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 European Championships Pairs Results

Short Program

 Pl. Qual. Name Nation TSS
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1 Q Evgenia TARASOVA / Vladimir MOROZOV RUS 80.82 44.50 36.32 9.00 8.93 9.25 9.11 9.11 0.00 #17
2 Q Vanessa JAMES / Morgan CIPRES FRA 74.18 41.42 32.76 8.14 7.96 8.39 8.25 8.21 0.00 #18
3 Q Aliona SAVCHENKO / Bruno MASSOT GER 73.76 38.67 36.09 9.00 8.86 9.00 9.07 9.18 1.00 #13
4 Q Ksenia STOLBOVA / Fedor KLIMOV RUS 73.70 39.47 36.23 9.14 8.86 9.00 9.18 9.11 2.00 #15
5 Q Natalia ZABIIAKO / Alexander ENBERT RUS 72.38 40.36 32.02 8.07 7.75 8.14 7.93 8.14 0.00 #10
6 Q Valentina MARCHEI / Ondrej HOTAREK ITA 66.53 36.01 30.52 7.54 7.36 7.82 7.64 7.79 0.00 #11
7 Q Anna DUSKOVA / Martin BIDAR CZE 65.90 38.31 28.59 7.29 6.89 7.18 7.21 7.18 1.00 #14
8 Q Nicole DELLA MONICA / Matteo GUARISE ITA 63.97 34.63 30.34 7.61 7.39 7.54 7.75 7.64 1.00 #16
9 Q Miriam ZIEGLER / Severin KIEFER AUT 57.14 32.29 25.85 6.57 6.39 6.39 6.46 6.50 1.00 #12
10 Q Tatiana DANILOVA / Mikalai KAMIANCHUK BLR 53.27 31.50 21.77 5.54 5.14 5.61 5.54 5.39 0.00 #2
11 Q Lola ESBRAT / Andrei NOVOSELOV FRA 52.51 28.97 23.54 6.00 5.75 5.82 5.93 5.93 0.00 #7
12 Q Zoe JONES / Christopher BOYADJI GBR 52.32 29.72 22.60 5.68 5.36 5.71 5.68 5.82 0.00 #9
13 Q Minerva Fabienne HASE / Nolan SEEGERT GER 51.27 28.53 22.74 5.79 5.50 5.82 5.68 5.64 0.00 #6
14 Q Rebecca GHILARDI / Filippo AMBROSINI ITA 50.71 28.10 22.61 5.75 5.32 5.82 5.61 5.75 0.00 #3
15 Q Lana PETRANOVIC / Antonio SOUZA-KORDEIRU CRO 49.25 28.91 21.34 5.46 5.07 5.32 5.43 5.39 1.00 #1
16 Q Arina CHERNIAVSKAIA / Evgeni KRASNOPOLSKI ISR 47.92 27.55 21.37 5.46 5.07 5.36 5.39 5.43 1.00 #8
17 Ioulia CHTCHETININA / Noah SCHERER SUI 47.52 27.13 20.39 5.04 4.89 5.14 5.21 5.21 0.00 #4
18 Goda BUTKUTE / Nikita ERMOLAEV LTU 44.79 24.96 21.83 5.64 5.21 5.32 5.57 5.54 2.00 #5

Free Skate

Pl. Name Nation TSS
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1 Aliona SAVCHENKO / Bruno MASSOT GER 148.59 73.15 75.44 9.36 9.18 9.54 9.57 9.50 0.00 #13
2 Evgenia TARASOVA / Vladimir MOROZOV RUS 146.76 72.82 73.94 9.36 9.14 9.29 9.21 9.21 0.00 #15
3 Vanessa JAMES / Morgan CIPRES FRA 145.84 74.27 71.57 8.79 8.86 9.11 9.04 8.93 0.00 #16
4 Ksenia STOLBOVA / Fedor KLIMOV RUS 142.81 70.81 73.00 9.18 8.86 9.11 9.29 9.18 1.00 #14
5 Natalia ZABIIAKO / Alexander ENBERT RUS 128.37 63.91 64.46 8.18 7.79 8.07 8.18 8.07 0.00 #12
6 Valentina MARCHEI / Ondrej HOTAREK ITA 125.40 62.60 62.80 7.79 7.68 7.93 7.96 7.89 0.00 #11
7 Anna DUSKOVA / Martin BIDAR CZE 123.19 65.77 58.42 7.36 7.07 7.43 7.36 7.29 1.00 #9
8 Nicole DELLA MONICA / Matteo GUARISE ITA 117.02 56.10 60.92 7.61 7.43 7.46 7.82 7.75 0.00 #10
9 Miriam ZIEGLER / Severin KIEFER AUT 108.49 55.58 52.91 6.75 6.36 6.50 6.82 6.64 0.00 #6
10 Tatiana DANILOVA / Mikalai KAMIANCHUK BLR 98.28 51.58 47.70 6.14 5.68 5.96 6.07 5.96 1.00 #8
11 Rebecca GHILARDI / Filippo AMBROSINI ITA 97.77 54.18 43.59 5.64 5.25 5.50 5.54 5.32 0.00 #1
12 Minerva Fabienne HASE / Nolan SEEGERT GER 96.13 51.80 45.33 5.86 5.39 5.68 5.79 5.61 1.00 #4
13 Lola ESBRAT / Andrei NOVOSELOV FRA 93.21 45.16 49.05 6.29 5.93 6.11 6.21 6.11 1.00 #7
14 Zoe JONES / Christopher BOYADJI GBR 91.10 45.15 45.95 5.82 5.54 5.64 5.86 5.86 0.00 #5
15 Lana PETRANOVIC / Antonio SOUZA-KORDEIRU CRO 90.84 48.56 43.28 5.43 5.18 5.36 5.46 5.61 1.00 #3
16 Arina CHERNIAVSKAIA / Evgeni KRASNOPOLSKI ISR 85.40 46.80 39.60 5.11 4.82 4.89 5.11 4.82 1.00 #2

