyu Yu & Yang Jin (CHN)
     Music: The Nutcracker
  • Waltz of the Flowers, that takes me back......
  • This costumes are a little loud for me, but that was an exquisite split triple twist
  • She two-foots the SBS jumps and unison is off
  • Difficult entrance into the throw, she seems to hang and the air, a little tentative on the landing
  • She takes a fall on the footwork sequence, that's unfortunate after their strong start
  • That fall will hurt the level of the footwork
  • My feed is skipping on me so I lost the lift
SP Score: 28.73 (TES) + 21.55 (PCS) - 1.00 (DED) = 49.28

3) Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford (CAN)
     Music: Concierto de Aranjuez
  • This feed is skipping....I'm missing a few elements but I'll call what I can
  • I can't decide if I like the costumes or not, but they do look professional
  • Okay split twist
  • This program seems a little choppy to me, but that may be the feed
  • And I missed the rest
SP Score: 35.37 (TES) + 37.00 (PCS) = 62.37

4) Lubov Iliushechkina & Nodari Maisuradze (RUS)
     Music: Figaro from The Barber of Seville
  • I loved this short last season, huge split triple twist
  • Good fast entry into the death spiral
  • I also like their spin entry
  • I just love everything about them, I don't know what it is but I do
  • If my feed would stop slipping I'd give more specific notes
  • Spectacular entrance and lift!!
SP Score: 32.34 (TES) + 25.80 (PCS) = 58.14

5) Paige Lawrence & Rudi Swiegers (CAN)
     Music: Beetlejuice
  • I love this music, the costumes are cool too
  • Love Paige's hands on that opening pair spin
  • Really good speed
  • Low catch on the split triple twist
  • Interesting choreography
  • Slight unison issue on SBS triple toes
  • I'd like to see smoother position changes on the lift and more rotational speed
  • Huge height on the throw, Paige can't hold it and falls
  • Another fall in the footwork, just Paige though
  • Really losing speed now
  • A little strange to end the whole way at the end of the rink
SP Score: 26.80 (TES) + 25.31 (PCS) - 2.00 (DED) = 50.11

6) Tatiana Volosozhar & Maxim Trankov (RUS)
     Music: Bring Me Back To Life by Evanescence
  • Interesting entrance to center ice, perhaps they think they're hip hop dancers with those chest pops
  • This arrangement is very heavy on the synthesizer
  • That split triple twist was monstrous
  • Odd costume choices, hello studded pleather
  • Nailed the SBS 3toes
  • Huge Throw, maybe a two-foot
  • Really good lift position from her, she really arches her back
  • This is a very Morozov program, lots of superfluous hand  movements
  • Really nice spin
  • They look great together and have great technical elements, but this program was not for me
  • Huge crowd pleaser!
SP Score: 39.39 (TES) + 31.03 (PCS) = 70.42

7) Narumi Takahashi & Mervin Tran (JPN)
     Music: Imagine
  • This is a gorgeous program if they can hit the elements
  • Their choreography is beautiful, it looks more ice dance than pairs
  • Narumi puts her hand down and spins out, but beautiful SBS toes overall
  • HUGE split triple twist, he even has time to put his arms down
  • Two-foot and turn out on the throw but she kept it upright
  • Mervin is a fantastic partner, Narumi needs to keep working on her singles elements
  • That lift is just fantastic overall
  • I love this program overall, fantastic musical selection
  • That is easily the best death spiral entrance I've ever seen
  • Not their best, but no fall deductions
SP Score: 33.01 (TES) + 27.59 (PCS) = 60.60

8) Wenjing Sui & Cong Han (CHN)
     Music: Country Dance by Josh Turner
  • I wish they would have done a new, more mature short program
  • Unison off in the SBS jumps
  • Good split triple twist
  • This piece is so fast, but they really keep up well
  • Great throw, you just can't say enough about this team's technical elements
  • And they get so into the performance as well
  • The position changes on the lift need to be a lot smoother and with faster rotation on his part
SP Score: 32.48 (TES) + 26.75 (PCS) = 59.23

  Pl.  NameNationTSS
1Tatiana VOLOSOZHAR / Maxim TRANKOVRUS70.4239.3931.037.937.437.867.797.790.00#6
2Meagan DUHAMEL / Eric RADFORDCAN62.3735.3727.006.756.576.796.936.710.00#3
3Narumi TAKAHASHI / Mervin TRANJPN60.6033.0127.596.896.866.687.146.930.00#7
4Wenjing SUI / Cong HANCHN59.2332.4826.756.716.366.826.796.750.00#8
5Lubov ILIUSHECHKINA / Nodari MAISURADZERUS58.1432.3425.806.646.506.186.576.360.00#4
6Jessica DUBE / Sebastien WOLFECAN53.2328.9724.266.145.796.
7Paige LAWRENCE / Rudi SWIEGERSCAN50.1126.8025.316.466.146.116.506.432.00#5
8Xiaoyu YU / Yang JINCHN49.2828.7321.555.865.295.185.505.111.00#2

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