Ladies Nationals used to be so much fun. These days it just feels like a big punch in the gut. I should have known the universe was trying to tell me something was up when my DVR didn't record it...
What I have found on youtube it seems like the second to last flight was a lot more consistent. Gracie was wonderful, I just wish she had held it together in the sp. Then her scores for the free wouldn't feel so ridiculous.
Ashley... I mean I think it makes sense that Ashley won. When you think about the mistakes Gracie made in the short and the mistakes Ashley made in the long they are similar. And it definitely makes sense that Ashley would have a higher PCS. I just hate feeling so uninspired by the winner (and she HAS inspired me before). Still... politics wise, it makes perfect sense that the USFSA would put their weight behind Ashley. Total sense. And after Gracie's mistakes in the short I get why they gave it to her.
I haven't been able to watch Mirai's program yet. Someone did post a video of her scores going up so show the moment Ashley won, and Ashley's interview through to the awkward interaction between Ashley and Gracie. Really heartbreaking to see. Normally I'm all for composure in the kiss and cry, but I can't blame Mirai for her reaction. She's worked so hard this year, and it showed. But she just got hit with the flu at the wrong moment. UGH. WHY SKATE GODS, WHY?!?!?!
I need to watch Mirai, Agnes and Courtney and then I'll have seen the top 8.
It's just such a shame that for the second nationals in a row I almost feel that I wish I hadn't even bothered to watch...