Sunday, September 20, 2009

Zhang Shuffles on Back… (But Will She Keep Her Music?)

It’s kind of old news at this point, but Caroline Zhang may have taken the final and most interesting turn on the coaches-go-round this month. After spending the summer training with Charlene Wong, she’s apparently decided to return to Mingzhu Li (her previous coach). Here are one of the THREE sentences (I’m not kidding) currently posted on about the split:

Zhang says she will continue to work with Wong on "choreography and footwork."

Shortest. Press release. Ever.

So, with Zhang as one of the Americans representing at Trophee Eric Bompard (which as you’ll recall is now the FIRST event of the ISU Grand Prix Season), that gives her just about a month to settle in before throwing her new programs down for the first time in the GP:

SP Music: "Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs)" by Pablo de SarasateFS Music: Music from The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky

Again, lost on the SP choice… which is not necessarily a bad thing. As for the FS—I know it’s apropos of nothing, especially when you’re talking Tchaikovsky, but, well, I’ve got this thing about only wanting to hear seasonal music in season. Especially when it’s music as well-known, and as seasonal, as The Nutcracker. I suppose that never enters a judges mind with any gravity; Carol Heiss was using it (in part) in 1960, and I’m sure countless others used it before and after (including Sasha Cohen)…

In any case, she’s using the “Pas de Deux” from the second act—absolutely lovely to be sure; just hope such a slow-building piece of music doesn’t underscore how slow she tends to skate in general.

And here’s her SP (apparently shot at the recent Golden West Championships) as the
Clip of the Day. Now that I’ve heard the music, I have to admit I wish this was a little livelier too. What do you think?

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