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    Default COI Reviews&Pics Thread - please post them here!

    To make COI reviews, reports & pictures easy to find, please post them all in this thread. This worked well last year. When the tour ends, this thread will be archived.

    The tour starts today. Here is the schedule for the tour:
    www.championsonice.com/pe...order=date

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    Oh goody. I am looking forward to any and all reports/photos from COI seeing as I don't get to see COI this year (didn't last year or the year before either)!

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    I can't believe that they are having a show on Easter Sunday. I am sure that the skaters would want to be home with their families. At least the ones who celebrate Easter.

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    I went to a COI show in Philadelphia a few years ago...on Easter....it was fine with me...

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    Im guessing this is a spoiler thread so here goes:

    I dont know if it was posted anywhere, but MK skated to Bolero today. (with the long-sleeved dress)

    I dont know if she decided to hold onto it because of the cheesefest competition and this would give her more exposure with it and then she'll change it mid-tour, or she'll keep this alltogether, who knows.

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    Woa, Bolero, I would like to see this with the minimal jumping pass. I think this would give her more time to add choreography and movements. Details, details please.

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    I saw Michelle skate today, and she did skate to Bolero with the QR dress. She did the 3l/2t, 2a (she opened with this), 3f, *CLEAN* 3s, and a solo 3t. She may also have done another solo lutz but I am not sure. (I was after all, three miles off the ice). Conspicuously absent (at least I don't remember seeing it) was the trademark spiral but I think I saw her do two footwork passes - going up one end of the rink and then the other, before doing the final combo spin and the Tosca-ending pose. I was impressed to see her do so many jumps under the exhibition lighting. Hers, Johnny's, Sasha's, A&P's and Viktor's programs were my favorites. I posted a longer review at FSU if anyone is interested.

    ETA: I cut and pasted the longer review:
    I went to COI Hartford too and was surprised to see Michelle skate to Bolero. It was an exhibition formatted program, but she did do quite a few jumps - including the 3l/2t, 2a, 3f, and a clean (from where I was sitting) 3s, as well as a 3t IIRC. Conspicuously absent (at least I don't remember seeing it) was the trademark spiral. Instead I think I saw her do two footwork passes (?) before ending with a combo spin and the Tosca-ending pose.

    Sasha's Babs number (Don't Rain on My Parade) was also very entertaining, and very Sasha I heart her hair half down, it looks good and not as severe as the bun.

    Johnny skated beautifully to Unchained Melody and the jumps were like butta.

    Irina did a very cute number to "Oops I Did it Again!" She did her trademark double Bielmann spin and the three-turns into a 3r, as well as a solo 3r (again IIRC - I am no teknik about identifying jumps from three miles off the ice) She wore a catsuit type outfit that was very formfitting.

    My favorite number was A&P's Star Wars routine. They come out skating to the Imperial Death March and fighting with light sabers. They are hooded. Then the hoods come off and they skate to softer selections of music from (presumably) the trilogy. I wonder if they were skating as Anakin and Padme Amidala...Equally enjoyable was Viktor's Mack the Knife program, complete with cane and top hat

    I did not enjoy Jenny's Evita number - the cuts of music are waaaaaaay to choppy and she just does not sell the character of Evita to me. But that is JMO. She had a hard time holding onto the jumps landings today. Also yawn-inducing was Elvis skating a typical Elvis program and Dan Hollander skating to Richard Simmons But he as well as the acrobats and Irina Gregorian got the most audience feedback today (besides Michelle that is).

    The ho-down finale was cute and overall I enjoyed it. But I am glad I did not spend too much money on tickets!

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    WOW! Now I didn't expect this!!!

    This actually makes sense. She obviously likes the music, and without the pressure of having to do 6 or 7 jumps ... plus the mandatory spins and such ... she may just be able to really immerse herself in the program and make it something very special.

    Can't wait to see how it evolves over the tour.

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    Wow so she did do that many triples!!! I was a lot farther up than Loopschick, but I did catch some of the jumps she did anyway


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    Moonkitty ... where were you sitting ? We were about 15 rows up in the corner diagonally across the ice from the skaters entrance ...

    From what I remember, the layout of the program seemed pretty similar to Worlds ... she didn't do the 2loop after the 3f/2t, or the 2t after the first 3z ... and I thought I had read that she had planned another 2t after the 3s at Worlds, and she didn't do that here either. And the spiral was replaced with another footwork section. I think the rest was the same, but I can't be positive ...

