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    Abbott
    Why did he change the music? :( Jupiter suited him more, IMHO. This music makes me think of Miki.
    Great speed and nice variety of transitions. Smooth. 3As were nice, too bad about the mistakes on other jumps (mostly doubling).

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    Unfortunate fluff title... "Stop Japan!" Well, congrats TV Tokyo, you just jinxed your team. :(

    ETA: Bad news. Yukari got injured during her performance and withdrew from Carnival on Ice :(

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    Thnk u Okami!
    I will be away for a while, please continue the pbp!

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    Mao's costume reminds me of new Leonova FS costume..
    http://kkfksenia.gallery.ru/watch?ph...ture=topscroll
    I'm not big fan of both to be honest. Both look a bit overdramatic and shiny.

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    Despite the jump problems, I found Contesi's program to be much stronger than last years. The cowboy one was entertaining, but it had a lot of stops/posing whereas this one had almost constant movement with nice connecting steps. The footwork sequences were a lot stronger as well.

    Honda skated his 2002 Olympic program and did pretty well considering how long it's been. I'm sure the spins/footwork had low levels though.

    Buttle didn't have the 3 axel, but everything else looked as good as, or even superior to when he won worlds. The spins were excellent and footwork sequences were superbly choreographed and performed. Elegant, understated program. I know he doesn't want to but he should totally come back.

    Lambiel skated ok, but I hope he goes through with changing the program for the Olympics like he hinted he might. I think it's the least interesting LP he's done, and my impression was that there's a lot of posing. Spins and footwork were excellent as usual. I actually thought Buttle was a bit better overall though.

    Kozuka was a bit hit and miss with the jumps and I wasn't really sold on the music at first. But by the end I really liked it and it's definitely a different look for him. Darker and a bit of an edge. Nice choreography.

    The video was really jittery during Abbott's program, so it was hard to get a feel for it, but nothing I saw impressed me as much as that clip I saw of his previously planned FS. It's good to see that he seems to have the triple axel under control again after losing it late last season at least.

    I have to say the most striking thing overall was seeing so many good footwork sequences that where both well choreographed and skated with flow.

    Now onto the ladies!
    Last edited by casken; 10-03-2009 at 06:00 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kandidy View Post
    I will be away for a while, please continue the pbp!
    I will!

    I hope my feed continues to cooperate.

    Ladies warming up. Mao's dress looks much better than on photos. The bright flashy blue parts look dark midnight blue on the screen.

    Bebe on! Light blue sleeveless dress. New World Symphony by Dvorak + excerpt from Symphonic Dances opus 45 by Rachmaninoff

    Missed the beginning
    1F
    1L
    Combination spin
    2A UR stepout
    Very nice lyrical part
    Flying sit nice
    Steps into 3F, looked UR, step out
    Spiral seq nice speed
    She's lyrical and very fast, shame about the jumps
    3Lz UR fall
    St sq straigh, gorgeous!
    3T fall but rotated
    Flying combination spin

    Beautiful program but the jumps weren't there :(

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    Elena Glebova

    Cappricio Espagnol (LOVE the music)

    2A-3T
    3L wonky landing
    nice speed 3S-2T-2T
    music changes
    Spiral nice speed
    shaky back spiral fan with hand assist
    3T-2T
    Upright spin with change of foot
    music fast again
    3S I think
    2A
    2A shaky langing 2T
    Flying sit (?)
    Straight step seq
    Combo spin

    My feed died! :( I hope it's back soon.

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    Yukari Nakano
    Stravinsky Firebird

    3A awful fall Yukari bends and holds her arm :( :(
    But joins the music after a few seconds
    3S-2T
    2Lz :(
    Flying camel into donut gorgeous
    Beautiful music and choreo
    Gorgeous costume, unitard
    Much improved spiral, loud applause
    ina into 3F-2T
    2L :(
    Flying combination spin beautiful
    Lots of speed steps into 3T-2T-2T
    3S
    Steps great!
    I love the music
    Final combo spin fantastic!