Total

FPl. Name Nation Points SP FS
1 Evgenia TARASOVA / Vladimir MOROZOV
RUS
227.58 1 2
2 Aliona SAVCHENKO / Bruno MASSOT
GER
222.35 3 1
3 Vanessa JAMES / Morgan CIPRES
FRA
220.02 2 3
4 Ksenia STOLBOVA / Fedor KLIMOV
RUS
216.51 4 4
5 Natalia ZABIIAKO / Alexander ENBERT
RUS
200.75 5 5
6 Valentina MARCHEI / Ondrej HOTAREK
ITA
191.93 6 6
7 Anna DUSKOVA / Martin BIDAR
CZE
189.09 7 7
8 Nicole DELLA MONICA / Matteo GUARISE
ITA
180.99 8 8
9 Miriam ZIEGLER / Severin KIEFER
AUT
165.63 9 9
10 Tatiana DANILOVA / Mikalai KAMIANCHUK
BLR
151.55 10 10
11 Rebecca GHILARDI / Filippo AMBROSINI
ITA
148.48 14 11
12 Minerva Fabienne HASE / Nolan SEEGERT
GER
147.40 13 12
13 Lola ESBRAT / Andrei NOVOSELOV
FRA
145.72 11 13
14 Zoe JONES / Christopher BOYADJI
GBR
143.42 12 14
15 Lana PETRANOVIC / Antonio SOUZA-KORDEIRU
CRO
140.09 15 15
16 Arina CHERNIAVSKAIA / Evgeni KRASNOPOLSKI
ISR
133.32 16 16
Ioulia CHTCHETININA / Noah SCHERER
SUI
FNR 17
Goda BUTKUTE / Nikita ERMOLAEV
LTU
FNR 18

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
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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 Preview

Volosozhar and Trankov should be the favorites going into this event.  They’ve had a bit of a rough start returning to competition with injuries, but they have won every event they entered, including the European Championships in January.  They don’t have any quad elements in their arsenal, however they rely on high levels and positive GOEs along with strong program components to make up the difference.  But, their free skates have been a problem spot this season with lots of little errors that have cost them points.  Despite their winning record, they do not hold the top scores of the season.  They have the best short program, 6th best free skate and 2nd best total scores.

Sui and Han took a big step up in their gold medal winning performance at Four Continents, setting new personal bests in all segments of competition.  They hit a quad twist and a clean throw quad salchow in their free skate and received positive GOEs on all but one element.  They could still work on bringing up their levels but their program components are right there with the best.  They have the 2nd best short program, 4th best free skate and 3rd best total scores.

Duhamel and Radford didn’t lose a single event last season en route to their first World title but they have had some trouble living up to the expectations of being favorites.  They took home the silver medal from the Grand Prix Final and have yet to come up against Volosozhar and Trankov and Savchenko and Massot in competition.  They had to withdraw from Four Continents due to illness.  They have a throw quad salchow but it’s not always reliable and they’ve held off throwing it in their free skate if their short program wasn’t clean, which has often been the case this season.  They have the 7th best short program, 2nd best free skate and 4th best total scores.

Savchenko and Massot finally received clearance to compete this past fall, and started off at several Senior B events.  In their European debut, they won the silver medal, but they had several problems at that event, including botching two lifts in their free skate and receiving no credit.  They are still a fairly new team with little international experience and their last two events have not been as strong as their first two.  They do have the 3rd best short program, 5th best free skate and 6th best total scores, but these scores were set at a Challenger Series event.

Stolbova and Klimov sat out of Worlds last year to work on quads in order to position themselves for World and Olympic titles in the future.  It looked as if this strategy might not have paid off as they started their season with a 4th place showing at Skate America.  They rebounded with a gold medal at Rostelecom Cup before setting personal best free skate and total scores to claim gold at the Grand Prix Final.  Injuries kept them out of the Russian Nationals and the European Championships and they may not be able to obtain the same level they had in December.  Despite their success at the Final, they did not attempt any quads there.  They relied on a difficult three jump side by side combo in addition to obtaining positive GOEs on all of their elements.  They have the 5th best short program, best free skate and best total scores.

