2017 World Championships Pairs Preview

Sui and Han missed the first half of the season as she had surgery last spring.  They are the reigning World Silver Medalists and reigning Four Continents Champions.  Their personal best came at Four Continents, where they scored 225.03.  They have a quad twist in their free skate, but what is most impressive about their programs is the quality of the elements they execute.  They routinely receive +2 and +3 GOE, giving them bonus points on their base score.  This quality performance gives them the best element score in a short program this season.  They have the 2nd best short program, 4th best free skate, and 2nd best total scores.

Stolbova and Klimov also missed the first half of the season due to injury.  They finished 4th at Worlds last season, and 4th at Europeans this year.  Their personal best was set at the Grand Prix Final last season, where they scored 229.44.  Technically there is nothing that stands out in their programs.  They don’t have quads or difficult side by side combinations.  This doesn’t give them a lot of wiggle room and they’ll have to execute everything cleanly to make up for the lack of technical firepower.  The only real difference between them and gold at Europeans was their technical score in the short program after they made errors on the side by side jumps.  They have the 7th best short program, 5th best free skate, and 6th best total scores.

Savchenko and Massot had to sit out the middle of the season, missing the Grand Prix Final, due to injury.  They took home gold in their two Grand Prix assignments and are the reigning World Bronze Medalists and European Silver Medalists.  They set a personal best at Europeans, scoring 222.35.  They had to water down some of their content at Europeans as they were making their way back from the earlier injury.  However, they are capable of landing throw triple axels in the short program and free skate and they have a throw quad salchow planned for the end of their free skate.  It’s a risky move putting such a difficult element as the last thing in the program as it is the last impression the judges have, however, if it’s landed well, it can greatly inflate the program components as the overall impression of the program will likely be higher.  Even with the watered down content, their passionate free skate at Europeans earned the the highest score of the season in program components and the second highest in technical elements.  They have the 4th best short program, best free skate, and 3rd best total scores.

Yu and Zhang have made the most of their new pairing, winning a gold and silver on the Grand Prix and silver at the Grand Prix Final.  They set their personal best at the Final, scoring 206.71.  They finished 4th at Four Continents.  They recently upgraded to a quad twist in their free skate.  They are still a new team and are learning how to perform together in a program.  This is reflected in the steady rise in their program components, staring around 29 points and moving to 33 points in the short program, and going from 65 to 68 points in the free skate.  They have the 5th best short program, 9th best free skate, and 8th best total scores.

Duhamel and Radford are the two-time reigning World Champions and Four Continents Silver Medalists.  They won two gold medals on the Grand Prix and bronze at the Grand Prix Final.  Their personal best was set at Worlds last year when they scored 231.99.  They have difficult programs planned with a throw triple axel in the short program and a throw quad salchow in their free skate.  They haven’t had as much success with these elements, so it will be interesting to see if they include them to prepare for the Olympic season, or if they go for more guaranteed elements and a clean program to try and hold on to their title.  They are fairly successful at their side by side triple lutzes in both programs.  Most teams are attempting a triple toe in their short programs worth 4.30 points, while the lutz is worth 6.00.  They have the 3rd best short program, 6th best free skate, and 5th best total scores.

Tarasova and Morozov didn’t really come in to the season as a team that was on the radar.  They finished 5th at Worlds last year, but were 10 points from the podium.  They won a bronze and silver on the Grand Prix and then were the surprise winners of the Grand Prix Final.  They claimed their first European title in January with a personal best score of 227.58.  In general, the elements of their program are not super difficult, with the exception of the quad twist in their free skate (which they did not include at Europeans), but they have quality.  Everything they do earns positive GOEs.  While their programs are a little bit paint by the numbers, they are clean and have the classic Russian look that earns them high program component marks.  The biggest difference in their success this season has been getting consistency in the free program.  At Skate America, they earned only 49.84 points in the free skate for TES, but they earned 72.82 points at Europeans.  They have the best short program, 2nd best free skate, and best total scores.

James and Cipres had the best performance of their careers to take home the bronze medal from Europeans with a personal best 220.02.  They also won a bronze medal at Trophee de France.  Their biggest improvement has been in the program components.  At Skate America, their free skate earned only 59 points in that segment, while they earned 71.57 at Europeans.  They have the highest technical score in a free skate this season.  They have dialed back some of their side by side content this season but do plan a quad salchow in their free skate.  They do a lower value Group 5 lift in their free skate, which is worth a half point less than other teams are doing.  It’s a small thing, but that half point in base value could make a difference in a tight competition.  They have the 6th best short program, 3rd best free skate, and 4th best total scores.

Seguin and Bilodeau have had a bit of an up and down season.  They won gold at Skate America and then placed 5th at Rostelecom Cup.  Their personal best is 208.30, but was set at a Challenger Cup series, and they have yet to come close to that score in any other event.  Like James and Cipres, one of the Group 5 lifts in their free skate is a lower base value, although theirs is a full point less.  They have the 7th best free skate and 7th best total scores.

Iliushechkina and Moscovitch are the reigning Four Continents Bronze Medalists.  They won two bronze medals on the Grand Prix.  They have steadily been making improvements in their scores throughout the season, but the biggest thing holding them back is the side by side jumps in their free skate which they’ve yet to hit cleanly.  They have the 9th best short program, 10th best free skate, and 9th best total scores.

Zabiiako and Enbert finished 5th at Europeans.  They won silver at Rostelecom Cup and finished 4th at the Grand Prix Final, coming in as a first alternate.  Their technical score in the free skate is a bit behind the other teams as they are doing a throw double axel.  This is worth at least a half a point less in the throws than any of the other top teams.  However, if they decide to go for the full triple axel, that element would give them an extra three points in base value.  They have the 10th best short program score.

Also trying to crack the top ten are Scimeca Knierim and Knierim (6th at Four Continents) and Denney and Fraizer  (silver at Skate America).

Peng and Jin have the 8th best short program, 8th best free skate, and 10th best total scores, but there were only two spots for Chinese teams at Worlds this year.

