Monday, March 22

World Championship Start Orders for Compulsory Dance and Pairs Short Program

The compulsory dance and pairs short program kick off the 2010 World Figure Skating Championships, and the competition begins in just over 13 hours. Time for me to go to bed.. okay, not just yet.

The starting orders for the two segments taking place Tuesday have now been published on the ISU result page: compulsory dance start order / pairs short program start order.

General thoughts about the draws:
First, if you weren't aware, the initial draw orders are partially determined by ISU World Ranking. The "earlier groups" of the segment features the lower half of the skaters in the rankings, and the "later groups" obviously includes the top half.
In ice dance, the very final warm-up group includes four of the five highest-ranked teams from the Olympics. The one team that isn't in that top five are Italians Anna Cappellini and Luca LaNotte, who drew unfortunate start numbers all throughout the Vancouver Games. Nice change! Olympic Champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are the top-five team not in the final warm-up group, but skate last in the penultimate group. I'm pretty sure they aren't worried about that.
In the pairs field, the only team in the "earlier half" of skaters that really might shake up the top ten are Russians Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov, and they drew a decent start position. The Canadian teams of Annabelle Langlois and Cody Hay, and Jessica Dube and Bryce Davison both drew the final positions for the groups they were sorted into. Langlois and Hay skate 18th of 25, while Dube and Davison skate last. Right before them comes Chinese Olympic silver medalists Qing Pang and Jian Tong, most likely in their final event. Olympic bronze medalists Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of Germany skate first of the top groups, at number 19.

Remember, the point of the International Judging System is that skaters are being marked against a code of points and a 10-point scale for program components, rather than against one another. Now, that concept might not always seem to be true, but in a perfect world the starting orders would have no significant meaning at all. Again, in a perfect world..

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