01-28-2011, 11:32 PM
just watched Alissa as I missed the first two groups yesterday. Wow, really, really lovely. It is beyond wonderful to watch her have such a great season. Here's wishing her the very, very best tomorrow!
I'm too tired to watch more now; but hopefully, they will show Mirai on tv tomorrow! Can't wait!
PS - that split screen of EoE was too hard for me to watch. I'll just savor the memory from last night!
01-29-2011, 12:05 AM
Beliver in Sasha's Perfect Program
someone uploaded a bad quality recording of Mirai's SP
01-29-2011, 12:16 AM
Just did a little catching up on nationals viewing. Mostly interested in the top three.
I am not a huge fan of Rachel's, but I think she should have at least been second here. I agree with some about some of her moves getting a bit frantic towards the end. She has talked a lot about wanting the judges to remember how much she really loves skating and what fun it is for her. There were moments where it looked like she was trying to show everyone how much she loves skating, rather than actually just going out and loving skating. I guess maybe it was a bit faked, or overdone. But she seemed a bit faster than normal and the jumps seem a bit higher and pretty smooth.
And for all that everyone was saying about how fast Mirai was, I think she's been a lot faster in the past. I think she can score so much higher with this program. The interpretation and her involvement with the choreography has really grown since the beginning of the season. She also doesn't seem to be cranking the spins like she was last year. Fears of more bloody noses maybe? Maybe she's still catching up on lost training time. If she makes it to Worlds, it'd be great to see her skating - and especially spinning - even faster, and incorporating a triple-triple. I think she could get even closer to her scores last year, even without the spiral sequence.
Alissa is beautiful, but she always seems too reserved. I understand her music is quite soft, but I just feel there's not enough tension in her skating. For whatever reason this always comes across strongest in her footwork sequences. I think that's her weakest element by far, and it just always looks to me like she has no connection to her music in that moment. Jumps were eked out for sure, but that's fine for her. It looks like she's ready to stay on her feet through the long program.
I think this is going to be quite the battle between the top three, but I wonder if the judges, and US Figure Skating has a duo they'd really like to send and if they might fudge a bit to make it so. I think this happened more during the days of the 6.0 system, but we need those three spots back. At this point it seems like any combination of two of these three skaters have an equal shot of earning that third spot back for us.
Does anyone know how the practices went today?
01-29-2011, 12:20 AM
On the Ice
The quality of the video is not so good, but the skating was top notch. I love Mirai!
01-29-2011, 01:30 AM
she takes the audience on her journey of emotions
I just watched the top three again on icenetwork and I've tweaked my mind about a few things.
Alissa was my favorite of the night by far. No quibbling with the placements but it's just my preference. I know some feel her skating is too quiet and that's fine but I love it. I feel like her SP was the most beautiful, the most intricate and the most different. And having watched it again without my heart in my throat, I didn't think she looked as cautious as I thought at first. I don't know why her PCS were lower than Mirai's or Rachael's. Not that Mirai or Rachael didn't deserve their PCS - they both performed the hell out of their programs - but Alissa is just so absolutely exquisite. Whatever - they're all three basically tied on PCS so it's fine.
Mirai is just sensational when she is on like this. The speed, the spins, the flow out of her jumps, it's all stunning. She deserved to be first for sure. The reason I liked Alissa better boils down to their programs. Mirai's program is nice and has a lot of pretty moments. But you know what? I just don't love that gimmicky pedal thing she does in the middle. Still, Mirai was basically awesome.
All three ladies got standing ovations but Rachael seemed to be the only one who got a lot of the audience on their feet before she stopped skating. Well, I thought it was well-deserved because she skated with such joy and abandon. I may prefer Allissa's more subtle and refined program but Rachael gave the most rousing performance of the night and I'm glad she got high performance marks. I do agree a little that the footwork didn't have much to do with the music but she performed with such passion that it made you forget about it. Somehow her arm movements looked right with the music even if the feet didn't quite.
01-29-2011, 02:31 AM