Oda, Symphony #4
2A, step out
Excellent program and great skating quality, Very good positions in sit spins, nice smooth skating, powerful, confident.
Preaubert, The Mask
3L, tight landing possibly u.r.
In places he just abandoned the idea o performing the program and just started to get through the moves, complete with dropping the shoulders, eyes on the ice etc. There were at least two such moments, but he still tried to sell the program as usual in other places.
Takahashi, Phanthom of the Opera
4T, tight landing, possibly u.r.
CUSp, with changes of edge
CiSt, v. good
CCoSp, back to forw., relatively slow
3R, step out
FSSp, high sit and then he fell out
SlSt, looked like he is injured or in pain, because he is completely out of stream and he only "pretend" to skate the last third of the step sequence, just doing some "filling in" turns.
Excellent and powerful start, but then something happened to him. I am sorry about the ?? in reports, but I am really sleepy, because I had little sleep on the train night before yesterday and quite little tonight as well. I will veryify his jump content when protocols are out.
Joubert, Metallica Medley
4T2T, leaned with a hand on quad, but clean
4T, step out, possibly ur
3R3T, very tight landing
3F, out of spread eagle
2A2T, really just racking up the points, looked very silly, but it's worth it
Not as powerful as in Paris or Moscow. Still a good program for them, spins somewhat slow in place, but much imrpoved from several years ago. Clear winner.
Thank you, Anna. Great reports. Can't wait to see Oda's program. (A bit afraid to watch the rest, especially poor Takahashi's.).
That was quite an unusual GPF, with 3 skaters injuring themselves and 2 withdrawing. All the skaters seemed a bit off, too. I hope all the skaters will have time to recover before thwir next events (especially Japanese and Americans, whose Nationals are just around the corner).