My thoughts on the top 3:
Miki: Yay, 3Lz+3Lo! I think she did great. The 3Lo and 3F must have been underrotated. But overall I think it was a nice performance, and I really like the program, although it still needs some work.
Mirai: I really like the program, it's a much more mature style for her. Her spins were lovely as always.
Akiko: Too bad about the 3Lz. The program is nice, I can't wait to see it develope throughout the season!
I was so surprised to see Kwak so low in the standings!
Good luck to everyone for tomorrow!
I just watched Mirai's SP and I she does slower than last year at worlds. I wouldn't say that she looks slow slow. I think she looked faster than most ladies that already skated in the GP. I wonder if Miki's jumps were downgraded because her TES is 3-4 points behind Mirai and Akiko's TES.
What are the standings?
Mirai, then Akiko and Miki....not sure about the rest. Mirai had 58 and change
I wonder if she is still working on the 3 lutz/3 toe or if they have ruled it out for this season.
#1 Mirai Nagasu 31.73 / 27.03 / 58.76
#2 Akiko Suzuki 30.46 / 27.51 / 57.87
#3 Miki Ando 27.99 / 28.12 / 56.11
#4 Bingwa Geng 29.81 / 21.28 / 51.09
#5 Alena Leonova 25.57 / 25.22 / 50.79
#6 Joshi Helgesson 26.14 / 22.69 / 48.83
#7 Amanda Dobbs 22.58 / 23.88 / 46.73
#8 Kristina Musademba 21.57 / 20.23 / 40.80
#9 Min-Jeong Kwak 21.12 / 19.71 / 38.83
#10 Diane Szmiett 19.05 / 19.12 / 38.17
#11 Qiuying Zhu 18.17 / 18.44 / 35.61
What does affect TES rather hard is the new distinction between < and << making it easier for the tech panel to penalize borderline jumps. What might have been given full credit last year (e.g. Kanako's first toe for her 3T-3T), is now given only 70%. Judges are also shown the deduction & recommended (or required?) to deduct points accordingly (1~2 for < 2~3 for <<) That has got to hurt & it doesn't help that the ladies are underperforming this whole GP season. The technical content has NOT been impressive.
The current top 3 were clearly above the rest of the pack tonight, though each had her own technical warts. I'm not convinced about Mirai's music, Akiko carries hers off well, and Miki needs better choreography for hers, with less frantic arm movements on the footwork section.
Bingwa put together a decent technical showing, but she's not up to interpreting the music chosen for her. Amanda looks good out there, and she's a natural for Moon River, but needs that full jump arsenal, also she visibly slows down in the last part of the program.
Leonova looked awful, both the Halloween costume and the sloppy skating. It really does look like she has past her prime--definitely not on track to be the next Slutskaya. I don't agree with her placement above Helgesson, and she should be not too far in front of Dobbs, though she is. Min Jung Kwak had a rough night, hopefully it is an aberration, and not indicative of a less-than-desireable training situation. She is a very pretty skater to watch. Her PCS seemed a tad low. Musademba I had high hopes for, based on comments from those who saw her on the JGP circuit last 2 years. But....I'm seeing neither great athleticism nor superior artistry. Frankly, her skating looked somewhat clunky and the performance was flat--I had been led to believe she was very balletic and all that. I don't think Claire de Lune is the easiest piece of music to interpret. Szmiett's music is boring, not a good match for her. I found her general basic skating of clearly poorer quality than the other skaters. Which is odd, as I saw her at CoC last year, where she was a newbie, an unknown, and yet performed respectably. Is it my imagination or has she regressed?
Let's hope the ladies wake up in time to put some spark in those free skates tomorrow.
I believe Kristiene was injured recently too. From what I have seen, both she and Min-Jung are capable of much better. I thought the PCS for both were a little too low, but it may have been due to the mistakes, they both started out presenting well then looked a little panicked after making mistakes on the jumps. I hope everything goes better tomorrow.
Last edited by silverlake22; 11-05-2010 at 01:14 PM.
Miki - don't know what to say coz I like her but don't think much about her skating stands out aside from the occassional nice jump. Haven't seen Akiko yet - but for her NOT to be buried after the SP is a big improvement.
Don't get any fuss over Leonova - her skating lacks refinement and never fair to Irina that some fans compare them.