Saturday, January 28, 2012

2012 US Figure Skating Championships: Senior Free Dance LIVE Coverage

1) Gina Hoptman & Pavel Filchenkov
  Music: Tango
  • I like her sass
  • I think I'd be sick of Latin if I did a Rhumba short and a Tango free
  • There's a lot of intricate leg work going on, but it's a little slow
  • I'd love more speed in that curve lift
  • She is working so hard out there and he's a very strong partner for her
  • Lacked some fire, but good and clean
  37.92  (TES) + 30.69 (PCS) = 68.81
  46.27 (SD) + 68.81 (FD) = 114.68

2) Meredith Zuber & Kyle Herring
  Music: Jazz Medley
  • I like the costumes, very swingy
  • This is moving very slow for such a quick rhythm
  • He needs to straighten his free leg and point the toe on the spin
  • I really want this to pick up speed right here and build toward the end of the program
  • Nice and clean, expressive, just lacking speed
  36.57 (TES) + 29.59 (PCS) = 66.16
  43.13 (SD) + 66.16 (FD) = 109.29

3) Carina Glastris & Kevin Allison
  Music: Frank Sinatra Medley
  • Uh oh, really nice lift, dropped it toward the end, balance issue
  • I like this music, it suits them well
  • Bailed out of that spin early as well, they just don't seem to be in sync today
  • She also exits the twizzles early, it's like they're not on the same page or something
  • They have really nice flow when they can get something going, but too many balance issues and bailed lifts to get a good rhythm going
  • Unfortunate showing for them, I can tell they're much better than that
  12.66 (TES) + 20.58 (PCS) = 33.24
  28.22 (SD) + 33.24 (FD) = 61.46

4) Brittany Schmucker & Adam Munday
  Music: Evita
  • I love that he is playing Juan Peron, but where is Che?
  • Nice balance on that curve lift
  • I love that dress, that beading is fantastic
  • Thank goodness they're using the Buenos Aires music
  • Using Madonna instead of Patti LuPone is blasphemous
  • That was  a nice piece overall, good flow and attention to character
  • Very polished
 37.93 (TES) + 32.43 (PCS) = 70.36
  43.18 (SD) + 70.35 (FD) = 113.54

5) Anastasia Olson & Jordan Cowan
  Music: James Bond
  • This music is very high drama
  • I'm amazed at how much they've grown from Junior to Senior
  • All the movements are very specific, not a beat is wasted
  • I like the intensity and aggression
  • Very nice upside down lift, that has to take a lot of trust
  • I don't see 100% commitment to these characters, but still a fine dance
  • Amazing improvement over just one year
  43.72 (TES) + 40.42 (PCS) = 84.14
  53.44 (SD) + 84.14 (FD) = 137.58

6) Anastasia Cannuscio & Collin McManus
  Music: Sinatra Medley
  • These costumes are a little bit much for me, a little clashy
  • They have beautiful posture, great carriage of the upper body
  • This is a great medley, it suits them so very well
  • This is a really cute piece, it's showing off their strongest suits
  • I like their clean exits from the lifts
  43.93 (TES) + 39.62 (PCS) = 83.55
  53.82 (SD) + 83.55 (FD) = 137.37

7) Isabella Cannuscio & Ian Lorello
  Music: Les Miserables
  • I'm not one for elaborate opening poses, and this one makes no sense to me
  • His height makes the lifts look great
  • Really good speed off the op here, good twizzling
  • I like that they start their music with the opening of the musical, works well dramatically
  • They are on a tear here at the beginning, nice quick start
  • I love that pop of color on the inside of Ian's vest
  • That curve lift is fantastic, amazing show of strength on both parts
  • I feel like something is constantly happening here, it's a very well-composed dance
  • Feed got stuck for a second, but we pick up with a lightning fast rotational lift
  • The only visible error was his foot touching down on that one lift 
  41.36 (TES) + 39.96 (PCS) -1.00 (DED) = 80.32
  50.03 (SD) + 80.32 (FD) = 130.35

8) Emily Samuelson & Todd Gilles
  Music: Stairway to Heaven
  • That gold dress looks gorgeous on her with her red hair
  • Fantastic positions in that spin
  • I love her sharp arm movements, she does well with all the subtleties
  • That lift off of his back is fantastic
  • They seem to really enjoy skating together
  • Great rotational split lift
  • It would be great to see them do well, I feel like both of them were cast off from their first partners
  • Great outing from them!
 42.36 (TES) + 41.39 (PCS) -1.00 (DED) = 82.75
  53.24 (SD) + 82.75 (FD) = 135.99

