2017-2018 Top Senior Dance US Qualifying Scores

Short Dance

  1. Shibutani/Shibutani: 82.33 (US Nationals)
  2. Hubbell/Donohue: 79.10 (US Nationals)
  3. Chock/Bates: 77.61 (US Nationals)
  4. Hawayek/Baker: 73.18 (US Nationals)
  5. Parsons/Parsons: 72.69 (US Nationals)
  6. McNamara/CarpenteR: 69.16 (US Nationals)
  7. Pogrebinsky/Benoit: 66.41 (US Nationals)
  8. Aldridge/Eaton: 61.21 (US Nationals)
  9. Biechler/Dodge: 59.80 (Eastern Sectionals)
  10. Manta/Johnson: 58.29 (US Nationals)

Free Dance

  1. Chock/Bates: 118.99 (US Nationals)
  2. Hubbell/Donohue: 118.02 (US Nationals)
  3. Shibutani/Shibutani: 114.60 (US Nationals)
  4. Hawayek/Baker: 114.43 (US Nationals)
  5. McNamara/Carpenter: 106.03 (US Nationals)
  6. Parsons/Parsons: 103.38 (US Nationals)
  7. Pogrebinsky/Benoit: 101.57 (US Nationals)
  8. Aldridge/Eaton: 92.72 (US Nationals)
  9. Manta/Johnson: 92.71 (US Nationals)
  10. Biechler/Dodge: 89.36 (Eastern Sectionals)

Total

  1. Hubbell/Donohue: 197.12 (US Nationals)
  2. Shibutani/Shibutani: 196.60 (US Nationals)
  3. Chock/Bates: 196.60 (US Nationals)
  4. Hawayek/Baker: 187.61 (US Nationals)
  5. Parsons/Parsons: 176.07 (US Nationals)
  6. McNamara/Carpenter: 175.19 (US Nationals)
  7. Pogrebinsky/Benoit: 167.98 (US Nationals)
  8. Aldridge/Eaton: 153.93 (US Nationals)
  9. Manta/Johnson: 151.00 (US Nationals)
  10. Biechler/Dodge: 149.18 (Eastern Sectionals)
  11. Aldridge/Eaton: 143.89 (Midwestern Sectionals)
  12. Manta/Johnson: 138.99 (Midwestern Sectionals)
  13. Biechler/Dodge: 136.37 (US Nationals)
  14. Reynolds/Reynolds: 119.05 (Eastern Sectionals)
  15. Reynolds/Reynolds: 110.92 (US Nationals)
  16. Klopstock/Schedl: 100.43 (Eastern Sectionals)
  17. Klopstock/Schedl: 89.28 (US Nationals)
  18. Bain/Altukhov: 79.42 (US Nationals)

2018 US Nationals Senior Free Dance

GROUP 1

Klopstock/Schedl: 28.95 TES + 25.17 PCS -2.00 = 52.12  Total: 89.28

  • I like the placement of the twizzles with the music but they lost sync with each other
  • Pretty basic lift with some awkward change into the second position
  • They botched the transition in their dance spin and had a moment where they stood there
  • He bobbles on a turn in their serpentine step sequence
  • Her shoulders just seem to be a bit lifted and tight throughout this program
  • Rotational lift a bit clunky on the transition out and he falls getting into the next sequence
  • I’d like to see them develop a wider range of emotions in telling this story
  • He falls again at the end of their diagonal step sequence
  • Nice choreographic lift to end the program
  • They earned Level 4 on their lifts but only Level 1 on both step sequences
  • They earned mostly negative GOEs

Bain/Altukhov: 28.89 TES + 20.36 PCS -1.00 = 48.25 Total: 79.42 and into 2nd place

  • Exogenesis is such a subtle piece of music and really requires a level of performance that takes years to achieve and is not what I would have picked for a first year partnership
  • Off on their twizzles through all the rotations and the spacing kept changing
  • Nice opening straight-line lift with him in a squat position
  • You can see the concentration written all over her face and her entire upper body is tight
  • In the changes of hold she is really reaching for him and grabbing tight in the transitions instead of letting it flow
  • A few places where they seem to either be too far apart or too close to each other in the step sequence
  • This music is really just making their skating seem slow and clunky
  • They also need to work on their connection with each other as I don’t think she’s looked at him once this entire program
  • Some nice positions in the dance spin but almost swing to a stop a the end and a bobble
  • Level 4 twizzles, rotational lift
  • Basic level on their circular step sequence and Level 1 on diagonal step sequence

Reynolds/Reynolds: 38.19 TES + 31.81 PCS = 70.00  Total: 110.92 and into 1st place

  • Cool hydroblade lift with her in a haircutter position
  • Pretty good twizzles, just off on the last rotation of the third set
  • Nice slid entry into their dance spin; could use a bit more stretch through the positions
  • The program seems a bit slow though the middle putting both step sequences back to back
  • Some really nice transitions in and out of the lifts for them
  • They’ve really come a long way and have improved each year
  • Level 4 lifts, twizzles, Level 1 on their step sequences
  • Positive GOEs on all but one element

Biechler/Dodge: 44.01 TES + 37.83 PCS = 81.84  Total: 137.37 and into 1st place

  • Nice twizzles and I love the arm changes within the sequences
  • Love the lift around his head and then a pop to a cradle catch
  • Love the choreographic spin in this program
  • Nice placement of the step sequence with the music
  • Nice twist jump into a stationary rotational lift
  • She loses her balance in the step sequence and steps out but does not fall
  • Really enjoyed the fierceness they brought to the program and the way they attacked the step sequences
  • Looks like her blade might not be on her skate properly
  • Level 4 twizzles, spin, lifts
  • Level 1 step sequence and only negative GOE

 

GROUP 2

Pogrebinsky/Benoit: 54.61 TES + 46.96 PCS = 101.57 Total: 167.98 and into 1st place

  • Great positions from her in the dance spin
  • Great leaned back spread eagle from him in the curve lift
  • Great ease and connection from them in the first step sequence really carrying the theme of the program through
  • Good timing through all of their twizzles
  • Great step up to a stationary rotational lift
  • They truly have some stunning lift positions including the rotational lift behind his back in a full split
  • This program truly plays to the great chemistry they have as a team and really shows off all of their strengths
  • Level 4 on everything but the serpentine step sequence and all positive GOEs

Aldridge/Eaton: 47.51 TES + 45.21 PCS = 92.72  Total: 153.93 and itno 2nd place

  • Off on the timing in their twizzles
  • Great speed going into their step sequence and I love how they go into it from a behind the back position
  • Really great transition into their rotational lift just coming out of nowhere
  • I love the transitional movement of him pulling her into a camel spin, skating away, and then coming back and grabbing her foot
  • Looks like they might have had some difficult in their second lift and maybe didn’t quite get into their planned position
  • Such a fun classic program that really suited their strengths and showed why they had so much success as a team
  • Level 4 lifts, diagonal step sequence with all positive GOEs

Manta/Johnson: 50.07 TES + 42.64 PCS = 92.71 Total: 151.00 and into 3rd place

  • Level 4 lift, spin, twizzles, with all positive GOEs

McNamara/Carpenter: 55.89 TES + 50.14 PCS = 106.03 Total:  175.19 and into 1st place

  • Really nice straight-line lift with him skating backward on one leg
  • They have the right fire and passion for a tango
  • You see the effort in the program here in places and some of the transitions are more apparent then they should be
  • Their serpentine step sequence just oozes tango choreography in all the little details
  • There are places where it looks like choreography and acting and doesn’t feel genuine, but part of that is just developing more maturity
  • Lots of great details in that program and really well done from them
  • Level 4 on their lifts, twizzles, and spin and all positive GOEs

