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    Free Dance Preview and Virtual Program Sun. Nov. 14 , 2:00 PM EST

    Sunday, Nov. 14
    2:00 p.m.: Free dance

    Of course, the order of skate will not be determined until after the free dance has been competed, and I'll add the extra info to the top of this thread at that time. However, I'm posting the meat of the virtual program now.

    For all of the medal contenders except for Riazanova and Tkachenko, Skate America is their second competition on the Grand Prix series. All of them will have spent the time in between, polishing their routines and attempting to improve their levels on elements that didn't score as well as they would like. Most however, will be doing essentially the same routines they performed in their first outing. Some will have made some tweaks and rearrangments of their programs, including Meryl Davis and Charlie White, who felt that the original version of their free dance was a bit too jam packed with tango footwork outside the elements, giving the audience and them no breathing room. The Detroit Free Press has an interview with White and Davis, talking about changes to their programs here:

    A preskate America interview with Meryl and Charlie may be downloaded here:
    Another interview may be found on the changes they are making to their dances on icenetwork.
    Of the couples competing here, Meryl and Charlie scored the highest in their previous Grand Prix
    outing, followed by Vanessa Crone and Paul Poirier, who won the free dance at Skate Canada.

    Vanessa and Paul's new free dance was choreographed by Christopher Dean to "Eleanor Rigby."
    Vanessa's costume is bright red, and Paul's is bright blue, representing the colors of the British flag. This program has been very well received. It will be exciting to see how it develops over the season, as they perform Dean's difficult choreography with more smoothness.

    Alex and Maia Shibutani earned the third highest score of this group, placing second in the free dance at NHK. Their program to "Smile" and "Let's Face the Music and Dance" is a very smooth ballroom routine, reminiscent of 1930's musicals.

    Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje's program to the score from "Moulin Rouge" is the most lift-centric
    of the top programs. It has four short lifts and two transitional lifts. For my tastes, this is perhaps a bit too much. However, the lifts have very clever entrances, and advance the plot of the story they are telling on the ice.

    Finally, Ekaterina Riazanova and Ilia Tkachenko have not yet competed on the Grand Prix. Their
    free dance, as seen at Nebelhorn Trophy, is set to music listed in their ISU biography as just "Mexico." At Nebelhorn, their free dance was scored just behind the Shibutanis. Their performance gained them the highest base level score of the teams competing here.

    Stefanie Frohberg and Tim Giesen GER (ISU World Ranking 41st)
    Frohberg and Giesing scored 44.30 in the short dance.
    Coach: Rene Lohse
    Choreographer: Jutta Deutschland (SD); Denkova and Staviski (FD)
    Their FD: La Maza by Silvio Rodriguez, Cuban/Spanish theme
    7th at Finlandia in the FD, 65.59
    FD Skate Canada 62.10

    1 Sequential Twizzle 4
    2 Straight Line Lift4
    3 Circular Step2
    4 Rotational Lift Blown lift. Not enough rotations. Their performance of their other elements was fairly uniform.
    5 Combination Spin4
    6 Midline Step2
    7 Curve Lift4+Rotational Lift4
    8 Transitional Lift; no score
    Base: 33.00
    Cathy Reed and Chris Reed JPN (ISU World Ranking: 27th)
    If only Chris and Cathy could master the twizzles! They scored 44.40 in the short dance, and are
    second on the program today.
    Coach: Nikolai Morozov, Walter Rizzo
    Choreographer: Nikolai Morozov, Patti Wilcox
    Their FD: So She Dances by Josh Groban
    For three years straight, National Senior champions in Japan
    15th at last year's World Championships
    FD NHK 69.62
    This slow piece of music without any real highs does them no favors.

    1 Rotational Lift4
    2 Straight Line Lift2
    3 Sequential Twizzle 3 This had their weakest GOE at Skate Canada. Not surprising. They often have twizzle trouble.
    4 Curve Lift2+Rotational Lift4 This was quite nice
    5 Circular Step2
    6 Midline Step2
    7 Transitional Lift; no score 0.00 Very pretty
    8 Combination Spin4
    Base: 33.00
    Penny Coomes and Nicholas Buckland GBR (ISU World Ranking: 28th)
    Penny and Nick's FD is much better than their short dance would lead you to think. They scored 49.43 in the short dance.
    Coach: Evgeni Platov, Philip Askew
    Choreographer: Philip Askew
    Their FD: Simba Confronts Scar and King of Pride Rock/Circle of Life (from "The Lion King" soundtrack) by Elton John & Tim Rice
    Current British Senior Silver Medallists
    16th at European Championships last year
    This fall, third at Coupe de Nice, fourth at Nepela Trophy
    NHK FD 66.28
    They stay in lion character throughout.

    1 Rotational Lift4
    2 Sequential Twizzle 4 Their twizzles at NHK got level 4, but had some problems.
    3 Combination Spin4 Their combination spin was weak at NHK>
    4 Curve Lift3 This was a highlight for me.
    5 Curve Lift4+Rotational Lift1
    6 Circular Step2
    7 Diagonal Step1 They had problems with this step at NHK, resulting in negative GOE's.
    ran out of gas a bit
    8 Transitional Lift; no score
    9 Transitional Lift; no score nice lift to get 0 points for.
    Base 32.50

    Lynn Kriengkrairut and Logan Giuletti-Schmitt USA (ISU World Ranking 82nd)
    Lynn and Logan scored 52.13 in the short, a very respectable score for them.
    Coach: Yaroslava Netchaeva, Juri Tchesnitchenko
    Choreographer: Yaroslava Netchaeva, Juri Tchesnitchenko
    FD: I Belong To You by Muse; Mon Coeur S'Ouvre A Ta Voix (from "Samson and Dalilah") by Camille Saint-Saens
    8th at the most recent US Championships
    6th at Nebelhorn
    8th in the FD at Nebelhorn (74.23)
    The lifts in this program are all interesting and well executed.

