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French ice dancers win gold in rookie JGP season
- Created on Tuesday, 06 October 2015 21:10
Logrono, Spain hosted the sixth event of the 2015 Junior Grand Prix Series. The competitors included 17 teams from 12 countries.
Marie-Jade Laurialt & Romain Le Gac (FRA) danced the Starlight Waltz and polka to music performed by Dutch violinist, Andre Rieu and earned level 4 for the twizzles and rotational lift. The Quebec, Canada-based team’s Grade of Execution marks were all +1, +2, and +3. The patterns received level 4 and 3. The 61.83 score was a personal best.
Betina Popova & Yuri Vlasenko (RUS) performed their short dance to the soundtrack music written for the Russian television mini-series, The Master and Margarita. The reigning JGP Final bronze medalists earned level 4 for both patterns and the straight-line lift. The 60.40 score was a personal best.
Elliana Pogrebinsky & Alex Benoit (USA) used Eugen Doga’s waltz from the film My Sweet and Tender Beast to earn level 4 in both pattern dances and the straight-line lift. The 59.13 score was a personal best.
Weaver & Poje headline Finlandia roster
- Created on Tuesday, 06 October 2015 21:06
by Melanie Hoyt | Photo by Robin Ritoss
This weekend, skaters will take the ice for Finlandia Trophy, the fourth event in this year’s ISU Challenger Series. The event, held in Espoo, Finland, will feature 11 teams from nine countries and will be headlined by two-time world medalists Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje.
Weaver & Poje will undoubtedly be looking to check their levels and tune up their programs before their Grand Prix events. Finlandia will offer the first look at these programs, an Elvis-themed short dance that uses “Can’t Help Falling in Love” and “Heartbreak Hotel,” and a free dance set to introspective music by Max Richter and Ludovico Einaudi. A soulful cello line is present in the pieces by both composers and should create unifying material in the cuts. After last year’s effort with a traditional classical piece, this music is more like Weaver & Poje’s 2013 “statue” free dance, and it will be interesting to see what they do with this program. At any rate, the Canadians are the clear favorites to win this week in Finland.
Joining them will be their American training mates, Kaitlin Hawayek & Jean-Luc Baker, also with a shot at the podium in their season début. Hawayek & Baker won a surprise bronze medal at NHK Trophy last season and were fifth at the 2015 Four Continents Championships. Their ISU personal best total score is still the 157.12-point effort that earned them the junior world title in 2014. Known for their strong connection on the ice, Hawayek & Baker have chosen pieces that should play to this strength. They will skate to excerpts from “The Nutcracker” in the short dance and the beautiful soundtrack from last year’s film “The Theory of Everything” in the free dance.
Teams head to Zagreb for final JGP event
- Created on Tuesday, 06 October 2015 20:56
This week, the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series heads to Zagreb, Croatia for its seventh and final stop. Eighteen teams representing 15 countries will take the ice with two slots at the Junior Grand Prix Final on the line.
The first four Final spots belong to Americans Lorraine McNamara & Quinn Carpenter (30 points), followed by Alla Loboda & Pavel Drozd and Betina Popova & Yuri Vlasenko of Russia and Marie-Jade Lauriault & Romain Le Gac of France (all with 28 points). Many of the contenders from the first Junior Grand Prix of the season, in Bratislava, Slovakia, are also on the roster for Croatia.
American siblings Rachel & Michael Parsons are favorites for gold in Zagreb. After winning a host of silver and bronze medals over the past several seasons on the JGP series, the duo won gold at the first JGP of the season in Bratislava, Slovakia. A medal of any color would qualify the team for their second JGP Final. They finished sixth in 2013. The final JGP spot will depend on the placement of three teams.
2015 JGP Spain Blog #5: Today was an awesome day!
- Created on Saturday, 03 October 2015 20:10
Today was an awesome day!
It started with more jamming out in the bathroom as Ellie and I got ready for our practice. Just like yesterday, after practice, we crashed and had extremely satisfying naps. When we woke up, we had a ton of energy and were super pumped for the free!
I almost forgot to mention that after I went to sleep last night the ladies did really well. Brynne and Tessa both pulled up. Brynne ended up 4th and Tessa ended up 6th. After freshening up our hair and makeup, which surprisingly didn't shift too much in our sleep, :D we went to the rink to compete. Logan and I had our best free dance of the season, and got a new personal best. We are really happy with our skate and our technical score for both programs has improved a ton, so we are really pumped about that. Ellie and Alex skated an amazing free and got a personal best as well, and ended up third. Later on, we watched the men's event and cheered on as Nathan had an unbelievable program and finished in a strong first place.
Finally, to finish off an awesome day, we had a team dinner at a delicious restaurant in the heart of the city. I love how the night life here is so fun and inclusive for everyone. There are always children out late at night enjoying the city with their families.
2015 JGP Spain #4: Pumped to compete!
- Created on Saturday, 03 October 2015 17:23
Ellie and I woke up nice and EARLY because it’s competition day!!!
When our alarms went off at 4 am we looked at each other in the dark and made dinosaur-like sounds as we stretched out. Getting ready at that hour makes everything hilarious, and we had a very fun time putting on our makeup while doing some bathroom samba. Logan and I had our 6:15 warm up, and Ellie and Alex had theirs right after. We came back home and crashed.
Our alarms went off at 8:30 am and we simply looked at each other and turned it off. When we finally woke up in a few hours we relaxed and tried not to let ourselves freak out by watching some adorable animal videos. Finally, when it was time to go compete, we were so pumped! We both had great skates, and set personal best short dance scores. Logan and I are so happy that our technical improved immensely, and we are in 5th, so we will be in the last warm up group with Ellie and Alex who are in 3rd. This competition is extremely strong as there are so many teams here who have already medaled at a JGP this season, and so many teams who got close.
After eating dinner in the hotel with Logan, Ellie, Alex, Nathan, and Danny, Ellie and I headed up to our room. I will sleep now because of obvious reasons, but I hope tomorrow I will have more to blog about! We’re hoping to explore Logroño more tomorrow!
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Finlandia Trophy - Challenger Series07 Oct 2015 All Day
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Mordovian Ornament - Challenger Series14 Oct 2015 All Day
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2015 ISU Grand Prix Skate America21 Oct 2015 All Day
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Ice Challenge - Challenger Series26 Oct 2015 All Day
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