So nice to see they're still giving out that former champion bonus....that was sarcasm in case you were wondering.
I thought Wakamatsu and Fecteau were clearly the performance of the night in spite of the rankings. Absolutely stunning. A little problem on the side-by-sides by nowhere near as severe as Marcoux and Buntin. Rock solid throw and light airy twist both with difficult entries. Gorgeous spiral sequence - totally original. Nobody else in the world is doing that. Also amazing lift. And to add to that, all the elements were done with speed, flow, and a performance quality that was second to none. I'll be cheering for them in the long.
Marcoux and Buntin - not a disastrous skate, but I can't understand how they wound up in first. The fall on the side-by-sides was bad, and she was not solid on the landing to the throw. Nice twist, good spiral sequence - both have lovely positions, but I still preferred the originality of Wakamatsu/Fecteau. Good speed, and also had difficult entries into several elements. All in all a good skate, but not a great one. I felt they should have been second or third.
Langlois and Archetto: the perennial bridesmaids - a problem on the side-by-sides, but other than that I thought the program was pretty good. It didn't have the wow quality I've seen from them in the past, however.
Duhamel and partner - nice side-by-side triple lutzes, but everything else in the program was simple comparatively speaking. Nice lift, but no change of position and basic entry and exit. They could be a great team, but would need to concentrate on pairs, IMO.
Dube and Davison - the injury clearly gave them problems, but I see a lot of potential in this team. Great presentation, very mature. They just need to step their elements up to seniors.
Putnam and Wirtz - This team really has potential to be great. Gorgeous line and expression, but obviously the technical wasn't there -mistake on the jumps and landing the twist. You can see Dimitriev in them already (to me that's a good thing). Keep up the training and I can see this team challenging internationally.