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    2012 Cup of Russia Pairs FS

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    The audience in Megasport took a toilet/snack break I see.

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    Tiffany VISE / Don BALDWIN (USA)

    Music: Legends of the Fall (soundtrack) by James Horner
    Time to Say Goodbye

    2FTw
    3T+2T+2T - he doubled the 3T
    Li
    3S - she doubled
    FiDs
    3FTh - forward, hand down
    ChSq
    Li
    3LoTh - fall
    FCCoSp - ok unison, hard to tell when they're mirrors
    Li
    PCoSp

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    Vise/Baldwin
    97.24 (SB), total 143.15 (SB) and into 1st

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    Nice program from Vise/Baldwin. To bad their technical abilities are not strong. I liked it.

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    Nicole DELLA MONICA / Matteo GUARISE (ITA)

    Music: The Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber

    3S
    2FTw
    3LoTh
    FiDs
    FCCoSp - ok unison
    2A+2T+SEQ - he twofoots/stumbles on 2A
    Li
    ChSq - they both stumbles, he falls
    3STh - she holds on
    Li
    Li
    PCoSp

    The camerawork makes me dizzy...

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    Monica/Guarise
    92.28 (PB), total 142.53 (PB) and into 2nd

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    Anastasia MARTIUSHEVA / Alexei ROGONOV (RUS)

    Music: The Mission (soundtrack) by Ennio Morricone

    3S - finally!
    2A+2A+SEQ - she falls on 1st 2A and doesn't complete seq
    3FTw - a bit shaky exit
    CCoSp - unison off at the end
    3FTh - fall
    Li
    ChSq
    3LoTh
    FiDs
    Li
    Li
    PCoSp - a bit slow

    She's got wonderful stretch in the lifts, too bad she can land the jumps more consistently

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    You know, at some point it's time to call it quits, and I think Vise/Baldwin, at ages 26 and 35, need to do so. I just don't see this pair ever being able to improve, given their inherent individual limitations and also age. I would not be surprised to see them retire after this season, maybe nationals if they don't podium.

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    V/B didn't want to end on the really bad note of last year's Nationals, and they enjoy skating together. If they still enjoy it, then I hope they skate as much as they want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gold12345 View Post
    V/B didn't want to end on the really bad note of last year's Nationals, and they enjoy skating together. If they still enjoy it, then I hope they skate as much as they want.
    Maybe so, but it's a huge toll pairs skating takes on a 35-year old body, given the requirements to stay and compete at the elite level. Don's brother John (with Rena) had the same issues. I presume the Baldwin family is independently wealthy, as most US skaters don't have the financial option to stay this long in the sport in the eligible ranks.

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