Video of Nguyen/Smirnov's Free Dance
this is the most Igor Shpilband FD ever - any music could have been playing there - the choreo doesn't relate to the music at all?Video of Nguyen/Smirnov's Free Dance
She does look taller compared to the last time we saw her compete over a year and a half ago. I think it's more so that Grigory and Avonley aren't very well matched right now (as to be expected from a totally new partnership). Perhaps I'm too used to seeing Avonley and Vadym compete, but Grigory just looks too tall for her? He's also quite a bit older than her (about 6 years) and the age gap makes me a bit uncomfortable. It's not the worst we've seen in figure skating, but it still just makes me feel slightly ickythis is the most Igor Shpilband FD ever - any music could have been playing there - the choreo doesn't relate to the music at all?
I'm still deciding exactly what I think of these two - for me they were the least interesting members of their previous partnerships, so together I don't find them all that inspiring? Avonley and Vadym had a really great connection on ice and he was equally as good at emoting as she is and I think that's why they worked, despite her skating skills not being quite as good as his. They're new so I guess that connection may come.
Also, has she grown? She seems a lot taller but maybe its a mix of a new partner and not having seen her compete since March 2020.
I feel the same about age gaps - I think at a time when a reckoning may be coming with the safety and power dynamics in this sport it may not be the most wise choice. My biggest thing however with age gaps - particularly in ice dance - is the longevity of the partnership. An example would be Olivia Smart and Adrian Diaz - if we assume he is retiring after this season (Madi Hubbell is and has mentioned them maybe moving to Spain) then what does Olivia do? She's only 24 and if her partner was, say, 26 I'd be thinking yeah one more quad maybe even 2... Priorities in life are so different at different ages and I think it's a shame when the younger partner ends up finishing their career or totally starting over because of that.She does look taller compared to the last time we saw her compete over a year and a half ago. I think it's more so that Grigory and Avonley aren't very well matched right now (as to be expected from a totally new partnership). Perhaps I'm too used to seeing Avonley and Vadym compete, but Grigory just looks too tall for her? He's also quite a bit older than her (about 6 years) and the age gap makes me a bit uncomfortable. It's not the worst we've seen in figure skating, but it still just makes me feel slightly icky
He's also quite a bit older than her (about 6 years) and the age gap makes
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Thank you for sharing! Avonley has definitely grown since we last saw her. I think that Nguyen/Smirnov have a beautiful look on the ice. They are well matched as a pair. I would never guess that this was their first (half) season skating together. I think they will improve technically once they really get some time in together (years) on the ice.Video of Nguyen/Smirnov's Free Dance
Are Hawayek/Baker still “on” to compete at G-P Russia? Holding my breath…we haven’t seen them yet this season.
She did the same thing the Sunday before NHK about how she was looking forward to competing in Japan and then on Monday the USFS announced they were withdrawn. I won't be convinced they are actually competing there until I see her and Jean-Luc posting on IG from the airport in Montreal.Kaitlin posted an Instagram Story a day or two ago about looking forward to going to Sochi next week, so hopefully we'll see them soon!
Unfortunately there isn’t much more mileage to give them. Nationals is around the corner and there are no more competitions for them. But I agree what they put out is worthy of the third spot.H/B's FD in Russia was breathtaking. I loved it. Needs more mileage but the program itself is beautiful and they seem to be right on track for the third Olympic spot.
Hawayek/Baker, Cesanek/Yehorov & Bratti/Somerville are scheduled for Golden Spin (the Challenger Series finale) next week.Unfortunately there isn’t much more mileage to give them. Nationals is around the corner and there are no more competitions for them.
Team USA Ice Dance Team Molly Cesanek and Yehor Yehorov perform their 2021-22 Free Dance, titled "The Passionate Love I Can't Live Without" to a bustling morning in Bryant Park, New York City. Filmed by Jordan Cowan of On Ice Perspectives, in partnership with Bank of America Winter Village in Bryant Park.
Molly and Yehor are coached at the Wheaton Ice Skating Academy. Their Free Dance was choreographed by Kaitlyn Weaver, with music design by Hugo Chouinard, and additional music by Karl Hugo (1:21 - end).
Chock/Bates:... Molly Cesanek, who competes with partner Yehor Yehorov, agreed Manners "gives us the understanding of that hip-hop vibe, which is a completely different way of moving. It's sharper and [requires] a lot of control and confidence."
This season, Cesanek and Yehorov, who are competing this week at the Golden Spin of Zagreb, have created a rhythm dance piece that starts and ends with music by Bruno Mars and includes Beyoncé's "Partition" for the Midnight Blues portion.
