Category: Analysis

Snapshot Stats: The Spanish Inquiry

by Jacquelyn Thayer After publishing in August a procedure for selection of the team to represent the nation in ice dance at the 2017 World Championships — giving the slot to the team with the highest short dance technical score at an international event — the Spanish winter sports federation yesterday courted controversy by declaring…

PCS: Connecting the Dots #9. Mixed Doubles

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by Jacquelyn Thayer This Grand Prix ice dance team-by-team analysis has been expanded from recent Snapshot Stats features on Two for the Ice on Tumblr. CHOCK & BATES vs. WEAVER & POJE A pair of world medalist teams in an oft-unsteady position: Madison Chock and Evan Bates ceded the U.S. national title to Maia and…

Ice Dance and the Off-Season: A Summer Fling?

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The earliest ice dance events of summer — Lake Placid and its championship and international competitions, Minto Summer Skate and the Championnats québécois d’été, or Quebec Summer Championships — are, by near definition, starting points for the long September-March international stretch to come. And by this nature, scores are traditionally mixed at best: star competitors…

PCS: Connecting the Dots #7. Forecasting Pairs

There will be no extended analysis of deeper PCS meaning this go-round, but a quick overview of just how tight the race in U.S. and Canadian pairs — for those 3-4-5 spots at home, for international opportunities or top 10 Worlds finishes — looks after the work of last season. Two-time world champions Meagan Duhamel…

2016-17 Grand Prix Draft: The Aftermath

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With the dance field expanded to 10 couples apiece for the first time since the 2010-11 season, competitors saw additional opportunity — though some absences for those guaranteed at least one spot are also worth noting. Pairs, which remains at eight teams apiece due to additional regulations (only four teams allowed per warm-up session), was…