Skate America Pairs Free Skate

Group 1

Ziegler/Kiefer, AUT: 46.88 TES + 44.68 PCS -1.00 = 90.56  Total: 135.83

  • Side by side three jump combo and he puts his hand down on the 2nd jump and they can’t quite get to the 3rd jump together
  • Good double twist, not a lot of height but timed well with the music
  • Throw triple salchow and she landed right on her hip
  • Slightly off in the unison on their side by side spins and they could both have more stretch through their free legs and more toe point
  • Decent death spiral
  • Lasso lift with a one armed hold and a catch foot position from her with a  one armed exit
  • Triple salchow side by side done nicely
  • Lasso into a platter carry with a lot of flexibility in her catchfoot
  • Nie spirals from her in their step sequence and a great feel across the ice
  • Throw triple loop landed nicely
  • Good one armed lift on the shoulder into a platter lift with her in an arched position
  • There’s a lot of things to like about this program but overall it moves very slowly with not a lot of power
  • Good positions in their pairs spin but slow

Prolss/Blommaert, GER: 42.05 TES + 45.43 PCS = 87.48  Total: 136.35 and into 1st place

  • Missed the opening
  • Side by side double axels nicely timed but a bit far apart
  • Side by side spins off on unison and never quite get it back; both need more stretch through their positions
  • Press up to a sitting lift and into a platter
  • Two footed the landing of the throw triple flip but otherwise nicely done
  • She had a decent death spiral position but he didn’t meet the criteria to receive credit
  • Nice entrance to the lift from a spread eagle
  • Press up to a nice lift with good positions but not a lot of speed through the rotations
  • Slow through the pairs spin but good pictures created

Grenier/Deschamps, CAN: 47.83 TES + 46.63 PCS -2.00 = 92.46 Total: 143.59 and into 1st place

  • Triple twist with an awkward catch with her arms caught behind her back
  • She puts her hands down on the side by side triple toe and can’t complete the second jump and he has a bobble
  • Lasso lift with a change of arm but she could have more stretch through her back
  • Nice throw triple toe
  • Great death spiral position from her with the arch maintained throughout
  • Off on the unison in the side by side spins and not enough flexibility in some of their position choices
  • Reverse lasso lift into a split carry feature
  • He is off in the air on the side by side triple salchow and falls
  • Hand down on the throw triple salchow
  • Press to a hip carry lift with great extension from her and a nice carry feature but not quite enough speed
  • Good posiitons in the pairs spin with decent speed maintained throughout

Aaron/Settlage, USA: 50.82 TES + 50.81 PCS = 101.63 Total: 160.04 and into 1st place

  • Nice triple twist with a leg kick and tight rotation
  • Great air position for her on the throw triple loop but slightly two footed
  • Great side by side triple salchows
  • She singled her first axel and he really struggled on the 2nd side by side double axel
  • Nice stretch and flexibility in their side by side spins with good speed but some slight loss of unison
  • Nice change in direction on the rotation in their first lift but she needs more stretch and he needs more speed
  • They are so elegant on the ice and their packaging is goregous
  • Throw Triple salchow and she has a really nice landing
  • Lasso lift with a nice catch foot position and control through the flip exit
  • I really like their step sequence and how the choreography works with their characters
  • Good positions in their final lift but still not quite enough speed in the rotation
  • Interesting side ways entry to the death spiral
  • Nice pictures in the pairs spin
  • Overall a very solid program from them and very enjoyable for the crowd

 

Group 2

Scimeca/Knierim, USA: 54.80 TES + 55.21 PCS -2.00 = 108.01 Total: 168.62 and into 1st place

  • Really nice height on the triple twist with his arms getting all the way down
  • He puts his hands down and slides to the ice on the side by side triple salchow
  • Side by side double axels + double toe but he singles the 2nd jump
  • Great entry to the lift
  • Really big throw triple loop but her feet just slide out from underneath her
  • Good unison on their side by side spins
  • Reverse lasso lift into a flip exit and seemed to be missing holding a position or some rotations
  • Throw triple flip and she hangs on to the landing
  • Interesting pictures in their pairs spin but not a lot of speed through the first set
  • She could have more stretch through her back in the lasso lift
  • Good arch in the death spiral but she flattens out toward the end
  • A lot of good things in the program and a lot of mistakes as well

Denney/Frazier, USA: 64.18 TES + 58.58 PCS = 122.76  Total: 183.84 and into 1st place

