Cup of China Pairs Free Skate

The event starts at 8:30am EST.
The 1st group is on the ice for warmup

Group 1

Kadlecova/Bidar, CZE: 42.09 TES + 41.52 PCS -1.00 = 82.61 Total: 120.95

  • They are skating to Phantom of the Opera and the mask is worked into the design of his costume
  • Nice side by side triples with good unison
  • Good double twist with a clean catch
  • Good throw triple salchow
  • Fall on the throw triple
  • Spiral entry into the overhead lift with a one arm exit
  • Good unison at the beginning of their side by side spins but they lose it in the middle and are very far apart on the ice
  • Through the leg into a lift with him holding her by the hip and switching to a one leg glide for him with a flip exit
  • Good position for her in the catchfoot in the lift and he sets her down in the same position as in the air
  • Double salchow sequence was a little off
  • Nice arch in her death spiral but her free leg was very high
  • A few awkward positions in their pairs spin as well as an awkward shift in their change of direction
  • Interesting spiral where they are entwined

Steele/Schultz, CAN: 49.85 TES + 44.74 PCS -1.00 = 93.59 Total: 141.84 and into 1st place

  • High fast rotation on the double twist
  • Nice double axel sequence but she turns out of her second one
  • A little two footed on the landing of the throw triple toe
  • Great spiral positions from them
  • Nice air position for her with a great toss twist exit
  • Fall on the throw triple salchow
  • I like how much stretch she shows through the catch foot position in the lift and a nice split position but the flip exit seems choppy
  • Good speed in the pairs spin with nice positions and a slightly choppy transition in the middle
  • Good side by side triple flips
  • At the beginning of this lift it wasn’t clear if her leg was bent or straight
  • Good death spiral with a change of arm from him but she’s almost laying on the ice by then
  • Good unison on the side by side spins in the beginning

Yu/Jin, CHN: 63.11 TES + 45.43 PCS = 108.54 Total: 162.96 and into 1st place

  • Huge double twist
  • Very nice double axel sequence; she’s very springy on her jumps
  • Good side by side triple toes
  • Smooth transition in their combination spin
  • Great flexibility from both of them in the spiral sequence right into the death spiral–why is her free leg so high?
  • She needs to stretch through the free leg in her air positions so it doesn’t hang there
  • Big throw triple loop
  • Throw triple salchow and she ekes out the landing
  • They pick up and lose unison throughout the side by side spins
  • One arm lift with her in a split and grabbing her leg
  • Nice difficult entries and exits in their lifts

Evora/Ladwig, USA: 60.51 TES + 53.24 PCS -1.00 = 112.75 Total: 170.63 and into 1st place

  • Triple twist with a clean catch but not a ton of height
  • She steps out and then falls on their side by side triples
  • Nice landing on that throw triple
  • He steps out of their side by side double axels but they manage to complete the combination
  • Nice death spiral with a change of arm from him
  • Good unison on their side by side spins but they get off on the final spin
  • Nice landing on the throw triple loop
  • Backwards entry into the lift and she is sitting on one hand while he skates backwards
  • Good connection between them on the spiral sequence
  • Cool toss lift to her stomach and a one arm hold with her on her side
  • Good speed in the pairs spin with seamless transitions
  • Lift from the kneeling position with a flip exit
Group 2

Sui/Han, CHN: 56.66 TES + 54.81 PCS -2.00 = 109.47 Total: 169.47 and into 2nd place

  • Love the dramatic entrance from them
  • He catches her too far forward on the quad twist and she falls
  • She falls on the side by side jumps and they won’t get credit for the three jump combo
  • Huge throw triple salchow and she lands almost across the rink from him
  • I’m not sure why the death spirals all have this high free leg today
  • Good peed in their spins with decent unison
  • Great flexibility from her in the spiral sequence
  • Another huge throw and she gets the landing
  • She steps out of the side by side double axel and they are really far apart
  • Forward roll press into the lift and her extension in the air has really improved
  • They could use more speed through the first half of their pair spin but good speed on the second half
  • One armed entry into the overhead lift with a split exit
  • One arm hold in the rotational lift
  • Perhaps a botched transitional step–looked like he gave her too much oomph on a slide and she hit the ice a little bit

Zhang/Zhang, CHN: 59.07 TES + 59.03 PCS -1.00  = 117.10 Total: 177.67 and into 1st place