    Gosh, I LOVED the choreography. But the jumps weren't there... It looks like she hurt herself bad falling on 3A :(

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    Ah, it looks like we'll see Yukari on CoI after all! She feels better,

    Joannie
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    3Lz-2T UR Step out
    3F
    3L
    nice landings
    Flying sit with change of foot
    Spiral seq shaky coe not fond of catchfoot position
    Nice use of arms
    3Lz looked ur? maybe just feed
    3T-3S
    Slow part merges into Korsakovs fast part
    shades of Davis-White
    Some sort of spin, missed due to choppy feed
    3S nice
    Circular step sequence in exactly the same place as Davis-White
    Fying combo

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    Yukari update: her shoulder popped out of its socket after the fall (!), but she popped it back during her performance. Scary!
    She feels better now, though.

    Laura Lepisto
    Tango

    Missed the beginning
    3Lz nice
    3 something-2T
    the feed is dying :(
    Layback I think
    1A-2T ?
    2L ?
    Spiral sequence
    2A
    3S-2T shaky landing on 2T
    Step sequence very nice
    Combination spin nice

    I missed half of the program because the feed was too jerky :(

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    Kuru-kuru-kuri-mio..!!! Japanese CM's are cute.

    Aww, cute Mao fluff

    Mao Asada
    "Bell" - Prelude in C Minor by Rachmaninoff, orchestral version

    Crowd goes bananas
    This dress looks pretty from the back
    Great expression and speed from the start
    3A both hands down
    transitions
    2A ?
    Gorgeous great speed
    3F-2L2L tano
    Flying sit with pancate hands over head
    Great speed on spiral
    3S popped!
    ballet arabesque 3F2L!
    3T
    OMYGOD THE MUSIC vocals join in
    2A out of reverse spread eagle
    fantastic synchro of spin with music
    this music gives me goosebumps
    Steps OMG
    Fantastic final spin with compact Mao donut and one handed Biellman

    Jumps weren't there, but I've never seen anything like that choreography-wise :o

    I disliked this music when I heard it first, but it really works. Crazy speed into some of the elements, maybe it caused problems... The jumps looked really off and slowish, as if Mao lost speed on the landing. I hope it was just an off day... This program would look stunning if performed with good jumping content.
    Last edited by Okami; 10-03-2009 at 06:48 AM.

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    Love Joannie and Laura's programs.

    Laura's dress is my favorite.

    Too bad, I don't feel this is good program for Mao.

    Too slow and too heavy for her.
    What's with her facial expression all the program. Only 2 weeks to TEB, will she get comfort with her program?

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    Bebe couldn't manage to land one clean jump the entire program, including the double axel, and had some really awkward falls. She's had her share of bad skates before, but that's easily the worst I've seen her skate. The jump technique is just not there.

    Glebova's was hit and miss and the costume was probably the most engaging thing about her program.

    Nakano had what didn't look like a bad fall on the 3 axel but was grabbing her arm in pain for a few seconds afterward. I thought the first half of the program was choreographed better than the second half, but overall it's probably the best LP she's had. Music was Firebird.

    Rochette skated about as well as I've ever seen her. I usually find her style kind of blah despite the strong skating skills, but this program really held my attention and got stronger as it went along. Loved the connecting moves right into the triple flip.

    Lepisto skated a solid program to tango music which included a nice triple lutz off a deep outside edge. I didn't really care for her skating before either, but tonight she was more engaging than I expected.

    Man, that's a big piece of music Mao is skating to. My biggest impression was that the design and composition of the program is almost the same as last year's LP. Combined with the constant powerful music, the overall effect felt similar to last year's as well. I really don't know what to make of it. The footwork was excellent through.

    Wow, Bebe probably feels even worse now knowing had she done just one jump cleanly NA would have won. A $20,000 difference for just a clean double axel. Ouch.
    Last edited by casken; 10-03-2009 at 06:52 AM.

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    Mao

    I just watched Mao.

    To me, the music raised some concern. I am afraid that I found the music heavy, slow, and repetitive. There was little change in the melody that made it difficult for me to find the highlight of the program. The music is definitely TAT's taste. But I liked the three Chopin pieces and Debussy by Nichol a lot better for Mao. IMO, the piano version of this music might have been more suitable for Mao. When Jeff skated to the piano version, it was delicately beautiful. Although I also found the last year's LP music heavy and repetitive, it was at least fast.

    A good news is that Mao was a lot better in her facial expression than before.

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