Alexei's LP is like her SP last season, similar music, costume, and style. Her SP is like her LP last season. I liked her SP better last year, precisely because of the rhythm, but this year, I don't like the LP as much. I think she has better extension, flow, and musicality in her SP right now. But maybe that's just a matter of its being so early in the season and she hasn't had as much to refine the LP. The quality of skating, likes spins and transitions were better in her '08 national's than this weekend. Probably she's been concentrating on the jumps over the summer, as well as learning the new programs. It's amazing how much height she gets on her toe jumps even though she doesn't bend and reach back a whole lot on take-off.
She wore a red & yellow costume for her SP last year, and it looked gorgeous on her! I don't like her yellow costume as much this year, maybe because it's a ligher shade of yellow, and blended with black instead of red.
A bit belatedly, I want to say that I agree with all the other posters who are impressed by Ashley's new found sense of delicacy, serenity, and lyricality. She said in an interview that her choreographer told her to think about her boyfriend when she skates, so maybe that's what made the difference!
Love Gilles Free Program.
Very different and engaging music (what a relief from all the classics that the world top skaters are skating to.)
I kinda like the yellow actually! The program has that Surya Bonaly quality to it! I like it!