Ricky looks SO much more relaxed so far this season. He looks as if he'd learned the same lesson Ashley Wagner learned about taking her time and pacing herself. May it do him as much good as it's done her!
ETA: Also, would someone please remind me what his FS music is? I've forgotten.
Last edited by Wyliefan; 08-06-2012 at 04:02 PM.
Charter member of the "We Always Believed in Ashley" Club and the "We Believe in Ricky" Club
Ricky's music choices for this year, according to IceNetwork:
SP Music: "With or Without You" by U2
FS Music: "The Wild Ones" by Lou Busch, "Harlem Nocturne" by Earle Hagen and Dick Rogers, "Rooftops" by Danny Elfman
Some more thoughts:
* Stephen Carriere is really much more interesting in person than he comes across on TV or on YouTube. Very fast and powerful around the ice, and his jumps are beautiful and very strong when on.
* Sean Rabbitt has made huge improvements this year (and keeps improving year on year), and it made all the more sense when I heard he'd just switched to Tammy Gambill. With continued progress, I could easily see him breaking into the top 2 groups of skaters at Nats this year.
* It's good to see Mirai looking solid and steady at this point in the season, but I'd love to see some competitive fire and killer instinct in her. Looking forward to seeing her work on speed, attack, and holding out positions more (for example, the ina bauers are only done halfway now and seem to last for only a split second).
Last edited by Doubletoe; 08-07-2012 at 12:22 AM.
The Glacier Falls Men's LP was an instructive competition to attend because the field was big enough that you could see clear demarcations of talent and development between each flight of skaters.
The first flight had skaters with the lowest level of skating skills and minimal choreography. I remember feeling like one skater in particular just seemed to skate in circles around the rink, going from one end to the other to try to land jumps. Relation to the music was practically non-existent.
The second flight had skaters with noticeably better skating skills and some individually good elements, but they had difficulty putting the elements together to form a program that really flowed or expressed the music.
The third flight had skaters with even better skating skills and more technical ability. The programs were starting to try to express things, but there wasn't enough execution to leave an overall impression. (Sean Rabbitt excepted!)
The final flight had the best skating skills and the most technically capable skaters, and also programs that could captivate. Skaters in this group could express the character of the music, combine the elements into something that didn't seem like just a collection of elements, and also show some performance ability. (Brandon Mroz excepted!)
Overall it was a great experience, and I will gladly go again next year if there's a lineup that's as good as this one.
I was doubtful of Dornbush's SP music choice, but it actually works. I didn't care that much for his FS in the video, but I'm sure it will improve a lot over the course of the season.
Lurved, lurved, lurved Jason Brown's free program. Amazing transitions, great choreography!
I meant to take the high road.... but I missed the exit.
The videos started going up on Icenetwork.
I've included Senior/Junior SP & FS as well as some TES/PCS scores here: http://unseenskaters.wordpress.com/2...allenge-pairs/
"Randy [Starkman (1960-April 16, 2012)] lived by the same motto as the rest of us. The Olympics isn’t every four years, it’s every single day. He just got it." --Canadian Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden
I watched the competition so far only selectively, but it was hugely enjoyable.
Dornbush- what a great SP for him. Totally right direction to take. Contrast of slow and fast movements very effective ( my only nitpicking is that he finishes slow movements beautifully, now he needs to finish fast movements just a tiny bit more so that they do not look sloppy ). What a gorgeous Quad. Loved the SP!
Brown- love his SP, as well, though maybe not the costume.
Sean Rabbitt was awesome, so joyful and musical. Also awesome, in a totally different way, Jonathan Cassar. Even with the tinkly piano version, his "Les Miz" will be mezmerizing.
More to enjoy later Such a nice gift, a good summer competition.
improving my ballad- like lines
Polina Edmunds absolutely killed in in the SP. That's a performance that could win Junior Worlds. Wow! Selena Zhao and Avery Kurtz were also nice to watch. Kaitlyn Gaither is a beautiful skater with incredible skating skills and beautifully long lines. She's a stunner.
My compliments to Hurd Video for shooting these, and to IN for getting it done so fast. The competition ended on Sunday night, the DVDs were FedEx'd on Tuesday, in New York on Wednesday, and here it is today (Thursday) and they are on IceNetwork!!
Last edited by crzesk8dad; 08-09-2012 at 10:22 PM.
Mariah Bell is so adorable! All the coaches watching can't help but smile at her skating. She looks like she's almost ready for the JGP. Just needs to get a little more stamina to finish off her second 3F and 3Z cleanly.
Little Karen Chen is *amazing*! She's going to be like Elena Radionova, beating all the best junior skaters domestically (including Julia Lipnitskaya) but not being old enough to compete at JGP yet. Is that 3Z-3R she attempted at the beginning?! The 2A-3T in the second half (!) looks close to being rotated. She had such good height/speed on the 2A, just needs a little more to get that 3T clean. I love how she can just *fly* across the ice in her tiny little framework. Her spins are so good, too, especially the last layback spin into Bielmann, wow! Plus really good musicality/performance and choreography. Just astonishingly good at her age!
Polina Edmunds looks ready for JGP! Elena Radionova will definitely have some competition.
I hope Edmunds or Bell gets a JGP (sending both is probably too much to ask for).
Not as impressed with K Chen as I hoped, but she's still young.
I loved J Ten's sp (I just started with senior men's short)