US Pairs 2012-13 news & updates

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  1. carriemarie

    carriemarie New Member

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    Yes they did.
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  3. Sylvia

    Sylvia Whee, summer club comps!

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    Thanks! Here are direct links to 3 SP videos from the Summer Chiller competition (I'll cross-post them in the US Club Competitions thread in Kiss and Cry):

    Davis/Ladwig: http://www.news-press.com/videonetwork/1704051830001/Mark-Ladwig-and-Lindsay-Davis

    Zhang/Bartholomay: http://www.news-press.com/videonetwork/1704051843001/Felicia-Zhang-and-Nate-Bartholomay

    Kayne/O'Shea: http://www.news-press.com/videonetwork/1704062925001/Tarah-Kayne-and-Danny-O-Shea

    ETA that I missed reading this article yesterday that includes comments by the skaters following their short program performances on Saturday: http://www.marcoislandflorida.com/a...katium?odyssey=tab|mostpopular|text|FRONTPAGE
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  4. aftershocks

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    Thanks for the links.

    Very promising pairing of Davis/ Ladwig. Debut performance jitters apparent and they need to work more on unison and perfecting their lifts, but I like what I see, and I love their music!
  5. carriemarie

    carriemarie New Member

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    I thought all 3 teams looked good for June- speed of Kayne/O'Shea was nice and a better mature look from Zhang/Bartholomay - Mark looks good with Lindsay- takes courage to get out there in June especially with video all around!
  6. olympic

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    Z/B - did she double the throw jump? Couldn't tell! Also, I hope they upgrade the SBS jumps from 2x. But, yes, they looked really polished for June.
  7. carriemarie

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    She is recovering from hip injury- is only allowed to do up to 2 axel and double throws- should be upgraded by Liberty
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  8. olympic

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    OK. Good to know. Thanks. Perhaps their great performances from the end of last season have created a hunger for this season, because they both just seemed to be attacking this program (despite the doubles)
  9. carriemarie

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    Agreed- I saw the long today and I think they are moving into that top 5 grouping this season...promising for June!
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    MissIzzy New Member

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    Can you give us details about how everyone skated? :fan:
  11. Sylvia

    Sylvia Whee, summer club comps!

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  12. carriemarie

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    Long was only performed by Zhang/ Bartholomay and Kayne/O'Shea

    Z/B: skated to WSS and had improved speed than last season- 3 twist (small crash) both throws doubles because of her recovering injury (I was told by Mom in audience)- sbs 2 axels with steps before and 3 toe skip 3 toe series- again she only did doubles, but his was rock solid. Nice "Maria" slow piece, they were both deep into character...Great difficult lifts- last one with carry at end into end position.

    K/O: This team has a great speed- solid sbs 3 sals, she went down on 2 axel series- lifts good- (they also end program with lift) 3 sal throw huge but fall and a big double twist- Rachmaninov long- they seem to relate to each other very well considering it was (I heard) her first pair competition- fun to see this team develop through "boot camp" of Liberty and Indy-
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  13. Sylvia

    Sylvia Whee, summer club comps!

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    Thanks, carriemarie.

    According to the local article (see post #83 for link): "[Tarah] Kayne recently missed a month of action with a torn ligament in her ankle" and Zhang/Bartholomay "have bypassed jumps and throws for several weeks after [Felicia] Zhang took a bad fall."

    SP detailed protocols for Davis/Ladwig, Zhang/Barthomay, Kayne/O'Shea (plus GBR's Kemp/King): http://www.icejudge.com/documents/competitions/copfsc/2012/results/SEGM008.html

    FS detailed protocols for Zhang/Bartholomay and Kayne/O'Shea: http://www.icejudge.com/documents/competitions/copfsc/2012/results/SEGM011.html
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    Sylvia Whee, summer club comps!

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    :eek:

    Still getting used to typing the new team's names.

    I've edited in the correction. :D
  16. Sylvia

    Sylvia Whee, summer club comps!

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    Todd Sand and Jenni Meno will coach 4 teams at the Los Angeles Open in mid-July: Marley/Brubaker, Jessica Calalang/Zack Sidhu (JGP-eligible), Chelsea Liu/Devin Perini (novice champs, now junior), and Lianna Thomas/David Botero (new novice team).

    Jessica Pfund/AJ Reiss (JGP-eligible), coached by Peter Oppegard, are also making their season debut at LA Open, along with Elise Middleton/Robert Hennings, who are staying Novice (they were 5th in Novice at 2012 Nationals).

    ETA: Christina "Divette" Zaitsev/Ernie Utah Stevens (4th in Novice at Nationals, JGP-eligible) will skate their Junior programs in exhibition at a competition in Troy, Ohio the same weekend as LA Open.

    @KiriBaga tweeted today:
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  17. Ziggy

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    That's a good decision by Baga. She didn't have a full arsenal of triples and her slight build is perfect for pairs.

    Good luck on that skary twist. ;)
  18. olympic

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    Wait. Sorry. Who is Kiri skating with?
  19. mgobluegirl

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    Taylor Toth.

