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Grand Prix Series Has started. Share your thoughts here after each comp.
By Highlandlizmember has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Sun Oct 18, 2009 12:41 PM

So he grand prix started this weekend in France at the Eric Bombard cup.

The results are as follows (with points won in brackets)

Men:

Nobunari Oda, Japan (!5)
Tomas Verner, Czech Rep. (13)
Adam Rippon, USA (11)
Brian Joubert, France (9)
Yannick Ponsero, France (7)
Sergei Voronox, Russia (5)
Alban Preaubert, France (4)
Chao Yang, China (3)

The men excited me alot this year. Last year the competition was quite lack lustre, and i was quite impressed with Rippon who gave a beautiful performance I was rooting for Joubert, unfortunately he pulled off yet another disappointed performance, I wish he could revert to those amazing skates of a couple years ago.

Women
Yu-Na Kim, Korea (15)
Mao Asada, Japan (13)
Yukari Nakano, Japan (11)
Caroline Zhang, USA (9)
Alexe Gilles, USA (7)
Carolina Kostner, Italy (5)
Elene Gedevanishvili, Georgia (4)
Kira Korpi, Suomi (3)

I have to say I was impressed with Korpi's number this year, I think she is an up and comer to watch, but Kim of course is amazing and really, grace on ice.

Pairs
Mukhortova/Trankov, Russia (15)
Dube/Davison, Canada (13)
Savchenko, Szolkowy, Germany (11)
Inque/Baldwin, USA (9)
Canac/Coia, France (7)
Dong/Wu, China (5)

Wow, this is the event to watch! I was holding on tight for Dube and davison, their's is going to be the routine to beat. The new Russian couple pulled an amazing coup against the world champions from Germany, they did not have their usual fluidity on the ice.

Dance
Virtue/Moir, Canada (15)
Pechalat/Bourzat, France (13)
Kerr/Kerr, Great Britain (11)
Samuelson/Bates, USA (9)
Rubleva/Shefer, Russia (7)
Navarro/Bommentre, USA (5)
Gorshkova/Butikov (3)

Any thoughts?
Next weekend is the cup from Russia.

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re: Grand Prix Series Has started. Share your thoughts here after each comp.
By Highlandlizmember has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Sat Oct 24, 2009 01:31 PM
So, the Russian Cup is going on.

I think the new US contender on set did a marvellous job (Ashley Wagner). She finished in second position which must have been a surprise.

The other large surprise was Mao Asada's fall from the podium. Her programme this year has been far from her usually amazing technical ability.

The results, combined with the previous grandprix results, for a running total:

MEN
1Tie: Evgeni Plushenko, Russia; Nobunari Oda, Japan (15)
2Tie: Takahiko Kozuka, Japan; Tomas Verner, Czech Rep. (13)
3Tie:Artem Borodulin, Russia; Adam Rippon, USA (11)
4Tie: Johnny Weir, USA; Brian Joubert, France (9)
5Tie: Kevin Van Der Perren, Belgium; Yannick Ponsero, France (7)
6Tie: Adrian Schultheiss, Sweden; Sergei Voronox, Russia (5)
7Tie: Brandon Mroz, USA; Alban Preaubert, France (4)
8Tie: Shawn Sawyer, Canada; Chao Yang, China (3)

Ice DANCE

1: Rubleva/Shefer, Russia (18)
2Tie: Davis/White, USA;Virtue/Moir, Canada (15)
3Tie: Cappellini/Lanotte, Italy; Pechalat/Bourzat, France (13)
4: Kerr/Kerr, Great Britain (11)
5Tie: Crone/Poirier, Canada; Samuelson/Bates, USA (9)
6: Platonova/Grachev, Russia(7)
7TIE: Rizaonoa/Tkachenko, Russia.; Navarro/Bommentre, USA (5)
8Tie: Mysliveckova/Novak, Czech Rep Gorshkova/Butikov (3)

PAIRS:

1Tie: Pang/Tong, China; Mukhortova/Trankov, Russia (15)
2Tie: Kavaguti/Smirnov, Russia;Dube/Davison, Canada (13)
3Tie: McLaughlin/Brubaker, USA; Savchenko, Szolkowy, Germany (11)
4Tie: Bazarova/Larionov, Russia; Inque/Baldwin, USA (9)
5Tie: Monica/Kocon, Italy; Canac/Coia, France (7)
6Tie: Brodeur/Mattatall, Canada; Dong/Wu, China (5)

WOMEN:

