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Anne’s Take: 2022 Lake Placid Ice Dance Championships


by Anne Calder | Photographs by Robin Ritoss

The Lake Placid Ice Dance Championships is a Nationwide Qualifying Collection (NQS) occasion for seniors, juniors, novice, intermediate and juvenile. 

SENIOR 

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 aspect. The section earned 105.93 and totaled 177.47 – a 14 level improve from their Dallas Basic workforce debut three weeks in the past.

Dozzi & Papetti symbolize Italy and prepare 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 prepare 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 prepare in Pittsburg with Andrejs Sitiks, are working with the MIDA coaches this summer time. The fourth place workforce 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)

JUNIOR

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 traditional musical, Grease. The Greg Zuerlein choreographed program scored 77.33 with a 126.58 complete. The gold medalists prepare with Dima Ilin in Rockville, Maryland.

“Dylan and I are a lot youthful than lots of the opponents, and I felt we wanted to show ourselves,” Ilin mentioned. “Incomes the gold medal was an actual confidence booster. It was very motivating to skate and follow 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 assert the silver medal. The entire rating was 120.45.

Im comfortable we skated two clear applications and improved our rating from the earlier competitors, however we nonetheless have loads to work technically on going ahead for the remainder of the season,” Gilman mentioned.

Zoe Larson & Andrii Kapran earned the bronze medal with their second place Free Dance. This system closed with the brand new Choreographic Assisted Leap 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 house 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 remaining fourth place end. The Estero, Florida primarily based workforce 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).

NOVICE 

Sylvia Li & Rowan Le Coq (gold) 107.79

I believe we skated rather well, however we have been actually nervous earlier than as a result of we had numerous stress particularly going final, however we overcame that,” Li mentioned.

“As a result of we solely had one week to arrange all this, it was very irritating for us, however we managed to beat it and did our greatest,” Rowan mentioned.

Sylvia and Rowan had COVID after the Chesapeake Open, and it took them some time to get their power again.

“Getting used to run-throughs of the entire program takes numerous power,” Sylvia famous.

Michelle Deych & Wiles Middlekauff (silver) 97.00

“Our sample dances weren’t nearly as good as Texas (Dallas Basic), however it positively acquired higher with the Free Dance,” Deych mentioned. “It was much more factors than Texas, so we’re comfortable about that.”

Annelise Stapert & Maxim Korotcov (bronze) 95.11

We’ve been skating collectively for about 5 years,” Korotcov mentioned. “We’re enhancing 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 hold making an attempt and we’re having fun with it.”

Stapert agreed. “We’ll get there finally.”

(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.

INTERMEDIATE 

Sarah Yoo & Nicholas Ying (gold) 90.38 

The workforce was comfortable for the chance to point out 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 will likely be held on the SCOB, their house rink in Norwood, Massachusetts. i

“I felt help of numerous folks and the opposite opponents,” Yoo mentioned. “They’re all tremendous good and supportive of all people.” 

Look ahead to the upcoming IDC article by Gina Capellazzi about their coach Simon Shnapir, the 2014 Olympic Group Occasion bronze medalist for pairs.

Grace Fischer & Luke Fischer (silver) 86.63

It was actually enjoyable.” Luke mentioned.  “With the viewers it offers us somebody to carry out for as a result of it’s exhausting if 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 things is model new and there’s such an in depth connection to the enjoyment of it. As you get larger up, you continue to love skating however it will get exhausting, and it turns into your job. It’s a blast to see that stage. They love all the things 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 mentioned.  

“At first I believed my abdomen felt actually unhealthy, and I didn’t need to do that,” Moore mentioned. “Then after I began this system, I believed that is nice. Then I truly 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.

JUVENILE 

Marian Carhart & Denis Bledsoe (gold) 82.01

“Successful the gold medal was good, however the twizzles, we have now to work on them,” Bledsoe mentioned.

“I believed it was fairly good. There’s at all times extra room for enchancment,” Carhart added. “We now have to work on all the things.”

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 very good begin. They carried out on the extent they may at this second. Plenty of work must be executed, however I’m proud of the general route. I’m actually comfortable for them.”

Rylan Lukanin & Patrick O’Brien (silver) 80.35

“This time I used to be not that nervous as a result of I acquired the nerves out earlier than I acquired on the ice,” Rylan mentioned.

“At the moment I noticed much more eyes on me,” O’Brien mentioned. “What actually motivated me to do good was all of the individuals who have been supporting me.”

Sophia Kartashov & Nicholas Kartashov (bronze) 73.86

“It was thrilling, and I believe we tried our greatest,” Sophia mentioned.

“Our spin positively acquired higher than on the Dallas Open,” Nicholas mentioned.  “We held it for the three revolutions, identical place. “We positively had extra pace.”

(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.

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