2022-23 US Pairs Discussion - Second to None!

AngieNikodinovLove

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Skate America. BTW, I forgot to post a link to these 2 practice clips back in late August when Alexa shared an effortless-looking 3S and 3T+2T+2T when she was briefly in Chicago: https://www.instagram.com/p/Ch2cmoCOlu_/

Interesting it says she was in Park Ridge Illinois, the city where I was born and also where Hillary Clinton grew up. Fun facts. I know Alexa is from Addison Illinois herself.
 

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KUDOS to Daniel Tioumentsev on attaining one of his major goals outside of skating! :respec: https://www.instagram.com/p/CirfAVMOQu7/
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He and Sonia Baram have been training hard since their golden JGP debut in Ostrava - I saw recent Instagram story clips of them landing throw triples in practice (on one foot by her) - both triple toe loop and loop! :)
 

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Alexa and Chris were on David Santee's podcast. Chris announced he's the new skating director at Oakton Ice Arena in Illinois. Wonder if this means Alexa might retire after this season.

 

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Alexa and Chris were on David Santee's podcast. Chris announced he's the new skating director at Oakton Ice Arena in Illinois. Wonder if this means Alexa might retire after this season.
Great for Chris! It seems logical that Alexa will be returning to her hometown of Chicago after she finishes competing.

The following article is from the October 2022 issue of SKATING magazine:
 

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Alexa and Chris were on David Santee's podcast. Chris announced he's the new skating director at Oakton Ice Arena in Illinois. Wonder if this means Alexa might retire after this season.

Sounds like it. She’s accomplished pretty much everything she set out to do and if they want children this is the time.

I’m more surprised that he’s taken a bigger job in skating. Had hoped he’d pursue his interest in cars.
 

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Alexa and Chris were on David Santee's podcast. Chris announced he's the new skating director at Oakton Ice Arena in Illinois. Wonder if this means Alexa might retire after this season.

Possibly. Or Brandon might relocate also if they want to continue competing. Guess we'll find out when we find out.
 

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Brandon lives in the Chicago area when he and haven trained there. So I think it could be a possibility.
I also think, at some point, they might not need as much one-on-one, day-to-day coaching from Todd & Jenni. Chris is coming into his own as a coach, plus Rockne Brubaker is still in the Chicago area. They have options if they want to continue competing.
 

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Love the idea of Rockne Brubaker coaching any of them or others, he's a fabulous skater, pairs skater!
 
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Smith/Deng's ISU personal best scores are all from Ostrava (140.72 / 54.39 / 86.33); nevertheless, CONGRATS to them on being the first unofficial qualifiers for the JGP Final in Torino!! :)
As expected at last week's Baltic Cup in Gdansk, Sonia Baram/Daniel Tioumentsev also have qualified for the JGP Final despite having issues in both programs. They received only base level for a lift that went awry in the SP; in the FS, he fell after slipping off his 3S landing edge while she did the planned 3S+2A seq., she fell on the throw triple loop which is a new element for them this season, and then their sbs 3T, landed out of unison, got a 'q' call.
On a positive note, their 171.36 from winning the gold in Ostrava is the highest total score of all the pairs that competed in the series.

Final standings of the 6 pairs that qualified for the Final:
2 Cayla SMITH / Andy DENG USA 13 (140.72) + 15 (137.23) = 28 (277.95) - 4th highest total combined score
3 Sophia BARAM / Daniel TIOUMENTSEV USA 15 (171.36) + 11 (152.49) = 26 (323.85) - 2nd highest total combined score
 

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July 23:
Emily Chan/Spencer Howe scored 59.19 in their first outing of their SP yesterday at Skate Detroit and I'm thrilled that they brought back & adapted their 2019-20 debut season FS music to the lovely "Je crois entendre encore" (violin version) from Bizet's The Pearl Fishers! :) (I never got to see the program in person at 2020 Nationals because they WD.)
Starting at 8:40 in this new podcast interview, Spencer & Emily talked about how their SP music this season changed from a pop song to their first season's music from The Pearl Fishers to returning to "Nyah":
GOEing into Detail with Emily Chan and Spencer Howe uploaded October 16, 2022 on Anything GOEs' YT channel (28 mins.): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8yVifvp2Xo
Anna talked to American pairs team Emily Chan and Spencer Howe about their partnership, injuries, and what to do in Boston!
Chan/Howe's Grand Prix debut will be at Skate Canada International (#2) and NHK Trophy (#5) will be their second GP.
 

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Re-posting from the Grand Prix Assignments thread - siblings Maria Mokhova/Ivan Mokhov (this is the first year she is old enough for senior internationals) are late replacements today at Skate America for Smirnova/Siianytsia:
They [S/S] were assigned to GP Espoo when the assignments first came out. Presuming they are healthy in another 6 week, then they will certainly make it to that event. The bigger problem is that now, due to their withdrawal from SkAm, they are back to having only 2 international assignments and don't have a bye to Nats. Additionally, they didn't compete in any of the NQS events this summer, so I'm not sure what the USFS will do on that front, but that's a discussion for the US Pairs thread.

The Mokhovs placed even lower than S/S at Finlandia a couple weeks ago. Additionally. S/S withdrew from Nebelhorn because of a minor injury they were recuperating from, so my guess is the injury has flared up again.