1: Mao Asada, Japan (20)
2TIe: Miki Ando, Japan; Yu-Na Kim, Korea (15)
3: Ashley Wagner, USA (13)
4Tie:Alena Leonova, Russia; Yukari Nakano, Japan (11)
5Tie: Alissa Cziny, USA; Caroline Zhang, USA (9)
6: Alexe Gilles, USA (7)
7Tie: Julia Sebestyen, Hungary; Carolina Kostner, Italy (5)
8Tie: Amelie Lacoste, Canada; Elene Gedevanishvili, Georgia (4)
9Tie: Jenna McCorkell, UK; Kira Korpi, Suomi (3)

Alright, so again, feel free to weigh in on your opinion on the skating so far. The Cup of China is next weekend. Teams are starting to compile some serious marks. Most notable those of Mao Asada I think.
re: Grand Prix Series Has started. Share your thoughts here after each comp.
By CodeRedDancemember has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Sat Oct 24, 2009 10:14 PM
I was honestly a bit disappointed with the performances from this week's comp from Russia this year, particularly in the Ladies' events...Though it is early in the season and I'm sure things will begin shaping up. I'm looking forward to Cup of China!
re: Grand Prix Series Has started. Share your thoughts here after each comp.
By rr_lover
On Sun Oct 25, 2009 03:46 PM
Edited by rr_lover (191435) on 2009-10-25 15:46:43
Okies so i have a few comments about some of the skaters, after seeing both events a couple times. I'll start with the Ladies.

Yuna-Kim (Saw her in Trophee Lalique A.K.A Grand Prix of Paris):
I'm going to put it out there that i think she is going to win the gold in Vancouver. If she can keep up her momentum i doubt anyone will beat her.

Mao Asada (We saw her in Paris and also Cup of Russia):
I wasn't very impressed with her so far this year, and i'm not a big fan of her new routine. I think she's concentraiting way to hard on her Triple Axle instead of working on putting her Triple Lutz back in her routine.

All in all i think the Japanease woman have a very deep field, but i can't see Mao making the team unless she makes some serious focus changes.

Caroline Zhang (Saw her in Paris):
I like her but i don't think she's ready for the Olympics this year, she needs to work on the landings of her jumps. Her artistry is beautiful but the landings she needs to work on.

I think the woman this year in the United States, might not be a factor at the Olympics. It all depends where Sasha is at, and also if Rachel Flatt can make a dent in the field. Although I think Ashlee Wagner could be a contender. I've all but given up on Alyssa....I don't want want to put my trust in her to do well enough to challenge for a medal. She has great Artistry, but she's to un-reliable and up and down in her skating.

My Men :):

Johnny Weir (Saw him in Cup of Russia):
Not what i was hoping for and with Adam Rippon rocking it out in Paris last week, come nationals i don't think it's going to be quite as predictable as i first thought. Johnny neeeeeds, to skate SO much better.

Brian Joubert (Saw him in Paris):
Wellll.....I still love Brian and he's one of my favorite skaters. I think it's to early in the season to judge him quite yet on his performances, because i think he's heading in the right direction.

Plushenko (Skated and won in Russia):
All i gotta say is....WOW!, but i what i want to see is a showdown between him and Evan before the Olympic games i wanna see them battle it out on the circuit. Right now, there the top two best in the world in my opinion.

Overall i've been impressed with everything, there are big improvements and match ups i'd like to see before the end of the Grand Prix circuit. But overall i'm pleased :).
re: Grand Prix Series Has started. Share your thoughts here after each comp.
By Highlandlizmember has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Sun Oct 25, 2009 03:57 PM
rr-lover, I totally agree with your opinion on Asada and Yuna-Kim. I cannot wait to see what Rochette does coming up in China.

I did not realize there was talk of a Cohen return, I am hoping not... it may be a repeat of Kwan's reappearance at the last olympics which was just disasterly... My opinion is that when you retire from international competition you should really retire.

I cannot wait to see all the dance teams together at the final. It seems like all the main teams are competing at different events on the cirque.
re: Grand Prix Series Has started. Share your thoughts here after each comp.
By rr_lover
On Sun Oct 25, 2009 04:37 PM
Edited by rr_lover (191435) on 2009-10-25 16:56:22
Highlandliz wrote:

rr-lover, I totally agree with your opinion on Asada and Yuna-Kim. I cannot wait to see what Rochette does coming up in China.

I did not realize there was talk of a Cohen return, I am hoping not... it may be a repeat of Kwan's reappearance at the last olympics which was just disasterly... My opinion is that when you retire from international competition you should really retire.

I cannot wait to see all the dance teams together at the final. It seems like all the main teams are competing at different events on the cirque.


