04-27-2013, 10:12 AM
16:50~ Ladies Free
Was so nice to see these young and promosing girls all together at 6min warm-up, who with no doubt will shine and lead Ledies figure skating the next Olympic quad towards PyeongChang.
I don't remember if I wrote it before, but I. Love. 6min. Warm-ups., whenever I go to live competitions. SOoooo exciting, fascinating aaaand nail-biting to watch all top athletes hitting jumps at one end, then the other end all the time; simply a FEAST for the eyes of spectators!
Loved Gabrielle's Free music, solid 3T-3T and her energy throughout. It semed, however, to me she rather skated ignoring the music a bit, maybe it's because the music was the same as Carolina's 2011-12 season SP. Ever since I saw Gabrielle at 2013 Canadian Nats on TV for the first time, I am her fan! Hope she will work more on her consistency on jumps and on presentation.
Also felt sorry for Lenaelle. Great short, then disappointing Free, a deja vu of Euro...Slowed down in the scond half probably due to falls. She needs to build her stamina to skate clean the whole 4 minutes, I think.
Liza, such a shame poppin the opening 3Lz and a fall on 2A-3T...Liza actually was on FIRE during the warm-up. Though she looks tiny on ice compared to other girls, she clearly does have 'presence'. Hope her knee is fine, and she will have much much better season than 2012-13 season fingers crossed!
Zijun was GREAT. She picked up just perfect program for her Free, don't you agree? Adorable music, adorable costume, adorable choreography, and very age-appropriate; something projecting cutesy and/or fairy that only skaters who are in their very early career as senior, freshly moving from junior circiut are allowed to skate and should be allowed for once. Throughout the season I have been telling my husband that Zijun skating to Sleeping Beauty is almost 'unfair' to other big girls. And reminds me of Mao in 2005-06 season skating to The Nutcracker and makes me smile. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_Yy7V-q5jc
And for that matter, I felt sorry for Kexin who also trains under same coaches and has better jump technique, imo; she DOES need better program, music, choreo, even costume. AAAAand more SMIIIILE, please, Kexin!
As much as I admire Kaetlyn's maturity for her age, and while I quite liked expressiveness on her upper body in the Free to Carmen, some of her edge work was a bit rough, I thought. Also, I would have more appreciated more extended/stretched-out arm movements from her.
Zijun's and Kaetlyn's 'flutz' was obvious even from up and far in the arena, so that I had to give up counting each of their jumping passes...
One more thing I noticed during Liza's and Kaetlyn's Free skate: while their speed appeared decent enough to my eyes, especially they were going for a jump, they did not cover the ice as much as other skaters did...Too much choreography, maybe? Any thought, anyone?
04-29-2013, 05:08 AM
Mae skated a little tentative in the Free, compared to her at last year's WTT where she skated brilliantly. Skating free in the second group with bigger names must have gotton to her, I guess.
We felt so sorry for Mao. Clearly appeared exhausted, struggling especially in the second half of her free. Which was sort of predictable and understandable; her free to Swan itself, done by TAT, has been such a physically-demanding program even without 3A most of the season, and lack of training leading up to WTT after Worlds must have affected her stamina-wise. She was so pale and out of oxygen right after the performance, but also a geat moment for Mao and all her fans that she stayed on ice as long as possible and tried to pick as many as flowers she could. Asked later why she picked up so many flowers, Mao answered she just wanted to do so, in order to express her appreciation to all cheers and supports from Japanese fans for the 2012-03 season. This one scene shows So sweet of Mao, as always!
I. Loved. Ashely., because she was attacking the program the whole 4 minutes. Could have gotten onto the world podium if she had skated like this in London...Also loved the way she kept on skating after her hair got loosening; as if she telling judges 'oh my hair getting untidy...so what? I will skate anyway' attitude. That's Ashley the cookie, fearless and lively I remember and admired in 2007-08 season when she burst onto the senior scene.
Gracie: her jumps were good again in the free. But was not selling her program as Ashley did, she either was a little nervous or focused too much on landind jumps, I guess? While her jump technique is great, a bit of a disappointing with her for me, especially her short but free as well, is her choreography actually looks like choreography, I mean she doesnot make them of her own. Also I hope she will work more on upper body, particularly on arm movements, then she can be a YuNa soon.
Gutsy performance from AKIKO. Score a bit too high, I honestly thought, but who cares in this, say, fun, half cheese fest and stupid competition? Some of her jumps were reeeeally shaky but she fought hard for its landing one after one. A good redemption for her indeed after very dissapointing worlds, like Dai. Prior to her start, I loved how first Dai and then team Japan began clapping and yelling 'Akko!' 'Akko!!' 'Akko!!!' then a second later it spread out to the entire arena! Standing ovation afterwards, of course.
Must be hard for Adelina that she had to skate right after Akiko and in front of crazily shouting audience. On behalf of Japanese fans, my apology to her. I loved her short, but I did not get her free program thru-out the season, to tell the truth...I hope TAT will choose the best music and do choreo to highlight her strength for the upcoming Olympic season on her home turf. Same with Kovtun.
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