We have a very early start to Day 1 of the 2021 Open d'Andorra. And to kick off the action, it is the Novice Men. Yes, all three levels in a single group (1 Basic Novice; 2 Intermediate Novice; and 2 Advanced Novice).
Livestream for the Novice Men's competitions is now on air.
OK, I have no idea what is going on with the Intermediate Novice competition.
The first boy was introduced, the music started, he started skating and then, just as he was about to do his first element, he went over to the judges. The music stopped, he went back over to the gate, and then started practicing.
After a while, he was introduced again, he got into position, the music started, and he went back over to the judges. The music stopped, he went back over to the gate, and then started practicing again.
After a while, he was introduced again, and this time he did do the programme.
So, I have no idea what was going on. It was the same song each time, so it wasn't the wrong music. Maybe they started playing it at the wrong part, but I wasn't paying that much attention to be able to tell.
It'll be intereting to see if he gets any deductions for the false starts and delays. Because that will maybe give us some indication as to what on Earth was going on.
Right, the late start and the drama in the Intermediate Men's competition mean we are already running 20 minutes behind schedule. So, because of this, they have given the Advanced Novice Men a second Warm-Up.
The result is that we are now a further 5 minutes behind schedule!
You know, I wouldn't be surprised if the organisers scrapped that resurfacing that is due to follow the boys, and go straight into the girls. And then re-position the resurfacing that is due to happen in the middle of the Advanced Novice Ladies to be before them, in an attempt to get us closer to schedule.
To be honest, I'm surprised that they didn't arrange it like that in the first place. 5-7-3-resurfacing-8-8 makes more sense to me than 5-resurfacing-7-3-8-resurfacing-8. Especially when the two groups of 8 are a segment in itself.
And what I just wrote is excactly what they have done. We move straight onto the girls.
Again, all the Novice competitions are being held back-to-back, but this time we have groups. The plan was to have a group of 7 Basic Novices; then a group of 3 Intermediate Novices; then a group of 8 Advanced Novices, followed by a resurfacing, and then another group of 8 Advanced Novices. But, in light of the delays, whether it does happen like this is anybody's guess.
Livestream for the Novice Ladies competitions is now on air.
Oh, no, it's not that bad. The first resurfacing between the boys and the girls was scrapped. Instead, we had a resurfacing there now, between the Intermediate Novice Ladies and the Advanced Novice Ladies. (Which was the most sensible place to put it anyway).
According to the original schedule, there was due to be another resurfacing at the end of this group. But, I think they will just carry on and complete this segment. And then we will be back on schedule for the Dancers.
I'm going to be getting increasingly behind during this segment, as I am running back and forth to the kitchen making toast.
Awww. We mightn't have got the usual antics from the Estonian skaters in Tallinn, but we got it in Andorra instead.
When Anna ZURAVLJOV was waiting for her scores, she had 2 coaches and 2 other skaters with her!
There are 3 chairs. Anna was sitting on the middle chair. On the chair to her right, Katarina KALME and a coach were perched side-by-side. And on the chair to her left, another coach was sitting with Gerda SMORODINA sitting on her knee.
Then, when it was Gerda's turn, she took the middle chair. Katarina and a coach were again perched side-by-side on the chair to her right. And on the chair to her left, Anna was perched side-by-side with the other coach. However, just after the camera turned to them, the coach told Katarina to go and start getting ready for her programme (there was only 1 skater between Gerda and Katarina). So, she left before the scores were announced.
Unfortunately, the camera stayed pointed at the ice when it was Katarina's turn to get her results. So, we didn't see what exactly happened that time. But, don't worry, when the final skater was going into position, we saw in the background that all 5 of them were sitting there. From what I could see, Gerda was back in her original chair, but was now sitting to the inside of the coach. And Anna was sitting where Katarina had previously been sitting.
It is so good to see that the camaraderie between the Estonian skaters is still going on.
Oh, and they finished 1-2-3!!! Anna leads by 4.51 points over Gerda, who is 3.10 points ahead of Katarina.
And from the Novice Singles skaters, we move to the Novice Ice Dancers. First up, Pattern Dance 1, consisting of 3 groups. A group of 1 Intermediate Novice partnership; followed by a group of 3 Advanced Novice partnerships; followed by a group of 4 Advanced Novice partnerships.
Looks like we are staying on the same stream for the Dancers. Which is a bit of a boo-boo, as I just realised that this is actually the stream that they were planning to use for the first three segments tomorrow morning! I don't know what is happening with the stream that was supposed to be used for the Pattern Dances. Is it going to become tomorrow morning's stream?
Livestream for the Pattern Dance 1 competitions is now on air.
And after that resurfacing, it is time for the final segments of the day. The Novice Dancers are back for their Pattern Dance 2 programmes. Same format as PD1. A group of 1 Intermediate Novice partnership; followed by a group of 3 Advanced Novice partnerships; followed by a group of 4 Advanced Novice partnerships.
Livestream for the Pattern Dance 2 competitions is now on air.
Unlike yesterday, I had the wit today to have my breakfast early. So, I will be able to watch this in peace.
And I have to apologise. We don't have an Estonian 1-2-3. At the time I wrote my post about the Estonians, the livescoring page hadn't updated for the final skater. So, Pernille WITH (NOR) is in third, just 0.68 points ahead of Katarina KALME (EST). So, there is a good opportunity for Katarina to turn my mistake into a forecast...
Incidentally, with concentrating so much on the seating orders, I forgot to mention. When Anna ZURAVLJOV's score was announced, Gerda SMORODINA made it obvious that she thought it was too low a score. And yet, come the end of the segment, Anna was leading!
You gotta love the Estonian skaters, and the way they support each other.