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4 Continents Thoughts.
I thought that Kimmie and Evan were so cool! kimmie is REALLY growing on me, she really seemed to feel the music better and was determined to come back from 6th. Evan. what can i say? perfrect. like nationals again! I was happy to hear the kimmie wants to do the triple axel, i want to see her do one again. Belbin and agosto were MUSCh better than they were at nationals... it was really close i know, but acutaully i would have placed Davis and White first ( have you ever seen such amazing twizzles?) Tan and Ben seocnd and teh canadians, third. THis is the first time i really ever watched davis and white, but i was so impressed. They are skating to the same music as the russians, but i like the american's interpriation and costumes better. more understated, and easier to watch. Pairs... Rena had a bad fall on the axel, but FINALLY we saw that John can indeed land a triple toe. I keep wondering if they shoudl change that to triple salchows or somthing.. maybe it would be easier for john. he usually has no problem on the double axels, so maybe edge jumps are more his thing. Shen and Zhao were beautiful, as expected.. i wish they would show thier short program once in a while. it is a masterpeice as well. I loved that she got so happy after ward.. i could see it really ment somthing to beat the reigning world champs.
I found the pairs to be a lackluster event following the terrible accident Dube/ Davison suffered. Totally understandable, but it really sucked the energy out of the entire competition, IMO. The accident was further heartbreaking, IMO, because D/D were skating so well up to that point. The double axel sequence picture perfect, the sbs triple sals, the throw..... oh well.
Meissner was the class of the field in the ladies. I think she is developing artistically by leaps and bounds this year. I really enjoy her FS. I thought Lysacek was much more impressive at U.S. nationals. Buttle skated really well, IMO, and looked better stamina-wise than I had expected. He needs to get his triple axels together.
I thought the two Canadian dance teams were the class of the field. Best performance of At Last I've seen from D/L all season. Makes me hope they are just peaking at the right time. Their dance just cast a spell.
B/A's FD was much better than it was at U.S. Nationals as they get more practice time in on it.
V/M just keep getting better and better. I thought it was interesting to watch them back to back with D/W. I thought V/M clearly had an edge when seen in this manner. Valse Triste is an absolute classic. V/M, D/W and B/A all had very impressive twizzles.
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