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The Gracie Gold Cheer Thread!

Discussion in 'The Trash Can' started by FunnyBut, Jan 12, 2014.

  1. aftershocks

    aftershocks Well-Known Member

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    Scott Brown, who was standing at rinkside and cheering on Gracie with Ouriashev, if you look closely (at the 2012 Junior Nationals clip that was linked earlier). Scott quite ofen still accompanies Gracie in the kiss 'n cry (although he hasn't been doing choreo for her AFAIK). Seemingly, Scott & Gracie have a strong emotional/ friendship bond.
     
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  2. olympic

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    I've been listening to the music from Born on the 4th of July. It's not new and fresh music, but to me, something about the music screams 'Gracie': Nothing ice princess, Disney or balletic about it. It is simple, somber and powerful and thus does not really require nuanced movements, facial expressions or 'acting'. The accents in the music are simple, allowing a skater to concentrate on elements without a lot of flourishes, but the music would still carry a skater on the PCS side in the choreography and interpretation departments.
     
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  3. clairecloutier

    clairecloutier Well-Known Member

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    I think that music would be great for Gracie. It's powerful and strong, yet melodic. It was a signature piece for Nancy Kerrigan--and Gracie has always reminded me of Nancy (in a good way).

    Mariah Bell used that music last year but I felt she didn't really have the power/presence to fully pull it off (also the costume...).
     
  4. AngieNikodinovLove

    AngieNikodinovLove Well-Known Member

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    LOL yes I was just about to say Mariah just used it and I felt she didnt connect with it.

    So @clairecloutier will we have a USA NATS Pairs article from you soon?
     
  5. clairecloutier

    clairecloutier Well-Known Member

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    You'll definitely see something from me before Nationals that's related to U.S. pairs. :) But I'm not sure if I'll do a preview article--may not have time.
     
  6. olympic

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    Yes. In this sense, it is not overused. Mariah did not get past Nationals with it and I don't know if Kerrigan ever skated the program lights out. The music is begging for a lights out performance
     
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  7. Weve3

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    Agree about the music and Gracie -- and Ashley has always reminded me of Nancy (in a good way) :lol: Go figure!

    Good luck to all the ladies @ Nats! :)
     
  8. arakwafan2006

    arakwafan2006 Well-Known Member

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    Lori's free for Gracie this year and the music are IMO Gracie's best work. It's so her. The short, Gracie must have really wanted it. The ending trail off in the music and the position that she gets into like an old lady... it's not the best. The rest of it is nice. I'm a fan of Lori's work and she does good work for Gracie.

    Quite frankly, given that not only had GG not been able to skate the programs lights out, she can't even do it without severe mistakes, it's tough to say. I see the potential but Gracie's head is unsettled. I don't like watching this. I feel like the shitty performances are imprinting a Jose Chouinard type of mentality in Gracie. In a perfect world , her season would have began this month in some Senior B event. She really needed the time away. Her psyche was as fragile as a dress fitting that's all in safety pins. Then, she's had almost no time to refresh and here is Nationals staring her in the face. That is BRUTAL AF.

    One thing that encouraged me about Mao Asada was her mentality at her nationals. Smiling, having fun and trying the jump she loves... it seems like she ended with her heart and mind in a different place. I'm praying Gracie will be the same no matter the outcome.
     
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  9. Simone411

    Simone411 I'm Clippy and I'm an Ashleyholic

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    I'm going out on a limb here, but why not. I think Gracie should go for something completely different. Something way out of the ordinary, and it would work. The song I believe would work for her is by James Taylor and J.D. Souther. The song reached #5 on the Billboard for Adult Contemporary, and #21 on the mainstream rock chart. The song was released in 1981, and I believe that Gracie could make it a success if she chose to work with it in regarding choreography. I would tell Gracie to go for it.

    Her Town Too - James Taylor & J.D. Souther
     
  10. arakwafan2006

    arakwafan2006 Well-Known Member

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    I'm seriously hoping this is a joke.
     
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  11. aftershocks

    aftershocks Well-Known Member

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    Ummm, the lyrics aren't very inspiring or uplifting until the ending line (maybe tho' @Simone411 feels the lyrics are telling of Gracie's current state of mind?). The song is more exhibition material, but NOT for Gracie I'm thinking. Rather slow and melancholy melody, which is truthfully not Gracie's personality, no matter her apparent recent state of angst and depression.

    "... Darling somebody still loves you..."
     
  12. Simone411

    Simone411 I'm Clippy and I'm an Ashleyholic

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    @arakwafan2006 No it isn't a joke. I like the music and how tranquil and calm it is and not necessarily melancholy. I believe she could do a lot with the choreography. In a way, it does have to do with Gracie's state of mind because she needs to understand that many fans of hers still love her no matter what the outcome is. She's a beautiful skater with beautiful skills when it comes to her artistry.

    I've always felt that Breathing methods and exercises would help with her anxiety and also help her to concentrate when she gets on the ice to skate in competitions.

    I don't see anything wrong with the music I chose, especially if compared to some of the music already chosen for Gracie. It hasn't been very successful, and I believe it's because she's not comfortable with the music choices she's had to work with in the past. If the skater feels uncomfortable with the music and the program, then the skater won't feel comfortable skating to it in competitions.
     
  13. Sylvia

    Sylvia Let's Go, Juveniles & Intermediates in KC!

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    Lynn Rutherford tweeted re. Gracie Gold's pre-Nationals media call today:
    Audio link should be posted on IN at some point.
     
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  14. Sylvia

    Sylvia Let's Go, Juveniles & Intermediates in KC!

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    Nick Zaccardi summarized her media call here: http://olympics.nbcsports.com/2017/01/12/gracie-gold-figure-skating-nationals-championships/
    Excerpt:
    ETA:

    Phil Hersh also spoke with Alex Ouriashev for his piece on Gracie: http://www.globetrottingbyphiliphersh.com/home/2017/1/12/gracie-gold-im-forgiving-myself-for-failing
     
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  15. arakwafan2006

    arakwafan2006 Well-Known Member

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    I love that Alex answered to give her the familiarity she needed. I'm also glad she values Frank and is back in Cali
     
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    Hopefully she'll get some of her old kaboom back in her jumps. Either way, excited to see her skate at Nationals refreshed and on her own terms!
     
  17. Sylvia

    Sylvia Let's Go, Juveniles & Intermediates in KC!

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    Audio of Gracie's media teleconference call (30 mins.): http://web.icenetwork.com/video/topic/213147480/v1219439283

    ETA:

    Lynn Rutherford's article today includes quotes from Alex Ouriashev:
    http://web.icenetwork.com/news/2017/01/13/213471200
    Excerpt:
     
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