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Friday, January 27, 2012

U.S. Nationals: Senior Men's Short Program

Richard Dornbush: 19.73 TES + 32.86 PCS -1.00 = 51.59
  • Fall on his opening triple lutz 
  • Popped his axel into a single
  • Nice camel spin into a good twisted catch foot position
  • Popped the flip into a single and with no combo, he'll have a penalty for not completing the required elements
  • Good sit spin positions and speed
  • Nice push across the ice in his step sequence and good timing with the music
  • Good camel spin into a nice tuck position in his sit and a good stretched out upright position
  • The mistakes on the jumps are really going to knock him out of contention but he has such a strong free that he could still have a great showing on Sunday
Adam Rippon: 44.08 TES + 38.86 PCS = 82.94 and into 1st place
  • Very nice triple flip + triple toe combination
  • Lands the triple axel!
  • Nice broken leg sit spin position with a flying change to a twisted variation
  • Gorgeous Rippon lutz
  • Nice camel spin into a really good donut position but losing some speed toward the end
  • Lots of arms and upper body movement and some great Russian moves in this step sequence with lots of difficulty and he's really getting the crowd on his side
  • Huge Russian split into his final combination spin with a lot of speed, good variations and a haircutter
Scott Dyer: 33.60 TES + 33.89 PCS -1.00 = 66.49 and into 2nd place
  • Fall on the second jump of his triple salchow + triple loop combo
  • He has great posture and presence on the ice through these transitions
  • Double axel
  • Really nice camel position with a good arch in his back and a nice catch foot position
  • Good triple lutz
  • Nice edges in his step sequence and lots of arms but not a lot of upper body
  • Nice sit spin position with cool arms punching down 
  • So much speed in his camel spin with a nice position and no loss of speed through the position changes down into a sit position and ending with a scratch spin
Alexander Johnson: 25.33 TES + 32.40 PCS = 53.73 and into 3rd place
  • After a few days rest from making his pairs debut in the novice event, he's back on the ice in this event
  • Solid double axel
  • A little tight on the landing of the triple flip but hangs on to it
  • Nice stretched out sit spin position 
  • Stepped out of the triple lutz but hung on to it and didn't put his hands down
  • Really nice camel spin position with his leg above 90 degrees and some nice changes of position
  • Nice step sequence with good quality of movement and nice attention to detail and matching with the music
  • Good twisted sit position up into a y spin but losing a lot of speed
Alexander Aiken: 23.87 TES + 26.18 PCS -1.00  = 49.05 and into 5th place
  • Really off in the air on his double axel and he lands on his knees but seems to be alright
  • Triple lutz + triple toe--a little two footed on the second jump
  • No speed at all on his camel spin 
  • Double flip out of the running turns but not a lot of speed going into it
  • Better speed in his twisted sit spin variation
  • Good attack on this step sequence
  • Nice speed in the combination spin with good positions and a flying change of foot but he needs a lot more stretch through the upright position
William Brewster: 30.37 TES + 25.33 PCS = 55.70 and into 4th place
  • Triple salchow + triple toe was really nice
  • Triple lutz with a tight landing
  • Nice easy double axel
  • Nice twisted camel spin but he has almost no speed through the end of the spin and the position change
  • Good positions in the sit spin and better speed here
  • Nice reach through his arms and upper body to really finish off all the movements in his step sequence but he could use more power through his steps to really push across the ice
  • Good camel position into a nice sit spin and finishing off with a scratch spin
Ross Miner: 41.48 TES + 37.42 PCS = 78.90 and into 2nd place
  • Really nice triple axel with great height and nice flow out of the landing
  • Triple lutz + triple toe a little tight on both landings but he gets it done
  • Solid triple flip
  • Nice camel spin into a sit spin and then a triangle position with a nice transition out of it
  • Nice camel position with a flying change of foot into a nice catch foot position
  • You can tell he's really enjoying being out on the ice going into this step sequence with lots of nice musicality 
  • Final spin with two variations of sit spins
  • Very solid minus the tight landings on the combo
Jonathan Cassar: 33.40 TES + 34.46 PCS = 67.86 and into 3rd place
  • Good triple lutz + double toe
