I feel so sorry for Ponsero, he can do such a beautiful quad. Seems his work with his mental trainer doesn't help at all...
My favorite SP is Evan's. Not a big fan of the firebird music, but he made it work magically. He's really skating to the music, so powerful and beautiful to watch. He improved significantly artistry wise, the ballet training surely paid off. I'm so impressed with his dazzling footwork! His TES is lower than I expected, other than the edge call, his jumps are very clean and smooth. I love the prince look costume too , only complain is that I want to see a little more color than just black. I hope he'll rock the LP!
Sergei is a pleasant surprise, great jump technique! I hope he can keep improving his music interpretation.
Oda is getting better and better! He's definitely the front-runner in GP. Even Plushy needs to take notes on this little guy. But I still don't like his SP.
Also, he did have the highest PCScores; 37.50 to Oda's 36.65. Here's the top three details:
Pl. Name Nation TSS=TES+ PCS+ SS TR PE CH IN Ded. - StN.
1 Nobunari ODA JPN 83.35 46.70 36.65 7.55 6.85 7.55 7.35 7.35 0.00
2 Sergei VORONOV RUS 81.40 46.30 35.10 7.05 6.75 7.20 7.00 7.10 0.00
3 Evan LYSACEK USA 80.80 43.30 37.50 7.40 6.85 7.75 7.55 7.95 0.00
Voronov had the best SP I've ever seen him do. Can he repeat in the LP? Consistency has been lacking. We'll see.
Oda's Chaplin is just right for him. ?? Will he add the quad he talked about or not?
I do feel badly for Ponsero. So much potential so little consistency.
Consistency will play a huge role this season - I've heard it said it'll be the difference between the ones that "are" and the ones that "wannbe."
Tomorrow will be a fight!
Last edited by merrybari; 10-30-2009 at 11:45 AM.
My impressions on some men's SPs:
Oda's SP looked good but not great. His expression in the program was far-fetched, somehow. Nevertheless, He was outperformed by his coach Morozov by the rinkside. What a sight to be remember for a lifetime: Morozov was lowering his body, staring at Oda performing, shaking or dancing from nervousness...
I love Voronov's SP, very cool, but I still get annoyed by his stiff posture on ice. I think his flexibility is rather poor. Despite that, he has improved a lot in both jumps and spins.
About the French guy, his elbows were bleeding after he fell on the quad at the very beginning of the program, which is a very dangerous attempt indeed.
As for Evan's SP, it only left me speechless. I was too scared to say a word after his performance was over. His costume is so distracting and horrible. Good or bad, I can say nothing about his Firebird. I think the judges might see it from an unusual and different angle, otherwise, his PCS would not have been that high.