Tarasova and Morozov were able to repeat as European Bronze Medalists this year, but they haven’t had performances to truly put them in contention for a World medal.  Their personal best is just shy of 200 points and they are most likely looking for a top 10 finish.  They have the 6th best short program and 10th best total scores.

Scimeca and Knierim have had a breakthrough season, qualifying for their first Grand Prix Final.  They let the pressure of expectations get to them and lost their US title in January, despite being the heavy favorite going in to the event.  They were able to rebound and surpass expectations at Four Continents, winning the silver medal.  They set personal bests in the free skate and total score, and surpassed 200 points.  They have a huge quad twist in their free skate, but their success is dependent on the side by side jumps which have been inconsistent all year long.  If they hit them, they can be very competitive, but it’s not an element you can count on.  They have the 10th best short program, 7th best free skate and 7th best total scores.

Peng and Zhang are late additions to this event.  They were alternates to the Grand Prix Final and were able to attend replacing the injured Sui and Han.  They did not compete at Four Continents last month, but were given the nod to compete at Worlds over Yu and Jin.  They took home 4th place at this event last season, but don’t seem poised to be able to repeat that feat here.

Notable teams with scores in the top 10 who are not competing include Kavaguti and Smirnov (injured, 5th best total score), Seguin and Bilodeau (injured, 8th best total score) and Yu and Jin (9th best total score).

 

My podium predictions:

Gold: Volosozhar/Trankov

Silver: Sui/Han

Bronze: Stolbova/Klimov

 

Bios of the competitors:

Ziegler/Kiefer, AUT: They finished 18th at Worlds last season.  They placed 9th at Europeans.  They placed 6th at Skate Canada and 8th at Trophee Eric Bompard.  Their personal best is 153.29.  She is 22 and he is 25.

Danilova/Kamianchuk, BLR: They placed 10th at Europeans.  Their personal best is 147.36.  She is 22 and he is 28.

Duhamel/Radford, CAN: They are the reigning World Champions.  They won gold at Skate Canada and gold at NHK Trophy to qualify for the Grand Prix Final where they won silver.  They are the 2013 and 2014 World Bronze Medalists, 2013 and 2015 Four Continents Champions and 2011 Four Continents Silver Medalists.  Their personal best is 221.53.  She is 30 and he is 31.

Iliushechkina/Moscovitch, CAN: They placed 13th at Worlds last season.  They placed 5th at Four Continents.  They placed 7th at Cup of China and 5th at NHK Trophy.  Their personal best is 180.63.  She is 24 and he is 31.

Moore-Towers/Marinaro, CAN: They won bronze at Skate Canada and placed 7th at Rostelecom Cup.  Their personal best is 174.85.  She is 23 and he is 24.

Sui/Han, CHN: They are the reigning World Silver Medalists and Four Continents Champions.  They won gold at Skate America and silver at Cup of China.  They are the 2012 and 2014 Four Continents Champions and 2010-2012 World Junior Champions.  Their personal best is 221.91.  She is 20 and he is 23.

Peng/Zhang, CHN: They finished 4th at Worlds last season.  They placed 4th at Trophee Eric Bompard and won bronze at Rostelecom Cup to qualify for the Grand Prix Final where they finished 6th.  They are the 2015 Four Continents Silver Medalists.  Their personal best is 206.63.  She is 18 and he is 31.

Wang/Wang, CHN: They placed 5th at Skate America and 4th at Cup of China.  Their personal best is 186.76.  She is 17 and he is 27.

Esbrat/Novoselov, FRA: She is 18 and he is 26.

James/Cipres, FRA: They placed 9th at Worlds last season.  They finished 4th at Europeans.  They won silver at Trophee Eric Bompard and placed 6th at NHK Trophy.  Their personal best is 185.55.  She is 28 and he is 24.

Savchenko/Massot, GER: They are the reigning European Silver Medalists.  Their personal best is 214.42.  She is 32 and he is 27.

Tankova/Krasnopolski, ISR: They finished 13th at Europeans.  Their personal best is 119.00.  She is 15 and he is 27.

Della Monica/Guarise, ITA: They finished 14th at Worlds last season.  They placed 6th at Europeans.  They finished 5th at Trophee Eric Bompard.  Their personal best is 191.98.  She is 26 and he is 27.

Marchei/Hotarek, ITA: They placed 11th at Worlds last season.  They finished 5th at Europeans.  They placed 6th at Rostelecom Cup.  Their personal best is 182.61.  She is 29 and he is 32.

Suto/Boudreau Audet, JPN: They placed 9th at Four Continents.  Their personal best is 145.33.  She is 18 and he is 22.

