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    2013 Junior World Figure Skating Championships: Men's Free Reports

    2013 Junior World Figure Skating Championships
    Men – Free Skating

    Detailed Classification
    Judges Scores
    Final Result


    Disclaimer: The GOE values listed next to the elements are the ones, I'd award if I was a judge, to give you a general impression of how well it was executed. I try to describe each of the elements but there's not always time to be as detailed as I would like and those numbers can sometimes say a thousand words. So if you see positive GOE, it means an element was executed to a high standard (and yes, I am generally being very nitpicky ).

    Any questions, comments, criticisms and discussion are very welcome.

    13. HINO Ryuju /JPN/
    Robin Hood (soundtrack) Michael Kamen

    3axel [-3] – leaning in the air, fall
    3lip [-2] – short entry but off a clear outside edge
    3lutz [-1] – over the toe, poor flow out
    3salchow [-1] – scratchy landing, poor flow out
    sit var/change sit broken leg [-1] – quite slow
    circular step sequence [-1] – lacking speed and flow
    to scratch butterfly to flying camel upward twist/sit var/up [0]
    3axel/3toe [0]
    3loop [0]
    3lutz/2toe [0]
    2axel/2toe/2loop [0]
    camel/sit to coe/up pancake/change camel/jump to sit(off-centred)/up scratch(off-centred slightly) [-1]

    Stiff upper body and unextended arm movements. He really needs to work on his posture, lines and projection. He wasn't selling the program at all and had a blank and disinterested facial expression throughout. Skated mostly through the music.

    14. Mikhail KOLYADA /RUS/
    Pearl Harbour (soundtrack) by Hans Zimmer

    3lutz [1] – solid, good flow out
    3axel – fall [-3]
    3axel/3toe [0] – clean but not a lot of speed out
    3loop [1] – high and solid
    flying camel upward twist to donut [0] – rotation speed ok but extension not very good
    3lutz/2toe [1]
    3lip [-3] – step out
    3salchow/2toe/2toe [0]
    2axel [0]
    camel/sit catch/up/change camel/sit leg behind/up biellmann(not held long) [0]
    straight line step sequence [0]
    sit to cannonball/jump to change sit [0]

    His basic skating is decent and he seemed to be moving in time to the music for the most part (at least hitting the accents in the music) but his posture and lines are quite poor and the choreography was rather basic. He kept looking down on the ice throughout. Presentation needs work.

    15. Pavel IGNATENKO /BLR/
    Les Bateaux (Emmenez-moi) by Jean Claudric
    Le Repos d'Alexandre by Vladimir Cosma

    unextended ina bauer into 3axel/2toe [0] – secure landings but not a lot of flow out
    unextended ina bauer into 1axel [-1] – wild pop
    3lutz [1] – solid, nicely extended landing
    3toe [-1] – scratchy landing edge
    sit to side twist/change sit/jump to sit side twist [-1] – poorly extended positions, not a lot of speed
    3lutz/2toe [-1] – looked like another double toe was planned but he had no speed out and decided against it
    3lip [-2] – strained landing he had to fight for
    1salchow [-1] – big pop
    camel/sit to holding foot/up butt out/change camel/sit forward tuck [0] – could use more speed
    straight line step sequence [-1] – scratchy edges, quite poor speed and flow
    2axel(slightly scratchy landing) into 2axel [0]
    flying camel to coe to donut to upward catch [-2] – poor extension, slow

    Shallow, scratchy edges, stiff upper body and weak lines. Not a lot of speed and flow. Pretty much no connection to the music. Spins and steps lacked speed.

    He's been very consistent on the jumps this season but everything else is really lacking.

    16. Martin RAPPE /GER/
    Prince of Persia (soundtrack)
    King Arthur (soundtrack)

    3flip/3toe [0] – not a lot of flow out
    3lutz [1] – high and solid
    3loop [0]
    scratch butterflies to flying sit side twist [0]
    3flip [1] – high and secure
    2loop/2loop [0] – done in exactly the same spot as the triple
    camel coe/jump to change camel to catch [0]
    3salchow/2toe/2loop [1] – good flow between the three jumps
    3toe [0]
    2axel [1] – high and solid
    straight line step sequence [0]
    camel/sit to broken leg/up butt out/change camel/sit catch/up [0]

    A fair amount of arm movements throughout but not delivered with a lot of attack and conviction. Quite basic choreography with a simple element layout. He lacked speed and ice coverage. Good jumping technique, though. He gets a lot of height on his jumps.

    Yet another skater who is a solid jumper but really needs to work on his PCS.

