So glad I got to see the NBC coverage. Allissa and Mirai were great - really some special moments.
Would love to see Mirai esp add a 3/3 for worlds, Allissa should get level 5 (the 4 existing levels just aren't enough) on those spins, with positive GOEs too.
Agnes's jumps were impressive and she connects well to the audience. Christina, I thought, was lovely, if a little immature still. They both seem well positioned for the future.
Ashley - I really like her strength and style, but too many mistakes - the short is so unforgiving. Hope she's great tonight.
And Rachel - I thought she looked strong and elegant at the start of the program - even while setting up. But the program just went down hill for me. The spins are not good enough for a top 10 skater, her leg in the layback is unattractive. Nice Ina Bauer - a fave move of mine - but the footwork - not to my taste. She suffers from the comparison to Michelle. Even my boyfriend, who only watches skating cause I do, associated that music with Michelle, and thought the Rachel's program was a poor reflection.
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Agnes did great. A little more polish and she will be right up there. She could make the podium tonight if any of the top three leave the door open.
Rachael's success is a tribute to Lori Nichols and whoever designed the costume. Nichols picked emotional music with a champion's pedigree, and her choreography hit all the emotional highs in a way that swept the audience along with it. I thought it was one of the best-constructed programs I've ever seen. The audience went right along with the wild footwork because it prolonged the climax that came right before it. The dress gave Rachael a waist and, besides covering her arms (which aren't very toned), drew attention away from her poor posture. The new haircut helps too. So, Rachael skated her best, but what was new was that she also looked her best and had a great program. Good for her. I hope she can keep up the whole-package thing!
Ashley - how does everybody know that it's because she "wants it too much" that she makes mistakes? That's puzzling me. This one I blame on the flu (which Scott and Sandra didn't even mention).
On second view, I still think Agnes is amazing. She's not my type at all but the girl has no weaknesses and her aplomb is simply astounding. I look forward to seeing her in a less obnoxious program and costume, but, as little as I like that style, she does it way better than Rachael.
It was so nice to see a costume that was simple for a change...CHRISTINA GAO
Layfan, I have managed to watch Alissa on the one YouTube video available so far, rather low definition but perfectly fine nonetheless. What a lovely program, perfectly suited to her. As Ivy remarks, her spins deserve a 5, and it's too bad that the grade goes only up to 4. I also love the way she starts with those long, slow strokes. One of the ways that I enjoy skaters fitting themselves into the music is when they vary their stroking according to the tempo and the emotional coloration in the music. It's almost as though they're making the music come out of their skates. The other thing I especially noticed and appreciated was that the footwork wasn't more rapid than the music. It always bothers me when skaters just let loose with some footwork that's otherwise impressive but is really jarring because it fights the music. (Certainly Rachael's footwork for East of Eden conflicts with the music, but in my opinion even Michelle's footwork in her 2001 version of the music is a bit too accelerated for the flowing line of the tune.) Alissa manages to be true to herself in her programs. That's admirable.
You were left cold by Mirai's choreography, Layfan? I liked it. Maybe I was just so happy watching her that I didn't notice any shortcomings. I was especially taken with her spins, which had wonderful line and positions without looking too "tricky." They weren't overly bendy and contortionist. Though few people are as magical in full spin as Alissa, Mirai's spins are wonderful in their own way. But you're a dance person, right? You have much more technical understanding of what you're looking at, and maybe your imagination has devised other possibilities. If you get your wish, it'll be wonderful for all of us to see!
Nagasu is on when she wants to be.
After watching NBC coverage my thoughts...
LOVE Alissa! She is just so lovely and refined, subtle and pleasing to watch. She seemed a bit careful, as if she was afraid to make a mistake, but she is the best spinner around! I really hope she skates lights out tonight!!!
Wow Christina has grown up so much! Nice, love the dress! Still a bit rough, but really like her. That 3fl/3t was fantastic! 3lutz as well. Pity about 2ax.
Agnes-so much fun to watch and WOW her jumps! I totally agree she deserved to be ahead of Christina. Lots of personality and confidence out there. Looks like she's having fun!
LOVE Mirai both as a skater and person! She has SO much talent and personality on the ice! I get the program was a bit gimmicky, but what a performer! And I love her spins, the jumps are huge and she has speed, a nice effortless about her skating. I just wish she had nerves of steel!
Ashley is such a talent. I do agree she wants to be #1 so bad and it shows too much in her skates. I wish she could just skate in the moment. I think she has all the tools and could really be a top contender if she can get lost in her performance a bit...like she thinks too much and tightens up...if that makes sense.
Best skate I've ever seen from Rachael, but the same way I think Ashely wants to win badly, I think Rachael wants to prove she is artistic and joyful too badly. As a Michelle fan, as a HUGE EOE fan (both the music and Michelle's SP), I will admit to be skeptical when I heard this was Rachael's new music. BUT I don't think anyone "owns" music. I was pleasantly surprised how nicely this program worked for Rachael until the frantic FW section. I think it is expected that in using EOE she will draw comparisons to MK, but I think she is trying to find her own style and this was a nice choice.
i finally saw the videos, Alissa i cant get into her skate except for spins and spirals but it was nice generally, Mirai I love this program, especially the portions part.
Rachel.,,I honestly watched the program with no mood for comparison to anyone. Nice dress,-even the color works at the end, but if you low the music the skate is so clumsy, especially after the ina bauer I lost it. Plus the music is emotional that you would give a standing ovation even to Kevin Van den Perren skating to it, Lori very clever . But all emotion I had at the end was the thought that i m ten years older than when I first saw it skated.