 

My podium predictions:

Gold: Savchenko/Massot

Silver: Sui/Han

Bronze: Tarasova/Morozov

2017 Four Continents Championships Pairs Results

Short Program

Pl. Name Nation TSS
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TES
+
PCS
+
SS TR PE CO IN Ded.
StN.
1 Wenjing SUI / Cong HAN CHN 80.75 44.83 35.92 8.86 8.89 9.07 9.00 9.07 0.00 #12
2 Xiaoyu YU / Hao ZHANG CHN 75.20 42.97 32.23 8.14 7.79 8.21 8.07 8.07 0.00 #11
3 Meagan DUHAMEL / Eric RADFORD CAN 74.31 40.90 34.41 8.57 8.54 8.57 8.75 8.57 1.00 #15
4 Liubov ILYUSHECHKINA / Dylan MOSCOVITCH CAN 73.04 40.59 32.45 8.00 7.89 8.25 8.21 8.21 0.00 #14
5 Kirsten MOORE-TOWERS / Michael MARINARO CAN 70.89 39.81 31.08 7.64 7.68 7.93 7.79 7.82 0.00 #9
6 Alexa SCIMECA KNIERIM / Chris KNIERIM USA 69.10 38.09 31.01 7.75 7.61 7.82 7.75 7.82 0.00 #13
7 Cheng PENG / Yang JIN CHN 66.44 36.60 30.84 7.61 7.54 7.61 7.86 7.93 1.00 #7
8 Haven DENNEY / Brandon FRAZIER USA 63.39 35.30 29.09 7.32 7.11 7.43 7.25 7.25 1.00 #10
9 Ashley CAIN / Timothy LEDUC USA 62.58 35.19 27.39 6.64 6.64 7.04 6.93 7.00 0.00 #4
10 Sumire SUTO / Francis BOUDREAU-AUDET JPN 58.14 31.85 26.29 6.57 6.39 6.61 6.71 6.57 0.00 #8
11 Ekaterina ALEXANDROVSKAYA / Harley WINDSOR AUS 56.10 33.16 23.94 6.18 5.71 6.21 6.04 5.79 1.00 #2
12 Miu SUZAKI / Ryuichi KIHARA JPN 50.48 28.65 21.83 5.61 5.21 5.50 5.57 5.39 0.00 #6
13 Su Yeon KIM / Hyungtae KIM KOR 49.88 28.45 21.43 5.36 5.18 5.50 5.39 5.36 0.00 #5
14 Minji JI / Themistocles LEFTHERIS KOR 45.81 24.58 21.23 5.57 5.14 5.29 5.36 5.18 0.00 #1
15 Kyueun KIM / Alex Kang Chan KAM KOR 41.06 22.10 19.96 5.00 4.79 4.89 5.14 5.14 1.00 #3

Free Skate

 Pl. Name Nation TSS
=
TES
+
PCS
+
SS TR PE CO IN Ded.
StN.
1 Wenjing SUI / Cong HAN CHN 144.28 71.45 73.83 9.07 9.21 9.21 9.36 9.29 1.00 #15
2 Meagan DUHAMEL / Eric RADFORD CAN 137.92 70.71 67.21 8.50 8.25 8.29 8.54 8.43 0.00 #12
3 Cheng PENG / Yang JIN CHN 136.48 71.40 65.08 8.04 7.96 8.21 8.21 8.25 0.00 #9
4 Liubov ILYUSHECHKINA / Dylan MOSCOVITCH CAN 132.27 66.17 67.10 8.29 8.18 8.54 8.43 8.50 1.00 #13
5 Xiaoyu YU / Hao ZHANG CHN 128.20 63.70 64.50 8.29 7.89 7.89 8.25 8.00 0.00 #14
6 Alexa SCIMECA KNIERIM / Chris KNIERIM USA 124.81 61.54 63.27 7.75 7.68 7.93 8.11 8.07 0.00 #11
7 Kirsten MOORE-TOWERS / Michael MARINARO CAN 121.46 60.97 61.49 7.68 7.54 7.71 7.75 7.75 1.00 #10
8 Haven DENNEY / Brandon FRAZIER USA 116.06 57.91 59.15 7.29 7.29 7.50 7.43 7.46 1.00 #8
9 Sumire SUTO / Francis BOUDREAU-AUDET JPN 106.82 56.43 51.39 6.36 6.29 6.50 6.54 6.43 1.00 #7
10 Ashley CAIN / Timothy LEDUC USA 106.29 53.28 54.01 6.68 6.61 6.71 6.82 6.93 1.00 #6
11 Ekaterina ALEXANDROVSKAYA / Harley WINDSOR AUS 98.00 51.89 46.11 6.00 5.61 5.68 5.89 5.64 0.00 #4
12 Su Yeon KIM / Hyungtae KIM KOR 90.80 50.16 40.64 5.11 4.89 5.29 5.18 4.93 0.00 #2
13 Minji JI / Themistocles LEFTHERIS KOR 83.38 45.39 39.99 5.32 4.79 5.00 5.07 4.82 2.00 #1
14 Miu SUZAKI / Ryuichi KIHARA JPN 80.37 39.20 42.17 5.50 5.21 5.07 5.46 5.11 1.00 #5
15 Kyueun KIM / Alex Kang Chan KAM KOR 77.85 38.71 40.14 5.11 4.86 5.07 5.11 4.93 1.00 #3

Total

FPl. Name Nation Points SP FS
1 Wenjing SUI / Cong HAN
CHN
225.03 1 1
2 Meagan DUHAMEL / Eric RADFORD
CAN
212.23 3 2
3 Liubov ILYUSHECHKINA / Dylan MOSCOVITCH
CAN
205.31 4 4
4 Xiaoyu YU / Hao ZHANG
CHN
203.40 2 5
5 Cheng PENG / Yang JIN
CHN
202.92 7 3
6 Alexa SCIMECA KNIERIM / Chris KNIERIM
USA
193.91 6 6
7 Kirsten MOORE-TOWERS / Michael MARINARO
CAN
192.35 5 7
8 Haven DENNEY / Brandon FRAZIER
USA
179.45 8 8
9 Ashley CAIN / Timothy LEDUC
USA
168.87 9 10
10 Sumire SUTO / Francis BOUDREAU-AUDET
JPN
164.96 10 9
11 Ekaterina ALEXANDROVSKAYA / Harley WINDSOR
AUS
154.10 11 11
12 Su Yeon KIM / Hyungtae KIM
KOR
140.68 13 12
13 Miu SUZAKI / Ryuichi KIHARA
JPN
130.85 12 14
14 Minji JI / Themistocles LEFTHERIS
KOR
129.19 14 13
15 Kyueun KIM / Alex Kang Chan KAM
KOR
118.91 15 15

