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.
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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...
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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!
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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.
Tonichelle, them's fighting words :D Truthfully, I'm that way about the Kerrs, though, so we all have those blindspots.