French people are very creative. They always come up with something new even in figure skating competitions: k&c corner on the third floor and elevator or non-standard approach to the presentation of the participants. And I really liked it.
Favorites of cameramen: people who were eating something (I watched the Russian channel, so they were eating under relentless tirade from Tarasova about weight), pigeons (they could be the symbol of this Grand-prix) and Brian Joubert (each his appearance on the big screen was accompanied by a weary sigh of a female audience, and oh, I do understand them).
Pairs are a dying breed( Only 6 pairs got to Paris.
Lovely Austrians screwed everything that was possible. The positive thing – she has very beautiful dress for the free pgoram.
Marissa and Mervin have excellent presentation, confident and determined. Unfortunately there weren’t much to present.
Zabijako / Enbert‘s short program is a great match for them. Images of the characters from another era fit them like a glove. They also look a bit like from another era – another era of pair skating. This can be their thing. But I really hope they will add some more speed and power into their skating. I have only one question about FP: why only 2a throw? 3a isn’t ready, but why to loose points?
Vanessa James – Morgan Ciprès is my personal crush in pair skating) Such a beautiful couple, with their own style. I often criticize them for complexity they can’t cope with, but it’s only because I like them and wish them medals! They do not listen to me, and probably, do a right thing) This time an attempt of quad was close to success. Their fp amazed me so much, so being in the heat of passion I demand a gold medal for the French team! Anyway no one actually deserved it here.
Finally Tarasova / Morozov have decent programs. Let not trendy, but at least fresh and without naphthalene. Their elements are so great. But I think they lacks some good sporting arrogance and self-confidence. I have no question about their SP – it’s very nice.
But in the free program the first thing I want to do it’s to give them a couple of deductions for tastelessness. I just don’t understand how a pair, who competes at such a high level, can wear this! especially against smartly dressed rivals? Maybe Austrians can borrow them costumes?) I would like to say that quad twist takes a lot of energy, so they hadn’t enough concentration for the combination, but it’s always like this with them – someone, somewhere will screws up something (
Wardrobe troubles continue to haunt Aliona Savchenko. Even dresses can’t withstand her pressure and desire for technical difficulty. I like their short – playful, humorous and hiding Bruno‘s flaws. Free program is beautiful, in trending style of Lounge FM, but it does not hide Bruno’s weaknesses. I would like to look only at Aliona …… but he takes a lot of screen space. Honestly, I don’t think they really skated on the gold, even if we add some points for Aliona’s gorgeous dress. Nothing would have happened, if judges had put them second. Sometimes, it’s even useful.
Nazarova / Nikitin left Zhulin but continue to skate his favorite ‘lovely freaky’. It’ was 100% his pair, They’re so nice and have so much new interesting elements! Tarasova also pointed out their creative approach to programs.
If the French Marie-Jade Lauriault – Romain Le Gac get out from their tasteless costumes and have dances which highlight their strengths – will be WOW. Because they have very interesting elements and lots of potential.
Isabella Tobias in her jumpsuit (with no mm without sequins) in the short dance reminded me of Barbra Streisand. So, I couldn’t help myself, I wanted to sing Barbra Streisand UUUUUUUUUUUUUUU. Their Nutcracker turned in a retro style, but it has been repeatedly proved that Tchaikovsky can help anyone in PCS)
I’d like say what I really think about Ilyinykh – Zhiganshin‘s performances in Paris, but I’m afraid, their fans will find and beat me. Better I’ll be delicately silent. I can only say that the question “What pair has been doing since January?” remains open. It remains to see what Katsalapov will show us in China, and then decide whether Elena and Ruslan can start to learn rumba right now.
Gilles / Poirier FD for me was the brightest impression from ice dance at Trophee de France. It’s a real tango. When people are actually dancing, rather than jumping like a goat, kicking feet and show passion all over the face. Oh…how he looks at her….goosebumps all over my skin) Ok, I’ll just say it: in this dance partners want each other. It’s a shame that we won’t see them at GP Final, but you can never ralax on twizzles(
Well, I try to ignore Hubbell / Donohue‘s short dance. I try to focus on their feet and their skating. For such a horror instead of sensual blues for this couple, I plan to visit Dubreuil Lauzon in nightmares. I wasn’t enthusiastic about their free dance, but second competition in a row it touches me a lot. Tender and heartfelt story of the relationship. I think I can watch for hours how they are holding their hands)
I’ll never again watch early records of the dances, ever again! Because when I saw such video of Papadakis / Cizeron‘s SD I was horrified . After their performance at Trophee de France – hats off. So dancing, so effortless, the dance flies in one second. I don’t like their costumes, but when people skate like this, costumes are the last thing you pay attention to.
