Erica Archambault Photos
Danielle Kahle Photos
Sandra Jean Rucker
Natalie Mecher Photos
The ladies free skate, while evolving into a jump contest with crossovers in between - is not there yet. There are still a good number of ladies and coaches holding the line and insisting on actual programs in between the jumps. The final ordinals were very interesting. Natalie Mecher and Danielle Kahle actually had most of the first place ordinals tied up - they had more triple jumps than Erica. But Erica had more seconds than either of them and a couple of firsts - so while Dani and Natalie divided the judges, Erics swept through and grabbed the gold.
Reverie. Lovely program (Mark Mitchell). Lyrical and soft. 3 sal -2toe. 3? lutz. 2 axel.
Madame Butterfly. Another winner program from Mark Mitchell. Lovely long lines
and extended moves. 3 sal. 3 toe. a double. 3 loop. 3 toe. 2 axel-2toe. 3 sal-2toe.
Pineapple Pole is the music. fell on 3 flip. 2 axel. 2 lutz.
Barber of Seville and Afternoon of a Fawn (yeah - this does sound odd). 2 axel.
3 toe-2 toe. fell and slid into boards on 3 lutz. 3 sal. 3 loop (fall.) 3 flip?
1 axel 2 axel.
Masquerade Waltz. fell on 3 flip-2 toe. 2 axel was forward. 2 lutz. Nice spiral and camel - really extends and arches well.
Freedom by Michael W. Smith (There are a TON of people using this here. Where
did it come from & what is it?? It sounds like an epic soundtrack, but has
some Irish bits and so on.. I like it, but why did it suddenly appear everywhere....)
I really like this skater. She is spunky and artistic. Just charming to watch.
Coach and Choreographer is listed as Kathie Kader. 2 axel. stepped out of 3
lutz. swung out of 3 loop. did a triple double combo. 3 sal - 2 toe. Almost
got around on a 3 toe. did another combo jump.
Por Una La Cabeza. (Tango). hand down on 3 loop- 2 toe. 2 lutz. 2 axel.
Remember the Titans. 3 loop-2 toe. popped lutz. fell on 3 sal. 2 axel-2 toe.
2 flip. Tried some jump in the corner..possibly a combo. Not successful. Seemed
to be skating really slowly.
3 lutz. 2 axel. 3 toe-2 toe. Um... A tall girl who looks uncomfortable with her height still. I was very impressed by her success with the jumps. Nice control.
Summer by Vivaldi. Wow. she sure can rotate. Sort of a young Tim Goebel style
in that she is long and lean and rotates quickly in the air. Has a little posture
issue as well. Almost got all the way around on a 3 loop. 3 toe-2 toe. 2 axel.
3 flip. 2 lutz (turn out). 3 sal. missed a double. 2 sal. Skated a little slow
and ended after her music.
Kammonoi Ostrow. Very tall skater. Long arms. Sort of reminiscent of Lucinda Ruh in "shape". Nice spins too. fell on 3 flip. and the lutz. did a 2 axel.
Giselle. I sort of like this skater. She seems to skate looking down at the
ice, which causes a sort of slump to happen to her shoulders, but I see such
potential in that long line she has. And her spins are great. I hope to see
her become more comfortable with herself and skate proudly. 3 toe- 2 toe. 3
lutz (step out). 2 toe. 3 toe-2toe. fell on 3 sal. 2 axel. 2 axel. 2 loop.
Carmen. 3 toe-2toe. 2 axel. popped lutz. didn't really "attack" the program. looked a little slow.
Spartacus. Loved her dress. One of my favorites of the week. 3 toe-2 toe. hand
down on 3 toe. (Seems likely one of those toes was actually a flip). Popped
out of a 3sal. 2 axel-2toe. 2 lutz. popped loop. 2 flip. Nice presentation of
Vanessa Mae. stepped out of 2 axel. fell on 3 sal. 2 lutz. Beautiful back. nice style.
Nutcracker. Another beautiful program, She has such a nice back and pretty
arms. Landed a triple something. 2 footed the 3 sal. 2 flip-2 toe. 2 footed
a jump that was very short of rotation. 2 loop. 2 lutz. 2 loop.
Beautiful skater who started us off. Lovely piece called "Five tone kit". Wonderful choreography (Stephanie Grosscup, Stewart Sturgeon). Great use of arms. Just a joy to watch. 2 axel. 3 sal-2 toe. 2 lutz.
Sleeping Beauty. Some of the girls have apparently donated their artistry to
Stephanie. LOL. She is lovely to watch.. but her jumps are not totally assembled.
fell on 2 sal. 3 toe-2 toe. 2 axel-2 toe. 2 flip. fell on 3 sal. fell hard on
a.3 loop attempt. popped the axel.
Music is listed as "they're playing our song". But I know that isn't true. It is a classical violin piece. 2 axel. fell on 3 flip. stepped out of 3 lutz. fast skate with good presentation - nice layback position.
Concerto for Piano and Orch. Danielle really came back strong after the serious
trouble she had in the short. 2 axel. 3 flip that seemed a tad short. 3 toe
with a little skid to the landing. 3 lutz. 3 toe-2toe. 3 loop. 3 sal-2 toe.
Bil by Bill Peterson is the music. 2 axel. 3 toe-2 toe. popped lutz. Lovely skater. Fast and good expression.
Tocatta and Fugue. Unfortunately Sandy skated out looking like she had already
lost.Was not her usual strong presense on the ice. 2 axel. fell on 3 lutz. very
rough attempt at 3 flip - short or rotation, 2 footed. a roung 2 axel - 2 toe.
3 sal with a swingy landing. 2 footed 3 loop. 2 lutz-2 toe. 2 loop.
Music says "The Mummy". 2 footed her 3 toe-2 toe. 2 axel. I completely blanked on the lutz - probably a double from her placement... but maybe a triple with a big ding for the two foot. Great program. Excellent spins fast strong back. Lovely skating.
Vanessa Mae - 3 toe-2 toe. 2 axel. 3 loop with her hand down. 3 sal. 2 axel
-2 toe. hand down on 3 toe. missed the last jump. Great presentation and spins.
Korobuskad. Had to rescue all of her jumps. But rescue them she did - 3 lutz 3 sal - 1.5 toe. 2 axel with a skid.
Tango Ballet A very tilted 3 sal. hand down on 3 lutz. 2 axel. popped sal.
3 loop. fell on a triple. popped axel. She seemd to be breaking at the waist
on all her take offs.
Music: Kismet. 2 axel. 3 flip-2 toe. 3 lutz. fast.
When the Levee Breaks, Stairway to Heaven, All my Love. This girl can skate
fast and this girl can jump strongly and cleanly. She stands up nice and straight
and has a strong aggressive presence. Her program mostly consists of jump set
ups....3 flip-2 toe. 3 lutz. 3 sal-2 toe. 2 axel - 2 toe. 2 loop. 3 sal. 3 sal.
Probably some more jumps as well. Seems as if she jumped forever...
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