Butkute/Ermolaev, LTU: They finished 11th at Europeans.  Their personal best is 149.84.  She is 16 and he is 24.

Stolbova/Klimov, RUS: They finished 4th at Skate America and won gold at Rostelecom Cup to qualify for the Grand Prix Final where they won gold.  They are the 2014 Olympic Silver Medalists, 2014 World Silver Medalists and 2014 and 2015 European Silver Medalists.  Their personal best is 229.44.  She is 24 and he is 25.

Tarasova/Morozov, RUS: They placed 6th at Worlds last season and are the reigning European Bronze Medalists.  They won silver at Skate Canada and placed 7th at Trophee Eric Bompard.  They are the 2015 European Bronze Medalists and 2014 World Junior Silver Medalists.  Their personal best is 198.46.  She is 21 and he is 23.

Volosozhar/Trankov, RUS: They are the reigning European Champions.  They won gold at Trophee Eric Bompard.  They are the 2014 Olympic Champions; 2013 World Champions, 2011 and 2012 World Silver Medalists; and 2012, 2013 and 2014 European Champions.  Their personal best is 237.71.  She is 29 and he is 32.

Chtchetinina/Scherer, SUI: Their personal best is 114.60.  She is 20 and he is 23.

Kayne/O’Shea, USA: They finished 4th at Four Continents.  They finished 6th at Skate America and 4th at Rostelecom Cup.  They are the 2014 Four Continents Silver Medalists.  Their personal best is 182.02.  She is 22 and he is 25.

Scimeca/Knierim, USA: They placed 7th at Worlds last season and are the reigning Four Continents Silver Medalists.  They won silver at Skate America and bronze at NHK Trophy to qualify for the Grand Prix Final where they finished 7th.  They are the 2014 Four Continents Bronze Medalists.  Their personal best is 207.96.  She is 24 and he is 28.

Grand Prix Final Pairs Results

Short Program

Pl. Name Nation TSS
=
TES
+
PCS
+
SS TR PE CH IN Ded.
StN.
1 Ksenia STOLBOVA / Fedor KLIMOV RUS 74.84 38.95 35.89 9.04 8.75 9.04 8.96 9.07 0.00 #5
2 Yuko KAVAGUTI / Alexander SMIRNOV RUS 73.64 38.25 35.39 8.71 8.64 9.04 8.96 8.89 0.00 #6
3 Meagan DUHAMEL / Eric RADFORD CAN 72.74 38.76 34.98 8.82 8.71 8.61 8.86 8.71 1.00 #7
4 Julianne SEGUIN / Charlie BILODEAU CAN 71.16 39.25 31.91 7.79 7.75 8.14 8.07 8.14 0.00 #2
5 Xiaoyu YU / Yang JIN CHN 68.63 38.40 30.23 7.64 7.29 7.75 7.57 7.54 0.00 #3
6 Alexa SCIMECA / Chris KNIERIM USA 68.14 36.35 31.79 8.14 7.64 7.96 8.00 8.00 0.00 #4
7 Cheng PENG / Hao ZHANG CHN 65.60 35.24 31.36 7.93 7.57 7.93 7.89 7.89 1.00 #1

Free Skate

 Pl. Name Nation TSS
=
TES
+
PCS
+
SS TR PE CH IN Ded.
StN.
1 Ksenia STOLBOVA / Fedor KLIMOV RUS 154.60 79.12 75.48 9.36 9.25 9.64 9.46 9.46 0.00 #7
2 Meagan DUHAMEL / Eric RADFORD CAN 143.93 72.78 71.15 8.93 8.75 8.96 8.86 8.96 0.00 #5
3 Yuko KAVAGUTI / Alexander SMIRNOV RUS 132.95 62.55 72.40 8.93 8.93 8.89 9.36 9.14 2.00 #6
4 Julianne SEGUIN / Charlie BILODEAU CAN 129.82 64.45 66.37 8.18 8.21 8.36 8.36 8.36 1.00 #4
5 Xiaoyu YU / Yang JIN CHN 118.24 60.59 59.65 7.71 7.25 7.43 7.50 7.39 2.00 #3
6 Cheng PENG / Hao ZHANG CHN 117.44 59.23 60.21 7.79 7.43 7.39 7.64 7.39 2.00 #1
7 Alexa SCIMECA / Chris KNIERIM USA 109.28 52.61 59.67 7.68 7.43 7.11 7.64 7.43 3.00 #2

Total

FPl. Name Nation Points SP FS
1 Ksenia STOLBOVA / Fedor KLIMOV
RUS
229.44 1 1
2 Meagan DUHAMEL / Eric RADFORD
CAN
216.67 3 2
3 Yuko KAVAGUTI / Alexander SMIRNOV
RUS
206.59 2 3
4 Julianne SEGUIN / Charlie BILODEAU
CAN
200.98 4 4
5 Xiaoyu YU / Yang JIN
CHN
186.87 5 5
6 Cheng PENG / Hao ZHANG
CHN
183.04 7 6
7 Alexa SCIMECA / Chris KNIERIM
USA
177.42 6 7

