by Anne Calder | Images by Robin Ritoss
The Lake Placid Ice Dance Championships is a Nationwide Qualifying Collection (NQS) occasion for seniors, juniors, novice, intermediate and juvenile.
The Senior Championships Rhythm Dance placement: Emilea Zingas & Vadym Kolesnik, Leia Dozzi & Pietro Papetti, Rafaella Koncius Alexey Shchepetov, Maria Alieva & Mathieu Couyras, Cara Murphy & Joshua LevitT, Cayla Cottrell & Uladzislau Palkhouski, Angela Ling & Caleb Wein Nicole Takahashi & Shiloh Judd, Caroline Depietri & TJ Carey.
Within the free Dance and Closing Placement, the Rhythm Dance groups one-four remained the identical, fifth and sixth switched locations and Alieva & Couyras and Ling & Wein withdrew.
Zingas & Kolesnik received gold with a Maxime Rodriguez reworked Philip Glass medley. The dance opened with the brand new choreographic assisted soar motion, including +2.08 GOE to the bottom rating and totaling 3.18 for the component. The section earned 105.93 and totaled 177.47 – a 14 level improve from their Dallas Basic staff debut three weeks in the past.
Dozzi & Papetti symbolize Italy and practice at I.AM in London, Ontario Canada with Scott Moir, Madison Hubbell and Adrian Diaz. The free dance scored 102.82 factors. The 165.66 complete earned them the silver medal. Dozzi beforehand skated for Hungary.
Koncius & Shchepetov, who practice in Estero, Florida with Marina Zueva’s Worldwide Skating Academy, earned the bronze medal. The music included “Charms” and “Dance For Me Wallace” from the W.E. soundtrack. The section scored 91.62 and totaled 145.55.
Murphy & Levitt, who practice in Pittsburg with Andrejs Sitiks, are working with the MIDA coaches this summer season. The fourth place staff partnered in 2020. Their Free Dance section scored 72.49 and totaled 121.22.
(5) Cottrell & Palkhouski, (6) Takahashi & Judd, (7) Depietri & Carey. Alieva & Couyras and Ling & Wein (WD)
The Junior Championships Rhythm Dance placement: Julia Epps & Blake Gilman, Olivia Ilin & Dylan Cain, Zoe Larson & Andrii Kapran, Xinyu Chen & Jack Liu, Emma L’Esperance & Mika Amdour, Anna Sophia O’Brien & Steven Wei, Olivia Dietrich & Eduard Pylpenko, Michela Melillo & Sam Chen, and Anabelle Larson & Jonathan Younger.
The Free Dance scores modified the ultimate placements. The highest three remained the identical however shuffled spots.
Ilin & Cain made their Junior season debut dancing to the acquainted tunes of the 1950’s basic musical, Grease. The Greg Zuerlein choreographed program scored 77.33 with a 126.58 complete. The gold medalists practice with Dima Ilin in Rockville, Maryland.
“Dylan and I are a lot youthful than lots of the rivals, and I felt we wanted to show ourselves,” Ilin stated. “Incomes the gold medal was an actual confidence booster. It was very motivating to skate and apply with the skilled junior and senior groups.”
Epps & Gilman selected “Speaking to the Moon” and “Runaway Child” by Bruno Mars for his or her first Junior season Free Skate music. The 71.14 rating positioned third, however their first place Rhythm Dance gave them sufficient factors to say the silver medal. The entire rating was 120.45.
“I’m blissful we skated two clear applications and improved our rating from the earlier competitors, however we nonetheless have lots to work technically on going ahead for the remainder of the season,” Gilman stated.
Zoe Larson & Andrii Kapran earned the bronze medal with their second place Free Dance. This system closed with the brand new Choreographic Assisted Bounce Motion added to this season’s parts and scored 1.11 GOE.
The technical section scored 72.10; the entire was 115.73. Larson, a former pair skater and Kapran symbolize his dwelling nation of Ukraine. They’ve been assigned to the second JGP Czech Skate in Ostrava, CZE.
Anabelle Larson & Jonathan Younger vaulted from ninth after a really disappointing Rhythm Dance to a closing fourth place end. The Estero, Florida based mostly staff carried out to “Steppin’ Out With My Child” and “Don’t Imply A Factor”. The Free Dance scored 68.66. The entire was 107.48.
(5) Chen & Liu, (6) LEsperance & Amdour, (7) Melillo & Chen, (8) O’Brien & Wei. Dietrich & Pylypenko (WD).
Sylvia Li & Rowan Le Coq (gold) 107.79
“I feel we skated very well, however we had been actually nervous earlier than as a result of we had lots of strain particularly going final, however we overcame that,” Li stated.
