Anyway, on the bright side looks like Flatt is on her way to the GPF. 2 silvers should do it. Let's see if Czisny (or with a miracle, Nagasu) can join her.
I've been really busy and I just watched some performances on youtube and from what I watched it didn't seem I missed much.
Anyway, SA was the first competition that I watched the whole ladies and well, I really enjoyed Rachael and feel sorry for her that she didn't get higher score. Her choreography was interesting and she performed it pretty well. I think she should have won this competition. And I absolutely love her new costume for this LP. It is gorgeous and she looks so slim in it! Wow.
And Joshi Helgesson was wuzrobbed. I'll have my eyes on her from now on. She was enjoyable and looks very promising!
Carolina being Carolina even with a water-downed program was... so disappointing. I know she has knee injury so I'll stop ranting about her.
Kanako was also enjoyable but I can't agree with her score. She was not even clean and has her own technical flaws which reminds me of younger Mao quite a lot. And that score?
If it was up to me, I would have placed Rachael-Kanako-Joshi on the podium.
By the way, I'm so proud of Caroline. She fixed her horrid flip technic!! So sorry Caroline for ever doubting you... It will only benefit her in the long term. Way to go! Now, if only she can get rid of that mule kick from her lutz...
Carolina Kostner's choreography is pretty amazing, it's like she is doing a really complicated dance on ice, with her feet and arms constantly swaying and changing positions. But she does have some injury to deal with. I need to get the whole story on that.
Caroline Zhang, however, had the lowest TES score in the FS among all the Skate America participants. Obviously, this is a distressingly poor finish that signals that she will be out of contention for a top 6 finish in any ISU event but also at U.S. Nationals.
In the next few years I could see her going to Worlds and placing decently there and maybe getting back on the podium at US nats, but I don't think she'll ever be a world beater, and don't expect her to ever medal at Worlds or win nationals. JMPO but that's how I see it.
She used to do so well because she could do 3-3s (albeit with poor technique), her spins and spirals were exceptional, and she was consistent with her jumps. Now, she can't do 3-3s or even a proper 3lz, and while her spins and spirals are still good, they aren't as good as they used to be, and she's inconsistent with her jumps. She has time but the US is always a deep field and there's a good chance she could get lost in the shuffle, at least until she gets used to the new technique.
Kanako is so lovable and endearing to everyone watching her, her innate kindness and passion for skating shines through.
I absolutely love her!
I think Joshi should have medaled , she was amazing! It's amazing nonetheless, since she placed 4th in her first ISU gp event! Amazing! She placed 9th in Jr. Worlds.
Expect her scores to really soar as she starts to build a name for herself in skating! Her artistry and jumps were lovely, she only landed 5 triples so we hope she could add in some more.
I get a little of Lu Chen vibes when I see her, her body and lovely arm movements dances with the music so well.
I think the ladiezzz results really show the new generation has arrived. Great to see Kanako win gold, and Joshi did quite well for herself considering the hectic travel and competition schedule she's had so far this season. Meite doesn't do much for me, but she is definitely a good jumper and between her, Silete, and Marocco, the future of French ladies figure skating is looking a lot better than it used to. I was glad to see Kwak improve upon her performances in China despite competing for the 3rd time in 3 weeks. Hope she now will have some time to rest and let her back fully heal so she can come back strong for 4CC and Worlds. Despite the injury and less than ideal training facility, she has improved her speed and stretch, so hopefully the improvements will continue.