Saturday, November 19, 2011

Trophee Eric Bompard Free Dance

Group 1
Hurtado/Diaz, ESP: 26.71 TES + 33.33 PCS -2.00 = 58.04 Total: 103.75
  • Nice lift with him in a spread eagle and her flipped upside down on his leg with her foot to her head
  • Decent step sequence and you can tell she is making an effort to really stretch through her free leg
  • Good speed in their dance spin with a nice change of foot--interesting spin with him in the camel and her in the standing position
  • Nice reverse lift in a straightline position and him balancing on her knees but I thought he was going to sit on her when they exited from the lift
  • A little awkward position with her on his boot and holding her leg behind her with her arms crossed
  • He takes a big fall on the first set of their twizzles and can't complete the second and they don't hold their positions relative to each other
  • They look a little hesitant on the spins in this second step sequence
  • Nice rotational spin with her leaning back
Gorshkova/Butikov, RUS: 34.71 TES + 35.00 PCS = 69.71 Total: 118.48 and into 1st place
  • I don't understand their costumes at all
  • Nice flip lift into an uninspiring position on his leg in a spread eagle
  • Nice rotational lift with her suspended over the ice
  • Nice set of twizzles with decent unison and good speed
  • She looks really hesitant in the turns in the step sequence and they're not really selling the passionate flair they need for a tango
  • REally nice rotational lift with he wrapped around his head in a catchfoot position
  • Nice split lift in a hydroblade
  • A lot of running steps across the ice but that's the only real tango feel in this program
  • Rotational lift in a haircutter--pretty vanilla on the lifts
Huang/Zheng, CHN: 38.03 TES + 37.95 PCS = 75.98 Total: 126.69 and into 1st place
  • He looks like he's rotating the twizzles faster than her but they stay together for all three sets
  • Jump twist into a lift with changes of position but they changes need to be faster and more seamless so they don't get caught in awkward transitional poses
  • Footwork slow and not a lot of tango flair
  • Another really slow lift in the change of positions
  • Decent dance spin but really awkward change of direction
  • Rotational lift with her in a haircutter position
  • They're just going through the motions on a lot of these tango steps
  • Their leg lines are well matched through this step sequence and it's well timed with the music
Chock/Bates, USA: 39.29 TES + 40.64 PCS -1.00 = 78.9 Total: 130.94 and into 1st place
  • They look so comfortable skating with each other for such a short time training
  • She takes a little bobble out of a turn getting back into the hold but they have a great connection with each other through this sequence
  • Nice entrance to the lift with him in a spiral position on one leg going backward and her balancing on his leg in a catchfoot position
  • Cartwheel into a spread eagle lift and flip back into a hold on his boot
  • They get really close on the twizzles and she trips over his foot and falls
  • Nice edgework and matching lines on this step sequence
  • I wish they had better music as this is kind of elevator quality and they both have such great performance quality
  • Rotational lift with her balancing on his head
  • Really nice positions in the dance spin with great speed
  • Split position for her with him in a hydroblade
  • I think they still need to get comfortable with their height difference as he looks a little hunched over at times 
Group 2
Ilinykh/Katsalapov, RUS: 37.65 TES + 44.50 PCS = 82.15 Total: 140.31 and into 1st place
  • She's wearing her hair up this week with ribbon in the twists--I preferred it down much better
  • One armed rotational lift with her holding her leg
  • They have great speed, edges and lines but this choreography just does not show them off to their best potential
  • Nice step sequence really working around the edges of the ice and getting great coverage
  • Really far apart on their twizzles but they looked in sync
  • Big set up to their rotational lift with him holding her leg to her head
  • Nice lift with her rotating around him as he skates backward on one leg
  • Nice counterbalancing spin to start their dance spin but not a lot of speed
  • They spend a lot of time waiting for their music as there's just not enough for them to do
  • Nice change of holds throughout this second step sequence and a lot smoother than last week
  • Great final lift with her reaching over the ice from his knee but it looks like they struggle to get out of it a bit
  • Overall much better than last week, but I'm not crazy about this program
Cappelini/Lanotte, ITA: 42.43 TES + 46.71 PCS = 89.14 Total: 153.76 and into 1st place
  • Very close distance on their twizzles and great unison
  • Very smooth on this step sequence with nice deep edges
  • Nice flip up to a lift with her on his head and touching toes to her head
  • The black tights make her leg really stand out and in this case it's good because you can see how clean her lines are
  • One armed rotational lift with her in a pencil position
  • Really nice layback position from her in the dance spin but they really lose speed after the change of foot
  • Straightline lift with him on one leg and her legs extended over the ice
  • Split lift with her leg over his shoulder
Pechalat/Bourzat, FRA: 47.33 TES + 50.71 PCS = 98.04 Total: 164.56 and into 1st place
  • Nice opening lift with her in a handstand on his shoulders
  • Nice position with him on his knee and her bent back over the ice
  • Lots of intricate coordinating armwork from them to set the Egyptian theme
  • A little off on their first set of twizzles but the second two are very nice
  • I would like to see more connection between the two of them since she is supposed to be his dead wife brought back to life
  • Lift with him in a spread eagle and her standing on his lift and she bends back into their rotational lift
  • Good speed and ice coverage through the step sequence right into their dance spin with good speed and nice positions with a good change of direction
  • Nice change of positions wrapping up and then down in the last lift but a little difficulty getting out of it and they finish just a hair before their music
Virtue/Moir, CAN: 50.96 TES + 55.79 PCS -1.00  = 105.75 Total: 176.93 and into 1st place
  • They look so elegant in this program
  • Great speed and use of their full body going into this step sequence to really capture the old time feel of their program
  • Nice lift with her on his shoulder and him one one foot with a flip exit
  • Easy twizzles with good distance between them
  • Nice dance spin with good change of foot and good speed throughout
  • Such nice ease through this step sequence and nice matching lines and edges
  • Flip into a lift with her wrapped around his shoulders in a catchfoot position
  • Kick over the head into a lift with her standing on his leg and bending back into a rotational lift with her holding on to his neck with her legs
  • She is just perfection in this program and there are a few places that he overacts
 Pl.  NameNationTSS
1Tessa VIRTUE / Scott MOIRCAN105.7550.9655.799.329.009.439.469.501.00#8
2Nathalie PECHALAT / Fabian BOURZATFRA98.0447.3350.718.398.118.618.718.710.00#7
3Anna CAPPELLINI / Luca LANOTTEITA89.1442.4346.717.757.467.967.938.070.00#6
4Elena ILINYKH / Nikita KATSALAPOVRUS82.1537.6544.507.577.047.617.547.570.00#5
5Madison CHOCK / Evan BATESUSA78.9339.2940.646.866.546.647.046.931.00#4
6Xintong HUANG / Xun ZHENGCHN75.9838.0337.956.466.076.436.576.250.00#3
7Kristina GORSHKOVA / Vitali BUTIKOVRUS69.7134.7135.006.215.465.895.935.860.00#2
8Sara HURTADO / Adria DIAZESP58.0426.7133.335.685.255.505.935.612.00#1

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