icechannel2011 also has now uploaded all of the performances in the Japan Open!
I agree with you that Ilya wuzzrubbed, and Honda even more did. Mainly because that Buttle imo shouldn't be there at all. He is much younger than everyone else, he is a skater of different generation. It put the competitors in not equal position to him and caused the talks that the results of MWO were predictable in advance (if not "fixed"). That doesn't serve a good purpose to a new event that needs to earn some trust. So, I'll be speaking only about he rest 5 skaters who were more or less objectively equal fighters, that's why 4 of them came so close. Honda should have won just a little over Kulik. He was the only one who could do the ultra class element 3A, and all the rest was pretty much of the same level. In any case those two of 5 Honda and Kulik were the only ones who were not with girlish set of jumps but Men's ones . Kurt and Yag both had girls' jumps but Kurt was way more artistic, so he would have been over Yag anyway imo. Irina should have won due to the reasons that I already stated, with Shizuka 2nd and Rochette 3rd.
Well, in general I do want this event to continue because it was just fun to see all those long term retired skaters competing and even trying to do high class sport stuff.
Can't wait to see Irina! I've missed her greatly.
LT, I definitely agree with you in wanting this event to continue. What a joy to see the greats of yesteryear pay us a visit. This competition sounds like the old Landover pro competition, a really substantial contest with high-quality performances.