http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrrTS6mcAoM I'm thrilled with their chemistry.
I hope someone tells Natasha to throw out her gum next time.
Does anyone have a video link for Mt/M's short yesterday at slc? I tried YouTube, but didn't find anything. Thanks!
The new team of Tara Hancherow/Wesley Killing skated their short program at the JGP in Slovakia, and got a very respectable debut score of 46.96. That's despite a complete miss on the double axel. I suspect that jumps will be this team's weakness for a while, but their pair elements were strong for a new team. Link to their program is here. It's interesting that former French pairs skater Maximin Coia is one of their coaches, along with Annie Barabe. I had no idea he was coaching.
Was so impressed by the auro of pure confidence that MT/M had during the Free skate especially at SLC Competition. The short dance is obviously familiar, and they skated it with calm. I hope to see more calm and rhythmic nuance. The presentation still comes across as a bit "the same" throughout and to me, this risks being a bit boring. Even if a program is subtle, it needs a bit of shape or emotional arc - you know, beginning, middle, end - sort of thing.
The Free skate is powerful, powerful, powerful. They seem to be in full control throughout, even with the moderate altitude. Great start of the true international season for them.
Hancherow/Killing's long program at the JGP in Slovakia was also quite strong for a new team. Link to their program is here. Their long program score was 76.51, with a total combined score of 123.47. As with the short program, their weakness was the jumps. The pair elements were good, especially for a new team, although some of the pair elements (such as the pairs spin) showed their lack of time together.
AFAIK, Tara Hancherow has not been skating pairs for more than two seasons, which makes her strength on the pair elements an achievement. I think her last pair partnership was with Sebastian Wolfe. They placed 2nd in juniors at the 2011 Canadians. It's nice to see her back.
They are also assigned to the JGP in Talinn, Estonia, in October, and their skating here justifies the second assignment, IMO.
I love Hancherow's knee-bend, and her posture is lovely. She was very strong in the first lift and had wonderful positions in the second.
"The team doesn't get automatic capacity because management is mad" -- Greg Smith, agile guy
Yes, I was surprised at how good their lifts were, considering that they are a new team and she has been out of pairs (AFAIK) for two seasons. For a junior level team, their lifts are very strong.
I really liked Hancherow and Killing and agree that their lifts and throws were very good, and she has a lovely sense of style. The problems with the jumps are a little concerning, but it seemed like they were actually capable of doings the jumps and had decent technique, it just happened that one or the other missed them in competition...but Wesley's double axel in the short was very well done, and Tara's salchow in the free was stood up and only partially underrotated. I hadn't realized that she is nearly 18, so she's unlikely to grow more, which is good.
Does anyone have a link to MT/M FP?
Thanks Daniskates93. Pretty darn good for this time of the year. IMO this is a team that has evolved beautifully and I can see them wearing medals in the near future.
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MT/M are a part of the CAN Fund (an organization that provides funding for Canadian athletes) calendar this year.
If it ain't broke, don't fix it. This is an Olympic year, not really a year to learn new things. MT/M don't need new lifts right now. Lifting is a big strength of theirs, they do things that other teams cannot do, and they regularly score high on them. They learned a new position for their final lift last year, and I'm guessing they will have it back in for the Grand Prix? Overall, I like this free skate for them. The camera angle wasn't good for it, but that transition into the throw 3 sal is quite eye-catching and beautiful in their video from Skate Detroit.
This team has made huge strides since 2010 and I think they're exciting. I don't know if I would call them consistent yet, but boy are they athletically gifted and make highly technically demanding programs look easy sometimes.
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julieann, why were your expectations so high? I mean, I enjoyed their LP last season, but it wasn't that greatly choreographed - the elements were well spaced (important to note) and the music was powerful so that it had that gorgeous climactic crescendo. This LP seems to be a bit more subtle and character oriented, and I don't know if they can pull it off. But I love how the first lift matches the music. I'm just delighted they look so strong now. They looked this strong at the beginning of last season and we know they ended that season quite well. And I'm still floored at how much they've improved.
I did think that transition into that throw Salchow was crazy hard and quite beautiful.
When they came onto the skating scene and wowed us all they were still diamonds in the rough. Now they are pure diamonds.
Its great we have two pairs teams that are so very different. I think this program could mesmerize as it grows.
I love their signature lift and its a great feat as well.
Kirsten is looking lovely and so well trained.
I am looking and hoping for them to medal on the world stage if not this year then maybe next year.
They looked strong at the beginning of last season because their season before ended in January with a 4th place at Nationals so they had more time to concentrate on the next season.
I understand not a lot of chances will be taken in an Olympic year and most will pay it safe, but to get ahead you have to take chances. That is why I think they may have a hard time beating D/R and certainly won’t get any higher placement unless a team has an epic fail or most top teams retire.
Also, I have never seen a team come off a top 8 or 10 at worlds and look bad 3 months later unless they are injured. Getting used to choreography takes some time, timing and unison and such but the rest will still be there.