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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Skate America Men's Free Skate

Group 1
Samuel Contesti, ITA: 68.32 TES + 66.36 PCS = 134.68  Total: 190.20
  • He is wearing a red and white striped shirt with suspenders and a bandana
  • Opened with a nice triple axel
  • He's going for a comical French theme here today
  • Nice triple flip
  • Turned out of a triple lutz
  • Nice position in his camel spin but it slows a little bit after the change of foot
  • I'd like to see more stretch through the free leg in his sit spin but he has a nice low position
  • He has a very nice relaxed expression on his face and very fluid movement through his step sequence; not a lot of difficulty here but the flow is very nice
  • Triple axel+double toe was nice but a little tight on the landing
  • Triple loop was a little scratchy on the landing with some ice spray
  • Nice entrance into another axel with not a lot of prep
  • Trouble with his three jump combination ans some turns out of his salchow before the two double toes
  • Really nice sit spin with great speed in time with his music but loses speed at the end
Douglas Razzano, USA: 69.84 TES + 62.42 PCS = 132.26  Total: 192.95 and into 1st place
  • Today is his birthday.  Hope he gets a good skate as a present!
  • He is wearing a burgundy ombre shirt that transitions into black
  • He opens with a triple axel with lots of speed and height
  • Nice triple toe
  • Triple axel + double toe combination was nice, but not as much height as the first one
  • Triple lutz
  • I like all the transition work in between his jumps and how he really uses the music
  • Very nice catchfoot position in his camel spin with lots of flexibility and great speed
  • Nice speed and positions through his sit spin
  • Nice use of levels throughout his footwork sequence and he's really getting into his knees
  • Triple toe + double toe
  • Nice spread eagle right into the triple salchow
  • Triple loop was well done
  • I would like to see a little more in his choreographic step sequence
  • Double axel + double toe +double loop was solidly landed
  • Good changes in position through his combination spin
Florent Amodio, FRA: 56.86 TES + 68.28 PCS = 125.14  Total: 187.60 and into 3rd place
  • He looks like Tigger attacked by the gay mafia
  • I wish he committed more to these movements in the beginning and really performed them rather than just doing them
  • Popped the quad salchow into a triple
  • very nice triple axel
  • His sit spin seems very slow especially with the build in the music
  • Something seems off today--he just seems to be going through the motions rather than completely selling his program like normally does
  • Very nice one foot section in his step sequence and lots of twists and turns
  • Really weird entry into his triple loop, way off in the air but he sticks the landing
  • Double axel and he lands with his upper body forward--he just looks like he's running out of steam, lots of pauses, and finishing behind his musical cues
  • Triple toe and he has to take a pause before his second triple
  • Really nice arched camel spin
  • Triple axel and he's off on the landing and almost puts a hand down
  • Double axel 
  • Right before the choreographic step sequence you can see how he's panting
  • Really slow in his combination spin and it seemed like he had just nothing left at the end
Armin Mahbanoozadeh, USA: 56.87 TES + 59.66 PCS -2.00 = 114.53 Total: 179.07 and into 4th place
  • He is wearing a black top with a yellow stripe across his back
  • Goes for the quad toe, didn't get fully rotated and his legs get tied up underneath him and he falls
  • Recovers with a nice triple axel+double toe but not a lot of ride out 
  • Popped open his lutz
  • Nice triple loop
  • The movements seem a little slow in his step sequence in relation to the music and there just doesn't seem to be enough power
  • Not right in the air on his triple axel and he takes another fall
  • Nice camel spin with a beautiful donut position
  • Looks like he didn't get a good takeoff on his triple flip and has to put a hand down
  • Spread eagle into a double salchow
  • He also seems to just be going through the motions in his choreography instead of really committing
  • Triple lutz with a hand down
  • He has some really interesting variations in his camel spins that look so nice
  • Priscilla is wearing a track suit with matching yellow stripes!
Denis Ten, KAZ: 64.38 TES + 67.22 PCS - 1.00  = 130.60 Total: 197.98 and into 1st place
  • He is wearing a red top covered in sparkles and is getting some final words of encouragement from Frank Carroll
  • Landed a quad toe to open his program
  • Followed up with a nice triple axel with good ride out
  • Triple flip + triple toe
  • Very nice movement throughout his step sequence and he is putting a lot more attack and performance into it than the skaters before him
  • Very nice low position in his sit spin with good speed
  • He is using every note in the music and the program is very well choreographed
  • Double axel+double toe+double toe but not a lot of speed or height on the jumps
  • Spread eagle into a triple flip and he takes a little tumble on the landing
  • Pops open his triple lutz
  • Nice triple loop to recover
  • Very nice camel position with a great arch and a very nice entry into the donut position
  • Steps out of his next triple landing
  • A little awkward in the change of foot from the camel into the flying sit and it costs him some of his speed
Group 2
Richard Dornbush, USA: 64.44 TES + 68.80 PCS -1.00 = 132.24 Total 202.27 and into 1st place
  • He is wearing a black cowboy ourtfit for his spaghetti western free skate
  • He really hangs on to that quad toe landing!  He is so low but he keeps his free leg up
  • Nice triple lutz
  • Two footed on his triple axel landing and he puts a hand down
  • Nice choreography through his step sequence but I'd love to see him really sell it more and put a little more power into it
  • Great position and speed in his camel spin with a nice transition to the sit position
  • He has such nice edge quality and a great flow to his skating
  • Pops open his second triple axel
  • Really tough entrance to a triple jump from a crossed over lunge position
  • Triple lutz +triple toe combination was really nicely done
  • He is so good with his music and really makes sure to hit every nuance
  • Pops open another triple
  • This choreographic step sequence has a lot of potential but just looks like he doesn't have enough energy to really sell it
  • A fall on his triple loop into a plank position
  • Nice positions in his final combo spin
Kevin van der Perren, BEL: 74.61 TES + 67.78 PCS = 142.39 Total: 212.48 and into 1st place
  • He is wearing a black costume with white and gold sparkle designs
  • According to the announcers he will be retiring after Europeans
  • Very nice quad toe with such a solid landing
  • Steps out of the landing of his triple axel
  • Nice triple jump
  • Great low position in his sit spin
  • This step sequence is well timed with the music but seems a little slow and is missing some of the body movement and ease of flow of some of the other skaters
  • Triple salchow +triple toe+triple toe combination was very impressive!
