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I liked the idea of the Perry Mason program in theory, but I felt like the music didn't really build to anything.
So . . . is it safe to assume the Junior World team will be Lajoie & Lagha and McIsaac & Graham? How do people feel about Canada's chances for winning back three spots at Junior Worlds?
For what it's worth--which isn't a lot considering the volatility of the junior dance field this season & the newness of McIsaac & Graham as a partnership this fall--here are the top ISU junior dance SB scores, excluding the Russian teams below #3 and the U.S. teams below #3 and the Canadian teams that did not finish top 2 at Nationals.
153.61 RUS Skoptcova & Aleshin
151.76 USA Carreira & Ponomarenko
150.30 CAN Lajoie & Lagha
149.04 RUS Polischuk & Vakhnov
149.01 Ushakova & Nekrasov
136.06 Popova & Byelikov (This is a senior score. They finished a hair behind M&G at their JGP event this season)
131.23 Green & Green
130.48 Lewis & Bye
129.90 Lagouge & Rahier
123.83 Calderone & Papetti
122.40 McIsaac & Graham
-Lajoie & Lagha finished 6th at the JGPF, but at least two of the teams ahead of them there won't be at Worlds due to the 3 team limit for Russia.
-I have my doubts that the three Russian teams listed above will actually comprise the Russian team at Junior Worlds. We'll have to see what happens at Russian Junior Nationals (Shpilevaya & Smirnov will be back). Whoever Russia sends will be competitive.
-McIsaac & Graham had one JGP at the Baltic Cup this season, which was really quite a volatile event. M&G finished 4th overall, 5th in the SD, and 6th in the SD. They finished behind Kalehanova & Palkhouski of Belarus in the free and Popova & Byelikov of UKR in the short so those teams should at least be considered as relevant competition.
-I don't remember, but I assume M&B must have missed the twizzles during the free at the Baltic Cup. Popova & Byelikov had mistakes as well.
-Calderone & Papetti skated at home.
If body of work counts, then Stairs & Royer might go. Placements for the dance teams below Lajoie & Lagha have been fairly tangled for two seasons; but S&R have the higher finish from SC Challenge, Junior Worlds experience from last year, and a higher ISU SB than M&G.
Stairs & Royer 126.97
I'm not sure that supersedes McIsaac & Graham, who had the same final placement at their one JGP. I don't know if I remember clearly, but I think both teams won an event on the Canadian Summer Series. It was pretty clear that the fall in the SD cost S&R second; but M&G have been high enough to be in the mix so second at Nationals might be enough for them.
I was sad about Fabbri & Pietrantonio. It is the second season in a row that they have had one of the top Canadian scores on the JGP and finished relatively low behind their peers at Canadian Nationals. They are a bit catastrophic, but I like them. Their style is different--sharper with more snap than many of the Canadian junior teams.
Bruce Waddell -the ice dancer after having Ted point out his amazing skating skills before the marks came up got skating skills in the 6's from all the judges. Not saying he should have won....he had some jump problems on the day...just saying his skating skills should have been a lot higher.
Their skating skills marks in Brisbane were mostly in the 5's. They're young, and as of the beginning of the season, they had a lot of two foot skating. I missed the stream for Canadian's so I can't comment on the skating or marks there. But I do think D'Allesandro & Waddell have a nice basic feel and good potential.
Yes, he will turn 21 before July 1, 2018. She turns 15 in a couple of weeks, and they are age-eligible to skate seniors next year, but she's outgrown him physically, and she may still grow. He's probably not going to grow much more, if at all, and his frame is slender. She needs someone taller and broader at this point.Aren't Fabbri & Pietrantonio aging out of juniors after this season? What is the likelihood that they'll continue as a team?
His LP at Canadians was not his best, even in terms of interpretation. I am sure he is capable of much more, but I was not in awe compared to Duval-Yergeau, Mitchell or Circelli. I found his long to be too heavy for him.They are lovely and up and coming and not ready to really challenge this yr. I was talking about his singles skating . He got very blah skating skills. In other words his skills were not being marked....they put all his PCS according to how they wanted him to finish.
His LP at Canadians was not his best, even in terms of interpretation. I am sure he is capable of much more, but I was not in awe compared to Duval-Yergeau, Mitchell or Circelli. I found his long to be too heavy for him.
It definitely was not his best performance and I did not watch many of the others so won't even comment on who should have won,,,was just zoning in on his skating skills mark as that was bullsh**it.
Completely agree. V/M were simply sublime. Until the twizzle, W/P were a real step above the rest, except for V/M. The overall quality of their skating is just in a different league than the rest of the field. But that error was awful for them. I'd have put S/F next. Again, the quality of their skating was very good. G/P were solid, but I'd have their marks in the same range as S/F. They don't deserve 78 for that. But G/P are always over scored in Canada. I've never understood it. We can all see the differences with our own eyes.I am not an ice dance technic person, but on speed, togetherness, edges, I would have had Shane and Carolane in second. G&P seemed slow and forced.
I am not an ice dance technic person, but on speed, togetherness, edges, I would have had Shane and Carolane in second. G&P seemed slow and forced.
GORGEOUS FD from WeaPo.
Didn't like G/P James Bond. I thought they did absolutely nothing to the music, and basically anything could have been playing from the speakers. A few nice lifts, though.