Poor girl. :(
Originally Posted by Buttercup
It didn't look as bad as I thought it would be - thankfully, she didn't crash head first onto the ice. It looked like Bryce's body helped to break the fall, and her legs absorbed the brunt of the impact. Really awful to see her crying on the ice like that...she seemed more traumatized than hurt. Also good to see the audience behaving so respectfully and all the lights dimming, instead of shining the spotlight on them or anything like that.
I've never seen this pair before, so I don't know if their twists are usually on the lower side, but luckily in this case it wasn't as high as the twists of some of the Russians or Chinese.
I saw no signs of a blackout on his part.
She appears to have hit him in the head with her elbow. Even if that caused just a split second of vision problems, it could have affected his ability to catch her. But I think the main issue was that she only got 2.5 times around, which makes it much harder on his part to get her down smoothly. Their technique just isn't stellar on this element. Who knows why they were even trying it in an exhibition.
Originally Posted by Penny
I've heard of unlucky people, but my G-d, this girl is cursed...
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Why were Jessica and Bryce doing a 3 twist in a gala anyway. They obvoulsly are not comfortable doing it or they would put it in their competitive programs. Galas are supposed to be fun and easy for the skaters.
I wonder if the lighting had anything to do with it. Yes, seasoned skaters get use to it but still...I'd want the lights on for a trick like that.
They were likely trying it to get more mileage on the triple twist, since it needs work.
I wondered about the spotlight being turned off. An accident certainly isn't a show, but can skaters see particularly well on the ice if there are no spotlights?
I agree, I thought they should have turned on the arena lights instead of having them fumble around in the dark.
Originally Posted by Antilles
Jessica seems to be a terribly unlucky lady.
Hmm, the first thing that came to my mind when I heard about this a day or two ago was accidents don't just happen, not really, it's just so enigmatic.
I wish them both well, they (& the Germans) were the only pairs I enjoyed watching at 2009 Worlds.
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I think this is allowed -- Dave Carmichael has a photo of Jessica falling and hitting Bryce in the eye with her elbow. From the positionning in the photo, it seems like the twist was missing a half rotation and hopefully his body slowed her fall, although, from the video, her legs his the ice first but then she broke at the waist and her forehead hit the ice before the rest of her upper body.
Wishing them the best in the season to come,
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^ Thanks for the photo. With that much of a rotation missing, it's no wonder an accident happened. Bryce was pretty lucky to have escaped uninjured. Her elbow could have hit him really hard in the face. Maybe they'll be going back to the double twist next season. Even though the triple is worth slightly more, they can do the double better and it's much less risky.