 

GROUP 3

Parsons/Parsons: 53.53 TES + 49.85 PCS = 103.38 Total: 176.07 and into 1st place

  • Interesting choreographic spin
  • Straight line lift with him on one leg in a squat and her reaching out her legs behind her
  • I love that their step sequence goes right into the spin so seamlessly
  • Like McNamara and Carpenter there is some visible effort here and some of their moves look like choreography…something they’ll get better at with time
  • Lost their unison on the third twizzles
  • Great final lift with him in a huge lean while she leans back over the ice
  • Level 4 on their lifts and spin, with all positive GOEs

Hawayek/Baker: 61.06 TES + 53.37 PCS = 114.43 Total: 187.61 and into 1st place

  • The opening of this program is so beautiful with great lines and such great connection between them
  • Love these twizzles on the crescendo
  • Love how she just steps right up into that lift and it’s so effortless in and out…maybe not the most acrobatic but the simplicity really does set it apart
  • They really take every detail into consideration in building the step sequence with the build of the music
  • Great dip rotational lift
  • You really cannot take your eyes off her in this program; everything is so elegant and so pure
  • There is just such job, beauty and incredible connection in this program that is just stunning
  • Level 4 on everything with all positive GOEs

Shibutani/Shibutani: 57.26 TES + 57.34 PCS = 114.60 Total: 196.93 and into 1st place

  • Great transition out of the spin ducking under his arm
  • Such long, deep edges in the step sequence
  • Love the first lift and the effortless changes in position
  • Really nice twizzles after a little nod to Fix You
  • Great fast position changes in the rotational spin right on the music
  • She stumbled in the second step sequence but didn’t go down…that’s going to effect their levels and GOEs
  • They had a lead coming into this but that could be the difference
  • Love the two choreographic moves at the end of this program
  • Technically it was very good but it didn’t move me the way that Hawayek and Baker’s did
  • Level 4 on everything but the step sequences with all positive GOEs

Hubbell/Donohue: 59.77 TES + 58.25 PCS = 118.02 Total: 197.12 and into 1st place

  • Super difficult twizzles with lots of things happening in each set, maybe a slight loss of unison
  • Super slick step sequence
  • Love the twist and backward entry for him into the curve lift
  • Everything about this program is so well thought out and so well placed in the music
  • There is so much passion and fire in this program and it all feels so real and so genuine
  • You truly cannot look away from this program and you do not see the elements at all…they are so seamlessly woven into the choreography
  • Level 4 on everything except diagonal step sequence and spin with all positive GOEs

Chock/Bates: 61.39 TES + 57.60 PCS = 118.99 Total: 196.60 and into 3rd place

  • Love the level changes in the opening stationary lift
  • Nice twizzles
  • A few little moments of effort in the spin changes
  • Great choreographic moments at the end of the piece
  • I couldn’t help but be transfixed by that and it truly was very uplifting and beautiful
  • Level 4 on lifts, twizzles, spin, diagonal step sequence
Place Start Name Short Dance Free Dance Total Score
Place Score Place Score
1 12 Madison Hubbell, Lansing SC
Zachary Donohue, Lansing SC
2 79.10 2 118.02 197.12
2 11 Maia Shibutani, SC of New York
Alex Shibutani, SC of New York
1 82.33 3 114.60 196.93
3 13 Madison Chock, All Year FSC
Evan Bates, Ann Arbor FSC
3 77.61 1 118.99 196.60
4 10 Kaitlin Hawayek, Detroit SC
Jean-Luc Baker, Seattle SC
4 73.18 4 114.43 187.61
5 9 Rachel Parsons, Washington FSC
Michael Parsons, Washington FSC
5 72.69 6 103.38 176.07
6 8 Lorraine McNamara, Peninsula SC
Quinn Carpenter, Washington FSC
6 69.16 5 106.03 175.19
7 5 Elliana Pogrebinsky, Peninsula SC
Alex Benoit, Skokie Valley SC
7 66.41 7 101.57 167.98
8 6 Alexandra Aldridge, Detroit SC
Daniel Eaton, Ann Arbor FSC
8 61.21 8 92.72 153.93
9 7 Karina Manta, Coyotes SC of Arizona
Joseph Johnson, Broadmoor SC
9 58.29 9 92.71 151.00
10 4 Julia Biechler, SC of Wilmington
Damian Dodge, IceWorks SC
10 54.53 10 81.84 136.37
11 3 Elicia Reynolds, Ice Line FSC
Stephen Reynolds, Ice Line FSC
11 40.92 11 70.00 110.92
12 1 Cassidy Klopstock, Centennial 7k SC
Jacob Schedl, University of Delaware FSC
12 37.16 12 52.12 89.28
13 2 Ashley Bain, North Jersey FSC
Oleg Altukhov, North County FSC
13 31.17 13 48.25 79.42

2018 US Nationals Senior Short Dance

GROUP 1

Manta/Johnson: 58.29

  • Just a bit stiff though the rhumba
  • Off on the timing and a few slight slips in the non touching step sequence
  • They don’t quite have the synchronicity of the top teams with little details like having slightly different arms
  • Twizzles were in sync
  • Overall this program could have a lot more Latin feel and fire to it
  • Level 4 on twizzles, rhumba, and lift
  • Level 3 on partial and non touching step sequence

Bain/Altukhov: -1.00 = 31.17 and into 2nd place

  • They just don’t seem comfortable with each other as the touches seem very forced
  • Slow, bit awkward entry to their lift
  • A bit stiff and tentative on the rhumba and the nerves really show on her face
  • Slow and really looking like they’re fighting the ice to keep moving forward
  • He definitely is the stronger performer of the pair and has some nice facials through the non touching step sequence
  • Pretty good timing through the non touching step sequence
  • Really off on the timing of the twizzles and she seemed to have a bit of trouble staying in a straight line
  • They received negative GOEs on every element
  • Level 4 on their lift, Level 3 twizzles
  • Level 1 on all the step sequences

Aldridge/Eaton: 61.21 and into 1st place

  • Love the Latin flavor at the opening of the program although I would like to see her legs a little tighter together
  • Nice speed through the Rhumba and nice long leg lines
  • Cool stretch into their lift with a great arabesque line from her into the exit
  • Nice changes of hold in the partial step sequence, long edges, use of arms and lots of expressive upper body positions from her
  • Pretty good synchronization on the twizzles
  • Love the tight spacing between them and the crossing of patterns in the non touching step sequence
  • Really nice comeback performance for them

McNamara/Carpenter: 36.98 TES + 32.18 PCS = 69.16 and into 1st place

  • This team truly performs from the second they take the ice
  • Good speed through the Rhumba but not a lot of freedom through the hold and upper body
  • A lot more freedom through the partial step sequence with long curves and use of the arms and upper body
  • Cartwheel around to their lift
  • I would have liked to see more of a choreographic change or a cleaner change in the music to go from the slow music to the fast; it seemed a bit abrupt
  • They still just look a bit junior and it looks like choreography and not effortless
  • Level 4 twizzles and lift, Level 3 rhumba and non touching step sequence

 

