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US Pairs 2013 News and Updates Part II

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by ~tapdancer~, Mar 10, 2013.

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  1. olympic

    olympic Well-Known Member

    I just have to say that C/S looked really good despite a couple of mistakes (watched the video x2) - Off the bat, I noticed that Simon's posture and carriage is improved; their 3twist looks more secure than last year; their throw 4sal was landed despite the 2-footed spin-out ( I consider that a victory - 99% of most quad throws from any team in the world end up with the gal splayed on the ice); love their ambition of 2 sets of SBS triples! I hope they keep it; also love the DS right into a pairs spin!

    Their size handicap obviously still effects their SBS spins, though.
  2. ~tapdancer~

    ~tapdancer~ Well-Known Member

    That was an ambitious program and I'm impressed! Would love to see this clean. They really have improved even more this year, their lifts are fabulous. Wishing them all good luck this season!
  3. LilJen

    LilJen Reaching out with my hand sensitively

    Glad to hear Cast/Shnap are trying the 4S. I think they'll have to have it to be competitive/get any hardware from here on out. And she must have saved it (not fallen) if they didn't get -3.
  4. aftershocks

    aftershocks Well-Known Member

    Right LilJen, Marissa landed the 4S, but then 2-footed and spun-out. Not sure I agree C/S won't "get any hardware from here on out" w/o a quad throw. All the U.S. teams will have to be at the top of their games to be competitive nationally and internationally. The bar is raised, the depth is expanding and it's very exciting to see what's ahead for U.S. pairs. :cheer:

    ITA tapdancer, olympic and others! C/S are looking amazing this early in the season with both their programs. Obvious improvement clearly demonstrating their hard work and determination is paying off. They are the reigning U.S. National Champions and are certainly showing that they are worthy of the title and in no way ready to give it up. Cheers and best of luck, Marissa and Simon!
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2013
  5. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

    Davis/Brubaker's Nebelhorn Trophy assignment is confirmed officially today and both Scimeca/Knierim and Donlan/Speroff have been assigned to Nepela Trophy, Oct. 3-5 in Slovakia: http://usfigureskating.org/Athletes.asp?id=216

    Fun interview with Jimmy Morgan, who is making his debut at the Senior level this season with Alexandria Shaughnessy (their music is "an Argentine tango for our short program, and "Umbrellas of Cherbourg" for our long"): http://skateguard1.blogspot.com/2013/08/interview-with-jimmy-morgan.html
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2013
  6. stjeaskategym

    stjeaskategym Well-Known Member

    I'm quite impressed by how ambitious Castelli/Shnapir's free skate is. I thought that having easier throws than the other teams might make it harder on them (especially since teams like Denney/Coughlin and Scimeca/Knierim do throw 3Lz and 3Lo), but now they are outdoing everyone with the throw 4S. Considering how hard it is, it was great that she stood it up as well as she did. It actually looks relatively easy for her, so I imagine they will try to use it all season. Their lifts are strong, the 3 twist is looking more solid, and hopefully the 2 sets of SBS triples work for them, but if not, they have 2As as a backup plan. This team has improved so much over the years, they really are a good example of where talented teams can go if they stay committed to each other for many seasons. Their choreographer has also given them good programs, and they seem capable of handling them. Great showing for a summer competition, for sure.
  7. olympic

    olympic Well-Known Member

    Wow. I was just wondering if the USFSA would sent skaters to Ondrej Nepela. C/S went a couple of years ago, but the USFSA completely ignored it last year. Glad to see D/S have an international assignment and S/K get a competition as a warm-up for their GP season. There must be confidence and Chris's recovery.
  8. reese

    reese Well-Known Member

    I'm glad Donlan/Speroff got something. Still hoping against hope that they get it together one of these days w/ the jumps.
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  9. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

    In response to Pulaski73's post back on August 3rd:
    Tweeted by @Lynn Rutherford from Champs Camp today/cross-posted in the Champs Camp news thread:
    "Britney Simpson recovering well from shoulder surgery 6/24. Simpson&Blackmer are here at Champs Camp to participate in off-ice events. They are working to be ready for Grand Prix in Russia"

    ETA more tweets by Lynn Rutherford:

    "Denney & Frazier will reprise their Spanish-theme SP of last season, not Bollywood SP they did at Skate Detroit."

    From MZoueva: Lindsay Davis had a training accident the day before camp resulting in several stitches to her head so no SP for DavisBrubaker

    More Champs Camp: "Lindsay and Rockne may skate some tomorrow," Zoueva said. "The injury doe not seem serious but still we are careful."