  • Opened with a sbs triple toe + double toe + double toe combo; his was really wild
  • Nice fast rotational lift with a hip hold
  • Great triple twist with a clean catch
  • She falls on the sbs salchows
  • Good unison on their sbs spins
  • Big throw triple loop
  • Good stretched out position for her in the one armed lift with her legs in a split
  • Good spiral sequence
  • Huge throw triple salchow maybe a bit two footed
  • Death spiral with a high free leg
  • Abrupt pause on the change of direction in their pairs spin and a little slow
  • Quick release into the one arm hold in the final lift with a nice change of position

Moore-Towers/Moscovitch, CAN: 56.47 TES + 56.79 PCS -2.00 = 111.26 Total: 172.04 and into 2nd

  • She falls on the second of their triple toe sequence
  • Triple twist with a clean catch
  • Nice lift right into the split with a pretty stretched out position
  • Sbs triple salchows were good
  • Death spiral with change of grip but she has 0 arch in her back
  • Good speed in the pairs spin but still an abrupt change of direction
  • She gets her feet caught under her and falls on the throw triple
  • Good positions in the spiral sequence
  • Great stretch and flexibility through this split position and a nice section with him on one foot
  • Hand down on the throw triple salchow
  • Really fast on the sbs spins but they lose some unison and they could both stretch more through the upright position
  • Press lift from his knee with a change in rotational direction for him and a flip exit

Kavaguti/Smirnov, RUS: 58.53 TES + 63.76 PCS = 122.29 Total: 186.74 and into 1st place

  • I like this more elegant look on her than the crazy chopped up hairdo she had last season
  • They hit the triple toe + triple toe sequence but she is a little wild on hers and they are really off unison
  • High triple twist but there was a slight delay in the rotation and they have a bit of a crashy landing
  • Nice throw triple salchow
  • Good death spiral from her
  • Good unison on their side by side spins but all their positions don’t always match
  • Great flexibility from her in the spiral sequence
  • Great unison on their sbs double axels
  • Hand down on the throw triple loop
  • Beautiful air position from her in the 1st lift that switches to a handstand position
  • She needs more stretch and arch in her back through the standard air position but they have a nice one arm exit
  • Great Biellman position from her in the final lift with him on one foot
  • Good speed in the pairs spin but it slows near the end; good flow through their change of direction
Pl. Name Nation TSS
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SS TR PE CH IN Ded.
StN.
1 Yuko KAVAGUTI / Alexander SMIRNOV RUS 122.29 58.53 63.76 8.00 7.79 7.89 8.04 8.14 0.00 #8
2 Dan ZHANG / Hao ZHANG CHN 117.10 59.07 59.03 7.54 7.25 7.25 7.54 7.32 1.00 #6
3 Amanda EVORA / Mark LADWIG USA 112.75 60.51 53.24 6.75 6.57 6.68 6.64 6.64 1.00 #4
4 Kirsten MOORE-TOWERS / Dylan MOSCOVITCH CAN 111.26 56.47 56.79 7.29 6.89 7.00 7.18 7.14 2.00 #7
5 Wenjing SUI / Cong HAN CHN 109.47 56.66 54.81 6.79 6.86 6.50 7.04 7.07 2.00 #5
6 Xiaoyu YU / Yang JIN CHN 108.54 63.11 45.43 5.75 5.57 5.75 5.79 5.54 0.00 #3
7 Taylor STEELE / Robert SCHULTZ CAN 93.59 49.85 44.74 5.75 5.36 5.57 5.71 5.57 1.00 #2
8 Klara KADLECOVA / Petr BIDAR CZE 82.61 42.09 41.52 5.18 5.11 5.11 5.36 5.18 1.00 #1
Pl. Name Nation Points SP FS
1 Yuko KAVAGUTI / Alexander SMIRNOV
RUS
186.74 1 1
2 Dan ZHANG / Hao ZHANG
CHN
177.67 3 2
3 Kirsten MOORE-TOWERS / Dylan MOSCOVITCH
CAN
172.04 2 4
4 Amanda EVORA / Mark LADWIG
USA
170.63 5 3
5 Wenjing SUI / Cong HAN
CHN
169.47 4 5
6 Xiaoyu YU / Yang JIN
CHN
162.96 6 6
7 Taylor STEELE / Robert SCHULTZ
CAN
141.84 7 7
8 Klara KADLECOVA / Petr BIDAR
CZE
120.95 8 8