Did I read the site correctly in that they will be showing Dance FS on Wednesday?
Looking at the Ice Dance protocols, I can't help wondering what the Canadian judge was thinking the morning of the CD. Here's how she (Susan Blatz) ranked the skaters by PCS scores:
1 GUIGNARD / PAULMIER
2 BILET / HAMON
3 RALPH / HILL
4 FINDLAY / RICHAUD
6 SHIBUTANI / SHIBUTANI
9 MYSLIVECKOVA / NOVAK
11 VYKHODTSEVA / SHUMSKI
Wicked Yankee Girl
Sounds like she picked their placing randomly out of a lottery bag.
Protocols show some impressive marks across the board for the Shibutani's and big improvement from Ralph/Hill.
For elements, Shibutanis were the only team with no negative GOEs in both the OD and FD. They had 20 marks of +2 with the next highest being the Czechs Mysliveckova/Novak with 5, then Kharis/Asher, Findlay/Richaud and Baturintseva/Volobuiev who each earned two. Twizzles must have been very strong to earn seven marks of +2. Four judges had all five components at 6.0 or better. In the OD they got a +3 (!) for one of their lifts. Has that happened before in a JGP?
Ralph/Hill had significant improvement in scores compared with Lake Placid. Performances must have been very strong with only the FD twizzles seeming to cause a problem. Strong lift GOEs in particular as their final element.
When I watched them last season, I was wondering what it was that I liked, the actual dance, or that they were so cute. I think now it will be the dance.
I believe they may show up at MidAtlantics for an exhibition but not sure. They are listed as Skating Club of New York.