Rostelecom Cup Pairs Results

Short Program

 Pl. Name Nation TSS
=
TES
+
PCS
+
SS TR PE CH IN Ded.
StN.
1 Ksenia STOLBOVA / Fedor KLIMOV RUS 75.45 40.05 35.40 8.93 8.61 9.00 8.79 8.93 0.00 #8
2 Yuko KAVAGUTI / Alexander SMIRNOV RUS 71.70 37.62 34.08 8.39 8.39 8.68 8.61 8.54 0.00 #6
3 Cheng PENG / Hao ZHANG CHN 68.10 36.70 32.40 8.11 8.04 8.18 8.21 7.96 1.00 #7
4 Valentina MARCHEI / Ondrej HOTAREK ITA 62.43 32.54 29.89 7.32 7.21 7.57 7.54 7.71 0.00 #3
5 Natalja ZABIJAKO / Alexander ENBERT RUS 60.77 33.00 27.77 7.00 6.75 7.04 6.89 7.04 0.00 #2
6 Tarah KAYNE / Daniel O SHEA USA 58.78 30.00 28.78 7.25 7.04 7.11 7.29 7.29 0.00 #5
7 Kirsten MOORE-TOWERS / Michael MARINARO CAN 51.97 25.74 28.23 7.29 7.04 6.75 7.14 7.07 2.00 #4
8 Hayleigh BELL / Rudi SWIEGERS CAN 46.53 24.38 24.15 6.11 5.89 6.07 6.07 6.04 2.00 #1

Free Skate

Pl. Name Nation TSS
=
TES
+
PCS
+
SS TR PE CH IN Ded.
StN.
1 Ksenia STOLBOVA / Fedor KLIMOV RUS 139.25 68.35 70.90 8.96 8.71 8.79 8.96 8.89 0.00 #8
2 Yuko KAVAGUTI / Alexander SMIRNOV RUS 136.32 67.50 69.82 8.50 8.50 8.79 8.96 8.89 1.00 #7
3 Cheng PENG / Hao ZHANG CHN 124.94 62.69 63.25 8.14 7.71 7.82 8.00 7.86 1.00 #6
4 Tarah KAYNE / Daniel O SHEA USA 122.45 63.92 58.53 7.36 7.21 7.29 7.43 7.29 0.00 #3
5 Natalja ZABIJAKO / Alexander ENBERT RUS 119.79 60.81 58.98 7.36 7.32 7.43 7.43 7.32 0.00 #4
6 Valentina MARCHEI / Ondrej HOTAREK ITA 115.76 55.14 60.62 7.54 7.29 7.54 7.64 7.89 0.00 #5
7 Kirsten MOORE-TOWERS / Michael MARINARO CAN 106.78 52.79 53.99 6.82 6.64 6.71 6.86 6.71 0.00 #2
8 Hayleigh BELL / Rudi SWIEGERS CAN 83.93 38.73 45.20 5.75 5.64 5.50 5.86 5.50 0.00 #1

Total

FPl. Name Nation Points SP FS
1 Ksenia STOLBOVA / Fedor KLIMOV
RUS
214.70 1 1
2 Yuko KAVAGUTI / Alexander SMIRNOV
RUS
208.02 2 2
3 Cheng PENG / Hao ZHANG
CHN
193.04 3 3
4 Tarah KAYNE / Daniel O SHEA
USA
181.23 6 4
5 Natalja ZABIJAKO / Alexander ENBERT
RUS
180.56 5 5
6 Valentina MARCHEI / Ondrej HOTAREK
ITA
178.19 4 6
7 Kirsten MOORE-TOWERS / Michael MARINARO
CAN
158.75 7 7
8 Hayleigh BELL / Rudi SWIEGERS
CAN
130.46 8 8

Rostelecom Cup Pairs Preview

Kavaguti and Smirnov squeaked out a gold medal at Cup of China despite having some of the best scores of the season.  They received Level 3s and 4s on all the elements in their short program with no negative GOEs.  They landed a throw quad salchow and a throw quad loop in their free skate, receiving full credit for both.  The only element they received a negative GOE on was their throw quad loop.  They have the best short program, 2nd best free skate and 2nd best total scores.  They need a gold or silver medal to qualify for the Final.

Moore-Towers and Marinaro started their season with a gold medal at Skate Canada.  Their short program was fairly strong, with only a negative GOE on their triple twist.  They received no credit for one of the lifts in their free skate.  While both of their programs have solid elements, they’ll need to either upgrade their side by side jumps or add a quad to keep up at Worlds at the end of the season.  A gold medal would keep them in the running for the Final.

