I think they look good, although it looks like they only did a double SBS jump. Funny that they competed against Purich and Wolfe and the scores were so close.
I wouldn't read too much into the scores or the tech content. They probably just wanted to get a feel for competition.
Mervin Tran @skate_moivo
First step; make our debut (check). Next step; pass my senior pairs and senior moves in the field tests (pending). Wish me luck
7:44 AM - 10 Aug 2014
And yet I find it hard to believe that his former partner's higher score (by a hair) did not make even the unflappable Tran blink for just a second.
Wishing Mervin luck with his tests, of course.
Pretty good skating for a first outing, and I agree with Alba, I think the lifts were definitely the best part of their technical arsenal. But goodness, I really can't get used to the lyrics-in-competitive-programs part... When it first started playing, my initial thought was, "Wait, did they switch to ice dance?!" The vocals were all kinds of distracting.
Still, I wish them luck, and they seem like a promising pair.
I like the program -- even before they started, there was some really nice chemistry there. They're so much more well-matched, physically, than Castelli and Shnapir were, and they actually seem to like each other! I don't want to seem too harsh on Simon, but whenever I watched him with Marissa I wished she had a different partner. She is freaking fabulous -- she can really perform and sell a program -- and he never seemed to have the charisma to match her. Mervin looks up to the task.
Yeah, the man's vocals (who's singing in this one? I thought it was Tom Jones at first but I have no idea) were so... loud. There's such gorgeous instrumentation there, but the belting, and the fact that the vocals are mixed so prominently in the recording rather than turned down a notch, don't help.
This is still my favorite version of the song. The vocals are a bit more laid-back and complement the song rather than screaming over it, in my opinion.
Summer events are low-key and just to get your feet wet, but Purich must have had a chuckle over beating her former partner Tran by a couple hairs. It's nice that both of them were able to find someone to skate with for this season.
Basically agree with everyone else on this one. VERY good unison and chemistry for such a new team even on elements where it is harder to stay in unison like the SBS spin. Difficulty obviously must increase drastically on all elements but the lift for them to hope to be competitive, but it is to be hoped/expected that this will come with time. I really enjoyed the death spiral, I hope they will be able to basically keep it and increase the level on it- was a bit surprised to see it only got a level 1.
I am a bit concerned about the twist, which was poor, and about the SBS jumps where they seemed to only be going for a double jump and really struggled even with that, but as I say above they are a very new team and it is to be expected this will improve. I actually though the throw was okay, we are just used to seeing her and Simon execute insane ones.
I will say seeing them I do feel that she made the right choice splitting from Simon, even if she and Tran don't ever achieve any success. She looks just much happier skating with him and more connected to him on the ice than she ever did with Simon, and I think that is VERY striking and sad considering how long she and Simon were partnered. I hope Simon will look similarly happy and relaxed with his own partner.
And yes, I agree the music is not great.
Nice first go for Marissa and Mervin. Glad to see that the coaches have kept one of Marissa's trademark lift positions. Spins looked better too, even so early on their unison is decent. That was always a problem area for Marissa and Simon.
It's nice to hear that both Simon and Marissa are doing well with their new partners but shouldn't some credit be given to Bobby Martin?? He was up for coach of the year recently and I feel like he did a phenomenal job keeping Simon and Marissa together despite their issues. Hats off to Bobby Let's see how these 2 new teams develop!
And Marissa and Mervin look good in their debut, considering the fact there was a rumor Mervin had an injury. I'm very glad they still decided to skate and I'm glad they have time to continue developing before bigger comps. They already have wonderful chemistry, footwork, spins, leg lift and lovely death spiral. The technical side will surely improve with a lot more hard work together and more time/ competitions under their belts.