--This was a very pleasant competition to watch. (I missed the first Russian couple and most of the Italian pair, though). I had low expectations due to so many "newbies" in the lineup, but wow, even with mistakes, the pairs delivered.
--K/S were gorgeous. Well deserved first place. I have never been a particular fan of theirs, but watching this, I almost forgot it was a competition, it was mesmerizing. And I don't think Clair de Lune is the easiest piece of music to interpret well. I think it will be very competitive with the best this season, as long as it's skated pretty cleanly. I AM BUMMED that they will not be at the GPF Final in Beijing, as I would love to see this program live.
--Loved E/L, they just need to get this program cleaned up. And yes, change that death spiral to something more aesthetic.
--Impressed with everybody else. T/T of course. G/E--wow, in such a short time, Fairy Pairs Godmother has worked them into a pretty competent pair already. Agreed they have a future. Also liked the young Canadian and American pairs--hope they stick with training and getting more experience, and look forward to seeing them next season.
--Judging seems basically OK for the FS.
--Lots of well-dressed couples. No ugly outfits that I saw. Really liked Yuko's dress.
Another issue: I believe Mervin is a Canadian citizen (someone correct me if wrong), and while Canada allows dual citizenship, for adults Japan does not. Mervin may not wish to give up his current citizenship, which carries some value. One cannot say this is the same state of affairs for holders of Chinese citizenship, many of whom are doing everything they can to find and carry a different country's passport.
The position of K/S's last lift just didn't work (awkward and unfortunate looking) and I'm assuming they received no points for it because it came to a grinding halt. They also had a collision on the triple twist, like usual. Aside from that, they were easily the class of the field.
Takahashi & Tran get rewarded because they are one of the only teams that has good stretch, especially in lifts, and doesn't have random bent legs everywhere. Still, for them to win two GP medals with only a throw 3T and a double twist says something about the qualify of the field this year.
I'm happy for Evora & Ladwig to have received their first ever GP medal. It wasn't that great of a skate for them, but they didn't need it in this weaker field. I know they are concentrated on levels and what not, but I don't like that new bent leg position on the star lift. The death spiral was wonky and bent kneed. I don't love the program, but I do love that music, no matter how overused.
After the super low scoring yesterday, it's like the programs were all scored high today to make up for it.
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K/S had two lifts with adagio portions. I think they're only allowed one lift that has a stop in rotation, hence the invalid element.
I must say how refreshing it is to see a Moskvina team use one piece of music throughout the LP; and such a simple and beautiful piece as Clair du Lune! Love it!
Can anyone find a video of T/T or K/S's FS? The person who uploaded everyone else's didn't upload theirs...or Agnes/Akiko's FS, for that matter.
Uh... just noticed that Smirnov "bites" Kavaguti a la vampire style at the end of their FS. This isn't Twilight, folks.
It was so cute to see Tatiana Tarasova cheer so loudly for Amanda and Mark's very difficult lift toward the end of their program. She was so enthusiastic for them!
I Loved, Loved K/S program. I thought it was skated beautifully, the choreography, their costumes everything was working for them. I was impressed.
Very happy for Amanda and Mark, great job. Their Lasso lift is simply amazing.
Congrats to the medal winners.
I skate at the same rink as the technical specialist, so I will ask him on Monday!
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