9) Charlotte Lichtman & Dean Copley
  Music: Austin Powers
  • They are an interesting couple because they're practically the same height
  • They are so fun to watch, such an animated couple on the ice
  • I'd like to see a more speed from them
  • Good balance in that squat lift
  • Nice unison on the twizzles, would love to see them closer together
  • Last year this time, I expected they'd challenge for the World team, but they just need a little more time to grow which is totally fine
  • This is a perfectly fun program, but I want to see them do something more mature next season
  40.23 (TES) + 37.44 (PCS) -1.00 (DED) = 76.67
  52.55 (SD) + 76.67 (FD) = 129.22

10) Madison Chock & Evan Bates
  Music: Chopin
  • This height difference bothers me less and less each competition
  • Very soft and romantic here at the beginning
  • Nice extensions, and leg lines
  • She has a very fluid and expressive upper body, Evan looks a little tight
  • Good edging, would love to see a little more speed on the circular steps
  • I love that curve lift with Madison on Evan's back with him on one leg
  • Their lifts are very seamless, fluid from entry to exit
  • Nice twizzle sets, love the look on Madison's face when they hit them
  • She is an exquisite performer, a real star
  • They've gradually gotten better all year, which is what you want in a new team
  • That rotational lift is lovely, good speed and his height makes it even better
  • Her laid out camel position on that spin is gorgeous
  • Their chemistry is so much better than it was in October
  • Fantastic job, they did everything they could have done
 44.79 (TES) + 44.80 (PCS) = 89.59
  55.49 (SD) + 89.59 (FD) = 145.08

11) Meryl Davis & Charlie White
  Music: Die Fledermaus
  • I'm not even going to comment, I'm going to watch, it will certainly be amazing
  55.43 (TES) + 59.22 (PCS) = 114.65
  76.89 (SD) + 114.65 (FD) = 191.54

12) Lynn Kriengkrairut & Logan Giulietti-Schmitt
  Music: Walking in the Sand
  • That all gray costume is ugly, sorry
  • What about "walking in the sand" scream red and gray
  • Jump into the twizzles is nice, slight unison break
  • This program has great flow, and some fantastic  lift elements
  • Great expression, but this piece just really isn't doing it for me
  (TES) + (PCS) = 92.18
  56.37 (SD) + 92.18 (FD) = 148.55

13) Madison Hubbell & Zachary Donohue
  Music: I Put A Spell On You
  • They have great speed and flow over the ice
  • He is great to watch, she is slightly distracting
  • They seemed to click instantly with one another, there weren't a lot of growing pains to go through to form chemistry and unison
  • This music suits them so well
  • They look thrilled with that, they left it all out on the ice, that's for sure
  (TES) + (PCS) = 94.04
  56.37 (SD) + (FD) = 151.60

14) Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani
  Music: Chattanooga Choo Choo, In the Mood
  • Fly babies!
  • Nobody twizzles like that
  • That straight line lift is pretty fantastic
  • I didn't like these new costumes at first, but they are growing on me, I still miss Alex' sweater vest
  • They are great, don't get me wrong, but something about it just wasn't explosive today
  (TES) + (PCS) = 106.23
  72.61 (SD) + (FD) = 178.84

Start No.NameShort DanceFree DanceTotal Score
111Meryl Davis, Arctic FSC
Charlie White, Detroit SC
214Maia Shibutani, SC of NY
Alex Shibutani, Arctic FSC
313Madison Hubbell, Detroit SC
Zachary Donohue, Detroit SC
412Lynn Kriengkrairut, All Year FSC
Logan Giulietti-Schmitt, Ann Arbor FSC
510Madison Chock, All Year FSC
Evan Bates, Ann Arbor FSC
66Anastasia Cannuscio, University of DE FSC
Colin McManus, SC Of Boston
75Anastasia Olson, Detroit SC
Jordan Cowan, All Year FSC
88Emily Samuelson, Ann Arbor FSC
Todd Gilles, All Year FSC
97Isabella Cannuscio, University of DE FSC
Ian Lorello, University of DE FSC
109Charlotte Lichtman, Arctic FSC
Dean Copely, All Year FSC
111Ginna Hoptman, IceWorks SC
Pavel Filchenkov, IceWorks SC
124Brittany Schmucker, Tulsa FSC
Adam Munday, Highland SC
132Meredith Zuber, University of DE FSC
Kyle Herring, University of DE FSC
143Carina Glastris, DuPage FSC
Kevin Allison, Skokie Valley SC

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