Four Continents Championships 2017 review: pairs
I continue to share my impressions from 4CC 2017. You can read the part about ice dance here.
Pairs get silver medal in my personal ranking “Most interesting competition at Four Continents Championships 2017”.
The main impression of the first warm-ups brutal man with a beard Timothy LeDuc, easily stretching his leg to the ear.
I look at Kirsten Moore-Towers and think…..ok her Michael has matured, looks stronger and no longer bends, like an aspen, under the weight of lifts, they have a solid short program…..but, Kirsten, tell me honestly, did it worth it? However, thank you very much for the “release” of Dylan, I like him in a new pair a lot.
I didn’t recognise Alexa Scimeca! No grimacing, no scary lipstick! That’s what a marrige can do with a woman) First I wanted to write that I don’t like such sweeeeet programs (too sweet to my taste), but then saw how tender they’re, how they look at each other…..So who am I to criticize! It’s their story. Welcome back guys! Do not get ill anymore!
Chen Peng clearly wanted to correct her reputation of a pair-girl who fails jumps…… and failed side by side spin for a change. Damn it! They had such a great performance of the free program! But in general, once again I admit the wisdom of the Chinese figure skating federation (yeah, I’m taking all my words back), they knew what they were doing. Both new teams turned out wonderful.
Oh, yes, I’m definitely in Xiaoyu Yu‘s fan club! What a girl! She is not only incredible beauty, but also melted the heart of big and scary Hao Zhang! Have you ever seen that Big China hugged his partner after the skate?) So no more “father and daughter” only “strong man with a young woman of an exquisite beauty”. And with a quad twist in their arsenal. Not everything turned out after it, but it was a statement.
If you ask me, whose medal at 4CC made me happy the most, no doubt I’ll answer that it was Luba and Dylan‘s bronze. Luba was so happy on the podium, it was impossible to remain indifferent. They have such a beautiful programs and this time stars were in right positions, so Luba landed her jumps! Well, how can I not be happy?!
This season doesn’t go easy for Meagan and Eric, something isn’t working. Lots of mistake and with mistakes this programs don’t make strong impression. I think frequent change of elements paid its role. Do 3a throw / don’t do, do a quad/don’t do, change of combination etc. Such rearrangements take a lot of energy and concentration. I have a clear picture, how Meagan being in Korea calls a moving company in Canada to move their thing to the skating rink, where they’re going to live till Worlds. From the positive things: Eric has a new elegant shirt; huge respect to Meagan for adopting Korean dog, she has such a big heart! It’ll be one more reason for me to cheer for her at Worlds.
Sui – Han returned and showed who is a boss) Not only to their rivals, but also to ice dancers. Because Chinese pair skaters showed such a hot blues, that ice dancer should be ashamed. Mind blowing short program and mind blowing performance! The free program isn’t so polished yet, but I’ve been singing “Bridge over troubled water” since Saturday)
Pairs became such an interesting and exciting discipline to watch! What a battle expects us at Worlds!
To be continued.
Related topics: Alexa Scimeca Chris Knierim, Ashley Cain Timothy LeDuc, Cheng Peng Yang Jin, Four Continents Championships, Kirsten Moore-Towers Michael Marinaro, Lubov Iliushechkina Dylan Moscovitch, Meagan Duhamel Eric Radford, pairs, Wenjing Sui Cong Han, Xiaoyu Yu Hao Zhang