Sunday, February 12, 2012

2012 Four Continents Championships: Free Dance LIVE Coverage

1) Corenne Bruhns & Ryan Van Natten (MEX)
 Music: Harlem Nocturne, My Drag
  • This is dragging, I feel like this team needs more upbeat music to inject some more life into their skating
  • The lifts are very slow and labored
  • There is no sparkle in this program
  • I'd like to see more effort, that helps disguise lesser technique
  • Was that a fall, or was she just on her knees?
  • That upside down lift with her shoulder on his knee is kind of cool
  • Oh boy, scary balance lift, her head almost on the ice
  • This team has potential and he's a great performer
  • They just need to drill these programs to get more and more comfortable with them
32.66 (TES) + 22.98 (PCS) = 55.64
35.93 (SD) + (FD) = 91.57

2) Cortney Mansour & Daryn Zhunussov (KAZ)
 Music: Cirque du Soleil
  • Oh boy, a Morozov team
  • Is it me or do they look like a mini-me of the Reeds/
  • I like the whimsical quality of this piece
  • This suits their ages
  • That slide under his legs was very cool
  • Good twizzle set, his arms were just slightly higher
  • Nice back entry and position changes on the straight line lift, great speed
  • I think she's a little diva in the making
  • A lot of spread eagles already, but it works in this piece
  • Great knee bend
  • I'd love to see a little more facial expression from him
  • That was a pretty weak haircutter compared to what we'll see later
  • That little moment where her mussed her hair was cute, very in the character
  • Lost a lot of the speed in the spin, but a cool section of the music for it
  • They need to work on matching the leg line, his is slightly higher
  • Good outing overall, they should be pleased
30.43 (TES) + 22.70 (PCS) = 53.13
25.53 (SD) + 53.13 (FD) = 78.66

3) Anna Nagornyuk & Viktor Kovalenko (UZB)
 Music: Cry me a river/Peter Gunn
  • This costume has a major ick factor
  • Those twizzles were really fast, maybe a foot down
  • Those boot covers are tragic
  • It's so hard to watch anything else because my eye keeps going to the boots
  • This is such an odd  combination of music
  • Good speed on the rotational lift
38.07 (TES) + 30.61 (PCS) -1.00 (DED) = 67.68
39.93 (SD) + 67.68 (FD) = 107.61

4) Alexandra Paul & Mitchell Islam (CAN)
 Music: Tonight
  • They are exquisite, the definition of beautiful
  • She looks like a little sylph out there
  • Oh no, he falls on the first twizzle and then aborts the second
  • Something is going on with them this season, the aren't clicking along like last year
  • I love this music for them, it's like a modern classic
  • I love that transition as they change feet on the spin, they make a moment of it
  • They need the summer break to figure out where they're going and move on
  • Lovely rotational lift
33.07 (TES) + 37.38 (PCS) -1.00 (DED) = 69.45
48.52 (SD) + 69.45 (FD) = 117.97

5) Madison Hubbell & Zachary Donohue (USA)
 Music: I Put A Spell On You
  • I'm buying everything he's selling, but she just gets in the way
  • Good flow over the ice, very even and smooth
  • That entrance to the first lift comes out of  nowhere
  • Oh boy, another fall from him, didn't appear to be on an element
  • Good first twizzle, got too close together on the second and appeared to have gotten tangled up
  • Come on now kids, don't let go of the performance
  • That little pop/lock dance break in the middle is a little tacky, it's corny
  • They look wild and out of control here, and though it suits the dance, I think they're running out of steam
40.72 (TES) + 39.55 (PCS) -1.00 (DED) = 79.27
49.93 (SD) + 79.27 (FD) = 129.20

6) Danielle O'Brien & Gregory Merriman (AUS)
 Music: In the Mood, Moonlight Serenade
  • Uh oh, somebody coming later in the event is about to do this music much better!
  • Very fast and high energy, but a lot of the details are left out
  • A lot of the lift positions need to be held out longer
  • A little too slow in the middle section here, they're losing my interest
  • This couple is really cute, I like their style, they just need more polish
34.93 (TES) + 30.88 (PCS) = 65.81
40.10 (SD) + 65.81 (FD) = 105.91

