Saturday, November 19, 2011

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

1) Sara Hurtado & Andria Diaz (ESP)

     Music: Tristan and Isolde
  • I love her braid but hate the rest of this ensemble
  • They are very athletically built skaters
  • Nice speed in and out of the curve lift
  • This is very 1990s ice dance, very high drama
  • Interesting counter-balance move, the exit was very scary though, I thought he was going to tep on her head or hand or something
  • He falls on the twizzle
  • Interesting twizzle variations
  • Kind of sloppy overall
FD Score: 26.71 (TES) + 33.33 (PCS) -2.00 (DED) = 58.04
Total Score: 45.71 (SD) + 58.04 (FD) = 103.75

2) Kristina Gorshkova & Vitali Butikov (RUS)
     Music: Tango
  • These are equally heinous costumes, just as in the short
  • They start right off with their dance spin
  • Everything is very choppy and stiff
  • Pretty good twizzle set
  • I don't understand these costumes at all
  • This whole thing is very messy
  • Very slow through the footwork
  • I just can't get into this program because nothing is crisp and clean, its all very muddled
  • This high drama nonsense is very 1990s Ice Dance
FD Score: 34.71 (TES) + 35.00 (PCS) = 69.72
Total Score: 48.77 (SD) + 69.72 (FD) = 118.48

3) Xintong Huang & Xue Zheng (CHN)
     Music: Libertango
  • Slight unison issue in twizzles
  • A few awkward transitions the the big lift
  • Some of their transitions are a bit strange
  • Very slow in the dance spin
  • That haircutter lift is very common, lacks creativity
  • This program just isn't doing it for me today, there was no spark
FD Score: 38.03 (TES) + 37.95 (PCS) = 75.98
Total Score: 50.71 (SD) + 75.98 (FD) = 126.69

4) Madison Chock & Evan Bates (USA)
     Music: Prelude in E Minor by Chopin
  • This is a very romantic program
  • The technique and the connection between them has improved with every event
  • She has fantastic upper body carriage as does he
  • The height difference bothers me less and less each time I see it
  • That lift with Evan in an arabesque is fantastic
  • I still don't know if I like this muzak feel in the middle section
  • Nice speed
  • Same speed in and out of the straight line lift, very good
  • They get way too close on the twizzles and Madi sits it down, too bad about that
  • I love the speed and positions of the rotational lift
  • Her upside down camel position is very nice in the dance spin 
  • Aside from the freak twizzle fall, a very nice outing for them
  • I'm obsessed with her hair, I have no idea how she gets it like that, its's very Romeo and Juliet
FD Score: 39.29 (TES) + 40.64 (PCS) -1.00 (DED) = 78.93
Total Score: 52.01 (SD) + 78.93 (FD) = 130.94

5) Elena Ilinykh & Nikita Katsalapov (RUS)
     Music: Ave Maria
  • She always crosses herself going onto the ice
  • They carry very nice speed
  • I love how deep they get into the knees
  • I'd prefer her hair down and flowing
  • I really like the twizzles facing one another, it's nice visually
  • Sometimes he looks really unsteady lifting her, but she's so small
  • I love the position on that dance spin, but the speed is nearly gone by the end
  • The pace is so fast, that they always look a little wild by the end trying to keep up
  • I do believe that was better than at NHK though
FD Score: 37.65 (TES) + 44.50 (PCS) = 82.15
Total Score: 58.17 (SD) + 82.15 (FD) = 140.32

6) Anna Cappellini & Luca Lanotte (ITA)
     Music: La Strada
  • This program was gorgeous at Skate Canada, if they just do it the same way
  • This character piece looks lovely on them
  • I love that headtap lift, it's very unique
  • Very good speed throughout
  • That hand in the crotch lift is just awkward all around
  • That straight line lift takes so much strength
  • Tanith lift, I don't know the man has any idea where he's going when she is right in his face like that
  • They'll get very high marks for that skate
FD Score: 42.43 (TES) + 46.71 (PCS) = 89.14
Total Score: 64.62 (SD) + 89.76 (FD) = 153.76

7) Nathalie Pechalat & Fabian Bourzat (FRA)
     Music: The Feeling Begins, Passion, In The Garden
  • Very nice opening lift
  • I still don't htink that the costuming looks World Class, but I don't know how else you make somebody look like a Mummy
  • He is fantastic, I could just watch him all day
  • This is a very complete program, it tells a story from beginning to end and they carry the theme throughout
  • I don't think you could get more of a contrast from thsi to Virtue & Moir
  • All of the music goes together so well, nothing is choppy
  • They  have fantastic speed, I think the home crowd is really propelling them and this is a piece that the audience can really get into
  • And they end the way they started
  • They loved that at home and they should be proud
FD Score: 47.33 (TES) + 50.71 (PCS) = 98.04
Total Score: 66.52 (SD) + 98.04 (FD) = 164.56

8) Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir (CAN)
     Music: Funny Face
  • They are the class of the field
  • This piece is classic Virtue & Moir
  • A little problem with that overhead lift, choppy transitions
  • They make this look so easy
  • Its so classic old Hollywood
  • They take a lot of risk with these lifts
  • Very nice, clean program
  • They're very happy with that
FD Score: 50.96 (TES) + 55.79 (PCS) -1.00 (DED) = 105.75
Total Score: 71.18 (SD) + 105.75 (FD) = 176.93

1Tessa VIRTUE / Scott MOIR
2Nathalie PECHALAT / Fabian BOURZAT
5Madison CHOCK / Evan BATES
6Xintong HUANG / Xun ZHENG
7Kristina GORSHKOVA / Vitali BUTIKOV
8Sara HURTADO / Adria DIAZ

Pl.  NameNationTSS
1Tessa VIRTUE / Scott MOIRCAN105.7550.96 55.799.329.009.439.469.501.00#8
2Nathalie PECHALAT / Fabian BOURZATFRA98.0447.33 50.718.398.118.618.718.710.00#7
3Anna CAPPELLINI / Luca LANOTTEITA89.1442.43 46.717.757.467.967.938.070.00#6
4Elena ILINYKH / Nikita KATSALAPOVRUS82.1537.65 44.507.577.047.617.547.570.00#5
5Madison CHOCK / Evan BATESUSA78.9339.29 40.646.866.546.647.046.931.00#4
6Xintong HUANG / Xun ZHENGCHN75.9838.03 37.956.466.076.436.576.250.00#3
7Kristina GORSHKOVA / Vitali BUTIKOVRUS69.7134.71
8Sara HURTADO / Adria DIAZESP58.0426.71 33.335.685.255.505.935.612.00#1

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