The Dance Hall 7: Tripping the Light Fantastic 2019-2020

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I do think L&L are surprisingly talented. Their JW FD was really something else, but right now, they're all potential. Criticisms of their chemistry are painfully valid - they already have a partnership breakup under them, and don't look like they have much rapport. They move together beautifully despite that.
They did a video interview a few months ago where I thought they had a decent friend rapport, but their energies as performers are very, very different, so that will probably continue to be something to navigate in their packaging. Their programs for last year placed heavy emphasis on big drama and playing to the audience.

With Khudaiberdieva/Nazarov breaking up, L/L and Shevchenko/Eremenko are the big junior teams going senior for the upcoming season. In the latter case, they presumably would like to overtake Zahorski/Guerreiro by the 2021/22 season.

One of the storylines going forward to Beijing will be if any of the current younger teams in the US, Canada and Russia can elbow their way onto the 2022 national podium and therefore the Olympic team. In L/L's case, a spot might open of its own if Weaver/Poje bow out, but that would also raise at least the possibility of Canada dropping to 2 spots after 2021 Worlds, so that would still mean they'd have to pass Fourner Beaudry/Sorensen. Russia and USA's third spots look more secure; both Zahorski/Guerreiro and Hawayek/Baker have to know they have targets on their backs.
 

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It was of course a very different situations (p/c moved to senior a year or two before they aged out, plus the man and women were the same age).
1 season. I don't see the great difference you are referring to. P&C moved up one season early, probably because they were in a similar situation to various other teams that have moved up one season early--they had a guaranteed spot on the GP due to a Junior World medal (which teams no longer have) and basically a guaranteed host spot (which the Russian and U.S. Junior World medalists haven't had recently because of the depth at home). But it's the same reasoning that likely led Carreira & Ponomarenko and Lajoie & Lagha to move up one season early: one guaranteed spot and very good odds for a second. C&P were not quite high enough on the SB list to get the second berth during the initial draw without Min & Gamelin being skipped over, but it was a post-Olympic year with a lot of openings and Igor probably knew he could get them in. Lajoie & Lagha could be asked to compete for a host berth against Soucisse & Firus over the summer, but I'll be surprised if Canada doesn't get L&L two spots one way or other. Anthony is younger than Christina. Lajoie & Lagha aren't very far apart in age. Maia Shibutani is also 24. The fact that people don't see something coming just means people don't see something coming.

Note: I personally don't have any great expectations for L&L and Shevchenko & Eremenko (probably because I'm fangirling McNamara & Carpenter and I also think C&P have a lot of potential). But I've been really enjoying watching the young teams coming through the pipeline over the past three seasons. I find them quite unpredictable and am looking forward to watching the next couple seasons of teams transition up as well.
 
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1 season. I don't see the great difference you are referring to. P&C moved up one season early, probably because they were in a similar situation to various other teams that have moved up one season early
Yeah I just realized it was one season because Gabi's birthday is 2 months too early. Even so they were 18/18 their first season on senior while L/L will be 19/20 next season. The point I was more trying to get at is that it is unpredictable what will happen. Especially with such a tight field this quad. I wish L/L and all the other junior teams moving up the best of luck next season.
 

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Any thoughts on who will get the 3rd host pick at SA? I would expect only 2 of the top 4 US teams to be there. Maybe C/P gets the third spot because the pickings are pretty slim below them in seniors with Manta/Johnson’s retirement and the junior teams who would have aged out have split. Or USFS might want to give someone new a chance?
Don't know.

I have the following questions:

Is Michael Parsons already repartnered? Is it with Caroline? If he is, does his team think he & said partner could possibly be ready by early fall? Have Erdman & Vlasenko split? Are they mysteriously staying off camera, sticking it out, and working their butts off? Does Efimova have a new partner that is planning to skate for the U.S.? Are any countries other than Japan prepared to pony up and invite McNamara & Carpenter? Does USFS or Gadbois have any reason to want to pit Hubbell & Donohue against Chock & Bates? Is there some reason to believe an SA berth might help Chock & Bates or Hawayek & Baker to make the Final?

H&D, H&B, and C&P seem like your average invite-a-team, skip-a-team, invite-a-team approach should the answers to all of these other questions fall into "Nobody new is going to be ready," "Yes, two other countries are going to pony up and invite M&C," and "No, USFS does not have a good reason to pit H&D and C&B in the same event." But I do not know if those are the real-world answers.
 

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