Well, it's a little Utopian of me, but I would prefer the PCS for all of them to be based on the skating they put forth on a given day, not on whether they were great last year, or this was their first competition, or that they can do better, or whatever.
On the skating on the day. Nothing else.
Never happen, I know. At least in 55 years of fandom, I've never seen it happen.
In the long program, she was uncomfortable the entire time. No, I don't think she deserved her PCS for that kind of skate. Why should her PCS be any higher than a newbie if she's not skating better? What is this nonsense?
For IN, was she better? I don't think so.
For PE, was she better? I don't think so.
Again, don't group the entire PCS into just SS or CH. This is the reason why Patrick Chan who was behind the music for the most part and fell and still beat a flawless Dai in PCS because his SS was better. Is this where FS is heading?
Ho hum in my opinion. Gracie showed some promise but not exactly drop jaw amazing. Adelina didn`t do as well as I hoped; I was hoping to see a break through. Poor Canada even the French ladies were stronger (not Quebec but France). Really Cynthia was just horrendous; she has gotten worse and I had so much hope with Orser. Canada was lucky to win bronze with their ladies. Really embarrassing. I know they are trying hard but really what is going on. Joannie should really come up with some routines planend for the olympics. Skate at nationals go t 4cc``s and then worlds`in 2013. She`ll place maybe 8th to 10th. Earn 2 ladies spots for Canada and then use the the same routiones which will barely ahve been seen for the Olympics. She can start with the flip or lutz, maybe work on a triple salchow triple toe combo and the loop and add the other more difficult triple lutz or flip in 2014. Work on some great programs and the spins and she will earn canada two spots because right now Canada looks very weak in ladies. Lacoste is so blah and Phaneuf has no guts and all nerves. Maybe Liz Manley wants to come out of retirement.
Sorry for the delay to drop my review on Ladies Free, but I want to finish it as my memo anyway...
The very last comp of WTT for my husband and me, and it did not disappoint us at all!
For Canadian ladies, I just hope they regain themselves and come back strong next season.
While Canada has the strongest champions like Tessa/Scott and Patrick with a couple of world's elite pair teams, they were a bit weak in ladies discipline this season...I really feel sorry for Amelie and Cynthia; I hope that skating fans in Canada do not scream, in chorus, for JoRo's come back for next Worlds in London, Canada...
I loved French ladies! Their unique styles, among the current ladies who tend to be soft, lyrical and/or ballerina-like skaters, stand out for me. I love their HUGE jumps. Both Mae Berenice and Yretha have a solid technique in jumps: Mae Berenice's Lutz is a text-book when landed cleanly, and that Yretha's spring into jumps! I hope they will work on jump consistency next season, so that judges will notice their ability and uniqueness, and start rewarding them with higher PCS.
I felt so sorry for Yretha in her Free. She was the last to skate in the first group, and she on the big screen was clearly got nervous.
When she landed her first opening combo 2A+3T+2T perfectly, it kind of got to her, you know...She probably knew if she could stay in the top ten for the free, the team's bronze medal would go to France. That thought pressured herself too much, and as a result, every takeoff into the remaining jumps got unstable...It broke my heart to see her sad face after the free and her French teammates' faces when the score came up...
The audience loved both Meite and Marchei for their musicality; we all clapped and yayed a lot all the way through their fun routines!
Honorable mention in the first group by deedee: Alena Leonova!
(okay everyone, I have learned a new usage of English word 'honorable', instead of 'honorary' which I wrongly picked up from English vocabraries in my old brain for my previous posts, thanks to Serious Business and other members here at GS. )
Alena for me, at this particular competition, was a big surprise in a good way.
I did not care at all for the music and typical Nikolai-sh almost non-existent choreography , but Alena, especially in her free program, skates much faster with fewer crossovers, more fluent and does have a presence on the ice. Trust me, she is a much better skater live than on PC screen or even TV!
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When the second group of the world's top ladies got onto the ice, the temperature in the arena got higher with audience's HUGE expectations knowing this one was the last comp of the whole WTT! , thus partly feeling sad on the fact it was about to end very soon...