True, but i think Sasha has enough talent to make a solid comeback. The new system has always done well for her, and i think she is our only shot at a medal here in the USA. Rochette, has always been that wild card, and i like her style but she can have a tendancy to do well in the short and not the long, but we shall see!

I am also pretty impressed with the dance Teams and i think the USA will either sweep the Gold and Silver or Silver and Bronze. I am very very pleased with the USA team :D.

Pairs, ehhhh i wanna wait and see more of them. But i think there are some really great teams out there.
re: Grand Prix Series Has started. Share your thoughts here after each comp.
By Highlandlizmember has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Sat Oct 31, 2009 06:32 AM
Edited by Highlandliz (94290) on 2009-10-31 06:39:05 one sec
Edited by Highlandliz (94290) on 2009-10-31 08:01:04 Added Dance
Cup of China

ok, the dancing has not occurred yet, but I thought I would start up the discussion. This was quite the competition. Japan did amazingly well.


Combined results:
cup results are on wikipedia.org or cbc.ca/sports/figureskating

Stars (*) have completed 2 grand prix events and these are their final results
Men
1: Nobunari Oda, Japan* (30)
2: Sergei Voronox, Russia* (16)
3: Evgeni Plushenko, Russia; (15)
4: Yannick Ponsero, France* (14)
5Tie: Takahiko Kozuka, Japan; Tomas Verner, Czech Rep.; Evan Lysacek, USA (13)
6Tie:Artem Borodulin, Russia; Adam Rippon, USA (11)
7Tie: Johnny Weir, USA; Brian Joubert, France; Samuel Contesti, Italy (9)
8Tie: Kevin Van Der Perren, Belgium; Chao Yang, China(7)
9Tie: Adrian Schultheiss, Sweden; Stephen Carriere, USA (5)
10Tie: Brandon Mroz, USA; Alban Preaubert, France (4)
11Tie: Shawn Sawyer, Canada;Kevin Reynolds, Canada (3)

Women

1: Mao Asada, Japan* (20)
2 Kiira Korpi, Finland* (16)
3TIe: Miki Ando, Japan; Yu-Na Kim, Korea, Akiko Suzuki, Japan (15)
4: Ashley Wagner, USA (13)
5Tie:Alena Leonova, Russia; Yukari Nakano, Japan; Joannie Rochette, Canada (11)
6: Carolina Kostner, Italy* (10)
7Tie: Alissa Cziny, USA; Caroline Zhang, USA; Rachael Flatt, USA (9)
8Tie: Alexe Gilles, USA; Mirai Nagasu, USA (7)
9: Julia Sebestyen, Hungary;(5)
10Tie: Amelie Lacoste, Canada; Elene Gedevanishvili, Georgia, Fumi Suguri, Japan (4)
11Tie: Jenna McCorkell, UK; Diane Szmiett, Canada (3)

Pairs:

1Tie: Pang/Tong, China; Mukhortova/Trankov, Russia; Shen/Zhao, China (15)
2Tie: Kavaguti/Smirnov, Russia;Dube/Davison, Canada; Zhang/Zhang, China (13)
3Tie: McLaughlin/Brubaker, USA; Savchenko, Szolkowy, Germany; Volosozhar/Morozov, Russia (11)
4: Dong/Wu, China* (10)
5Tie: Bazarova/Larionov, Russia; Inque/Baldwin, USA; Duhamel/Buntin, Canada (9)
6Tie: Monica/Kocon, Italy; Canac/Coia, France; Iliushechkina/Maisuradze, Russia (7)
7: Brodeur/Mattatall, Canada (5)

Dance:

1: Rubleva/Shefer, Russia* (18)
2Tie: Davis/White, USA;Virtue/Moir, Canada; Belbin/Agosto, USA (15)
3Tie: Cappellini/Lanotte, Italy; Pechalat/Bourzat, France; Khoklova/Novitski (13)
4: Kerr/Kerr, Great Britain; Faiella/Scali, Italy (11)
5Tie: Crone/Poirier, Canada; Samuelson/Bates, USA; Zadorozhniuk/Verbillo, Ukraine (9)
6: Platonova/Grachev, Russia; Zaretski/Zaretski, Israel (7)
7TIE: Rizaonoa/Tkachenko, Russia.; Navarro/Bommentre, USA; Weaver/Poje, Canada (5)
8Tie: Mysliveckova/Novak, Czech Rep Gorshkova/Butikov;Huang/Zheng, China (3)
re: Grand Prix Series Has started. Share your thoughts here after each comp.
By rr_lover
On Sun Nov 01, 2009 05:44 PM
Edited by rr_lover (191435) on 2009-11-01 17:45:00
Edited by rr_lover (191435) on 2009-11-01 17:45:59
Edited by rr_lover (191435) on 2009-11-01 17:46:22
Well i suppose overall i was happy with how Cup of China ended up, i thought Evan would have ran away with the title....but. whatever. I do like Oda though, i think his long program is very, very cute :) and it fits him. I LOOOVEEE Evan's new programs and i think they will really work for this new year.

