Thank God for Stephane Lambiel and Matt Savoie!
I hope Joannie Rochette wins this one
She seriously is the most talented skater of her generation. Her skating and her arms absolutely mesmerize me. I doubt she doesn't play an instrument herself, because the kind of classical musical sophistication is so apparent in her skating. I think Secret Garden should be banned from skating after Joanie. I've never been a fan of skater skating to slow, pretty music, but Joannie does it like no other. I don't mean this to sound like a cliche, but she totally skates like a poet.
Gush gush gush. I hope she wins this one.
I hope she wins this one too, if only for the promotion of new blood if nothing else. I do think of all the ladies skaters in Canada right now she has the most potential to compete internationally. The other ladies have been around a long time now and none of them have progressed to podium-quality international performances. I can't help but think that part of what is wrong with the Canadian ladies program as a whole is that there hasn't been anyone to shoot for for quite some time. Just look at the renewed vigor of the pairs program post-Sale/Pelletier....in a few years I think Canada will have one of the strongest pairs fields in the world, rivaling China/Russia. Bourne and Kratz have been a light in the dance field, and our men's program has produced a succession of international-calibre champions, with Buttle and Sandhu now coming of age. In ladies, while I don't want to diminish what Jennifer Robinson has accomplished, as I've always felt she is an excellent ambassador for Canada, she's never really broken through into that top rank of skaters, because, well, she's not ever really been more than "decent." Shooting for someone ranked maybe 7th in the world is a lot different than setting your sights on someone ranked 1st. Every year I watch the ladies field hoping to see some new spark of inspiration and I haven't seen much. I was impressed when I saw Joannie Let's hoping this year at nationals is different.