    1 Straight Line Lift4 Nice lift
    2 Sequential Twizzle 4
    3 Curve Lift4+Rotational Lift4 This was their strongest element at Nebelhorn
    4 Circular Step1 Their steps were not strong.
    5 Curve Lift4
    6 Combination Spin4
    7 Transitional Lift; no score
    8 Midline Step1 This by far their weakest element
    9 Transitional Lift; no score
    Base: 34.00

    Ekaterina Riazanova and Ilia Tkachencko RUS (ISU World Ranking 34th)
    Katia and Ilia's SD earned 55.52, and could well have scored higher, I think.
    Coach: Alexei Gorshkov
    Choreographer: Sergei Petukhov
    FD: Mexico
    FD Nebelhorn
    Last year was their first as a team.
    4th at the most recent Senior Russian Nationals
    3rd at Nebelhorn this fall
    3rd in the free dance at Nebelhorn (83.61)
    Video from Russian Test Skate

    1 Diagonal Step3
    2 Curve Lift4
    3 Rotational Lift4 (reversing)
    4 Sequential Twizzle 4
    5 Combination Spin4
    6 Stationary Lift4 This was by far their best element at Nebelhorn.
    7 Circular Step2 This was their weakest, although it did not earn negative GOE.
    8 Transitional Lift; no score
    Base: 38.50
    Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani USA (ISU World Ranking: 14th)
    Maia and Alex are still having a few problems with the Golden Waltz, scoring 56.46 in the short dance.
    Coach: Igor Shpilband, Marina Zueva, J.Johns, A. Lenda
    Choreographer: Igor Shpilband, Marina Zueva
    Their FD: Smile (Charlie Chaplin soundtrack); Let's Face the Music and Dance by Irving Berlin
    Current US Junior champions
    4th at last year's Junior Worlds, 2nd at the previous Junior Worlds
    5th at Nebelhorn this fall, due to a fall in the SD.(46.90) They were second in the FD at Nebelhorn, ahead of Capellini/Lanotte.
    FD NHK 83.25

    1 Spin4
    2 Circular Step2
    3 Curve Lift4+Rotational Lift4 This is a beautiful lift that works very well.
    4 Sequential Twizzle 4 3 sets of very fast ones
    5 Straight Line Lift4
    6 Diagonal Step2 The Shibutani's last two elements were their weakest in GOE at NHK.
    7 Rotational Lift4
    Base: 37.00
    Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje CAN (ISU World Ranking: 10th)
    Kaitlyn and Andrew's short dance was very wonderful, and they scored 59.48 for it.
    Coach: S. Bourne, P. Camerlengo, A. Krylova
    Choreographer: Shae-Lynn Bourne, Pasquale Camerlengo
    Their FD: Sparkling Diamonds; Come What May; El Tango de Roxanne (from Moulin Rouge soundtrack)
    1st place at 4CC's in 2010
    3rd at Canadian Senior Nationals
    NHK FD 82.88

    This program has 6 lifts...for me, it is too much about the lifts, althought they are interesting.

    1 Circular Step3
    2 Sequential Twizzle 2 They had a problem with the twizzles at NHK, resulting in negative GOE
    3 Combination Spin4
    4 Rotational Lift3 ( interesting entrance)
    5 Curve Lift4
    6 Rotational Lift3
    7 Straight Line Lift4
    8 Diagonal Step2 Their diagonal step did not score well either, although GOE was not negative.
    9 Transitional Lift; no score
    10 Transitional Lift; no score
    Base: 35.50

    Vanessa Crone and Paul Poirier CAN (ISU World Ranking: 6th)
    Vanessa and Paul did not skate their short dance at their very best, and so are just about a point ahead of Weaver and Poje, having scored 60.41 in the short dance.
    Coach: Carol Lane, Juris Razguliaevs, Jon Lane
    Choreographer: Christopher Dean, Carol Lane, Juris Razguliaevs
    FD Eleanor Rigby by John Lennon and Paul McCartney performed by Joshua Bell
    FD from Skate Canada 91.47

    1 Combination Spin4
    2 Straight Line Lift2 This was their weakest GOE element at Skate Canada
    3 Diagonal Step3
    4 Sequential Twizzle 3
    5 Serpentine Lift4
    6 Serpentine Step3
    7 Rotational Lift4 This is a very interesting lift
    8 Transitional Lift; no score
    Base: 37.50

    Meryl Davis and Charlie White USA (ISU World Ranking: 1st)
    Meryl and Charlie's effort to fix the problems they had with the Golden Waltz paid off, but they had problems with the twizzles (Charlie slipped) and the step sequence. They scored 63.62 in the short dance.
    Coach: Igor Shpilband, Marina Zueva
    Choreographer: Igor Shpilband, Marina Zueva
    Their FD: Il Postino (soundtrack) by Luis Bacalov; and Payadora and Recuerdo (Forever Tango) by Lisandro Adrover
    Two time US Champions, 2nd at Olympics, 2nd at Worlds, 1st at GPF.
    FD NHK 98.24

    1 Straight Line Lift4 unique lift
    2 Circular Step3
    3 Sequential Twizzle3
    4 Straight Line Lift2+Rotational Lift4
    5 Spin4 I like this spin
    6 Diagonal Step3 This was their weakest GOE element at NHK
    7 Rotational Lift4
    Base 37.50
    Last edited by dorispulaski; 11-14-2010 at 03:53 AM.

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