“As a result of we solely had one week to arrange all this, it was very anxious for us, however we managed to beat it and did our greatest,” Rowan stated.
Sylvia and Rowan had COVID after the Chesapeake Open, and it took them some time to get their vitality again.
“Getting used to run-throughs of the entire program takes lots of vitality,” Sylvia famous.
Michelle Deych & Wiles Middlekauff (silver) 97.00
“Our sample dances weren’t pretty much as good as Texas (Dallas Basic), nevertheless it undoubtedly bought higher with the Free Dance,” Deych stated. “It was much more factors than Texas, so we’re blissful about that.”
Annelise Stapert & Maxim Korotcov (bronze) 95.11
“We’ve been skating collectively for about 5 years,” Korotcov stated. “We’re bettering and simply having fun with skating collectively. We’ve had a good time as we speak and yesterday. It’s actually been enjoyable. We actually see the enhancements. We preserve making an attempt and we’re having fun with it.”
Stapert agreed. “We’ll get there ultimately.”
(4) Emily Renzi & William Lissauer, (5) Ja Yi Kirwan & Luke Witkowski, (6) Jasmine Robertson & Hayden Wooden, (7) Zoe Cialella & Alex Spruill, (8) Jocelyn Tan & Drake Tong and (9) Alika Li & Patrick Li.
Sarah Yoo & Nicholas Ying (gold) 90.38
The staff was blissful for the chance to indicate the judges and viewers all they’ve been engaged on for the previous weeks and months. They hope to make the Ice Dance Closing in November, which shall be held on the SCOB, their dwelling rink in Norwood, Massachusetts. i
“I felt help of a lot of individuals and the opposite rivals,” Yoo stated. “They’re all tremendous good and supportive of everyone.”
Look ahead to the upcoming IDC article by Gina Capellazzi about their coach Simon Shnapir, the 2014 Olympic Staff Occasion bronze medalist for pairs.
Grace Fischer & Luke Fischer (silver) 86.63
“It was actually enjoyable.” Luke stated. “With the viewers it offers us somebody to carry out for as a result of it’s onerous once you’re simply staring on the glass and boards. Additionally, with the adrenaline we skated actually quick.”
Coach Ben Agosto, “They’re simply enjoyable. It’s extremely particular for us to witness that early stage when all the pieces is model new and there’s such an in depth connection to the enjoyment of it. As you get increased up, you continue to love skating nevertheless it will get onerous, and it turns into your job. It’s a blast to see that stage. They love all the pieces they’re doing. It’s all model new.”
Hana Maria Aboian & Steven Moore (bronze) 80.51
“On the ice I wished to do higher than I did final time (Dallas Open),” Aboian stated.
“At first I assumed my abdomen felt actually dangerous, and I didn’t wish to do that,” Moore stated. “Then after I began this system, I assumed that is positive. Then I really felt actually good about it, and I wished it to proceed.”
Coach Svetlana Kulikova added, “I’m very pleased with them.”
4) Mckenzie Mcintyre & Simon Mintz, (5) Dessie Hoewing-Moxley & Daniel Dehart, (6) Anaelle Kouevi & Yann Homawoo and (7) Annie Huang & Gabe Winawer.
Marian Carhart & Denis Bledsoe (gold) 82.01
“Successful the gold medal was good, however the twizzles, we have now to work on them,” Bledsoe stated.
“I assumed it was fairly good. There’s all the time extra room for enchancment,” Carhart added. “We have now to work on all the pieces.”
Coach Ilia Tkachenko, “They’ve solely been skating collectively for 2 and a half months, and It’s solely their second competitors. It’s a superb begin. They carried out on the extent they might at this second. Numerous work must be executed, however I’m pleased with the general path. I’m actually blissful for them.”
Rylan Lukanin & Patrick O’Brien (silver) 80.35
“This time I used to be not that nervous as a result of I bought the nerves out earlier than I bought on the ice,” Rylan stated.
“At present I noticed much more eyes on me,” O’Brien stated. “What actually motivated me to do good was all of the individuals who had been supporting me.”
Sophia Kartashov & Nicholas Kartashov (bronze) 73.86
“It was thrilling, and I feel we tried our greatest,” Sophia stated.
“Our spin undoubtedly bought higher than on the Dallas Open,” Nicholas stated. “We held it for the three revolutions, similar place. “We undoubtedly had extra velocity.”
(4) Marina Li and Justin Liao, (5) Anna Xu & Sean Kay, (6) Natalie Leitan & Nathan Leitan, (7) Mia Aisin & Ken Chen and (8) Zoe Stone & Jerry Stone.