Tuesday, November 8, 2011

2011 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating: NHK Trophy Ladies Short Program LIVE BLOG

1) Shoko Ishikawa (JPN)
     Music: La Rosa
  • Very dramatic opening, not what I was expecting
  • I do not like this costume, it's like a cross between Gypsy and Latino
  • She really needs to bend the knees, she appears to be skating on top of the ice rather than down into it
  • Clean jumps
  • She doesn't have a lot of speed going through this step sequence
  • Good solid skate, she'll be happy with that!
SP Score: 23.64 (TES) + 21.43 (PCS) = 45.07

2) Agnes Zawadzki (USA)
     Music: Harlem Nocturne, Whatever Lola Wants
  • I'm trying to decide if I like her as a brunette or not
  • She is looking really tentative on all these jumps
  • She looks really nervous, like she can't give it 100% for some reason
  • That was an okay skate, but certainly not her best
  • She looks happy enough with that showing
SP Score: 29.39 (TES) + 24.45 (PCS) = 53.84

3) Mae Berenice Meite (FRA)
     Music: Forrest Gump 
  • Very solid opening combination
  • This is a beautiful musical selection but I feel like she is skating over it rather than listening to it and letting it move her
  • She's getting more into the program in the step sequence, but I'd love to see more passion from her
  • No real spark, but a good clean skate nonetheless
SP Score: 29.90 (TES) + 22.15 (PCS) = 52.05

4) Ashley Wagner (USA)
     Music: Pollock
  • This is very interesting music, I loved this program at Skate Canada
  • 3-2 with the 2T in the Rippon variation, very solid combination
  • She is skating with nice speed and great confidence out there, I love it!
  • She has great flow out of that double axel, loses no speed on the exit
  • All 3 jumping passes as clean as can be
  • I love this new sense of purpose she has to her skating now that she's switched coaches
  • She is skating like a champion
  • I really enjoy this choreography, every movement is deliberate and has a specific purpose
  • She's very happy with that, I'm thrilled for her!
SP Score: 29.45 (TES) + 26.43 (PCS) = 55.88

5) Elene Gedevanishvili (GEO)
     Music: Tango Jalousie
  • She always comes out swinging, but it's just a matter of keeping  up that intensity
  • 3lz-2toe combination I believe that was
  • Thus far this is a totally different Elene than we saw at Skate America, but the free is the real test of course
  • I never wanted to hear this music again after it was everywhere last season, but she really portrays the character of the piece
  • Spins are traveling a bit today, it looks to be a strain to hold onto the positions
  • Good job sticking the jumps!
SP Score: 29.80 (TES) + 27.57 (PCS) = 57.37

6) Cynthia Phaneuf (CAN)
     Music: Spanish Guitar
  • This shall be interesting....
  • She always comes out aggressive
  • Shaky landing on that double axel, tentative in the air
  • Fall on the triple lutz, very tilted in the air, missed the combination
  • I don't know where her head is sometimes
  • Triple loop, why didn't she tack on a combination to that?
  • She looks really cautious out there, I'd rather see her fall 3 times and skate lights out than play it safe
  • She is finally looking like herself here in the step sequence, plus she has the crowd behind her
  • She finished a hair after the music, not sure if that will cost her or not
SP Score: 21.00 (TES) + 25.42 (PCS) -1.00 (DED) = 45.42

7) Mao Asada (JPN)
     Music: Shererazade
  • Good speed from Mao right off the top
  • Singles the axel, not a good way to start off
  • Nice 3-2 to get back in it
  • If she does all her other elements to their full potential, she can make up enough points in GOE and PCS to recover from singling the axel
  • I really like the program, it is a very different look for her
  • Really nice speed on the catch foot spin, great position
  • I like this take on the music, and she looks like she's enjoying herself which is best of all
  • Really not a moment is wasted in this program
  • Exquisite Bielman
  • Well the single axel was a problem, but this still looks like a totally different Mao from last season
SP Score: 28.33 (TES) + 30.09 (PCS) = 58.42

8) Kiira Korpi (FIN)
     Music: Somewhere Over the Rainbow
  • 2T-3T combination that looked like to me, I doubt she rotated the triple with hardly any speed going in
  • I'm not sure if I like this yellow dress better or the blue from last season
  • Triple loop
  • Now she singles her axel, is it something in the air?
  • She is such a pretty skater, so easy to watch
  • That was not her usual best, something seemed off, she didn't seem totally comfortable out there
SP Score: 24.31 (TES) + 29.39 (PCS) = 53.70

9) Alena Leonova (RUS)
     Music: Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Opens with a 3-3, very quick rotation
  • Hits all her jumping passes in what seems like the first 30 seconds
  • Nothing against her personally, but I hate everything about this program; it just doesn't seem like World-class skate to me
  • This is a much stronger program than she did at Skate Canada overall
  • She looks to run out of steam toward the end, a lot of traveling on that last spin
SP Score: 31.79 (TES) + 29.97 (PCS) = 61.76

10) Akiko Suzuki (JPN)
      Music: Hungarian Rhapsody
  • Good solid combination, she's looking strong today
  • Good double axel, she is really flying around the ice today
  • This is one of the best programs I've seen from Akiko in a while
  • She really has the crowd behind her as well
  • OMG Akiki's coach was so excited!!
SP Score: 35.09 (TES) + 31.46 (PCS) = 66.55

  Pl.  NameNationTSS
1Akiko SUZUKIJPN66.5535.09 31.468.007.547.967.867.960.00#10
2Alena LEONOVARUS61.7631.79 29.977.437.047.827.507.680.00#9
3Mao ASADAJPN58.4228.33 30.097.687.257.547.547.610.00#7
4Elene GEDEVANISHVILIGEO57.3729.80 27.576.896.547.076.937.040.00#5
5Ashley WAGNERUSA55.8829.45 26.436.616.396.796.616.640.00#4
6Agnes ZAWADZKIUSA53.8429.39 24.456.295.896.
7Kiira KORPIFIN53.7024.31 29.397.467.147.257.397.500.00#8
8Mae Berenice MEITEFRA52.0529.90 22.155.865.255.545.545.500.00#3
9Cynthia PHANEUFCAN45.4221.00 25.426.396.216.186.466.541.00#6
10Shoko ISHIKAWAJPN45.0723.64 21.435.545.255.325.505.180.00#1

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