This has been a terrible competition so far. So many skaters bombed or did badly, including lots of my favourites, Patrick, Caroline, Akiko, Denis Ten, V/M, Alissa (okay not really bombed, just a typical skate from her) et al. Makes you wonder if there's something really off today. Thank heavens for Jeremy, Dice-K and S/S.
Oh Caroline ... there goes my dream team of her and Czisny for the Olympics. Someone needs to send her to a coach like Artunian or Tarasova now. Her scores are worse than ever ... she REALLY needs to go back and rework those basics. Forget the artistry for now; she needs to work the technical or she'll never be a competitive contender for 2014. In fact, I think it would be good for her to simply have a short season this year (ie up to Nationals) and maybe ask for later GP assignments or even skip GP circuit to work on her technique.
Well congrats to Rochette, Czisny and Lepisto for medalling and Akiko for making the GPF but overall a very lackluster night for the ladies. Hopefully everyone works harder and we'll see better performances as the season progresses.
I'm going to rewatch the competition today on NBC. It will be fun to listen to the commentator's 'spin'. Hopefully there will be another update on Cohen.
I am so happy for Mirai for fully rotating all the triples here!! I haven't seen her LP yet but her jumps were very impressive in SP. I am glad Mirai went to Frank. I still think her PCS were too low. She has beautiful lines, good skating skills, speed, etc.
As for Akiko, I am not sure if her PCS were too low, it seems to low but she really needs to work on better body lines and positions on all of her spins. Not pretty or beautiful to look at. Akiko is not a big jumper like Yuna or Miki so she needs to have strong non-jump elements if she wants to be more competitive, IMO.
I used to really enjoy Joannie's skating, but this competition just totally gave me a bad impression about Canada in general.
I know that no lady skater had the skate of their lives, but the audience reaction was too cold! I felt bad for Mirai when she was doing her bows after the program and almost nobody was clapping for her.
Of course SC takes place in Canada, but it's still an international competition. And It was a little too obvious, especially with the rediculous PCS for Joannie's terrible performance, that this competition in general was favoring Canadian skaters. This is a BIG problem, when the olympic games will take place in Canada.
Some say home advantage is natural, and it's okay that it is reflected in the scores. I totally disagree because home advantage should only work to skater's mental state. It's wrong that home advantage directly affects the scores JUST BECAUSE. If Joannie skated her lights out in Canada, I'd be very happy for her receiving a little higher PCS than usual. But NOT when she skated with lots of doubles and shaky landings which disturbed the whole flow of the program.
t was even a bit strange to see her so completely focused on her jumps but I think it is totally understandable after her LP scores in COC..Anyway, she is steady working her way up and I still beleive she will give the other girls a good fight at Nationals.
She did not even maximize her jump layout did she?I remember her going for 3Z/3T a few times 2 years ago but after her grow spurth, it seems that she has better speed out of the 3F or the 3T to add another 3T..Mabye to much to ask for and in the end, I would be more than happy if she could do a clean 5-6 triples program with a 2A3T..
Well done Mirai and good luck at Nationals
SS: 8.0 TR: 7.75 PE: 9.0 CH: 9.25 IN: 9.25
SS: 6.0 TR: 5.5 PE: 6.0 CH: 6.25 IN: 5.75
SS: 6.5 TR: 5.0 PE: 6.75 CH: 6.0 IN: 5.75
(Edited to add)
Sorry these are SP scores. I wrote without checking. SP Protocol
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I have had an impression that the judges in this comp were a bit extreme in the score gaps both in SP and LP. This kind of trend is observed in relatively a smaller comp like Regionals and Nationals where there are actually wide gaps in skills among skaters and the # of skaters is large. So the top skaters receive inflated scores. But it was a senior GP event and we only had a bit more than ten skaters.
Joannie and Canada reminds me of Saltlake pair affair.
They seriously wanna lady's single OG.
Let's remove Figure skate in Olympics forever!! Go!
he/she must have thought like this ;
" Oh~ Mind-boggling. I ve' never seen a single skater skate to the music as well as that. Her jumps are so difficult, almost impossible.
Brilliant,elegant the step sequence, she hit every beat of the music.
Brilliant program, superb choreography! What a feel she has.
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ITA with the post above this. Pity as I think Mirai is the best/most complete skater of any US woman. I hope she continues to improve with Frank (like Evan; not like Bebe) and wins Nats. Nothing against the other three top women (I like all three a lot) it's just that I think MN has it all. Oh and I miss Kimmie. And don't think Sasha will show up at Nats.
Has anyone found Laura's performance on youtube? My boyfriend who is a complete skating newbie just called me to say he actually stayed up until 3am (while I was fast asleep) and he enjoyed Laura Lepisto the most! Which I approve of, of course, because I used to really like her. I was a bit underwhelmed by her short; but since he was enthused by her LP artistically, I'm curious!