Spanish Nationals 2009
Well, I can't find the results but I was at the Spanish Nats this weekend, I recorded some of the programs
Javier Fernandez LP
Sonia Lafuente LP
Javier Raya LP
Lafuente and Fernandez were the only competitors in their category (senior). Javier Raya won the Junior men's title, as Celia Robledo did in the ladies field. Hurtado/Diaz won in Junior Ice dancing over some french couples and the other spanish ice dancing team, Antolin and Fenero.
About the programs, Javier Fernandez has changed his SP, if I'm not wrong, now he's performing "the mexican" (his previous SP was "Mission impossible") and I couldn't watch the program, so I can't tell you more, I just know that his 3toe-3toe combo wasn't very clean, and the rest of the program was pretty good.
In the LP he did an amazingly clean quad in the warm-up and a huge 3axel, but in the competition he landed both jumps with some problems, singled the second 3axel and another jump.
in the gala he landed a quad and in the finale, landed a 3axel after this position:
People just loves his Pirates' LP
Sonia Lafuente did a good job in the SP, but also struggled a bit in the LP. Her flamenco program is nice, but she needs more jump consistency.
Javier Raya is as elegant as always, but his R&J music is a bit repetitive, IMO. After a really clean SP, had some mistakes in the LP, anyway, he could win the junior title without problems. He's training the 3axel, but he didn't try it in the competition because it's not enough consistent for him.
There were some other skaters from the Italian and French fed, and one of the French girls won the Junior Ladies title, after a perfect LP, she got a standing ovation, but I can't remember her name
As for the Ice dancing I liked a lot Hurtado/Diaz, their FD is great, and their gala program, very interesting :P
Thanks for the videos, sigrid. It seems you had a crazy good time out there.
Javier did have problems with his jumps, but they all looked rotated. the best part of the program is the circular foot sequence... very Jack Sparrow and very drunk. hope Javier will perform to his full capabilities at the euros and at the Olympics. I am sure crowd at the olympics will react just like you bunch when they see his program.
about the circular foot sequence, he repeated his LP (but a shorter version) in the gala, and he fell in that point, we don't know if it was a real fall of the drunk Jack Sparrow, or it was just a part of the gala-choreo yet . Tomorrow the gala will be showed on TV, and we'll try to guess it :P
Wicked Yankee Girl
Thanks so much for the great report! What a good time you must have had!
Thanks for the Report!
Best of luck to Sonia and Javier at the Olympics!!