It's a great opportunity for the Mokhovs, and I'm very happy for them. Hopefully, they will be able to bounce back from a disappointing Finlandia competition. Additionally, this earns them a bye to Nats (US Classic, Finlandia, SkAm).
 

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Another situation where the USFS might have to play a bit fast and loose with its NQS document to get Smirnova/Siianytsia to Nationals, presuming they're healthy. Either they'll edit their doc to include the last 2 Challengers (Warsaw Cup & Golden Spin) and then assign SmirSiia to one of those; or perhaps they'll use the Finlandia score to "qualify" them for the Pairs Final in three weeks and have them skate there to officially qualify for Nats.

My bet would be on them adding Warsaw Cup & Golden Spin to the list of international comps that qualify for bye purposes, especially since there is a similar issue on the Women's side with Bradie not currently qualifying for a bye. If she doesn't make the GPF then she'd need a 3rd qualifying assignment - it would be a lot easier to assign her to Golden Spin than to retroactively pretend that Trophee Metropole Nice Cote d'Azur meets any part of the criteria.
 

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Phil Hersh's article on Knierim/Frazier:
Or should they keep competing to see how much more they could do, both in terms of tangible results and the intangible quality that makes a pair more than two individuals skating together?
When Knierim, 31, and Frazier, 29, sat down in early July to discuss those questions, after two months with Stars on Ice in Japan and the United States, their tour skating would play a significant part in the answers.
“It made sense on our timeline to move on,” Knierim said. “We had done everything we could in two years.
“Yet it felt like it could be sad or disappointing to end a really talented career together so soon. Being on tour had opened our eyes to how in synch and unified we were on the ice. So there was a little bit of curiosity, a feeling of ‘What else are we capable of?’”
How hard is it to skate two clean pairs programs in a global championship? According to skatingscores.com, in the 22 world and Olympic events under the scoring system first used at those events in 2005, only 15 of the 66 medalists and eight of the champions have had no negative GOEs. [...]
When Knierim saw two-time Olympian David Santee after the Olympics, he congratulated her for winning the world title “the way you did it, with two fantastic programs, being able to have your best skating with your highest achievement.”
“People can say, ‘This one wasn’t there, that one wasn’t there,'” Knierim said. “That didn’t stop the feeling of genuine gratification that we did it.’’
 

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Another situation where the USFS might have to play a bit fast and loose with its NQS document to get Smirnova/Siianytsia to Nationals, presuming they're healthy. Either they'll edit their doc to include the last 2 Challengers (Warsaw Cup & Golden Spin) and then assign SmirSiia to one of those; or perhaps they'll use the Finlandia score to "qualify" them for the Pairs Final in three weeks and have them skate there to officially qualify for Nats. ...

FWIW, Smirnova/Siianytsia absolutely have an official bye to U.S. Pairs Final -- no bending of rules necessary.

ADVANCEMENT TO SECTIONAL SINGLES FINAL, U.S. PAIRS FINAL AND/OR U.S. ICE DANCE FINAL
For junior and senior events: Any member of the U.S. Figure Skating Team, defined in rule ICR 3.05, who has
been assigned to and competes at an international assignment classified as an ISU Grand Prix, ISU Junior
Grand Prix and or ISU Challenger Series event.
• Refer to the approved list of international competitions within this document


Sorry that S/S had to withdraw from Skate America. :(
 

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FWIW, Smirnova/Siianytsia absolutely have an official bye to U.S. Pairs Final -- no bending of rules necessary.

ADVANCEMENT TO SECTIONAL SINGLES FINAL, U.S. PAIRS FINAL AND/OR U.S. ICE DANCE FINAL​
For junior and senior events: Any member of the U.S. Figure Skating Team, defined in rule ICR 3.05, who has​
been assigned to and competes at an international assignment classified as an ISU Grand Prix, ISU Junior​
Grand Prix and or ISU Challenger Series event.​
• Refer to the approved list of international competitions within this document​

Sorry that S/S had to withdraw from Skate America. :(
Oh, good! Glad to see that they at least have a bye to the Pairs Final! Hopefully they can compete there and, easily, qualify for Nationals.
 

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Cross-posting from the GP assignments thread...
And the USFS Int'l Assignments page shows McBeath/Bartholomay as withdrawn from SCI next week as of today...


Crossing my fingers that they'll be replaced by either of our two pairs teams based in Michigan - Plazas/Fernandez and the Mokhovs.
On the plus side, McBeath/Bartholomay do have a bye to Nationals by virtue of their 5th place finish at Nationals last year, but I am worried that we won't see them compete before then. Their 2nd GP assignment is MKJW in 3 weeks.
 

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Smirnova/Siianytsia's Instagram story message: "We are really disappointed to miss our first Grand Prix especially since it is here in the U.S. Good Luck to Everyone @ SKATE AMERICA"

Fingers crossed for them and for McBeath/Bartholomay that both teams will be able to compete in their 2nd Grand Prix assignment (and first-ever GP for Katie).

ETA that Nate B. doesn't post much on social media - his latest clip back in early October shows the Meno/Sand group on the ice/by the boards, watching Baram/Tioumentsev competing in their 2nd JGP in Gdansk: https://www.instagram.com/reel/CjYKwiWsz7l/
 

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Question the short program costumes for Alexa and Brandon are not my favorite. Hers is better than his. His looks like blood vessels. But in the comments on YouTube someone explain that they are referencing Stranger Things with their costumes? I don’t watch that show, I was just wondering what that’s about
 

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