http://www.iceskating.org.uk/files/u...metable%20.xls. They also will get to skate in the gala on 11/30. Best Wishes for Caitlin and Hamish!
Results of British Champs Senior Pairs: 1st Amani Fancy & Christopher Boyadji 141.28, 2nd Stacey Kemp & David King 132.07, 3rd Caitlin Yankowskas & Hamish Gaman 130.27.
Well, on the positive note, after skating together for not that long, Yankowskas/Gaman managed to beat Kemp/King in the FS. Unfortunately in the SP Y/G were 3 points lower than K/K so K/K still ended ahead of K/K.
I know there will be plenty of posters saying that this partnership won't last because they are not having good enough results, but after a few months skating together placing just 2 points below someone who has skated together for many years, I don't see it so negatively. They do need to improve, they need to upgrade their elements, especially their sbs jumps, throw jumps, but I think they have done pretty well.
I'm sure they weren't expecting to place better than third, given they were going only for double jumps. It's probably what they are capable of at this stage, given they haven't been skating together very long.
Ziggy, I am not sure what Y/G expected, but this is not Russia. K/K are also doing only double sbs jumps (although they did 3 throw Flip and 3 throw loop and 3 twist). Fancy/Bojadi won it with doing only double jumps (plus throw triple Salchow), so it is not like if Y/G are doing doubles while everyone around them is doing triples.
Y/G didn't even go for 2a though which the others did. I think Ziggy is right, they can't have been 'aiming' for a win with their planned content.
“What’s on the revengenda this evening?” – Nolan Ross
Kemp/King attempt sbs 2axels and 3twist and they can consistently land th3loop and th3flip (although they bombed here).
Fancy/Boyadji have sbs 2axels and th3salchow.
Yankowskas/Gaman aren't even attempting 2axels or any triples at this point.
The aim was probably to get themselves out there, get some competition experience and show the federation they are serious about this.
F/B have their TES minimums from Warsaw Cup, and they could be sent as National Champions to Euros and Worlds, with the assumption that K/K are the only ones eligible to go to Sochi. Y/G aren't ready for prime time yet if they've got that low technical content and are just hovering below the low bar of Euros minimums. There's no reason for them not be assigned to a March Senior B when they've had six months together under their belts. There are senior Pairs scheduled for Sportland Trophy (Budapest), Challenge Cup (The Hague), Coupe de Printemps (Luxembourg), and Mladost Trophy (Zagreb) in March 2014. (None of the April Senior B's have Pairs.)
"'Is this new BMW-designed sled the ultimate sledding machine for Langdon and Holcomb?' Leigh Diffey asked before the pair cruised to victory. I don’t know, but I know that sled is the ultimate Olympic Games product placement.." -- Jen Chaney
This team may not have the higher level technical components down yet, but performance wise they are so elegant and striking. Hamish is quite expressive and fits perfectly with Caitlin. Can't wait to see how they progress and how these British pairs team push each other to improve. I really like the enthusiasm of Amani. Hopefully, they will get one of the Spring Senior B events mentioned above.
When was the last time Hamish competed? I know it's been not quite three years for Caitlin.
Y/G seemed happy together, chatty, friendly with each other and that was nice to see. I'd love to know whether anyone saw what actually caused Hamish's fall - from my viewpoint in the kiss'n'cry area he was too close to the barrier for me to see what happened. He was complaining about his trousers after their skate as though that was the issue?
'The one. The only. Daisuke Takahashi ' Chris Howarth, EurosportUK
Congratulations to them for achieving what by any measure is a challenging set of goals. Finding each other. Learning to skate with each other. Returning to competition. They should both be very proud, and I wish them well. By next season, should be quite impressive to see. Actually, hopefully we will see more of them with other internationals in the early spring.
Absolutely agree - they look world class to me and the elements will get there.