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    Quote Originally Posted by sequinsgalore View Post
    Rachael FLATT (CAN)
    I will have to think about this one.

    Quote Originally Posted by koheikun90 View Post
    Yay, Mirai!!!! I think the USFSA should have used this competition to determine the world team. Shame on them!
    Now here is something I know will NOT happen.

    Congratulations to the podium. Well done ladies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Layfan View Post
    I know! I wanted to see Mirai get her first major senior international medal.

    P.S. Congrats to Miki and her #1 fans tonight. She was just sensational this competition.
    the medal ceremony was right after the comp. maybe you missed it :O Mirai looked extremely happy :D

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    Oops, and I would have to include Miki Ando in that hard worker category, she has come a loooong way since she first debuted years ago. SHE proves that with hard work you can always improve ~ she went from a pure jumper into an ethereal beauty on the ice ~ lost weight, which improved her lines & figure as well, now she has hands down the very best S-T-R-E-T-C-H out of all the ladies, and that includes the Americans, et al! BRAVO! BRAVO!

    And I know for a fact that she or someone close to her reads the boards, at least here at GS, I'll never forget the song "Micky, Micky" I suggested years ago, and tada there it was! On that score, if she's reading, I apologize for making assumptions about your & your coach's relationship. You two look lovely together. I'm sure it's love and not a Svengali relationship, my apologies, I only wish the very best for you, Miki Ando. Arigato!

    Back to the Americans, in particular Rachael Flatt, her FS at Skate America was unfettered, joyful, unadulterated. Here it was conservative & careful, and it showed. Her SP is genius, but her FS (when skated so conservatively) is not. Also, she needs to work on fully rotating her jumps. But knowing how hard she works I have faith she will improve, just as Miki Ando has! Though it will take her more years to get to Miki's status, totally understandable, it doesn't happen over night, as Miki proves, it takes hard work, dedication, sacrifice, and staying in for the long haul (at least a decade).

    p.s. still waiting for Mao's FS on youtube, it is definitely going into my FAVORITES folder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PolymerBob View Post
    I will have to think about this one.
    Oops. My mistake...

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    Quote Originally Posted by FTnoona View Post
    the medal ceremony was right after the comp. maybe you missed it :O Mirai looked extremely happy :D
    Oh no!! I'm so annoyed with myself How did that happen? Hopefully I can youtube it.

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    My last word:

    THIS WAS THE ABSOLUTELY "BEST" COMPETITION, AS I ALWAYS SAY THE VERY BEST COMPETITIONS ARE WHEN EVERYBODY SKATES THEIR BEST AND YOU WIN!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs. P View Post
    It will be interesting to see if Miki, Mao or Yuna could break 140 at Worlds LP.
    Probably not. I'm guessing Miki's GOEs here were a fluke. Nothing else can explain the sudden jump from 0.7 (GPF) to 1.3. I've never seen a huge jump like that. The generosity at this competition reminds me of the Vancouver Olympics *dramatic faint* It's weird since this season's scores were leveling out like they usually do during a post-Olympics season and then BAM 4CC with its crazy rocketing of scores. Miki's clean LP got a 120 and 122 during the GP series but a 134 here (12 point difference), although little separates the two in terms of quality. Maybe the title of Japan's top lady comes with its benefits, but a 12+ jump is surprising.

    But I don't mean to take away from Miki's win. Her improvement is incredible. I was watching the competition being broadcasted in Chinese & the commentator said that she has improved very much in the performance department, her previously feng kuang (frenzied) StSq is now gan jing (clean, crisp) and she seems to really like her SP music. I was one of the first people to note that she's gaining great momentum heading into Worlds & mark her one of the biggest contenders for gold. Yu-na's definitely not striding in to clench the Worlds title.

    I was in love with Mirai's performance. Best of the night, IMHO. I'm one of her biggest doubters, but performances like these remind me of her immense talent and sparkling charm. The program itself isn't impressive, but the skater definitely is.

    I think I like the changes Mao's made to her LP, esp. the opening. She's two-footing a bit, but I'm guessing her tech will be dealt with and be in spectacular shape come March. I actually think her 3As are gaining greater ice coverage than before, reminiscent of her 07-08 season jumps (awesome quality, esp. at 4CC) Can't wait to see two perfect performances in March.

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    Oh, but don't get me wrong. I think Miki deserves high GOE, esp. since she's one of the few skaters with a true lutz (love the long entry, just like back in the old days). I'm just doubting that the sudden jump will continue into March.

    OK, I'm rewatching Mao's LP at the moment, and seriously love the new opening! Much more nuanced and soft. I thought her arm waving looked forced before, but this, absolutely gorgeous. I must look out for some more new changes

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    WOW, Nagasu´s freeskate was awesome! Beautiful programme and I love her costume, very elegant... Such a pity that she is not going to Worlds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs. P View Post
    WOWOWOWOWOWOWOW!!! MAO, that rocked. 7 triples..and clean as a whistle...
    No, it was clearly not clean, even before I saw the protocol. I noted on my sheet two jumps needed to be reviewed when watching the live feed and it turned out, they were downgraded by the Technical Panel. By the 3rd Question mark, when she did her 3 Salchow, I said to myself, o.k. once, maybe twice, but not a 3rd iffy landing in a row. At that point, no more benefit of doubt for her, I decided her 3S was definitely in the negative GOE territory due to poor landing and I was being somewhat lenient with her since I was watching on the internet.
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    I am extremely ANGRY about the changes to Mao's program. The program she showed at Nationals was magical. This was not. The spread eagle is gone, the gorgeous spiral sequence is gone (replacing it with a lackluster one at the end that had almost no speed), the jumps were more frontloaded, the footwork was shortened and just randomly tapers off now, the final spin wasn't as well placed...ugh. The program no longer flows with the music. Just...UGH.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blades of Passion View Post
    I am extremely ANGRY about the changes to Mao's program. The program she showed at Nationals was magical. This was not. The spread eagle is gone, the gorgeous spiral sequence is gone (replacing it with a lackluster one at the end that had almost no speed), the jumps were more frontloaded, the footwork was shortened and just randomly tapers off now, the final spin wasn't as well placed...ugh. The program no longer flows with the music. Just...UGH.


    i admire your passion in declaring this. i too prefer it in its original form but if this format makes her feel more comfortable so she can skate with more confidence...

    someone said lori went through the trouble of rearranging it so i doubt mao's team will change it back before worlds.

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    If Mao keeps her program like this, and Alissa doesn't skate well, and Miki continues to play it safe...

    All I can say is DEAR GOD, Yu-Na Kim MUST win Worlds.

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    Well, I like some of the changes made to the Mao's LP, esp her beginning and ending poses! I do miss the spread eagle and the original spiral section but the new spiral fits in with the ending. I actually prefer the step seqence to be shortened because I'm tired of seeing long drawn out step seq under CoP. The original program was lovely but I felt it was a bit slow and drawn (which in a sense kind of fits with Leibestraum) but the new one has a faster pace and thus a better fit for a skating program.

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