Stolbova and Klimov were a shocking 4th at Skate America.  Their short program was a bit messy with a fall on the throw triple lutz and they received negative GOEs on two other elements.  They had an impressive side by side triple toe + triple toe + double toe in their free skate and received almost all Level 4s on their elements.  They have the 10th best short program, 8th best free skate and 9th best total scores.  They need a gold medal to keep them in the running for the Final.

Peng and Zhang have some uncertainty regarding their performance here in regards to the Final.  An announcement still hasn’t been made as to new qualification procedures, but the World Standings have been updated counting the short program results as final standings.  They finished 4th in the short program at Trophee Eric Bompard but were only a point and a half out of 2nd place. If the short program scores from Trophee Eric Bompard count as final placement, they’ll need a gold medal to keep them in the running for the Final.

Zabijako and Enbert are making their Grand Prix debut after winning the silver medal at Mordovian Ornament.  While their scores there were impressive, it has proven to be a largely over-scored event. They have the 8th best short program, 5th best free skate and 6th best total scores.

 

My podium predictions:

Gold: Kavaguti/Smirnov

Silver: Stolbova/Klimov

Bronze: Peng/Zhang

 

Bios of the competitors:

Bell/Swiegers, CAN: This is their Grand Prix debut.  She is 19 and he is 28.

Moore-Towers/Marinaro, CAN: They finished 9th at Four Continents.  They won bronze at Skate Canada.  Their personal best is 174.85.  She is 23 and he is 23.

Peng/Zhang, CHN: They finished 4th at Worlds and are the reigning Four Continents Silver Medalists.  They placed 4th in the short program at Trophee Eric Bompard.  Their personal best is 206.63.  She is 18 and he is 31.

Marchei/Hotarek, ITA: They placed 11th at Worlds and 4th at Europeans.  They withdrew from Skate Canada.  Their personal best is 175.39.  She is 29 and he is 31.

Kavaguti/Smirnov, RUS: They placed 5th at Worlds and are the reigning European Champions.  They won gold at Cup of China.  They are the 2009 and 2010 World Bronze Medalists; 2010 European Champions; 2009 and 2011 European Silver Medalists; and 2008 European Bronze Medalists.  Their personal best is 216.00.  She is 34 and he is 31.

Stolbova/Klimov, RUS: They are the reigning European Silver Medalists.  They finished 4th at Skate America.  They are the 2014 Olympic Silver Medalists, 2014 World Silver Medalists and 2014 European Silver Medalists.  Their personal best is 218.68.  She is 23 and he is 25.

Zabijako/Enbert, RUS: This is their Grand Prix debut.  Their personal best is 196.22.  She is 21 and he is 26.

Kayne/O’Shea, USA: They finished 8th at Four Continents.  They finished 6th at Skate America.  They are the 2014 Four Continents Silver Medalists.  Their personal best is 181.45.  She is 22 and he is 24.

Skate America Pairs Results

Short Program

Pl. Name Nation TSS
=
TES
+
PCS
+
SS TR PE CH IN Ded.
StN.
1 Alexa SCIMECA / Chris KNIERIM USA 69.69 39.00 30.69 7.79 7.29 7.82 7.68 7.79 0.00 #6
2 Wenjing SUI / Cong HAN CHN 68.28 35.76 32.52 8.11 7.86 8.14 8.29 8.25 0.00 #7
3 Xuehan WANG / Lei WANG CHN 64.95 37.62 27.33 6.89 6.46 7.00 6.89 6.93 0.00 #2
4 Julianne SEGUIN / Charlie BILODEAU CAN 64.85 36.16 28.69 7.11 6.82 7.32 7.21 7.39 0.00 #4
5 Ksenia STOLBOVA / Fedor KLIMOV RUS 63.41 31.29 33.12 8.36 8.25 7.93 8.57 8.29 1.00 #8
6 Tarah KAYNE / Daniel O SHEA USA 58.38 31.01 27.37 6.79 6.75 6.86 6.93 6.89 0.00 #5
7 Kristina ASTAKHOVA / Alexei ROGONOV RUS 58.25 31.66 26.59 6.64 6.43 6.71 6.71 6.75 0.00 #3
8 Jessica PFUND / Joshua SANTILLAN USA 50.20 27.42 22.78 5.96 5.54 5.57 5.79 5.61 0.00 #1

