WTT is an official event by the ISU and is a "serious" event. It is the 6 best performing countries at Worlds all fighting for the much coveted World team trophy. Each output is crucial to win the event. Akiko delivered with the most command that I've seen from her. So much speed. Her musicality, dynamism, energy, lyricism and interpretation was out of this world. So underrated but is so deserving of success. I am proud of her with her PB Total score and FS score.
She is truly a very special skater. In the few years I have followed her skating, I have truly fallen in love with this girl. She will forever be a champion in my heart and she will have a spot in my all-time favourite skaters like Michelle Kwan, Yu-Na Kim, Kristi Yamaguchi, Chen Lu, Yuka Sato, Miki Ando and Mao Asada. Had she skated like this at Worlds, she would have won silver. Simply phenomenal! She is her own superstar. Amidst the other super skaters like Yu-Na, Mao and Carolina, I hope she would trust the voice within and fullfil her destiny.