Joy and Disappointment

Since their win at Junior Worlds, I’ve been keeping an eye out for the baby Chinese pair of Wenjing Sui and Cong Han. There’s obviously a lot of joy in their skating and their big tricks are breathtaking. It seems that they’re still staying in the junior ranks this season as they’ve starting competing in JGP Latvia. Here are videos of their SP and LP:

To start with the positives, I was very impressed by Sui’s expressiveness and polish – I could barely keep my eyes off her throughout both programs. She reminded me of a mix between Xue Shen and Qing Pang. Her lines have definitely improved and despite her tininess, there are moments where she looks as if she’s six feet tall just by the way she’s holding herself. However, with all of these mistakes, it’s very clear that these two have a lot of work ahead of them. Sui seems to be having issues with her jumps and the double twist in the SP and fumble on the triple twist in the LP was very uncharacteristic of them. All that tripping in the LP was certainly unacceptable and they would be completely slaughtered if they were competing in the senior ranks. (They did win this competition though.) I seriously hope that this team goes home and smooth out all their issues because I expected better from them and I will expect a lot from them in their competitions this season.

So, let’s just hope that this is a hiccup to their otherwise brilliant career.

~The Rinkside Cafe

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