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Saturday, January 21, 2012

2012 US Figure Skating Championships: Junior Ladies Short Program LIVE Coverage

1) Camille Davis
   Music: Pachabel meets U2
  • This music is so interesting, I love the idea
  • Oh no, fall on the first jumps
  • I'm happy to see a smile on her face after landing the second jump
  • Good use of plie and the whole body in the footwork, she spends a lot of time on one leg
  • Really good speed in the layback, could use a higher leg in the traditional position
  • Her hands are really tends, I'd love to see her relax them a lot
  • This instrumental "With our without you" brings back a lot of good memories for me
  • I love that traveling entrance into the camel spin
  • Really nice low position at the end of that combo
  • Sad about the fall, but very great expressive qualities to this skater
19.29 (TES) + 19.14 (PCS) -1.00 (DED) = 37.43

2) Polina Edmunds
   Music: Shenandoah/Turkey in the Straw
  • She is adorable, I love her! And at 13, she's younger than many Novices
  • I love that she shows her personality and the character of the piece in the choreography
  • Long entrance, but produces a good jump
  • Nice high tuck in the fly into the sit spin
  • I love Shenandoah, it's a fantastic piece of music
  • The arms are a little wild in the footwork, but I appreciate that she's using them
  • Good job of keeping the energy up the whole way through as the picks up at the end
 (TES) +  (PCS) = 51.02

3) Allison Timlen
   Music:
  • missed due to internet outage
 (TES) +  (PCS) = 35.94

4) Barbie Long
   Music: Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky
  • missed due to internet outage
 (TES) +  (PCS) = 48.80

5) Mariah Bell
   Music: Mack and Mabel by Jerry Herman
  • missed due to internet outage
 (TES) +  (PCS) = 46.75

6) Jenelle Herman
   Music:
  • missed due to internet outage
 (TES) +  (PCS) = 39.03

7) Gracie Gold
   Music: Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy by The Deviation Projects
  • Amazing job from the last minute or so that I caught!
  • Internet problems :(
34.38 (TES) + 25.83 (PCS) = 60.21

8) Gwendolyn Prescott
   Music:
  • This is a beautiful selection of music
  • Good spinning ability, I like the variations in the camel
  • The arms are a little stiff, I'd like to see her relax the upper body
  • A rather abrupt ending, but a good program overall
24.58 (TES) + 20.26 (PCS) = 44.84

9) Ashley Cain
   Music: Montserrat
  • At 16, Ashley looks and is one of the most mature ladies in this field
  • This program was phenomenal on the Grand Prix this season
  • Two-foots the first jump but manages to hold on
  • Her speed and intensity throughout this piece are great
  • Steps out of the jump but makes it look like choreography, that's the mark of a pro
  • I like this piece a lot, she performs it so well and she has the carriage of the senior
  • Really lost speed toward that catch-leg spin
  • Broke character a little too quickly after the last beat of the music
24.58 (TES) + 24.03 (PCS) = 51.80

10) Hannah Miller
   Music: Danse Macabre by Camille Saint-Saens
  • I love that spin that she opens with
  • She competes in a very tough sectional with Gold, Long, and Bell so I think that tight competition makes them all better
  • Very clean program, she was exquisite on the Junior Grand Prix this season
  • Very tight, clean jumps, there is no doubt she is going to land them when she takes off
  • This program is very high energy and she does a fine job of living up to that
  • Good solid program from Hannah, last year's Novice champ
  • What are they reviewing that it's taking so long?
30.29 (TES) + 24.15 (PCS) = 54.44

11) Katarina Kulgeyko
   Music: Love Theme by Tchaikovsky
  • Really tight jump to start, falls on second jump of the combo
  • She reminds me of Sarah Hughes
  • She looks a little anxious, unsettled, like she's not over her legs
  • That was a bit of a weird music edit for me
27.04 (TES) + 20.51 (PCS) -1.00 (DED) = 46.55

12) Jessica Hu
   Music: Danse Macabre
  • She is a very tall skater
  • Nice spring into those jumps
  • I like the dress a lot, but I don't think it fits Dance Macabre
  • Unfortunate fall on the 2nd jump
  • That spiral position needs much more stretch
  • I hate hearing the same music twice in the same event because it's difficult not to compare them to one another
23.60 (TES) + 19.75 (PCS) -1.00 (DED)= 42.35

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