Friday, October 4, 2013

Skating Fridays

Competition results and some videos

I officially survived last weekend's competition! Actually, I had a blast. The duet program was such a fun performance that it didn't even feel like we were out there to compete.

My friend K and I skated to a piece called "I've Got a Brand New Pair of Figure Skates" which mocks the Nancy Kerrigan/Tonya Harding knee-bashing incident from the 90s. I played Nancy and she played Tonya. The Nancy character was so oblivious during the program and skated very "pretty" while Tonya chased her around and made fun of Nancy behind her back. At the end, Tonya takes a plastic bat and whacks Nancy in the knee. Of course, Nancy says her infamous "Why me?" line at the end before Tonya reveals a gold medal around her neck and skates off without Nancy.

We got 2nd place in the event, but we skated against 3 other duets that were made up of all kids. I'm pretty sure we would have placed 1st, but we think that the judges didn't want to send the message to the kids that they lost to a bunch of old people. Ha ha.  We'll have to try to skate this duet again at an adult competition to see how we do since we'll be on an even playing field.

Addie and Mommy
I didn't know what to expect for the Adult Gold event. The woman that also skated in my group was the 1st place winner at Adult Nationals in her event. She has placed 1st in many other competitions, so it wasn't even a contest. Not even close. Regardless, she was an inspiration and very modest so it helped make the competition more fun.

I had a pretty good warmup except I popped the axel and two-footed the landing. I did not attempt another one since my lower back had been bothering me for about 3 weeks and I didn't want to aggravate it any further.

I was the first to take the ice and was pleased that I skated a fairly clean program. I did not attempt the cannonball spin and opted to play it safe and do a regular sit spin instead. My axel was not 100% clean, but I did land it. The lutz-loop was a bit off, which was disappointing. And then my death drop caught a bad edge. Thankfully, I saved it and was able to finish the spin. All in all, I was happy with my performance and am proud of the way I skated for my first-ever competition. This was a great practice for future competitions, and I know that I can only get better from here.

My scores were not available to me until yesterday, so I'm still trying to digest it all. My Total Element Score (TES) was only 7.09. I did not receive credit for my axel jump or my choreographic sequence. My Program Component Score (PCS) was a respectable 11.86 (so my total program score was 18.10). Had my axel and footwork sequence counted, then my final TES score would have been about 3 points higher so my final overall score would be around 21 points. The other Gold ladies skater told me that a "competitive" Gold ladies program should receive between 22-29 points.  She also said that those skaters who achieve 29 or more points are generally considered for the Championship Gold events. So I'm just on the edge, and I'm still happy with this since this is my first-ever competition.

I received negative Grades of Execution (GOE) on my lutz/loop, the camel/backspin combo and the death drop. What is really interesting and eye-opening is that the spins gave me the most points, even though I received a negative GOE on two of them.  Two of the 6 judges gave me a positive GOE on my sit spin, so I know that if I hold it in the base sit spin position and go into a cannonball position for 8 revolutions, then I can gain even more points. And the technical component that gave me the 2nd most points overall was the death drop spin, even with a -2 GOE from 3 of the judges. The Gold ladies skater gave me a good tip and said that most skaters can boost their scores immensely by upping their spins and making them more difficult (adding features to gain "levels"). Good to know!

All of this IJS stuff is just fascinating, and these scores are immensely helpful since I now know exactly what I need to work on for the next competition. I'll try to include a screenshot of my scores in next week's Skating Fridays so I can explain what the scores mean and why the judges didn't give me credit for my two elements.

And finally, here are both the duet and my singles program videos for your viewing pleasure.

Duet
Gold freestyle

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