NHK Trophy 2016: review
Purple rain, purple rain
Purple rain, purple rain
Purple rain, purple rain
I only wanted to see you
Bathing in the purple rain
Sorry, I just can’t stop singing……
Sometimes you want to take a break even from things you really love. Before NHK Trophy I found myself completely tired and morally exhausted.
‘What do you know about fatigue?’, athletes can ask me. We train, travel to competitions, compete….And you as a viewer just need to watch and enjoy. But actually it’s not an easy task to get through a six-week marathon, to live every weekend in the new time zone, deal with all working, home and personal issues to have an opportunity to watch it all.
Although, if I were a coach, and my athletes performed at each of the six Grand Prix, somewhere near Trophee de France, I would want to send it all to hell and say: ‘I’m going to SPA. Good luck.’ Fortunately, I’m not a coach.
Baby, I could never steal you from another
With pairs you can never be sure that all pairs will compete and no one will withdraw. Injuries, injuries, injuries … frankly, I’m not sure whether I need such pair skating (
The Austrians – it was sad. After all, I haven’t fallen into insanity, last year they looked a lot better, even tried a lutz! What happened?
The Germans Vartman – Blomaert also seemed promising last year. The notorious effect of second year? Just don’t show Mari their videos. If she sees how his legs are trembling in lifts, she may not have courage to do them again.
I continue to have an evil plans to steal Kayne – O’Shea’s free program together with the costumes. What a beautiful thing! But this time they delivered almost a clean skate, so maybe I’ll change my mind and let them keep it)
Wang – Wang rehabilitated themself for performance in China. Beautiful, harmonious couple, with beautiful programs and beautiful elements … ..they’re good but nothing stands out so you simple can’t remember them.
Chen Peng continues to fall on jumps even with a new partner. And why did they put jumps so close to the boards? They have high-quality programs, they’re definately not “made in China”. I like that programs are in different styles, this pair can skate not only lyrical stuff. Yang Jin with a new girl looks a bit differently – there’s something touchingly funny in him. I quite like them.
It seemed that on the short program Duhamel – Redford went straight from the plane, put on their skates in taxi, and Meagan even forgot to do a make up. Skated exactly the same way. The program doesn’t shine with such execution. The same story with the free program. But, now I know, that unsuccesful lift can make Megan speechless to such an extent that she won’t discuss their performance with her partner, husband and coach right on the ice, on the way to k&c, in the k&c and on the way out of it. I think now I’ve seen everything)
I only wanted one time to see you laughing
Something was definitely wrong with shooting in Japan. The camera showed everyone in not a complimentary way….everyone except Miyahara…..Girls, this is a conspiracy! Or Satoko lives in a ballet class.
Alaine Chartrand were rushing entire short program, ignoring music and qualitative elements. Why she rushed so much? Who was chasing her? In the free program
Octavia Alaine skated even worse. The music is beautiful, the program is interesting, but her jumps are completely thoughtless – to jump something and somehow. And the dress adds her extra kilos.
I wanted to throw a chocolate bar for Elizabet Tursynbaeva right through the screen
a BigMac menu or pizza will be even better. She somehow doesn’t fit the generally accepted belief “girls before puberty can jump everything at any second of the program”. Perhaps, if to feed her, she will jump better? Will have some energy, strengh and so on.
Looking at Yura Matsuda‘s dress for the free skate, I think I should be less critical about other Japanese costumes) This dress is just a complete fashion-disaster and should be burned immediately!
Karen Chen in the short program decided to join the club of white dresses. New dress didn’t help( But her free program is gorgeous! Karen has a great presence on the ice and she’s a performer! If one day she gets consistancy she’ll be a star.
Wakaba Higuchi‘s short program continues to seem like a bad choice for that skater. It doesn’t emphasize her strengths – speed, energy, power skating. Quite another story in the free skating: a powerful and very bright music suits her style of skating a lot, suits her jumps. Surprise, but fact – the blinding eye richness of her costume looks quite ok to me.
Maria Sotskova is a refined beauty, but I had to join those who see Adelina in her short program. Especially on the steps sequence. Unfortunately, Maria lacks speed, power and expression of sotnikova. The free program is more individual and suits her better. Strange Japanese camera created an impression that most of the program Masha was looking down at her feet and a wake-up call…..underrotations…..if she already has underrototions, what will be next…..
Satoko Miyahara in a dress for her short program reminded me of a graceful statuette of expensive Japanese porcelain. One of those that adorned the cupboards in the last century. Her short program is so beautiful and so graceful! But Miyahara falls….at home ice….well that was unexpected. The free program was very tense, and it’s understandable
the galaxy is in danger at stake was the Grand-prix Final. But Satoko and judges by the joint efforts coped with this task)
Whether it’s acclimatization, or fatigue, but in Japan Anna Pogorilaya didn’t shine as bright as at Rostelecom cup. It was evident that Anna was nervous … ..and when Anna is nervous she forgets to pay attention to her arms, to stretch her legs….that’s why this time I didn’t have a desire to say “Ah, how Pogorilaya improved in skating!” Of course, undoubtedly she’s first. Well done! But in the Final you need to skate better.
You say you want a leader
While I don’t see any positive effect for Nam Nguyen from the presence of his heart lady. Brian Orser and Co. were a better motivation)
Jason Brown‘s quad turns out only on American
land ice. It’s a pity because this season I love absolutely everything about Jason! His programs and even his costumes. Simple elegant costumes suit him a lot! So, Jason, please skate well at US Nationals, I keep my fingers crossed for you!
Deniss Vasiljevs‘s free program even without quad was one of the brightest moments of men’s event at NHK Trophy. He was fighting and did everything he could. Stephane and his student it’s such a sweet picture! My heart melt on their “We did it’.
