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    Quote Originally Posted by myinterest View Post
    Here are a couple of pictures
    Yay! Dan Zhang got rid of that hideous LP costume she used in the GP series. Normally I'm all for the ladies wearing pants, but it was ugly. Did she wear this for 4CC? If so, why did the skating gods not smile upon the Zhangs there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buttercup View Post
    Yay! Dan Zhang got rid of that hideous LP costume she used in the GP series. Normally I'm all for the ladies wearing pants, but it was ugly. Did she wear this for 4CC? If so, why did the skating gods not smile upon the Zhangs there?
    She didn't wear the pants at 4CC either. Good question!

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    Ice Dance Medalists:
    1. Zaretskis 177.43
    2. Rubleva/Shefer 170.43
    3. Beknazarova/Zuev 163.07

    Very high score for Z/Z in the FD; I wonder if they benefited from not having any of the top teams at Harbin? Either that, or they finally skated mistake-free for an entire event.

    Free Dance (top ten)
    1 Alexandra ZARETSKI / Roman ZARETSKI ISR 88.99
    2 Ekaterina RUBLEVA / Ivan SHEFER RUS 83.9
    3 Kristina GORSHKOVA / Vitali BUTIKOV RUS 79.8
    4 Ekaterina BOBROVA / Dmitri SOLOVIEV RUS 79.53
    5 Alla BEKNAZAROVA / Vladimir ZUEV UKR 79.09
    6 Carolina HERMANN / Daniel HERMANN GER 75.65
    7 Zoe BLANC / Pierre-Loup BOUQUET FRA 72.47
    8 Isabella PAJARDI / Stefano CARUSO ITA 71.14
    9 Xintong HUANG / Xun ZHENG CHN 69.13
    10 Xiaoyang YU / Chen WANG CHN 68.51

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    That's so great for the Zaretskis that they were able to win this competition! Congrats to them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by myinterest View Post
    That's so great for the Zaretskis that they were able to win this competition!
    I believe this is the first competition they have ever won other than Israeli Nationals - at least, it is in their senior career. It's not Euros or a GP but it's definitely a great result for them, so well done to Alexandra and Roman! I hope it'll be something to work from towards future events... so far this season has been pretty bad for them and I'd like to see them do well at Worlds.

    BTW, the men's event is quite a letdown compared to the 2007 Universiade, but then that's the difference between having Ming Xu and Artem Borodulin vs. having Dai and Oda...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buttercup View Post
    BTW, the men's event is quite a letdown compared to the 2007 Universiade, but then that's the difference between having Ming Xu and Artem Borodulin vs. having Dai and Oda...
    There's a difference?? But yeah, that's quite true. Plus some of the best-known skaters this year didn't have a strong showing, so that made matters even worse.

    Anyone here interested in synchro?
    SP results
    1 Team SWEDEN SWE 77.56 46.91 30.65 7.75 7.56 7.75 7.69 7.56 0.00 #2
    2 Team FINLAND FIN 70.10 42.15 29.95 7.56 7.38 7.38 7.63 7.50 2.00 #1
    3 Team RUSSIA RUS 61.59 34.89 26.70 6.63 6.44 6.88 6.69 6.75 0.00 #5
    4 Team USA USA 55.05 31.65 23.40 5.81 5.56 6.00 6.06 5.81 0.00 #3
    5 Team SWITZERLAND SUI 46.86 27.06 19.80 4.81 4.75 5.06 5.19 4.94 0.00 #4

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    You can see pictures of the french here: http://www.sport-u.com/cmsms/index.php?page=dimanche-22
    and a small interview of Alban saying that he was very disapointed.

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    Thanks for that, rosee! He sounds somewhat frustrated. The pics are great (especially Alban with his medal). For a second I thought I was looking at Lambiel's Poeta costume down there!

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    Pauvre Alban! Interesting interview. Thanks for posting, rosee.

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    the ZARTESKIS WIN YES!!! This will give them a huge confidence boost in to worlds in LA!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buttercup View Post
    That's a pretty big lead for Kiira. I hope she'll do well in the LP, too - no crashing into the boards .

    And I guess Gerboldt is recovered from that sinus thing she had at Euros. I think that's a PB for her.
    Go, Kiira!

    According to her ISU bio, Gerboldt's previous PB was 48.62 (Euros). I hope she makes it through the LP without falling.

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    Found some videos on youtube.

    Zhang & Zhang's SP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIegboeO1pc

    Zhang & Zhang's LP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvz7okq2VSQ

    Zhang & Zhang's fluff
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNTBvI1oHLU

    Some other performances can be found here.
    http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=...iu&view=videos

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    I heard that Kiira Korp totally bombed in the LP and finished 3rd overall.

    Yukari Nakano won the event with Nana Takeda silver, though none of these ladies really skated very well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mika_ooo View Post
    I heard that Kiira Korp totally bombed in the LP and finished 3rd overall.
    Yes, she didn't do too well. Poor Kiira.

    Yukari Nakano won the event with Nana Takeda silver, though none of these ladies really skated very well.
    It's not a vintage competition when only one skater goes above 100 - and barely even that.

    Top ten ladies
    1 Yukari NAKANO JPN 154.63 4 1
    2 Nana TAKEDA JPN 152.91 2 2
    3 Kiira KORPI FIN 148.22 1 4
    4 Elena GLEBOVA EST 146.42 3 3
    5 Katarina GERBOLDT RUS 138.4 5 8
    6 Gwendoline DIDIER FRA 135.52 9 5
    7 Na-Young KIM KOR 132.43 12 7
    8 Binshu XU CHN 129.81 11 9
    9 Linnea MELLGREN SWE 125.28 22 6
    10 Alexandra IEVLEVA RUS 123.93 13 11

    That's a good result for Katarina Gerboldt, Gwendolyn Didier and Linnea Mellgren. I don't know if the Universiade counts towards a skater's PB but if it does, they all got PBs.

    ETA: Wow. Looking at the protocol, Kiira singled her loop, her Salchow, and her axel. Her TES was 39.34! Ouch. Didier had the highest base mark of any of the ladies but the PCS killed her chances.
    Last edited by Buttercup; 02-24-2009 at 08:38 AM.

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    Yukari skated reasonably well, landing 5 Triples. That's okay. It's not like Asada or Kim landed more at last Worlds.

    I am happy for her, now she can rest and then work on making the Olympic team.

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