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Team Paradise LP - Worlds 2010

I’m a fan of Team Paradise. This video isn’t the best angle/quality but it highlights some really nice things. I went to watch Worlds in 2010 and I will tell you that whenever Team Paradise got on the ice for practice or competition, I could not take my eyes off of them. It is clear that these skaters are great individually. They might not always have the best performances but their programs are creative and different, and they’re really exciting to watch.

1. From what I understand, whip intersections are pretty hard to get called. The ends really have to “whip” and it can’t just turn into a V intersection. I’m not sure if they got this called (it looks okay to me) but I give them props for not doing a triangle or a box as one of two intersections, as most other teams do. I’m sure it at least got some decent GOEs (but this is from far away, maybe it was scratchy, who knows).

2. Those spirals! I looove love love that first big, deep inside edge they take. Love it. (Also interesting to see something other than the back spirals they usually do!)

3. I thought the Haydenettes had good 135s. Then I saw Team Paradise’s 135s. It really highlights how strong the skaters are as individuals.

4. I think Team Paradise has some of the most interesting and daring step sequences out there. Loops are really hard to get called (and I don’t know if Paradise gets them called) but I love that they still try. They also do triple twizzles at a few points in this program. Last time I checked (I admit I’m not 100% up-to-date on IJS, so correct me if I’m wrong), doing a triple twizzle won’t get you a higher level for the steps than if you do a double, so I guess they just do triples to challenge themselves and enhance the steps visually? I don’t know, but I like it.

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