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Saturday, November 19, 2011

2011 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating: Trophee Eric Bompard Mens Free Skate LIVE BLOG

1) Chafik Besseghier (FRA)
     Music: Massive Attack, Children, Safrio Duo
  • Two foots that opening jump
  • This is very cool music, but I don't know that the costume matches
  • Really good power into that triple axel, stumble out
  • Please give us some face!!
  • This softer section in the middle is very nice musically
  • I know this music from somewhere but I can't think of where
  • It's interesting because he's landing all the jumps but none of them are pretty, none of them have a nice glide out
  • He must be nervous because everything looks stiffled, even in this footwork everything looks small and constricted, he isn't going all out
  • He needs to point that foot!
FS Score: 58.58 (TES) + 55.38 (PCS) - (DED) = 113.96
Total Score: 46.43 (SP) + 113.96 (FS) = 160.39

2) Romain Ponsart (FRA)
     Music: Romeo and Juliet
  • He is a beauty of a skater, its a shame about that first fall
  • I love his look on the ice and this romantic music suits him well
  • He is quite expressive
  • I love his posture and carriage
  • He has a very fast clean rotation on his jumps
  • He has all the goods if he could build some consistency, perhaps the 2nd coming of Joubert
  • A few mistakes, but he shows nice promise and is young for a male skater
FS Score: 54.94 (TES) +56.48  (PCS) -1.00 (DED) = 110.42
Total Score: 50.03 (SP) + 110.42 (FS) = 160.45

3) Alexandre Majorov (SWE)
     Music: Flamenco Bolero
  • Please no! He's much too young and not artistic enough for Bolero
  • That weird hip roll was just bizarre
  • He needs to lift his head up to the audience
  • That mesh shirted costume is more Boy George than Bolero
  • This footwork is doing nothing for me, its slow and it lacks a flamenco flair
  • He rotates very quickly, sometimes he goes in with too much speed and can't control it
  • Nothing about his skating is much too pretty but he does attack those jumps nonetheless
  • He is attacking the 2nd step sequence much harder, I appreciate the commitment to the piece, at least at the end
  • Ends a bit before the music
  • The whole thing was a little wild and sloppy for my taste, but the strongest free thus far
FS Score: 65.78 (TES) + 62.70 (PCS) - (DED) = 128.48
Total Score: 62.12 (SP) + 128.48 (FS) = 190.60

4) Nobunari Oda (JPN)
     Music: Umbrellas of Cherbourg
  • I like this new softer approach for him, but I miss the gigantic jumps
  • 3A-2t-1t combo, count those combos Nobu!
  • Oh Goodness, we're losing the jumps
  • Oh now, a fall on footwork and it takes him a long time to get back into the movements
  • This is so unfortunate that he's not up to his best this season
  • Unless there are major major issues at the top, this will likely leave him off the podium
  • Goodness me, two more falls on the next two jumping passes, what is happening to him today?
  • The jumps are his big strength, he must be either sick or injured for them to have left him in this way
  • He has completely left performance mode as well, this is so sad to see him breakdown like this
FS Score: 46.63 (TES) + 60.62 (PCS) - 3.00 (DED) = 104.25
Total Score: 62.95 (SP) + 104.25 (FS) = 167.20

5) Kevin Rynolds (CAN)
     Music: Chrono Trigger
  • Withdrew from the Free Skate
FS Score:  (TES) +  (PCS) - (DED) =
Total Score: 65.56 (SP) + (FS) =

6) Florent Amodio (FRA)
     Music: Besamo Much, Rio
  • He is self-destructing circa Skate America with bailed jumps and falls
  • He stops mid-program to pose more than anybody I know
  • This is the weirdest program, I feel like nothing happens, exactly like his program last year
  • I feel like this is not even a program, there is just no through line to it
FS Score: 60.48 (TES) + 70.44 (PCS) -1.00 (DED) = 129.92
Total Score: 71.42 (SP) + 129.92 (FS) = 201.34

