Thank you Claire!Here is an article I did about Denney/Frazier for Figure Skaters Online:
They talk about how this season went & early plans for next season.
I assume Lockley/Prochnow & Feng/Nyman are moving up to seniors next season (Prochnow b. 12/97 and Feng 9/99) but the 3rd team still has 1 year of jr eligibility left (Nagy 7/98) and don't have a great chance of getting sr GP assignments (WS currently #62), so they're probably staying in juniors?Feng/Nyman and Lockley/Prochnow took 5th and 6th at junior worlds, earning 3 spots next year at junior worlds as well as 12 JGP spots for USFSA to waste. Finster/Nagy ended up 11th. Congrats to all of the teams!
US pairs the last few years has been a collection of the Walking Wounded. With most everybody now on the mend, and some promising teams coming up from juniors, and now Cain/LeDuc giving a very respectable performance in a field that was tougher than I imagined--and getting back two spots--it feels like the Pairs program is trending upward. I'm optimistic as long as they adopt the mantra "drill the SBS, drill the SBS".
It's not like other skating powers like Canada or Russia haven't sucked in a certain disciplines at one time or another too. Russian men since Plushenko first retired haven't exactly been world beaters and when is the last time Russia has had 3 spots in Ice Dance which they used to dominate. Canada ladies have gone from not being a contender for years to winning 2 world medals just a couple of years ago to having a very real possibility of dropping to one spot.Whelp, even though our pairs programs sucks, the lesson is it still pays to be US #1s.
When you're getting credit for clearly uder-rotated jumps (her on the sal) and good GOE for slow, labored lifts, it's easy for the technical to be "rather good".
I am probably the first person to say that C/L have some serious flaws but they got the job done. They were so happy to get those 2 spots back for the USA and I was super happy for them. They had so much pressure on them and they weren't perfect, but they accomplished what they needed to do, so I am going to refrain from criticizing them. Great Job Ashley and Tim!!!
They do two different side by side jumps in the FS. 3Lo and 3S+2T+2Lo.I respectfully disagree with you 110% and thats fine.
And what salchow are you even talking about????? they do loops.... in the free there is a throw salchow with they got dinged on but other than that Im not sure which Ashley Cain and Tim LeDuc you are referring. Maybe there are more than one couple named that?
Well did anyone notice who the Technical Specialist was on the panel? Troy Goldstein who is American. Ashley’s jump was not called for underotation and it was clearly underrotated and the lifts and twist levels are questionable. But good for them to earn the two spots back! However, the field was depleted and they would have had to had a train wreck not to get top 10. But they were gifted in technical marksAnd a level 4 twist that clearly isn't level 4
Well did anyone notice who the Technical Specialist was on the panel? Troy Goldstein who is American. Ashley’s jump was not called for underotation and it was clearly underrotated and the lifts and twist levels are questionable. But good for them to earn the two spots back! However, the field was depleted and they would have had to had a train wreck not to get top 10. But they were gifted in technical marks