I have to say some truly amazing, good talent emerged. To me, the biggest surprise in male singles was Max Aaron's two programs and win at Nationals. I must say that while he lacks the style of a Jeremy or Rippon, he is very fast, exciting, and picked a great LP music to show off his loose style. His skating is not very defined in details but I had never heard the name nor had I ever seen a snippet before he won the gold! Exciting stuff. The other nice surprise from an American male for me is Jason Brown. I love his skating, oozes style with great detail. His LP is a joy to watch...I loved the choreography.
Across to Europe, I absolutely love Carolina's programs this year. I hope she can perform her best at worlds. Were both these done by Laurie Nichols? Carolina is a choreographer's dream. Everyone is saying here on GS that the podium is surely some order of Caro, Yuna and Mao if all skate well. Having finally seen Caro's programs, I think judges will like the novelty so late in season-or will that go against her-sitting out the GP? She is the only female whose both programs captivate me. Can she win, with her technical arsenal over a stronger Yuna? I really find Yuna's SP forgettable but her LP to Les Mis as performed at Korean Nationals was a delight. Yuna was committed and passionate. Warm Yuna skated that day. Loved it! Mao's LP is delightful and a great TAT vehicle for her. That said, her SP is for me, very cute, but juniorish and forgettable.
It is Caro who once again keeps me glued to every movement with two fab music choices. I never thought a few years back that i would add Caro to my list of fave skaters, but I have. I would be happy to see her win. Ashley and Philip Mills are another good team. I like bother her programs and hope she can hold it together at Worlds.
The last two wonderful surprises for the ladies were the 17 year old North American girls, Gracie and Kaetlyn. Gracies' LP at Nationals was incredible. I had never seen her skate a perfect program and it was awesome! If only she learns to compete every event! I loved the LP. But the sudden stardom of Osmond makes me think canada could have a huge star again. I loved Joannie, she was my favorite Cnd lady ever, but Osmond is an amazing young dancer who can jump. She is a beautiful girl who sparkles.
What a great surprise! Just when you were sad that Canada had no great lady to offer, Osmond appears. New to me. I just enjoy this gal so much. She is a joy and may she skate long and often.
Another lady I did not know of since she was out two years is USA's Samantha Cesario. She is a beautiful skater, so elegant, and her black Swan LP is seamless. I think she is lovely. I have forgotten where she placed at Nationals, but she is lovely. At 19, she skated junior worlds-? Not sure how this works, but I am impressed. I wish her well and imagine more difficult jump combos are what holds her down. She's new to me. So, with dance, pairs or other singles, who or what surprised you this season. I mentioned what I liked. What surprised you pos or neg this season? Hard to believe worlds is almost here and that's it.