Saturday, November 19, 2011

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

1) Vanessa James & Morgan Cipres (FRA)
     Music: Nostalgia
  • This is a very soft program compared to their very athletic short program
  • Perfect unison on SBS jumps
  • Very slow split double twist
  • Nevermind what I said about being a "soft program"
  • Good clean throw, not a lot of distance
  • All that clean skating and he goes down on a simple crossover, they are practically laughing as they continue
  • I like this music a lot, even if it is repetitive
  • Very strong outing from them, it won't be medal-worthy, but they show promise
  • Finish after the music
FS Score: 45.75 (TES) + 43.70 (PCS) -1.00 (DED) = 88.45
Total Score: 44.86 (SP) + (FS) = 133.31

2) Ksenia Stolbova & Fedor Klimov (RUS)
     Music: Polovetsian Dances
  • They are so similar in size that the split twists are hard for them
  • Her skirt is a little long for me, it gets in the way, and I hate those black tights
  • She stumbles on jump #2 of the 3-jump combination
  • They have a long way to go in terms of polish and elegance, though I feel they'll always be more of an athletic team
  • Those lift positions really need some work, her foot is nowhere near pointed
  • Wild on the throw, she puts a hand and a foot down
  • Points for creativity on the death spiral entrance, but it's not pretty
  • Hard fall and a big skid on the landing of the 2nd throw
  • That was a very poor outing from them, I expected much more
FS Score: 43.08 (TES) + 46.17 (PCS) - 1.00 (DED) = 88.25
Total Score: 48.81 (SP) + 88.25 (FS) = 137.06

3) Huibo Dong & Yiming Wu (CHN)
     Music: Mulan
  • It's so cute that they're doing Mulan!
  • Crash landing on the split triple twist
  • Good jumping pass
  • He nearly hits the boards
  • Fall from him on the 2nd jumping pass
  • They look very tentative in the lift
  • Nearly a dead stop at the end of the death spiral
  • Everything looks very slow and laboured
  • Very slow spins
  • This element layout follows that of the usual Chinese programs
  • Fairly clean program, but no spark at all to be found
FS Score: 53.85 (TES) + 45.63 (PCS) - 1.00 (DED) = 98.48
Total Score: 49.27 (SP) + 98.48 (FS) = 147.75

4) Jessica Dube & Sebastien Wolfe (CAN)
     Music: Heroes by Phillip Glass
  • Good overall speed
  • I love the cut of her dress but his shirt is so 1997
  • Clean jumping until he put his hands down on the last one
  • Off unison in the spins
  • Tentative approach the the 1st throw, lacked speed and ice coverage
  • I miss Bryce, but these two have potential together if they stick it out
  • Better timing on the 2nd throw
  • Didn't get the lift up, he couldn't get his arm straight, not sure if that completely devalues the lift or not
  • Finished a little ahead of the music after the pair spin
  • An okay outing, just fine for a brand new pair
FS Score: 48.06 (TES) + 49.38 (PCS) = 97.44
Total Score: 53.24 (SP) + 97.44 (FS) = 150.68

5) Amanda Evora & Mark Ladwig (USA)
     Music: Daphnis et Chloe, Reverie
  • I love the opening section, so fluid and gorgeous
  • Great split twist
  • Good jumps! Just a wild free leg swing from Amanda
  • I love that little choreographed lift
  • Good throw Amanda!
  • Great speed and flow across the ice
  • They are so beautiful I'm literally crying
  • Ouch hard splat from Amanda on that double axel
  • I say this every gosh darn competition, but they are so beautiful, but who that can only take you so far when you can land the 3 jumps you have to do in a program
  • Their reverse entry lifts are so gorgeous, he is sooo strong
  • I love the spiral sequence
FS Score: 54.04 (TES) + 58.85 (PCS) - 1.00 (DED) = 111.89
Total Score: 57.69 (SP) + 111.89 (FS) = 169.58

6) Vera Bazarova & Yuri Larionov (RUS)
     Music: Doctor Zhivago
  • Clean opening jumping pass
  • Big split triple twist, because she weighs 7 pounds
  • How she lands throws on those teeny tiny legs is beyond mee!
  • All the jumps were clean, that's a big accomplishment for them!
  • He actually gets pretty good leg height on that spiral
  • Very slow rotation on the lift
  • Very nice arch in the back from Vera
  • When they land all their elements they pull big numbers, so this is a nice bounce back from Skate America where they only placed 5th
  • Their lifts lack variety, but she doesn't hit a bad position
FS Score:65.34  (TES) +  (PCS) = 125.85
Total Score: 59.06 (SP) + (FS) = 184.91

7) Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford (CAN)
     Music: Viva la Vida, Yellow
  • This is a beautiful program, something about it is so heart warming
  • He is so much nicer to look at now that he cut his hair
  • I love her arch before the split twist
  • Unison issues on the SBS jumps, and they both land hands down on the 3rd jump
  • Good clean double axels to recover
  • I prefer a more traditional death spiral though I know variations improve the level
  • Very good unison on the spins, quite remarkable for a team that is only a year old
  • Feed stopped for a minute, not sure what I missed
  • Nice 2nd throw
  • Good lifts today, I believe those were a struggle at Skate Canada
  • Good flexibility from her on the pair spin, but it was rally off center
  • Abrupt ending, we know I hate those
  • Apparently they fell on the 1st throw 
FS Score: 61.35 (TES) + 57.21 (PCS) - 3.00 (DED) = 115.56
Total Score: 61.06 (SP) + 115.56 (FS) = 176.62

8) Tatiana Volosozhar & Maxim Trankov (RUS)
     Music: Black Swan
  • They are in a league of their own here
  • Was that a split single twist?
  • I'm so happy she scrapped the tutu
  • Nice jumping pass
  • Very soft knees from both of them
  • Perfect unison on the 2nd jumping pass
  • Hardly any loss of speed in the grip change on the death spiral
  • He exits the spin one revolution before she does
  • This is so athletic and so graceful at the same time
  • Huge throw, what else can you say about how good that element was
  • Wonderful lift position on her part, very fast rotation
  • They get bonus for all these lifts in the second half
  • I love where this 2nd throw is placed in the music, two-footed
  • A little slow on that carry lift
  • A few minor errors, but they will be your winners!
FS Score: 64.20 (TES) + 66.24 (PCS) = 130.44
Total Score: 63.69 (SP) + 130.44 (FS) = 194.13

4Amanda EVORA / Mark LADWIG
5Jessica DUBE / Sebastien WOLFE
6Huibo DONG / Yiming WU
8Vanessa JAMES / Morgan CIPRES

Pl.  NameNationTSS
1Tatiana VOLOSOZHAR / Maxim TRANKOVRUS130.4464.20 66.248.398.048.258.368.360.00#8
2Vera BAZAROVA / Yuri LARIONOVRUS125.8565.34 60.517.647.437.647.617.500.00#6
3Meagan DUHAMEL / Eric RADFORDCAN115.5661.35 57.217.326.967.
4Amanda EVORA / Mark LADWIGUSA111.8954.04 58.857.467.217.437.397.291.00#5
5Huibo DONG / Yiming WUCHN98.4853.85 45.636.145.395.645.825.541.00#3
6Jessica DUBE / Sebastien WOLFECAN97.4448.06 49.386.436.
7Vanessa JAMES / Morgan CIPRESFRA88.4545.75 43.705.715.215.435.575.391.00#1
8Ksenia STOLBOVA / Fedor KLIMOVRUS88.2543.08

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