Friday, November 4, 2011

2011 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating: Cup of China Pairs Short Program

1) Taylor Steele & Robert Schultz (CAN)
     Music: Malena soundtrack
  • Really low catch on that split twist
  • Her free leg was a little wild on those side by sides
  • Not a lot of height or distance, but she lands the throw
  • This program isn't doing much for, the choreography and music are really flat
  • They have good basics, now they need to up the speed, difficulty, and performance
SP Score: 26.68 (TES) + 21.57 (PCS) = 48.25

2) Xiaoyu Yu & Yang Jin (CHN)
     Music: The Nutcrakcer
  • Wow does this Waltz of the Flowers music take me back or what
  • Huge split twist, the home crowd is going to love them
  • Perfect SBS 3toes
  • Their unison is exquisite
  • I love the entry into the throw, very clean element with a long edge flowing out
  • Very labored position changes in the lift
  • No speed in the death spiral
  • The ending of the music is too fast, they ran out of gas there
  • Those costumes are very old fashioned, hers is cute but his is so 1994
SP Score: 31.91 (TES) + 22.51 (PCS) = 54.42

3) Klara Kadlecova & Petr Bidar (CZE)
     Music: Flamenco
  • So I don't think purple when I think Flamenco, not sure where this costume idea came from
  • They hit their side by side jumps, ever so slight unison issue
  • He has deeper knees on crossovers than she does which looks slightly awkward
  • Good speed
  • Only a double split twist
  • They look a little spastic out there, he slipped on a crossover and went down
  • She took a very hard fall onto her shoulder on the throw, short of rotation
  • That first half was a struggle, they seem to have their legs under them now
  • They have more experience so their PCS could hold them up over the young Canadians but I'm not sure about that
SP Score: 20.28 (TES) + 20.06 (PCS) -2.00 (DED) = 38.34

4) Dan Zhang & Hao Zhang (CHN)
     Music: Transylvanian Lullaby
  • This was a very pleasant program at Skate America
  • Very strong opening throw
  •  A little fight for the landing from him, but good SBS jumps
  • They just exude experience out there
  • I don't know how much that program can improve and grow in terms of peaking at Worlds though
SP Score: 30.77 (TES) + 29.80 (PCS) = 60.57

5) Amanda Evora & Mark Ladwig (USA)
     Music: The Man I Love
  • Amanda is absolutely exquisite
  • They are perfectly suited for Gershwin, they're an American classic
  • Nice split twist, catch a little low
  • Step out by Amanda on the SBS jumps
  • If they could be consistent, they'd always be a podium threat
  • Really beautiful throw, long flowing edge by Amanda
  • This is really nice choreography
  • Wonderful lift with a great smooth exit
  • This program should score well
  • They looked mostly pleased with that
SP Score: 31.39 (TES) + 26.49 (PCS) = 57.88

6) Kirsten Moore-Towers & Dylan Moscovitch (CAN)
     Music: Borsalino
  • Only a split double twist
  • Speed is one of the top things this team has going for them, and athleticism
  • Shaky on the SBS toes
  • Kirsten was really tilted in the air on that throw, really held onto it
  • That lunge lift has become a signature for them and they do it so well
SP Score: 32.63 (TES) + 28.15 (PCS) = 60.78

7) Wenjing Sui & Cong Han (CHN)
     Music: Country Dance
  • I have to say it, I'm really sick of this program
  • Sui falls on the SBS jump, I'm not worried though because they're good enough to make up those points
  • Really nice twist and throw, smooth as always
  • They've squeezed everything they can out of this program, it's time for something more mature now
SP Score: 33.16 (TES) + 27.84 (PCS) -1.00 (DED) = 60.00

8) Yuko Kavaguti & Alexander Smirnov (RUS)
     Music: All Alone
  • Yuko looks fantastic
  • Perfect SBS triple toes
  • This is a new style, especially after that terrible short last season
  • Very low catch on the split triple twist
  • Very good flow out of the throw
  • I like teh choreography, especially in the step sequence
  • Fantastic position in that lift with nice smooth exit
  • I hat that death spiral entrance but unfortunately for the audience, that's what earns bonus points and levels
  • Ended after the music
  • A very Peter Tschernyshev program...that much was clear
SP Score: 34.47 (TES) + 30.98 (PCS) - 1.00 (DED) = 64.45

1 comment:

  1. Gees thanks barbie, you think quicker than I do, I have to digest this stuff a bit then write, I was so surprised at congruent conclusions. I wasn't looking at same things you were, this is why I like to have 4-5 blogs going after I write to see what you guys have to say. We all seem to see different things, but that is OK. It makes the experience richer. I need 3 computer screens though.