Neither sexy nor sultry, but loving life!
The thing is, she isn't THAT new to the discipline. She was partnered with Ian Meyh - though they didn't compete much and their partnership was derailed by his injury.Ellie Kam was landing 2A, 3S & 3T consistently when she was one of the top Novice level skaters in the U.S. 2 years ago. Landing the jumps side-by-side as part of a pair team can take time for some more than others who are new(er) to the discipline.
A good partnership is not just about a size, skill, and style match: it's about work ethic, attitude, perseverance, collegiality, and so much else. Those factors are impossible to quantify and compare from competition performances or news articles, but the pair community is small and everyone knows pretty much everything about everyone else.
The singles elements in a pair program do not exist in isolation from pair element. The real challenge - what's really hard about stringing together elements into a program - is the necessity of dulling the cognitive processes and allowing muscle memory to take over. XXX doesn't have the muscle memory of the pair elements to be able to do them without thinking about what she needs to do, especially because they have changed the technique on the elements that they did last year, so her muscle memory was restarted. She does have the muscle memory to be able to do 3T/3S in her sleep, but I suspect that was her undoing: in a program where 11 of the elements are new to you, it's easy to either underestimate or overestimate what you need to put into the two jumps. I could still see her inexperience in pairs - the tracking is considerably better than at Nationals but still not all there - but I also saw considerable improvement in their elements. It's hard to both rework all elements and learning perfect tracking in one off-season.
I don't think her triples are suspect just because she is not currently doing them. As someone else said, she's certainly done so before.Eh... 1) They're also assigned to Finlandia in a few weeks, 2) they have a bye to Nats, 3) her triples are suspect, which makes me question their longterm potential.
I just know that the tech panels were nailing her with q and < on her 3S pretty consistently at both 4CCs and Worlds, and I think that was something they got away with at IceChallenge and Golden Spin (not that we'll ever see any video footage from that event) in the fall, which gave them huge buzz and push heading into Nationals last year.
I want to see how they look now that they've been together a year, before I get on board the hype train.
I guess I'm driving the train quietly. Choo-choo!Compared to all the other powerhouse jumpers in U.S. pairs skating? None of the top teams right now are relying on SBS jumps as a high-scoring element, they just need to be solid enough not to completely tank them. Nobody in U.S. pairs skating is losing sleep over a 3S that might get dinged on the rotation sometimes, and frankly, there are a lot of other skaters who’d probably be thrilled with that kind of success rate.
I haven’t seen any real hype for these two. The general take seems to be “maybe Danny can finally make an Olympic team and hopefully Ellie can find a more age-appropriate partner afterwards,” which seems to be a level of optimism that’s pretty commensurate with their actual performances. If there’s an “omg future Olympic champions!1!1!!” dialogue around them, I haven’t noticed, personally.
"Their younger brother Mikhail is also an up-and-coming singles skater" - Mikhail Mokhov currently has the highest Intermediate men's NQS total score.Looking forward to their sophomore international season, the Mokhovs are bringing back their "Benise-Malaguena" short program paired with a new free skate to music from My Fair Lady. The new Waltzy tunes from the musical will contrast the high energy from their short program.
"We really liked this music (from My Fair Lady) and we thought it worked well with our skating style," Mokhov said. "We always try to skate to really positive programs. We want the audience to have a positive attitude and feel joy when they watch us. Good vibes are the goal. I think this program has a lot of contrast throughout with different paces and moods."
"We really enjoy skating for the audience," Mokhova said. "We want the audience to enjoy the program and come along the journey with us. I hope they will embrace the story we are telling with this program."
He is a joy to watch because he is joyous (well, for me anyway) I don't think I've ever seen another skater just radiating the joy of skating like he does. And that's why I'm driving the train. That smile!Watched the practice of O'Shea and Kam in Broadmoor today. Kam did not land a single triple throw in their several attempts. They repeated and repeated it again and she couldn't land it. One of the coaches made her do it in the harness. It feels like she jumps, rotates, and makes no effort to land; she just crumbles.
But O'Shea is a joy to watch; simply amazing. Just on a totally different level. Their team though has speed and looks so powerful (well O'Shea looks powerful).
And despite his accomplishments and talent, Danny seems like a nice guy. He was chatting up non-WASA pair teams that he did not know and welcoming them to Colorado. When Danny and Ellie skated, the rest on the practice ice session go to the boards because they are fast and Danny's arms are just so wide LOLHe is a joy to watch because he is joyous (well, for me anyway) I don't think I've ever seen another skater just radiating the joy of skating like he does. And that's why I'm driving the train. That smile!
... I've added Grohne/Lunt to this group because it seems pretty likely they're not competing up a level next week at Broadmoor and would be more likely to compete Novice. ...
