I admire Alena's charisma and energy, she gives out everything on the ice. But that program... I cringe when I look at the multiple cheap posing and so called 'choreography'. I also do not think she is that fast. Her footwork looks heavy and laboured.
I cannot understand Korpi's scoring. 55 for 3T-2T, 3R with turnout and a single axel? Really?? And that scores higher than Haruka's more difficult, clean and lovely program? Higher than Rachel? Almost as high as Biryukova, who had a 3-3 and 3R and by any means is not a plain skater? Sorry, but it starts to be very annoying. She does not have any particular 'signature' element - her jumps, spins, footwork are just average. If she had executed the 2A, judges would have not hesistated to put her in 3rd, very close to the top 2. And it does not seem right. JMO
Alena (yes, although I hate that program)
Adelina (I adore her extension and I like the program very much. But she must nail that combo)
Why did Haruka get negative GOE on her loop? That was a real beauty. Also, she skates very fast, has good TR, CH, PE, and IN in this SP...I would have at least tied her with Adelina in PCS at least.
Hrm...I expected Mao's SP to get better if she just went for a planned 2Axel for right now in the season instead of worrying about the 3Axel, but it didn't. This cut of music is very ineffective. There are so many different sounds happening that it is impossible for the skater to match them; it makes Mao's movements seem incongruous at times.
Wow Agnes looks like she grew taller even more from her first comp this season. I just can't enjoy her skating. Her legs and slowness bother me.
Mao looks better than the last competition. She looks so happy now. Love her and her speed.
Alena ... I don't know. She is doing so well this season and I am happy for her and would not change the results but she overacts. It kind of bugged me tonight. It was trying too hard. And her footwork ... Is it supposed to be circular or serpentine or what? I can never tell. Still, it is obvious what a hard worker she is. Good for her.
I am so happy for Mao. I don't love her program the way some do but each time she has skated this season I have felt that she is in a class all her own, regardless of the scores or results. I just hope she continues to get stronger this season and eventually gets back to where she once was or even better.
Rachael looked strong. I'll have to look at the protocols but maybe her lower placement was just due to her usual weaknesses. Anyway, kudos to her for a decent program given all the pressure she was under. She was still the best of the three Americans.
I hear everyone about Kiira but maybe she gets the extra points for being a graceful skater? It is supposed to be a graceful sport after all.
Poor Cristina. I have always been skeptical about her and this season isn't doing anything to make me jump on her bandwagon for good. But I certainly root for her to finally get her stuff together and have her day. How old is she, 18? You never know. She could be an Alissa or better yet a Joannie Rochette.
I also thought Haruka's 3 loop was solid! Hers was one of the programs I enjoyed the most. I wish she had placed higher.
Last edited by skatinginbc; 11-25-2011 at 08:20 PM.
Flatt can't replace a Lutz attempt with a loop! That's not going to work for her. As far as I look- flip, lutz, axel for her in SPs.
Love Haruka. I didn't know who she was before this season.
Not surprised by Rachel and her scores. She just doesn't flow on the ice. It's just labored skating to me but I'm happy that she had a much better skate than the last time.
Last edited by lavender; 11-25-2011 at 10:29 PM.
Her choreographer is Nikolai Morozov, am I right? Sorry if I am wrong, but he's getting a reputation of packaging his male students as sexy rock stars and female students as sexy.....
Is that what the audience want? It reminds me of a comment I heard in actual life: "Not many guys like watching figure skating, which attracts gays and perverts that hope to get a peekaboo view of the young girl's crotch." I watch figure skating for art, not sex. Those poses irritate my eyes.