    17. UNO Shoma /JPN/
    Steps by Secret Garden

    2axel [0]
    3loop/2toe [0]
    sit pancake/jump to change sit side twist [0] – not a lot of speed
    3flutz [0] – decent height and smooth landing but a change of edge
    3flip [0]
    3loop [1] – solid landing with good flow out
    circular step sequence [1] – very good upper body movement, decent edges
    3flip/2toe/2toe [0]
    flying camel to upward twist to upward catch to donut [0] – extensions and speed could improve
    2axel/3toe [0]
    3salchow [0]
    camel/sit forward tuck/change up var to cross-foot [1] – good positions and rotation speed

    Great use of arms throughout, soft movements and a lot of expression. He's like a little Takahashi in the making.

    More speed would be good to see but he is still really tiny and will surely develop more power in his skating post puberty given his edges are strong.

    18. ZHANG He /CHN/
    Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin

    3axel – underrotated over a quarter, fall [-3]
    3flip [1] – good height, decent flow out
    3lutz [1] – high and solid
    sit cannonball to pancake/change sit var coe/jump to sit var to side twist(very original position but doesn't have a lot of speed in it) [0]
    3loop [0]
    scratch butterfly to flying camel to upward twist coe to donut [-1] – shaky landing followed by slight off-centering, not a lot of speed
    3flip(strong)/3toe(poor running edge) [0]
    3lutz/2toe [1]
    straight line step sequence [0]
    3salchow [0]
    2axel/2toe [1] – high and solid
    camel/sit side twist/change up butt out to up [1] – quite good positions and rotation speed

    Good basics but the choreography was a little lackluster and didn't manage to bring his charisma out as well as in the Short Program. Which was a shame because he is capable of presenting his programs really well and he had all the ingredients. Timing was quite good and there were some nice arm movements in the second half but overall the choroegraphy was slightly lacking.

    Good jump technique. He gets a lot of elevation and most of the landings had good speed and flow out.

    19. Alexander SAMARIN /RUS/
    Admiral (soundtrack) by Ruslan Muratov, Gleb Matveichuck

    3lutz/3toe [1] – solid, good flow out
    3lutz [1] – good height, secure landing
    3flip [1] – smooth landing again
    scratch butterfly into flying camel to donut to upward catch [1] – quite good flow and rotation speed
    3loop [0] – a little over the toe coming out
    3flip/2toe [1] – good elevation, solid landings
    2axel/2toe/2toe [0] – a little cautious between the jumps
    camel/up Y/change up butt out/sit catch [1] – good positions
    3salchow [-3] – step out with hands down
    2axel – solid [1]
    sit cannonball coe/jump to change sit side twist(original position, good extension) [1]
    straight line step sequence [1] – good edges

    He has good edges but rounds his shoulders slightly and lacks expression. Choreography was quite generic and didn't have a lot of character. Very impressive technical elements, however. Almost everything he did was of really high quality.

    20. JIN Boyang /CHN/
    Charlie Chaplin Medley

    4toe [-2] - overrotated
    3toe [-3] – underrotated over a quarter, two-footed ('popped' quad attempt)
    3lutz/3toe [0] – tight landings
    circular step sequence [0]
    sit to side twist/change sit broken leg to forward bend [-1] – good rotation speed but off-centred throughout
    3axel/2toe/2loop [1] – good flow throughout
    3loop [1] – solid
    3lutz [0] – high but over the toe on the landing
    3flip [1] – solid, decent running edge
    steps to 3salchow/2toe [-1] – weak landings
    scratch butterflies to flying camel sideways twist to donut [0] – decent rotation speed but poor extension
    camel/sit var to coe(a little off-centred)/up var/change camel/sit pancake/up [1] – good positions and rotation speed

    His speed and flow over the ice weren't bad but he needed a lot of scraped cross-overs in order to maintain it. There were quite a lot of arm movements throughout but they were unfinished, not extended well and it all looked very rushed. There wasn't much purpose to it either. The choreography was quite generic and it didn't really bring the Charlie Chaplin theme out well at all.

