Grand Prix Series Has started. Share your thoughts here after each comp.
By Highlandliz
On 10/18/2009 12:41:13
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.
re: Grand Prix Series Has started. Share your thoughts here after each comp.
By CodeRedDance
On 10/24/2009 22:14:36
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!
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By rr_lover
On 10/25/2009 15:46:17
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. [i]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.[/i] 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]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.[/i] 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. [i]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 :).[/i]
re: Grand Prix Series Has started. Share your thoughts here after each comp.
By rr_lover
On 10/25/2009 16:37:05
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 rr_lover
On 11/01/2009 17:44:41
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.
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By rr_lover
On 11/08/2009 14:32:47
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.

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