Short Program Thoughts
Well THAT was a doozy. Here are just some notes I took while I was watching.
Team Russia 1: “Hallelujah”
Really clean with good transitions. Great MIF. I liked the circle step sequence and I thought it went well with the music. Their NHSS had excellent lines the entire time - best I saw all night. I liked that their skating built along with the music. At first, the music was softer, and the skating was calmer with more modest choreography, and then as the music built, the choreography got bigger and the skating became stronger.
Team Germany: “Just One Last Dance”
Transitions in the beginning could’ve been faster. Great circle shape. The centers of their 2-spoke seemed really far apart…I’d be interested to look up what the rule is on that. NHSS lines could’ve been better. Weird collision (no fall) in the transition from NHSS to MIF.
Team USA 2: “Mercy”
They skated fine. It was clean. Crystallettes don’t always do it for me. In this particular skate I noticed a lot of arms. I’d be watching, and then get distracted by flailing arms. Not surprised by the score.
Team Sweden 2: Some tango song
Fall in warm up block. Fast skating. NHSS lines a little messy. Not sure what their 135 shape was supposed to be…an amoeba, perhaps? They were really excited about their scores.
Team Russia 2: “Algo Puerto”
I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen them skate. Again, NHSS lines could’ve been better but I liked the step sequence a lot. It seems like all the skaters are strong individually. One of the guys is really good (I’m sure they both are, just one stood out more to me than the other). There was one weird transition where one girl had to like skate alone and chase another line.
Team Canada 2: ?
I missed most of this because I was making food. I liked their dresses.
Team Canada 1: “Red Run”
I like this theme, it’s a nice change for Nexxice. AND this is a great example of a coach being creative. There were a few struggling skaters in the spread eagles. Nice transitions. Pivot block kept good flow for the most part.
Team Sweden 1: “Super Mario”
Crowd going crazy. You can always count on Team Surprise for amazing transitions and pencil-straight lines. Forward entry into pivot block, interesting. NHSS good for the most part. Circle breathes nicely. Spiral sequence kind of slow.
Team USA 1: “Dancing with the Muse”
Are my eyes deceiving me or did a skater put her foot down in the pivot block? NHSS was edgy. I haven’t really connected with this program at all this season. I think this skate was good for them but it could’ve been a little better. Not really surprised by the scores and I think they’ll get ahead in the long.
Team Finland 2: Something by Royal Crown Revue
Kind of amazing. I love their opening circle. I like the size. It’s a nice, medium size, allowing them to make it breathe both in AND out. I’ve noticed that most teams keep it really wide and then only shrink in. Surprised by scores. I’m not sure why they haven’t been getting high scores this season.
Team Finland 1: “I Stand Alone”
I like the vine on the back of their dresses. MIU likes green. I liked the intro to their spirals. There was a bobble into the 135s. I thought they’d get a higher score than they did.
I don’t want to say anything before I look at the call sheets and figure out if it was the judges or the TP who gave weird scores, BUT I think I will disagree with a lot of them. I thought Russia was very very good, but I thought Rockettes were better. I was not overly impressed by Nexxice. Team Surprise was very good but messy in spots. I think Rockettes were cleaner. If I were a judge (leaving TP out of this), my order would be:
3. Marigold Ice Unity
4. Team Surprise
But these scores are so close, it really really is still anyone’s game!