Saturday, February 11, 2012

Four Continents: Short Dance

Mansour/Zhunussov, KAZ: 13.22 TES + 13.31 PCS -1.00 = 25.53
  • She's sporting the first boob tassel of the evening
  • She needs to really point her foot and not sickle through some of these transition moves
  • She looks really wobbly through the step sequence and falls at the end of it and has trouble getting into the twizzles on time 
  • Not a lot of unison on the twizzles 
  • She doesn't have a lot of free arm movement through this first sequence of the rhumba
  • A bobble on a transitional move from him
  • Haircutter rotational lift
Nagornyuk/Kovalenko, UZB: 21.49 TES + 18.44 PCS = 39.93 and into 1st place
  • Nice speed through the rhumba with good leg lines but most of it is in hold with no free arm
  • He puts his hand down during the twizzles
  • Some of this choreography in the middle seems a little forced and I'd like to see them have more commitment to their program
Bruhns/Van Natten, MEX: 20.64 TES + 15.29 PCS = 35.93 and into 2nd place
  • They train in Canada with Paul Islam's father
  • Nice use of the free arm for the first sequence of the rhumba
  • Interesting lift with him in a spread eagle and her around his legs
  • Nice smooth edges in the second sequence of the rhumba but they seem a little slow
  • Decent unison in their twizzles 
  • They seem to be out of unison on some of their movements in the step sequence and they don't seem secure
  • Everything seemed a little slow and forced and they didn't just let the program flow
Yu/Wang, CHN: 24.00 TES + 21.42 PCS = 45.42 and into 1st place
  • Neon lime, highlighter yellow and green to start off this group
  • He is really leaning on those twizzles and almost falls out of it
  • Nice matching unison in their rhumba
  • Decent speed and unison through the non touching step sequence
  • Backflip into the final pose
Paul/Islam, CAN: 23.71 TES + 24.81 PCS = 48.52 and into 1st place
  • Her dress is gorgeous and she looks absolutely stunning
  • I like the true rhumba feel they have right from the beginning of their program
  • Nice use of her free arm through the first sequence of the rhumba with good speed and flow
  • Nice straightline lift with her arching back to the ice
  • Nice matching leg lines through their rhumba and good reach through their arms and legs
  • Really difficiult step sequence with a nice Latin feel and good unison
  • Nice unison on their twizzles and good speed
  • Backflip into the ending pose
Obrien/Merriman, AUS: 20.64 TES + 20.46 PCS -1.00 = 40.10 and into 3rd place
  • They train in Detroit 
  • She is wearing a hot pink sparkly dress with one side cut out
  • Nice speed and flow across the ice in the rhumba but she could use her free arm more through the middle of the sequeence
  • A little off on the unison of their twizzles and she steps out of the second step
  • Some loss of unison through the non touching step sequence
  • Flip into the one arm rotational lift
Hubbell/Donohue, USA: 25.50 TES +25.43 PCS -1.00 = 49.93 and into 1st place
  • She has some more peacock feathers added to the arms of her dress
  • He really steals the show in the opening choreography of this program
  • He took a big fall in the opening of their step sequence--that'll cost them a level--his edges are so deep and it looks like he just slipped off it
  • Nice speed and flow with clean edges in their rhumba sequence with nice use of her free arm
  • Cartwheel up to the spread eagle lift with a drop to a position change and a nice exit
  • Nice straight leg twizzles but she really struggles through the second set 
  • A little struggle to get into their ending pose
Davis/White, USA: 34.71 TES + 37.44 PCS = 72.15 and into 1st place
  • Meryl is in the orange dress from the Grand Prix Final.  Such a shame because the bronze dress really complimented her and was so unique.  
  • They're really working the hair in this opening
  • Great speed and unison on their twizzles
  • Nice long deep edges through the first section of the rhumba and nice use of the free arm from her 
  • Some of this choreography in the middle doesn't seem to be as full out as normal 
  • Nice flow through this step sequence but a very slight loss of unison through the sit spin
  • Hop up to the spread eagle lift with a nice exit
  • Nice solid ending transitional lift into their ending pose
Virtue/Moir, CAN: 33.92 TES + 37.68 PCS = 71.60 and into 2nd place
  • I'm really iffy over this dress, too short, too poofy and the laces make me feel like she's going to pop out of it 
  • Nice easy opening rhumba sequence but the dress is a little distracting and takes away from her lines
  • Good timing on their twizzles but their arms aren't in synch
  • Nice deep, clean edges through the second sequence of the rhumba and nice use of her arms and upper body
  • Nice speed and flow through the non touching step sequence
  • Nice throw tiwst up to a haircutter rotational lift with her on his shoulder
Shibutani/Shibutani, USA: 31.86 TES + 31.52 PCS = 63.38 and into 3rd place
  • Love the fire and attack at the beginning of this program with nice Latin moves
  • Nice long edges, good speed and flow and matching lines in their step sequence
  • Lightning fast twizzles with perfect unison executed with such ease
  • Great Latin choreography in the middle and I love that he's sells it just as much as she does and the crowd is really behind them
  • Nice unison, matching lines, good edges through this step sequence
  • Nice rotational haircutter lift with lots of speed
Weaver/Poje, CAN: 31.43 TES + 32.80 PCS = 64.23 and into 3rd place
  • I find this team very classy but everything about her packaging in this program is a little tacky
  • Nice easy flip up to the lift into the spread eagle lift--so seamless
  • Really slow through their second set of twizzles but nice unison
  • She seems a little winded through this non touching step sequence and isn't giving out the performance she normally does
  • Death drop transitional lift to end their program
Pl.  NameNationTSS
1Meryl DAVIS / Charlie WHITEUSA72.1534.71 37.449.399.259.329.439.390.00#8
2Tessa VIRTUE / Scott MOIRCAN71.6033.92 37.689.399.299.469.399.540.00#9
3Kaitlyn WEAVER / Andrew POJECAN64.2331.43 32.808.077.938.298.298.360.00#11
4Maia SHIBUTANI / Alex SHIBUTANIUSA63.3831.86 31.527.937.648.047.897.890.00#10
5Madison HUBBELL / Zachary DONOHUEUSA49.9325.50 25.436.436.396.216.396.361.00#7
6Alexandra PAUL / Mitchell ISLAMCAN48.5223.71 24.816.396.
7Xiaoyang YU / Chen WANGCHN45.4224.00 21.425.435.145.365.465.360.00#4
8Danielle OBRIEN / Gregory MERRIMANAUS40.1020.64 20.465.254.935.
9Anna NAGORNYUK / Viktor KOVALENKOUZB39.9321.49 18.444.754.504.614.754.460.00#2
10Corenne BRUHNS / Ryan VAN NATTENMEX35.9320.64
11Cortney MANSOUR / Daryn ZHUNUSSOVKAZ25.5313.22 13.313.543.253.323.433.141.00#1

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