i thought mirai UR her jumps--half the rotation on the ice, same as pre-Carroll. i like her skating, like her, and prefer her to everybody but caro in this competition but i don't see how her jumps were clean whereas suguri's jumps were given such a low score.
agree w/ medusa on expression and spark between mirai and akiko--akiko made her program sing. mirai just got through hers. however akiko's posture bothers me. it's like she's too horizontal on the ice. and will mirai please please please fix her layback--the back is too far back, the hip and leg position... come on, zhang isn't going to make TV at this rate so i need a nice layback spin to admire when cohen isn't around.
flatt's posture seems somewhat improved. is that why she wasn't her usual reliable self today? by nationals she'll have both posture and consistency back i think. actual scratchy landings and looking not so comfortable w/ the program.
so happy for caro, but shocked that the costume wasn't changed from TEB. the music and skating connection didn't seem as 'on' as at TEB, but the jumps were way better and she looks so happy. looks to me like frank was surprised she wasn't placed first. i am too. but maybe this is the PCS she gets when they aren't using it to hold her up after multiple falls.
korpi was clean and i LOL at the yellow highlighter comment. but i didn't like the overflail of the arms in the choreography. look at akiko--if you wave your arms more than akiko does and with less flair, you're overdoing it.
bebe... i could not believe the fall on the footwork. i thought she was out of the woods after the jumps--even w/ the 2axel being so so. oh well.
at least long program will be exciting. i bet rochette comes roaring back to win.