Wow, Alissa got +3 GOEs across the board for her layback spin in both the SP and LP. I think this is probably the first time a single element has received maximum GOEs in both segments of the competition at the same event. She is just so gorgeous, especially with her LP this season...please, please Skate Gods, if she can't win the GPF this year, by some miracle at least let her end up on the podium.
Even though I far prefer Mirai to Kiira, I'm actually fine with the latter winning. I find Mirai's LP this season to be just plain dull, and that she's skating to the overused MOAG certainly doesn't help. Kiira's overall PCS should've been higher than Mirai's, who appeared to be thinking throughout her performance without skating her programme with much conviction. Mirai's jumps aren't looking so good this season (they're low and the flutz is back), and she probably hasn't fully recovered from her injury since she messed up her layback spin in both the SP and LP. Kiira's skate to music from Evita wasn't exactly the pinnacle of choreographic/performance achievement, but at least she skated with emotion and seemed invested in the programme. Kiira landed 5 fully rotated triples to Mirai's 4 (Kiira rightfully won the PCS) and Mirai still beat her in the LP, so I don't get the whining about Kiira's win when it was obviously her lead in the SP and Mirai's mistakes that led to Kiira winning.
When it comes to the EMOTIONAL skate of TEB, one cannot rule out Cythia Phaneuf as the most emotional skater to her music. She made me aware that there is something to skating via the music as well as the tricks.
We'll have to see how she does in the GPF, but I think given the volatility of the field she is totally capable of a podium finish there- IF she can stay on her feet or limit the falls/stumbles to one or two.
I agree and I mentioned it here immediately after she skated...I just don't see any fire, any emotion like in the SP (or last year). I think changes are in order here.Even though I far prefer Mirai to Kiira, I'm actually fine with the latter winning. I find Mirai's LP this season to be just plain dull, and that she's skating to the overused MOAG certainly doesn't help. Kiira's overall PCS should've been higher than Mirai's, who appeared to be thinking throughout her performance without skating her programme with much conviction.
Last edited by R.D.; 11-28-2010 at 12:28 PM.
I don't think MOAG was a good choice for Mirai, particularly for a LP. The music works for someone stately like Nakano, but Mirai is a skater who needs energetic, fiery music. Also, the music in MOAG isn't long enough/too repetitive for one piece to be used, so Mirai had like 3-4 cuts in her LP, and it sounded schizophrenic like what Blades of Passion said about the jump layout.
As it turned out, Alissa could have finished 4th in this competition and still made it to the GPF with 24 points because Alissa's total score, 332.17, was 13.99 points higher than Korpi's.
Kiira's PCS should be in the 60s if they give Alissa and Mirai 55+ for those snooze fests.
What Kiira needs is to DROP the flip all together and add a 2A there. She would gain about 3-4 points while increasing her odd to a clean program. I would put Kiira about 10 points ahead of the other two.