  • Spread eagle into a double axel
  • Nice stretched out sit spin position with good speed
  • Triple loop a little scratchy
  • Really nice positions in the combination speed with good maintaining of speed throughout
  • Signature inside spread eagle into his step sequence and he is really going all out and fully committing to the choreography and pushing through every movement
  • Flying camel spin with a lot of speed and a decent catch foot position
Wesley Campbell: 18.07 TES + 27.86 PCS = 45.93 and into 9th place
  • Popped his lutz into a single and tacked on the double toe
  • Very nice double axel
  • Really nice stretched out sit spin position
  • He is very tall (over 6 feet) and that makes the rotations on these jumps even more difficult as he has to jump even higher and pull in tighter to get the rotation
  • Double flip
  • Clean changes of edges in the step sequence but he could be deeper into the edges and use more upper body movement
  • Nice camel spin position and a really nice twisted upright position in this combination spin
Daniel Raad: 26.76 TES + 21.35 PCS -1.00 = 47.11 and into 9th place
  • Triple axel was well done
  • Triple flip + triple toe with turns in between
  • Nice camel spin position and a really nice catch foot position 
  • Nice stretched out upright spin but he could be lower in his sit position and have more speed
  • An ok step sequence, not a lot of speed or difficulty and no upper body movement
  • Fall on the triple lutz
  • Last spin started out with a lot of speed but slowed
  • He competed at nationals last season in pairs with Haven Denney, finishing 6th
Max Aaron: 42.76 TES + 33.25 PCS = 76.01 and into 3rd place
  • Nice quad salchow very well done and the first one of the night
  • Very nice triple axel
  • Nice speed and decent positions in his sit spin
  • Triple lutz + triple toe really off in the air but he pulls it off with only a hand down on the first jump
  • I'd like to see more flexibility through the catchfoot position in the camel spin
  • Nice attack and speed through this step sequence 
  • Nice camel position into a triangle position and a nice low sit position ending with a scratch spin with a little bobble on the ending pose
Grant Hochstein: 35.03 TES + 33.86 PCS -1.00 = 67.89 and into 4th place
  • Such nice use of his arms to really set the tone of the program through these opening steps with good attention to detail
  • Really nice triple lutz + triple toe
  • Two foots the triple axel and sits down on it
  • Really nice arms on the camel spin into a great donut position and a nice catchfoot position
  • Really nice triple loop
  • Flying sit spin with a nice position and good speed into the back tuck position and nice flow out
  • Good one foot section to cover 3/4 of the rink with nice flow lots of arms and upper body movement
  • Great speed int eh camel spin with even more speed into the twisted sit position
  • Absolutely gorgeous program with meticulous attention to detail--only mistake was on the axel
Brandon Mroz: 34.43 TES + 34.04 PCS -1.00 = 67.47 and into 6th place
  • This casual jazzy style really suits his personality and skating well
  • Fall on the opening quad toe
  • A little forward on the triple axel but hangs on to it
  • Nice camel position with a ncie change of foot and a decent catchfoot position
  • A little scratchy on the triple lutz + double toe
  • He has been working on his artistry the past two seasons and it's really starting to pay off in his performance quality and transitions 
  • He has been working on landing all the quad jumps, and I think training that many new jumps may have taken away from the consistency on the jumps he needs to do in his program
  • Great choreography on this step sequence but just not enough oomph behind it to really sell it to the crowd
  • Good final combination spin
Douglas Razzano: 39.17 TES + 34.33 PCS -1.00 = 72.50 and into 4th
  • Nice triple axel
  • Fall on the quad toe
  • Triple toe + triple toe combination was good
  • Nice speed and position in the camel and through the catch foot variation
  • A ton of movement throughout his step sequence using his full body and really pushing across teh ice
  • Nice low sit spin position with good stretch but losing speed as he continues
  • Camel spin into a tucked sit spin and a scratch spin to the ending pose
Keegan Messing: 41.44 TES + 35.22 PCS = 76.66 and into 3rd place
  • Yay for the Robin Hood program!  This was one of my favorites last season
  • I love how long he holds the shooting arrow position at the beginning of the program
  • Nice triple axel