    21. Michael Christian MARTINEZ /PHI/
    Malaguena by Ernesto Lecuona

    3axel/2toe [0]
    3axel [0] – good height but not a lot of flow out on both axels
    charlotte to steps towards 3lutz [1]
    scratch butterfly to flying camel upward twist to donut/change sit broken leg/up var [0]
    straight line step sequence [0]
    3loop [0] – not a lot of speed out
    3flip [0]
    3loop(weak landing)/1toe/2toe [-1]
    cantilever towards 3toe/2toe [0]
    flying sit var/jump sit side twist to pancake(slow) [-1]
    3salchow [-2] – hand down, turnout
    camel/sit var/up Y/change up biellmann [1] – good rotation speed

    His basics aren't yet at the level of the top skaters. Posture and lines were a little weak and he didn't get a lot of speed and flow. The choreography featured some impressive highlight moves that he executed well (charlotte, spread eagle, cantilever, amongst others) but I don't think it was a good music choice for him. His upper body movement wasn't sharp and staccato enough.

    22. Shotaro OMORI /USA/
    Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini by Sergei Rachmaninov

    3flip [1] – solid, good speed and flow out
    3axel(landing a tiny bit over the toe)/2toe [0]
    3lutz [0]
    straight line step sequence [0]
    flying camel to upward twist/sit/up cross-foot [0]
    3axel [-2] – overrotated
    three-turns into 3loop [-1] – foot down quickly
    3lutz/3toe [1] – soft landings with smooth running edge
    camel/up L/change sit/jump to sit broken leg [0]
    3salchow/2toe/2loop [0]
    2axel [0]
    sit cannonball to coe/jump to sit to pancake [0]

    Quite good posture and lines, elegant movement throughout. He knows how to use his arms, down to the flicks of the wrists.

    23. Joshua FARRIS /USA/
    Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, op. 18 III: Allegro Scherzando by Van Cliburn, Fritz Reiner

    3axel/3toe [0] – decent height and solid landings but not a lot of flow out
    4toe [-3] – fell and slided into the boards
    3lutz/2toe [1] – quite effortless
    sit to cannonball/change sit broken leg to pancake [0] – could use more speed
    straight line step sequence [1] – good edges
    scratch butterflies into flying camel to donut to upward catch [0] – rotation speed decent but poor extension
    3axel [1] – high, good speed out
    steps towards 3lutz [1] – good height, solid landing
    3lip/2toe/2loop [-1] – good flow throughout but clearly off an outside edge
    ina bauer towards 3loop [1] – solid, good flow out
    3salchow [0]
    camel coe(good extension)/up butt out (poor extension)/change sit to var/up L [1] – good flow and rotation speed

    Strong edges and very good speed throughout. His posture and lines are quite good and he did move his arms a fair amount throughout. But whilst he did seem to move in time to the music, the choreography didn't have a lot of character and he could have shown a little more attack and conviction on his movements.

    He gets very impressive elevation on his jumps.

    24. Jason BROWN /USA/
    Liebestraum by Franz Liszt

    2axel [1] – high, good flow out
    3axel/2toe [0] – not a lot of flow out
    3axel [1] – high and solid
    camel to catch/change sit var/jump to sit var [1] – good positions and rotation speed
    2axel [1] – light and solid, good speed out
    3loop [1] – likewise
    Y spiral towards 3lutz [1] – soft landing
    camel to upward twist coe/change camel upward catch [2] – very good positions and rotation speed
    steps towards 3lutz/3toe [0] – not a lot of flow out
    straight line step sequence [1] – good edges and flow
    3flip/half-loop/3salchow [1] – good flow throughout
    camel/sit leg behind/up/change camel/sit var [1] – good positions, quite good rotation speed

    Good flow throughout, stunning posture and lines, great attention to detail in the choreography. He used his whole body to interpret the music and his movement was appopriately soft and languid to fit its character. The program featured a fair amount of transitions as well and technical elements were executed to a very high standard.

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    I think giving 8s to Brown in PCS isn't unreasonable. Everything is just so polished and well executed, with ease. I am also very glad to see that all 3 3axels were clean, and he didn't get UR calls like he did at the JGPs.

    Between Brown and Farris, I think it's even more important for Farris to find a good choreographer to give him programs that showcase his strength and draw people in. As strong as his basics are, he borders on losing his personality. With a reliable 4toe, he can certainly contend for a Sochi spot no matter how many there are for the US.
    Last edited by marcolee925; 03-03-2013 at 11:00 PM.

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    Again, I totally agree.

    The PCS I would have given to Jason Brown would have been something like: SS 6.75 TR 7 PE 8.25 CH 8.25 IN 8
    Joshua Farris: SS 7.25 TR 5.75 PE 6.50 CH 6.25 IN 7
    (This is off the top of my head, not having sketched the layout of the programs as I was watching them because of paying so much attention to all of the elements)

    Farris is a really talented, solid skater with decent basics. But his programs lack personality and character. I would really like him to find his own style and show something more interesting.

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