PyeongChang 2018 – Figure Skating Day 2

PyeongChang 2018

Day 2 of PyeongChang is done and with it the second day of figure skating. Many of the teams brought their best and it reflected in the scores while others seemed to struggle a bit on this second day of competition.

Canada is currently leading the charge, Russia in second, and USA in third. The competition continues tomorrow with the final day of the Team Event.

In the meantime, here is a recap of the Team Event Day 2:

Ice Dance Short Dance:

USA
Maia Shibutani & Alex Shubutani
Music: Mambo, Cha Cha, Samba
Technical: 38.42
Presentation: 37.04
Deductions: 0.00
Score: 75.46
Points: 9

ITALY
Anna Cappellini & Luca Lanotte
Music: Cha-Cha, Rumba, Samba
Technical: 37.31
Presentation: 36.20
Deductions: -1.00
Score: 72.51
Points: 7
Deduction from coming out of the lift too rough, considered a deduction in presentation

CANADA
Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir
Music: Samba, Rumba, Cha-Cha
Technical: 41.61
Presentation: 38.90
Deductions: 0.00
Score: 80.51
Points: 10

RUSSIAN PARTICIPANTS
Ekaterina Bobrova & Dmitri Soloviev
Music: Rumba, Samba, Samba
Technical: 38.11
Presentation: 36.65
Deductions: 0.00
Score: 74.76
Points: 8

JAPAN
Kana Muramoto & Chris Reed
Music: Cha-Cha, Rumba, Samba
Technical: 32.17
Presentation: 29.98
Deductions: 0.00
Score: 62.15
Points: 6

FRANCE
Marie-Jade Lauriault & Romain le Gac
Music: Salsa, Rumba, Salsa
Technical: 29.08
Presentation: 28.86
Deductions: 0.00
Score: 57.94
Points: 5

CHINA
Shitue Wang & Xinyu Liu
Music: Rumba, Samba
Technical: 27.75
Presentation: 29.23
Deductions: 0.00
Score: 56.98
Points: 4

GERMANY
Kavita Lorenz & Joti Polizoakis
Music: Salsa, Rumba, Samba
Technical: 28.97
Presentation: 27.91
Deductions: 0.00
Score: 56.88
Points: 3

KOREA
Yura Min & Alexander Gamelin
Music: Samba, Rumba, Samba
Technical: 24.88
Presentation: 27.09
Deductions: 0.00
Score: 51.97
Points: 2

ISRAEL
Adel Tankova & Ronald Zilberberg
Music: Cha-Cha, Samba, Cha-Cha
Technical: 22.32
Presentation: 22.29
Deductions: 0.00
Score: 44.61
Points: 1

Ladies Single Skate Short Program:

ISRAEL
Aimee Buchanan
Music: “Only Hope”, Mandy Moore
Technical: 25.07
Presentation: 21.23
Deductions: 0.00
Score: 46.30
Points: 1
Jumps: Triple Toe Loop Combined Double Toe Loop, Double Axel, Triple Salchow

CHINA
Xiangning Li
Music: Nouvo Cinema Paradiso Soundtrack
Technical: 32.65
Presentation: 25.97
Deductions: 0.00
Score: 58.62
Points: 4
Jumps: Triple Flip Combined Double Toe Loop, Triple Lutz, Double Axel

USA
Bradie Tennell
Music: “Teaguki”, Dong-Jun Lee
Technical: 38.94
Presentation: 30.00
Deductions: 0.00
Score: 68.94
Points: 6
Jumps: Triple Lutz Combined Triple Toe Loop, Triple Loop, Double Axel

FRANCE
Mae Berenice Meite
Music: “Halo, Run the World”, Beyonce
Technical: 22.79
Presentation: 24.83
Deductions: -1.00
Score: 46.62
Points: 2
Jumps: Triple Flip Combined Triple Toe Loop, Triple Lutz, Double Axel

GERMANY
Nicole Schott
Music: Nella Fantasia
Technical: 29.35
Presentation: 26.97
Deductions: -1.00
Score: 55.32
Points: 3
Jumps: Triple Flip, Triple Toe Loop Combined Triple Toe Loop, Double Axel