Free Skate

Pl. Name Nation TSS
=
TES
+
PCS
+
SS TR PE CH IN Ded.
StN.
1 Wenjing SUI / Cong HAN CHN 133.72 67.12 67.60 8.50 8.21 8.46 8.61 8.46 1.00 #7
2 Ksenia STOLBOVA / Fedor KLIMOV RUS 125.65 62.36 64.29 8.29 7.93 7.75 8.21 8.00 1.00 #4
3 Julianne SEGUIN / Charlie BILODEAU CAN 124.64 63.80 60.84 7.57 7.43 7.82 7.57 7.64 0.00 #5
4 Alexa SCIMECA / Chris KNIERIM USA 122.28 61.14 63.14 7.96 7.64 7.86 8.00 8.00 2.00 #8
5 Tarah KAYNE / Daniel O SHEA USA 107.61 55.75 54.86 6.96 6.71 6.75 6.93 6.93 3.00 #3
6 Xuehan WANG / Lei WANG CHN 106.82 52.95 55.87 7.25 6.82 6.96 7.07 6.82 2.00 #6
7 Jessica PFUND / Joshua SANTILLAN USA 101.20 52.46 48.74 6.32 5.82 6.11 6.21 6.00 0.00 #1
8 Kristina ASTAKHOVA / Alexei ROGONOV RUS 99.72 46.49 53.23 6.71 6.46 6.64 6.82 6.64 0.00 #2

Total

FPl. Name Nation Points SP FS
1 Wenjing SUI / Cong HAN
CHN
202.00 2 1
2 Alexa SCIMECA / Chris KNIERIM
USA
191.97 1 4
3 Julianne SEGUIN / Charlie BILODEAU
CAN
189.49 4 3
4 Ksenia STOLBOVA / Fedor KLIMOV
RUS
189.06 5 2
5 Xuehan WANG / Lei WANG
CHN
171.77 3 6
6 Tarah KAYNE / Daniel O SHEA
USA
165.99 6 5
7 Kristina ASTAKHOVA / Alexei ROGONOV
RUS
157.97 7 8
8 Jessica PFUND / Joshua SANTILLAN
USA
151.40 8 7

Skate America Pairs Preview

Three teams are making their Grand Prix debuts here, including the reigning Junior Worlds Silver Medalists.

Sui and Han finally claimed their first World medal last year, in their fourth trip to the event.  They have quads in their arsenal and sailed past the 200 point mark in their performance at Worlds.  They have never won a Grand Prix gold medal, but have won silver five times.  They’ve qualified for the Grand Prix Final twice, including last season.

Stolbova and Klimov were surprise finishers on the Olympic podium but they kept the momentum rolling with two gold medals on the Grand Prix last year before winning silver in the Final.  They went on to win silver at Europeans and then made the unprecedented move to skip the rest of the season and work on adding quads and bringing up their technical score in an attempt to win a World title.  They started their season with a win at Ondrej Nepela Trophy, but their score was well below the marks they set last season.

Astakhova and Rogonov benefited from Stolbova and Klimov’s withdrawal from Worlds and were assigned to their first ISU Championship event.  They have only competed in one Grand Prix event in their career, but they won a medal.  They won the silver medal at Ondrej Nepela Trophy, only five points behind their Russian teammates.

Scimeca and Knierim added a quad twist last season to bring up their technical firepower.  It worked, and their 7th place showing was the best for a US pair team since 2011.  They have yet to win a Grand Prix medal, but came close last season.  They started their season with a win at Nebelhorn Trophy on the strength of their free skate performance.

Wang and Wang are in the mix after winning two medals on the Grand Prix last season. Seguin and Bilodeau are the reigning Junior Worlds Silver Medalists, but they finished 5th at Nebelhorn Trophy.

 

My podium predictions:

Gold: Sui/Han

Silver: Stolbova/Klimov

Bronze: Scimeca/Knierim

 

Bios of the competitors:

Seguin/Bilodeau, CAN: They placed 8th at Worlds and are the reigning Junior Worlds Silver Medalists.  This is their Grand Prix debut.  They won gold at JGP Czech Republic and gold at JGP Germany to qualify for the Junior Grand Prix Final where they won gold.  Their personal best is 178.03.  She is 18 and he is 22.

Sui/Han, CHN: They placed 2nd at Worlds and placed 4th at Four Continents.  They won silver at Skate Canada and silver at Trophee Eric Bompard last season to qualify for the Grand Prix Final where they won bronze.  They are the 2012 and 2014 Four Continents Champions and 2010-2012 World Junior Champions.  Their personal best is 214.12.  She is 20 and he is 23.

Wang/Wang, CHN: They won bronze at Cup of China and bronze at Trophee Eric Bompard last season.  Their personal best is 181.97.  She is 17 and he is 27.

Astakhova/Rogonov, RUS: They finished 10th at Worlds.  They won bronze at Rostelecom Cup last season.  Their personal best is 185.00.  She is 18 and he is 27.

Stolbova/Klimov, RUS: They are the reigning European Silver Medalists.  They won gold at Rostelecom Cup and gold at Trophee Eric Bompard last season to qualify for the Grand Prix Final where they won silver.  They are the 2014 Olympic Silver Medalists, 2014 World Silver Medalists and 2014 European Silver Medalists.  Their personal best is 218.68.  She is 23 and he is 25.

Kayne/O’Shea, USA: They finished 8th at Four Continents.  This is their Grand Prix debut.  They are the 2014 Four Continents Silver Medalists.  Their personal best is 181.45.  She is 22 and he is 24.

