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    Best & Worst Moments or Programs at '06 USNs

    BEST: Both of Stephanie Rosenthal's programs were definitely two of the best programs for me and I think for a lot of other people. So great to see that kind of enthusiasm and exhilaration in both the short and long programs of a skater. Stephanie's love of skating seemed to fill the entire arena. Definitely the hightlight I'll remember from these Nationals.

    Kimmie Meissner: Although her SP wasn't so good, I was impressed with the improvements Kimmie's made in her LP. Now if she could just drop the Kimmie and start going by Kim or Kimberly.

    Sasha Cohen: Despite the mistakes and the cautious approach, she was still exquisite. As Peggy said, she has the best choreography she's ever had, the best costumes, and she's in the best condition, her flu not withstanding. I think sometimes we focus so much on Sasha's relatively minor mistakes, though she can't make those at the Olympics, she's still one of the most gorgeous skaters I've ever seen. Her musicality just impresses the bejeezus out of me. If, at the Olympics, she can skate with the fire I've seen her skate with before, she really will be a contender.

    BeBe Liang and Emily Hughes's short programs. Full of energy and power and each skater's own unique style. I loved them both in the SP.

    ESPN and ABC's coverage. Big kudos for covering Nationals live and showing so many skaters we'd never see if things were taped. Dick and Peggy were Dick and Peggy, but I'm glad they pointed out Sasha's problems and it wasn't just Peggy gushing over her.

    Matt Savoie's LP. Such a smooth, natural skater. He gives me chills. Wish we could have seen his SP.

    Inoue & Baldwin's throw 3Axel. Nothing like watching history being made.

    Tanith getting her citizenship so they can deservedly go to Turino.

    Jamie Silverstein's return to health and ice dancing. She looks great and was very lucky to find a partner as good as Ryan O'Meara.

    Johnny Weir's "The Swan" short program. I thought this was really a transcendant skate.


    WORST: Perhaps especially because his SP was so amazing, Weir's LP was unfortunately one of the worst programs for me. I still love his skating style and the way he moves on the ice, but this program just seemed completely disconnected both from the music and within itself. Frankly, although it would be risky, I hope he dumps this music before the Olympics and either changes it or goes back to "Otonal."

    Tim Goebel: Just sad. Sad, sad, sad.

    Alissa Czisny: So disappointing. You know she can do it, but whatever she had at SA and SC was not at Nationals, not to mention the GPF. I really hope she and her coaches can figure out her jump problems and rectify them, because in her spins and her spirals, IMO, she's the best in the world.

    Kurt and Kat: They just annoyed me no end. I love Kurt but he just seemed like he was trying too hard to be upbeat and fun as a commentator. I really wish they had continued to us Paul as the "young" commentator. Throughout the GPS and GPF, I thought Paul was great. And Kat, once she described Sasha Cohen as "the feather in 'Forrest Gump'" I knew she was going to gag me.

    No Michelle. I very much hope she heals, is in top form for Turino, and brings home that elusive OGM. Third time's the charm, right?


    BEST & WORST COMBINATION: Rohene Ward. Loved seeing the potential talent he has. Was so bummed that both his SP and LP tanked. I hope some of the potential offers to help him financially come through and that he can realize his talent. Great that State Farm flew his mother in. What an emotional moment seeing that hug. Rohene had been keeping it all in and he finally got to let it out, forget the camera.åç


    OVERALL: Not the best or most memorable Nationals, but a lot of great skating nonetheless.

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    Rgirl

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    Scott Smith Long program performance. I was so happy for. I am sure noone predicted him to be in 5 place at the end of the competition.

    I was also glad for micheal Wiess to have a great final nationals.

    My heart broke for tim goebel though He is a great skater.

    I also feel bad for Orcher and Lucash. I really wanted them to make that Olympic team.

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    Some of my favorite moments:
    • Matt Savoie's skate and making the Olympic team.
    • Jamie and Ryan coming in 3rd and their reaction in the K&C.
    • Stephanie Rosenthal's creative programs - she can dance, she's fun, and the crowd really gets into it.
    • The throw triple axel.

    • Naomi Nari Nam's return.
    • Johnny skating to 'My Way' in the gala.
    • Tanith and Ben's gala performance


    Not least favorite, but sad moments:
    • The poor LPs of Tim, Michael, Orscher/Lucash, and Rohene.
    • Johnny's lackluster LP.
    • Alissa Czisny - why can't she put it together at Nationals?