7) Xiaoyang Yu & Chen Wang (CHN)
 Music: Howl's Moving Castle
  • Hard to tell the unison on the twizzles with all that fabric, but seemed on point
  • Ohh, she was supposed to step on his boot to end that lift, but she missed it
  • I don't like all the stationary movement at center ice
  • Nice rotational lift, very lyrical quality overall
  • They're starting to run out of steam in this step sequence
  • This music suits them very well, ethereal and dreamlike
36.50 (TES) + 33.13 (PCS) = 69.63
45.42 (SD) + (FD) = 115.05

8) Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje (CAN)
 Music: Je Suis Malade
  • This opening is beautiful, this is the most romantic of all  these free dances
  • Really deep edges, good leg line
  • This free skate complements their strong suits much better than last season
  • I like the drama in this program
  • I'm obsessed with this free dance, the emotion is real and not manufactured
  • I think that was their first clean twizzle set of the season
  • This is a complete program, you don't even see the elements
  • That last lift is so grand
  • I love the ending, it's so raw
  • 47.42 (TES) + 51.61 (PCS) = 99.03
64.23 (SD) + 99.03 (FD) = 163.26

9) Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani (USA)
 Music: Chattanooga Choo Choo, In the Mood
  • Very quick and snappy beginning
  • This is the polar opposite of Weaver & Poje
  • The twizzles are more and more amazing everytime
  • The strength it must take on her part in that straight line lift is remarkable
  • They are masters at changing lift positions seamlessly while still hitting each
  • You can see the elements in this program more than some of the older teams
  • They manage to make even the slower pieces look fast
  • Great balance and leverage on that curve lift
  • She definitely gets to do her fair share of splits
  • Oh boy, Alex doesn't look good, he's coughing and can hardly breathe
  • I though he was going to pass out
47.06 (TES) + 48.85 (PCS) -1.00 (DED) = 94.91
63.38 (SD) + 94.91 (FD) = 158.29

10) Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir (CAN)
 Music: Funny Face
  • I love this dance, it's so theatrical, it's perfection in my book
  • This instrumental section in the middle is so clever
  • That curve lift was perfectly in time with the musical nuances
  • Perfect twizzles
  • I don't envy the judges, there is nothing in this program that isn't exquisite
  • That final lift is pretty fantastic, the control that must take is out of this world
54.07 (TES) + 57.17 (PCS) = 111.24
71.60 (SD) + 111.24 (FD) = 182.84

11) Meryl Davis & Charlie White (USA)
 Music: Die Fledermaus
  • I don't know how to pick this piece apart, it's so fantastic as it is
  • They are perfectly at home with one another
  • I keep losing my feed so unfortunately it's difficult to comment on it
  • I think their twizzles are faster than Virtue & Moir
  • I give the edge in performance to Davis & White, I think they include the crowd more
  • However, I don't think their lifts change positions as many times as Virtue & Moir
50.01 (TES) + 57.24 (PCS) = 107.25
72.15 (SD) + 107.25 (FD) = 179.40

1Tessa VIRTUE / Scott MOIR
2Meryl DAVIS / Charlie WHITE
3Kaitlyn WEAVER / Andrew POJE
5Madison HUBBELL / Zachary DONOHUE
6Alexandra PAUL / Mitchell ISLAM
7Xiaoyang YU / Chen WANG
9Danielle OBRIEN / Gregory MERRIMAN
10Corenne BRUHNS / Ryan VAN NATTEN

1Tessa VIRTUE / Scott MOIRCAN111.2454.07 57.179.469.329.719.619.710.00#10
2Meryl DAVIS / Charlie WHITEUSA107.2550.01 57.249.549.369.689.619.640.00#11
3Kaitlyn WEAVER / Andrew POJECAN99.0347.42 51.618.508.368.758.718.890.00#8
4Maia SHIBUTANI / Alex SHIBUTANIUSA94.9147.06 48.858.
5Madison HUBBELL / Zachary DONOHUEUSA79.2740.72 39.556.616.436.546.756.751.00#5
6Xiaoyang YU / Chen WANGCHN69.6336.50 33.135.685.365.545.545.570.00#7
7Alexandra PAUL / Mitchell ISLAMCAN69.4533.07 37.386.
8Anna NAGORNYUK / Viktor KOVALENKOUZB67.6838.07 30.615.184.935.
9Danielle OBRIEN / Gregory MERRIMANAUS65.8134.93 30.885.214.935.215.325.210.00#6
10Corenne BRUHNS / Ryan VAN NATTENMEX55.6432.66 22.984.003.643.824.003.790.00#1
11Cortney MANSOUR / Daryn ZHUNUSSOVKAZ53.1330.43 22.703.963.463.864.043.790.00#2

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