Thursday, November 10, 2011

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

12:55 It seems we have a pretty balanced panel between North America, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, and Asia. That's always a good place to start
12:58 Warm-up Group 2 on the ice
12:59 Cathy Reed's costume is soooo over the top

1) Lynn Kriengkrairut & Logan Giulietti-Schmitt (USA)
   Music: Hielo y Fuego, La Vuelta
  • This is my first time seeing their new programs so I'm very excited!
  • They have a nice look together overall
  • It's interesting to see how different teams make their way to center ice
  • Great hip action from Logan at the beginning, Lynn is a little stiff
  • Great unique twizzle positions, but a little slow
  • Good speed and deep edging in the 1st Rhumba sequence
  • Good character change with the music change
  • Her dress is a little too "middle school dance competition," for me, I'd live it to be less costumey
  • Nice position by Lynn in that straight line lift
  • I kind of wish their step sequence was on a faster piece of music, but I appreciate the precision
  • Great energy going into the 2nd Rhumba sequence
  • Nice ending, great program overall
  • They're very happy!
SD Score: 27.79 (TES) + 23.02 (PCS) = 50.81

2) Alexandra Paul & Mitchell Islam (CAN)
   Music: 2046 Main Theme, The Havana Slido
  • I like the flow of this program
  • I can't wait to see them mature more in terms of passion and relationship
  • I really like this smooth, moderate tempo piece of music to juxtapose the warp speed pieces other teams are using
  • They are beginning to lose speed in the quicker piece of music, which makes me wish they'd stuck to the smoother rhythms
  • Rough transitions and position changes in the final section
  • For some reason, they just lack the polish they had last season and I don't know what it is
SD Score: 26.29 (TES) + 23.07 (PCS) = 49.36

3) Lorenza Alessandrini & Simone Vaturi (ITA)
   Music: Chiquitere, mas che nada, Abrazame, Samba de rio
  • They looked very rough to me in warm-up so we'll see
  • Her unpointed feet really stand out to me at the beginning
  • The twizzles looked a little wild, on the verge of going out of control
  • Her posture could be better, but his is great
  • I'd love to see more speed on each push of the blade alone with deeper edges
  • The leg lines don't always match
  • I don't know why, but she looks to be over-acting while he is under-acting, can't they meet in the middle?
  • Nice position changes in the rotational lift, but almost no speed in the exit
  • Nice musicality in the step sequence
  • They are very rough around, they must work toward gaining polish and elegance to truly be competitive
  • I like their energy a lot, and they were happy with the skate!
SD Score: 29.22 (TES) + 25.15 (PCS) = 54.37

4) Cathy Reed & Chris Reed (JPN)
   Music: La Llama, Whatever Happens
  • One of two brother-sister teams competing in ice dance here
  • Chris looked to be a hair faster on the twizzle sets
  • They always seem to have a few moments in each program that are way too passionate for a sibling and this piece is no exception
  • They are attempting to make this Rhumba look sensual which is creepy
  • Slight slip from Chris on the circular not toughing step sequence, will drop the level
  • They are really lacking speed in this 2nd Rhumba sequence
  • Slow position changes in the rotational lift, awkward exit
  • If I were a judge I'd deduct fro sibling creepiness
SD Score: 24.63 (TES) + 24.73 (PCS) = 49.36

5) Nelli Zhiganshina & Alexander Gazsi (GER)
   Music: Desperados, Once Upon a Time in Mexico
  • I didn't like these costumes at Skate America and I don't like them now
  • His shirt looks like it came from a GAP clearance bin and her shredded look is so wrong 
  • They carry really nice speed and get really deep into their edges
  • She has beautiful upper body carriage (albeit hidden under that flowing top) but his arms and shoulders are stiff and held too high
  • Slight twizzle issue, they appeared to fall into one another at the end
  • I like Russian look she has about her...very Irina Lobacheva
  • Those costumes do NOT work for the 2nd piece of music
SD Score: 29.50 (TES) + 27.19 (PCS) -1.00 (DED) = 55.69

6) Elena Ilinykh & Nikita Katsalapov (RUS)
   Music: HipHip ChinChin, Mas que Nada, Mujer Latina
  • I like how they are coming out of the gate with a ton of speed, though I can't hear that opening music without thinking Virtue & Moir
  • I want her costume to have more color as she's such a fiery diva
  • Have they learned to twizzle in the off-season? Not so much, major separation by the 3rd set and a slight unison issue
  • They look to be running out of steam toward the end
  • Nice debut for them, I like the program but it needs polish, it looked a little frantic to me
SD Score: 29.86 (TES) + 31.97 (PCS) = 61.83

7) Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani (USA)
    Music: Batuca, Skip to the Bip, Jazz Machine
  • Maia is starting to pull her face in a Madison Chock-type way and I love it
  • Great speed as per the usual
  • Nice edging
  • Did Maia's dress always have that cutout? I like it!
  • They are probably the best twizzlers in the world
  • I love that their take on the Rhumba is youthful and energetic, nothing awkwardly sensual
  • This has smoothed out more and more each time I've seen it, but there seems to be something missing from this piece and I don't quite know what it is
  • Speed is hard to see on TV, but they seem to have lost some in the step sequence
  • That program seemed to go on and on and on, which isn't a good sign
  • It needs some sort of added spark, I'll call Igor when I figure it out
SD Score: 29.50 (TES) + 30.52 (PCS) -1.00 (DED) = 59.02

8) Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje (CAN)
     Music: Historia de un Amor, Batacuda
  • I feel bad for Kaitlyn because I can't watch her, I just stare at Andrew
  • They need to soak every point than can out of this short dance and try to take a big lead
  • Really nice deep knees and matching leg line
  • I really appreciate that they take the time to turn out their free leg
  • This piece is so smooth and each element connects to the next
  • I see such a difference in them this season, they have so much added confidence after the great Worlds finish
  • Bobble on the 1st twizzle set and major loss of speed on the 2nd set
  • They look slightly out of sorts on this step sequence, but the choreography is great and makes fantastic use of the musical nuances
  • It got a little wild toward the end, they need to know when to reign it in
SD Score: 28.51 (TES) + 31.56 (PCS) = 60.07

 Pl.  NameNationTSS
1Elena ILINYKH / Nikita KATSALAPOVRUS61.8329.86 31.977.967.688.
2Kaitlyn WEAVER / Andrew POJECAN60.0728.51 31.567.797.617.897.968.110.00#8
3Maia SHIBUTANI / Alex SHIBUTANIUSA59.0229.50 30.527.717.437.717.687.611.00#7
4Nelli ZHIGANSHINA / Alexander GAZSIGER55.6929.50 27.196.936.576.826.826.821.00#5
5Lorenza ALESSANDRINI / Simone VATURIITA54.3729.22
6Lynn KRIENGKRAIRUT / Logan GIULIETTI-SCHMITTUSA50.8127.79 23.025.755.465.825.935.790.00#1
7Alexandra PAUL / Mitchell ISLAMCAN49.3626.29 23.075.935.685.755.715.750.00#2
8Cathy REED / Chris REEDJPN49.3624.63 24.736.

1 comment:

  1. I think the shibs need to add more lifts. I think that seemed to be missing. Great program, but you kind of zone out after a while without lifts... Am I right?