2016 Grand Prix Final Pairs Results

Short Program

 Pl. Name Nation TSS
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TES
+
PCS
+
SS TR PE CO IN Ded.
StN.
1 Evgenia TARASOVA / Vladimir MOROZOV RUS 78.60 43.49 35.11 8.68 8.61 9.00 8.71 8.89 0.00 #2
2 Xiaoyu YU / Hao ZHANG CHN 75.34 41.83 33.51 8.54 8.18 8.36 8.43 8.39 0.00 #6
3 Meagan DUHAMEL / Eric RADFORD CAN 71.44 38.44 34.00 8.61 8.39 8.43 8.57 8.50 1.00 #3
4 Cheng PENG / Yang JIN CHN 70.84 38.70 32.14 7.93 7.75 8.21 8.07 8.21 0.00 #1
5 Natalia ZABIIAKO / Alexander ENBERT RUS 65.79 34.40 31.39 7.86 7.64 7.89 7.93 7.93 0.00 #4
6 Julianne SEGUIN / Charlie BILODEAU CAN 60.86 31.49 31.37 7.82 7.79 7.64 8.00 7.96 2.00 #5

Free Skate

 Pl. Name Nation TSS
=
TES
+
PCS
+
SS TR PE CO IN Ded.
StN.
1 Evgenia TARASOVA / Vladimir MOROZOV RUS 135.25 66.05 69.20 8.64 8.54 8.68 8.68 8.71 0.00 #6
2 Meagan DUHAMEL / Eric RADFORD CAN 134.55 65.99 68.56 8.57 8.50 8.46 8.68 8.64 0.00 #4
3 Xiaoyu YU / Hao ZHANG CHN 131.37 63.64 68.73 8.64 8.43 8.61 8.64 8.64 1.00 #5
4 Julianne SEGUIN / Charlie BILODEAU CAN 125.99 62.69 64.30 8.04 7.93 8.04 8.00 8.18 1.00 #1
5 Natalia ZABIIAKO / Alexander ENBERT RUS 122.53 61.27 61.26 7.71 7.46 7.61 7.82 7.68 0.00 #2
6 Cheng PENG / Yang JIN CHN 112.35 54.97 59.38 7.54 7.32 7.21 7.61 7.43 2.00 #3

Total

FPl. Name Nation Points SP FS
1 Evgenia TARASOVA / Vladimir MOROZOV
RUS
213.85 1 1
2 Xiaoyu YU / Hao ZHANG
CHN
206.71 2 3
3 Meagan DUHAMEL / Eric RADFORD
CAN
205.99 3 2
4 Natalia ZABIIAKO / Alexander ENBERT
RUS
188.32 5 5
5 Julianne SEGUIN / Charlie BILODEAU
CAN
186.85 6 4
6 Cheng PENG / Yang JIN
CHN
183.19 4 6

2016 NHK Trophy Pairs Results

Short Program

Pl. Name Nation TSS
=
TES
+
PCS
+
SS TR PE CO IN Ded.
StN.
1 Cheng PENG / Yang JIN CHN 73.33 41.29 32.04 7.96 7.82 8.07 8.11 8.07 0.00 #4
2 Meagan DUHAMEL / Eric RADFORD CAN 72.95 39.53 34.42 8.68 8.43 8.57 8.68 8.68 1.00 #2
3 Xuehan WANG / Lei WANG CHN 65.66 35.17 30.49 7.61 7.36 7.64 7.79 7.71 0.00 #6
4 Mari VARTMANN / Ruben BLOMMAERT GER 61.23 32.77 28.46 7.18 7.04 7.04 7.21 7.11 0.00 #3
5 Tarah KAYNE / Danny O’SHEA USA 57.02 30.59 28.43 7.21 7.14 6.86 7.25 7.07 2.00 #7
6 Sumire SUTO / Francis BOUDREAU-AUDET JPN 52.65 28.23 25.42 6.50 6.14 6.25 6.50 6.39 1.00 #5
7 Miriam ZIEGLER / Severin KIEFER AUT 52.19 28.50 25.69 6.61 6.25 6.21 6.61 6.43 2.00 #1

Free Skate

 Pl. Name Nation TSS
=
TES
+
PCS
+
SS TR PE CO IN Ded.
StN.
1 Meagan DUHAMEL / Eric RADFORD CAN 131.61 64.59 67.02 8.39 8.29 8.21 8.64 8.36 0.00 #6
2 Cheng PENG / Yang JIN CHN 123.54 61.30 64.24 8.18 7.93 7.82 8.18 8.04 2.00 #7
3 Xuehan WANG / Lei WANG CHN 119.66 59.03 60.63 7.71 7.36 7.61 7.64 7.57 0.00 #4
4 Tarah KAYNE / Danny O’SHEA USA 115.18 57.12 58.06 7.25 7.14 7.25 7.29 7.36 0.00 #3
5 Miriam ZIEGLER / Severin KIEFER AUT 109.72 58.44 52.28 6.68 6.32 6.50 6.71 6.46 1.00 #1
6 Mari VARTMANN / Ruben BLOMMAERT GER 109.47 53.13 57.34 7.36 7.00 7.11 7.25 7.11 1.00 #5
7 Sumire SUTO / Francis BOUDREAU-AUDET JPN 109.20 56.61 52.59 6.71 6.36 6.61 6.68 6.50 0.00 #2

