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    U.S. Pairs 2019-20 season - News & Updates, Part X

    I understand using skaters' initials can get confusing. It's just when we're discussing the same 2 or 3 pairs for several pages and I'm mentioning the same pairs 10 times in one post, it seems appropriate to shorten the names to initials to cut down on the length of my posts. There was heavy...
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    U.S. Pairs 2019-20 season - News & Updates, Part X

    The situation was at least somewhat compelling. A pair had a "skate of their life" FS at Nationals after having a rougher SP. They came into the event with a career best score of 191 (which was posted at some event called Warsaw Cup in a field of Junior/unknown pairs). Their next highest total...
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    U.S. Pairs 2019-20 season - News & Updates, Part X

    Maybe USFS didn't find it necessary to get specific in a tweet, but that was the reason given for withdrawing. The ISU mentions family illness in an article. There was also a Chinese pair, Tang/Yang, who withdrew before the SP but I didn't see a reason given. We don't usually hear many details...
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    U.S. Pairs 2019-20 season - News & Updates, Part X

    Um, likely not. But yeah, hopefully it's not serious. It's interesting how all you have to do is skate one clean program at Nationals and suddenly you're labeled as consistent after being highly inconsistent throughout the duration of your partnership so far. C/J were not clean in either program...
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    U.S. Pairs 2019-20 season - News & Updates, Part X

    Actually one of the points of looking at a skater's full body of work is to prevent the exact thing you're complaining about-- making team selections based on "flash in the pan" moments and "skate of their lives" at Nationals. The idea is to select skaters who can generate the most points...
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    U.S. Pairs 2019-20 season - News & Updates, Part X

    It wasn't their ideal throw, but Alexa held on on one foot, and to call it very bad is quite an exaggeration. A "very bad" throw is one that lacks height and/or distance and falls. Their throws have great height and distance every time which is why they may still get good GOE even if the landing...
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    U.S. Pairs 2019-20 season - News & Updates, Part X

    I'm guessing Chris slipped on the entry to the spin because ice is slippery and sometimes you slip. Why did Michael Marinaro practically bellyflop on the ice in the LP? Why did Daria Pavliuchenko completely wipe out at the GP Final? There doesn't have to be a reason, sometimes random things...
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    U.S. Pairs 2019-20 season - News & Updates, Part X

    You've lost me. If they seed 1-3, 4-6, and 7-10, then there should only be 3 teams from the top 10 at Worlds at any one Grand Prix. Regardless of what exactly the rule is, there should be no more than 3 teams. 4 of the top 8 pairs from Worlds ended up at NHK Trophy. In pair skating, this is too...
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    U.S. Pairs 2019-20 season - News & Updates, Part X

    Yes which is why the ISU should give out assignments themselves instead of having the host countries determining the fields somewhat at random. A more effective way to create even playing fields would be to base selections strictly on scoring average, Worlds results, the Season's Best list...
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    U.S. Pairs 2019-20 season - News & Updates, Part X

    The NHK Trophy field is really stacked with Sui/Han, James/Cipres and a slew of other strong pairs. A tough break to have two US pairs in that field. It's not that it's impossible to do well in that field-- the Knierims did win a medal in a strong NHK field last season-- but a GP event isn't...
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    2019-20 GP Selection (19-20 June)

    I agree it's frustrating that the GP fields can end up so lopsided. It's too much of a free-for-all in terms of who gets assigned where. The ISU should have full control of assignments (aside from host picks) and should make the fields as competitively even as possible based on Season's Best...
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    U.S. Pairs 2018 - News & Updates, Part VIII

    Yeah I'm baffled by some of the posts here. I used to visit this US pairs thread so often, but in the past couple years it's just been frustrating to read and partake in some of the discussions. Anyone who pays close attention to pairs scoring knew that every pair at U.S. Nationals got a scoring...
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    U.S. Pairs 2018 - News & Updates, Part VIII

    My guess is the judges were looking at the catch and not down at her feet. Or, they may have just been rewarding K/K for the massive size and explosiveness of the twist and the difficulty in doing a quad. Typical standards for GOE seemed to have been thrown out the window at this event...
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    U.S. Pairs 2018 - News & Updates, Part VIII

    The US doesn't have many options for the second Worlds spot, and based on these SP scores, it looks like Kayne/O'Shea might end up there. This is an interesting situation given their international history. They likely would need a personal best SP score just to qualify to the free skate. Their...
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    U.S. Pairs 2018 - News & Updates, Part VIII

    You also don't do well at international events just by landing a SBS jump. 3 pairs at Worlds landed a jump with +GOE (and were clean aside from weaker 3 twists) and didn't make it to the LP. Yes, health issues have affected US pairs. But aside from that, nearly all the US pairs lack in standout...
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