7) Adam Rippon (JPN)
     Music: Air, Toccata and Fugue
  • This is such a beautiful, elegant piece
  • Two footed and landed with the chest down, but that was the Quad Lutz
  • Spread eagle into triple axel, landed really low, bt landed
  • Very clean flow out of the triple sal
  • I love that floating arm on the twist sit spin variation
  • He makes every moment mean something
  • Could there be a bigger contrast from Amodio to Rippon?
  • I love the placement of that 2nd triple axel right as Toccata begins
  • He's landed his big elements now if he can just stay clean
  • A little funny off of the triple lutz, but landed in combination
  • Great Rippon lutz right on a musical shift
  • I LOVE that toe point on the sit spin
  • The arrangement of this music is fantastic
  • Good job, fist pump!
FS Score: 70.05 (TES) + 74.88 (PCS) = 144.93
Total Score: 72.96 (SP) + 144.93 (FS) = 217.89

8) Michal Brezina (CZE)
     Music: The Untouchables
  • Will we actually see a program unlike the splatfest that was Skate America?
  • Huge 3A
  • Huge 4t-3t, stumble out
  • He is coming out so much more aggressive here than at Skate America, which is nice to see
  • I don't like the techno arrangement of this piece
  • Very clean jumping today from Brezina
  • Stumble out of 2nd triple axel
  • This program as a whole does nothing for me other than jumping, the spins are weak and he does not "perform it"
FS Score: 67.72 (TES) + 76.56 (PCS) = 144.28
Total Score: 74.32 (SP) + 144.28 (FS) = 218.60

9) Nan Song (CHN)
     Music: Hungarian Rhapsody
  • That is one very shiny vest
  • Get ready for some jumps
  • Turn out of the 4t, ugly air position
  • HUGE 4t-3t
  • This is not much more than a string of big jumps with some arm movements
  • Solid 3a
  • He actually does a decent job of pointing the foot on the sit spin and turning out the leg
  • Nearly into the boards on the 2nd 3A
  • All these air positions are ugly, but he straightens them out on the landings, amazing athleticism
  • I hate that ugly upside down spin
FS Score: 79.93 (TES) + 67.64 (PCS) = 147.57
Total Score: 76.53 (SP) + 147.57 (FS) = 224.10


10) Patrick Chan (CAN)
      Music: Concierto de Aranjuez
  • Very clean Quad Toe, I love the immediately outstretched arms to check the landing
  • 4t-3t
  • Bail out of the 3A, into a 2A
  • This first footwork sequence is very nice, oops, caught an edge and puts hands down, not sure if that was a fall or not
  • You can't deny that he is a rare talent, even with falls and silly mistakes, he performs to he max and makes it all look beautiful
  • Stumble, hands down again
  • He always starts the season a little rough like this
  • His spins seem to have gotten faster this season
  • Another stumble out of, what looked to be a bail to a double
  • This simply won't do later in the season, but for now it should be good enough
FS Score: 72.30 (TES) + 85.14 (PCS) - 1.00 (DED) = 156.44
Total Score: 84.16 (SP) + 156.44 (FS) = 240.60


Pl.NameNationPointsSPFS
1Patrick CHAN
CAN
240.6011
2Nan SONG
CHN
224.1022
3Michal BREZINA
CZE
218.6034
4Adam RIPPON
USA
217.8943
5Florent AMODIO
FRA
201.3455
6Alexander MAJOROV
SWE
190.6086
7Nobunari ODA
JPN
167.2079
8Romain PONSART
FRA
160.4598
9Chafik BESSEGHIER
FRA
160.39107



 Pl.  NameNationTSS
=
TES
+
 PCS
+
SSTRPECHINDed.
-
StN.
1Patrick CHANCAN156.4472.30 85.148.828.368.218.648.541.00#10
2Nan SONGCHN147.5779.93 67.647.006.146.966.936.790.00#9
3Adam RIPPONUSA144.9370.05 74.887.577.117.547.547.680.00#7
4Michal BREZINACZE144.2867.72 76.567.897.147.827.617.820.00#8
5Florent AMODIOFRA129.9260.48 70.447.146.507.297.047.251.00#6
6Alexander MAJOROVSWE128.4865.78 62.706.396.006.396.216.360.00#3
7Chafik BESSEGHIERFRA113.9658.58 55.385.795.295.575.505.540.00#1
8Romain PONSARTFRA110.4254.94 56.485.935.145.715.755.711.00#2
9Nobunari ODAJPN104.2546.63 60.626.865.715.466.575.713.00#4
WDKevin REYNOLDSCAN          #5

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