Nine years ago, Chock/Bates won their first Grand Prix gold at Skate America and they have been ever-present on the podium for a decade. The ISU World Champions delivered again a top performance to “Time”, “Breathe” and “Eclipse” by Pink Floyd. They earned a level four for the lifts, twizzles, spin and her part of the one foot step sequence to score 128.09 points. Overall the ISU Four Continents Champions collected 212.96 points for a clear victory with 16 points to spare.
“It (the first Skate America title in 2014) really seems like a lifetime ago,” Chock said. “We’ve certainly come a long way and experienced a lot through this sport. I’m so happy to have been on this whole journey with Evan.
“Skating has brought so much into our lives and I just feel so fortunate and so grateful for the lessons, for the experiences and for all the wonderful people that we’ve met in the sport.”
The couple chose the music from the album “The Dark Side of the Moon” by Pink Floyd that celebrates its 50th anniversary. “We loved the music, but we knew we wanted to tell a story with it, so then we chose ‘time’,” Bates explained.
“We dove deeper into this concept, this storytelling of time being a construct that we’ve made as humans, and then this narrative of trying to break free of this construct to appreciate the time that we have, because it’s fleeting.
“We‘ve been skating for a long time, and obviously the years ahead are maybe less than the years that have passed, so taking the time to really appreciate what we’ve got while we got it, that’s sort of whatwe’re trying to tell.”
Dancing to “Roses” by Quebec artist Jean-Michel Blais, Lajoie/Laghacompleted five level-four elements. The reigning ISU Four Continents bronze medalists set a season’s best of 119.19 points and totaled 196.99 points.
“Since Worlds is in Montreal, we really wanted to find something that was from Montreal,” Lajoie noted. “We listened to a lot of music, we were struggling to find it, and then we had a session with Guillaume (Cizeron) , and we just played a lot of different songs, and then we both really liked the songs.
We were told that the artist is from Montreal. We don’t really like to have a specific story, we prefer to have emotion and connection, and just enjoy the movement, so it’s a lyrical music, and we’re trying to show those emotions with the music and connecting to each other.”
Lopareva/Brissaudhad chosen “Elegie in E-Flat Minor, Op. 3, No. 1” and “Prélude in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 3”by Sergei Rachmaninov for their Free Dance. Six elements were rated a level four and the French Champions achieved a season’s best with 116.27 points and 193.47 points total.
“It (the bronze) is an honor for us because there were a lot of strong teams and we were really fighting for this place,” Lopareva commented. “So we’re glad to achieve what we wanted and we’re glad to compete with such strong teams.”
Lopareva suggested the music for the Free Dance. “The story is about Rachmaninov and it’sabout the moment in his life when he was about leave Russia to go in America. It was a difficult moment of him because he was leaving his home country and he wasn’t able to come back so it’s a lot of struggles.
“In our program, Geoffrey is Rachmaninov and Irepresent all these things that happened to him during this moment of his life.”
Chock/Bates have collected 15 points for the ISU Grand Prix standings and will compete again at the Grand Prix Espoo (FIN). Lajoie/Lagha (13 points) hope to qualify for their first ISU Grand Prix Final at their next event, the Cup of China. Lopareva/Brissaud (11 points) will compete again at their home Grand Prix, Internationaux de France in Angers.
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