GROUP 2

Hawayek/Baker: 39.38 TES + 33.80 PCS = 73.18 and into 1st place

  • I love the ombre of her skirt from red to an electric pink
  • Huge pattern on the non touching step sequence with nice long edges but she looks a bit tentative in her face
  • Very in sync on the rhumba and very well timed to the music
  • Great Latin choreography from them in the transition
  • Nice secure transitions of holds in the partial step sequence
  • Set up to an arch over the ice; the second position with her arched back while sitting seems to not have quite enough time and is a bit awkward
  • She’s starting to come alive a bit after the twizzles
  • Nice clean performance, but I wish they had performed it a bit more; it was obvious they were being very cautious and really thinking through the program
  • All positive GOEs
  • Level 4 on everything except midline step sequence which earned Level 3

Chock/Bates: 39.95 TES + 37.66 PCS = 77.61 and into 1st place

  • Good timing on the twizzles
  • I love the look of her costume which matches a traditional Latin ballroom dress although the long fringe makes me nervous!
  • Great transitions and variety of holds in the partial step sequence
  • Really nice leg lines in the Rhumba
  • Twist around to a cool split position on his legs; very interesting, different lift
  • Very clean non touching step sequence
  • Level 4 on everything but the partial step sequence with positive GOEs on everything

Reynolds/Reynolds: 22.75 TES + 20.17 PCS -2.00 = 40.92 and into 6th place

  • The remixed version of this song almost sounds like it’s skipping and made it a bit hard to judge the rhumba against the music
  • Not a lot of security in the changes of holds in the partial step sequence and very stiff in the upper body
  • She falls on the twizzles and they only complete one set
  • Neat lift with her rotating all the way around his neck without him using any hands
  • They could do more to add some Latin flavor to their choreography as right now it almost looks like it could go with any music
  • Two negative GOEs
  • Level 4 on their lift and Level 3 on the partial step sequence

Hubbell/Donohue: 40.96 TES + 38.14 PCS = 79.10 and into 1st place

  • So sharp and crisp at the beginning of this program
  • Great non touching step sequence with the Latin feel throughout, great musicality and very nice timing and spacing
  • Huge pattern on the Rhumba
  • Really nice partial step sequence with some interesting hold changes
  • Curve lift with her on his blade
  • He had a little bobble on the third set of twizzles really just noticeable by his hands changing
  • Everything about that program was cool and confident and just so effortless
  • Level 3 rhumba and partial step sequence, Level 4 on everything else, all positive GOEs

ICE RESURFACING

GROUP 3

Biechler/Dodge: 29.37 TES + 25.16 PCS = 54.53 and into 7th place

  • Partial step sequence could be faster or have deeper edges
  • A few good attempts at Latin moments in the non touching step sequence but it just needs a bit more commitment and more hips
  • Rotational lift with her up around his shoulders and set down exit
  • Level 4 twizzles and lift, Level 3 partial and midline step sequence
  • Negative GOE on the rhumba

Klopstock/Schedl: TES + PCS = 37.16 and into 9th place

  • Pretty good comfort in the holds in the partial step sequence with nice long curves
  • I’d like to see them really loosen up the upper body a bit to really sell this program
  • Pretty tight in the Rhumba through the entire upper body for both of them
  • I’d like to see a bit more variety of expressions, instead of the same expression held throughout to give the program a more mature feel
  • So neat to see Cannuscio and McManus in the Kiss and Cry as coaches this year!

Parsons/Parsons: 39.89 TES + 32.80 PCS = 72.69 and into 4th place

  • Great speed into their Rhumba ; her free arm seems a bit rehearsed in places and I’d like to see it feel a bit more natural
  • Great timing on their non touching step sequence, good musicality, and some really risk taking moves with deep leans over the ice
  • A few of their transitional movements they could really draw out and hold for a bit more impact but some of that comes with time
  • Cartwheel in and out of their lift
  • Maybe just a hair off on their timing on the first set of twizzles
  • Very cool ending with the finger spin
  • They did a great job not looking like a junior team and truly showing they belong in the senior ranks
  • All positive GOEs and everything Level 4 except for the non touching step sequence that earned Level 3

Shibutani/Shibutani: 43.64 TES + 38.69 PCS = 82.33 and into 1st place

  • Great accents to start their program
  • Such long curves and perfectly in sync in the Rhumba; it truly just glides across the ice and looks effortless
  • She really uses her full arm in the partial step sequence all the way from the shoulder
  • I love the twizzles perfectly timed to the counting and then increasing in speed through the 2nd and 3rd sets
  • Great moment in the middle of their non touching step sequence that truly felt like Latin Ballroom
  • They have such a feel for their music and hit every accent perfectly
  • One arm pull up backwards to a rotational lift
  • Standing ovation for their program
  • Everything about them is so elegant, effortless, and flawless
  • In a very deep US field they truly do find a way to set themselves apart
  • All positive GOEs and all Level 4s

Pogrebinsky/Benoit: 35.48 TES + 30.93 PCS = 66.41 and into 7th place

  • Long lines on the Rhumba but if feels a bit slow and cautious
  • A lot more confidence in the partial step sequence
  • Great full split position from her in the lift with a nice turn out of it
  • Really nice unison though the first twizzles, but off through the others
  • Lefel 4 lift, twizzles
  • Level 3 on everything else
Place Start Name Score
1 12 Maia Shibutani, SC of New York
Alex Shibutani, SC of New York
82.33
2 8 Madison Hubbell, Lansing SC
Zachary Donohue, Lansing SC
79.10
3 6 Madison Chock, All Year FSC
Evan Bates, Ann Arbor FSC
77.61
4 5 Kaitlin Hawayek, Detroit SC
Jean-Luc Baker, Seattle SC
73.18
5 11 Rachel Parsons, Washington FSC
Michael Parsons, Washington FSC
72.69
6 4 Lorraine McNamara, Peninsula SC
Quinn Carpenter, Washington FSC
69.16
7 13 Elliana Pogrebinsky, Peninsula SC
Alex Benoit, Skokie Valley SC
66.41
8 3 Alexandra Aldridge, Detroit SC
Daniel Eaton, Ann Arbor FSC
61.21
9 1 Karina Manta, Coyotes SC of Arizona
Joseph Johnson, Broadmoor SC
58.29
10 9 Julia Biechler, SC of Wilmington
Damian Dodge, IceWorks SC
54.53
11 7 Elicia Reynolds, Ice Line FSC
Stephen Reynolds, Ice Line FSC
40.92
12 10 Cassidy Klopstock, Centennial 7k SC
Jacob Schedl, University of Delaware FSC
37.16
13 2 Ashley Bain, North Jersey FSC
Oleg Altukhov, North County FSC
31.17

2018 US Nationals Senior Dance Preview

Three teams qualified for the Grand Prix Final for the third year in a row.  This is the one discipline where the US is consistently a medal threat and is the best bet for the US at the Olympics.

As a group, they have 43 national medals.  They have won five Worlds medals, 10 Four Continents medals, and eight World Junior Medals.  They won 7 Grand Prix medals and 6 Challenger Series medals this season.  The 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 10th place finishers from last season will be competing here.  Only the 1st, 3rd, 12th place finishers from last year’s junior event moved up.  The short dance will be held on Friday, January 5th with the free dance on Saturday, January 6th.