Total

FPl. Name Nation Points SP FS
1 Meagan DUHAMEL / Eric RADFORD
CAN
204.56 2 1
2 Cheng PENG / Yang JIN
CHN
196.87 1 2
3 Xuehan WANG / Lei WANG
CHN
185.32 3 3
4 Tarah KAYNE / Danny O’SHEA
USA
172.20 5 4
5 Mari VARTMANN / Ruben BLOMMAERT
GER
170.70 4 6
6 Miriam ZIEGLER / Severin KIEFER
AUT
161.91 7 5
7 Sumire SUTO / Francis BOUDREAU-AUDET
JPN
161.85 6 7

2016 Skate Canada Pairs Free Skate Results

Free Skate

 Pl. Name Nation TSS
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TES
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PCS
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SS TR PE CO IN Ded.
StN.
1 Meagan DUHAMEL / Eric RADFORD CAN 139.91 72.35 68.56 8.64 8.46 8.61 8.64 8.50 1.00 #6
2 Xiaoyu YU / Hao ZHANG CHN 132.65 67.40 65.25 8.32 7.93 8.21 8.14 8.18 0.00 #7
3 Liubov ILYUSHECHKINA / Dylan MOSCOVITCH CAN 122.69 59.55 65.14 8.14 7.93 8.11 8.21 8.32 2.00 #5
4 Haven DENNEY / Brandon FRAZIER USA 121.73 59.15 62.58 7.86 7.64 7.93 7.86 7.82 0.00 #4
5 Nicole DELLA MONICA / Matteo GUARISE ITA 119.42 59.93 59.49 7.50 7.18 7.50 7.54 7.46 0.00 #3
6 Yuko KAVAGUTI / Alexander SMIRNOV RUS 118.35 55.47 63.88 7.86 8.14 7.82 8.29 7.82 1.00 #2
7 Brittany JONES / Joshua REAGAN CAN 97.45 48.29 50.16 6.46 6.07 6.25 6.39 6.18 1.00 #1

Total

FPl. Name Nation Points SP FS
1 Meagan DUHAMEL / Eric RADFORD
CAN
218.30 1 1
2 Xiaoyu YU / Hao ZHANG
CHN
202.08 2 2
3 Liubov ILYUSHECHKINA / Dylan MOSCOVITCH
CAN
190.22 3 3
4 Haven DENNEY / Brandon FRAZIER
USA
188.23 4 4
5 Yuko KAVAGUTI / Alexander SMIRNOV
RUS
182.75 5 6
6 Nicole DELLA MONICA / Matteo GUARISE
ITA
178.67 6 5
7 Brittany JONES / Joshua REAGAN
CAN
151.68 7 7

 

2016 Skate Canada Pairs Short Program Results

Pl. Name Nation TSS
=
TES
+
PCS
+
SS TR PE CO IN Ded.
StN.
1 Meagan DUHAMEL / Eric RADFORD CAN 78.39 43.90 34.49 8.61 8.36 8.75 8.75 8.64 0.00 #2
2 Xiaoyu YU / Hao ZHANG CHN 69.43 39.83 29.60 7.64 7.18 7.36 7.54 7.29 0.00 #3
3 Liubov ILYUSHECHKINA / Dylan MOSCOVITCH CAN 67.53 36.40 31.13 7.71 7.54 7.89 7.89 7.89 0.00 #4
4 Haven DENNEY / Brandon FRAZIER USA 66.50 36.33 30.17 7.64 7.36 7.54 7.50 7.68 0.00 #6
5 Yuko KAVAGUTI / Alexander SMIRNOV RUS 64.40 34.21 31.19 7.96 7.75 7.64 7.96 7.68 1.00 #5
6 Nicole DELLA MONICA / Matteo GUARISE ITA 59.25 32.16 28.09 7.18 6.86 6.79 7.21 7.07 1.00 #1
7 Brittany JONES / Joshua REAGAN CAN 54.23 27.80 26.43 6.79 6.43 6.57 6.75 6.50 0.00 #7

2016 Skate Canada Pairs Preview

Denney and Frazier were out all of last season as she was recovering from knee surgery.  They came back to international competition with a bang, winning the silver at Skate America last weekend.  They had problems with both of their side by side jumps in their free skate.  They received Level 4s on most of their elements.  They have the 6th best short program, 7th best free skate and 6th best total scores.

Duhamel and Radford are the reigning World Champions and they set new personal bests across the board at that event.  They started this season with a gold medal at Finlandia Trophy.  They landed side by side triple lutzes in their free skate at that event.  They were also credited with a throw quad salchow but she fell.  They have the 8th best short program, 3rd best free skate and 5th best total scores.

Iliushechkina and Moscovitch started their season with a silver medal at Nebelhorn Trophy.  They landed a throw triple lutz in their free skate but doubled both of their side by side jumps and missed their combination.  They have the 9th best short program, 9th best free skate and 9th best total scores.

Kavaguti and Smirnov are capable of landing quads and other difficult elements, but they are both older and injury prone and have missed parts of several seasons, including the last one due to injuries.  They won silver at Ondrej Nepela Memorial to start their season.  They have the 4th best short program, 10th best free skate and 7th best total scores.

Della Monica and Guarise won gold at Lombardia Trophy to start their season.  They have the 6th best free skate and 8th best total scores.

Yu and Zhang were both part of successful partnerships the last few years but the Chinese Federation split them up and re-partnered them.  This will be their debut as a team.

The best short program score of the season is 75.24 with the top 10 all scoring 65 points or higher.  The best free skate score is 136.90 with the top ten all scoring 116 or higher.  The highest total score is 208.30 with the top 10 scoring at least 181 points.

 

My podium predictions:

Gold: Duhamel/Radford

Silver: Denney/Frazier

Bronze: Kavaguti/Smirnov

 

Bios of the competitors:

Duhamel/Radford, CAN: They are the reigning World Champions.  They won gold at Skate Canada and gold at NHK Trophy last season to qualify for the Grand Prix Final where they won silver.  They are the 2015 World Champions, 2013 and 2014 World Bronze Medalists, 2013 and 2015 Four Continents Champions and 2011 Four Continents Silver Medalists.  Their personal best is 231.99.  She is 30 and he is 31.

Iliushechkina/Moscovitch, CAN: They placed 7th at Worlds and 5th at Four Continents.  They placed 7th at Cup of China and 5th at NHK Trophy last season.  Their personal best is 199.52.  She is 24 and he is 32.

