Interesting protocols. Crone/Poirier have places to grow, but they really impressed me. Great start for Paul/Islam. I really think Arnold/Trojek deserved more PCS. It woudn't have changed their overall position, but they deserved higher marks.
I liked Paul/Islam's program but it's definitely a re-tread stylistically-speaking. Even though Alexandra looks a bit like Tessa, I feel like her positions and the energy and articulation of her arms in particular are even better than Tessa's. I always feel that Tessa while a beautiful girl has limp hand and wrist expression- especially when she's doing a classical or slow number.
Tessa and Scott are of course miles ahead of this team in terms of maturity, skating skills, and ability to skate as a couple but there were spots where I could see Paul/Islam holding their own in the future.
I really, really liked Chock/Zuerlein's FD. It was a change of pace from everyone else's programs. The only one that was comedic and character driven. If they continue to work on it, it will be a big fight between them and the Shibutanis for that #2 spot behind Davis/White this year.
Luckily, the USA has three spots at worlds. Definitely a relief.
Thank You Christopher Dean ! for giving Vanessa and Paul such a wonderful vehicle (and for very likely having some input into the costumes ) I'm so relieved and happy for these kids , I was almost tearing up..
Sad for the Kerrs.. I really found a lot to like in their program. I hope their problems didn't have a thing to do with her injury. I'm looking forward to seeing it next time out, and hope it's a standout for them at Euro's.
I do like C/Z's program a lot. It was so hard to get a proper sense of it from the practice..even though they did a full run through.Still don't like his pockets, but at least he put them away , this time. ( at practice he left them out for the rest of the program and it was quite distracting ) I'm sure I'll like it even better when they get it all smoothed out.
I thought P/I deserved their FD placement ( good for them ) and it makes their SD slip seem all the more unfortunate. They're smooth and polished and really look comfortable at the senior level. Her grace is exquisite.
I think T/B hold a lot of promise for the future..and really liked A/T's floaty FD.
G/B were quite scrambly , I thought, and he doesn't quite seem up to her standard. I like the look of them as a couple . Found their costumes too busy, but at least well cut and a nice fit.
Last edited by colleen o'neill; 10-31-2010 at 02:12 PM.
I'm not saying P/I were bad... I just don't like lovey dovey (even on V/M), and I'm a big fan of the Kerrs.
The Kerrs must have felt it, to lose on the FD to such a young team, but they made a lot of mistakes.
Please read the posts better (you'll also see that I liked MT/M FS, I just didn't think it was better than I/M at all).
I don't agree with scoring a lot of times, with teams from many other countries.
I don't think it's plausible to agree with everyone all the time, you have your opinions, and I have mine.
But calling me Canadian basher was a little too strong...
Last edited by beep_beep; 10-31-2010 at 03:32 PM. Reason: bad grammar...
I should have known that the second a Canadian team came out doing a lyrical piece of music they would be written off as Virtue and Moir copycats. Seriously, guys? Just because Alexandra is balletic and Mitchell is a good, strong, expressive partner DOES NOT mean that these two are copying Virtue and Moir. Yes, Alexandra has a lot of the same qualities as Tessa, but she's a ballet dancer for crying out loud. What do you expect her extensions to look like? And can we really fault them for looking physically like Tessa and Scott?? I thought they were BRILLIANT tonight, and they definately deserved that score. They've got all of those qualities that can't be taught, and I think they are going to have a really great future in the senior international ranks. They just drew me in, and I can't believe that this is the first time that they have ever competed as seniors. They've never even been to a senior national championship. Wow!
As for Crone and Poirier, I was thrilled that they won, but I can honestly say that for the first time, a program of theres didn't thrill me, and I really wish that it had. That being said, I was distracted by the fact that they were dressed like power rangers, so maybe I'll like it better once I get over the shock of those costumes. Still, their technique is stunning, and I think they'll have a great year. All in all, a wonderful Skate Canada dance event!
Last edited by skatingfan04; 10-31-2010 at 02:56 PM.
mishieru07, there are enough differences from 2006/07 to now that suggest that the vets need not worry (except the Kerrs, I have to add). I also think that there's a lot of stuff in the way of the rising juniors beyond the vets before that happens. Top ten is likely for one of them, but not all of them.