KOREA
Dabin Choi
Music: Papa Can You Hear Me Soundtrack
Technical: 37.16
Presentation: 28.57
Deductions: 0.00
Score: 65.73
Points: 5
Jumps: Triple Lutz Combined Triple Toe Loop, Triple Flip, Double Axel

ITALY
Caroline Kostner
Music: “Ne me Quitte Pas”, Celine Dion
Technical: 36.96
Presentation: 38.14
Deductions: 0.00
Score: 75.10
Points: 9
Jumps: Triple Flip Combined Triple Toe Loop, Triple Loop, Double Axel

JAPAN
SATOKO Miyahara
Music: Memoirs of a Geisha Soundtrack
Technical: 34.33
Presentation: 34.62
Deductions: 0.00
Score: 68.95
Points: 7
Jumps: Triple Lutz Combined Triple Toe Loop, Triple Loop, Double Axel

CANADA
Kaetlyn Osmond
Music: “Sous le ciel de Paris”, Milord
Technical: 35.10
Presentation: 36.28
Deductions: 0.00
Score: 71.38
Points: 8
Jumps: Triple Flip Combined Triple Toe Loop, Triple Lutz, Double Axel

RUSSIAN PARTICIPANT
Evgenia Medvedeva
Music: “Nocturn”, Frederic Chopin
Technical: 42.83
Presentation: 38.23
Deductions: 0.00
Score: 81.06
Points: 10
Jumps: Triple Flip Combined Triple Toe Loop, Triple Loop, Double Axel

Pair Skating Free Skate:

JAPAN
Miu Suzaki & Ryuichi Kihara
Music: “Romeo and Juliet” Nino Rota
Technical: 49.24
Presentation: 49.43
Deductions: -1.00
Score: 97.67
Points: 6
Triple Lutz, Triple Twist Lift, Throw Triple Lytz, Triple Toe Loop, Throw Triple Salchow

ITALY
Valentina Marchei & Ondrej Hotarek
Music: “Amarcord”, Nino Rota
Technical: 72.02
Presentation: 67.42
Deductions: -1.00
Score: 138.44
Points: 9
Deduction for program time
Triple Twist Lift, Triple Toe Loop, Triple Salchow Combined Double Toe Loop Combined Double Toe Loop, Throw Triple Loop, Throw Triple Lutz

USA
Alex Scimeca Knierim & Chris Knierim
Music: “Ghost”, The Musical
Technical: 64.82
Presentation: 62.74
Deductions: -1.00
Score: 126.56
Points: 7
Triple Twist Lift, Throw Triple Salchow, Triple Toe Loop, Throw Triple Flip
Deduction for fall during Triple Loop

CANADA
Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford
Music: “Hometown Glory”, Adele
Technical: 77.26
Presentation: 71.25
Deductions: 0.00
Score: 148.51
Points: 10
Triple Twist Lift, Triple Lutz, Throw Quadruple Salchow, Triple Salchow Combined Double Toe Loop Combined Double Toe Loop, Throw Triple Lutz

RUSSIAN PARTICIPANTS
Natalia Zabiiako & Alexander Enbert
Music: “Too Close”, The Sleeping Beauty
Technical: 68.06
Presentation: 66.22
Deductions: -1.00
Score: 133.28
Points: 8
Triple Twist Lift, Triple Toe Loop Combined Double Toe Loop Combined Double Loop, Double Salchow, Throw Triple Flip, Throw Triple Loop

A great day for Team Canada. Meagan and Eric’s performance was absolutely stunning, I couldn’t take my eyes away from the screen. Tessa and Scott, as always, were amazing. Every time I watch both couple perform I’m just in awe of what they can do and both confused and amazed as to how they do.

Katelyn Osmond did a fantastic job in the ladies single skate. Coming in third and earning 8 points for Canada, she’s definitely someone I’ll be watching more of.

The excitement continues tomorrow on Day 3 with the Mens Single Free Skate, Women’s Single Free Skate, and the Ice Dance Free Dance!

Overall Ranking End of Day 2:

CANADA – 45
OLYMPIC ATHLETE FROM RUSSIA – 39
USA – 36

ITALY – 35
JAPAN – 32
CHINA – 18
GERMANY – 16
ISRAEL – 13
FRANCE – 13
KOREA – 13

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PyeongChang 2018 – Figure Skating Day 1

PyeongChang 2018

Day one and the Olympics were already well underway.