Is it me or does Evan look more prepared and ready then Johnny did?, Johnny's blamed the fact he hasn't skated in a while...thats not an excuse to not do well, i'm sorry but with how all the other USA men are doing he needs to watch his back or there going to take his Olympic spot.

And one thing i gotta say about Ben and Tanith....... :D :D :D :D :D :D :D.
re: Grand Prix Series Has started. Share your thoughts here after each comp.
By Highlandlizmember has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Sun Nov 08, 2009 01:02 PM
Ok. The NHK cup just wrapped up?

What did you think? I thought that most of the excitement came from the dance category. Although, I was quite upset that Kerr/Kerr beat our Poirier/Crone. I did not see the short routine, but I thought that the free dance Of Crone/Poirier was superior... I didn't really enjoy the Kerrs, I found the routine very choppy and lacking a professional edge.

Thoughts?

Also MIKI ANDO (love!)

*= completed both competitions
Q= definitly qualified for finals
Men:

1. Oda, Japan (30)* Q
2. Joubert, France (24)*
3. Weir, USA (22)*
4. Kozuka, Japan (17)*
5 TIE. Voronov, Russia*; Rippon, USA (16)*
6. Plushenko, Russia (15)
7. Tie Ponsero, Fra, Borodulin, Rus* (14)
8. Tie: Verner, Cze; Lysacek, USA (13)
9. Brezina Cze (11)
10. Tie: Contesti, Ita; Takahashi, Jpn (9)
11. Tie: Van der Perren, Bel; Yang, China; Abbott, USA (7)
12. Tie: Schultheiss, Sweden; Carriere, USA (5)
13. Tie: Mroz, USA; Preaubert Fra, (4)
14. Tie: Sawyer, CAN; Reynolds CAN (3)

Women:

1. Ando, JPN (30)*Q
2. TIE: Wagner, USA*; Leonova, Rus (24)*
3. Tie: Asada, JPN*; Nakano, JPN* (20)
4. Korpii, FIN* (16)
5. Kim, JPN; Suzuki, JPN (15)
6. Rochette, CAN (11)
7. Kostner, ITA (10)
8. Tie: Cziny, USA; Zhang, China, Flatt, USA (9)
9. Tie: Gilles, USA; Nagasu, JPN; Lepisto FIN (7)
10. Sebestyen, HUN; Phaneuf, CAN (5)
11. Lacoste, CAN; Gedevanishvilli, GEO Suguri, JPN (4);
12. McCOrkell, GBR; Szmiett, CAN (3)

Pairs:
1. Pang/Tong, China (30)* Q
2. Kavaguti/Smirnov, RUS(26)* Q
3. Inque/Baldwin, USA (20)*
4. Mukhortova/Trankov, Rus; Shen/Zhao, CHN (15)
5. Dube/Davison, CAN; Zhang/Zhang, CHN (13)
6. Brodeur/Matatall, CAN (12)*
7. McLaughlin/Brubaker, USA; Savchenko/Szolkowy, GER; Volosozhar/Morozov UKR (11)
8. Dong/Wu, CHN (10)*
9. Bazarova/Larionov, RUS; Duhamel/buntin, CAN; Denney/Barrett, USA (9)
10. Monica/Kocon, ITA, Canac/Coia, FRA; Illiushechkina/Maisuradze RUS (7)
11. Krasilnikova/Bezmaterni, RUS (5)

Dance:

1. Davis/White, USA (30) *Q
2. Kerr/Kerr, GBR (24) *
3. Crone/Poirier CAN (20)*
4. Rubleva/Shefer RUS (18)
5. Virtue/Moir, CAN; Belbin/Agosto USA (15)
6. Zadorozhniuk/Verbillo, UKR (14)
7. Cappellini/lanotte, ITA; Pechalat/Bourzat, FRA; Khokhlova/Novitski, RUS (13)
8. Faiella/Scali, ITA (11)
9. Huang/Zheng, CHN (10)*
10. Samuelson/Bates, USA; Bobrova/Soloviev, RUS, (9)
11. Platonova/Grachev, RUS; Zaretski/Zaretski, ISR (7)
12. Rizaonoa/Tkachenko, RUS; Navarro/Bommentre FRA; Weaver/Poje CAN (5)
13. Mysliveckove/Novak, RUS; Gorshkova/Butikov RUS; Reed/Reed JPN, (3)

Thoughts?1
re: Grand Prix Series Has started. Share your thoughts here after each comp.
By rr_lover
On Sun Nov 08, 2009 02:32 PM
I was EXTREMLY pleased with how the men did this time around, Johnny and Brian improved a lot from there previous disator performances, Jereomy Abbot....guhhhh he needs to get out all the bad performances out of his system now before Nationals because he BOMBED!!!!