  • Double flip
  • Double lutz+double toe
  • I love how he's really selling this choreographic step sequence
  • Nice triple loop
  • Triple axel + double toe
  • He could use a little more stretch through the free leg in his camel spin and he loses a lot of speed as he changes foot into the catch foot position
  • Really slow on his final spin and he almost slows to a stop
Daisuke Murakami, JPN: 57.35 TES + 66.30 PCS -1.00 = 122.65  Total: 193.32 and into 4th place
  • He is wearing a black costume with lots of gold detail work
  • Triple lutz+double toe
  • Great entrance into his triple axel with nice height and a great landing
  • Fall on his quad salchow
  • He's really showing off a lot of edges and turns in this step sequence with good speed
  • Nice camel spin, but I wish he didn't have to drop his leg to get into the catchfoot position
  • Triple axel but he doesn't add the combo on to it
  • A little tight on the landing of his next triple
  • Really tight on the next landing and very close to the boards
  • Triple salchow was nicely done 
  • He could use more stretch through the free leg in his sit spin
  • Very nice triple salchow from a tough entry
  • Nice choreographic step sequence
Takahiko Kozuka, JPN: 68.54 TES + 74.86 PCS  -1.00 = 141.40 Total: 212.09 and into 2nd place
  • He is wearing a white and black top with a split in the back revealing a red patch
  • I really think his expression and flow have improved this season; he is a really beautiful skater to watch
  • Feet got caught on his quad toe and he falls
  • Nice high triple axel
  • Fall on his next triple
  • Really beautiful camel spin with great speed
  • Great timing with the music on his step sequence and it doesn't look choppy like some of the others; all the elements flow together really well
  • Forward on the landing of his triple axel but he hangs on and adds a double toe
  • Very nice low sit spin position with good speed
  • Nice triple
  • Triple loop but not a lot of height
  • Triple salchow
  • Not a lot of speed out of his triple+double toe
  • Really expressive choreographic step sequence and he uses his arms very nicely
  • Beautiful camel spin with a nice arched position
Michal Brezina, CZE: 64.50 TES + 73.42 PCS -1.00 = 136.92 Total 216.00 and into 1st place
  • An interesting costume choice, red and black and white and an orange tie
  • Very nice triple axel to open his program
  • Triple flip + triple toe combination
  • Double salchow
  • Not enough stretch through his free leg in the sit spin
  • Very nice step sequence with a lot of difficulty and use of his upper body plus well timed with the music but it starts to lose some of its spark in the middle
  • Triple axel + double toe
  • Very nice triple with a solid landing
  • Pops open his loop into a single
  • Falls on his triple lutz
  • Pops open his double axel
  • His position is a little high in his sit spin and the it's really slow through the camel position
  • He could give so much more through the choreographic step sequence and it could be a real crowd pleaser
Pl.  NameNationTSS
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TES
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 PCS
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SSTRPECHINDed.
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StN.
1Kevin VAN DER PERRENBEL142.3974.61 67.786.896.396.896.866.860.00#7
2Takahiko KOZUKAJPN141.4068.54 74.867.827.297.217.577.542.00#9
3Michal BREZINACZE136.9264.50 73.427.467.217.187.547.321.00#10
4Samuel CONTESTIITA134.6868.32 66.366.506.256.686.687.070.00#1
5Douglas RAZZANOUSA132.2669.84 62.426.365.966.436.216.250.00#2
6Richard DORNBUSHUSA132.2464.44 68.806.866.686.867.007.001.00#6
7Denis TENKAZ130.6064.38 67.226.936.506.796.646.751.00#5
8Florent AMODIOFRA125.1456.86 68.286.896.436.757.007.070.00#3
9Daisuke MURAKAMIJPN122.6557.35 66.307.006.436.616.616.501.00#8
10Armin MAHBANOOZADEHUSA114.5356.87 59.666.115.825.866.046.002.00#4
Pl.NameNationPointsSPFS
1Michal BREZINA
CZE
216.0013
2Kevin VAN DER PERREN
BEL
212.4841
3Takahiko KOZUKA
JPN
212.0922
4Richard DORNBUSH
USA
202.2756
5Denis TEN
KAZ
197.9867
6Daisuke MURAKAMI
JPN
193.3239
7Douglas RAZZANO
USA
192.9595
8Samuel CONTESTI
ITA
190.20104
9Florent AMODIO
FRA
187.6088
10Armin MAHBANOOZADEH
USA
179.07710

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