Saturday, November 5, 2011

2011 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating: Cup of China Pairs Free Skate LIVE BLOG

1) Klara Kadlecova & Petr Bidar (CZE)
     Music: Phantom of the Opera
  • Rough around the edges but better than the short by miles this far
  • Started out with nice speed, but running out of gas halfway through
  • That was an interesting spiral into a very abrupt ending
FS Score: 42.09 (TES) +41.52  (PCS) - 1.00 (DED) = 82.61
Total Score: 38.34 (SP) + 82.61 (FS) = 120.95

2) Taylor Steele & Robert Schultz (CAN)
     Music: Piano Concerto in F by Gershwin
  • Nice start, they have nice unison and well-matched lines
  • Good s peed
  • The throw needs much more height
  • She needs to really stretch out and point her feet in those lifts
  • Touch second throw, can't hold the landing
  • Their second set of jumps come very late in the program
  • They end with the spins, they have a lot of work to do to get to the top level, but they have a lot of promise
FS Score: 49.85 (TES) +44.74  (PCS) - 1.00 (DED) = 93.59
Total Score: 48.25 (SP) + (FS) = 141.84

3) Xiaoyu Yu & Yang Jin (CAN)
     Music: Requiem for a Dream
  • Why did they pick these costumes for this music? It makes no sense
  • That being said, amazing split twist and SBS jumps
  • I like the set up for the 1st throw and the fact that they do both back to back
  • She really has to hang onto both to control the height
  • A very flashy program overall, should land solidly in 1st
FS Score: 63.11 (TES) + 45.43 (PCS) = 108.54
Total Score: 54.42 (SP) + 108.54 (FS) = 162.96

4) Amanda Evora & Mark Ladwig (USA)
     Music: Daphnis and Chloe, Reverie
  • Please let this be clean, please let this be clean
  • I love the softness of the costumes
  • Nice speed in and out of the split twist
  • Amanda stumbles out of the SBS jump, that's almost always the story
  • Nice throw landing
  • Good double axel sequence, slight unison issues
  • This is a beautifully choreographed piece!
  • THey are so pleasant and soothing to watch
  • Great speed and flow across the ice, nice landing from Amanda on the 2nd throw
  • I love that they save ll the lifts until the 2nd half where the'll get bonus points
  • Their lifts are the best I've ever seen
  • Nice spin positioning
  • Very nice piece aside from Amanda's jumping error
FS Score: 60.51 (TES) + 53.24 (PCS) -1.00 (DED) = 112.75
Total Score: 57.88 (SP) + 112.75 (FS) = 170.63

5) Wenjing Sui & Cong Han (CHN)
     Music: The Soul of Flamenco

  • They are big time here in China
  • Split quad twist, he is majorly pitching forward and she sits it down when he puts her back on the ice
  • She face plants in the SBS jumps and misses her combination
  • Huge throw landed on solid legs
  • Sometimes I feel like he just tosses her around without much concern for how she gets there
  • We've come to expect such perfection from them that we forget they're so young
  • She really fought for the landing on that second throw
  • They both botch the landings on the second SBS jump
  • An off day for them for sure, perhaps the home pressure has been too much
  • That was very very messy from them
FS Score: 56.66 (TES) + 54.81 (PCS) -2.00 (DED) = 109.47
Total Score: 60.00 (SP) + 109.47 (FS) = 169.47

6) Dan Zhang & Hao Zhang (CHN)
     Music: Totentanz
  • I really hate this piece of music
  • Dan falls on the SBS jumps, I believe she did at Skate America too
  • They got dangerously close together on those spins
  • This is really slow, she's barely muscling out those throws
  • This program may be fine now, but it won't hold up against the best at Worlds
FS Score: 56.07 (TES) + 59.03 (PCS) - 1.00 (DED) = 117.10
Total Score: 60.57 (SP) + 117.10 (FS) = 177.67

7) Kirsten Moore-Towers & Dylan Moscovitch (CAN)
     Music: Henry V
  • This is beautiful music, a step in the right direction for them
  • Kirsten falls hard on the 2nd half of the jumping pass
  • Only a split double twist, hardly any lift
  • Labored entrance into that lift
  • She really fights hard to hold onto that second jumping pass
  • Kirsten falls on the throw, I don't know if she fully rotated it or not
  • This has been tough and go, not the skate they had at Skate America
  • Her positions have improved, especially in the carry lift
  • Hand down on the 2nd throw
  • That lunge press lift has become a signature of their programs right at the end, very nice cartwheel exit
FS Score: 56.47 (TES) + 56.79 (PCS) - 2.00 (DED) = 111.26
Total Score: 60.78 (SP) + 111.26 (FS) = 172.04

8) Yuko Kavaguti & Alexander Smirnov (RUS)
     Music: Clair de Lune
  • Slight unison issue on the jumps, Yuko was a bit wild
  • Low catch on the split twist
  • Nice throw
  • This is a very easy program to watch, it has great flow to it
  • Drifting apart on the spins a bit
  • Good double axels
  • I couldn't tell if she put a hand down on that throw or now
  • Really innovative lift positions
  • Very clean piece from them
FS Score: 58.53 (TES) + 63.76 (PCS) = 122.29
Total Score: 64.45 (SP) + 122.29 (FS) = 186.74

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