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    Oly 2018 Olympic Season: Pairs Figure Skating

    The Road to PyeongChang 2018

    Which teams are you rooting for this season?

    Enjoy our Pairs Olympic season preview trailer!
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    Epic! I'm always so excited to see one of these videos appear - and then watching them makes me even more excited for the season to come! Excellent work as always - thank you!

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    Love those videos, too! the Helsinki preview one was especially good! You should allow people to embed the video though. I wasn't going to click on that link before a realized that this is a video and not an article...

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    Brilliant preview! Thanks for these videos

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    Very nicely done.

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    Thank you for the diversity of countries/teams in this clip. Some productions only feature athletes from the top 3/4 nations, but if I am not mistaken there are 8 nations represented in the montage...well done!

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    Would like to hear from everyone on what they feel are positive qualities of the teams!

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    I'm rooting for Sui/Han for their beautiful skating skills and all-around prowess.
    Also Vanessa/Morgan for their power and drama.
    Good luck to all, and stay uninjured please.

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    So exciting! Curious to see how everyone does this season.
    T/M have beautiful SS and solid tech as we all know, but my heart hurts that moskvina is not their coach, especially as this is the olympic season. She could package them right in that classic style that suits this team and really make them special. Praying for their programs...
    And rooting hard for S/H as always, can't wait to see them. Hope everyone stays injury free!

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    I really like the the creativity of Vanessa and Morgan's programs!

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    Haven't followed all these pairs closely, but my attempt at some of the positive qualities of each team

    Vanessa and Morgan - great chemistry, creative and interesting programs

    Meagan and Eric - super driven (especially Meagan), strong tech, their friendship and trust of each other, willingness to keep trying new things, also their new SP looks awesome so far

    Aliona and Bruno - super driven (especially Aliona), I love how they're trying to bring an ice dance quality into their programs

    Lubov and Dylan - amazing lift positions, she's so enthusiastic about representing Canada

    Julianne and Charlie - so excited to see that Lorde program

    Alexa and Chris - their relationship and trust of each other, how well they delivered without much training after Alexa's illness

    Valentina and Ondrej - love the choice of two Italian pieces for their programs for the Olympics and with Worlds in Italy

    Evgenia and Vladimir - strong technical skills

    Ksenia and Fedor - persevered through a lot of injury issues, really interesting dynamic on the ice

    Xiaoyu and Hao - gelled so quickly as a new team, beautiful classic look on the ice

    Cheng and Yang - gelled so quickly as a new team, lots of personality especially in last year's short

    Wenjing and Cong - great skating skills, came back so strong after her injury, interesting programs last season

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    Valentina Marchei and Ondrej Hotarek- What I love about this pair is the unity of style they create even though they seem somewhat in juxtaposition to each other. Like using contrasting colors to make a more interesting design. You can just feel their unity of purpose. Valentina has such sass and fire (like her good friend Ashley Wagner!), and Ondrej somehow complements and completes those qualities, by being a dramatic presence. Like a bass voice provides support for a good soprano/melody. Their movements are sharp, precise ... and they really packed in the content for last year's FS, to great effect in the first minute.

    Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot - In addition to their amazing technical talent, I feel that together they have a softer and more integrated approach to being a pair than I expected, especially from her. Last year's FS was a skate where one really felt their artistry and emotion emerging. I really want to see what comes next.

    Cheng Peng and Yang Jin - I love their personality on the ice, which I didn't so much notice when they skated with other people. They bring out something special in each other. They can do romantic and soulful, and they do playful and humorous equally well. One thing I love about them is the way their throw jumps just seem to come out of nowhere. The preparation for their elements is so well integrated into the choreography, and so smoothly and speedily executed. The Chinese pairs do this so well, and it's Lori's choreography too, but it takes great technique and working together to execute it so seamlessly.

    Alexa Knierim and Chris Knierim - Last year's programs (all newlywed music!) really brought out their connection on the ice. They don't always showcase that particular quality, so I'm really interested to see whether or not their musical choices and choreography will continue in that direction. And I can't go without mentioning their twist. Whether it's a triple or a quadruple, it's just divine, snappy and high. Plus, it looks like he just tosses her in the air like it comes out of nowhere!

    Ashley Cain and Timothy LeDuc- It's their ice presence, and their unique look and style among current pairs that shows such potential. Their long, gorgeous lines match, they jump well and their technique is well planned to be harmonious. Love their SBS 3Loop and their 2A-1L-3S. The fact that they both really perform has them standing out in terms of US Pairs. They have a great connection on the ice. Now that they've been to Nina Mozer's camp, I'm really looking forward to seeing how they evolve going forward, since they made such huge strides last season. I know they weren't included in the preview's top pairs, but I think they could be a break-out pair (again!) this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skylark View Post
    Valentina Marchei and Ondrej Hotarek- What I love about this pair is the unity of style they create even though they seem somewhat in juxtaposition to each other. Like using contrasting colors to make a more interesting design. You can just feel their unity of purpose. Valentina has such sass and fire (like her good friend Ashley Wagner!), and Ondrej somehow complements and completes those qualities, by being a dramatic presence. Like a bass voice provides support for a good soprano/melody. Their movements are sharp, precise ... and they really packed in the content for last year's FS, to great effect in the first minute.

    Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot - In addition to their amazing technical talent, I feel that together they have a softer and more integrated approach to being a pair than I expected, especially from her. Last year's FS was a skate where one really felt their artistry and emotion emerging. I really want to see what comes next.

    Cheng Peng and Yang Jin - I love their personality on the ice, which I didn't so much notice when they skated with other people. They bring out something special in each other. They can do romantic and soulful, and they do playful and humorous equally well. One thing I love about them is the way their throw jumps just seem to come out of nowhere. The preparation for their elements is so well integrated into the choreography, and so smoothly and speedily executed. The Chinese pairs do this so well, and it's Lori's choreography too, but it takes great technique and working together to execute it so seamlessly.

    Alexa Knierim and Chris Knierim - Last year's programs (all newlywed music!) really brought out their connection on the ice. They don't always showcase that particular quality, so I'm really interested to see whether or not their musical choices and choreography will continue in that direction. And I can't go without mentioning their twist. Whether it's a triple or a quadruple, it's just divine, snappy and high. Plus, it looks like he just tosses her in the air like it comes out of nowhere!

    Ashley Cain and Timothy LeDuc- It's their ice presence, and their unique look and style among current pairs that shows such potential. Their long, gorgeous lines match, they jump well and their technique is well planned to be harmonious. Love their SBS 3Loop and their 2A-1L-3S. The fact that they both really perform has them standing out in terms of US Pairs. They have a great connection on the ice. Now that they've been to Nina Mozer's camp, I'm really looking forward to seeing how they evolve going forward, since they made such huge strides last season. I know they weren't included in the preview's top pairs, but I think they could be a break-out pair (again!) this year.
    Nice summary Skylark - and you mentioned pairs I'm really fond of. : ) I especially agree with you about Cain / LeDuc. I really love their look on the ice. I'm hoping for more success on the jumping front for them because I like that they're doing something different and challenging. I'm nervous and excited for them this season. I hope they can build on their great start!

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    I think it will be a battle between S/H and S/M. Both team will show stunning choreography and outscore the field in the PCS.

    S/M will add the 4Tw. This will close the gap to the Chinese.

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    I highly doubt any of the Russian teams will contend for the Olympic podium.

    Gold is between S/M and S/H, with D/R fighting for 3rd place.

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