Saturday, November 12, 2011

NHK Trophy Ladies Free Skate

The event begins at 5:00am EST.
The warmup group is on the ice.

Group 1 
Shoko Ishikawa, JPN: 34.14 TES + 42.93 PCS = 77.07 Total: 122.14
  • Solid triple toe + triple toe combo
  • Double lutz
  • She needs to really straighten that leg in the first position of her spiral sequence
  • A little two footed on the landing of the triple flip
  • Good double axel
  • She needs to stretch through her free leg in the sit position of her spin
  • Good triple
  • Nice triple loop
  • Good donut position in the camel spin into a nice broken leg sit spin 
  • A bit back on the landing of the triple salchow but she keeps the free leg up on the landing
  • She's just going through the motions in this step sequence and I'd like to see her really commit to the choreography and put something behind her movements
  • Not a great spiral position in her camel spin but the catch foot has a lot of flexibility
Cynthia Phaneuf, CAN: 38.71 TES + 48.69 PCS -1.00 = 86.40 Total: 131.82 and into 1st place
  • Pops her opening lutz
  • Triple toe + double toe
  • Popped her loop
  • Nice layback position into a haircutter and into a sit spin
  • Double salchow with a step out
  • Very nice arabesque spiral position
  • Triple toe + double toe
  • Triple loop
  • Fall on the double axel
  • Very nice stretched out position in her sit spin
  • Nice use of the arms and upper body in this step sequence and good ice coverage
  • Nice broken leg sit spin and good scratch spin into the ending pose
Mae Berenice Meite, FRA: 47.68 TES + 43.96 PCS = 91.64 Total: 143.69 and into 1st place
  • I'm not crazy about this costume which is a bandeau bra with a cut out dress over it
  • Double axel + triple toe was tight on the landing but she hangs on
  • Hand down on the triple loop
  • A little bobble on some transitional footwork
  • Hand down on the triple lutz
  • Good camel position into an awkward grab into the upright lift but a nice broken leg sit spin position
  • Triple flip
  • Good layback into a haircutter with a nice Biellman which maintains speed
  • Double axel + double toe
  • I'm not sure this is the right music for her as she seems to just be skating over it and she seems to be a more powerful skater and this music requires more finesse and subtlety
  • Turn out of the triple loop
  • Triple toe
  • Not a lot of content in her step sequence and very basic use of her arms and upper body
Kiira Korpi, FIN: 46.23 TES + 57.60 PCS = 103.83 Total:157.63 and into 1st place
  • She looks like she stepped right off the set of a 1920s movie
  • Triple toe + double toe--a little forward on the landing of the first jump
  • Triple salchow
  • Double axel with an easy landing and nice choreography out of it
  • Very low sit spin position with nice speed into a good twist variation
  • Very nice spiral positions
  • Double loop + double toe + double loop
  • Double salchow + double toe with a scratchy landing
  • Double loop
  • Double axel
  • Nice layback positions into a haircutter
  • Good one foot section that covers half the ice and nice use of the music in this step sequence
  • Beautiful camel spin into a nice sit position into a nice catch foot upright lift but she finishes just after the music
Agnes Zawadzki, USA: 36.53 TES + 49.82 PCS -2.00 = 84.35 Total: 138.19 and into 3rd place
  • I love this dress on Agnes.  The color suits her perfectly and it's not as over the top as the costumes last year so it doesn't overwhelm her
  • Double axel + double toe
  • Triple flip
  • Beautiful layback position into a haircutter and a nice stretched out Biellman that maintains speed
  • Hands down and a turnout on the triple lutz
  • Good spirals
  • Double lutz + double toe
  • Very cool sit spin with her foot up by her head and grabbed by the opposite arm
  • Double salchow
  • Fall on the triple toe
  • Fall on the triple salchow
  • This step sequence fits the music perfectly but I'd like to see her really perform it and let the crowd get behind her
  • Nice sit into an overhead catch foot lift
Group 2
Ashley Wagner, USA: 54.45 TES + 55.32 PCS = 109.77 Total: 165.65 and into 1st place
  • Triple flip + double toe + double toe w/ two arm overhead variation
