Skate America Free Dance

Group 1

Paul/Islam, CAN: 40.21 TES + 34.99 PCS -1.00 = 74.20 Total: 111.70

  • I love her dress and look again today, but it is a little too similar to her short dance costume
  • They have such nice speed and flow across the ice
  • Very interesting entrance to their rotational lift with her bent over and touching her foot
  • Very nice synchronization on the twizzles
  • Her dress moves very well through this step sequence
  • They have really well matched lines and such nice edges
  • Nice straightline lift with him on one foot and her arched back
  • Good speed and positions in the dance spin and a nice change of leg; great speed through the second set and a nice exit
  • Great rotational lift with her in a 45 degree split and held up on his neck
  • This is such a nice program and everything is so seamless and smooth but there are a couple of places I wish they would take a moment and develop the connection with each other
  • Nice straight line lift with her reaching down toward the ice and her legs up by his head

Cannuscio/Lorello, USA: 38.36 TES + 34.81 PCS = 73.17  Total: 115.22 and into 1st place

  • A lot of attack here at the beginning of the program 
  • Beginning with a lift with her upside down and a few position changes
  • A little bobble for her at the beginning and end of the twizzles
  • Their dance spin is really slow
  • I love the expression on her face through the On My Own step sequence–they are really selling this performance
  • Nice curve lift with her balancing on his head in a parallel position to the ice
  •  A little bobble through a transitional move into their footwork sequence
  • Nice throw over his head into a rotational lift with her in a haircutter position
  • The middle section was really the strongest section of this dance and showed off their style the best

Hubbell/Donohue, USA: 43.11 TES + 39.22 PCS -1.00 = 81.33 Total: 131.04 and into 1st place

  • Madison is wearing a red lace dress and I’m pretty sure I had the same costume for a dance number once
  • Very dramatic opening at the beginning of their program and they’re really showing off a lot of chemistry for such a new partnership
  • They have nice speed and ice coverage
  • Great position changes in the curve lift and she is holding on to his back with only one arm
  • Great speed through their dance spin
  • Great connection through their step sequence but some of their lines aren’t quite matching 
  • Nice twizzles with the free leg extended and great unison
  • I would like to see her have more stretch through her free leg when it extends to the back in her footwork
  • Nice dance break in the middle with attention to the musical accents
  • Straight line lift with her standing on his blade into a rotational lift
  • Nice straight line lift balancing on his blade and they are counterbalancing their weight

Tobias/Stagniunas, LTU: 41.99 TES + 38.76 PCS = 80.75 Total: 132.58 and into 1st place

  • She is wearing a red halter dress with a black sparkly top underneath
  • Their twizzles are really fast this season and are really improved
  • They have nice ice coverage through this step section but it seems really slow for their music
  • They had the awkward stop and pull in their change of foot in their dance spin
  • I’d like to see them doing more of the traditional Z/S lifts with lots of position changes instead of the standard lifts that every team uses
  • They have a really nice connection with each other in their step sequence
  • Nice curve lift with him in a hydroblade as she holds a haircutter
Group 2

Ralph/Hill, CAN: 40.22 TES + 38.39 PCS = 78.61 Total: 131.29 and into 2nd place

  • They do their twizzles going away from each other and very slowly
  • The step sequence is nice with some deep edges but it’s very slow and doesn’t have a lot of power
  • Nice position changes in the rotational lift as she starts in the front, goes around his back and come back around into the front
  • Nice lift with him spinning in place and she is wrapped around his knees with her legs extending out parallel over the ice
  • They look a lot better than last season but it still looks like they’re trying too hard to do a tango instead of just doing a tango
  • This second step sequence seems a little wobbly in places 
  • Nice rotational lift with her not holding on at all and he’s holding her by one arm

Zhiganshina/Gazsi, GER: 37.43 TES + 38.52 PCS = 75.95 Total: 131.61 and into 2nd place

  • I like their look much better today, with her in an elegant peach dress and he is in a blue and black outfit.  
  • He bobbles on their second set of twizzles and misses the last few rotations
  • They are really close to the wall on their step sequence and couldn’t get the full extension in their legs at the beginning
  • Nice position in their dance spin but an awkward transition when they change direction
  • A Nice toss into a straight line lift–the lift is a little awkward as they are almost kissing but not quite for about 6 seconds
  • Nice handstand lift 
  • Some of their facial expressions are a little contrived and I wish they would just relax into their performance instead of making awkward faces
  • They seem to have a little difficulty getting into some of their holds in the second step sequence
  • Rotational lift with her in a hair cutter position
  • Nice spread eagle lift with her standing on his blades and both arching
  • And the traditional Romeo and Juliet ending with the poison and the knife

