Anne’s Take: 2022 Lake Placid Ice Dance Championships

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by Anne Calder | Photographs by Robin Ritoss

The Lake Placid Ice Dance Championships is a Nationwide Qualifying Sequence (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 Last 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 Traditional staff debut three weeks in the past.

Dozzi & Papetti signify 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 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)

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 basic 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 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 observe 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 glad we skated two clear packages 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 Leap Motion added to this season’s components and scored 1.11 GOE. 

The technical section scored 72.10; the entire was 115.73. Larson, a former pair skater and Kapran signify 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 primarily based 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).

NOVICE 

Sylvia Li & Rowan Le Coq (gold) 107.79

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

“As a result of we solely had one week to organize all this, it was very worrying 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 a number of vitality,” Sylvia famous.

Michelle Deych & Wiles Middlekauff (silver) 97.00

“Our sample dances weren’t nearly as good as Texas (Dallas Traditional), nevertheless it positively received higher with the Free Dance,” Deych stated. “It was much more factors than Texas, so we’re glad 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 at this time 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.

INTERMEDIATE 

Sarah Yoo & Nicholas Ying (gold) 90.38 

The staff was glad 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 Last in November, which will likely be held on the SCOB, their dwelling rink in Norwood, Massachusetts. i

“I felt assist of a lot of folks 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 Crew Occasion bronze medalist for pairs.

Grace Fischer & Luke Fischer (silver) 86.63

It was actually enjoyable.” Luke stated.  “With the viewers it provides us somebody to carry out for as a result of it’s laborious whenever 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 the whole lot 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 laborious, and it turns into your job. It’s a blast to see that stage. They love the whole lot they’re doing. It’s all model new.” 

Hana Maria Aboian & Steven Moore (bronze) 80.51

“On the ice I needed to do higher than I did final time (Dallas Open),” Aboian stated.  

“At first I believed my abdomen felt actually dangerous, and I didn’t wish to do that,” Moore stated. “Then after I began this system, I believed that is tremendous. Then I really felt actually good about it, and I needed it to proceed.” 

Coach Svetlana Kulikova added, “I’m very happy 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

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

“I believed it was fairly good. There’s at all times extra room for enchancment,” Carhart added. “We’ve got to work on the whole lot.”

Coach Ilia Tkachenko, “They’ve solely been skating collectively for 2 and a half months, and It’s solely their second competitors. It’s begin. They carried out on the extent they may at this second. A number of work must be completed, however I’m proud of the general route. I’m actually glad for them.”

Rylan Lukanin & Patrick O’Brien (silver) 80.35

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

“Right now I noticed much more eyes on me,” O’Brien stated. “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 feel we tried our greatest,” Sophia stated.

“Our spin positively received higher than on the Dallas Open,” Nicholas stated.  “We held it for the three revolutions, similar place. “We positively 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.

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