  • Double axel + double toe looking very solid so far
  • Hangs on to that triple lutz
  • Very pretty twisted sit spin position
  • Nice spiral sequence
  • Beautiful layback position into a nice haircutter and Biellman with good speed
  • Triple loop + double toe
  • Triple salchow
  • Two footed the triple loop landing
  • Nice triple right on the music
  • Good one foot sequence into another one foot sequence 
  • Good camel position into a nice broken leg sit spin
Elene Gedevanishvili, GEO: 47.74 TES + 56.33 PCS -1.00 = 103.07 Total: 160.44 and into 2nd place
  • Hand down on the opening triple lutz but tacks on a double toe
  • Triple flip
  • Double axel + triple toe
  • Triple salchow
  • A little wild on the flying entry into the sit spin and it seems a little difficult to really get into the position and her speed in the spin suffers
  • Double lutz
  • Triple toe
  • I wish she wouldn't hike her hip up in the spiral--she can get her leg high enough without it
  • Double axel but not a very good ride out on the landing
  • She loses some centering on her sit spin where she grabs with the opposite arm but lifts into a nice upright lift
  • I would like to see her be a bit more playful in this step sequence to match the music
  • She loses her balance and takes a big fall in the middle of her step sequence
Mao Asada, JPN: 61.20 TES + 64.57 PCS = 125.77 Total: 184.19 and into 1st place
  • Easy double axel
  • Triple flip + double loop
  • Triple lutz
  • Nice camel spin into a broken leg sit spin with a twist and a great upright spin with her leg held up and lots of speed
  • Double axel + triple toe
  • Triple flip + double loop + double loop
  • Triple salchow and she is so on today!
  • Beautiful positions in her sit spin
  • I love the happy look on her face in this step sequence and the way she makes all these steps and turns look effortless
  • Two footed on the landing of her triple loop
  • Great donut position in her camel spin into a nice Biellman variation
  • Beautiful spiral right at the very end of her program
Alena Leonova, RUS: 50.50 TES + 58.42 PCS = 108.92 Total: 170.68 and into 2nd place
  • Triple toe + triple toe with fast rotation
  • Two footed and turn out of the triple loop 
  • Triple flip
  • Fast camel spin with a nice position and maintained speed through the change of foot into the donut position
  • Double lutz + double toe
  • Triple salchow
  • Triple flip + double toe
  • Single axel--her position was open in the air but she lands it
  • Good sit spin position
  • I like the passion she's showing her in her step sequence--she's really going for it and pushing through the steps but it looks a little wild in a few spots
  • The illusion spin in her final combination spin is not a good variation for her
Akiko Suzuki, JPN: 57.04 TES + 62.39 PCS = 119.43 Total: 185.98 and into 1st place
  • Nice solid triple lutz to open the program
  • Good double axel + triple toe--had to fight for that second landing a bit
  • Triple loop
  • Nice upright spin into a good broken leg sit spin--good speed throughout
  • I like this broken camel variation on her into a catch foot position
  • Nice arabesque spiral traveling backward
  • Popped a triple loop + double toe + double loop
  • Popped her triple lutz
  • Very solid triple flip
  • Triple salchow + double toe
  • This is a really nice step sequence and really works with the music--she has so much power and gets across the ice so quickly
  • Good speed in her final combination spin
Pl.  NameNationTSS
1Mao ASADAJPN125.7761.20 64.578.117.758.
2Akiko SUZUKIJPN119.4357.04 62.398.077.507.717.757.960.00#10
3Ashley WAGNERUSA109.7754.45 55.327.046.617.047.006.890.00#6
4Alena LEONOVARUS108.9250.50 58.427.546.867.437.327.360.00#9
5Kiira KORPIFIN103.8346.23 57.607.
6Elene GEDEVANISHVILIGEO103.0747.74 56.337.326.757.
7Mae Berenice MEITEFRA91.6447.68 43.965.685.185.545.545.540.00#3
8Cynthia PHANEUFCAN86.4038.71 48.696.365.715.966.186.211.00#2
9Agnes ZAWADZKIUSA84.3536.53 49.826.506.
10Shoko ISHIKAWAJPN77.0734.14 42.935.615.185.295.545.210.00#1
4Ashley WAGNER
6Kiira KORPI
7Mae Berenice MEITE
9Cynthia PHANEUF

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