Jones/Reagan, CAN: Their personal best is 155.48.  She is 20 and he is 26.

Yu/Zhang, CHN: This is their Grand Prix debut.  She is 20 and he is 32.

Della Monica/Guarise, ITA: They finished 11th at and 6th at Europeans.  They finished 5th at Trophee Eric Bompard last season.  Their personal best is 191.98.  She is 27 and he is 28.

Kavaguti/Smirnov, RUS: They won gold at Cup of China and silver at Rostelecom Cup last season to qualify for the Grand Prix Final where they won bronze.  They are the 2009 and 2010 World Bronze Medalists, 2010 and 2015 European Champions, 2009 and 2011 European Silver Medalists, and 2008 European Bronze Medalists.  She is 34 and he is 32.

Denney/Frazier, USA: They won silver at Skate America.  They are the 2013 World Junior Champions.  Their personal best is 192.65.  She is 21 and he is 23.

2016 Finlandia Trophy Pairs Results

Short Program

Pl. Name Nation TSS
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TES
+
PCS
+
SS TR PE CO IN Deduction
StN.
1 Meagan DUHAMEL / Eric RADFORD CAN 66.49 34.57 32.92 8.38 7.92 8.17 8.42 8.25 1.00 #5
2 Kristina ASTAKHOVA / Alexei ROGONOV RUS 57.26 29.26 29.00 7.33 7.00 7.17 7.42 7.33 1.00 #8
3 Mari VARTMANN / Ruben BLOMMAERT GER 56.58 30.74 25.84 6.58 6.17 6.50 6.63 6.42 0.00 #4
4 Tarah KAYNE / Danny O’SHEA USA 54.65 30.45 26.20 6.63 6.46 6.25 6.88 6.54 2.00 #2
5 Ekaterina ALEXANDROVSKAYA / Harley WINDSOR AUS 54.54 31.27 23.27 6.17 5.54 5.88 5.88 5.63 0.00 #9
6 Ashley CAIN / Timothy LEDUC USA 54.26 29.89 25.37 6.29 6.00 6.46 6.50 6.46 1.00 #7
7 Minerva Fabienne HASE / Nolan SEEGERT GER 50.28 27.68 22.60 5.75 5.38 5.88 5.71 5.54 0.00 #6
8 Alexandra HERBRIKOVA / Nicolas ROULET SUI 38.84 21.41 19.43 4.92 4.67 4.79 5.08 4.83 2.00 #3
9 Ioulia CHTCHETININA / Noah SCHERER SUI 33.61 16.84 17.77 4.63 4.38 4.21 4.67 4.33 1.00 #1

Free Skate

Pl. Name Nation TSS
=
TES
+
PCS
+
SS TR PE CO IN Deduction
StN.
1 Meagan DUHAMEL / Eric RADFORD CAN 131.29 65.28 67.01 8.42 8.21 8.29 8.50 8.46 1.00 #9
2 Kristina ASTAKHOVA / Alexei ROGONOV RUS 111.84 56.17 56.67 7.00 6.88 6.83 7.42 7.29 1.00 #8
3 Mari VARTMANN / Ruben BLOMMAERT GER 108.33 56.86 53.47 7.00 6.54 6.46 6.75 6.67 2.00 #7
4 Ashley CAIN / Timothy LEDUC USA 104.37 53.55 50.82 6.21 6.17 6.38 6.50 6.50 0.00 #4
5 Tarah KAYNE / Danny O’SHEA USA 103.46 50.92 53.54 6.67 6.50 6.63 6.83 6.83 1.00 #6
6 Ekaterina ALEXANDROVSKAYA / Harley WINDSOR AUS 92.48 50.28 44.20 5.96 5.29 5.46 5.58 5.33 2.00 #5
7 Alexandra HERBRIKOVA / Nicolas ROULET SUI 78.52 42.30 37.22 4.79 4.46 4.63 4.75 4.63 1.00 #2
8 Minerva Fabienne HASE / Nolan SEEGERT GER 77.27 38.46 39.81 5.21 4.75 4.75 5.13 5.04 1.00 #3
9 Ioulia CHTCHETININA / Noah SCHERER SUI 70.71 36.70 35.01 4.54 4.21 4.21 4.63 4.29 1.00 #1

Total

FPl. Name Nation Points SP FS
1 Meagan DUHAMEL / Eric RADFORD CAN 197.78 1 1
2 Kristina ASTAKHOVA / Alexei ROGONOV RUS 169.10 2 2
3 Mari VARTMANN / Ruben BLOMMAERT GER 164.91 3 3
4 Ashley CAIN / Timothy LEDUC USA 158.63 6 4
5 Tarah KAYNE / Danny O’SHEA USA 158.11 4 5
6 Ekaterina ALEXANDROVSKAYA / Harley WINDSOR AUS 147.02 5 6
7 Minerva Fabienne HASE / Nolan SEEGERT GER 127.55 7 8
8 Alexandra HERBRIKOVA / Nicolas ROULET SUI 117.36 8 7
9 Ioulia CHTCHETININA / Noah SCHERER SUI 104.32 9 9

2016 World Championships Pairs Free Skate Recap

Duhamel and Radford put out the performance of their careers to Adele’s Hometown Glory to claim their second consecutive World title.  They executed the most technically difficult content of the event with side by side triple lutzes and a throw quad salchow.  They earned a base value of 64.40 points and with all positive GOEs, their technical score was 79.46.  While they did not have the highest program components of the event, they did earn five 10.00 marks from the judges.  Their program really came alive toward the second half and was definitely a crowd favorite.

Short program leaders Sui and Han slipped to 2nd place despite posting season’s best free skate and total scores.  They hit a quad twist and she fell on a fully rotated throw quad salchow.  They also lost ground when she doubled the side by side salchows.  They received negative GOEs on two elements and finished nearly 10 points behind the Canadians in the technical mark.  While they received no 10.00 marks on program components, they did slightly edge Duhamel and Radford overall on that mark and showed more commitment to the performance and maturity than they have in the past.

