Am I the only one that thinks Alissa will withdraw from her GP assignment and basically skate her goodbye at Nationals? Whatever she does, it won't be enough to be second to go to worlds. They are not going to hold her up. Flatt is done, so is she.
I wish speed was not something judges are now addicted to. I think Mirai had two lovely programs-she really looked all grown up and beautiful. I look to her to improve and if she can take off that last ten pounds she will rotate a bit easier and have the look the judges want. Caroline is another very short girl who must take off weight to get her 3l3l. I do not think her marks are fair. Slower skaters hold out their moves. Watch Mirai's arms and hands-beautiful detail. Carolina and Chan charge around and have best edges but often lose control. I think it is basic training. MK did not skate with tons of speed -she was often slower than sasha, sarah, tara and for sure Irina. Yet that was "ok' and "artistic"
It seems the intl judges like Ashley and are waiting to see if Gold and Agnes start jumping consistently. They will be rewarded in every category if they show they are consistent podium skaters.
I'd like to know what they do in Japan to turn out these fast, deep kneed skater/jumpers like Dai, Kozuka, Mao, (ok past Mao) and Suzuki. Suzuki and Kozuka should be used as complete skater videos-Dai as well though he is more flashy than Taka who is younger/just developing his style. I saw these deep knees in Yuka who was a pro fave of mine for years. Is there a difference in how they teach basic skating skills at novice level in japan, or before? This allows great speed due to perfect stroking. I do not see this so consistently in USA or Europeans/ Russians. Could a skater explain this? Kanako too seems to fly around thi ice Is is easier to be a sprite like Akiko? Mao can be fast,but I think she wants to be detailed-many nuances in her new LP to make it balletic, and thus speed is not so important in some parts of her LP. I love the pacing. But I admit Akiko can do it all and can surpass Mao in most ways, tho she does not get the credit she deserves. Case in point-Skate Canada ;(.
Those deep knees... How are they trained? Beautiful stroking...