To be competitive internationally, these teams need at least 71 points in the short dance, 107 points in the free dance, and 177 points overall.
The Shibutanis have the 3rd best total score internationally, set at Skate America.  They have consistent earned Level 4s on most of the elements in the short dance, finally achieving Level 4 on their non-touching step sequence at the Grand Prix Final, but dropping their Rhumba from a Level 2 to Level 4.  In the free dance, they have hit Level 4s on everything except for their step sequences which have been earning Level 3.  The only anomaly was their second step sequence earning a Level 2 at the Grand Prix Final.
Hubbell and Donohue have the 5th best score internationally, but they have set personal best segment scores at different competitions.  They have earned a Level 4 on every element of their short dance, but they’ve been vacillating between Level 3 and Level 4 on individual elements between events and have never earned Level 4 on everything.  In their free dance, they’ve been hitting Level 4 on their first step sequence, but have lost a level on one random element elsewhere in the program, dropping their spin to Level 3 at NHK Trophy and their last lift to Level 3 at the Grand Prix Final.
Chock and Bates have the 6th best score internationally, set at the Grand Prix Final.  They have been bringing their levels up throughout the season, achieving a Level 4 on their Rhumba at the Grand Prix Final.  They have never earned a Level 4 on the partial step sequence or the non touching step sequence.  In the free dance, they’ve been fairly consistent with achieving Level 4s on everything except for their step sequences.
While this is the deepest and most competitive discipline in the US it is also fairly predictable.  The Shibutanis, Chock and Bates, and Hubbell and Donohue have dominated the scene for the last 2.5 years and it would be a major upset if any other team were to steal one of the top three spots.  But there are several teams vying for that final spot on the podium and the placement of the top three teams is not set in stone.
Hawayek/Baker, McNamara/Carpenter and Parsons/Parsons are all former World Junior Champions and none have medaled on the Grand Prix this season.  Hawayek and Baker have been up in the senior ranks the longest and have the most experience, but they’ve also made fluke errors.  Pogrebinsky/Benoit are the reigning Pewter Medalists, landing on the podium in their first season as seniors last year.
Chock and Bates look like they might have trouble holding on to their silver medal this year.  They set a season’s best score at the Grand Prix Final where the Shibutanis and Hubbell/Donohue did not have their best events, yet they still finished behind both teams.  They have had problems hitting their Levels, including never achieving a Level 4 on some of their elements this season.  Their best technical score in the short dance is behind Hubbell and Donohue and the Shibutani’s worst score from the season, and they don’t fare much better in the other areas.
The Shibutani’s have three of the top five short dance TES scores, three of the top five short dance PCS scores, one top five free dance TES score, and three top five free dance PCS scores, putting 10 of their 12 possible scores in the top 5 for the US for the season.
Hubbell and Donohue have two of the top five short dance TES scores, one top five short dance PCS score, three top five free dance TES scores, and one top five free dance PCS scores, giving them a total of 7 top five scores.
Chock and Bates have one top five short dance PCS score, one top five free dance TES score, and one top five free dance PCS score, giving them 3 top five scores.
Even with their worst performance of the season, the Shibutanis managed to come out ahead, and their short program has been their biggest strength this season.  Hubbell and Donohue have put out stronger free dances, so it is entirely possible to see them split the two segments.  Keys to this event are going to be the Shibutanis’s lead after the short dance and if anyone can upgrade to Level 4 step sequences in either program.
Top 10 TES Scores, Short Dance
Shibutani/Shibutani: 41.30 (SA)
Shibutani/Shibutani: 40.85 (GPF)
Hubbell/Donohue: 40.57 (SC)
Hubbell/Donohue: 40.30 (NHK)
Shibutani/Shibutani: 40.23 (RC)
Hubbell/Donohue: 38.22 (GPF)
Chock/Bates: 38.08 (GPF)
Chock/Bates: 37.07 (IDF)
Chock/Bates: 35.97 (CoC)
McNamara/Carpenter: 34.30 (CoC)
Top 10 PCS Scores, Short Dance
Shibutani/Shibutani: 37.88 (SA)
Shibutani/Shibutani: 37.24 (GPF)
Shibutani/Shibutani: 37.07 (RC)
Chock/Bates: 36.69 (CoC)
Hubbell/Donohue: 36.59 (GPF)
Hubbell/Donohue: 36.51 (SC)
Chock/Bates: 36.48 (IDF)
Chock/Bates: 36.28 (GPF)
Hubbell/Donohue: 36.01 (NHK)
Hawayek/Baker: 31.51 (SA)
Top 10 TES Scores, Free Dance
Shibutani/Shibutani: 57.95 (SA)
Hubbell/Donohue: 57.64 (NHK)
Hubbell/Donohue: 57.47 (SC)
Hubbell/Donohue: 57.42 (GPF)
Chock/Bates: 57.25 (GPF)
Chock/Bates: 56.27 (CoC)
Shibutani/Shibutani: 56.01 (RC)
Shibutani/Shibutani: 54.15 (GPF)
Chock/Bates: 53.47 (IDF)
Hawayek/Baker: 53.05 (SC)
Top 10 PCS Scores, Free Dance
Shibutani/Shibutani: 57.12 (SA)
Shibutani/Shibutani: 55.93 (RC)
Hubbell/Donohue: 55.88 (SC)
Shibutani/Shibutani: 55.76 (GPF)
Chock/Bates: 55.57 (CoC)
Chock/Bates: 55.54 (GPF)
Hubbell/Donohue: 55.17 (GPF)
Chock/Bates: 54.83 (IDF)
Hubbell/Donohue: 54.40 (NHK)
Hawayek/Baker: 49.05 (SC)

My podium predictions:

Gold: Shibutani/Shibutani

Silver: Hubbell/Donohue

Bronze: Chock/Bates

Pewter: Hawayek/Baker

 

Bios of the competitors:

Aldridge/Eaton: She is 23 and represents the Detroit Skating Club he is 25 and represents the Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club.  They are the 2014 Four Continents Bronze Medalists and 2012 and 2013 World Junior Bronze Medalists.  They finished 6th in 2015, 5th in 2014, are the 2013 Junior Champions, 2012 Junior Champions, finished 5th in juniors in 2011 and are the 2010 Novice Champions.  They won gold at Midwestern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.

Bain/Altukhov

Biechler/Dodge: She is 19 and represents the Skating Club of Wilmington and he is 23 and represents the Peninsula Skating Club.  They finished 8th at the US International Figure Skating Classic and 17th at Finlandia Trophy.  They placed 7th last season, 5th as juniors in 2016, 8th at juniors in 2015, 7th as juniors in 2014 and 9th as juniors in 2013.

Chock/Bates: She is 25 and represents the All Year Figure Skating Club and he is 28 and represents the Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club.  They finished 7th at Worlds and are the reigning Four Continents Bronze Medalists.  They won silver at Cup of China and silver at Internationaux de France to qualify for the Grand Prix Final where they placed 5th.  They are the 2015 World Silver Medalists, 2016 World Bronze Medalists, 2015 and 2016 Four Continents Silver Medalists, and 2013 Four Continents Bronze Medalists.  They are the reigning Silver Medalists, 2016 Silver Medalists, 2015 Champions, 2014 Silver Medalists, 2013 Silver Medalists and finished 5th in 2012.  They have the 8th best short program, 5th best free skate, and 6th best total scores internationally.

Hawayek/Baker: She is 21 and represents the Detroit Skating Club and he is 24 and represents the Seattle Skating Club.  They finished 4th at Skate Canada and 5th at Skate America.  They won silver at the US Figure Skating Classic and bronze at Golden Spin of Zagreb.  They are the 2014 World Junior Champions.  They finished 5th last season, 5th in 2016, are the 2015 Pewter Medalists, 2014 Junior Champions and 2013 Junior Silver Medalists.