    And Ziggy, I don't think Baga has said anything yet about giving up singles.
  20. Sylvia

    Sylvia Whee, summer club comps!

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    Kiri Baga already has competed in singles this season and plans to continue - she's in USFS' International Selection Pool for singles and still JGP age-eligible at 17. Baga/Toth are scheduled to compete (debut?) at Indy Challenge in early August - Jeremy Allen is their pairs coach in Chicago.
  21. rfisher

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    Divaette and Utah! :cheer2: I so hope these two kids stay together. Such potential.
  22. Sylvia

    Sylvia Whee, summer club comps!

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    I've started an Indy Challenge competition thread in the 2012-13 Kiss and Cry forum: http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/showthread.php?t=84192

    It looks like Dalilah Sappenfield's and Meno/Sand's teams are electing not to compete at Indy this year.

    For those who want to watch the exhibition programs of Yankowskas/Reagan (starting around the 21:30 min. mark) and Marley/Brubaker (26:00 min. mark) at last month's "Skate for Hope," video of the entire show is now up at IceNetwork: http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/showthread.php?p=3613473#post3613473
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  23. carriemarie

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    Thanks Sylvia...Not a great "start" for Caitlin and Josh: 2 throw sal, fall on 2 toe, shaky "standing still" simple Swan lift, I can see why they aren't competing at Indy now...I predict a withdrawal from Skate Detroit with Camp Delilah showing up in force.
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  25. Wyliefan

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    Her nickname is "Divette"? Really?? I've got to hear how that came about! :lol:
  26. Sylvia

    Sylvia Whee, summer club comps!

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    Just checked the 2012 U.S. Nationals Novice Pairs play-by-play thread in the FSU Archives, and it looks like rfisher first nicknamed Zaitsev/Stevens "Utah and Divaette" (Utah is Stevens' middle name) and oleada used "Divette." So which should we go with - "Divaette" or "Divette"? ;)

    ETA: Thanks for the Brianna de la Mora/Taylor Wilson interview, icemusings!
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  27. Clarice

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    I think "Divette" flows better. :)
  28. Wyliefan

    Wyliefan Well-Known Member

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    Agreed!

    But what I want to know is, why? In a sport full of divas to begin with, you must have to do something really spectacular to get that moniker tacked onto you. ;)
  29. rfisher

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    because she is a diva in training. Exquisite lines and carriage. And who could not want to call Ernie Stevens Utah? I will be crushed if they split apart.
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  30. shan

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    Same here.

    I'm glad the Divette nickname didn't fall by the wayside. :)
  31. Rochelle

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    :rofl: I'll have to let Christina know that her nickname of Divette is sticking. She's a relatively chill kid off the ice. :)

    Ernie Utah will be starting college at Butler this fall (about a 15 minute drive from their training rink), and Christina's parents coach them... so barring the unforseeable injury / growth spurt / quitting / meltdown / partner struggling w/ learning triples / etc. circumstances, I imagine their partnership still has life remaining in it.
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    :cheer2:
  33. Sylvia

    Sylvia Whee, summer club comps!

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    Speaking of Ernie Utah Stevens :), here's a nice blurb that was published about him in his high school newspaper last month when he graduated from Trinity High School in Louisville, KY: http://my.hsj.org/Schools/Newspaper...d_by_US_Figure_Skating_and_Republic_Bank.aspx

    And here's another article from the same source in March 2011 about his training/commuting schedule, his transition from singles to pairs, and his Juvenile and Intermediate level success with "Divette" in spite of his broken toe before Intermediate Nationals in November 2010: http://my.hsj.org/Schools/Newspaper...or_Stevens_its_all_about_getting_back_up.aspx
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    I'm pretty sure the most recent article listed is going off of somewhat old information (it is a high school publication, but hey, the first article was better than many of the articles we come across ;) ):

    That's kinda true... they did compete at the Novice level for the 2012 Nationals where they placed 4th. But those were in January. The rest of 2012 the expectation is that they'll compete in the Junior level. ;) (Entered in Junior at Troy, and Indy Challenge - -as well as added to the ISP (International Selection Pool)). They will take their junior test in August.
  35. Sylvia

    Sylvia Whee, summer club comps!

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    Thanks, Rochelle! Stevens mentioned the "2012 Junior Olympics in Austria" as a goal in the March 2011 article -- I assume he meant the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, but it turned out they weren't eligible to be selected because they competed at the Novice level in the 2011-12 season (not sure they were age-eligible in any case?).

    I've learned their SP music is from the film soundtrack of Cocoon.
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  36. icelover

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    Has anyone seen the pairs events at the LA Open?
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    Tim LeDuc posted on fb today he is signed up for Indy. Does anyone know who he is skating with?
  40. Sylvia

    Sylvia Whee, summer club comps!

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    Looks like DeeDee Leng! She won the 2009 U.S. junior ladies title at the age of 15. Leng, now 18, last competed in the fall of 2009 (JGP in Lake Placid) and then withdrew from the rest of that season due to a back injury.
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