In just about eight days the excitement that has been building for the new season to begin will explode!
While some of the elite female skaters ( the Worlds Gold, Silver, and Bronze medalists) will be at Campbells, many won't and then another round of excitement will start building again and will cease with the start the Grand Prix season, and so it goes........
Campbells will surely give answer to many of the questions we have re: Michelle, Elena, Fumie, AP, Jenny and Sasha, i.e. new 3/3 combos? Triple axel/quads? worked on fixing blatant faults? speedier? less crossovers and simple stroking between elements? pushing the envelope? new and improved footwork? better, faster, more centered spins? better jump technique?, etc. Unlike last year all of these ladies have had ample time to choose their new music, get new choreography, design (or have designed) new costuming and most of all to PRACTICE their new programs. No flimsy excuses allowed this year to justify bad skating!
Granted--Campbells is just a "fluff" competition--used mainly to get reactions to the new programs and to fine-tune, however, I would like to think little, or no, fine-tuning is needed and all the competitors are ready and rarin' to go.
I expect a decent showing from all of these women (and good luck to each and every one). I would like this competition to be the gauge by which we judge the 2003/04 figure skating season.
Hope I'm not expecting too much!!