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    Ice Dance Preview and Contenders

    Well if anyone can remember the introduction of vocals used in the free dance at Nice 2000?, the wonderful Free dance of Drobiazko & Vanagas to "Spente Le Stelle", the first medal for Lithuania, the battle for gold between Fusar-poli & Margaglio who won the original dance and home advantage of Anissina & Peizerat who took GOLD to thunderous applause with their "Carmina Burana" routine.

    Ice dance has seen a lot of changes since 2005 and more recently in the last two years, compulsary dances are thing of the past and the new Short dance has begun (which includes a compulsary set pattern).

    All last years's medalists are back and everyone is wondering whether Zueva & Co will get a clean sweep again - well they are guaranteed 1 & 2 at least but in what order?? The battle will be between Davis/White and Virtue/Moir many are considering are joint favourites for Nice so it will be an exciting and enthralling encounter. Both teams are very good in all departments so there is going to be no room for error between them, a slight slip or failure to get a full level will benefit one over the other here but lets hope they are close together and locked for the Free.

    The remaining bronze medal should have been a duel between the French team of Pechalat/Bourzat and the ever improving Weaver/Poje BUT I only learned of the injury to Pechalat recently and becacuse of the home advantage I was confident they would have got their first World medal here after a disappointing 4th last year - all that is in the air. Not sure if they will compete but if they do it will be very uncomfortable for Nathalie and the COP is so complexed enough that they might fall short. Weaver/Poje unfortunate as it stands should get a clear shot of the medal now, their Free Dance from the start of the season has been one of my favourites - all credit to Krylova & Co there.

    The rest of the best:

    Shibutani/Shibutani Shock bronze medalists last year - they have not really advanced this year, they still have the relative sameness about them and I wished they explored other music for the Free - still great to watch they have that Zueva look about them - very fast and flow around the ice - be difficult for them to retain that 3rd place this year.

    Bobrova/Soloviev Have to say disappointed with them this year. I loved their programs last year but like the Shibutani's have not taken a step ahead this year, might be difficult for them to get top 5 here, we shall see.

    Ilynk/Katasapalov Excuse me for the spelling - Love this couple and love their FD this year certainly their strongest part of the competition - I hope they have made some adjustments to the SD to give them a good shot.

    Cappelini/LanotteLove this couple to but vice versa for me here where the SD is very strong one of the best SD's this year but a rather weak Free to "La Strada" An over used piece of music and everytime I hear this I can only think of Rahkamo & Kokko and Usova/Zhulin who used it to the best potential.

    Long shot but Ralph/Hill another couple I love this year and just love their tango Free Dance which is very classy - Love their lines - I hope they do well.
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    I agree with you on all counts, just wanted to point out that Anissina/Peizerat won the free dance in 2000 with Carmina Burana. Man In The Iron Mask was their 1998-1999 free dance.

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    Hoping Riazanova and Tkachenko do well here. I love their SD.

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    My (Obvious) predictions:
    1-2 Davis/White or Virtue/Moir
    3 Pechalat/ Bourzat (If they have strong skates despite the broken nose)
    4 Weaver/Poje (they might get Bronze depending on P/B skates/participation...)
    5 Shibs
    6-7 Cappelini/ Lanote or Bobrova/ Soloviev (I do prefer C/L over Bobrova's bad posture)
    8 Ilinykh/Katsalapov?

    I believe Ralph/Hill can make it to the Top Ten...

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    I'd love to see Ralph & Hill make top 10! Their FD is really nice this year.

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    I would also like to see Hubbell/Donohue make top 10, thereby ensuring two GP assignments for the next season. Donohue made several mistakes at 4CC, perhaps due to insufficient international experiences and nerves? Hopefully Zach turns out better performance at worlds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CARA View Post
    I would also like to see Hubbell/Donohue make top 10, thereby ensuring two GP assignments for the next season. Donohue made several mistakes at 4CC, perhaps due to insufficient international experiences and nerves? Hopefully Zach turns out better performance at worlds.
    Is it top 10 for two GPs in dance? Not top 12 like singles? But it would be great for those two to get 2 GPs!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs. P View Post
    Is it top 10 for two GPs in dance? Not top 12 like singles? But it would be great for those two to get 2 GPs!
    I think you are right in that it's top 12 teams that are ensured of 2 GP spots. I would still like to see them place within top 10 though. It will be great for their confidence boosting, and I'd love to see this young and promising team to gain international standing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luvsk8ing_12 View Post
    I agree with you on all counts, just wanted to point out that Anissina/Peizerat won the free dance in 2000 with Carmina Burana. Man In The Iron Mask was their 1998-1999 free dance.
    Oops you are right, Carmina Burana it was, sorry

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs. P View Post
    Is it top 10 for two GPs in dance? Not top 12 like singles? But it would be great for those two to get 2 GPs!
    Quote Originally Posted by CARA View Post
    I think you are right in that it's top 12 teams that are ensured of 2 GP spots. I would still like to see them place within top 10 though. It will be great for their confidence boosting, and I'd love to see this young and promising team to gain international standing.
    Per ISU website (27 Jun 2011): Yes, for 2011-2012 season, "skaters/couples" who placed seventh thru twelfth at Worlds were selected for two GP events. Same for "each of the four categories." (As you will recall, those who placed first thru sixth had the option of a third event.)
    Of course, placing in the "Top 10" would earn even more cachet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CARA View Post
    I would also like to see Hubbell/Donohue make top 10, thereby ensuring two GP assignments for the next season. Donohue made several mistakes at 4CC, perhaps due to insufficient international experiences and nerves? Hopefully Zach turns out better performance at worlds.
    I think it may have been more of a physical thing (over training, tiredness). They seem to perform well, overall, under pressure: Skate America, Nationals.

    Does the U.S. need to place three teams in the top ten to secure 3 dance spots for the following Worlds?

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    Quote Originally Posted by blancanieves View Post
    I think it may have been more of a physical thing (over training, tiredness). They seem to perform well, overall, under pressure: Skate America, Nationals.

    Does the U.S. need to place three teams in the top ten to secure 3 dance spots for the following Worlds?
    No, the US (or any other countries for that matter) is assured of three dance spots as long as the top two teams' total placement equals and/or less than '13.' Thus, three countries earned 3 dance spots the last season's worlds:

    US (1 + 3) = 4 (D/W & the Shibs);
    Canada (2 + 5) = 7 (V/M & W/P); and
    Russia (6 + 7) = 13 (B/S & I/K);

    However, France narrowly missed earning three spots (4 + 12) = 16 (P/B & P/J).

    As far as I am concerned, Us & Canada are the only two countries that are fairly secure of earning three spots. Russia may really fight to retain three spots. We shall see.

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    I'm kind of coming back out of a fog , here, trying to count the competitors , remember everyone's programs..hmmmm. I think Ralph and Hill deserve some recognition , in light of the improvements they've made this year , but they might be in tough for a top 10 finish..

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    My Ice Dance Preview: http://icemusings.blogspot.com/2012/...e-preview.html The battle will be for gold and bronze. Several teams could take that 3rd spot!

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    Yes, I think it would be hard for R&H to get 10th, but I'd like to see it, because this may be their only trip to Worlds. I don't expect it, but I'd like to see it.

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