Saturday, November 12, 2011

2011 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating: 2011 NHK Trophy Pairs Free Skate LIVE BLOG

1) Natasha Purich & Raymond Schultz (CAN)
     Music: Spellbound Concerto
  • They look soooo young
  • Good energy off the top
  • He steps out of the SBS 3T
  • Pop the twist to a single
  • She is hardly getting any height on that throw, or distance
  • Major unison errors on the 2A series
  • This is a very junior-looking program
  • She stops in the middle of the spin completely and holds out her wrist, I don't know if his blade hit her or what?
  • Very freaky and I hope she's okay!
FS Score: 41.60 (TES) + 41.01 (PCS) = 82.61
Total Score: 45.56 (SP) + 82.61 (FS) = 128.17

2) Marissa Castelli & Simon Shnapir (USA)
     Music: Piano Concerto No.2  by Rachmaninov
  • This is a very serious, grown up program for them
  • Simon falls on the jump sequence and totally misses the second jump
  • Their lifts always look so great because of his height
  • Fall on the throw triple axel, but it may have been rotated
  • Very off unison in the spins
  • This certainly not the best I've seen from them
  • Slight unison issue on the double axel
  • Great comeback with the 2nd throw on a great musical crescendo
  • That carry lift looks great
FS Score: 53.05 (TES) + 48.04 (PCS) -2.00 (DED) = 99.09
Total Score: 449.93 (SP) + (FS) = 149.02

3) Lubov Iliushechkina & Nodari Maisuradze (RUS)
     Music: A Chorus Line
  • I'm obsessed with this program
  • I love the jazziness of the choreography, Michael Bennett would be proud!
  • Good solid jumps and a good twist
  • Two-foot on the throw or so it looked from my angle
  • I'd love to see some more expression in the "What I Did For Love" section
  • The 2nd throw looked a little two-footed as well
  • Very interesting spin positions
  • The crowd is clapping along to the "One" section, I'd love to know if this Japanese audience knows anything about A Chorus Line
  • I like this piece because it looks like a complete program to me, and not just a string of elements
  • They should be very happy with that skate
FS Score: 52.27 (TES) + 52.62 (PCS) = 105.89
Total Score: 53.12 (SP) + 105.89 (FS) = 159.01

4) Yuko Kavaguti & Alexander Smirnov (RUS)
     Music: Clair de Lune
  • This is one of my favorite pairs free skates in recent memory, so light and airy
  • Low catch on the split twist, it looked like his hands may have slipped on the fabric of her dress
  • Great throw, she was rotating at warp speed
  • Slow exit out of the death spiral
  • The fabric of her dress looks positively gorgeous floating through the spins
  • Yuko never straightens her legs fully which really bothers me
  • She struggles on both jumps of the sequence, very funky landings
  • That moment where he holds her as she runs in the air is my favorite of the program
  • She eeks out the landing on the 2nd throw, maybe a little two-footed
  • Their lifts are never anything spectacular, where they really excel is in the in-between moments
  • Not their best outing with this program, some awkward entrances and exits to lifts and the whole thing looked a little slow
FS Score: 61.13 (TES) + 61.36 (PCS) = 122.49
Total Score: 55.02 (SP) + 122.49 (FS) = 177.51

5) Caydee Denney & John Coughlin (USA)
     Music: Nessun Dorma
  • I zoned out and missed the opening jumps but I heard clapping so that's a good sign
  • Slight loss of speed exiting the split triple twist, but great height
  • John looked a little wild on both jumps of the double axel series, but landed nonetheless
  • Very slow entrance into the throw and she fell, likely short of rotation
  • Nice job on the second throw
  • Caydee needs to really point that foot
  • They have very nice unison in the spins for a team that is so new
  • Her spin positions don't hold a candle to Caitlyn's
  • That carry lift is ugly, John looks like he his dead lifting
  • Ended slightly after the music
FS Score: 55.61 (TES) + 53.66 (PCS) -1.00 (DED) = 108.27
Total Score: 55.48 (SP) + 108.27 (FS) = 163.75