    Champs Camp: Alexa Scimeca&Chris Knierim, back on the ice after Knierim's surgery to repair a fibula in early July http://twitpic.com/d9m7wp
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2013
  10. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

    Updated after Champs Camp, including latest international assignments:

    Teams (7) with Senior Grand Prix assignments:

    Marissa Castelli & Simon Shnapir (S1): http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/detail.jsp?id=39090&mode=P
    SP Music: "Black Magic Woman" and "Smooth" by Carlos Santana
    FS Music: Music from the Skyfall soundtrack by various artists
    Choreographer: Julie Marcotte
    Coaches: Bobby Martin, Carrie Wall, Mark Mitchell
    Salt Lake Senior B, Skate America, NHK Trophy

    Alexa Scimeca & Chris Knierim (S2): http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/detail.jsp?id=40441&mode=P
    SP Music: "Papa, Can You Hear Me?" by Michel Legrand
    FS Music: Music from the Ever After soundtrack by George Fenton
    Choreographers: Catarina Lindgren (SP), Igor Shpilband (FS)
    Coaches: Dalilah Sappenfield, Larry Ibarra, Eddie Shipstad, Drew Meekins
    Ondrej Nepela (Sr B), Cup of China, Rostelecom Cup

    Felicia Zhang & Nathan Barthlomay (S3): http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/detail.jsp?id=40412&mode=P
    SP Music: "Carousel Waltz" by Rodgers and Hammerstein
    FS Music: Music from Les Miserables by Claude-Michel Schonberg
    Choreographers: Jim Peterson, Judy Blumberg
    Coaches: Jim Peterson, Lyndon Johnston, Amanda Evora
    Salt Lake Senior B, Skate America, Cup of China

    Caydee Denney & John Coughlin: http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/detail.jsp?id=39910&mode=P
    SP Music: "Tosca" by Giacomo Puccini
    FS Music: Selections from The Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber
    Choreographers: Julie Marcotte, Christopher Dean, Dalilah Sappenfield (SP), Julie Marcotte, Pasquale Camerlengo (FS)
    Coaches: Dalilah Sappenfield, Larry Ibarra
    Salt Lake Senior B, Skate America, TEB

    Haven Denney & Brandon Frazier (S5): http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/detail.jsp?id=39960&mode=P
    SP Music: "MalagueƱa" by Ernesto Lecuona (went back to last season's)
    FS Music: Music from Notre-Dame de Paris by Riccardo Cocciante
    Choreographer: Julie Marcotte
    Coaches: John Zimmerman, Silvia Fontana
    NHK Trophy

    Britney Simpson & Matthew Blackmer (J1): http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/detail.jsp?id=39961&mode=P
    SP Music: "The Feeling Begins" by Peter Gabriel
    FS Music: "Beethoven's 5 Secrets" by The Piano Guys
    Choreographer: Tanith Belbin
    Coaches: Dalilah Sappenfield, Larry Ibarra
    Rostelecom Cup

    Lindsay Davis & Rockne Brubaker (new): http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/detail.jsp?id=40554&mode=P
    SD Music: "Le Petite Fleur" and "Skokia" by Louis Armstrong
    FD Music: Umbrellas of Cherbourg by Michel Legrand
    Choreographers: Marina Zoueva (SP), Renee Roca (FS)
    Nebelhorn Trophy, Skate Canada

    Teams with Senior B assignments or listed in ISP:

    Gretchen Donlan & Andrew Speroff (S6): http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/detail.jsp?id=39650&mode=P
    SP Music: "Meditation" from Thais by Jules Massenet
    FS Music: "Pas de Deux" from The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky
    Choreographers: Sheryl Franks, Deirdre Williams
    Coaches: Bobby Martin, Carrie Wall
    Ondrej Nepela (Sr B)

    Tarah Kayne & Daniel O'Shea (S7): http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/detail.jsp?id=40542&mode=P
    SP Music: Selections from James Bond films by John Barry
    FS Music: "Don Quixote" by Ludwig Minkus
    Choreographer: Jim Peterson
    Coaches: Jim Peterson, Amanda Evora, Lyndon Johnston
    Salt Lake Senior B

    DeeDee Leng & Timothy LeDuc (S9) - no bio at this time
    SP Music: "The Feeling Begins" by Peter Gabriel
    FS Music: "Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture" by Tchaikovsky
    Coaches: Serguei Zaitsev, Elena Zaitsev

