Hello from Boston!!!! I'm soooo happy to be back in one of my favorite cities. Skating + Boston = perfection!
I started the morning off at pairs practice where I was very excited to see Sui/Han, who I adore and want to see atop the podium this year. They did a run-through of their intense Spanish-themed short program, highlighted by some HUGE elements. Sui looks so fierce and strong compared to the other dainty Chinese pair girls. She and Han of them have such a great dynamic together.
Kayne/O'Shea did a gorgeous run-through of their Music of the Night free skate, leaving out the jumps and throws but including all the emotion and artistry that they've become known for. Their facial expressions are so naturally joyful and passionate. There's nothing forced or over-the-top.
Savchenko/Massot were spot-on with their side-by-side jumps, but the throws were a little iffy and they had an aborted lift during their free skate run-through. I wish there music was more pleasing to the ear as they are a very striking couple on the ice.
Dance practice followed the pairs, and it was time for sparkles! The first group included Cappellini/Lanotte, and Anna was sporting quite the poofy new dress. It was a bit distracting to me. They skated very well, though. The second group included the Canadian teams. I love the young team Paradis/Ouellette. There's something about them I find so charming and beautiful. I hope they can continue to move up the crowded ladder in Canadian dance.
The U.S. teams were in the next group, and everyone skated full-out with lots of emotion. The Shibs and Hubbell/Donahue did their short dances while Chock/Bates ran through their free dance.
Here are all my photos from Tuesday! => TUESDAY PRACTICES