S/K program is hard on the ears. He looks like he is still learning the program though, quite a bit of out-of-sync movements in between the elements. Like them, don't care for this program.
I don't know why they picked Detroit as a host; I imagine that there were some financial benefits to be realized in terms of venue, and so forth.
Of course, I really don't know what goes into account when choosing a host city for a GP event.
Kirsten MOORE-TOWERS / Dylan MOSCOVITCH (USA)
Music: Motley Crew - Mic Macs by Raphael Beau, Max Steiner
Red and white/black-checkered costume (from last season)
BiDs - don't like the position, why no arched back?
3LoTh - good distance
Li - also nice, new exit
Very strong skate.
SP: 39.59+31.92 = 71.51 (PB), in 1st out of 6
Woo! Got the first GP skate out of the way very proud of our debut!feeling very relaxed and calm for what's to come this season!" #SA2013
9:39 AM - 19 Oct 13
Canadian team rocks it! I love this program, quirky music and great choreography, well done.
VERY nice from MTM. I kind of wish they had a new SP because I love them so much but this is an AWESOME vehicle for them. Should score really high.
1) Very depressed economically and the ethnic makeup of the city isn't favorable to watching figure skating regardless of how cheap you might make the tickets.
2) Crime-ridden city so even people within driving distance might think twice before entering the zone.
3) Even apart from #2, there's nothing much of interest in the area to do besides watch skating, so potential long-distance travelers have nothing to package with skating that might justify the cost of travel. In this respect, places like Orlando, Las Vegas, or somewhere in the greater LA or NYC areas makes more sense since visitors can watch the competition either before or after other tourism attractions.
I can only presume that the deal offered to them by Detroit and the venue made it financially viable, or perhaps there just wasn't much interest this year from other cities and USFS had to pick from diminished options, none of them great.
Stefania BERTON / Ondrej HOTAREK (ITA)
Music: The Mask (soundtrack)
She's in gold dress. He's in yellow pant, white shirt and suspenders
3T - she has hand down
One small mistake, but overall solid. I liked the SP from previous season better.
SP: 34.76+29.09=63.85, in 3rd out of 7
B/H also look very strong to me.
I would LOVE if a skating event would go to Orlando... though that would be a very expensive trip for me (I can't go to Orlando without visiting Disney).
Looks like S/K scores are taking a jump now that one of the Top Rus team may be out for the year. Funny how things like that happen.
Tatiana VOLOSOZHAR / Maxim TRANKOV (RUS)
Music: Masquerade Waltz by Aram Khatchaturian
She's in light blue dress, very detailed. He's in dark blue admiral costume
3Tw - wow, very big
3T - good unison
3LoTh - also clean
Impressive, another clean skate. They seem to be in top shape early in the season
SP: 44.99 + 38.06 = 83.05 (WR), and in 1st out of 8