POSTED: Thursday January 28th 2010

ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships 2010 Day Two

The 2010 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships continued in Jeonju, Republic of Korea, on Thursday with the Original Dance, the Pairs Free Skating and the Men’s Short Programs.

The 2010 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships continued in Jeonju, Republic of Korea, on Thursday with the Original Dance, the Pairs Free Skating and the Men’s Short Programs.
Weaver/Poje (CAN) defend lead in Original Dance
Canadians Kaitlyn Weaver/Andrew Poje defended their lead in the Original Dance, but their teammates Allie Hann-McCurdy/Michael Coreno closed the gap. Xintong Huang/Xun Zheng of China came in third.
Weaver/Poje produced a characteristic Flamenco routine in which she effectively used a fan. However, Poje was off balance on the synchronized twizzle, and this element was graded only a level one. The Canadians scored 48.42 points (23.70 element score/24.72 program component score) for their dance and defended their lead with a total of 81.09 points. „We were generally happy with our performance today. Unfortunately it wasn’t the strongest technically. We haven’t really made that many mistakes in practice, so we are a little disappointed with that but generally it was a stronger performance in terms of expression than we’ve been doing at competitions”, Weaver said. “We’ve had a very exciting year with this program, because we travelled to Madrid to learn the choreography and to understand the culture. We were there for over a week. We had a really fantastic choreographer. We feel like it’s something different that we can put out”, she added. “In practice we’re usually pretty solid with the twizzles. When it came to that point, in the program, I was thinking too much instead of letting my body do what it knows. So I made that mistake in the twizzle and did not grab my foot”, Poje explained.
Hann-McCurdy/Coreno had opted for a cheerful Italian dance and put out a solid program that included a level-four straight line lift. The team picked up a seasons best of 48.21 points (25.60/22.61) and moved up to second place at 78.10 points. “We were very happy with our skate today. We’ve been training really hard and for us our focus this year was just to qualify for this event, so we’re very happy with it so far”, McCurdy commented. “We decided to do Italian folk, because Michael has Italian, Sicilian heritage in his family. The music we picked is two different Tarantellas and a Waltz. One of the Tarantellas is named after Michael’s grandfather”, she told the press.
Huang/Zheng danced a Greek Sirtaki on the ice that was highlighted by a one-armed rotational lift. The Chinese earned 47.21 points (24.80/22.41) and slipped to third overall with now 77.33 points. “We chose the Greek dance, because the music is fast and cheerful and puts us into a good mood”, Zheng said. “For research, we have watched videos of Greek dances.”
Madison Hubbell/Keiffer Hubbell (USA) finished fourth with an Ukrainian dance and remain close to the podium at 76.51 points. 2009 World Junior Champions Madison Chock/Greg Zuerlein (USA) are standing in fifth at 73.26 points. She two-footed a twizzle.
Zhang/Zhang skate to Pairs gold
Dan Zhang/Hao Zhang of China skated to the gold in the Pairs event. Keauna McLaughlin/Rockne Brubaker took the silver medal, and the bronze went to Canada’s Meagan Duhamel/Craig Buntin.
Zhang/Zhang gave a seasons best performance of their routine to “Sheherazade” that featured a double Axel-triple toeloop combination, a side by side triple Salchow, big triple throws and difficult lifts. The current World silver medalists earned 126.36 points (69.00 element score/57.36 program component score) and won with a total of 192.22 their second title at the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships. “We’re very happy to have won with a good performance today and we hope this will us help at the Olympic Games”, Dan Zhang said. “The Olympic Games are coming up soon and this competition was a very important practice for us. Hopefully we’ll skate even better in Vancouver.”
Skating to the “Slumdog Millionaire” soundtrack, McLaughlin/Brubaker completed a triple twist, double Axel and throw triple Salchow, but also had to overcome two errors when she fell on the side by side Salchow and the throw triple loop. The 2007 World Junior Champions collected 105.61 points (53.85/53.76) and had 170.17 points overall. “I thought our program was ok today. We had two major mistakes, but I’m glad that we kept the component side of the program up, and the things we did, we did well. I’m happy that we were able to fight through”, McLaughlin commented. “This competition is pretty hard for us, making a quick turn-around from Nationals and we are constantly reminded that we are not on the (Olympic) team. We wanted to come here and show what we are made of.”
Duhamel/Buntin opened their program to a selection of music by Pierre Porte with a triple toe-triple toe sequence and hit the throw triple loop, but they aborted a lift and she missed the throw triple Lutz. The Canadians were ranked fourth in the Free Skating with 101.12 points (51.80/50.32), but overall held on to third place at 158.02 points. „We had few pretty big technical mistakes”, admitted Buntin. “Aside from the technical mistakes we’re proud of ourselves for being able to get up from each one and keep going through the program and perform the way we did.  We’re happy with our fight out there.”
Caitlin Yankowskas/John Coughlin came in fourth (157.49 points), just edged out of the podium and Narumi Takahashi/Mervin Tran (JPN) were fifth (151.83 points).
Kevin Reynolds captures Men’s Short Program
Kevin Reynolds of Canada captured the Men’s Short Program and improved his personal best by 14 points on the way. China’s Nan Song came in second ahead of Brian Mroz (USA).
Reynolds hit a quadruple Salchow-triple toeloop combination, the only quad of the day, a triple Axel and a triple Lutz in his jazzy program to score 81.60 points, well above his previous personal best of 67.41. “Everything came together, the quad-triple, the triple Axel, I was finally able to skate a clean short program. It’s the result of a lot of training”, Reynolds said. “Right now it feels good to be in this position after a clean short program. There is still a long program to go, and I have two quads. I’m well prepared for the long, but I just have to stay focused”, he added.
Song turned in a strong program to “The Way Old Friends Do” by Abba that featured a triple Lutz-triple toe combination, a big triple Axel, a triple flip and level-four spins. He earned a new personal best of 72.95 points. “For me this result is surprising, because this is my first senior level competition. I came here to learn, and my main goal for the season are actually Junior Worlds”, the Junior Final silver medalist explained.
Mroz, who skated last out of the 27 competitors, landed a triple flip-triple toe combination and a triple Lutz, but touched down with his hand on the triple Axel. He picked up 70.88 points. “Tonight’s short program was definitely a step up from my nationals. I made a little improvement and I’m glad it’s a step up and I’m looking forward to Saturday’s long”, the skater commented. Asked why he took out the quad toeloop, he answered: “I’m still kind of young and I’m working with the quad. This season, it has been up and down. I’m planning it in the long, but for the short, I just wanted to go out and kind of push everything up, push my components. I wanted to make it not easy, but when the quad is out it’s very easy to be relaxed in the program. I’m looking forward to do it in the long.”
Denis Ten (KAZ) came in fourth at 70.50 points. He fell on the back end of his triple Lutz-triple toe combo. Jialiang Wu (CHN) is also close to the podium in fifth place with 70.33 points, just ahead of Tatsuki Machida (JPN) who got 69.60 points.
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