09-17-2012, 05:09 PM
Constable , Costume Police
Yes, well ..one of my points was that I couldn't see the competition..So far, A.H. Black, who was there , has said on the competition thread that he/she thought the finish was justified ..which is fine... but I'd love to hear more , and more detailed opinions .
I have seen both FDs at Thornhill, and just as programs , I'd have to say I much prefer the Camerlengo program to the L/R program ( for subtlety , nuance, diversity, and being clearly dance ). I definitely think G/P showed more strength, speed and power , but considerably less refinement. I didn't see much real innovation in their program , all the lifts and difficult poses seemed quite derivative of programs of the past . That is not to take anything away from their difficulty, or the strength required to execute them , but at the Thornhill outing ,at least , the program seemed a mad dash from one highlight to the next , with not much dancing in between.
The PCS in the SD is mystifying to me ..how one team can be given the edge in the tech score yet be given a lower mark for SS ( just one example) doesn't seem quite right to me .. especially when the team with the higher mark has such a discrepancy in their SS relative to one another..while the team with the lower mark are well matched in ability, and either one of them have greater overall skill than the weaker partner of the first team...
Anyway , I don't claim P/I should have won.. The closeness of the marks fits better with what my eyes tell me than has been the case in previous competitions. That's reassuring to me. I'd like to understand those PCS better, but realize this is the grey area in CoP.
Nebelhorn should be interesting, different , but challenging field .. and a different judging panel, perhaps more heavily weighted on the European side.
09-17-2012, 06:42 PM
Random thoughts on the Classic
I liked Paul/Islam and I would have put them a bit closer to Gilles/Pourier. My friend, however would have put KRIENGKRAIRUT/GIULIETTI-SCHMITT above Paul/Islam. She also enjoyed Paul/Islam but thought they lacked a distinctive, memorable moment - at least in the free. I can see her point. Both Gilles/Pourier and KRIENGKRAIRUT/GIULIETTI-SCHMITT seem more dynamic. (sorry about they caps - I copied and pasted).
I was happy for Vise/Baldwin. Their short program looked like they took the summer off. They redeemed themselves in the free. Not the most difficulty but it was smooth and without disrupting glitches. Her second throw was beautiful. I like Moore-Towers/Moscovitch and their free program was very good. She needs more life in her face. She doesn't need to smile, but there does need to be a better connection to her partner, the audience and the program itself. Right now the only expression seems to be when someone has programmed "facial expression" into the choreography. I always want to see something real.
My favorite performance of the week was Christopher Caluza. From the first jump there was a feeling that this would be a good program. With the exception of a hand-down on the 2 axel, Christopher landed every jump with ease. It was lovely to watch and Christopher was thrilled - rightly so. I wonder if his 124.07 in the free is a personal best. The rest of the men were fine - they all have work to do and they all know it. I was impressed with Max's quads but the intangables need work.
I thought Agnes' program had more impact than Gracie's. Gracie has nice big jumps (in this rink she was too close to the boards) and she has good flow but right now I think of her as another "lovely skater". Agnes has life in her face and in her program - more passion. I say this as not a particular fan of either skater. Some of the difference is a matter of style, but not all.
I had not noticed Agnes off the ice before. Her programs have always been strong, bold and sometimes almost "in your face" Off the ice she seems almost quiet, with soft curls to her hair, not at all like her persona on the ice. I wonder if there was a way she could include some of those curls and softness in her programs.
When I referred to speed earlier in the week, I really noticed the speed in the step sequences. Both skaters will need to work to make those sequences look sharp and quick. Right now they both look a bit labored.
The skaters seemed to have a good time. Max and Ross arrived at the Ladies free very sunburned after a round of golf. I thought the football game would be a big problem but it turned out to be a real attraction for the skaters. I think a couple of them even went to the game. Next year they might even try to cross-market a bit. All those tail-gaters could come in and watch some skating and the skating organizers could put up a booth out in the tail-gating lot. The parking was separated well so there wasn't much problem finding a space and it was fun having somewhere interesting to walk during ice-makes. The skating media was there in force. The local media is dragging it's heels - as usual.
09-17-2012, 08:05 PM
I'm rather surprised by this comment, colleen. Some of your previous posts have given the impression that you were really impressed with the improvement shown by R/H over the past year. What, specifically, do you think they need to focus on as the season progresses?
Originally Posted by colleen o'neill
I may have misunderstood you comment, but it sounded as if you were still discussing Thornhill. Perhaps you were flipping back and forth between SLC and Thornhill and just didn't make that clear???
Last edited by 13KJC13; 09-17-2012 at 09:26 PM.
09-18-2012, 12:51 AM
Constable , Costume Police
Yes,my post was focused on SLC . If you read back, I think I made that pretty clear. SLC was what was being discussed ( or wondered about ).
I only mentioned Thornhill to say that though I couldn't see the SLC competition , I did see Thornhill and just comparing G/P's and P/I's FD programs , I prefer the Camerlengo program.. apart from how either couple might skate , or score on a given day. Having already mentioned in my previous post that I was hoping for clarification of the SLC SD PCS marks ( if possible), I didn't think it needed repeating.
We were not discussing R/H , but I was impressed with their progress last year.
ETA : ( sorry, interrupted ) Though R/H's SD was still rough at Thornhill , I thought it looked promising ( in spite of the unknowns re: how the judges will feel about Can Can , in general ) and I'm looking forward to their FD to Barcelona. Nebelhorn will be interesting for both R/H and P/I with some of the other entrants... C/B , Z/G ,M/K and P/G , in particular..
But first , we'll have JGP Turkey and the continuing adventures of Edwards and Pang..
Last edited by colleen o'neill; 09-18-2012 at 01:25 AM.
09-18-2012, 07:33 AM
At the rink. Again.
I thought the tech scoring appropriate for what was put on the ice, at least in Ladies and Men's. Why I think it wasn't overly inflated is because only 2 ladies achieved minimum technical score in the FS. Lacoste skated fairly well for 3rd place and still missed the min score (by 0.01).
Originally Posted by slipslidin
09-18-2012, 08:16 AM
I don't fully understand then minimums; I mean I understand the principle - a certain level of quality to keep up the competition but we might find only top 10 or 15 at this rate only qualifying. Sadly that might be as good as Canada's ladies might get with Lacoste's skate and she still didn't make it. Imagine India or Brazil's chance of qualifying - probably far less. We don't want a world championship with only say Japan v. USA and an Italian, Korean and Chinese thrown in. It's not always ab out the gold.
09-18-2012, 09:23 AM