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    Gretchen Donlan/Andrew Speroff appreciation thread

    I thought it was high time somebody started a thread about this awesome team!

    They are amazing, and I really hope they stick together for a long time.

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    Really love this team and they have so much more potential then they showed at Skate America. Hoping it was just first time nerves of skating at their first Senior Grand Prix. They obviously need to make jumps their priority. although I did see them landing their jumps in practice. not sure what it is going to take to transfer that to their performances.

    Surprised that their throws were soo off, the throws that they did during the practices at Skate America were gorgeous, amoung the biggest and the best of all the teams. Possibly too much adreneline during the performances.

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    Geeze, how disappointing to see less than a handful of responses to this topic.

    I finally saw my favorite pair team skate live for the very first time this past weekend at SA, and they did *not* disappoint!

    First things first, hands down they are the best looking pair team I've ever seen in my lifetime (tied with G&G). Holy Cow, you got to see them in person, that's all I have to say, you must see them in person.

    I was so blown away by their looks, presence, et al, that I honestly forgot the mistakes, lol.

    That said, they really need to land the jumps and add difficulty in their lifts to move on up. And also some dynmaic music might help them more with the audience, to get the audience involved. Jmho.

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    ^^ I'm sure more positive responses are coming. I too love this team and wish them all the best as they continue to develop. What a great moment witnessing their gorgeous fp at Nationals in January (even if it was not live but on IN). Keep working hard and gaining in strength and confidence, Gretchen and Andrew!

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    I've been a fan of this elegant pair from the first time I saw them debut as a junior level team. Here are some links that I've posted in the U.S. Pairs thread in GSD:

    Donlan/Speroff's new official site debuted on FSO over the summer: http://www.figureskatersonline.com/donlan-speroff/

    Donlan/Speroff's Nebelhorn SP to "Nocturne" by Ennio Morricone (from the Lady Caliph soundtrack): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnLQJUOZJZY
    Both landed the sbs 3T but it looks like she got the < call. Her head didn't get low enough on the BO death spiral so it didn't count.

    Donlan/Speroff's 3rd place Nebelhorn FS (102.14) to Tchaikovsky's "Sleeping Beauty": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oev9MmPtaPY

    And from the Nebelhorn Trophy thread in Kiss and Cry:
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    Donlan/Speroff Gala performance- http://youtu.be/QmXsgqdy_Rk Posted by Tatjana2541. God bless them for posting this video!
    It is breathtaking!
    (They brought back "Time to Say Goodbye.")

    Donlan/Speroff's next competition is Ice Challenge (Senior B) in Graz, Austria, Nov. 6-10, 2012.
    Last edited by Sylvia; 10-25-2012 at 02:59 AM.
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    Donlan/Speroff are completely exquisite. Her physical and stylistic resemblance to Katia is eerie. I especially noticed it last week. And Andrew looks like a more elegant version of Charlie White. Wish SkAm could have been a bigger coming out party for them; I'm sure nerves played a big part.

    But if they don't get the 4CC SP min in Graz in Nov, they're in trouble, right? There will be no other chance to get it before 4CC?

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    Loved the "Time to Say Goodbye" exhibition--they're really lovely skaters!! Hope that they can find a way to conquer those nerves in competition (and a way to get her head just low enough to make the BODS COUNT!!!)!
    BARK LESS. WAG MORE.

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    I am quite sure that Donlan and Speroff could probably use some extra encouragement right now from the fans. You can go to their official website and send them an email.

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    I love Donlan/Speroff and hope that they have a great experience in Nov. at their next international!!!

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    They did take the silver in Austria, but it was by far, not their best.
    They have two new programs for 2013. They dropped their 2012 short after just one year. The new short looks much, much better, see Detroit show short (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJaElPRzI78). Their Long is also brand new and looks like they are still working out kinks...see it here...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFOJH...MfUBP3jC-KT_Ag

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    Wow. Their Meditation SP is every kind of exquisite. If they compete it well it will be up there with Shen and Zhao's, which is saying a LOT. What a gorgeous, special pair. You just want that SP to go on and on. It seems to breathe! The Sleeping Beauty is not there yet, but the SBS spins are fabulous, as is that unflippinbelievable long lift that follows. I also really like the moment where he stands still and she dances for him (hope that was intentional). It is in character. But where is the fishdive??

    Thanks for reviving this thread. They have that elusive " it" factor -- here's praying they can conquer their demons. Fingers crossed for this season.

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    HeatherC has uploaded a better quality of their FS at Skate Detroit ("Pas de Deux" from The Nutcracker): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMfzm6iisMo

    I believe D/S' next competition will be Cranberry Open in mid-August.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylvia View Post
    HeatherC has uploaded a better quality of their FS at Skate Detroit ("Pas de Deux" from The Nutcracker): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMfzm6iisMo
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    Oopsie. I am mixng up my Tchaikovsky chestnuts. Thank you for the polite correction!

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    I like this team too. I *think* we've had the pleasure of seeing them in Aston, PA (Liberty Summer Comps - although not @ this year's comp, & Eastern Sectionals). Hope they have a great season.

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    Happy 20th Birthday - two days late (11/18) - to Gretchen Donlan!

    Donlan/Speroff won their first international gold medal (160.19 total, 56.63 SP, 103.56 FS) at Ondrej Nepela Trophy in Bratislava, Slovakia in early October. Their "Meditation from Thais" SP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXsErsmWpcg

    They currently are in Graz, Austria, for their second Senior B - Ice Challenge - SP is on Friday, Nov. 22nd and FS on Saturday the 23rd. There will be a live stream for this competition - link to be posted later.
    Last edited by Sylvia; 11-20-2013 at 11:45 PM.
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    Senior Pairs SP is scheduled to begin tomorrow (Friday) at 18:15 in Graz (12:15 pm Eastern) and Gretchen/Andrew skate 3rd of 6 pairs.

    ETA link to Ice Challenge live stream thread in TV Alerts forum: http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/show...(Graz-Austria)

    Anastasia Cannuscio's tweeted photo from Graz: http://instagram.com/p/g-HNBoHQlt/
    Last edited by Sylvia; 11-22-2013 at 12:35 PM. Reason: To correct time
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    They are so beautiful to watch. It is so frusterating they don't skate cleanly. I hope if they do they would get the marks they deserve, but even then it would be hard as judges like consistent skaters who build up their reputations.

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