First to skate was Adelina.
So gutsy of her to come in 4th in the free, but I was a bit disappointed because she did not skate as big as her SP two days ago. She appeared 'rushed' into everything; jumps, spins, and choreographies...I rather blame it Tarasova for the music choice for her free; Liebestraum just does not suit her skating. I did much prefer Bolero as a program for Adelina.
Then came Ashley, the main dish of the day!
She ROCKED THE HOUSE! and BIG standing ovation!
I'd much prefer her Black Swan at US Nationals, but still a great skate. Congratulations for winning the free, Ashley!
Btw, I love her programs so much this season. The best two programs, SP+FP combined, along with Akiko's and Carolina's for me this season. Wish her the best for a podium finish at the next Worlds!
Next to skate was Gracie.
What surpised me the most was she did NOT appear hesitant AT ALL to skate, right after the audience went crazy upon her colleage's (=Ashley) great performance. She attacked everything and did her job done in a cool manner. Such a shame about the pop on her scond 2A.
I loved the 'delay' in the air on her toe jumps!
Let me assure you, all skating fans in the US, Gracie is the STAR in the making.
Sorry about her missing most of jumps. I kind of anticipated befoerhand, though... Prior to the Worlds in Nice, her team changed the strategy and moved her 3T+3T into the second half of her Free for bonus points, and it backfired her a big time at Nice and here...
I love her musicality and ability to sell a program.
OTOH, I really hope she will hire a jump coach this offseason to correct her weird jump technique, before it gets too late. She gets < and e marks in the free at every competitions and that worries me.
Sad to say but I have a small complaint on skaters in general developed under Big Mamma Machiko over the years; e.g. Yukari, Mao, Mai, Kanako, Shoma Uno, though they are all lovely skaters in their own ways, and I admire them for that.
Bad techniques, however, shall cost skaters in point-wise in the long run, and most of all, bad techniques may evantually lead them to potential injuries or retirements at younger ages, you know.
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Kanako's performance did not disappoint the audience, because of her adorable 'wrinkled up' face with half bitterness and half smile. We applauded for her efforts warmly, along with her teammates, as if telling her; "Don't worry, Kanako. You are young, you will always have next time to prove yourself. (Besides, when it comes to so-called 'team events', we've seen the worse from Daisuke~~~ )."
Up next was Akiko.
Great musicality from Akiko as usual.
Thanks to Akiko, Meryl and Charlie, how many times have we got to see beautiful Die Fledermaus routines this season? In spite of pops at the end, everyone was enjoyed every second of Die Fledermaus one last time, by clapping and yayed along the way, with much appreciation to these wonderful skaters and a farewell to such a wonderful program. I am sure Strauss himself was also clapping with us while being in his grave in Wien! (Part of me was a bit disappointed it wasn't the Olympic year for this program, though...)
Last to skate was Carolina, and 'rightfully so' I would say personally, not only Ladies Free but the WHOLE comp of WTT.
What a gorgeous skater she is. She is the music, isn't she?
Loved the opening 3L, just effortless as if it were a part of choreography. It was not her best, but I forgot it was actually a competition until that abrupt hard fall on 3T...how gutsy of her to then come back strong by hitting 3S+2T+2T at the end!
As I told you before, I have always have a soft spot for veteran skaters. Her come back story with so many ups and downs over the years, just like Akiko's, Daisuke's and Brian's!, to finally win the world title on her 10th appearance at the Worlds surely inspires and encourages all skaters in the world. How cannot we admire and respect these champions? (Hope next year will be Akiko's turn...fingers crossed!)
On the way back home, my hubby was so bubbly and busy with his talking on the train, unlike the night before. (Didn't I tell you he got jealous of Daisuke and seldom spoke to me by the time we got home?)
Thanks to every federations and its skaters who got participated in the World Team Trophy this year, we could get to see a lot of champions and world medalists and enjoyed their lovely performances!
I would like to post my overall thoughts onthe WTT in the 'Review of Mens LP' thread when I have time, if you don't mind.
(<- to doris!, thank you so much for creating that thread for me and copied my posts there!)
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Go for it deedee!