I began writing a detailed post about all of the Junior Short programs, but I just don’t have enough time to compare my notes to the scores and be as thorough as I’d really like to be. Instead I’m just going to write a few general thoughts, but if you’re interested in hearing my opinion about specific teams/programs/elements/etc., please ask!
- For those of you who have been reading this blog for a while, you know how obsessed I am with Haydenettes 2008-2009 Forbidden Kingdom LP. Skyliners used the same music for their short program so I got very excited, but also couldn’t stop thinking about the Haydenettes program as I watched. I liked Skyliners black tights for this program.
- St. Louis Synergy reminds me of Team Braemar in their “comeback year” (I just made this up, the year was 2008-2009 when they went to Junior Worlds). I didn’t love the SP dresses but the choreography was really original. Capitol Steps also had a very original SP theme and I appreciated seeing a theatrical short program.
- I really liked Lexettes’ SP dresses. I like their spreads better than last year’s. The whip intersection was so well-placed with the music, which was really cool. The girl in the front corner of the No Hold element had beautiful footwork and extensions like an ice dancer - so nice to watch! This program was definitely National Champion material and I hope they can skate this well next week at Junior Worlds. I wish they had a more powerful LP. The beginning is so strong - loved it. But the music gets a little unexciting as the program progresses.
- Miami had one of the best-looking whips in the SP. However, Lexettes and Synchroettes were the only two teams to have it called as an I4…
- I still always associate Chicago Jazz with their long sleeved, turtleneck, heavy fabric dresses, so I was pretty shocked when they stepped out on the ice for the SP. Personally I didn’t love the theme but the program looked a bit European in my opinion, maybe like something Fintastic would do.
- Smart move on Synergy’s part to go for the L3 and get it called with a high GOE. Nobody got the L4. Unless you can consistently get it called, I don’t really see the point in taking the risk on the interacting pivoting lines. It was pretty apparent that Lexettes wouldn’t get theirs called, they lost the 90 degrees early on in the element.
- The camera angles on IceNetwork were great for the SP but crazy for the LP. Believe me, I appreciate the artistry in camerawork but it just doesn’t fit for this sport! I could barely ever see lines in the No Hold elements, and they would always show the no point intersections from the short end of the ice, so you couldn’t see what was going on. Every program is oriented so that it looks good to the judges…show the programs from the judges’ view! I was pretty bummed they didn’t snow the beginning of Haydenettes SP from the front. Unfortunately I also wasn’t crazy about the commentary. Becky Search is extremely knowledgable and I think the commentary would be good for people who aren’t very familiar with the sport. One thing I do appreciate, though, is how she always points out the difficult elements and emphasizes how strong each individual skater has to be to do them. Hopefully people will catch on to the fact that it’s an athletic, challenging sport that should be in the Olympics!
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