Pfund/Santillan, USA: This is their Grand Prix debut.  She is 17 and he is 23.

Scimeca/Knierim, USA: They placed 7th at Worlds and 5th at Europeans.  They finished 4th at Skate America and 4th at Trophee Eric Bompard.  They are the 2014 Four Continents Bronze Medalists.  Their personal best is 192.09.  She is 24 and he is 27.

Ondrej Nepela Trophy Pairs Results

Short Program

Pl. Name Club Nation TSS
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StN.
1 Evgenia TARASOVA / Vladimir MOROZOV RUS 66.94 36.82 30.12 7.90 7.35 7.70 7.45 7.25 0.00 #1
2 Ksenia STOLBOVA / Fedor KLIMOV RUS 66.10 34.42 32.68 8.30 8.20 8.10 8.10 8.15 1.00 #10
3 Kristina ASTAKHOVA / Alexei ROGONOV RUS 60.50 33.42 28.08 7.05 6.70 7.15 7.00 7.20 1.00 #6
4 Lubov ILIUSHECHKINA / Dylan MOSCOVITCH CAN 57.38 27.70 29.68 7.40 7.40 7.40 7.45 7.45 0.00 #7
5 Gretchen DONLAN / Nathan BARTHOLOMAY USA 51.76 26.52 26.24 6.50 6.25 6.75 6.45 6.85 1.00 #5
6 Miriam ZIEGLER / Severin KIEFER AUT 47.54 26.70 20.84 5.10 4.90 5.35 5.25 5.45 0.00 #3
7 Alexandra HERBRIKOVA / Nicolas ROULET SUI 40.62 22.62 18.00 4.55 4.45 4.50 4.50 4.50 0.00 #9
8 Anna Marie PEARCE / Mark MAGYAR HUN 40.24 22.88 18.36 4.80 4.40 4.65 4.65 4.45 1.00 #4
9 Ioulia CHTCHETININA / Noah SCHERER SUI 34.40 18.00 17.40 4.60 4.25 4.30 4.40 4.20 1.00 #8
10 Paris STEPHENS / Matthew DODDS AUS 24.86 10.94 14.92 3.80 3.65 3.70 3.80 3.70 1.00 #2

Free Skate

Pl. Name Club Nation TSS
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StN.
1 Kristina ASTAKHOVA / Alexei ROGONOV RUS 124.50 64.58 59.92 7.50 7.05 7.45 7.80 7.65 0.00 #8
2 Ksenia STOLBOVA / Fedor KLIMOV RUS 124.18 59.74 65.44 8.35 8.15 7.80 8.40 8.20 1.00 #10
3 Evgenia TARASOVA / Vladimir MOROZOV RUS 117.34 56.86 60.48 8.00 7.65 7.15 7.85 7.15 0.00 #9
4 Lubov ILIUSHECHKINA / Dylan MOSCOVITCH CAN 111.66 56.58 58.08 7.30 7.45 7.00 7.35 7.20 3.00 #7
5 Miriam ZIEGLER / Severin KIEFER AUT 99.68 56.08 43.60 5.65 5.15 5.55 5.45 5.45 0.00 #5
6 Gretchen DONLAN / Nathan BARTHOLOMAY USA 93.68 46.84 49.84 6.20 6.25 6.15 6.40 6.15 3.00 #6
7 Anna Marie PEARCE / Mark MAGYAR HUN 74.10 38.62 36.48 4.55 4.55 4.60 4.60 4.50 1.00 #3
8 Alexandra HERBRIKOVA / Nicolas ROULET SUI 72.66 36.78 36.88 4.90 4.45 4.55 4.70 4.45 1.00 #4
9 Ioulia CHTCHETININA / Noah SCHERER SUI 66.36 34.88 32.48 4.45 4.15 3.75 4.20 3.75 1.00 #1
10 Paris STEPHENS / Matthew DODDS AUS 53.94 27.54 26.40 3.55 3.35 3.05 3.50 3.05 0.00 #2

Total

FPl. Name Club Nation Points SP FS
1 Ksenia STOLBOVA / Fedor KLIMOV RUS 190.28 2 2
2 Kristina ASTAKHOVA / Alexei ROGONOV RUS 185.00 3 1
3 Evgenia TARASOVA / Vladimir MOROZOV RUS 184.28 1 3
4 Lubov ILIUSHECHKINA / Dylan MOSCOVITCH CAN 169.04 4 4
5 Miriam ZIEGLER / Severin KIEFER AUT 147.22 6 5
6 Gretchen DONLAN / Nathan BARTHOLOMAY USA 145.44 5 6
7 Anna Marie PEARCE / Mark MAGYAR HUN 114.34 8 7
8 Alexandra HERBRIKOVA / Nicolas ROULET SUI 113.28 7 8
9 Ioulia CHTCHETININA / Noah SCHERER SUI 100.76 9 9
10 Paris STEPHENS / Matthew DODDS AUS 78.80 10 10