Loundagin, Kheir crush competition in adult pairs
Baga, Biver capture silver; Cooper, Burgess secure bronze; Pewter goes to Calnan, Stanford
|Choeleen Loundagin and Bilal Kheir won the championship adult pairs by 15.73 points. (Jay Adeff)|
Choeleen Loundagin and Bilal Kheir won with a monstrous score of 68.95, completing a program with fantastic speed and edges, as well as a throw double loop, throw double Salchow and side-by-side double flips. Their only mistake was on the death spiral.
The silver medal went to Courtney Baga and Pete Biver with a score of 53.22, aided along by a fantastic double toe-double toe-Axel sequence and side-by-side double loops.
Carol Cooper and Ethan Burgess earned the bronze. Cooper only learned to skate just a few years ago, and this was her second competition. Due to a difficult Level 4 death spiral, and with some high level lifts getting bonus points after the halfway point, their score was 43.82.
Jan Calnan and Mark Stanford earned the pewter medal with a score of 41.48. Their elements included a throw double loop, a throw double Salchow and a double twist.