  • Good speed into the triple lutz + triple toe--he was so low in his knees on the landing of the first jump but hangs on to it
  • Nice camel position with good speed but he needs more stretch through the catch foot
  • Great triple flip
  • Nice speed in the tucked camel position with a change of foot into the broken leg variation
  • And here is where he really shines outside the jumps, completely selling this footwork sequence and staying true to the character of his program
  • Good camel into a really low sit spin with lots of speed and a nice twist variation in the sit into a nice scratch spin but finished just behind his music
Jason Brown: 39.29 TES + 36.39 PCS = 75.68 and into 5th place
  • Opens with a nice double axel
  • Triple lutz + triple toe was good
  • Nice position in the sit spin but losing a little speed through the end
  • Good triple flip with great transitions into it--really came out of nowhere
  • Nice increase in speed through the catchfoot camel position and a nice position
  • Nice powering thorugh the one foot sequence that takes him almost the whole length of the rink with lots of movement through his whole body and nice lines with his legs
  • Nice layback holding on to his foot right into a nice low sit spin
Jeremy Abbott: 45.78 TES + 44.45 PCS = 90.23 and into 1st place
  • Triple flip + triple toe looked so easy
  • Great height on the triple axel and a really nice landing
  • Really nice choreography that really shows off his brilliant skating and transitions
  • Nice sit spin positions
  • Great speed into the triple lutz and nicely landed
  • Losing speed through his upright spin and not perfectly centered
  • Really flying across the ice through the beginning of the step sequence and he's really getting the crowd behind him and showing off some nice edges
  • Great camel spin position into a nice sit spin and a good stretched out upright spin
Armin Mahbanoozadeh: 44.54 TES + 36.12 PCS = 80.66 and into 3rd place
  • Good triple axel
  • Triple flip + triple toe with just the slightest hesitation between jumps
  • Great speed in his camel spin into a nice catch foot position and a nice donut spin
  • Good triple lutz
  • Nice sit spin variations with good arm positions as well
  • Clean change of edges and nice full body movement and really finishing off the steps in his step sequence
  • Interesting inverted position and a really nice sit spin with his heel on the ice and finishing off with a scratch spin
Joshua Farris: 33.65 TES + 32.78 PCS -1.00 = 65.43 and into 13th place
  • This is one of my favorite short programs of the season
  • Really awkward landing on his triple axel--catches his blade on the landing; feet spread wide and just can't control it
  • Triple flip + triple toe--two footed the second jump 
  • Nice positions in the camel spin with a good catch foot position
  • Nice triple lutz
  • Great low sit spin position with good speed
  • He really skates his step sequences in time with the music with a lot of upper body movement
  • Nice speed and position in the camel spin into a nice twisted sit spin and a decent upright spin position that loses some of it's centering
  • The jump mistakes took some of the magic out of this program which is a shame because it is breathtaking when he is on
Stephen Carriere: 36.88 TES + 34.94 PCS = 71.82 and into 9th place
  • Steps out and hands down on the landing of the triple axel
  • Nice recovery on the triple loop + triple toe
  • Good camel spin position with a nice catchfoot variation
  • He came alive when the music changed over to Mack the Knife
  • I didn't like that his arms seemed to be in the power walking position for the majority of the step sequence and it distracted me from actually looking at the steps he was doing
  • Nice triple lutz
  • Good twisted sit spin variation into his final combination spin with good positions and speed

PlaceStart No.NameScore
117Jeremy Abbott, Detroit SC90.23
22Adam Rippon, SC of NY82.94
318Armin Mahbanoozadeh, WA FSC80.66
47Ross Miner, SC Of Boston78.90
515Keegan Messing, AK Assoc of Figure Skaters76.66
611Max Aaron, Broadmoor SC76.01
716Jason Brown, Skokie Valley SC75.68
814Douglas Razzano, Coyotes SC of AZ72.50
920Stephen Carriere, SC Of Boston71.82
1012Grant Hochstein, St. Clair Shores FSC67.89
118Jonathan Cassar, All Year FSC67.86
1213Brandon Mroz, Broadmoor SC67.47
133Scott Dyer, All Year FSC66.49
1419Joshua Farris, Broadmoor SC65.43
154Alexander Johnson, Broadmoor SC57.73
166William Brewster, Detroit SC55.70
171Richard Dornbush, All Year FSC51.59
185Alexander Aiken, Atlanta FSC49.05
1910Daniel Raad, FL Everblades FSC47.11
209Wesley Campbell, Colonial FSC45.93

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