Monday, 23 February 2009

And the Worlds Compulsory Dance is....

...the Paso Doble! Great compulsory, which certainly brings out some dramatic costumes. And, in light of this, our program of the day is the Paso Doble, as skated by two of the best ice dancers out there, Meryl Davis and Charlie White. It's very expressive, with huge technical strength.

Program of the Day

Elene Gedevanishvili - not a name you forget in a hurry. ElGed has had a hugely varied career so far; she was fifth in Europeans in 2006, but dropped to 25th place this year and so failed to make the free skate at all. However, according to her biography on ISU, she has decided to switch coaches in light of her result at the Europeans, and so now will be coached by Robin Wagner. I think this is a good move; she definitely needs a change of direction, and with Wagner's past success rate hopefully Elene will start seeing some good results - she's scheduled to skate at Junior Worlds in Sofia this week.

"Crone and Poirier Feel Up to Pre-Olympic Challenges"

Golden Skate recently published a very interesting article about Vanessa Crone and Paul Poirier, the Canadian ice dancers.

The pressure is on for Canadian ice dancers Vanessa Crone and Paul Poirier, who won the silver medal in senior dance at the 2009 Canadian Nationals.

Along with Canada's world silver medalists, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, the teenagers are responsible for placing high enough at the 2009 World Championships in Los Angeles in March to give Canada three dance teams for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada.

"Obviously, there will be a lot of pressure on us at Worlds," Crone stated, "but we'll just put ourselves out there and do what we can. If we make the top ten, that's great. Otherwise, we'll readjust and try to improve for next season."

It's just exciting that there will be three ice dance teams in Vancover; the way things look now, between Virtue/Moir, Chan and Rochette the Canadians are going to come away with some seriously good results at the Olympics in their own back yard.

The article with Crone/Poirier is interesting, highlighting their training schedule and their commitment to their individual skating as well:

Both Crone and Poirier have continued to compete in singles even as they have risen in the dance rankings. Poirier finished 11th in senior men at Canadian Nationals in 2009, while Crone placed about the same in junior ladies at Divisionals.

"I'll definitely skate singles again next season," Poirier offered. "I'm almost there on my triple Axel and I'll definitely be working on it again this summer."

"I don't think I'll continue competing in singles next season," Crone said, "but I'll continue my singles training."

This has to be admired; the amount of energy and time that they must spend on their ice dance together is so great that to do singles training on top of all that is really quite an achievement.

Crone and Poirier were excellent when I saw them at Trophee Eric Bompard, but not overwhelmingly so; with a few seasons to develop, I think they will really go far. Their style is similar to both Virtue/Moir, as well as the Italians Capellini/Lanotte. The rest of the article can be found here