One of the first events to take place was the first half of the Figure Skating Team Event, featuring the men’s short program and the pairs short program.

There were many amazing performances and some unfortunate stumbles, but all in all every athlete brought their best.

There are two aspects to the scoring in figure skating, Technical Elements and Presentation. Points are awarded based on the performance (jumps, step sequence, etc.) and are based on the level of difficulty (4 spins will earn more than 2 spins) and how well the move is carried out. Deductions can be made for falls.

For a more detailed explanation on how the scoring and judging works, check out this article from the Washington Post.

Here is a recap of the programs and scores in order of performance:

Men’s Single Short:

KOREA
Junhwan Cha
Music: Gypsy Dance
Technical: 40.71
Presentation: 36.99
Deductions: 0.00
Total Score: 77.70
Points: 5
Jumps: Triple Flip, Flawless Triple Axel, Triple Lutz

GERMANY
Paul Fentz
Music: “Wonderwall”, Paul Anka
Technical: 34.54
Presentation: 33.78
Deductions: -2.00
Total Score: 66.32
Points: 2
Jumps: Quadruple Toe Loop, Triple Axel, Triple Lutz Combined Triple Toe Loop
Despite falling during both the Quad and the Axel, Paul became quite the internet sensation thanks to his song choice in a jazzed up version of “Wonderwall” (which was an excellent choice)

FRANCE
Chafik Besseghier
Music: Sugarhill Gang, Down the Road (Remix)
Technical: 26.93
Presentation: 34.13
Deductions: 0.00
Total Score: 61.06
Points: 1
Jumps: Triple Toe Loop Combined Double Toe Loop, Double Axel, Triple Lutz

CHINA
Han Yan
Music: “A Thousand Years”, Christina Perri
Technical: 38.28
Presentation: 40.82
Deductions: -2.00
Total Score: 77.10
Points: 4
Triple Axel, Quadruple Toe Loop, Triple Lutz Combined Triple Toe Loop
Avoided a Fall, but hand went down during first triple axel and quadruple toe loop

ITALY
Matteo Rizzo
Music: “Torno A Surriento”, Il Volo
Technical: 40.60
Presentation: 37.17
Deductions: 0.00
Total Score: 77.77
Points: 6
Jumps: Triple Axel, Triple Flip Combined Triple Toe Loop, Triple Lutz

CANADA
Patrick Chan
Music: “Dust in the Wind”, Kansas
Technical: 38.56
Presentation: 45.10
Deductions: -2.00
Total Score: 81.66
Points: 8
Jumps: Quadruple Toe Loop, Triple Lutz Combined with Double Toe Loop, Triple Axel
Fall During Quadruple Toe Loop and Triple Axel

ISRAEL
Alexei Bychenko
Music: “Hava Nagila” (Jewish Folk Song)
Technical: 47.59
Presentation: 40.90
Deductions: 0.00
Total Score: 88.49
Points: 9
Jumps: Triple Axel, Quadruple Toe Loop, Triple Lutz Combined with Triple Toe Loop

USA
Nathan Chen
Music: “Nemesis”, Benjamin Clementine
Technical: 37.73
Presentation: 43.88
Deductions: -1.00
Total Score: 80.61
Points: 7
Jumps: Quadruple Flip, Double Toe Loop, Double Toe Loop, Triple Axel
Stumbled During Quadruple Flip, Fall During Triple Axel

RUSSIAN PARTICIPANT
Mikhail Kolyada
Music: Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major, Tango
Technical: 33.75
Presentation: 42.61
Deductions: -2.00
Total Score: 74.36
Points: 3
Jumps: Quadruple Lutz, Quadruple Toe Loop, Single Axel
Fall During Quadruple Lutz and Quadruple Toe Loop

JAPAN
Shoma Uno
Music: “Winter (from Four Seasons)”, Vivaldi
Technical: 56.64
Presentation: 46.61
Deductions: 0.00
Total Score: 103.25
Points: 10
Jumps: Quadruple Flip, Quadruple Toe Loop Combined with Triple Toe Loop, Triple Axel

