Friday, January 28, 2011
US Nationals: While I Was Away
I worked through US Nationals today, so I'll be home for the next two days. Unfortunately, I really seemed to miss a ton. The Short Dance was hot, there were necklaces on the ice (in the men's), Bradley hit a Quad+Triple AND a Triple Axel after a week of rough practices and Rippon and Mahbanoozadeh went down. The men's long program is going to keep us all on the edge of our seats.
Christine Brennan was the Queen of Skating Twitter tonight!
Ice Network isn't posting the archives in a timely fashion, so I had Frau Muller take copious notes about the men's short. Frau is a nice Midwestern boy of German heritage, who has yet to get in touch with his complete inner bitch. Please don't ridicule him if there are any typos, as he was trying to watch and take notes all at once (for the first time.)
1. Keegan Messing Huge Triple Axel (hand down), Triple Lutz+Triple Toe (nice flow), Triple Flip. Very solid skate to Robin Hood, nice fast spins, and much improved artistry. 69.79. 2. Adam Rippon Triple Axel (turn out), Triple Flip+Triple Toe, Rippon Lutz (UR and fall). Beautiful artistry as always but had an unfortunate fall. Looked a bit tense throughout from the pressure. Maybe this will be good motivation for the free. 66.26. 3. Brandon Mroz Quad Toe+Double Toe (fought for it), Triple Axel (pitch forward), Triple Lutz. Speed across the ice and extension still need improvement, but Bezic has noticeably improved his personality on the ice. He has pink skate guards. 71.61. 4. Jonathan Cassar Triple Lutz (slipped on the entrance, UR, fall), Double Axel, Triple Loop+Double Toe, beautiful step sequence and spins. Unfortunate fall on the lutz but a beautiful program with a lot of passion. Looking forward to Shindler’s List Sunday. Digging in his pants for a broken necklace following the program, and of course Frank was there to assist in any way he can. 55.98. 5. Jeremy Abbott Triple Flip+Triple Toe, Triple Axel, Triple Lutz (fought for it). Still has a lot of arm flailing, even Tonia noted the excessive arm movement. He seemed to look comfortable on the ice, it must have been the new cartilage piercing close up. 78.39. 6. Wesley Campbell Triple Lutz+Double Toe (leaning, crooked in the air), Triple Axel (turn out, UR?), Triple Flip. Better use of Metallica than the Metallica golden waltz earlier today. He fought through the program, but managed to stay vertical. Tonia announced that he is still looking for a pairs partner. Maybe Wes and Drew should just join together and form a partnership. 59.35. 7. Jason Brown Double Axel, Triple Lutz+Triple Toe, Triple Flip. He decided not to include the triple axel. The aspiring volleyball player performed a solid program and a good start at the senior level but he still needs work on skating skills. 64.32. 8. Douglas Razzano Triple Axel, nice Quad Toe with excellent flow, Triple Toe+Triple Toe. He looked very put together. Maybe his best program ever. Classic Razzano not relating to the audience; I don’t think he knew they were there. High technical score but needs to work on skating skills and transitions to improve PCS. 69.61. 9. Parker Pennington Triple Axel (fall), Triple Lutz+Double Toe, Triple Flip. How is he only 26?? Self-choreographed chocolate biting mime. 55.49. 10. Andrew Gonzales Triple Flip+Triple Toe, Double Axel (he popped it, but Tonia thought it was intentional), Double Lutz (fall). Improved speed but lacks personality. Frank was not happy with that program and didn’t look at Andrew at all following the program and told him him that “you gotta keep it together in the short.” 54.41. 11. Ross Miner Triple Axel, Triple Lutz+Triple Toe (fought), Triple Flip. Sophisticated, solid program. 67.99. 12. Grant Hochstein Triple Lutz+Triple Toe, Double Axel, Triple Loop. Great intensity throughout the program and a very fast final combination spin. 65.76. 13. Sean Rabbit Triple Lutz+Triple Toe (slight hand down), Triple Flip, Johnny Weir lunge into Double Axel (flip out), embarrassing fall on a dance move. He traded in the sick mask for black pleather from head to toe and the Michael Jackson signature white glove. A lot of “interesting” dancing throughout the program but his moves are nothing compared to Amodio. 51.42. 14. Scott Dyer Triple Lutz+Triple Toe (UR?), Double Axel, Triple Loop (fall). He is adorable with lots of potential and room for growth. 55.78. 15. Ryan Bradley Quad Toe+Triple Toe, Triple Axel, Triple Flip. His “comeback” so far is a success. Typical Ryan Bradley as a bugle boy playing the crowd with a huge ovation at the end. The ladies (well some of them) love him. 80.39. 16. Christopher Caluza Triple Lutz+Triple Loop, Triple Flip, Double Axel. Reserved and it looks like he is trying a bit too hard to push the choreography. 59.28. 17. Lloyd Ting Double Axel, Triple Lutz+Triple Toe (fall), Triple Flip (fought). Slow, reserved, slow spins, “no interpretation” via Tonia, and boring. 44.50. 18. Joshua Farris Triple Axel (fall), Triple Lutz+Triple Toe, Triple Flip. He seems to have lost artistry through Tom Z since his Junior National days. He has huge potential and needs find a coach to accentuate his strengths bring out his personality and artistry, and develop his skating skills. 60.91. 19. Jason Wong Triple Lutz+Double Toe, Triple Axel (flip out), Triple Loop. Seemed slow, with slow spins. He needs more excitement and personality. 62.20. 20. Richard Dornbush Triple Lutz+Triple Toe (fought), Triple Axel (fought), Triple Flip (flip out). Off and shaky throughout the program. He had to fight is way through. 67.71. 21. Armin Mahbanoozadeh Triple Axel, Triple Flip+Triple Toe, Triple Lutz (UR?). He looked very solid until the unfortunate fall. Can’t wait to see him come back with the Avatar program on Sunday. 66.77. 22. Alexander Johnson YAY MINNESOTA!! Triple Axel (fall), Triple Flip+Triple Toe, Triple Lutz (two-foot). Shaky, low jumps and little to no presentation. Becky Calvin liked his eye contact while she was wearing her red fringe get-up.