    Jessica Calalang & Zack Sidhu (J2): http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/detail.jsp?id=39690&mode=P
    SD Music: "Hernando's Hideaway" by Sid Ramin
    FS Music: "The Beatles Concerto" by John Rutter
    Choreographer: Renee Roca
    Coaches: Todd Sand, Jenni Meno, Christine Binder, John Nicks, Jonathan Cassar

    Jessica Pfund & AJ Reiss (J6) - bio not yet updated: http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/detail.jsp?id=40267&mode=P
    Coaches: Peter Oppegard, Karen Kwan-Oppegard
    Choreographer: Peter Oppegard

    Brianna de la Mora & Taylor Wilson (J5; he has aged out of JGP, staying Junior in U.S.): http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/detail.jsp?id=40391&mode=P
    SP Music: "Saragina Rhumba" by 17 Hippies and Nino Rota
    FS Music: Music from The Lord of the Rings soundtrack by Lindsey Stirling and Thomas Bergersen
    Choreographer: Elena Prudsky
    Coaches: Val Prudsky, Elena Prudsky

    Assigned to Junior Grand Prix / ISU Junior age-eligible in 2013-14:

    Madeline Aaron & Max Settlage (J3): http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/detail.jsp?id=39901&mode=P
    SP Music: "The Chairman's Waltz," from the Memoirs of a Geisha soundtrack by John Williams
    FS Music: "Adagio" from the Spartacus by Aram Khachaturian
    Choreographers: Catarina Lindgren, Julie Marcotte
    Coaches: Dalilah Sappenfield, Larry Ibarra, Eddie Shipstad, Damon Allen, Janet Champion, Elena Dostatni
    JGP Belarus

    Chelsea Liu & Devin Perini (J4): http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/detail.jsp?id=39903&mode=P
    SP Music: "42nd Street" by the Boston Pops Orchestra
    FS Music: "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen
    Choreographers: Cindy Stuart, Christine Fowler Binder
    Coaches: Todd Sand, Jenni Meno
    JGP Slovakia

    Christina Zaitsev & Ernie Utah Stevens (N1): http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/detail.jsp?id=40443&mode=P
    SP Music: "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!" by Abba, performed by the London Symphony Orchestra
    FS Music: Chopin's ""Fantasy Impromptu" by Stanley Black and London Orchestra
    Choreographers: Shanetta Folle, Serguei Zaitsev
    Coaches: Serguei Zaitsev, Elena Zaitsev
    JGP Latvia

    Kaitlin Budd & Nikita Cheban (N2): http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/detail.jsp?id=40555&mode=P
    SP Music: "In the Hall of the Mountain King" by Edvard Grieg
    FS Music: "Smile" by Charlie Chaplin, La Strada by Nino Rota
    Choreographers: Olga Volozhinskaya
    Coaches: Sergey Petrovskiy, Jason Dungjen
    JGP Slovakia
    Last edited: Aug 27, 2013
  11. luenatic

    luenatic Well-Known Member

    Sylvia, can you guesstimate how many Novice and Junior pairs will be at Pacific Coast Sectional?
  12. olympic

    olympic Well-Known Member

    Thanks, Sylvia.

    Wondering if D/B will get a 2nd GP assignment. I also think L/L are prime candidates for a Senior B this Fall. They are the highest scoring couple without any sort of assignment. They are getting better and deserve one!
  13. madm

    madm Well-Known Member

    I am very pleased with the music selections this season! Not very many overused pieces of music.
  14. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

    Haven Denney/Brandon Frazier have been added to Ondrej Nepela Trophy (with Scimeca/Knierim and Donlan/Speroff) - it will be their senior international debut.

    Hopefully more pairs will be assigned to Cup of Nice and Ice Challenge, like last year (Leng/LeDuc and Calalang/Sidhu are listed as alternates for Nepela with Kayne/O'Shea).

    4 new Novice pairs training in California are: Jessica Lee/Robert Hennings, Ai Setoyama/David Botero, Alexandria Yao/Connor Fleming, and Juliette Erickson/Alexander Brauner (the latter 2 are listed as members of Peninsula SC for the Challenge Skate in SLC).

    There's also a new Novice pair in Texas: Hilary Asher/Luke Spencer Kirchgessner.

    Pairs (Senior to Juvenile) known to have competed so far this season are listed in Scoretracker: http://unseenskaters.wordpress.com/scoretracker/2012-2013-pairs-scores/
    Last edited: Aug 31, 2013
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  15. olympic

    olympic Well-Known Member

    Sylvia. Always look forward to your name as the last poster on any given thread because we can always depend on you to provide great bits of information!