Pair’s Short Program:

KOREA
Kyueun Kim & Alex Kang Chan Kam
Music: Historia De Un Amor
Technical: 27.70
Presentation: 24.40
Deductions: 0.00
Total Score: 52.10
Points: 1
Double Twist Lift, Triple Salchow, Side-by-Side Triple Salchow

ISRAEL
Paige Conners & Evgeni Krasnopolski
Music: Ghost (Musical)
Technical: 30.70
Presentation: 24.77
Deductions: -1.00
Total Score: 54.47
Points: 2
Triple Twist Lift, Side-by-Side Triple Toe Loop, Triple Flip
Deduction made for fall during step sequence

JAPAN
Miu Sazaki & Ryuichi Kihara
Music: Yuri on Ice Soundtrack
Technical: 32.13
Presentation: 25.29
Deductions: 0.00
Total Score: 57.42
Points: 3
Side-by-Side Triple Lutz, Triple Twist Lift, Triple Salchow

USA
Alex Scimeca-Knierim & Chris Knierim
Music: “Come What May”, Moulin Rouge Soundtrack
Technical: 38.41
Presentation: 31.34
Deductions: 0.00
Total Score: 69.75
Points: 7
Triple Twist Lift, Side-by-Side Triple Salchow, Triple Flip

CHINA
Xiaoyu Yu & Hao Zhang
Music: “Swan ake”, Petr I. Tchaikovski
Technical: 37.20
Presentation: 32.97
Deductions: -1.00
Total Score: 69.17
Points: 6
Side-by-Side Triple Toe Loop Combined Double Loop, Triple Twist Lift, Triple Loop
Deduction made for step and hand down during first jump

ITALY
Nicole Della Monica & Matteo Guarise
Music: “Magnificat”, Mina
Technical: 35.73
Presentation: 31.89
Deductions: 0.00
Total Score: 67.62
Points: 4
Side-by-Side Triple Salchow, Triple Twist Lift, Triple Loop

FRANCE
Vanessa James & Morgan Cipres
Music: “Make it Rain”, Ed Sheeran
Technical: 34.66
Presentation: 33.83
Deductions: 0.00
Total Score: 68.49
Points: 5
Triple Twist Lift, S Side-by-Side Triple Salchow Combined Throw Double Salchow, Triple Flip

CANADA
Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford
Music: “With or Without You”, A. Meservy
Technical: 41.08
Presentation: 35.49
Deductions: 0.00
Total Score: 76.57
Points: 9
Triple Twist Lift, Side-by-Side Triple Lutz, Triple Lutz

GERMANY
Aljona Savchenko & Bruno Massot
Music: “That Man”, Caro Emerald
Technical: 39.33
Presentation: 37.03
Deductions: -1.00
Total Score: 75.36
Points: 8
Triple Twist Lift, Side-by-Side Triple Salchow, Triple Flip
Deduction Made for Fall during Triple Flip

RUSSIAN PARTICIPANTS
Evgenia Tarasova & Vladimir Morozov
Music: Piano Concerto No. 2, Rachmaninov
Technical: 43.78
Presentation: 37.14
Deductions: 0.00
Total Score: 80.92
Points: 10
Triple Twist Lift, Side-by-Side Triple Toe Loop, Triple Loop

Overall Ranking:

CANADA – 17
USA – 14
OLYMPIC ATHLETE FROM RUSSIA – 13
JAPAN – 13
ISRAEL – 11
GERMANY – 10
CHINA – 10
ITALY – 10
FRANCE – 6
KOREA – 6

At the end of the first day of skating it was a close competition with overall points ranking each country close behind each other.

Super proud of Team Canada for both their performances. Patrick Chan took a couple stumbles, but he recovered quick and continued on like nothing happened. Meaghan and Eric did an amazing job during the pair’s short program, I thought it was a beautiful number and the two of them moved so in sync it was wonderful.

Despite a few falls here and there, you could tell every skater was bringing their A Game and I’m sure we’ll see more of this determination in the coming days.

The pairs skate continued today, February 11th and I’ll be posting my recap for that tomorrow. Among the skaters will be Tessa and Scott, representing Team Canada for the Ice Dance Short and I can’t wait to see what happens.

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