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    The best part for me was that I found a renewed interest in U.S. pairs, an interest I haven't had since Meno and Sands.........I love the "connection" that I and B have for each other and on the ice...........

    The worst is that it is over for another year........42

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    Best:

    The Return of NNN

    I&B's throw 3A and "the kiss"

    being turned on to Rohene Ward

    Jamie Silverstien's joy

    Ben and Tanith's exhibition

    BeBe Liangs SP

    Stephanie Rosenthals SP and LP

    Kimmie's LP

    Knowing that if the usual Kwan had been there she would have won her 10th U.S. title (sorry but that's how I feel)

    Worst:
    Timmy Goebel, I miss the quad king

    Alyssa's poor showing

    Katy Taylor's exhibition (brought back horrible flashbacks of Tara's "Walking on Sunshine" number complete with yellow dress) PLEASE don't do that to us AGAIN!!!!

    That Michelle the heart and soul of U.S. figure skating wasn't there.

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    I thought Michael's skate was pretty good! Matt still deserved the third spot, but Mike's program was nothing to be ashamed about, for sure. Tim Goebel's, on the other hand...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rgirl
    WORST: Perhaps especially because his SP was so amazing, Weir's LP was unfortunately one of the worst programs for me. I still love his skating style and the way he moves on the ice, but this program just seemed completely disconnected both from the music and within itself. Frankly, although it would be risky, I hope he dumps this music before the Olympics and either changes it or goes back to "Otonal."
    Maybe too late for new music, so Otonal gets my vote. The trouble with techo-classic (I have the same objection to Irina's/Michelle's short program music) is that the sameness of the driving beat destroys whatever it was the original composer was trying to accomplish. This in turn gives you nothing to hang your choreographic hat on.

    To me, Johnny is one of the two competitive skaters (Michelle is the other) who, when he is "on," can cast a spell over the audience and show us a vision of a new and better world. His triple Axel can look like an invisible angel is lifting him into the air.

    The difference is that with Michelle, she takes us with her. With Johnny, he at least lets us see from the outside the magical kingdom that he has created in his imagination.

    Michelle never fails, at least for me. So with Johnny, it's kind of a letdown when he doesn't get into that zone.

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    OT, Johnny is a skater who really like to take chances and be unique. Sometimes he succeeds spectacularly (his Swan Lake SP), other times he bombs out (his LP). I wish he would make a drastic change, but I fear it is too late in the season now. He could skate that program to perfection and I bet it still wouldn't place any better than 5th in an international competition.

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    I don't understand the negative comments about Johnny's LP. He received a standing ovation and he was visibly happy with his performance. He made one mistake on the second triple axel (and he repeated the combination). There was just one space in the program- after the first 3 jumping passes- where he could have added something. Other than that it was an excellent skate and the program works for him. It is not Otonal but it is still very good. He skated conservatively, and he will probably add more difficulty for the Olys because his technical marks were shockingly low.

    My major disappointments: LP's of Rohene Ward (I have never seen such a complete melt down), Alissa Czisny, Bebe Liang and Tim Goebel. The (past) quad king could not land a single triple axel in this competition. I was disappointed for Katy and Garret (too many mistakes, and missing a chance to go to the Olympics) and for Michael Weiss because he skated two excellent programs.

    High lights: I&B's throw triple axel- the arena exploded when she landed it. John milked it a bit too much for my liking but they totally deserved the adulation.

    Matt Savoie's LP was mesmerizing until the fall toward the end, but still very good. Nice to see him make the team.

    Scott Smith's LP was great. He landed a clean quad sal chow and everything else was clean. He needs better choregography and improved spins to move to the top.

    Stephanie Rosenthal- both programs were a joy to watch. Who cares about a placement? It is nice to see someone thinking out of the box.

    Naomi Nari Nam as a pairs skater- she looked strong. I hope she and her partner can progress and win medals at worlds in the future. It was great to see two clean performances from them.

    Bebe Liang's SP performance was dynamite.

    Hinzman & Parchem's SP was very good although she fell on the sbs jumps.

    I was absolutely thrilled with Silverstein-O'Meara placing 3rd after the FD. What a great comeback for Jamie!

