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Friday, November 4, 2011

2011 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating: Cup of China Short Dance LIVE BLOG

3:24 I'm anxiously awaiting the Live feed, let's hope icenetwork gets it together soon!
3:29 Emily and Todd look very cute, it's great to see Emily back on competition ice!
3:31 We have some wild and crazy costumes from Yu & Wang, where are the maracas?
3:31 I love Charlotte Lichtman's dress, Dean is in solid black as were all the other Zouva & Shpilband-coached me in the short dance
3:34 It seems Igor has traveled with the teams this weekend and Marina is at home

1) Emily Samuelson & Todd Gilles
   Music: Samba, Mambo, Samba
  • I don't know how I feel about these costumes, I'd love to see at least a little color or sparkle
  • Really nice positions on that straight line lift
  • Fabulous toe point and straight leg lines from Emily as used to
  • The leg lines are a little broken in the Rhumba sequence, the unison needs work
  • Really slow twizzles, some unison issues
  • This step sequence looks quite labored to me, they seem to be perhaps under conditioned?
SD Score: 22.51 (TES) + 21.13 (PCS) = 43.64

2) Xiaoyang Yu & Chen Wang (CHN)
   Music: Cha Cha, Mambo, Rhumba
  • Nice twizzle sequences
  • I'm going to have nightmares about these costumes
  • Good speed and attack going into this Rhumba sequence
  • They're improved from last season which is great to see
  • Very good unison on the circular not-touching step sequence, but the speed could increase for my taste
  • Slight stumble by her right before the end but she held on
SD Score: 27.58 (TES) + 21.78 (PCS) - 1.00 (DED) = 48.36

 3) Charlotte Lichtman & Dean Copely (USA)
   Music: Mambo No. 5, Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps
  • I love these guys, they're so sassy
  • This is a perfect example of Zoueva/Shpilband catering to each team's needs and making them stand out in what they do
  • Nice smooth entrance into the 1st Rhumba sequence, good smooth edgework
  • Good twizzle work, I appreciate how close together they are
  • Charlotte is a little stiff in her upper body today, I'd like to see her relax a little more out there
  • Slight stumble by Dean in the circular not-touching step sequence, that will effect the level 
  • These guys look just a little bit nervous, understandable for their first Senior Grand Prix but it's been a solid debut thus far
  • They look solid, nothing junior-ish about this program
SD Score: 18.79 (TES) + 21.47 (PCS) = 40.26

 4) Penny Coomes & Nicholas Buckland (GBR)
   Music: El Bess del Findl, Let's Get Loud
  • They could stand to point their feet harder and really stretch through the free leg in the Rhumba sequences
  • And here's our second "Let's Get Loud" of the day; how many more should I expect? I like the small detail work in the circular step sequence from the hand and head gestures to the shimmies
  • Very odd ending pose, I couldn't tell if she fell or if that was the choreography
SD Score: 28.85 (TES) + 25.04  (PCS) = 53.89

5) Xintong Huang & Xun Zheng (CHN)
   Music: Mambo, Rhumba, Samba
  • These costumes are killing me, my eyes!
  • She bails a little early on the first twizzle set
  • Her free arm is really stiff on this 1st Rhumba set, but their speed is nice
  • I missed what happened, but it looked like a botched lift or something going into the circular step sequence
  • Nice hydroblade move, I appreciate that people are still doing those, though this one wasn't the best I've seen by any means
  • I think they're running out of steam here at the end
  • Dramatic final position upside down
  • That lift will receive zero points
SD Score: 21.73 (TES) + 23.34 (PCS) = 45.07

 6) Pernelle Carron & Lloyd Jones (FRA)
   Music: Mambo, Rhumba, Mambo
  • Slight unison issue in twizzles, but decent speed
  • She has a very nice free arm in the 1st Rhumba sequence, expressive and free-flowing
  • Something about this program isn't really doing much for me, it's just not dynamic enough, a little flat thus far
  • It begins to pick up a little more with the 2nd piece of music
  • They're losing a little control in the step sequence, it's getting a bit wild
  • I like they're energy, but they need more polish
SD Score: 25.35 (TES) + 27.06 (PCS) = 52.41

 7) Ekaterina Bobrova & Dmitri Soloviev (RUS)
   Music: Samba, Rhumba, Samba
  • They have never looked like stars to me, I wonder how long they can honestly hold onto the top spot in Russia?
  • Botched exit form the 1st twizzle set
  • I love me some theatrics, but she is way over the top in her facial expressions, even for me!
  • Their speed is good, but she is flailing out of control
  • This program is very 1990s Russian ice dance
SD Score: 32.50 (TES) + 33.23 (PCS) = 65.73

 8) Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani (USA)
   Music: Batuca, Skip to the Bip, Jazz Machine
  • I like Maia's new dress, much more mature than the old blue dress
  • They look like a senior team
  • Very quick footwork, precision is key
  • That move where Alex flips her around with one arm has improved so much since Finlandia
  • Perfectly matched leg line in Rhumba sequence 1
  • Nobody twizzles like them, and they do the optional 3rd set
  • They pay attention to everything, down to finger and head placements
  • Very smooth and even speed throughout
  • Maia looks much more mature this season, she is just carrying herself differently this season than at the start of 2010
  • This is such a clean program, what a debut for the beginning of the season
SD Score: 27.71 (TES) + 30.08 (PCS) = 57.79

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