Well, many skaters got ridiculous PCS, probably due to their past glories. Sarah skated in her old dress with feathered shoulders, was very slow, practically walking on the ice. She was struggling with jumps in warm-up too, so I think she is not very healthy yet. Meissner was unrecognizable, put on 18-20kg? She was tryig to act like one more ice princess, skating with the oversued music R&J Nina Rota, her wine-red dress was lovely. Laura skated flamenco, in a warm-up she did 3-2 combo and triples but in the prog the things didn't go well. Rochette had the easiest jumps that she could do clean, level 1-2 seq and spins and nothing between elements, except a lot of dancing on the floor, not skating at all. Arakawa skated her Swan in the old dress. She did what she usually does, the spins were rather slow. The general feeling was very cold from this kind of frigid skating. And the Swan wasn't there. I saw that Swan in FOI about 5 weeks ago, so when the music was on I automatically remembered that Swan Trio. And how not-hot it was without Dai's technique and spice. Probably Shizuka should retire her solo Swan. One more thing that surprised me was no ovation when her win was announced, as well as during the victory ceremony. And she was at home. Odd. Irina wuzrobbed!!!! She skated Russian music, was very warm and humane. The prog had a character that she delivered with joy. Also, she was the only one from all girls who tried and did jumps other than 3T, 3S and 2A- she did 3F and 3Loop. When her score was annouced the sound in the arena was like "ooh?". Japanese don't know how to boo, so they use other ways to express their opinions.
Buttle skated his average routine. I assume it's some kind of conveyer job for him. Seriously, do something, man! It's getting boring to see the same stuff over and over again, just with a different music and in new cheap pants. Too many repetitive moves, false emotions and absolutely no idea and/or character in the prog. What exactly did he interprete to get that score? Also, the position to finish the prog when his buttcheeks are up facing judges is kind of not polite imo. Well. Honda struggled with 3A in a warm-up, fell once, then two footed and step-out. But in the prog he did it, with shaky landing a little but 3A was there. Great! His Tosca was powerful and masculine, the gorgeous male vocal was painted on the ice perfectly. Yagudin skated "Shadow" in his hoody the 150th time or somesuch. Earlier he twittered that he is not about to work hard on jumps because he thinks his health is more importatnt. So he did what he did. In some steps and arms' moves he was trying to copy Plu style but the result was dull. The audience was very warm and supportive to him, a lot of Russian flags and the loudest ovation of the night. Yag was "coached" by Morozov who looks very skinny and not attractive btw. Yag himself was cherring for Irina when she skated and hugged her when she left the ice. Philippe was lovely! In the introduction video interview he was speaing English with thick French accent, so I am not sure I understood everything correctly. But I think he said something like that he wants to skate for the audience first to please them and not judges. And he did! Some jumps and combos he did well in the warm-up but in the pro he fell- so 2 deductions. The second two deductions he got for illegal elements (salto-jump and his sitting spin not-on-blades), so that is what he meant by "not pleasing judges". Brave boy! Ilya showed his magnificent lutzes and was just good. Still I think the music choice was not quite right, it didn't open him up and it might have affected his PCS. During the victory ceremony he got the loudest cheering among all 6 medalists. And Kurt. The oldest but stil the best. His 2A is flying high, the other jumps were not super great and the rest of elements you can see in the protocol. But. It was the only "whole" program of the night where not even a centimeter of the ice, not a single note of music was wasted. One sole masterpiece perfromed easily, relaxed and super professional. Kurt, Honda, Irina and Ilya were my favourites of the night.
Mishin, Yana and Ari attanded Men's event. The arena was almost full for Men. Tomorrow (today actually) will be the major day.