  • Really nice triple twist with her arms overhead
  • Great throw triple loop with lots of distance
  • A little close to the boards on their side by side jumps but they hang on
  • Good positions, interesting entry and nice speed in their pairs spin
  • A little bit off on their unison in the side by side spin but good distance between them and nice flexibility in their positions
  • Good side by side double axel sequence but she two foots the second jump
  • Lasso to a nice stretched air position
  • Great throw triple salchow
  • Nice spirals and dance lifts in their choreographic step sequence
  • Spiral into a death spiral but she can have more arch in her back
  • Lasso up to a stag position and a twist flip exit
  • Hip press with nice extension complimenting the music and a cartwheel exit
  • Nice dance lift and a swing out right on the music
  • This program was put together so well with the music building and the elements building throughout

Peng/Zhang, CHN: 59.65 TES + 62.40 PCS -2.00 = 120.05  Total: 182.43 and into 2nd place

  • Huge quad twist
  • She falls on the first jump of the side by side triple toe combination
  • She falls on the side by side double axels
  • Totally different positions from them in some of the variations in their side by side spins
  • She falls on a transition step but doesn’t touch the ice
  • Big throw triple loop with nice ice coverage
  • Lasso to a nice carry feature but she has trouble hanging on to the split position
  • Nice throw triple salchow
  • Good flexibility from her in the 2nd lift with nice carry across the ice
  • Pretty death spiral position with nice arch and she never flattens out at the end
  • Press from a hip hold losing some of the speed at the end
  • Not a lot of performance in this program and no clear intention with their faces and their movement
  • Good speed in the pairs spin

Kavaguti/Smirnov, RUS: 69.90 TES + 70.10 PCS = 140.00  Total: 209.16 and into 1st place

  • Side by side triple toe sequence nicely done
  • Good double axel
  • Good throw quad salchow–not a lot of ice coverage but she made the landing look easy
  • Off on their side by side spins and not a lot of speed
  • Great pictures and dance lifts in their choreographic step sequence
  • Fast triple twist but not the cleanest catch
  • Good rotation and ice coverage on their first lift with a swing exit
  • Pretty good death spiral position but she starts to flatten out at the end
  • Good ice coverage through the one handed hip hold lift
  • Good throw triple loop
  • Great strength in the press hip hold lift and great carry feature with her straight up and him on one leg
  • Slow through their final pairs spin
  • I didn’t love the heavy handed nature of this program from them and some of the choreography choices (him throwing a temper tantrum center ice) but they did skate it cleanly

Free Skate

 Pl. Name Nation TSS
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TES
+
PCS
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SS TR PE CH IN Ded.
StN.
1 Yuko KAVAGUTI / Alexander SMIRNOV RUS 140.00 69.90 70.10 8.57 8.50 8.82 8.89 9.04 0.00 #8
2 Haven DENNEY / Brandon FRAZIER USA 122.76 64.18 58.58 7.32 6.86 7.57 7.43 7.43 0.00 #6
3 Cheng PENG / Hao ZHANG CHN 120.05 59.65 62.40 7.86 7.64 7.61 8.00 7.89 2.00 #7
4 Alexa SCIMECA / Chris KNIERIM USA 108.01 54.80 55.21 7.11 6.54 6.82 7.04 7.00 2.00 #5
5 Madeline AARON / Max SETTLAGE USA 101.63 50.82 50.81 6.32 5.93 6.46 6.43 6.61 0.00 #4
6 Vanessa GRENIER / Maxime DESCHAMPS CAN 92.46 47.83 46.63 5.93 5.50 5.75 6.00 5.96 2.00 #3
7 Miriam ZIEGLER / Severin KIEFER AUT 90.56 46.88 44.68 5.64 5.29 5.68 5.75 5.57 1.00 #1
8 Annabelle PRÖLSS / Ruben BLOMMAERT GER 87.48 42.05 45.43 5.75 5.50 5.61 5.82 5.71 0.00 #2

Total

Pl. Name Nation Points SP FS
1 Yuko KAVAGUTI / Alexander SMIRNOV
RUS
209.16 1 1
2 Haven DENNEY / Brandon FRAZIER
USA
183.84 3 2
3 Cheng PENG / Hao ZHANG
CHN
182.43 2 3
4 Alexa SCIMECA / Chris KNIERIM
USA
168.62 4 4
5 Madeline AARON / Max SETTLAGE
USA
160.04 5 5
6 Vanessa GRENIER / Maxime DESCHAMPS
CAN
143.59 6 6
7 Annabelle PRÖLSS / Ruben BLOMMAERT
GER
136.35 7 8
8 Miriam ZIEGLER / Severin KIEFER
AUT
135.83 8 7