Savchenko and Massot won the bronze medal in their first trip to the World Championships as a team.  They hit a gorgeous triple twist that earned all +3 GOE from the judges and a side by side triple toe + triple toe sequence.  Their only major error came when she doubled the side by side salchows.

Pulling up to 4th overall was Grand Prix Final Champions Stolbova and Klimov.  They had a technically difficult program planned with a side by side triple toe + triple toe + double toe combination but she singled the final jump.  Their throw jumps were absolutely gorgeous and were highlights of their program.  They lost some technical ground when she fell on the side by side triple salchows.

Canada had three teams place in the top 10 and secured three spots at next year’s World Championships.  Russia had three teams in the top 6 and also earned three spots at Worlds next year.  China just missed out on retaining their three spots and will only have two next year in Helsinki.

Duhamel/Radford, CAN: 79.46 TES + 74.35 PCS = 153.81 Total: 231.99

  • Nice triple twist
  • Side by side triple lutzes right on the musical change
  • Nice throw quad salchow–a very low landing but she stands up on it
  • Good triple toe + double toe + double toe
  • Good unison on the side by side spins
  • Throw triple lutz nicely done
  • Really nice transitional moment for them into the pairs spin–this program really comes alive in the second half after the elements are done, and I’d love to see them have this same emotion and execution throughout
  • Nice change of direction rotational lift into a lunge carry feature to perfectly highlight the last big swell of the music
  • That was the best program they’ve skated all season!
  • The only thing that took away from this program was the swearing and I wish they would have used the edited version of Hometown Glory
  • They are just shy of the World record and it’s going to take a lot to top them today

Sui/Han, CHN: 70.18 TES + 74.44 PCS -1.00 = 143.62 Total: 224.47

  • Big quad twist, super fast rotation, and a nice clean catch
  • Nice side by side triple toe + double toe
  • Huge quad salchow throw but she falls on the landing
  • Great carry feature with her balancing on his neck, straight up in the air
  • She singled the side by side triple salchows
  • Nice throw triple flip but just a hair forward on the landing
  • I like the mature look that their skating has taken on and they really attempt to perform the program

Savchenko/Massot, GER: 69.54 TES + 72.41 PCS = 141.95 Total: 216.17

  • Huge, unbelieveable triple twist, with delayed rotation and so much hang time
  • Side by side triple toe + triple toe sequence, a little wild on the first set
  • She doubles the side by side triple salchow
  • She’s in a very awkward sideways almost fetal position in the death spiral
  • Her air positions are just exquisite with full stretch through the legs and nice toe point
  • Two footed the throw triple lutz
  • Great one handed entry into their second lift
  • Big throw triple salchow to end the program
  • Much better than their outing at Europeans
  • I found this music to be very interesting at first but grating by the end and didn’t really work for them

Stolbova/Klimov, RUS: 69.90 TES + 71.60 PCS -1.00 = 140.50 Total: 214.48

  • Nice height on the triple twist but a bit of a crash on the landing
  • Great side by side triple toe + triple toe combination but she walks through the third jump
  • Big throw triple lutz with a clean landing
  • She falls on the side by side triple salchows
  • Really nice throw triple salchow
  • Good unison on the side by side spins
  • They’re skating to a very cool piece of music with a nice intensity to it but their performance is coming off a bit cold and blank as opposed to truly matching the feeling of the music

Tarasova/Morozov, RUS: 69.16 TES + 66.11 PCS -1.00 = 134.27 Total: 206.27

  • Huge triple twist with a very nice, clean catch
  • He puts a hand down on the side by side triple salchows
  • Nice side by side triple toe + double toe + double toe
  • Awkward positions in the first lift and she loses her foot so they likely won’t get credit for the feature
  • Good throw triple loop and she really hangs on to that landing
  • Really nice death spiral position, but a little awkward getting out of it
  • Pretty nice unison on the side by side spins but they both need more stretch through their free legs
  • Great throw triple salchow with a beautiful landing position

Volosozhar/Trankov, RUS: 54.85 TES + 73.83 PCS = 128.68 Total: 205.81

  • Good air position on the triple twist but a little difficult on the catch
  • He steps out of the side by side triple salchows and can’t complete the combo
  • Good throw triple lutz but she’s forward on her toe pick on the landing
  • Nice side by side triple toes
  • Big throw triple loop and she has to really fight to hang on to the landing
  • This program just didn’t do it for me and they didn’t feel totally invested in it

Iliushechkina/Moscovitch, CAN: 65.40 TES + 65.95 PCS = 131.35 Total: 199.52

  • Nice triple twist
  • Good side by side triple toe + double toe
  • Nice throw triple lutz
  • Really interesting first lift with her arched over his hand and holding on to his shoulder
  • She popped the side by side triple salchow into a single
  • She has absolutely gorgeous air positions in these lifts
  • They have such a nice light, effortless quality to their skating that is perfectly highlighted by the Rachmaninoff music
  • Good throw triple loop
  • Pretty good unison on their side by side spins
  • Good stretch for her in the carry feature in the final lift but they have a bit of trouble getting the rotation started at the end of the lift

Moore-Towers/Marinaro, CAN: 63.17 TES + 61.67 PCS = 124.84  Total: 190.90

  • Big throw triple twist and not a bad catch
  • Side by side triple toe + double toe–he puts his hand down on the first and steps out of the second and can’t completed the third
  • Big throw triple loop
  • Very off on their side by side spins and I’d like to see more stretch from them on the positions
  • I find their interpretation and connection to Romeo and Juliet to be stronger than James and Cipres
  • Side by side triple salchow and she just grazes her hand on the landing
  • Really nice throw triple salchow
  • Really nice cartwheel pressing her right up into a star position, well timed with the music

Scimeca/Knierim, USA: 57.69 TES + 62.00 PCS -1.00 = 118.69 Total: 190.06

  • Big throw quad twist, a little crashy on his shoulder on the landing
  • Nice side by side triple salchows
  • Big throw triple salchow, she two foots the landing and has to put a hand down
  • He pops the side by side toes and she falls on hers
  • She steps out of the throw triple lutz
  • Nice entrance to their lift with her arm tucked behind her back and opening to a nice star position
  • Off on the unison in places in their side by side spins
  • Not quite the performance they were hoping for after such a strong showing at Four Continents