Hubbell/Donohue: She is 26 and he is 27 and they represent the Lansing Skating Club.  They placed 9th at Worlds and 4th at Four Continents last season.  They won bronze at Skate Canada and silver at NHK Trophy to qualify for the Grand Prix Final where they placed 4th.  They won gold at the US International Classic.  They are the 2014 Four Continents Champions.  They are the reigning Bronze Medalists, 2016 Bronze Medalists, 2015 Bronze Medalists, 2014 Pewter Medalists, 2013 Pewter Medalists and 2012 Bronze Medalists.  They have the 6th best short program, 4th best free skate, and 5th best total scores internationally.

Klopstock/Schedl: She represents the Centennial 7k Skating Club and he represents the University of Delaware Figure Skating Club.  They finished 12th as juniors last season.  They won bronze at Eastern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.

Manta/Johnson: She is 21 and represents the Coyotes Skating Club of Arizona and he is 23 and represents the Broadmoor Skating Club.  They placed 14th at Nebelhorn Trophy.  They finished 8th last season, 7th in 2016, and 10th as juniors in 2015.

McNamara/Carpenter: She is 18 and represents the Peninsula Skating Club and he is 21 and represents the Washington Figure Skating Club.  They placed 7th at Junior Worlds last season.  They placed 5th at Cup of China.  They finished 5th at the Autumn Classic International, 8th at Finlandia Trophy, and won silver at Warsaw Cup.  They are the 2016 World Junior Champions and 2015 World Junior Silver Medalists.  They are the reigning Junior Bronze Medalists, 2015 and 2016 Junior Champions, 2014 Junior Silver Medalists, 2013 Junior Bronze Medalists, 2012 Junior Bronze Medalists, finished 9th in Junior in 2011, 6th in Novice in 2010, are the 2009 Intermediate Pewter Medalists and 2008 Juvenile Pewter Medalists.

Parsons/Parsons: She is 20 and he is 22 and they represent the Washington Figure Skating Club.  They are the reigning World Junior Champions.  They placed 7th at Rostelecom Cup and 9th at Skate America.  They won silver at Ondrej Nepela Trophy and finished 8th at Golden Spin of Zagreb.  They are the 2016 World Junior Silver Medalists.  They are the reigning Junior Champions, 2016 Junior Silver Medalists, 2015 Junior Silver Medalists, 2014 Junior Bronze Medalists, 2012 Junior Pewter Medalists and 2011 Novice Champions.

Pogrebinsky/Benoit: She is 19 represents the Peninsula Skating Club and he is 22 and represents the Skokie Valley Skating Club.  They placed 7th at Cup of China and 7th at Internationaux de France.  They won bronze at Tallinn Trophy.  They are the reigning Pewter Medalists, 2016 Junior Bronze Medalists and 2015 Junior Bronze Medalists.

Reynolds/Reynolds: She is 27 and he is 24 and they represent the IceWorks Skating Club.  They finished 10th last season, 13th in 2016, 11th in 2015, and 14th in 2014.

Shibutani/Shibutani: She is 23 and he is 26 and they represent the Skating Club of New York.  They are the reigning World Bronze Medalists and reigning Four Continents Silver Medalists.  They won gold at Rostelecom Cup and gold at Skate America to qualify for the Grand Prix Final where they won bronze.  They are the 2016 World Silver Medalists, 2011 World Bronze Medalists, 2016 Four Continents Champions, 2011 Four Continents Silver Medalists, 2015 Four Continents Bronze Medalists, and 2009 World Junior Silver Medalists.  They are the reigning Champions, 2016 Champions, 2015 Silver Medalists, 2014 Bronze Medalists, 2013 Bronze Medalists, 2012 Silver Medalists, 2011 Silver Medalists, 2010 Junior Champions, 2009 Junior Silver Medalists, 2008 Junior Pewter Medalists, 2007 Novice Champions, 2006 Intermediate Champions and 2005 Juvenile Silver Medalists.  They have the 3rd best short dance, 3rd best free dance, and 3rd best total scores internationally.

Short Dance

  1. Virtue/Moir, CAN: 82.68 (Skate Canada)
  2. Papadakis/Cizeron, FRA: 82.07 (Grand Prix Final)
  3. Shibutani/Shibutani, USA: 79.18 (Skate America)

Free Dance

  1. Papadakis/Cizeron, FRA: 120.58 (Internationaux de France)
  2. Virtue/Moir, CAN: 118.33 (Grand Prix Final)
  3. Shibutani/Shibutani, USA: 115.07 (Skate America)

Total (one score per team listed)

  1. Papadakis/Cizeron, FRA: 202.16 (Grand Prix Final)
  2. Virtue/Moir, CAN: 199.86 (Skate Canada/Grand Prix Final)
  3. Shibutani/Shibutani, USA: 194.25 (Skate America)

 

2017 Grand Prix Final Dance Results

Short Dance

PL. Name Nation TSS TES PCS SS TR PE CO IN Deduction StN.
1 Gabriella PAPADAKIS
Guillaume CIZERON
 FRA 82.07 42.93 39.14 9.71 9.64 9.96 9.75 9.86 0.00 #6
2 Tessa VIRTUE
Scott MOIR
 CAN 81.53 42.56 38.97 9.68 9.57 9.89 9.75 9.82 0.00 #5
3 Maia SHIBUTANI
Alex SHIBUTANI
 USA 78.09 40.85 37.24 9.36 9.14 9.32 9.36 9.36 0.00 #4
4 Madison HUBBELL
Zachary DONOHUE
 USA 74.81 38.22 36.59 9.18 8.96 9.29 9.14 9.18 0.00 #2
5 Madison CHOCK
Evan BATES
 USA 74.36 38.08 36.28 8.96 8.93 9.18 9.18 9.11 0.00 #3
6 Anna CAPPELLINI
Luca LANOTTE
 ITA 74.24 37.87 36.37 9.00 8.82 9.21 9.18 9.25 0.00 #1

Free Dance

PL. Name Nation TSS TES PCS SS TR PE CO IN Deduction StN.
1 Gabriella PAPADAKIS
Guillaume CIZERON
 FRA 120.09 60.85 59.24 9.79 9.68 9.96 9.93 10.00 0.00 #6
2 Tessa VIRTUE
Scott MOIR
 CAN 118.33 59.66 58.67 9.64 9.57 9.93 9.79 9.96 0.00 #5
3 Madison CHOCK
Evan BATES
 USA 112.79 57.25 55.54 9.18 9.00 9.39 9.39 9.32 0.00 #3
4 Madison HUBBELL
Zachary DONOHUE
 USA 112.59 57.42 55.17 9.29 8.93 9.32 9.18 9.25 0.00 #2
5 Anna CAPPELLINI
Luca LANOTTE
 ITA 110.99 56.01 54.98 9.00 9.00 9.32 9.18 9.32 0.00 #1
6 Maia SHIBUTANI
Alex SHIBUTANI
 USA 109.91 54.15 55.76 9.36 9.18 9.21 9.36 9.36 0.00 #4

Total

PL Name Nation SD FD Points
1 Gabriella PAPADAKIS
Guillaume CIZERON
 FRA 1 1 202.16
2 Tessa VIRTUE
Scott MOIR
 CAN 2 2 199.86
3 Maia SHIBUTANI
Alex SHIBUTANI
 USA 3 6 188.00
4 Madison HUBBELL
Zachary DONOHUE
 USA 4 4 187.40
5 Madison CHOCK
Evan BATES
 USA 5 3 187.15
6 Anna CAPPELLINI
Luca LANOTTE
 ITA 6 5 185.23