To my complete surprise Mikhail Kolyada tried a quad lutz. There were a lot of talks that with such height on a triple he should try a quad. But talks are talks and actually to try it is a complete different thing. Well done that tried – anyway he had nothing to lose. If Salchow doesn’t turn out, it’s necessary to look for other options. But I think it’s better to look for these options at trainings and various b-competitions, because I want to see Misha minimum at European Championships, so he need to skate well at the Russian Nationals. And if I were his coach I’d go with one quad in the short and one in the free program.
It’s unfortunate that Alexei Bychenko failed to take the bronze. After all, as it turned out, it was real. Alexei, don’t get discouraged and prepare for the European Championships.
The home ice can do miracles. At Rostelecom cup Keiji Tanaka seemed to me so unpresentable and quite boring. But at NHK he was able to get bronze and I even saw some charisma in his skating!
Marina Olegovna burned Nathan‘s Alladin costume) But instead someone gave him a contact of Patrick’s previous/current (?) designer….the one who loves guipure in men’s costumes) His short program is really cool. This time I appreciate the step sequence – it’s tasteful and has some ballet moves. The free program is still exists on executed quads and Borodin’s music. And Rafael appeared in K&c…..so now he’s his coach? What’s going on? Brazilian soap opera)
By the way, why Marina ignored the Grand-prix in Japan? Just couldn’t leave Shibs and Patrick (oh, I really do understand her :) )
Historically, Yuzuru performs amazingly at the home Grand prix. So, you can just relax and enjoy his performances. For a clean quadruple loop I will control myself … ..I will be silent … ..Oh no, sorry Yuzuru, you’re cool, your performance was cool but your lavender costume just killing me) Historically, Yuzuru also skates amazingly at the GPF, so, can we just relax and wait for the record?
Meanwhile somewhere in America … … .deep in the night….Adam Rippon’s phone was blowing up from the messages, “Dude, pack you things, you’re going to Marseilles.”
It’s such a shame our friendship had to end
The Japanese outdid Chinese in their dislike to ice dance) Put them not just early in the morning, but moved to another day, before gala)
The free dance of Kaliszek – Spodyrev cheers me up at any time, even early in the morning. Why none of the top duets took this theme?(
I continue to demand to bring a stylist for the French Marie-Jade and Romain and to burn their costumes to FD just right now. They’re an interesting pair, with interesting elements. Though you’re expect either throw or twist from them … and her short dresses only reinforces this impression! And they also deserve a more interesting dances.
I didn’t expect miracle from Sinitsina – Katsalapov in Japan (plus Japan is an unfortunate Grand-prix for them). But losing to US 4-5th pair it’s more than just a bad result( I’d like to ask fans of this pair, what do you do during their twizzles? I mean, do you close your eyes? Drink cognac? Vodka? I’m not mocking. I try to learn from other’s experience, because I also have favorite skaters with problematic elements.
I also liked their FD in Japan more than in China, but the dance still lacks some sparkle and fire …Maybe Victoria should really hit him during a “fight” in the middle of their dance? Well, do what you want, but you need to turn on and somehow turn on your partner.
I like Hawayek – Baker since they were juniors. But the last few years I had a feeling that Krylova didn’t have time for them. When Kaitlin and Jean-Luc suddenly become a first pair for their coach things seem to go much better. I like both of their dances. I like that they are so different. Their SD is one of the few hip-hop that really looks great. The secret of their FD is simple – this style suits them a lot and classical music brings it onto the next level.
Most of Anna Cappellini‘s dresses I marked as “I want it in my closet” and the polka dot dress is not an exception – so charming, as well as their short dance. I don’t want to talk about the scores and judging … .I’m very glad that Anna and Luca skated last and closed the whole GP series. It was a great demonstration that ice dance can be different, that not all dances should be in this fashionable lyrical cantilena style. It was a bright ending and a well-deserved standing ovation! There is something terribly wrong in the fact that we will not see them in the Final.
If actual skating, dancing and skating skills are still mean something in ice dance, than Gabriella and Guillaume just had to lose the SD to Tessa and Scott. I had doubts about who should win the free dance. But the French were nervous … .This was evident. I think only now came a recognition of the fact that they train with their main rivals … ..on one ice … .every day … with the same coaches…..and it’s tough. They didn’t have such an experience. But the Grand Prix Final will be in France, so I wouldn’t be so nervous.
Tessa and Scott regained the world record in the short dance. For my taste, this record must belong to their Olympic SD, but still there is some kind of higher justice…. I may not like their costumes, Scott’s hairstyle … … but when they dance like this (I don’t even want to say skate, because they’re real dancers on ice) who cares about costumes and hairstyles! I can lose my mind of their step sequence, they do elements as one person….I even can reconcile with the style of their FD..
.but I’d gladly remove the vocals from the second part. Yet, they always had something special … ..
I congratulate us all, we somehow survived this marathon! It’s necessary to have a rest …… necessary to clear your head, to take a little break from figure skating to fully experience the range of emotions from the Grand Prix Final!
Related topics: Anna Cappellini Luca Lanotte, Anna Pogorilaya, Cheng Peng Yang Jin, Gabriella Papadakis Guillaume Cizeron, grand prix, ice dance, Jason Brown, Kaitlin Hawayek Jean-Luc Baker, ladies, Maria Sotskova, Meagan Duhamel Eric Radford, men, Nathan Chen, NHK Trophy, pairs, Satoko Miyahara, Tarah Kayne Daniel O Shea, Tessa Virtue Scott Moir, Victoria Sinitsina Nikita Katsalapov, Wakaba Higuchi, Yuzuru Hanyu