6) Stefania Berton & Ondrej Hotarek (ITA)
     Music: Adagio in G Minor
  • This has been a breakout year for them
  • They're an interesting pair because they're both similar in height and size
  • Nice 3-jump combination
  • Split double twist, she is so tall that a triple would be very hard
  • Some of the entrances and exits to the lifts are very awkward and labored
  • She puts her hands down on second jumping pass
  • Almost perfect unison on the spins
  • All of their lifts look slow and labored because she is so tall
  • She really opened up out of that throw and made it a double, very abrupt landing
  • This is just not an exciting program for me
  • Their lifts really scare me because he never looks stable
  • One of those ugly death spirals that I hate
  • Much improvement, but it lacked spark
FS Score: 52.49 (TES) + 107.60 (PCS) =
Total Score: 56.23 (SP) + 55.11 (FS) = 163.83

7) Narumi Takahashi & Mervin Tran (JPN)
     Music: Concerto de Quebec
  • Very nice split twist
  • Oh wow, Narumi actually landed that first jump!
  • This is a gorgeous program that they have here
  • I don't know what happened in that jump combination, she seemed to stumble out of the 1st while he stumbled on the 2nd and it was a jumbled mess
  • Mervin is the focal point of this team, I hardly ever watch Narumi
  • I love that they do the throws back to back right after the halfway point, that follows the Chinese pair programs format
  • She two-foots the second throw, possibly short of rotation
  • She has a fantastic spiral position
  • Not a perfect skate, but it was a huge improvement for them
  • Narumi is so excited! So proud of herself for landing the jumps
FS Score: 55.92 (TES) + 58.28 (PCS) = 114.20
Total Score: 57.89 (SP) + 114.20 (FS) = 172.09

8) Aliona Savchenko & Robin Szolkowy (GER)
     Music: Pina
  • I love this music so much
  • Slight unison issue on the jumps but they held it together
  • Kudos to Robin for such great flexibility on that spiral sequence even if his hip is hiked up
  • This is such an innovative program and the choreography is so specific
  • Low catch on the split twist
  • Did Aliona single her axel?
  • I appreciate that they don't simply perform generic lifts, but they are actually specific to the character of the program
  • Oh boy, a botched lift, he couldn't get her up over his head and she just slid down his back
  • Two-foot on the last throw
  • They just lost control of the program right at the end, they are not pleased with that
FS Score: 48.58 (TES) + 63.87 (PCS) = 112.45
Total Score: 59.23 (SP) + (FS) = 171.68

1Yuko KAVAGUTI / Alexander SMIRNOV
2Narumi TAKAHASHI / Mervin TRAN
4Stefania BERTON / Ondrej HOTAREK
8Natasha PURICH / Raymond SCHULTZ

Pl.  NameNationTSS
1Yuko KAVAGUTI / Alexander SMIRNOVRUS122.4961.13 61.367.797.547.647.827.570.00#4
2Narumi TAKAHASHI / Mervin TRANJPN114.2055.92 58.287.327.297.327.467.040.00#7
3Aliona SAVCHENKO / Robin SZOLKOWYGER112.4548.58 63.878.147.827.868.147.960.00#8
4Caydee DENNEY / John COUGHLINUSA108.2755.61 53.666.966.506.756.716.611.00#5
5Stefania BERTON / Ondrej HOTAREKITA107.6052.49 55.116.896.717.076.896.890.00#6
6Lubov ILIUSHECHKINA / Nodari MAISURADZERUS105.8953.27 52.626.686.396.576.826.430.00#3
7Marissa CASTELLI / Simon SHNAPIRUSA99.0953.05 48.046.325.646.006.255.822.00#2
8Natasha PURICH / Raymond SCHULTZCAN82.6141.60 41.015.325.

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