2017 NHK Trophy Dance Results

Short Dance

PL. Name Nation TSS TES PCS SS TR PE CO IN Deduction StN.
1 Tessa VIRTUE
Scott MOIR
 CAN 80.92 42.28 38.64 9.57 9.57 9.71 9.61 9.82 0.00 #8
2 Madison HUBBELL
Zachary DONOHUE
 USA 76.31 40.30 36.01 9.04 8.82 9.04 9.04 9.07 0.00 #9
3 Anna CAPPELLINI
Luca LANOTTE
 ITA 75.87 39.45 36.42 8.96 8.93 9.18 9.14 9.32 0.00 #10
4 Victoria SINITSINA
Nikita KATSALAPOV
 RUS 72.49 37.18 35.31 8.75 8.68 8.96 8.89 8.86 0.00 #5
5 Penny COOMES
Nicholas BUCKLAND
 GBR 65.64 33.44 32.20 7.96 7.86 8.07 8.21 8.14 0.00 #2
6 Laurence FOURNIER BEAUDRY
Nikolaj SORENSEN
 DEN 65.34 34.21 31.13 7.79 7.61 7.82 7.82 7.86 0.00 #7
7 Alexandra NAZAROVA
Maxim NIKITIN
 UKR 63.33 32.79 30.54 7.64 7.46 7.68 7.79 7.61 0.00 #3
8 Marie-Jade LAURIAULT
Romain LE GAC
 FRA 62.79 33.67 29.12 7.36 7.04 7.43 7.32 7.25 0.00 #6
9 Kana MURAMOTO
Chris REED
 JPN 61.82 31.44 30.38 7.61 7.36 7.71 7.68 7.61 0.00 #4
10 Misato KOMATSUBARA
Timothy KOLETO
 JPN 53.83 28.06 25.77 6.46 6.25 6.50 6.68 6.32 0.00 #1

Free Dance

PL. Name Nation TSS TES PCS SS TR PE CO IN Deduction StN.
1 Tessa VIRTUE
Scott MOIR
 CAN 117.72 59.86 57.86 9.61 9.50 9.75 9.61 9.75 0.00 #8
2 Madison HUBBELL
Zachary DONOHUE
 USA 112.04 57.64 54.40 9.18 8.89 9.11 9.11 9.04 0.00 #10
3 Anna CAPPELLINI
Luca LANOTTE
 ITA 110.69 56.19 54.50 8.96 8.79 9.21 9.21 9.25 0.00 #9
4 Victoria SINITSINA
Nikita KATSALAPOV
 RUS 104.66 51.69 52.97 8.82 8.64 8.75 9.00 8.93 0.00 #6
5 Laurence FOURNIER BEAUDRY
Nikolaj SORENSEN
 DEN 99.06 51.32 47.74 7.89 7.71 8.11 7.93 8.14 0.00 #3
6 Alexandra NAZAROVA
Maxim NIKITIN
 UKR 97.55 49.26 48.29 8.00 7.86 8.00 8.32 8.07 0.00 #5
7 Marie-Jade LAURIAULT
Romain LE GAC
 FRA 94.83 49.48 45.35 7.43 7.36 7.61 7.68 7.71 0.00 #4
8 Kana MURAMOTO
Chris REED
 JPN 94.59 48.62 45.97 7.54 7.39 7.79 7.79 7.79 0.00 #2
9 Penny COOMES
Nicholas BUCKLAND
 GBR 92.51 45.07 47.44 7.82 7.75 7.93 8.14 7.89 0.00 #7
10 Misato KOMATSUBARA
Timothy KOLETO
 JPN 78.58 41.33 39.25 6.68 6.32 6.75 6.64 6.32 2.00 #1

Total

PL Name Nation SD FD Points
1 Tessa VIRTUE
Scott MOIR
 CAN 1 1 198.64
2 Madison HUBBELL
Zachary DONOHUE
 USA 2 2 188.35
3 Anna CAPPELLINI
Luca LANOTTE
 ITA 3 3 186.56
4 Victoria SINITSINA
Nikita KATSALAPOV
 RUS 4 4 177.15
5 Laurence FOURNIER BEAUDRY
Nikolaj SORENSEN
 DEN 6 5 164.40
6 Alexandra NAZAROVA
Maxim NIKITIN
 UKR 7 6 160.88
7 Penny COOMES
Nicholas BUCKLAND
 GBR 5 9 158.15
8 Marie-Jade LAURIAULT
Romain LE GAC
 FRA 8 7 157.62
9 Kana MURAMOTO
Chris REED
 JPN 9 8 156.41
10 Misato KOMATSUBARA
Timothy KOLETO
 JPN 10 10 132.41

2017 NHK Trophy Dance Preview

Bobrova and Soloviev currently stand in first place in the Grand Prix rankings with 24 points.  Two teams have the chance to earn their tickets to the Final with medals here while one team is just starting their season.

Virtue and Moir won a gold medal at Skate Canada with new personal best short dance and total scores, and briefly held the record for total score, before it was broken by their training mates last week.  Their short dance earned Level 4 on everything with all positive GOEs.  In all, they earned 10 points from GOEs and their program components were in the mid to high 9s, with their performance mark averaging a stunning 9.93.  In all, they received eleven 10.00 marks, with at least one from six of the nine judges.  Their free dance received Level 4 for their lifts, twizzles, and spin, with Level 3 on their step sequences.  They earned nearly 17 points from GOES with program components in the mid to high 9s, receiving an average of 9.96 for interpretation of the music.  They earned eighteen 10.00 marks, receiving at least one from seven of the nine judges.  They need a gold or silver medal to guarantee a spot in the Final, while a bronze would give them a solid chance.  They have the best short dance, 2nd best free dance, and 2nd best total scores.

Hubbell and Donohue won bronze at Skate Canada with personal best free dance and total scores.  Their short dance earned Level 4 on their rhumba, partial step sequence, lift, and twizzles, with a Level 3 on their non touching step sequence.  They earned all positive GOEs, totaling 9 points, and their program components were in the high 8s to mid 9s.  Their free dance received Level 4 for their twizzles, lifts, and spin, with Level 3 on both step sequences.  Their GOE scores earned them 15 points and their program components were in the low to mid 9s.  They need a gold medal to give themselves a strong chance of qualifying for the Final.  They have the 6th best short dance, 3rd best free dance, and 4th best total scores.

Cappellini and Lanotte are starting their 12th season on the Grand Prix, and have won 12 medals total.  They missed the podium as recently as last season, finishing 4th at Skate Canada and have only won gold once, at Cup of China in 2015.  They have qualified for the Final four times, and won the bronze medal in 2015.  They started their season with a gold medal at the Minsk-Arena Ice Star competition.  Their short dance there included Level 4 twizzles and a lift with Level 3 on their three step sequences.  They earned all positive GOEs worth 8 point and had program components in the high 8s to low 9s.  Their free dance received Level 4 for their lifts and twizzles with Level 3 on their spin and serpentine step sequence.  They again earned all positive GOEs, netting 13 points, and had program components in the low to mid 9s.  If they can medal here, they’ll have a chance to qualify for the Final with a strong performance at Skate America.  They have the 7th best short dance, 8th best free dance, and 8th best total scores.

 

My podium predictions:

Gold: Virtue/Moir

Silver: Hubbell/Donohue

Bronze: Cappellini/Lanotte

 

Bios of the competitors:

Virtue/Moir, CAN: They are the reigning World Champions and reigning Four Continents Champions.  They won gold at Skate Canada.  They are the 2010 Olympic Champions; 2014 Olympic Silver Medalists; 2010 and 2012 World Champions; 2008, 2011, and 2013 World Silver Medalists; 2009 World Bronze Medalists; 2008 and 2012 Four Continents Champions; 2009 and 2013 Four Continents Silver Medalists; 2006 and 2007 Four Continents Bronze Medalists; 2006 World Junior Champions; and 2005 World Junior Silver Medalists.  Their personal best is 199.86.  She is 28 and he is 30.

