Saturday, November 5, 2011

2011 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating: Cup of China Free Dance

1) Charlotte Lichtman & Dean Copely (USA)
     Music: Austin Powers
  • They were let down by their short, they want a strong free to make up for it
  • Charlotte needs to be styled differently, the long ponytail is very junior-ish
  • This is a great program to push their presentation skills, similar to Cabaret  from Chock/Zuerlein last season
  • Solid twizzle sets
  • Great straight line lift, keeping the character of the program
  • This looks like a different team than I saw out there yesterday, much more confident-looking
  • I love the rise and fall of the rotational lift
  • They look pleased with that skate
  • Does Austin Powers translate to China?
FD Score: 37.65 (TES) + 31.70 (PCS) = 69.35
Total Score: 40.26 (SD) + 69.35 (FD) = 109.61

2) Emily Samuelson & Todd Gilles
     Music: Stairway to Heaven
  • I love Stairway but not this version
  • Oh hello there Samuelson toe point, I've missed you
  • That dress is 100 times more flattering on her than her short dance dress
  • They're really lacking in speed, but they're so new together
  • Great lift positions, we'll be looking for more seamless transitions as they get more time together
  • Really strong curve lift, amazing strength needed form both of them for that
  • I like the program as a whole, but I hate the singer 
FD Score: 34.05 (TES) + 32.05 (PCS) - 3.00 (DED) = 63.10
Total Score: 43.64 (SD) + 63.10 (FD) = 106.74

3) Xintong Huang & Xun Zheng (CHN)
     Music: Libertango
  • She looks like Cathy Reed
  • This is quickly becoming the new "Carmen" in the cannon of overused figure skating music
  • I appreciate their aggressive approach to the piece
  • That rotational split lift is interesting but she really needs to point the feet
  • I like that legs over the head entry into the curve lift, that is different
  • The fog is back!
  • Technically it was fine, but their performance and lack of chemistry left me feeling cold
FD Score: 38.34 (TES) +36.70  (PCS) = 75.04
Total Score: 45.07 (SD) + 75.04 (FD) = 120.11

4) Xiaoyang Yu & Chen Wang (CHN)
     Music: Howl's Moving Castle
  • Slightly mismatched free leg in the twizzles
  • This is really slow
  • Straight line lift-very labored position changes, barely hits the final one
  • Really lost speed in the spin
  • I'm not understanding the story of the piece, perhaps it is something cultural?
  • That lift with the woman on her stomach over the man's shoulder is quickly becoming overdone
  • Really ran out of gas at the end
FD Score: 33.57 (TES) + 33.66 (PCS) - (DED) = 67.23
Total Score: 48.36 (SD) + 67.23 (FD) = 115.59

5) Pernelle Carron & Lloyd Jones (FRA)
     Music: Jazz Night
  • He is such a cutie, I just love it
  • They remind me a lot of Tobias & Stagniunas
  • Really slow twizzles
  • He is the star of this team, must be a theme in French ice dancing
  • That curve lift was fairly simple
  • I really liked that rotational lift with him in a low position and her in a plank, innovative]
  • She has nice upper body carriage
  • Really fast spin and they keep that speed going in the position changes
  • She gets her legs a bit tangled in the drop splits
  • I feel like their losing the finesse right here at the end, it's gotten a little wild and out of control
  • Needs some attention to detail, but really nice skate overall
FD Score: 38.19 (TES) +40.37  (PCS) = 78.56
Total Score: 52.41 (SD) + 78.56 (FD) = 130.97

6) Penny Coomes & Nicholas Buckland (GBR)
     Music: Viva Elvis Medley
  • Belbin & Agosto did a great Elvis program as youngsters
  • Those twizzles were all kinds of off, speed and positions were off
  • Really quick in the position changes in the rotational lift, a little sloppy
  • Nicholas Buckland is such a diva, he's the star of this team as well
  • This program is really speedy but it is sloppy, where is the finesse?
  • I don't like his costume, it looks like Ricky Dornbush's western free skate
  • He lifts her like it is nothing, he'd be a really good pairs partner
  • I don't know if it's the sound system or what but, this arrangement sounds horrendous on my end
  • Oh wow, really hard fall from both of them right at the end out of a lift
  • That program was messy, didnt' tell a story, did nothing for me overall
FD Score: 39.92 (TES) +39.58 (PCS) - 2.00 (DED) = 76.50
Total Score: 53.89 (SD) + 76.50 (FD) = 130.39

7) Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani (USA)
     Music: Glenn Miller Medley
  • Maia is beginning to look like an ice diva out there!
  • That is how you do a drop split
  • I think Maia has grown a little taller this season!
  • Great twizzle set as always
  • Really great speed and footwork
  • They pay close attention to every detail
  • Their body positions and carriage have improved as well
  • Maia does indeed have the vest red dress of the season thus far
  • They have nice edge quality, could go even deeper
  • Great rotational lift, same on they've done in the past
  • Nice crisp ending pose, finished exactly on the beat and with one another
  • If they don't win Gold, I hope they at least win the free
FD Score: 43.14 (TES) + 48.47 (PCS) - 1.00 (DED) = 90.61
Total Score: 57.79 (SD) + 90.61 (FD) = 148.40

8) Ekaterina Bobrova & Dmitri Soloviev (RUS)
     Music: Walpurgis Night
  • Poor guy, he can't even see on that lift with her dress over his head
  • Why are these costumes necessary?
  • Good twizzle set
  • She always looks hunched over at the waist, must be a good ab workout
  • Her costume is just so distracting, the gloves don't help at all
  • This program is fine, but nothing that exciting
  • This looks like Russian ice dance of the 1990s
  • I can barely stand to watch her pitch forward like that
  • Doesn't she can skate into her knees without destroying her whole body  line
  • Very awkward final lift, she gets stuck between his legs in he position changes
FD Score: 45.95 (TES) + 51.84 (PCS) = 97.79
Total Score: 65.73 (SD) + 97.79 (FD) = 163.52

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