Glad to hear we have more Novice Pairs debuting! We need to rebuild depth at the lower levels so that it trickles up to the junior and senior levels in the coming years.Grohne/Lunt are listed in Novice Pairs starting order for Broadmoor Fall Classic, so your prediction was correct.
They are among the three Novice Pairs making NQS debut at Broadmoor.
Plus Kovar/Apter are back for another NQS event.
4 Novice teams - here are the known Novice teams - I've added Grohne/Lunt to this group because it seems pretty likely they're not competing up a level next week at Broadmoor and would be more likely to compete Novice. Guessing on the other 3 Novice teams - seems like the two PNW teams (Finkelstein/Williams and Lu/Lu) plus Kovar/Apter would be the most likely, but Tanner/Herbert could be traveling too.
Clara Finkelstein/Mark Williams 91.88 (Golden West), 78.43 (Glacier Falls)
Jolena Grohne/Reede Lunt (89.42 at non-NQS Cup of Colorado in Novice)
Milada Kovar/Nickolai Apter 93.24 (Golden West)
Joyce Lu/Wyatt Lu 88.22 (Golden West)
Taisiya Shapovalova/Sebastian Malczyk 98.00 (Golden West), 93.59 (Glacier Falls) (his older brother, Damian, has been assigned to represent Czechia in men at JGP #5 Budapest & JGP #6 Gdandsk)
Tallulah Tanner/Sam Herbert 88.95 (Battle of the Blades)
Tyler VanWagner/Patrick VanWagner 37.14 (Middle Atlantics)
As noted by @ice coverage - Grohne/Lunt are competing in Novice Pairs this week at Broadmoor Fall Classic.There's a team in Oakton that is supposed to be in novice, but they haven't surfaced yet. Am wondering if they'd compete this year. I think they are Michael Chappa/Baylen Taich
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Hmmmm... Cayla Smith is based in Fort Wayne. I haven't seen anything on her IG to indicate she has a new pairs partner, but I'll be excited whenever she does resurface with a new partner.One new junior pairs team that will be making their competition debut in the NQS in Boston is Jared McPike and his new partner (forgot her name). Jared was the former partner of Jolena Grohne, who now skates with Reede Lunt.
So far, 4 junior pair teams are set to compete in Boston. 13 junior pairs teams signed up for the NQS series but 3 teams have yet to surface. One of that will be the new team of Jared.
Jared is in Colorado but competing singles novice men. He trains pairs in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
His dad is VERY nice. Have a funny story about meeting him at Cranberry Cup. I think the apple doesn't fall from the tree.And despite his accomplishments and talent, Danny seems like a nice guy. He was chatting up non-WASA pair teams that he did not know and welcoming them to Colorado. When Danny and Ellie skated, the rest on the practice ice session go to the boards because they are fast and Danny's arms are just so wide LOL
I will check and confirm today if I see Jared.Hmmmm... Cayla Smith is based in Fort Wayne. I haven't seen anything on her IG to indicate she has a new pairs partner, but I'll be excited whenever she does resurface with a new partner.
Yes, they are team togetherI will check and confirm today if I see Jared.
I know that there's only 1 team that qualifies for the Junior Olympics and that is the team of Cayla and whoever is her partner. But they haven't surfaced yet in the NQS, so I am not sure if you need to have NQS scores to be allowed to go to the Junior Olympics
Taich/Chappa novice pairs team just need this Colorado competition to get into the sectionals. Chappa had a concussion and was away for 3 weeks to recover so that severely hampered their training. THey are also registered to compete in Boston but I think Chappa is also registered to do Texas to do his single.
Oh, I'm so glad to hear that Cayla has a new partner! I doubt we'll get any streaming from the Boston Open since SCoB used the pathetic "music rights" excuse to not stream Cranberry Cup/Open last month, so we'll have to wait until the US Pairs Final to see how Smith/McPike look together.Yes, they are team together
all of the senior teams who have competed so far this year have achieved the TES mins for Nationals.USFS Technical Notification No. 298
Dated: Aug. 31, 2023
Re: Qualifying for the 2024 Prevagen U.S. Figure Skating Championships –
Minimum Total Element Score (TES)
Per rule 2505*, competitors who qualify for the senior events at the U.S. Figure Skating
Championships must also have met a minimum total element score (TES) at one of the
following competitions in the same season:
• Any National Qualifying Series (NQS) event
• A Sectional Singles Final
• The U.S. Pairs Final
• The U.S. Ice Dance Final
• Any ISU competition
*Additional information regarding Athlete Bye and Advancement Criteria can be viewed
Athletes/teams must earn the minimum TES in both the short program/rhythm dance
and the free skate/free dance, but do not need to earn them at the same competition.
For the 2023-24 season, the minimum TES are:
o Short Program: 23.00
o Free Skate: 41.00