30 October 2012

Skate Canada 2012 - Day 1

The 2012 Skate Canada International is the second of six events in the 2012–13 ISU Grand Prix. Organized by Skate Canada, the event was held in the WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ontario from October 26–28, 2012.

Skate Canada International opened Friday with the Ladies, Pairs, Men's Short Programs and the Short Dance.

Ladies Short Program

Georgia's Elene Gedevanishvili captured the Ladies Short Program, over Canadian Kaetlyn Osmond. Ksenia Makarova of Russia came third.

Skating to “Schindler's List”, Gedevanishvili hit a triple Salchow, double Axel, but the back end of her triple Lutz-triple toe combination was underrotated. She scored 60.80 points.

Osmond's Latin routine to “Mambo No. 8” and “Gwendoline” featured a triple toe-triple toe combination, a triple flip, double Ael and two level four spins. She scored 60.56 points.

Makarova landed a triple toe-triple toe, a triple loop and got a level four for two spins and the footwork, but she popped her Axel in her program to “Maria and the Violin's String”. She earned 58.56 points.

Kanako Murakami (JPN) placed fourth at 56.21 points and Akiko Suzuki (JPN) is sitting in fifth after her triple toe-triple toe combo was downgraded (55.12 points). Elizaveta Tuktamysheva (RUS) rounds up the top six with 55.10 points.

Pairs Short Program

Aliona Savchenko/Robin Szolkowy of Germany skated to the lead in the Pairs Short Program. Canada's Meagan Duhamel/Eric Radford and Stefania Berton/Ondrej Hotarek of Italy follow in second and third.

Savchenko/Szolkowy opened their program to “Kismet” by Bond with a huge triple flip followed by a side by side triple toe. They collected a level four for the death spiral, side by side spin, footwork and the lift to score 72.26 points. The Germans are always great champions, but could I suggest more chromatic sobriety in their costumes? It was hard to concentrate...

Duhamel/Radford's routine to “La Boheme” included a triple twist, a throw triple Lutz and a rarely seen, if somewhat shaky, side by side triple Lutz as well as three level-four elements. They earned 64.49 points. I'm the only one who noticed, or there's something a bit Samuel Contesti about Eric Radford? Maybe it's the suspenders fault...

Performing to “Paint It Black”, Berton/Hotarek produced a triple toe, throw triple loop and level-four footwork. They collected 59.79 points.

Paige Lawrence/Rudi Swiegers (CAN) are currently ranked fourth at 52.88 points and Daria Popova/Bruno Massot (FRA) finished fifth with 48.43 points.

Men Short Program

Javier Fernandez of Spain won the Men's Short Program. Canada's Patrick Chan edged out Nobunari Oda of Japan for second place.

Fernandez opened his performance to “The Mask of Zorro” with a solid quadruple toe and a triple Axel and earned a level four for the footwork and the combination spin to score 85.87 points.

Skating to “Elegie” by Sergei Rachmaninov, Chan downgraded his combination to triple toe-triple toe and stumbled out of his triple Axel, but recovered to complete a triple Lutz and two level-four spins. He was awarded 82.52 points.

Oda nailed a quad-triple toe combination, a triple Lutz and showed difficult spins to “The New Moon in the Old Moon's Arm”, but he two-footed the triple Axel. He picked up 82.14 points.

Denis Ten (KAZ) placed fourth at 75.26 points, Florent Amodio (FRA) sits in fifth at 74.61 points and Elladj Balde (CAN) came sixth with 72.46 points.

Short Dance

Canada's Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir danced to a narrow lead in the Short Dance, edging out Anna Cappellini/Luca Lanotte of Italy by just 0.01 points. Ekaterina Riazanova/Ilia Tkachenko finished third.

Virtue/Moir delivered a elegant Waltz and Polka to “The Waltz Goes On” by Anthony Hopkins. However, they struggled with their rotational lift that was graded a level one. The twizzles and the first Yankee Polka sequence garnered a level three while the second Polka pattern and the side by side footwork were a level two. They earned 65.09 points.

Cappellini/Lanotte's lively Polka and Waltz to music from “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” was highlighted by level-four twizzles and a level-four rotational lift. To see their new coach Shpilband watching them with Paola Mezzadri with a satisfied expression was really a sight.

Dancing to “My Fair Lady”, Riazanova/Tkachenko produced smooth footwork and got a level four for the twizzles and their rotational lift. They collected 55.80 points.

Madison Hubbell/Zachary Donohue (USA) finished fourth at 54.84 points ahead of Piper Gilles/Paul Poirier (CAN) with 53.71 points.

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