But their FD didn’t charmed me….People, what’s wrong with me? I can see how qualitatively it’s done, how effortless executed, I see the idea and how it embodies … ..I give credit to this meaningful work, but it doesn’t carry me away…Maybe, I need a certain philosophical mindset? Perhaps, for me, as a representative of a very earthly sign of the zodiac, such dances are just not very close … ..? Eh. Maybe, this dance will ‘win over me’ during the season.
This time, Misha Ge didn’t really impressed me. He was focused on the jumps, so there was no usual freedom in his performance.
Ok, I’m ready to join Jorik Hendrickx‘s fanclub. I respect people who get maximum out of that minimum nature gave them. This time I can’t shake the song from his SP out of my head. Whatever is happenning in his free program, it lasts toooo long. Even fan club membership does not help)
I love Takahito Mura no matter what blouses he wears. Sorry, just can’t pass by his blouses) In the short it’s made of a tablecloth from revolution times. In the FP it’s a shiny lizard suit. Apparently made by the same designer, the author of last season’s ‘ruptured pillow”. *Now it’s time for Japanese fans and fans of Ilinykh Zhiganshin to unite and beat me together* But I like his skating, it’s so deep and passionate! The music with the inner nerve suits him a lot. So, I’m looking forward to see this programs skated clean!
I like Nathan Chen in training clothes more. Did Marina really approved this Aladdin costume and velvet coat from the times of Charlie White sultanate? Wonderful short to a great music, it ennobled him a lot. His jumps are fantastic, even those he fell on. Of course with four quads in the free program there were no space for transition and choreo, but the music is very helpful. So, it was Borodin who worked on major part of PCS)
At the US Nationals we’ll be a great battle between jumpers and performers. And no matter how it ended, I know I will miss some of them at the major competitions. In his free progam Adam Rippon was amazing and touching. This program leaves a feeling of light grief. During his performance a desire to look at the table with tech haven’t appeared even for a second – it all did not matter. Compared to his free his short program looked a bit ‘under his level’ because we’ve seen that he’s capable of much more.
If there’s man in the world who is able to get Denis Ten back in the game it’s definately Nikolai Morozov. And if it was necessary to give him a warhorses programs, call the spirit of Takahashi’s techno-swan and throw away all transitions from the first part of his free program, ok I can take it) Because I really want to see Denis skating to his potential again.
Now I know that it’s better to watch Javier Fernandez on TV (I have less questions about his PCS marks). Looking at Javi’s new costume for the short program I start to understand why Patrick is wearing his old…..someone definately stole it) Javi, give Patrick his clothes back and sew something colorful! Your program will only benefit. All this modern concepts are not for your. Bring back the Spanish flavor to the Spanish program!
Elvis is for sure his “character”, so he has no need in Elvis’ costume to rock and look damn hot in this free program. It’s a pity, not two see two clean skates in a row, Javi also has failed in a famouse puddle near the board, which has been already visited by so many people that day.
Alena Leonova skated Zhulin’s dream program “Vivaldi and only Vivaldi” and had troubles on every jump( Heartbreaking performance, hope she’ll recover soon.
I will love Mao Asada till the end of her career and even longer. In joy and sorrow, in ups and downs. Without jumps … .but I have never seen her as beautiful as this season.
Gracie Gold‘s troubles reached short program ( Neither sparkling dress nor lovely hairdo was able to save the impression from her free program. It’s time for dramatic changes, the more she waits the less time it remains till the Olympics.
I’d call Laurine Lecavelier the main discovery and impression of the women’s competition in France. She’s a charming skater with bright individuality.
Gabrielle Daleman was absolutely gorgeous in the short program. This program, music and even cobras on the dress suit her a lot. Her 3-3 combination is just to die for! The free program didn’t turn out, when she’ll learn how two skate two clean programs she’ll be a very dangerous rival to everyone. It was painful too watch her almost crying in the k&C, come on, it’s just a GP. Think better about Olympics, because team Canada really needs a solid girl for the Olympic Team Event.
Wakaba Higuchi – young hope of the Japanese figure skating. She may not have beautiful lines, graceful posture, but this girl has a star quality, because she’s has lots of charisma. I don’t really like her short program, I don’t think it was a best choice for her. But the free program was very cool and impressed me a lot. She has such a great speed and lot’s of energy.
Maria Sotskova is an aristocrat from figure skating. She has such a refined look. I like her free program more, I think it suits her and hides a little her lack of speed and not really good skating skills. Her ability to save the jumps with such height and such long legs deserves a special admiration. It was a decent debut. Something tells me that Masha has very good chance to qualify this season for the European and World Championships.
Evgenia Medvedeva – charming, her skating looks effortless and killingly consistant (who cares about that one fall). The fact that her programs make great impression is only Evgenia’s merit, not choreographer’s. All these jumps on the rope, sirens, 911, voices should be throwed out of her programs! She deserves and capable of much more than pantomime. But I’m afraid they will not risk to try a new choreographer in the Olympic season (
Well, that’s all. I probably should start saving my nerves for GP in China)