From what i saw of the Pairs, i liked and have yet to see the Ice Dance or the Ladies free skates.
re: Grand Prix Series Has started. Share your thoughts here after each comp.
By sk8starmember has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Sun Nov 08, 2009 02:40 PM
Can I just say how much I enjoyed Aleana Leonova's program at NHK. I didn't really like her at first, but after watching her long today, I'm quite impressed.

Ashley Wagner has a chance of doing so well this year if she cleans up her program a little more.

I do believe that Yuna Kim will walk away with the OG this season. Mao is too focused on getting the big jumps and has therefore lost most of the simple moves. Her new coaching chance has done NOTHING for her.
re: Grand Prix Series Has started. Share your thoughts here after each comp.
By Highlandlizmember has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Sun Nov 08, 2009 03:40 PM
oh my goodness, eh? She is amazing- I think she was the most entertaining out of all of them. I am sure she is happy with her result, and I think that she was very pleased
re: Grand Prix Series Has started. Share your thoughts here after each comp.
By Highlandlizmember has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Tue Nov 17, 2009 08:18 PM
Results from Skate America are as follows:
Remember the top six after next week's skate Canada will progress onto the Grand Prix final In Japan!

top 10s
Women:

<b> 1. Yuna Kim KOR*Q, Miki Ando JPN*Q (30) </b>
2. Alena Leonova RUS*, Ashley Wagner USA* (24)
3. Rachael Flatt USA* (22)
4. Mao Asado JPN* Yukari Nakano JPN* (20)
<i> 5. Kiira Korpi FIN* NQ Julia Sebestyen HUN* NQ (16)</i>
6. Akiko Suzuki JPN (15)
<i> 7. Fumie Suguri JPN* NQ (13) </i>
8. Joannie Rochette CAN (11)
<i> 9. Carolina Kostner ITA*NQ (10) </i>
10. Alissa Czisny USA, Caroline Zhang USA, Elene Gedevanishvili GEO*NQ (9)

Men
<b> 1. Nobunari Oda JPN*Q (30) </b>
<b> 2. Evan Lysacek USA*Q (28) </b>
3. Brian Joubert FRA* (24)
4. Johnny Weir USA* (22)
5. Tomas Verner CZR* (20)
6. Takahiko Kozuka JPN* (17)
<i> 7. Shawn Sawyer CAN* NQ,, Sergei Voronov RUS*NQ, Adam Rippon USA*NQ (16) </i>
8. Evgeni Plushenko RUS (15)
<i> 9. Artem Borodulin RUS*NQ Yannick Ponsero FRA*NQ (14) </i>
10. Ryan Bradley USA*NQ Michal Brezina CZR (11)

Pairs
<b> 1. Shen/Zhao CHN*Q, Pang/Tong CHN*Q (30) </b>
2. Kavaguti/Smirnov RUS* (26)*
3. Zhan/Zhang CHN* Volosozhar/Morozov UKR* (24)
4. Mclaughlin/brubaker USA* Inque/Baldwin USA* (20)
5. Mukhortova/Trankov RUS (15)
6. Dube/Davison CAN (13)
<i> 7. Brodeur/Mattatall CAN*NQ (12) </i>
8. Savchenko/Szolkowy GER (11)
<i> 9. Dong/Wu CHN*DQ (10) </i>
10. Duhamel/Buntin CAN*DQ Bazarova/Larionova RUS*NQ Denney/Barrett USA (9)

Dance
<b> 1. Davis/White USA*Q Belbin/Agosto USa*Q (30) </b>
2. Cappellini/Lanotte ITA* (26)
3. Kerr/Kerr GBR* (24)
4. Khokhlova/Novitski RUS* (22)
5. Crone/Poirier CAN* (20)
<i> 6. Zaretski/Zaretski ISR*NQ Rubleva/Shefer RUS*NQ (18) </i>
7. Virtue/Moir CAN (15)
<i> 8. Zadorozhniuk/Verbillo UKR*NQ (14) </i>
9. Pechlat/Bourzat FRA (13)
<i> 10. Navarro/Bommentre USA*NQ (12) </i>

Will post my opinions tomorrow...for now SLEEP

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