Kiira's robbed. Her PCS should have been first. I don't think Mao should beat her in any of the component score. She's like a lady skating with a bunch of girls.
I thought that Mirai looked gorgeous. The costume and makeup were first rate.
It was nice to see her skate with spunk and confidence again.
Thanks for the video links!!
Just a word on the younger skaters : I am very fond of Zijun as well, she is of course still quite juniorish but she has a certain grace on ice that makes her skating pleasant to watch. I'm also glad to note that being on home ice doesn't appear to wreck her nerves at all! And Julia is quite impressive, but as others have remarked she'll need to work on her axel and someone please get her a new costume. The second group is all bunched up in SP scores, FS is going to be fun!!
I think Mao looked stupid with that program... She was SO good with Tarasova... she blew away the public...and THAT was definetely beneath her. Kira skated lovely! As well as Mirai
Nice work from Mirai... jumps look steady and solid despite the 2foot. I don't like that show tunes type music on her though... and that costume reminds me of Tonya Harding circa 1994. Ew! But glad to see her out and about again and thank you for a glorious spiral!
Mao... I agree with lots of folks here. I thought the program was ridiculous--you can be cute and cheeky without a scrunchie or neon orange dress. Yuck on the SP but I'm happy she looks happy!
I wasn't impressed with Julia L. She had some pretty unique spin positions but besides that, I thought it was one too many catch foot moves.
Zijun's performance is so enjoyable, though I agree that her jumps seem powerless, and I prefer Kexin Zhang （7th at Worlds） over her among Chinese ladies.
Kexin's absence here is a huge disappointment for me, but on the bright side, I think the camera showed her in the audience, that means she has not quit skating.
This is the first time I love Kirra's skating, so elegant and beautiful! Love Zijun Li's program. She will really be a force given some time, maybe very soon. I think Mao should go with more mature programs. This SP does not show off her strength, which are great lines and flow. She can still make this program work by tweaking it towards more mature side, rather than juniorish playful. Same to Nagasu's program.
That music Mao is skating too seems to be more for a Junior skater who's about 14-15 then a seasoned veteran skater like her. Didn't Mirai skate to I Got Rhythm back when she was 14? Mao needs more serious music for her SP.
I think Mirai even skated to that exact arrangement of I Got Rhythm. If I remember it was a huge scoring program for her. I Got Rhythm can totally be sophisticated. Even a little sexy, depending on how you package it. But Mao is definitely going for light, bright and youthful. Maybe this is a case of what the skater needs not being what people want from her right now, and those needs should be taking precedent. She seems to enjoy the program and that's hurdle #1 to me.