Fournier Beaudry/Sorensen, DEN: They placed 13th at Worlds and 7th at Europeans.  They finished 7th at Skate Canada and 7th at Rostelecom Cup last season.  Their personal best is 160.68.  She is 25 and he is 28.

Lauriault/Le Gac, FRA: They finished 21st at Worlds and 12th at Europeans.  They placed 8th at Rostelecom Cup.  Their personal best is 154.36.  She is 21 and he is 22.

Coomes/Buckland, GBR: They are the 2014 European Bronze Medalists.  Their personal best is 177.13.  She is 28 and he is 28.

Cappellini/Lanotte, ITA: They finished 6th at Worlds and are the reigning European Silver Medalists.  They placed 4th at Skate Canada and won bronze at NHK Trophy last season.  They are the 2014 World Champions, 2014 European Champions, 2015 and 2016 European Silver Medalists, and 2013 European Bronze Medalists.  Their personal best is 186.84.  She is 30 and he is 32.

Komatsubara/Koleto, JPN: This is their Grand Prix debut.  Their personal best is 128.28.  She is 25 and he is 26.

Muramoto/Reed, JPN: They finished 23rd at Worlds and 9th at Four Continents.  They placed 8th at Skate America last season.  Their personal best is 159.30.  She is 24 and he is 28.

Sinitsina/Katsalapov, RUS: They placed 10th at Europeans.  They finished 4th at Cup of China and 5th at NHK Trophy last season.  Their personal best is 172.65.  She is 22 and he is 26.

Nazarova/Nikitin, UKR: They finished 15th at Worlds and 9th at Europeans.  They placed 7th at Trophee de France last season.  Their personal best is 156.21.  She is 20 and he is 23.

Hubbell/Donohue, USA: They placed 9th at Worlds and 4th at Four Continents.  They won bronze at Skate Canada.  They are the 2014 Four Continents Champions.  Their personal best is 189.43.  She is 26 and he is 26.

2017 Skate Canada Dance Results

Short Dance

Pl. Name Nation TSS
=
TES
+
PCS
+
SS TR PE CO IN Ded.
StN.
1 Tessa VIRTUE / Scott MOIR CAN 82.68 43.91 38.77 9.50 9.50 9.93 9.68 9.86 0.00 #8
2 Kaitlyn WEAVER / Andrew POJE CAN 77.47 40.69 36.78 9.04 9.00 9.32 9.25 9.36 0.00 #9
3 Madison HUBBELL / Zachary DONOHUE USA 76.08 40.57 36.51 8.96 8.93 9.29 9.14 9.32 1.00 #10
4 Olivia SMART / Adria DIAZ ESP 64.34 34.53 29.81 7.36 7.21 7.61 7.46 7.61 0.00 #2
5 Kaitlin HAWAYEK / Jean-Luc BAKER USA 63.10 32.47 30.63 7.57 7.43 7.75 7.68 7.86 0.00 #5
6 Alla LOBODA / Pavel DROZD RUS 62.60 31.98 30.62 7.68 7.50 7.71 7.71 7.68 0.00 #7
7 Carolane SOUCISSE / Shane FIRUS CAN 57.77 29.23 28.54 7.04 6.96 7.29 7.21 7.18 0.00 #1
8 Kavita LORENZ / Joti POLIZOAKIS GER 56.41 28.41 28.00 6.93 6.75 7.14 7.07 7.11 0.00 #3
9 Natalia KALISZEK / Maksym SPODYRIEV POL 55.92 28.17 28.75 7.11 7.14 7.07 7.32 7.29 1.00 #6
10 Alisa AGAFONOVA / Alper UCAR TUR 54.74 26.75 27.99 6.93 6.89 7.00 7.18 7.00 0.00 #4

Free Dance

Pl. Name Nation TSS
=
TES
+
PCS
+
SS TR PE CO IN Ded.
StN.
1 Tessa VIRTUE / Scott MOIR CAN 117.18 58.48 58.70 9.61 9.57 9.89 9.89 9.96 0.00 #8
2 Madison HUBBELL / Zachary DONOHUE USA 113.35 57.47 55.88 9.11 9.14 9.50 9.32 9.50 0.00 #10
3 Kaitlyn WEAVER / Andrew POJE CAN 112.54 57.90 55.64 9.04 9.11 9.39 9.39 9.43 1.00 #9
4 Kaitlin HAWAYEK / Jean-Luc BAKER USA 102.10 53.05 49.05 8.04 7.86 8.43 8.18 8.36 0.00 #7
5 Alla LOBODA / Pavel DROZD RUS 93.12 46.98 46.14 7.68 7.50 7.79 7.68 7.79 0.00 #3
6 Carolane SOUCISSE / Shane FIRUS CAN 92.50 46.66 45.84 7.50 7.39 7.71 7.71 7.89 0.00 #4
7 Olivia SMART / Adria DIAZ ESP 90.47 43.97 46.50 7.54 7.46 7.89 7.86 8.00 0.00 #6
8 Kavita LORENZ / Joti POLIZOAKIS GER 89.67 45.68 43.99 7.18 7.00 7.50 7.43 7.54 0.00 #5
9 Natalia KALISZEK / Maksym SPODYRIEV POL 88.86 44.64 44.22 7.21 7.21 7.43 7.46 7.54 0.00 #2
10 Alisa AGAFONOVA / Alper UCAR TUR 86.09 43.61 42.48 6.93 6.96 7.18 7.18 7.14 0.00 #1

Total

FPl. Name Nation Points SD FD
1 Tessa VIRTUE / Scott MOIR
CAN
199.86 1 1
2 Kaitlyn WEAVER / Andrew POJE
CAN
190.01 2 3
3 Madison HUBBELL / Zachary DONOHUE
USA
189.43 3 2
4 Kaitlin HAWAYEK / Jean-Luc BAKER
USA
165.20 5 4
5 Alla LOBODA / Pavel DROZD
RUS
155.72 6 5
6 Olivia SMART / Adria DIAZ
ESP
154.81 4 7
7 Carolane SOUCISSE / Shane FIRUS
CAN
150.27 7 6
8 Kavita LORENZ / Joti POLIZOAKIS
GER
146.08 8 8
9 Natalia KALISZEK / Maksym SPODYRIEV
POL
144.78 9 9
10 Alisa AGAFONOVA / Alper UCAR
TUR
140.83 10 10

2017 Skate Canada Dance Preview

Four teams at this event are making their Grand Prix debut, including reigning World Junior Silver Medalists Loboda and Drozd, while two of these teams qualified for the Grand Prix Final last season.  All Loboda is the youngest female competitor at 18, while both Tessa Virtue and Kaitlyn Weaver are 28.  Pavel Drozd is the youngest male competitor at 21, while Alper Ucar is 32.  Three teams have scored over 180 points, while two teams have scored over 190 points.

Virtue and Moir are the unquestioned favorite at this event, so the real competition will be for silver and bronze and to see how close they can get to Virtue and Moir.  As with any ice dance event, this will come down to levels, especially on the all important step sequences.  By the Olympics, top teams will want Level 4 on all of their elements and some of these teams have even been earning Level 2 on their step sequences.  Given that there can be up to a 1.5 point difference between levels, this can be a huge hit on the technical score.

