Friday, November 05, 2010

Cup of China Short Program Flash

Bingwa Geng (CHN) - Pretty...but a snoozefest.

Qiuying Zhu (CHN) - Lacked technical content and speed. Fall on double axel not good. :-(

Min-Jeong Kwak (KOR) - Almost went through the barrier on fall on lutz. SLOW!

Kristine Musademba (USA) - Watered her content down and struggled. Slow. Fall out of flip and fall on axel. Claire de Lune program is lovely though.

Diane Szmiett (CAN) - Meh...better than NHK.

Amanda Dobbs (USA) - Slow. Lovely program to Moon River. Needs harder content.

Joshi Helgesson (SWE) - Again...slow (broken record here). Repetitive arm movements in choreo but clean jumps.

Mirai Nagasu (USA) - Good gusto! Had to work the flip a little but got it done. Excellent spins. Nice program.

Alena Leonova (RUS) - Shaky. Lots of jumping glitches (no falls though). Program seems a bit...junior?

Akiko Suzuki (JPN) - Step out of lutz but otherwise great. I'll forgive her Tango as well because she skates it so well.

Miki Ando (JPN) - Big triple lutz triple loop to open. Weird hip-hop Plushenko like choreo...didn't get it. Judges put her in third after silly slip on double axel.

Peitong Chen (CHN) - Bland.

Jinlin Guan (CHN) - Bland again. Quad attempt failed.

Ross Miner (USA) - Attacked the program. Kind of rushed. Held on to all the jumps though. Watch the axel take off.

Peter Liebers (GER) - Fun program. Blues is such an American piece of music great to see a German pull it off with ease. Axel didn't work.

Jialiang Wu (CHN) - Bland #3. China must find choreographers.

Tatsuki Machida (JPN) - Quick, frantic at times. Botched lutz will hurt. Good overall.

Brandon Mroz (USA) - Much improved from last season. Quad-triple to open. Needs a bit more spunk but on his way.

Sergei Voronov (RUS) - A tango. Quad issues but otherwise okay.

Takahiko Kozuka (JPN) - Needs more "soul." But he knows how to work the component mark and he hit the jumps.

Samuel Contesti (ITA) - Interesting to begin with but then the jump mistakes started happening and all the character left the program. Ended with slow footwork and rough spin.

Brian Joubert (FRA) - Great Flamenco choreography...really superb. Lacked transitions though. Coupled with botched axel lead to 2nd behind Kozuka.

Tomas Verner (CZE) - Charming Singin' in the Rain program. Fall out of axel and no quad mean's 3rd place.

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