James/Cipres, FRA: 59.91 TES + 60.23 PCS -1.00 = 119.14 Total: 185.83

  • I find their costume choices to be interesting as he is wearing a more traditional Romeo and Juliet outfit but hers is a more modern take that doesn’t necessarily scream Juliet
  • Really nice opening triple twist
  • Side by side triple toe + triple toe combination, he stepped out of the second jump and they were very off on their timing
  • Nice throw quad salchow in the air but she two foots the landing and falls
  • Great unison on their side by side spins and nicely highlighted by the music
  • Good side by side triple salchows
  • A little forward on the landing of the throw triple flip but she hangs on
  • Great split position from her in the carry feature on their final lift and nice strength as he drops to a lunge and brings her right down to their ending pose

Della Monica/Guarise, ITA: 59.01 TES + 59.48 PCS = 118.49  Total: 183.81

  • Side by side triple salchows
  • Nice triple twist with a clean catch
  • Side by side triple toe + double toe combination–they both complete it, but their timing was completely off which will effect the GOE
  • Big throw triple loop but she has to two foot the landing
  • She has an absolutely gorgeous death spiral position
  • I’d like to see them have a more genuine connection with each other, the places where they are choreographed to come in and touch and have a moment seem forced and stiff
  • Nice split position from her in the carry feature on their final lift
  • Throw triple salchow two footed the landing but nice ice coverage

Peng/Zhang, CHN: 61.67 TES + 60.78 PCS = 122.45  Total: 182.46

  • Nice clean triple twist
  • Side by side triple toe + double toe
  • Huge throw triple loop with nice ice coverage
  • She under-rotates and two foots their side by side salchow
  • They are so far away on their side by side spins that the camera had to pan out to get them both in the frame
  • Nice throw triple salchow in the air but she doesn’t really check out and get a nice landing position and has to step out of it
  • These lifts would be more effective if she had more stretch through her air positions

Kayne/O’Shea, USA: 61.26 TES + 58.70 PCS -1.00 = 118.96 Total: 178.23

  • Triple twist with her arm over the head but not quite enough height for a clean catch
  • Good side by side triple salchows
  • I love the choreographic transitions in this program and how they really play to the music
  • Nice throw triple salchow
  • Great side by side double axel sequence
  • Really impressive entrance from behind his back into the throw triple lutz but she can’t control the rotation and falls
  • Pretty good unison on their side by side spins
  • Nice reverse rotation on their lift with a cartwheel dip exit
  • They have such a great connection between them and it really plays well to this particular version of Music of the Night

Marchei/Hotarek, ITA: 56.70 TES + 55.27 PCS -1.00 = 110.97 Total: 170.73

  • Great side by side triple lutzes
  • Triple twist
  • The exit out of the first lift seemed a bit slow and tentative
  • Really nice throw triple loop
  • She doubled the first salchow in their three jump combo and he fell and couldn’t complete any of the other jumps
  • Off on the unison in their side by side spins
  • Nice back entry to their second lift and a change of position with no hands
  • She gets some great air positions in the lifts, especially considering she is so new to pairs
  • Throw triple flip just a little forward on the landing but she hangs on
  • I find the music cuts in this Saturday Night Fever program to be a little jarring but the elements are placed well within the music

Wang/Wang, CHN: 56.17 TES + 57.16 PCS -2.00 = 111.33 Total: 168.65

  • Nice triple twist with a clean catch
  • Side by side triple toe a little off on the timing; she falls and cannot complete the combo
  • Side by side double salchow
  • I’d like to see her work on her lines in and out of the elements and really stretching through the free leg and getting a bit more height
  • Nice throw triple salchow with a great ride out on the landing
  • Good throw triple loop but just a tad forward with her chest on the landing
  • Really unexpected exit from their second lift with her going through his legs after he sets her down
  • Really great unison on their side by side spins
  • They only had one fall, but received an additional deduction as his tie came undone and he had to throw it off the ice

Esbrat/Novoselov, FRA: 42.76 TES + 43.70 PCS -2.00 = 84.46 Total: 137.24

 

Pl. Name Nation TSS
=
TES
+
PCS
+
SS TR PE CH IN Ded.
StN.
1 Meagan DUHAMEL / Eric RADFORD CAN 153.81 79.46 74.35 9.18 9.11 9.54 9.25 9.39 0.00 #14
2 Wenjing SUI / Cong HAN CHN 143.62 70.18 74.44 9.32 9.18 9.25 9.39 9.39 1.00 #13
3 Aliona SAVCHENKO / Bruno MASSOT GER 141.95 69.54 72.41 9.11 8.86 9.21 9.00 9.07 0.00 #15
4 Ksenia STOLBOVA / Fedor KLIMOV RUS 140.50 69.90 71.60 8.96 8.86 8.89 9.04 9.00 1.00 #10
5 Evgenia TARASOVA / Vladimir MOROZOV RUS 134.27 69.16 66.11 8.32 8.18 8.32 8.29 8.21 1.00 #12
6 Lubov ILIUSHECHKINA / Dylan MOSCOVITCH CAN 131.35 65.40 65.95 8.29 8.07 8.43 8.25 8.18 0.00 #11
7 Tatiana VOLOSOZHAR / Maxim TRANKOV RUS 128.68 54.85 73.83 9.21 9.14 9.07 9.36 9.36 0.00 #16
8 Kirsten MOORE-TOWERS / Michael MARINARO CAN 124.84 63.17 61.67 7.54 7.57 7.86 7.71 7.86 0.00 #7
9 Cheng PENG / Hao ZHANG CHN 122.45 61.67 60.78 7.75 7.57 7.57 7.64 7.46 0.00 #8
10 Vanessa JAMES / Morgan CIPRES FRA 119.14 59.91 60.23 7.61 7.39 7.46 7.61 7.57 1.00 #6
11 Tarah KAYNE / Daniel O SHEA USA 118.96 61.26 58.70 7.32 7.11 7.43 7.36 7.46 1.00 #4
12 Alexa SCIMECA / Chris KNIERIM USA 118.69 57.69 62.00 7.93 7.71 7.54 7.89 7.68 1.00 #9
13 Nicole DELLA MONICA / Matteo GUARISE ITA 118.49 59.01 59.48 7.29 7.32 7.46 7.54 7.57 0.00 #5
14 Xuehan WANG / Lei WANG CHN 111.33 56.17 57.16 7.11 7.00 7.11 7.25 7.25 2.00 #3
15 Valentina MARCHEI / Ondrej HOTAREK ITA 110.97 56.70 55.27 6.86 6.61 7.07 6.93 7.07 1.00 #2
16 Lola ESBRAT / Andrei NOVOSELOV FRA 84.46 42.76 43.70 5.64 5.39 5.29 5.64 5.36 2.00 #1