Virtue and Moir will compete for their 8th season on the Grand Prix and have medaled 13 times, including 10 consecutive gold medals.  They have qualified for the Final six times, winning a medal five times.  Their first gold medal at the Final came last season.  After returning to competition last season, they were undefeated, and only lost a segment of competition once, the free dance at this event.  They won gold at the Autumn Classic International to start this season.  They earned Level 4 for their rhumba, twizzles, and lift in their short dance, with Level 3 on their non touching step sequence and partial step sequence.  They earned all positive GOEs, many of them +3, for a total of 11 points.  Their program components were in the mid 9s, and included two 10.00 scores.  Their free dance received Level 4 for their lifts, twizzles, and spin, with Level 3 on both step sequences.  Their program components were all positive, netting 16 points and their program components were in the mid 9s.  For this program, they earned three 10.00 marks.  They have the best short dance, best free dance, and best total scores.

Hubbell and Donohue are returning for their 7th season the Grand Prix, and have won 7 total medals.  They have qualified for the Grand Prix Final each of the last two seasons.  They won gold at the US Figure Skating Classic to kick off their season.  They earned Level 4 on their rhumba and Level 3 on their non touching step sequence and lift in the short dance.  They had all positive GOEs, earning 9 points, and had program components in the high 8s and low 9s.  Their free dance received Level 4 for their twizzles, spin, and lifts with Level 3 on their diagonal step sequence.  They earned all positive GOEs, earning 14 points, and had program components in the high 8s and low 9s.  They lost one point for an extended lift.  They have the 7th best short dance, 6th best free dance, and 6th best total scores.

Weaver and Poje are competing for the 11th season on the Grand Prix and have medaled 15 times.  The last time they failed to medal at a Grand Prix event was back in 2010 when they finished 4th at Skate America.  They have qualified for the Final five times, including winning gold twice, but they did not make the Final last season.  They won silver at the Autumn Classic International to start their season.  For their free dance, they are returning to Je Suis Malade, the program that put them on the map and was a breakout moment for their careers.  Their short dance featured Level 4 twizzles, and Level 3 partial step sequence, rhumba, non-touching step sequence, and lift.  They earned a slightly negative GOE on their twizzles and had program components in the mid 8s.  Their free dance received Level 4 on their lifts and twizzles with Level 3 on their spin and step sequences.  They had all positive GOEs, totaling 12 points and had program components in the mid 8s.  They have the 10th best short dance, 8th best free dance, and 8th best total scores.

Loboda and Drozd are making their Grand Prix debut after winning two medals at the Junior World Championships.  They competed for four seasons on the Junior Grand Prix, winning 8 medals and qualifying for the Junior Grand Prix Final three times (winning silver each time).  They made their senior debut at Lombardia Trophy where they won the silver medal.  Their short dance earned Level 4 on their twizzles and lift along with a Level 3 on their non touching step sequence.  They earned all positive GOEs and had program components in the mid 7s.  Their free dance received Level 4 for their lifts, twizzles, and spin with all positive GOEs and program components in the mid 7s.

Hawayek and Baker are starting their fourth season on the Grand Prix and have won one medal in their career: a bronze at NHK Trophy in 2014.  They won silver at the US International Figure Skating Classic earlier this season.  They earned Level 4 on their lift in the short dance and had program components in the mid to high 7s.  They also earned a one point deduction for a fall.  Their free dance received Level 4 for the twizzles, lifts and spin.  They had all positive GOEs, worth 10 points, and had program components in the high 7s to low 8s.

 

My podium predictions:

Gold: Virtue and Moir

Silver: Hubbell and Donohue

Bronze: Weaver and Poje

 

Bios of the competitors:

Soucisse/Firus, CAN: This is their Grand Prix debut.  Their personal best is 154.60.  She is 22 and he is 23.

Virtue/Moir, CAN: They are the reigning World Champions and reigning Four Continents Champions.  They won gold at Skate Canada and gold at NHK Trophy last season to qualify for the Grand Prix Final where they won gold.  They are the 2010 Olympic Champions; 2014 Olympic Silver Medalists; 2010 and 2012 World Champions; 2008, 2011, and 2013 World Silver Medalists; 2009 World Bronze Medalists; 2008 and 2012 Four Continents Champions; 2009 and 2013 Four Continents Silver Medalists; 2006 and 2007 Four Continents Bronze Medalists; 2006 World Junior Champions; and 2005 World Junior Silver Medalists.  Their personal best is 198.62.  She is 28 and he is 30.

Weaver/Poje, CAN: They finished 4th at Worlds and 5th at Four Continents.  They won bronze at Rostelecom Cup and silver at Cup of China last season.  They are the 2014 World Silver Medalists, 2015 World Bronze Medalists, 2010 and 2015 Four Continents Champions, 2012 and 2016 Four Continents Bronze Medalists, and 2007 World Junior Bronze Medalists.  Their personal best is 190.56.  She is 28 and he is 30.

Lorenz/Polizoakis, GER: They placed 19th at Worlds and 14th at Europeans.  This is their Grand Prix debut.  Their personal best is 155.34.  She is 22 and he is 22.

Kaliszek/Spodyriev, POL: They finished 14th at Worlds and 8th at Europeans.  They placed 5th at Cup of China and 7th at NHK Trophy last season.  Their personal best is 157.15.  She is 21 and he is 23.

Loboda/Drozd, RUS: They are the reigning World Junior Silver Medalists.  They won gold at JGP Russia and gold at JGP Estonia last season to qualify for the Junior Grand Prix Final where they won silver.  This is their Grand Prix debut.  They are the 2016 World Junior Bronze Medalists.  Their personal best is 164.37.  She is 18 and he is 21.

Smart/Diaz, ESP: They placed 18th at Worlds.  This is their Grand Prix debut.  Their personal best is 155.56.  She is 20 and he is 27.

Agafonova/Ucar, TUR: They finished 17th at Worlds and 11th at Europeans.  They placed 9th at Rostelecom Cup.  Their personal best is 163.00.  She is 26 and he is 32.

Hawayek/Baker, USA: They finished 6th at Skate Canada and 4th at NHK Trophy last season.  They are the 2014 World Junior Champions.  Their personal best is 177.36.  She is 20 and he is 24.

Hubbell/Donohue, USA: They placed 9th at Worlds and 4th at Four Continents.  They won silver at Skate America and silver at Trophee de France last season to qualify for the Grand Prix Final where they finished 5th.  They are the 2014 Four Continents Champions.  Their personal best is 180.82.  She is 26 and he is 26.

2017 US Figure Skating Classic Dance Results

Place Start Name Short Dance Free Dance Total Score
Place Score Place Score
1 7 Madison HUBBELL
Zachary DONOHUE, USA
1 71.15 1 107.65 178.80
2 8 Kaitlin HAWAYEK
Jean-Luc BAKER, USA
3 56.65 2 96.90 153.55
3 9 Kana MURAMOTO
Chris REED, JPN
2 60.00 3 91.45 151.45
4 6 Laurence FOURNIER BEAUDRY
Nikolaj SORENSEN, DEN
4 54.23 4 87.48 141.71
5 5 Carolane SOUCISSE
Shane FIRUS, CAN
5 52.16 5 85.27 137.43
6 4 Tina GARABEDIAN
Simon PROULX-SENECAL, ARM
6 51.60 7 81.66 133.26
7 1 Olivia SMART
Adria DIAZ, ESP
8 48.15 6 83.98 132.13
8 3 Julia BIECHLER
Damian DODGE, USA
7 50.36 8 76.76 127.12
9 2 Adel TANKOVA
Ronald ZILBERBERG, ISR
9 40.26 9 62.33 102.59