2014 ISU World Championships Short Dance Review

 

 

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The 2014 ISU World Figure Skating Championships are underway! Today we’ll be looking at the Ice Dancing Short Dance. I’m a competitive ice dancer, so this event is really what interests me most. {That’s me in the picture above at the 2011 US Figure Skating National Championships!} I train with Igor Shpilband, World and Olympic level coach, who is currently at the World Championships with 11 out of the 32 teams competing. It’s fun to see my coaches standing there next to the best skaters in the World!

For readers who aren’t up to date with the world of Figure Skating, here are the basics on Ice Dancing. There is a Short Dance and a Free Dance. There are five required elements in the Short Dance:

  • Twizzles
  • Finnstep (Pattern-Dance) Segment 1
  • Finnstep (Pattern-Dance) Segment 2
  • Step Sequence
  • Lift

Teams are required to complete these elements. We’re long gone from the old judging system of “5.9’s and 6.0’s”.  We now use a judging system called IJS. A technical panel will give each of the 5 required elements listed above a “Level”, which can range from 1-4. The judging panel then gives those same 5 elements a Grade of Execution (or GOE), which can range from -3 to +3. There is also a Component Mark, which is made of the judges scores on Choreography, Skating Skills, Linking Footwork/Movement, Interpretation/Timing, and Performance but we won’t go into too much detail about Components right now. All you need to know is that IJS has made the sport much more technical as every skater and coach is trying their best to get the most levels, points, and GOEs. Comment down below if you’d like me to write an in-depth explanation of IJS!

The results of the Short Dance are in, and leading the way in first place is Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte of Italy. Anna and Luca skated wonderfully. {Yay! A team I train with is best in the World after the Short Dance!} I love how Anna and Luca skate with such grace and maturity, while bringing a spunky fire to the ice in their “42nd Street” program. They received 69.70 points for their performance, earning a multitude of +2’s and +3’s. “Bravo!” as the Italians, themselves, would say.

Currently in second place is Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje of Canada. This team trains with the very reputable coaching team Anjelika Krylova and Pasquale Camerlengo. They skated smoothly through their “42nd Street” number (yes, it was the same theme as the Italians), earning 69.20 points in the Short Dance. They received a solid level 3 on both of the graded Finnstep portions. As you can see, in IJS it’s easy to get “so close but still so far away” – only half a point separates first from second at this World Championships.

And in third place, we have {my personal favorite,} Nathalie Péchalat & Fabian Bourzat of France. Another one of our training mates from #TeamShpilband ! I love Nathalie and Fabian’s skating. They’re vivid chemistry and impeccable edge quality have made them my favorite team of the moment. It’s so inspiring to have the opportunity to train with such an amazing team. They skated beautifully and captured the audience by their hearts {both live and through the screen}. Unfortunately, the only thing holding them in third is the levels they received on their Finnstep portion of the skate. They received a level 4 on the first half of the pattern, but only a level 2 on the second. In IJS, the technical levels are extremely important to be at cream of the crop. Overall, they currently have 68.20 points – exactly 1 point behind second place. Nonetheless, fingers crossed for Nathalie and Fabian, I hope they can pull up and receive the medal that they deserve!

In fourth place, we have another team that I train with {Yay #TeamShpilband}, Madison Chock and Evan Bates, representing USA. Madison and Evan have come a long way in the three short years that they’ve been skating together. It’s so motivational to see them working hard every single day to achieve their dreams. I love their Show Business/ Old Hollywood-themed Short Dance. Can you say, “Glamour”?! Their skate was as close to flawless as can be hoped for and they received all level 4’s with +1’s and +2’s, with exception of the footwork, on which they received a level 3. They’ve come out of the Short Dance with 67.71 points. Amazing skate for Madi and Evan!

Surprisingly in fifth place is the Russian Team of Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov, who earned 65.67 points in the Short Dance. Just a few weeks ago, they won the Bronze medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and they were favored to easily swoop into first place at this World Championships. So why the sudden drop off of the podium? Everything was running smoothly until a little bobble in the Twizzle sequence caused Nikita to be unable to complete the second and third twizzle in their sequence. Although Elena was still able to complete hers, they received 0 points for this element – a HUGE disappointment. Just because of this one element, the Russian team lost 6 to 7 points, which is exactly what they would’ve needed to bring home the gold.

Now you know the top five teams after the Short Dance at the 2014 World Figure Skating Championships. With less than 5 points separating the ranks between 1st and 5th, it can really be anyone’s game. We’ll see where the standings fall after the Free Dance, which will take place tonight, March 28, 2014 at 11:30 PM EST. For more results click here.

 

P.S. It feels a little lonely in the Ice Dancing world without the reigning Olympic Champions, Meryl Davis and Charlie White, but they’re too busy DOMINATING this season on Dancing with the Stars. Who’s tuning in to DWTS to see this duo battling it out on the dance floor? I am!

 

 

 

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