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2015 JGP Riga Cup Blog #3: Days 3 & 4
- Created on Sunday, 30 August 2015 14:11
As a brief resume of the past two days, let's go back to Friday, short dance day.
We were in the second warm up with the two Russian couples and our training mate, French team. We are pretty happy with the way we skated earning a PB and standing in second place behind the Russians. We didn't hit all of our key points, so we will go back home and work hard for our next event. We went for the free dance draw and funny enough, we drew the same skating order as in the short except for couples #5, Melinda and Andrew Meng.
This was a full day and we hung out with the Mengs, Louis and Angelique playing card to relax after our SD. I don't like to complain but we can definitely say that this JGP was not that great in terms of food... I think we had, no I'm sure we had the same diner and lunch each and every day for five days...so at some points, we decided to order out.
In both of the JGPs we did last year, Tallinn and Ostrava, competition would resume on Friday, so we had time to go out walking around and cheering for other team USA members. This time our events were on Friday and Saturday, it seemed so long, like competition day would never come.
2015 JGP Riga Cup Blog #2: Riga's Old Town
- Created on Thursday, 27 August 2015 21:26
Today was a pretty smooth day with the usual. I got up, went down for breakfast and then back to my room with Lindsey (Weinstein). We took it easy. I have a practice at 2:50 and she's competing her short program at 4.
Our coach Igor arrived from Champ Camp late last night, he came to join us in the bus. We are on the practice rink again and today is short dance run through. Considering that we need to adjust our program to fit this small rink, it was quite a good run!
After the practice I went to watch the pairs short program and cheer for Lindsey Weinstein and Jacob Simon
Parsons siblings win first JGP gold
- Created on Thursday, 27 August 2015 21:08
by Anne Calder | Photo by Liz Chastney
The first competition of the ISU JGP series held in Bratislava, Slovakia, August 19-23 welcomed ice dancers from 11 countries to compete for medals, points, and prize money.
The 2015-16 junior short dance requirements include two sections of the Starlight Waltz skated one after the other (Section 1 followed by Section 2). The rhythms can include the waltz plus any number of the following: foxtrot, march, or polka.
Leading after the short dance, Russia’s Alla Loboda & Pavel Drozd (60.48) were the only team to receive Level 4 on both sections of their Starlight Waltz. They held a 1.46-point lead over American siblings Rachel & Michael Parsons (59.02). Each of the top five teams received Level 4 for their twizzles and short lifts. Sofia Shevchenko & Igor Eremenko (RUS) scored 58.04, Ho Jung Lee & Richard Kang In Kam (KOR) scored 53.12, and Julia Biechler & Damian Dodge (USA) scored 51.52 to round out the top five.
2015 JGP Riga Cup Blog #1: Sveiki!
- Created on Wednesday, 26 August 2015 22:32
Feel great this morning! That long night of sleep after being up for 30 hours did some magic. Had a nice breakfast with Anthony and left for our first practice. The rink’s name is the VOLVO SPORTA CENTRS, it takes about 10 minutes to get there from our hotel.
As we were having a look at the rink located on the right side, Fabian looked at it and said, "Oh, that must be the practice rink" with his french accent. Someone else said, " No, this is the competition rink!!" I was a little disappointed. I love huge rink. Then, I started wondering how small will the practice rink be?
First thing on the schedule today is the draw. I must say Anthony is getting really good at it! We are skating in the second group, #9, which is the same group as our french team mates and both Russian teams.
Our first practice was in the practice rink, so my question about how small it must be was about to be answered. I think it might be a curling rink. It’s so small and COLD. Seriously, it’s quite an experience to skate and feel your brain freezing, never mind your hands and your feet. I can only think about the judges and coaches standing at the boards. At least we’re warming up skating. Trying to fit our short program in there was a challenge too! We are happy with the way we skated and headed back to the hotel to unfreeze our body parts, have lunch and a little rest before the second practice.
Teams head to Latvia for JGP #2
- Created on Tuesday, 25 August 2015 20:34
by Laura Flagg | Photo by Robin Ritoss
The second Junior Grand Prix event takes place this week in Riga, Latvia. 15 ice dance teams from 11 different countries will compete.
Betina Popova & Yuri Vlasenko (pictured, right) are the only team competing in Latvia who have previously won medals in the JGP series, finishing with one gold and one silver each of the past two seasons. They also earned a bronze at the JGP Final last season. However, at the World Junior Championships, they had major errors in both segments and finished a disappointing 11th. This season, they will be skating their short dance to music from “The Master and Margarita” by Igor Korneliuk and their free dance to “Crazy in Love” by Beyonce. They are coached by Ksenia Rumiantseva and Ekaterina Volobueva.
Their Russian team mates, Sofia Evdokimova & Egor Bazin, are one of the teams most likely to earn their first JGP medal. They placed fourth in both their events last season and 10th at the Junior World championships. They train with Oleg Sudakov and will be skating to music from the Romeo and Juliet soundtrack by Craig Armstrong and Nellee Hooper in the free dance.
Also fighting for their first JGP medals are Christina Carreira & Anthony Ponomarenko, who are are coached by Igor Shpilband, Fabian Bourzat, and Greg Zuerlein in Novi, Michigan. They placed fourth and fifth at their JGP events last season and followed that up with a fifth place finish at U.S. Nationals. The team already has a silver medal from the inaugural Lake Placid Ice Dance International. The young Americans will be doing their free dance to music by Goran Bregovich.
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