 

Pl. Name Nation Points SP FS
1 Meagan DUHAMEL / Eric RADFORD
CAN
231.99 2 1
2 Wenjing SUI / Cong HAN
CHN
224.47 1 2
3 Aliona SAVCHENKO / Bruno MASSOT
GER
216.17 4 3
4 Ksenia STOLBOVA / Fedor KLIMOV
RUS
214.48 5 4
5 Evgenia TARASOVA / Vladimir MOROZOV
RUS
206.27 6 5
6 Tatiana VOLOSOZHAR / Maxim TRANKOV
RUS
205.81 3 7
7 Lubov ILIUSHECHKINA / Dylan MOSCOVITCH
CAN
199.52 8 6
8 Kirsten MOORE-TOWERS / Michael MARINARO
CAN
190.90 10 8
9 Alexa SCIMECA / Chris KNIERIM
USA
190.06 7 12
10 Vanessa JAMES / Morgan CIPRES
FRA
185.83 9 10
11 Nicole DELLA MONICA / Matteo GUARISE
ITA
183.81 11 13
12 Cheng PENG / Hao ZHANG
CHN
182.46 12 9
13 Tarah KAYNE / Daniel O SHEA
USA
178.23 14 11
14 Valentina MARCHEI / Ondrej HOTAREK
ITA
170.73 13 15
15 Xuehan WANG / Lei WANG
CHN
168.65 15 14
16 Lola ESBRAT / Andrei NOVOSELOV
FRA
137.24 16 16

2016 World Championships Pairs Short Program Results

Pl. Qual. Name Nation TSS
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TES
+
PCS
+
SS TR PE CH IN Ded.
StN.
1 Q Wenjing SUI / Cong HAN CHN 80.85 43.88 36.97 9.21 8.96 9.46 9.21 9.36 0.00 #20
2 Q Meagan DUHAMEL / Eric RADFORD CAN 78.18 41.93 36.25 8.93 8.93 9.18 9.11 9.18 0.00 #22
3 Q Tatiana VOLOSOZHAR / Maxim TRANKOV RUS 77.13 39.97 37.16 9.36 9.11 9.29 9.32 9.36 0.00 #18
4 Q Aliona SAVCHENKO / Bruno MASSOT GER 74.22 39.98 34.24 8.50 8.36 8.61 8.61 8.71 0.00 #10
5 Q Ksenia STOLBOVA / Fedor KLIMOV RUS 73.98 38.38 35.60 8.82 8.71 8.89 9.00 9.07 0.00 #19
6 Q Evgenia TARASOVA / Vladimir MOROZOV RUS 72.00 39.29 32.71 8.29 8.04 8.21 8.18 8.18 0.00 #15
7 Q Alexa SCIMECA / Chris KNIERIM USA 71.37 39.57 32.80 8.36 7.96 8.18 8.29 8.21 1.00 #21
8 Q Lubov ILIUSHECHKINA / Dylan MOSCOVITCH CAN 68.17 38.28 29.89 7.50 7.25 7.57 7.54 7.50 0.00 #2
9 Q Vanessa JAMES / Morgan CIPRES FRA 66.69 36.23 30.46 7.61 7.46 7.71 7.54 7.75 0.00 #16
10 Q Kirsten MOORE-TOWERS / Michael MARINARO CAN 66.06 36.18 29.88 7.39 7.21 7.68 7.46 7.61 0.00 #4
11 Q Nicole DELLA MONICA / Matteo GUARISE ITA 65.32 36.26 29.06 7.25 7.00 7.32 7.29 7.46 0.00 #14
12 Q Cheng PENG / Hao ZHANG CHN 60.01 32.51 28.50 7.54 7.14 6.89 7.18 6.89 1.00 #17
13 Q Valentina MARCHEI / Ondrej HOTAREK ITA 59.76 32.37 27.39 6.75 6.68 6.93 6.89 7.00 0.00 #3
14 Q Tarah KAYNE / Daniel O SHEA USA 59.27 32.56 27.71 6.89 6.82 6.89 7.00 7.04 1.00 #13
15 Q Xuehan WANG / Lei WANG CHN 57.32 31.87 26.45 6.79 6.39 6.50 6.64 6.75 1.00 #1
16 Q Lola ESBRAT / Andrei NOVOSELOV FRA 52.78 28.92 23.86 6.04 5.75 5.96 6.04 6.04 0.00 #11
17 Goda BUTKUTE / Nikita ERMOLAEV LTU 51.65 29.88 21.77 5.43 5.25 5.54 5.46 5.54 0.00 #6
18 Ioulia CHTCHETININA / Noah SCHERER SUI 49.32 28.64 20.68 5.25 5.14 5.07 5.25 5.14 0.00 #9
19 Adel TANKOVA / Evgeni KRASNOPOLSKI ISR 46.81 26.47 20.34 5.14 5.00 5.07 5.18 5.04 0.00 #5
20 Tatiana DANILOVA / Mikalai KAMIANCHUK BLR 45.56 25.41 20.15 5.14 4.86 5.00 5.11 5.07 0.00 #7
21 Miriam ZIEGLER / Severin KIEFER AUT 45.31 23.53 21.78 5.36 5.25 5.43 5.61 5.57 0.00 #12
22 Sumire SUTO / Francis BOUDREAU AUDET JPN 38.50 20.92 19.58 5.04 4.86 4.61 5.14 4.82 2.00 #8