Of course, Pechalat and Bourzat will win this competition, as they enter the free dance with a comfortable lead. The most interesting question with respect to their score will be whether their total score on the GP gives them the number one ranking over Davis & White for start order at the Grand Prix Final.
Chock and Zuerlein's bid for the GPF is in jeopardy as they enter the free dance over 2 points behind Riazanova and Tkachenko. However, R&T's Mexico FD is not a particularly interesting one, and they received lower scores for it at Skate America than C&Z did for their Caberet program at Skate Canada. The Russian team showed more speed in the FD, but C&Z's lifts are superior. There is only one lift in the SD, and four in the FD, so look to see the American's technical score be at least equal to the Russians there. The Russians will probably have slightly higher PCS. I'm very excited to see how it turns out.
I am also hoping that Cannuscio & Lorello's FD shows as much improvement as their SD did since Cup of China.
Statistics for previous Free Dances:
Davis & White NHK 98.24/Skate America 93.06
Pechalat & Bourzat Cup of China 95.47
Bobrova & Soloviev Cup of Russia 93.53/Cup of China 89.54
Crone & Poirier Skate Canada 91.47/ Skate America 88.67
Shibutani & Shibutani Skate America 88.35/NHK 83.25
Paul & Islam Skate Canada 87.61
Ilinykh & Katsalapov Cup of Russia 85.65/NHK 78.16
Chock & Zuerlein Skate Canada 84.86
Hoffman & Zavozin Cup of Russia 84.85/Cup of China 78.13
Weaver & Poje Skate America 82.86/NHK 82.88
Faiella & Scali Cup of China 82.31
Riazanova & Tkachenko Skate America 81.62
Carron & Jones Skate Canada 81.60
Huang & Zheng Cup of China 74.90
Ralph & Hill Cup of China 71.41
Cannuscio & Lorello Cup of China 63.94
Turoczi & Major NHK 54.72
Dora Turoczi & Balazs Major HUN
They were last in the SD.
8 Dora TUROCZI / Balazs MAJOR HUN 41.27 23.42 18.85 4.79 4.67 4.54 4.83 4.71 1.00 #1
amd I can't say that I think Be Italian is all that appropriate for such a young looking team.
FD Be Italian by Fergie 10th at NHK 54.72
At NHK every element was negative or 0 in GOE
Xintong Huang & Xun Zheng CHN
were shocked to be finishing 7th in the SD, behind 2 teams they had bested at Cup of China. Again, the problem was a relatively low technical score.
7 Xintong HUANG / Xun ZHENG CHN 49.55 25.50 24.05 6.17 5.79 6.00 6.13 5.96 0.00 #6
FD Singin in the Rain
FD 6th at CoC 74.90
STw4 quite good
Kharis Ralph & Asher Hill CANfinished sixth in the SD, behind Cannuscio and Lorello.
For those who wondered, they are wearing the same costumes they wore at Cup of China.
6 Kharis RALPH / Asher HILL CAN 50.50 28.51 21.99 5.58 5.29 5.42 5.58 5.58 0.00 #4
FD Summertime 7th at CoC 71.41
RRoli4 (LONG LIFT)
Isabelle Cannuscio & Ian Lorello USA
They showed huge improvement, especially in the technical score, in the short dance vs their performance at Cup of China, finishing fifth.
5 Isabella CANNUSCIO / Ian LORELLO USA 52.19 31.17 21.02 5.29 5.04 5.33 5.25 5.33 0.00 #2
I hope we will see the same improvement in the free dance.
FD West Side Story 10th at CoC 63.94
CuLi4 pretty good
RoLi4 not so good
Pernelle Carron & Lloyd Jones FRA
Finished fourth in the SD, primarily due to a low technical score, only narrowly ahead of Cannuscio & Lorello.
4 Pernelle CARRON / Lloyd JONES FRA 53.36 27.42 25.94 6.50 6.38 6.38 6.67 6.46 0.00 #5
Their FD is a peculair Flamenco set to the Rolling Stones. I don't expect them to move up with this questionable vehicle.
FD Paint it Black and Angie 5th at SC 81.60
StaLi4 very good
CuLi4+RoLi4 very good
Madison Chock & Greg Zuerlein USAfinished third in the SD with a very nice performance to Edith Piaf songs. They did not have the speed that Riazanova & Tkachenko did, and so are over 2 points behind them, going into the free dance. However, Chock & Zuerlein's Free Dance to Caberet is the stronger of their two programs, while Riazanova & Tkachenko's Mexico program is the weaker of their two segments. It should be an exciting free dance competition, with a Grand Prix Final berth for Chock & Zuerlein if they prevail.
3 Madison CHOCK / Greg ZUERLEIN USA 58.09 31.41 26.68 6.63 6.46 6.75 6.67 6.79 0.00 #7
FD Caberet: Money & Life is a Caberet 4th in FD at SC 84.86
STw4 very good
SlLi4 very good
CuLi4 very good
Ekaterina Riazanova & Ilia Tkachenko RUSThey finished second in the SD with a really lovely waltz to Snowstorm.
2 Ekaterina RIAZANOVA / Ilia TKACHENKO RUS 60.81 32.09 28.72 7.25 7.04 7.21 7.21 7.17 0.00 #3
Although I really like their SD, I can't say the same for their FD.
FD Mexico 5th at Skate America 81.62
DiSt3 quite nice
RRoLi3 Long Lift good
Nathalie Pechalat & Fabian Bourzat FRA
From SD, 1st Place
1 Nathalie PECHALAT / Fabian BOURZAT FRA 65.48 33.24 32.24 8.04 7.83 8.04 8.21 8.13 0.00
They worked with a mime on their expression for this Charlie Chaplin program (Chaplin's style was based in mime & vaudeville, so this is an inspired choice).
FD Charlie Chaplin 1st NHK 95.47
CuLi4 really really good
DiSt3 very good
CoSp4 weakest element, but still good