Friday, November 18, 2011

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

1) Madison Chock & Evan Bates (USA)
   Music: Chick Chick Boom, Doom Diggy Diggy
  • This opening section has smoothed out a lot since they debuted at Finlandia
  • Good twizzle set, I'm impressed their timing is so on in their debut season
  • Madison's facial expressions are the best
  • They are nice and close in the holds
  • Their speed has improved drastically
  • Their connection to one another is so much stronger than it was earlier in the season
  • That straight line lift is fantastic, great position changes
  • This music is very well edited, no strange cuts between pieces
  • Very specific hand gestures in the step sequence
  • Very nice dance from them!
SD Score: 26.15 (TES) + 15.86 (PCS) = 52.01

2) Sara Hurtado & Andria Diaz (ESP)
   Music: Mas Que Nada, Magdalenha
  • My eyes, these costumes!
  • She does not have large hips, but that costume is doing her no favors in that area
  • The headpiece is too much
  • The costumes distract from the actual skating
  • That straight line counter balance lift was very cool
  • I'm having trouble focusing on anything but the costumes
  • She goes down to her knees right before the end, he pulls her up
  • That was a decent program, but unfortunately I hardly watched the skating
SD Score: 23.28 (TES) + 23.43 (PCS) -1.00 (DED) = 45.71

3) Kristina Gorshkova & Vitali Butikov (RUS)
   Music: Rhumba, ChaCha
  • Did she borrow this costume from Alena Leonova?
  • I love that twizzle variation
  • They have nice speed
  • Very flamboyant gestures to match the costumes and the music
  • Again, these over the top costumes pull my focus and keep me from paying my full attention to the skating
SD Score: 24.72 (TES) + 24.05 (PCS) = 48.77

4) Xintong Huang, Xun Zheng (CHN)
   Music: Mambo, Rhumba, Samba
  • This costume is bad too, but I'm almost slightly used to it because I saw it in China
  • She was slightly behind on the twizzles
  • Nice positions in the lift
  • Good speed throughout
  • I love a good hydroblade move
  • The choreography in the step sequence fits the music quite well
  • Love the ending, but is that necessary?
SD Score: 26.43 (TES) + 24.28 (PCS) = 50.71

5) Elena Ilinykh & Nikita Katsalapov (RUS)
   Music: HipHip ChinChin, Mas Que Nada, Mujer Latina
  • I wonder how Virtue & Moir feel about hearing this music when they're not out there skating to it
  • They look so nice together 
  • She has her stank face on
  • I love this opening section
  • Their twizzles look better than usual today
  • I feel like I want them to be so much better than they actually are
  • The pace of this music is almost too fast for them to keep up with it without looking wildly out of control
  • Nice rotational lift, but sloppy exit
SD Score: 27.78 (TES) +30.39 (PCS) = 58.17

6) Anna Cappellini & Luca Lanotte (ITA)
   Music: Volveras, El Chupacapra
  • Not as fast as other teams, but very clean synchronized twizzles
  • Very smooth through the rhumba, very clean edge work, oops there's some snow!
  • She pulls her face as well as anybody
  • I love that even though she is such a diva, he still stands out too
SD Score: 33.78 (TES) + 30.84 (PCS) = 64.62

7) Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir (CAN)
   Music: HipHip Chin Chin, Temptation, Mujer Latina
  • This is the real HipHip Chin Chin
  • Is this opening section different?
  • So much speed going into the 1st rhumba sequence
  • Just a hair off from one another on the twizzles
  • I wish they'd bring a little more heat
  • Scott is totally the star of this team
  • Amazing curve lift
  • I'd like to see more face from Tessa
  • outstanding footwork section
  • For some reason I feel like she's not giving 100% today, not sure why I feel that way
SD Score: 34.64 (TES) + 36.54 (PCS) = 71.18

8) Nathalie Pechalat & Fabian Bourzat (FRA)
   Music: Mas Que Nada, Batacuda, Real in Rio
  • Huge applause from the home crowd
  • I like this short dance a lot because it's different from a lot of the others
  • They look a little wobbly on this rhumba sequence
  • Fabian's kick over her head was a little rough looking
  • Nice shimmy at the end of the twizzles
  • I totally forgot about his back walkover
  • They are pleased, and to do it at home!
SD Score: 33.43 (TES) + 33.09 (PCS) = 66.52

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 MOIRCAN71.1834.64 36.549.008.939.
2Nathalie PECHALAT / Fabian BOURZATFRA66.5233.43 33.098.367.898.398.368.320.00#8
3Anna CAPPELLINI / Luca LANOTTEITA64.6233.78 30.847.547.367.867.797.930.00#6
4Elena ILINYKH / Nikita KATSALAPOVRUS58.1727.78 30.397.647.327.647.757.610.00#5
5Madison CHOCK / Evan BATESUSA52.0126.15 25.866.576.116.546.506.540.00#1
6Xintong HUANG / Xun ZHENGCHN50.7126.43
7Kristina GORSHKOVA / Vitali BUTIKOVRUS48.7724.72
8Sara HURTADO / Adria DIAZESP45.7123.28 23.435.825.645.895.965.931.00#2

1 comment:

  1. THx Barbie, Had a good day and enjoyed your comments much. My mother is doing much better BTW. Starts physical therapy tomorrow!