Pechalat/Bourzat, FRA: 46.42 TES + 50.80 PCS  -1.00 = 96.22 Total: 156.29 and into 1st place

  • They are a mummy and a pharaoh and she is dressed in wrappings and he has airbrushed muscles
  • A very nice opening lift with her balancing upside down on his shoulders with no hands
  • I’d like to see more of the story in the beginning about her coming back to life and his happiness to have her around again
  • Lots of Egyptian arms in their transitional moves
  • They lose their unison on the third set of twizzles, otherwise they were nice
  • Nice straightline lift with her standing backwards on his legs
  • She bobbles on a transitional move
  • They had a few small unison issues at the beginning of their second step sequence but pulled it together
  • Nice positions in their dance spin and well timed with the music with a better transition in the change of direction
  • I also think he needs to have a reaction at the end when she goes back to becoming a mummy

Davis/White, USA: 51.21 TES + 56.53 PCS = 107.74 Total: 178.07

  • She is in a stunning purple dress and he is in a tux
  • This program starts off so joyful 
  • Nice easy lift with change of positions ending in an arabesque
  • This step sequence is really well timed with the music and has a nice sweeping feel to it
  • Beautiful speed and extension through their dance spin with a seamless change of direction
  • A nice rotational lift with her in a split on his shoulder–great speed and very stable
  • Great speed on their twizzles and so well timed
  • Difficult entry into a lift with her standing on his leg
  • Very playful here in the middle and it is nice to see Charlie’s personality really coming out
  • The audience is really getting into the program and clapping along with their step sequence
  • They have a super fast rotational lift with several changes of position right near the end of the program

 Pl.   Name Nation TSS
1 Meryl DAVIS / Charlie WHITE USA 107.74 51.21 56.53 9.39 9.14 9.54 9.64 9.61 0.00 #8
2 Nathalie PECHALAT / Fabian BOURZAT FRA 96.22 46.42 50.80 8.43 8.29 8.50 8.68 8.57 1.00 #7
3 Madison HUBBELL / Zachary DONOHUE USA 81.33 43.11 39.22 6.54 6.25 6.82 6.64 6.64 1.00 #3
4 Isabella TOBIAS / Deividas STAGNIUNAS LTU 80.75 41.99 38.76 6.43 6.25 6.64 6.57 6.57 0.00 #4
5 Kharis RALPH / Asher HILL CAN 78.61 40.22 38.39 6.54 6.14 6.39 6.57 6.50 0.00 #5
6 Nelli ZHIGANSHINA / Alexander GAZSI GER 75.95 37.43 38.52 6.64 6.18 6.68 6.54 6.18 0.00 #6
7 Alexandra PAUL / Mitchell ISLAM CAN 74.20 40.21 34.99 5.86 5.54 5.96 6.04 5.96 1.00 #1
8 Isabella CANNUSCIO / Ian LORELLO USA 73.17 38.36 34.81 5.89 5.54 5.89 6.00 5.86 0.00 #2

Pl. Name Nation Points SD FD
1 Meryl DAVIS / Charlie WHITE
178.07 1 1
2 Nathalie PECHALAT / Fabian BOURZAT
156.29 2 2
3 Isabella TOBIAS / Deividas STAGNIUNAS
132.58 5 4
4 Nelli ZHIGANSHINA / Alexander GAZSI
131.61 3 6
5 Kharis RALPH / Asher HILL
131.29 4 5
6 Madison HUBBELL / Zachary DONOHUE
131.04 6 3
115.22 7 8
8 Alexandra PAUL / Mitchell ISLAM
111.70 8 7


  1. I´m sorry but the new Marlie`s programs are so slow and are not creative!!!
    I really hated their programs!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    unbelievable.. I remember little Isabell Tobias when she first started skating here in NYC. She had absolutely no talent whatsoever with horrible locked knees, but her father was making about 6 million a year at the time.. I then left that skating scene and learned years later that she switched to ice dancing.. fast forward to this weekend and she has a Skate America Bronze Medal??? Good lord, this sport is crap and just shows what money can do for you when the talent is not there…