A little scratchy on the ending footwork, but I thoroughly enjoyed Mao's performance. She rarely let a note go by without interpreting it in some way. She will definitely get a full downgrade on the triple toe, and her double lutz won't serve her well. I imagine a 114 or so.
Score: 118.87, total 181.76 and into 1st
Ok now I get to worry about little Julia... hope she can be as consistent here as she always has...
Srprised Mirai got such a low score but downgrades and I tink a little lack of performance (not many highs and lows in the choreography, I think?) dinged her.
I like Mao's Swan Lake, especially the choreography sequence at the end
Lipnitskaia now: first time I see her live (on tv).
Julia LIPNITSKAIA (RUS)
Music: Nutcracker by Peter I. Tchaikovski (Lots of Tchaikovski tonight)
White lace dress w/long sleeves and gloves
3Lz+3T - eeked out, rotation looked OK
2A+3T - hand down/stepout
FCSp - didn't get enough rotations on the last variation
Some small mistakes, she is human afterall. Will it be enough for gold?
How Julia held onto that first combo I will never know. Really a lot of her jumps looked a bit off/tilted to me, she definitely fought for this program. Will be interesting how she is scored compared to Mao. I really do not know what will happen.
She looked really nervous today, but the program is she looks really disappointed...
Score: 114.86, total 177.92 and into 2nd. Silver!
MAO wins MAO wins MAO wins!!!
I disagree with the commentators. Lipnitskaia is just moving around the rink putting her leg to her face. I hope she actually cares about exuding some kind of energy, because her interpretation is actually flat and blah. I don't want to watch rhythmic gymnastics on ice. She has technical style and brilliance, but has a void of musical artistry apart from the choreography that was given to her.