    Tommy Steenberg- 17 year old- skated a clean LP with a 3loop-3loop combination. He was also one of those receiving scholastic honors. I hope to see him progress and do even better in the future.

    Other impressions:

    A lot of the junior pairs are doing sbs double loops so we are likely to see sbs triple loops/flips/lutzes in the senior ranks before the next Olympics.

    Many pairs are already doing/trying sbs triple salchows, so we may not see many sbs triple toe loops after the next 2-3 years.

    All programs look nearly the same, thanks to the COP. I would like to see more skaters like Stephanie Rosenthal being creative.

    Vash

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vash01
    I don't understand the negative comments about Johnny's LP.
    I didn't like the music nor did I see the connection between the choreography and the music. Johnny skated the program well, but it isn't a good program. The judges agreed -- Weir built up a big lead after his SP (9 pt. lead on Evan, 11 point lead over Matt), but he finished third in the free skate and only managed to edge them out 225.34 to 224.47 (Lysacek) and 222.36 (Savoie). This is in spite of the fact that Johnny skated well, while Evan and Matt had visible errors. We haven't seen the scoresheets yet, but the obvious conclusion is the judges didn't like the program and neither did I.

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    [CENTER]You're all mad. The greatest moment at the competition, (and probably in the history of figure skating) was the face that that Zukowski chick made in the kiss 'n cry area. Nicole Bobek will probably be retiring soon, and I'm glad we've finally found a suitable replacement (at least personality-wise). I am now going to perform a frantic search of Yahoo's photo section to see if I can find a snapshot of it to blow up and use as a screensaver. It just might help ward off evil spirits.[/CENTER]

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    ABSOLUTELY THE FUNNIEST MOMENTS:

    * Johnny Weir's answer to Peter Carruthers' question, following the SP. Peter: "What are you going to do now, between the SP and Saturday's finals?" Johnny: "I'm going to DisneyWorld!"

    * Katy Taylor talking about saving-up $3,000 for her hot-pink Hummer. "I only have $27,000 to go [to buy it]."

    * Dick Button yahking-on about Johnny's 'The Swan' SP having been choreographed for a great female ballerina Pavlova, etc, etc. He did all but state "And now Johnny is the ballerina."

    CHEESIEST DR. PHIL-OPRAH MOMENT:

    * The whole Rohene Ward bomb-out fiasco with momma standing by. So U.S. Nationals has been reduced to this Reality-TV gimmick?

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    Quote Originally Posted by baseballnut
    Scott Smith Long program performance. I was so happy for. I am sure noone predicted him to be in 5 place at the end of the competition.

    I was also glad for micheal Wiess to have a great final nationals.

    My heart broke for tim goebel though He is a great skater.

    I also feel bad for Orcher and Lucash. I really wanted them to make that Olympic team.
    Ditto, ditto, ditto, ditto.

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    The Return of NNN

    I&B's throw 3A and "the kiss"

    being turned on to Rohene Ward

    Stephanie Rosenthals SP and LP
    I was so thrilled to see John's and Rena's joy. We watched the medal ceremony and after they took their first bows, as they skated around to the medal stand, the lady behind me did a big "Way to go John!". He acknowledged it and mostioned toward Rena like, "She's the one that landed it!", so seconds later I let loose with a "Go Rena!". It was so neat.

    Michael Weiss taking pictures at the men's medal ceremony. It was his last Nats and maybe his last competition, and he just went out to have fun. He took pics of the audience and pics of the photographers taking pics of him. It was so cool.

    The Jr. Men's long. I am thrilled with the second place finisher's results. (I can't remember his name.) I'll definately be watching him in the years to come.

    I am really bummed that Rohene fell apart in the long. He was so good in practice. He's obviously in great shape and man, that hair! Somebody break out the drool buckets! I'd love to have hair that nice!

    I know I have more, but I can't think of them at the moment.

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    Nan and Leftheris get my vote for the best surprise of the Nats. I think they will be special next season. Just look at what they did in nine months?

    Joe

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    I enjoyed the "scream contest" (S & O'M on learning they made the team vs. Tara)

    Other high points (IMO)

    The "comeback kid" -- NNN
    The history makers -- I & B
    Stephanie Rosenthal

    Low Point -- Kwan's absence.

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