    It looks like the USFSA is really utilizing those Senior B's which was my hope. We've got a nice promising group of pairs at the moment. I'm wondering if D/F was added to Ondrej Nepela to get them out there prior to the GP series, get a good score, perhaps get them noticed for a 2nd GP slot (if one opens up).

    I definitely think L/L and Calalang / Sidhu are in line for either Ice Challenge or Coupe International de Nice. L/L had quite impressive Summer results and C/S have a good world ranking (28). S/M are still getting back on their feet so not sure where they will debut if somewhere else besides Rostelecom ....
  16. Conga

    Conga Member

  17. Otterpop

    Otterpop New Member

    Does anybody know what teams are competing what sections in Junior and Senior pairs?
  18. shah

    shah Shhh... shhh...

    :p :p :p
  19. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

    Nobody ever seems to know for sure until the Sectional rosters are published. ;)

    Click on the Pairs Scoretracker link that's posted above for an idea of which teams could be in which sections based on who has competed so far this season.

    U.S. Senior pairs scheduled to compete at the Middle Atlantics club comp. in NYC tomorrow (SP is Friday afternoon) and Saturday night (FS):
    Donlan, Gretchen / Speroff, Andrew The Skating Club of Boston
    Leng, DeeDee DuPage FSC / LeDuc, Timothy Eastern Iowa FSC
    Calalang, Jessica DuPage FSC / Sidhu, Zack Las Vegas FSC
    Shaughnessy, Alexandria / Morgan, James The Skating Club of Boston

    Jessica Pfund/AJ Reiss are scheduled to compete their Senior programs at Skate St. Moritz in Oakland, CA, later this month (he was injured earlier this summer and this is supposed to be their first competition of the season).
  20. olympic

    olympic Well-Known Member

    Thanks, Sylvia

    D/S are really working the local Summer comps this season and I'm also pleased L/L and C/S are getting some more action before this Fall. They are probably both gunning for a slot at either Coupe International de Nice or Ice Challenge. Will you be getting info on this competition?

    Hope P/R have a great debut this season. They have a certain something if they can put it together
  21. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

    Re-posting this Middle Atlantics SP report from the Kiss and Cry, plus scores:
    1 Donlan/Speroff 63.39 [36.64 TES/26.75 PCS]
    2 Leng/LeDuc 58.59 [34.54/24.05]
    3 Calalang/Sidhu 57.21 [34.91/22.30]
    4 Shaughnessy/Morgan 48.67 [26.67/22.00]
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2013
  22. NadineWhite

    NadineWhite Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the fine details, Sylvia, I just renewed my subscription so I could see for myself. Unfortunately there are no videos as of yet; hopefully someone will post some soon. :)

    citius, altius, fortius
  23. LilJen

    LilJen Reaching out with my hand sensitively

    Very happy for D/S!
  24. olympic

    olympic Well-Known Member

    L/L and Calalang / Sidhu look strong as well.

    Might it just come to pass that pairs will NOT be the weakest discipline at Nationals
  25. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

    Someone sent me the Middle Atlantics FS scores for the U.S. pairs:

    1 Calalang/Sidhu 107.77 [58.65 TES/49.12 PCS]
    2 Leng/LeDuc 105.34 [57.10/50.24 -2]
    3 Donlan/Speroff 100.60 [49.68/53.92 -3]
    4 ISR team
    5 Shaughnessy/Morgan 79.97 [39.97/42.00 -2][/QUOTE]

    According to a report posted in Kiss and Cry, C/S skated cleanly, L/L were good overall with problems on both throws, and D/S had a fall (by both) on a lift as well as a fall on a throw but landed their jumps. If I receive any additional details, I will post.

    Pairs Scoretracker is updated: http://unseenskaters.wordpress.com/scoretracker/current-pairs-scores/
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  26. olympic

    olympic Well-Known Member

    Sylvia, according to your score tracker, Baga/Toth have reportedly split. Is that older information from the discussion way upthread or does that come from newer information? I didn't remember seeing that when checking your chart before ...
  27. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

    Hearsay info about Baga/Toth's split was mentioned in other threads last month (Programs thread in GSD and the Cranberry Open thread in Kiss and Cry). They are no longer listed in USFS' International Selection Pool (ISP) so I think their split can be considered official.
  28. olympic

    olympic Well-Known Member

    Thanks. I remember reading it as rumor in GSD somewhere; wasn't sure if it was here or in another thread. But the fact that they are no longer listed in the ISP is stronger evidence. Too bad! :(
  29. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

  30. aftershocks

    aftershocks Well-Known Member

    Has Taylor yet made any comment on what his plans are (i.e., is he searching for another partner)?
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