SO UNFORTUNATELY, AN ENTIRELY NEW SCENARIO NOW IN THE PAIRS CHAMPIONSHIP FREE SKATE. IT’S SHELBY LYONS AND BRIAN WELLS WHO TAKE THE ICE IN THE SHORT PROGRAM. THEY FINISHED FOURTH LAST YEAR IN NHVILLE.>>Peggy: THEIR STRENGTH IS THE THROW JUMPS. THIS PROGRAM WAS CHOREOGRAPHED BY MARINA SWEVA. SHE CORE GRAVED FOR GORD AV YA AND GRINKOV. STARTING OUT WITH SIDE BY SIDE TRIPLE LOOPS. THEY DIFFICULT. O!>>Dick: LIFT TRIPLE TWIST.>>Terry: THE INTERNATIONAL WORLD OF FIGURE SKATING IS FILLING UP RAPIDLY WITH PRETTY SPIFFY DANCERS, PARTICULARLY FROM RUSSIA. AND ANY AMERICAN PAIR THAT HOPES TO ENTER THAT TOP FIELD HAS GOT TO SKATE WITH GREAT DAZZLE AND REALLY FURNISH INTO A PERFORMANCE THAT WILL BE HEARD WORLDWIDE.>>Peggy: THERE’S THE THROW TRIPLE LOOP. SHE GETS GREAT HEIGHT. SHELBY ALSO SKATES SINGLES. SO THAT REALLY HELPS HER JUMPS. HER SIDE BY SIDE JUMPS AS SHE DOES WITH BRIAN. WITH THE INJURY TO JENNI MENO, YOU DID HAVE TWO U.S. PAIRS WHO AT LEAST LAST YEAR WERE IN THE TOP FIVE IN THE WORLD. WE’LL HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE HOW SERIOUS HER INJURY IS WHEN YOU LOOK AHEAD TO THE OLYMPIC GAMES. AND OF COURSE, THAT SECOND SPOT NOW MAY BECOME EVEN MORE IMPORTANT.>>Dick: THROW, TRIPLE SALCHOW, DOUBLE SALCHOW. NICE UNISON HERE. UNISON, REMEMBER, DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THAT THE SKATERS ARE TOUCHING, BUT RELATING TO EACH OTHER, EVEN IF APART.>>Peggy: SIDE BY SIDE TRIPLE SALCHOWS INTO DOUBLE TOE LOOPS. VERY STRONG. THIS IS A FUN SECTION.>>Dick: THIS IS MIRROR SKATING, JUST A TOUCH OF IT THERE, WHERE THE MOVES ARE OPPOSITETO EACH OTHER, NOT PARALLEL. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT IS FIRST RATE ABOUT THIS PAIR IS THEIR STYLE. GOOD BACKS, GOOD STRETCH. HE’S ALWAYS HAD GREAT FLARE IN THAT AREA.>>Terry: BRIAN QUITE A BIT OLDER THAN SHELBY. ALMOST 11 YEARS OLDER. THEY TEAMED UP WHEN HE WITH WENT ON A NATIONWIDE SEARCH TO FIND A PARTNER, AND THERE WAS SHELBY.>>Dick: THAT POSITION NOT AS GOOD AS IT COULD BE.>>Peggy: THAT DEFINITELY NEEDS TO IMPROVE. SHE NEEDS TO ARCH HER BACK AND REALLY LOOK STRONGER UP THERE ON THE TOP OF THAT LIFT.>>Dick: YOU KNOW THAT PROGRAM HAD SOME WONDERFULLY AND INTRICK IT DIFFERENT MOVES. IT CONTINUED TO HAVE INTEREST. IT’S BUILT WITH INTEREST. IT WASN’T JUST THE SAME OLD STANDARD SKATING.>>Terry: SHELBY LYONS AND BRIAN WELLS UNFORTUNATELY BECAUSE OF INJURY, ARE NOW LOOKING AT MOVING UP TO CAPTURE THE SILVER MEDAL.>>Terry: BACK INSIDE THE CORESTATES CENTER, SHELLABLY LYONS, BRIAN WELLS WAITING FOR THEIR MARKS DURING THE PAIRS FREE SKATE.>>Terry: REMEMBER, WITHOUT MENO AND SANDS, THEY ARE LOOKING TO PERHAPS CAPTURE THE SILVER MEDAL. THEY CAPTURED

Lyons & Wells – 1998 United States Figure Skating Championships, Pairs’ Free Skate
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