Part Three: Dance
In perhaps the most predictable of the disciplines, World silver medallists Madison Chock and Evan Bates ran away with the dance competition, winning by nine points. Madi and Evan have had a busy last couple weeks, having completely scrapped their old short dance and working on a new one. I loved Madi’s short dance costume- the color looks perfect on her, but I almost wish there was more going on with her free dance costume. They seem happy with their new short dance decision, and I think it will work well for them. They made some mistakes in the free, but they said they’ve neglected the free a bit to work on the new short, so that’s understandable. They compete next at Cup of China.
I was surprised by the second place finish of Sinistina/Kastalopov, but they skated well. They have a beautiful chemistry that comes across on the ice. I liked both of the costumes as well. They overscored their personal best by over 10 points and this was a great opportunity for them to win a medal- They have another chance to win one at their home event, Rostelecom Cup.
I had picked Gilles/Prioir to win silver, and they have to be disappointed that they did not place higher. A bronze makes it far more difficult to make it to the Final, but it’s not impossible. They skate next at Trophee Bombard, where the favorites are reigning World Champs Papadakis/Cizeron, whose training has been halted because of her concussion. Who knows what shape they will be in by then, but Gilles and Prioir have a good shot at a higher medal there. I am not sure what to say about their programs… I actually think that the free is unique and interesting, but that short is just too kitchy for me.
Props to Hawayek and Baker for a big improvement over their preseason competition. I thought they skated well here and I loved some of the moments in their free skate. They are such a small team, stature wise, but they are well matched with each other. To break onto that US podium, though, I need bigger interpretation. They have lots of potential, though.
One of my favorite free dances was Wang/Liu’s. The costumes were gorgeous, the music was exciting and I thought they did a great job with it.
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