Take that all Alissa and Caro pessimists
Well well well.....
Mark my words of doom and gloom wrong, and happily so!
I'm glad that Alissa and Caro seem to be overcoming their headcase demons at long last...
Alissa for 2011 World Champion?
So happy for Alissa, nice to see her hard work and dedication pay off with a nice win today.
Alissa wins!!! Nicely done.
The podium is so close.
Caro was almost crying when she saw her marks, and that she was currently the leader. Such a nice comeback from her!
Thank you Alissa from preventing having a GPF champion who skates a FS program circa 1988 Worlds.
Carolina should have been lower than all three Japanese skaters and I believe Akiko should have been the top lady here -- but otherwise a good relatively splat-flat free competition.
Crushing on Hanyu, Abbott, Kozuka, & Farris <3
Waiting for on-ice perfection.
Wow! Just wow. Alissa wins the GPF with the first 180 mark of the season! Who would've guessed
Caro takes second. They prove me wrong yet again.
Wow, congrats to Alissa, Carolina, and Kanako.
Sad for Rachael, Miki, and Suzuki. Who would have thought Rachael and Miki finished dead last. Miki is a strong skater, she should just drop the flip in the short program and put the Salchow in. She normally gets good GOE on that jump.
I completely agree. Kanako is adorable and she has that 3-3, but she seems a bit sloppy to me, and could definitely use more polish in finishing her moves, etc.
Originally Posted by Mrs. P
I think the writing's on the wall for Akiko--if Mao is anywhere near half-decent, Akiko's probably going to be left off the world team :(
The Ladies skated so well - sorry for Rachael and I wonder if she is bothered by her injury.
If that is the case she should have withdrawn two weeks ago.
Tom Z should know if his skater isn't ready there is no point to try and compete. Too bad Kiira or one of the other alternates wasn't there instead.
Are the US fans still considering GPF a "who cares" type of event????
trivia. when did a US lady won the GPF last time??
This pretty much proves that if Japan wants the gold medal in the ladies event, they need Mao back! So yeah, if Mao is half decent at Nationals, I bet she will be on the team
Ando == six triples ratified, but all level 2 on her spins. Can you imagine her score if she cleans that up?
Murakami == as expected an edge call on her Lutz, big loss on points but solid levels on spins and footwork and decent GOE
Alissa == UR fiip, the lack of a third combo and level 2 on footwork cost her some points. But of course her spins save the day--look at all those +3---her last spin got seven of them! Surprise that she didn't get a zero on her last 3T. Doesn't that have to be in combination?
Kostner == Decent levels on spins and footwork, but again lame that she did only 4 ratified triples (3T, 2 3S and 3LO)
Akiko == Got a UR on the 2A-3T, bummber, that looked rotated to me. and an edge call on her 3F and 2F lost her some points.
Rachael == Only one ratified triple. Wow that is a bummer. And really low levels, a level one on her first spin. :(