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Friday, November 18, 2011

2011 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating: Trophee Eric Bompard Men's Short Program LIVE BLOG

1) Romain Ponsart (FRA)
     Music:
  • This is my first time seeing Romain and I'm excited!
  • Very nice 4t!
  • Stumble out of the triple axel, hands down, very splayed out on the ice
  • Popped the 3rd jump to a single, he didn't do a combination unless I missed it on the 1st jump
  • He is a very theatrical skater and this music suits him so well
  • He is so expressive and so passionate, especially in this step sequence
  • Even with those jumping errors, he is a joy to watch
  • I'd like to see him relax his upper body a little more to move more fluidly through some of his positions
  • Very abrupt ending, if you've been reading me  you know I hate that
SP Score: 23.36 (TES) + 27.67 (PCS) -1.00 (DED) = 50.03

2) Chafik Besseghier (FRA)
     Music: Artsakh
  • He reminds me of a mini Florent, both in looks and in style
  • Took the first jump to the knee, but almost made it look intentional rather than like a fall
  • Huge height and power in the triple axel, but again hand down and almost to the knee
  • And we have a pop, these young Frenchmen are struggling to jump today
  • He has so much energy and power through this program, but I would love to see more expression on his face
SP Score: 19.14 (TES) + 27.29 (PCS) = 46.43

3) Nan Song (CHN)
     Music: Requiem for a Dream
  • This program was amazing at Cup of China, let's see if he's carried that momentum here
  • 4t-3t, looked so easy for him
  • He has that catlike ability to land almost anything, even if it looks awful in the air
  • Huge triple axel
  • Everything he does on the ice is huge
  • Really low landing on the triple lutz
  • He is really throwing everything he has in him into this footwork
  • If he does this in the free, he may be up on the podium again!
  • I hate that "butt out" spin position 
  • What a short program, he laid down the gauntlet for the 2nd group of men
  • He is a special talent, if he worked with a dance teacher and a top choreographer, her could really contend for medals
SP Score: 44.92 (TES) + 31.61 (PCS) = 76.53

4) Kevin Reynolds (CAN)
     Music: Chambermaid Swing
  • Kevin is a little more stylish this year
  • Both jumps of that opening 4s-3t looked two-footed to me
  • He struggled on that axel, was that even a triple?
  • I loved those steps into that triple lutz
  • This choreography is a bit strange for me, I get that he's trying to show he can perform and not just jump, but this is just a bit odd for me
  • Good short program outing for him overall
SP Score: 32.57 (TES) + 32.99 (PCS) = 65.56

5) Alexander Majorov (SWE)
     Music: Soul Bossa Nova
  • Oh Austin Powers
  • Triple axel, hand down
  • This costume is very bizarre, but it fits the music at least
  • I missed the jump but saw the fall, I think that was a triple axel?
  • His programs still look very junior-ish to me
  • That was a very abrupt ending in the music and in the choreography
  • He has a lot of maturing to do
SP Score: 32.45 (TES) + 30.67 (PCS) -1.00 (DED) = 62.12

6) Florent Amodio (FRA)
     Music: Summertime, Jumpin Jack
  • Big 3a
  • He looks really comfortable over his legs today, opposite of Skate America
  • Could those pants get any tighter
  • Mr. Gershwin would roll over in his grave if he heard his music in combination with Jumpin Jack
  • I hate that in every program, he stands at the end of the rink and gestures wildly before going into his footwork, it is the equivalent of a runner starting a spring from the blocks
  • A little tight on some of the jumps, but he'll be happy with that home performance
SP Score: 36.11 (TES) + 35.31 (PCS) = 71.42

7) Adam Rippon (USA)
     Music: Korobushko by Bond
  • In this costume I feel he should be skating to Trepak from Nutcracker
  • Rippon lutz! I miss that at every competition he's not in
  • Very low landing on the triple axel, needed more flow in the exit edge
  • Very stiffled 3F-3t
  • He is landing the jumps, but they look rushed today,  two-foots here and there
  • He didnt' have the technical package of Song, but that was a more complete program with stronger spins, more elaborate footwork, and better performance quality
SP Score: 36.42 (TES) + 36.54 (PCS) = 72.96

8) Nobunari Oda (JPN)
     Music: Memphis Soul Stew
  • What happened to Nobu's jumps? No Quad, falling out, where has he gone?
  • That shirt looks like a piece of art taken off the wall at MOMA
  • He usually has such long gliding edges out of his jumps but everything looks so stiffled today
  • He still has the softest knees in figure skating
  • I love his sit spin variation!
  • There was just no life to that program
SP Score: 27.52 (TES) + 36.43 (PCS) -1.00 (DED)= 62.95

9) Michal Brezina (CZE)
     Music: Best of Kodo
  • I'm not a fan of re-using programs, I find it to be cheating
  • Big 4t-but only a double toe
  • Nice jumping overall today
  • This choreography brings out the subtle nuances of the music quite well
  • Very good execution of this short, but that tends to be easier when you are using last year's short
  • His spins are quite slow, probably the weakest aspect of his skating
SP Score: 36.51 (TES) + 37.81 (PCS) = 74.32

10) Patrick Chan (CAN)
      Music: Take Five
  • Again with last year's program, we've seen this program now like how many times?
  •  Fall on the opening Quad toe, how do you botch a program you've been doing forever? Undertraining?
  • Beautiful exit from the triple axel, he could have sat on that edge for a minute and not run out of speed
  • Steps into 3F-3T, equally beautiful
  • I like this music because it is in a difficult time signature and it forces the skater to really listen and skate into the music rather than over it
  • He has such gorgeous swing on his free leg
  • I hate that its recycled, but that's how you do a complete program
SP Score: 41.20 (TES) + 43.96 (PCS) -1.00 (DED) = 84.16


Pl.NameNationPointsSPFS
1Patrick CHAN
CAN
84.161
2Nan SONG
CHN
76.532
3Michal BREZINA
CZE
74.323
4Adam RIPPON
USA
72.964
5Florent AMODIO
FRA
71.425
6Kevin REYNOLDS
CAN
65.566
7Nobunari ODA
JPN
62.957
8Alexander MAJOROV
SWE
62.128
9Romain PONSART
FRA
50.039
10Chafik BESSEGHIER
FRA
46.4310



 Pl.  NameNationTSS
=
TES
+
PCS
+
SSTRPECHINDed.
-
StN.
1Patrick CHANCAN84.1641.2043.968.968.648.618.938.821.00#10
2Nan SONGCHN76.5344.9231.616.545.866.576.326.320.00#3
3Michal BREZINACZE74.3236.5137.817.647.187.717.647.640.00#9
4Adam RIPPONUSA72.9636.4236.547.367.007.437.327.430.00#7
5Florent AMODIOFRA71.4236.1135.317.186.467.257.217.210.00#6
6Kevin REYNOLDSCAN65.5632.5732.996.576.396.646.646.750.00#4
7Nobunari ODAJPN62.9527.5236.437.757.047.217.257.181.00#8
8Alexander MAJOROVSWE62.1232.4530.676.145.826.186.216.321.00#5
9Romain PONSARTFRA50.0323.3627.675.964.965.575.505.681.00#1
10Chafik BESSEGHIERFRA46.4319.1427.295.685.115.465.615.430.00#2

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