Anyone know where I can see Adam Rippon's SP for TEB? Not on Youtube yet.
"A happy smile after performance turned into bitter tears."
According to those two articles Nobunari couldn't hold back tears after going out of KnC. He worked very hard to improve his speed, skating skills and expression to boost his PCS, but he feels that he failed himself. Nobu's goal was to achieve 7s on his PCS components. He plans to include a quad in his FS to cling to the podium.
The 1st article also mentions that some of the lights accidentally went out during Nobunari's SP, but he was so concentrated on his performance that he didn't notice anything.
I was very satisfied after Nobunari's SP (and I think the scores were to be expected after the mishaps at 4CC and Worlds, but as Marco said above, liable to get higher if a silver or gold was gained here) but now I'm afraid he'll mess up the LP because of nerves...
Now off to watch Verner (so glad he's in the lead!) and to find Yannick...
Some general observations after reading my way through this very interesting thread.
Brian: I think he looked tired and even bored with this program - and well he should be skating it for so long. I think he'd've been better served with a new SP. Maybe he'll do better with his new FS tomorrow but it could go either way. 1- he's so upset with his SP he'll let his head get in the way. OR 2) he'll be so upset with his SP it'll fuel his fire to do better. Now, wasn't THAT a bright observation.
Adam: He's a fresh burst of joy and energy into this field of mostly veterans. To me, he was really the only one out there who was enjoying himself and it sure showed in his skating. That pulls me in more than anything else. Not to mention it was a clean, well-delivered, energetic skate! Glad to see him given the scores he deserved!
Tomas: When he's on he's very good. But is also very inconsistent and tends to tire in the FS. We'll know tomorrow if he's turned this tendency around. Maybe it was smart of him to make the GP his FIRST of the year instead of a trial run at an earlier competition as in the past. Oh, I'm not fond of the costume either, but it would be better without the floaty material on the one sleeve. That was very distracting to me.
Oda: I'm not fond of this program or the music. Too ponderous. Plus I'm afraid his emotions will forever and always get the best of him unless he can rein them in a bit. Looking forward to tomorrow.
Bradley: Has the "it" factor for entertainment most of the time, but I felt even that was missing today. He didn't look glad to be there when he took the ice. Felt the performance was forced. His jumps when he does them are so big but his other elements just don't measure up. Not even a 6 among them. Can't help but wonder why his coaching team isn't picking up on that or bringing in someone who can help.
Ponsero, Preaubert:. Too inconsistent to know what to expect. Have potential but usually manage to shoot themselves in the foot somehow. Voronov too, for me anyway.
Was surprised the Chipeur didn't do better. He seemed really out of control today. Hope for better tomorrow.
Liebers, Yang & Fernandez: I think they were all just glad to be there and get the experience.
All this points to is the beginning of what will be - as has been said right along - a VERY interesting and unpredictable season for the men. Really eager to see how each will respond to his performance today in what they bring to the ice tomorrow.
the men were fantastic and Oda was totaly robbed on PCs
I think Oda was unfortunate that he had to skate quite early, but I think that the result is okay this way. I wouldn't have wanted Oda in front of Verner without a 4-3, despite Verner's low levels on the spins. That just wouldn't be fair - and not good for the sport.
But someone on the Russian fs board has posted levels and goes in this thread: