Highlights Outside the Top Ten
I thought it would be nice to give some positive attention to the skaters who haven't already been talked about to death. So let's give it a shot. Share some of your thoughts on those who finished 11th or below at the World Championships. What impressed you (in a positive way) or brought you joy or made you smile?
I'll go first:
I like how ZHIGANSHINA/GAZSI (11th in Dance) go the wacky route! Reminds me of the Martin Skotnicky teams of the 90s that I enjoyed so much.
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Ross Miner (11th), and frankly underscored a bit, too. It was great to see him again land two clean programs, as he did at Nationals!
I think Peter Liebers showed the performance of his life. And I liked the SP of Klára Kadlecová and Petr Bidař.
Originally Posted by Florian
I enjoyed Sarah Hecken's skating and thought she did well in Moscow. Hope she continues to show improvement.
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Agreed, I think she has potential (and thought she should have finished 10th at these World Championships). I notice she has solid jumps, pretty good lines, and a natural desire to perform. She needs to work on making her basic skating stronger, getting more intricate choreography, and timing her movements with the music better. The spins could improve too. Also, something I found rather bizarre - in both the SP and LP she appears to pinch her nose a moment after landing the 3Toe-3Toe combination?
Originally Posted by Hernando
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For the men, Ross Miner was good in both phases and so was Peter Liebers, although I think Liebers was underscored in the short. I also enjoyed Kim Lucine.
For pairs, none of them really stood out to me outside of the top 10.
In dance, Zhighanshina/Gaszi were really interesting to watch, but I think my favourite out of top 10 team was Tobias/Stagnunias. I really liked their programs this season. Guignard/Fabbri were also good as well as Carron/Jones. I hope Carron/Jones can eventually break into the top 10 (as well as Zhiganshina/Gaszi, for that matter). The Reeds and Reed/Japaridze did good FDs as well.
Ira Vannut and Joshi Helgesson were the ones that impressed me outside of the top 10 in ladies. I really like both the Helgesson sisters, but it was Joshi who skated best in this competition. Julia Turkkila was pretty good too. I'm not going to be too fast to jump on the Mae Berenice Meite bandwagon, if there is really one. When her jumps are off, she's pretty boring.
Liebers and Hecken were my standouts, and there was a Belgian male and female who are most promising. Mae Bernice Mette screwed my thinking in the LP.
Good post, by the way. It's nice to speak about the contestants who are not yet in the top 10.