Gracie's SP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gh1zxmrO5Tk
Ok, this was definitely not as awful as everyone made it out to be. As a violinist, I love the piece so I don't mind the music, but they definitely used most of the fastest prelude (the third) presumably to highlight her speed and power. I actually think the first 30 sec of the first prelude would be a better opening for the program, and the second prelude is a lot slower and all lyrical, which would allow for nice contrast in the program. It seems like Gracie just can't win; use fast music and be accused of looking frantic and unpolished, or use more delicate music and be accused of faking or pretending to be something she's not. Sigh..
Anyway, I actually see lots of improvement in her presentation. The choreography is very intricate but fun at the same time, although she was probably concentrating too hard on getting it right and fitting everything in to enjoy herself. Once she gets more comfortable, I could see her having lots of fun with the program - it's jazzy and sassy just like her "All That Jazz" exhibition.
To me, skating is a form of dance. Music should be chosen to support this particular dance style, based on graceful gliding with occasional bursts of energy. You would not choose tap-dance music to dance a rhumba. Why would Gracie's team think that the music they chose is appropriated for skating?
It didn't work for Michelle, Gracie. Also, Shizuka was a World champion before this--she'd already proved that she can put it down. And you can't start to put down Shizuka-like psychological attacks (Shizuka's 3-3-3s vs. Gracie's multiple jump combos) in practice and expect that everything else follows. You still gotta back that up in competition.Figure skaters changing coaches in September of an Olympic season is unusual, but as Gold noted, it has been done before with success.
"It was pretty obvious the relationship just wasn't working and we needed a change," she said. "We had been in rough waters for a little bit, and the ups and downs started to be more drastic.
"September is better than October; it's better than November, it's better than December. I know that [Shizuka] Arakawa left her coach two months before the Olympics, and it worked out for her. It's hard to say when the ideal time is."
(Arakawa left Tatiana Tarasova's group in November 2005 to train with Nikoli Morozov. She won the 2006 Olympic gold medal a few months later.)
It's still September, but we can only hope that Frank keeps Gracie in check.