"When I described the program to [Cesanek and Yehorov], I told them they were going to go from funk -- giving us 'locking' -- and then they were going to have to give sensual moves," Manners explained. "It's a contrast of moves. [During the Bruno Mars pieces], they are moving sharp and quick. [During "Partition"], the moves are slower, sexier and more risqué. If the audience and the judges feel something, then the artistry of the program begins to feel more like a performance."
"There are a few changes to our programs that we were waiting to make until after we got back from Japan, but now we can implement them immediately," Chock explained. "That will be our focus as we prepare for the upcoming U.S. Championships."
With the competition just a few weeks away, Chock and Bates are beginning to feel that twinge of excitement that comes with the anticipation of the U.S. Championships. To stay on focused on the mission at hand, they have started to put blinders on as they prepare for one of the most exciting but stressful weeks of their season.
"This is when dreams can become reality, and the memories that I have of making the previous teams are extra special," Bates said. "I think that we will just be really focused and locked in on what we need to do which is just to skate well and take advantage of the training that we've been putting in and to just continue building as we get closer to the Olympics."
|Group 2||Group 3||Group 4|
FOR 2022 US
|Placed in the top 3|
|Placed in the top 5|
|Placed in the top 3|
|Placed in the top 5|
|Consistently scored equal to Top 3 at 2021 Worlds|
D – 214.35
|Consistently scored equal to Top 5 at 2021 Worlds|
D – 208.77
scored once equal to Top 3 at 2021 Worlds
|Consistently scored equal to Top 10 at 2021 Worlds|
D – 188.45
scored once equal to Top 5 at 2021 Worlds
|Consistently scored equal to Top 15 at 2021 Worlds|
D – 178.18
Scored once equal to Top 10 at 2021 Worlds
Kaitlin (spelled with 2 'i's ) posted a post-medals ceremony pic with Jean-Luc on Sunday: https://www.instagram.com/p/CXWc-2QJwC-/Whee! 4 weeks from Nationals and one last Olympic Selection Criteria update! Hawayek/Baker managed to move themselves into Group 3 with their Golden Spin score today! Also, we have a really tight competition for the 4CCs spots!
Group 3 - Kaitlyn Hawayek/Jean-Luc Baker (188.51 Worlds 2021; 187.62 Rostelecom; 191.32 CS Golden Spin)
Golden Spin placements/scores of the 3 U.S. teams:Others with International Assignments
Emily Bratti/Ian Somerville (166.83 CS Austria; 172.24 CS Golden Spin)
Molly Cesanek/Yehor Yehorov (166.12 LPIDI; 151.76 CS Lombardia; 156.97 SkAm; 166.71 CS Golden Spin)
How did your partnership come about?
Emily: Ian and I trained together at Rockville, Maryland for three seasons before we became partners. This summer, I was at a point in my career that I felt like I was in need of a change that would bring back my love for skating and enjoying my life in general. I had recently split up with my former partner. One day Ian texted me asking if I wanted to practice with him. We had practiced together a few times over the past few years, and it was always really fun. It felt so easy and natural due to how well we got along, and how similarly we skated. To then become partners with Ian felt like the right thing to do.
When you first teamed up, what did you see in each other that made you think you had the potential to become a good partnership?
Emily: Ian and I have the same ideas of what we want to accomplish with our skating. We both genuinely like working hard at practice. We also spend a lot of time thinking about, talking about, and watching skating together.
I’ve always struggled with having confidence in my skating. Before we were partners Ian helped me believe in myself and my skating abilities. That’s continued into our partnership, and I’m thankful for that. The fact that we already knew each other so well made forming the partnership feel as seamless as it did. Even moving to Michigan together didn’t feel overwhelming.
In terms of actual skating, we have pretty much identical styles and knee bend. I never need to change what feels natural in order to match him, which is something I haven’t ever experienced before skating with anyone else.
Ian: I knew that Emily was an extremely elegant and graceful skater with impeccable technique. She was always the best at twizzles, which is probably the most impressive thing to master in ice dance. I knew we would make a great team because of our matching personalities and identical passion for skating. She was a hard worker and always wanted to be on the ice. Emily was always easy to get along with and never judged me for being weird.
Were there any specific challenges you faced as a new team?
Ian: It wasn’t really that challenging for us to adapt to each others skating because we have very similar styles. The hardest elements for us to learn were spins and lifts because we both had to adjust to a new leverage. We experimented with so many variations and ended up choosing the ones that worked best for our bodies.
Using scores for GP and Challenger Series
Hubbell/Donohue 207 209
Chock/Bates 208 210 208
Hawayek/Baker 191 187
Green/Parsons 187 178 186
Carreira/Ponomarenko 178 172 175 168
Cesanek/Yehorov 166 151 156