    We got there early and had lunch at an Irish pub on a corner across from the arena, and while we were eating, numerous skaters walked by ... Elvis, Dan Hollander, Tim, Johnny, Irina, Jenny, Marina Anissina ... I think that was all. Then at the show we saw Ilia and Katia with Daria and Liza. Lots of skater spotting

    I'm still psyched about seeing Bolero

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    Did you eat at Vaughan's on Pratt Street? Because that is the Irish Pub I ate at!!! I didn't see any skaters while I was there though At the show I sat in section 203, row FF, center ice. I was just about as high as you can be in the Civic Center, but at least I had binoculars :b

    Oh yeah, and thanks for confirming my own observations! How did the fw look from where you were?

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    Gatzbee, from where I was sitting it looked like she went up one end of the rink and then down the other with footwork instead of having the spiral sequence. I remember she had timed the spiral sequence from Worlds during the key change and instead she continued the fw (including the SFL). It looked similar to Worlds in terms of overall content (IMO).

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    wow, more than one falling leaf?! and some spin in the end too?? wow. if she does take out some jumps before marshalls, i will be bummed b/c i honestly would prefer to see her skate to bolero w/o so many jumps. she can dazzle just by doing MITF and just simple deep edges.

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    It looked like one long fw sequence at the end to me. Can you confirm this, Loopschick?

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    Very surprised that she decided to skate to Bolero for COI. I wonder if she will change it after Marshall's because like Heather said it is very difficult to do a six triple program for a whole tour.

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    Thanks, MoonKitty! Ok, is it just me, or does this seem like Michelle is saying, "get ready, watch out -- the Kwan is pumping it up for next season!"?

    I can't wait to see this and A&P's number -- I can't believe I'm finally going to see them live for the first time, hurray!

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    This is just me projecting here...but it seems to me that Michelle wants to derive some satisfaction skating this program. She never really had a satisfying (for her) outing with it this season and maybe by doing it on the tour she will skate it the way she wanted to. JMO.

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    HOLY COW! BOLERO! goodness! im in shock, but u know what was more shocking. just like a HALF HR before i read this thread and even came online i was speculating and imagining in my mind that MAYBE just MAYBE mk will skate to bolero cuz i thought she tends to have more moves and just feel so much more relaxed to exhibition numbers that she may finally just be able to have the kind of skate she has always wanted with this music. and then i come to mkf and in a way, if this means she can skate a freer bolero, then i am PSYCHED to see it tom. o my goodness!! i can't wait!

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    MoonKitty -- question: Did you notice more in-betweens than at Worlds? Was it more exhibition-y than competitive (besides the jumps)? Thanks!

    An MKFer I was talking to earlier said she had a feeling that MK would be skating to some instrumental piece -- I can't believe that she's right

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    I just got back from COI, and I was pleasantly shocked to see Bolero ... OMG. First of all, back to normal tights, YAY !!! Secondly ... SIX triples !!! 2a, 3f/2t, 3z, 3f, 3s, 3z, 3t Everytime she rounded the corner near our seats we cheered and she gave us a huge smile, it was awesome I missed the spiral, but the two footwork sections at the end rocked

    She did a 3f in the opening, and four double axels in a row in the finale ... wow !!!

    I can't wait to see this all again tomorrow, and I have 2nd row seats tomorrow ...

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    I remember that she did her usual footwork into the 3f, she did (what seemed to me) a longer footwork pass at the end of the program and she had the same spins from Worlds. She did not have a layback spin though. Same dancey moves at the beginning of the program, SFL at the end of the footwork. It was similar to the Worlds layout, minus the two extra combos and including an extended fw sequence (IMO). Take this with a grain of salt though because I can't say that I am 100 percent accurate.

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    She did a 3f in the opening, and four double axels in a row in the finale ... wow !!!
    WOW. hey for those who saw bolero, how similar was this to the worlds version?? were there any moves in the beginning like nats? and what exactly then was she doing for the length of the spiral b/c that sequence takes a fair chunk of time out...? and was it an extended sequence or 2 fw sequences? goodness, im still in shock, but im gonna see bolero LIVE tom. yay!

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    So, did she skate last?

    I'm surprised about Bolero. Not sure how I feel about seeing that program twice in one week. :p I was hoping to see Bolero, and then a new exhibition at COI. I want the knee slide back. :p And no spiral!? But, 6 triples, wow! And sounds like she skated it well. I can't imagine her skating a 6 triple program every night, under spotlights, though. That's insane (good insane), lol.

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    So, did she skate last?
    yes, she did

    T&M were right before her, and Irina before that.

    I'm guessing she'll probably take out some of the triples after Marshalls ... I miss the knee slide too, but there were a bunch of falling leafs and a death drop at the end ... and I think a scratch spin right before the ending pose ...

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    It looked like one long fw sequence at the end to me. Can you confirm this, Loopschick?

    I think it was two footwork sequences back to back ... straightline and then circular ... but I could be wrong. I'm going again tomorrow, so I will get another look and will report back ... I think lots of others are going tomorrow too, so there should be quite a few reports.

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