Watching the last two programs after that heavy, labored and slow skate by Zhang (please retire already!) was like drinking a fine wine after a wine cooler.
I don't find her famed flexibility aesthetically appealing either, not to mention the falls. But the last two programs were pure joy to see! Although I personally prefer Mozart and Kostner's program to his music to the rather
bland (imho) Sibelius and Alissa's interpretation, both were lovely and in a completely higher stratosphere than all the other skaters. Good job to both!
I'm so happy for both Alyssa and Carolina. they both are just improving and improving - Carolina's skate was just beautiful. If she can add in more jumps this will be amazing. That Alissa held it together and went for it all makes me so, so happy. I'm surprised by what parts of the scores gave her the edge; but I'm pleased for both of them and I'm so psyched to see if they can improve on this. To see Carolina skate and jump clean is truly amazing. And to what to me looks like improved speed, footwork, and jump content (with problems I know) from Alissa makes me want to jump up and down.
I do feel badly for Caroline, and since I missed her SP, I feel like I missed her comeback. Yet, even in this program i noticed increased speed, a much better flip despite the problems, and in many places better edging (although I think she still needs to bear down on the footwork/edging and speed .... and then, power for her jumps). But, how amazing that she has the courage and determination to keep plugging away. I can't wait to see her next outing.
While Alissa deserved to win the short, one could point out her 3 flip, should have been called underrotated.
Glad Kostner got Lv4 in her footwork, but sadly two combination spins level 1 cost her a lot
The CoP does its thing.
Alissa got gifted in the PCS and should not have won this. Caroline should be champion by rights. I blame the judges and their consistently wonky scoring of the PCS.
I think this has become a matter of attempting high risk jump difficulty results in PCS boost from the judges. Right or wrong, COP judging is known for this and Czisny reaped the benefits here.
Hey Carolina did get a level four on her step sequence. Good for her!
Alissa = 13.12
Carolina = 7.80
Alissa beat Carolina on spins alone by more than FIVE POINTS. That is crazy to think about.
Alissa, not surprisngly, also beat Carolina in the spiral by a half-point.
Carolina beat Alissa by a point in the step sequence.
Carolina beat Alissa by just under 9 points.
And Alissa beat Carolina in PCS by about a point.
To be frank while I'd given it to Kostner on both categories, this judging wasn't the farce D/C getting higher PCS than B/L was.
Base value of technical elements: Kostner 49.02, Czisny 49.03.