I watched Kim Yu-na's LP live (my first live skating event YAY!!!!) and ... geez. There was no contest and she left everyone in the dust. It's like everyone has always told me - you can't fully appreciate speed and ice coverage until you see the event live. I think also that Yu-na has improved artistically since 2010. She was always a fanatastic artist in my eyes because of her musicality but now there's more emotion and she gave me shivers, the way Michelle Kwan and Sasha Cohen used to. I was high up in the stands across from the judges and from there you really appreciate the skaters who can reach out to you.
The only one who came close was Carolina, who was pretty much just as majestic as Kim Yu-na and the crowd adored her and her Bolero program. She is now one of my very favorites. The nosebleed only endeared her more to the audince, of course. The mistakes, not so much. I was a little surprised at how high her score but she was definitely my second-favorite skater of the night and I suppose her mistakes weren't all that costly compared to the points she racked up elsewhere.
Mao Asada was lovely too. It's too bad she didn't nail her program because she fell short of breathtaking. Of course, she isn't has fast as Yuna or Carolina but I think if she had nailed her jumps she would have gotten the crowd more into her skate and her exquisiteness would have shone through even more. I wish I could see more spiral sequences from her. There's a place where she could really set herself apart from Yu-na and Caro. But I was sooo happy that she pulled up to 3rd.
BTW, I was very happy to see that both of the USA ladies also had very good ice presence. The crowd went totally nuts for Gracie. More so than for Ashley, I suppose because Gracie is new and exciting but Ashley would have probably also gotten a great reception had she nailed her program. Bummer about the random fall but it was great to see the two US ladies but good competitors and good fighters. and of course, yay for them for getting the third spot back. Hurray!!
Sorry for the tagent on a Yu-na thread. I'm so thrilled that she's back and that I got to see her LIVE!!!!!!