Christina Gao's Short Program from the Ondrej Nepela Trophy 2013. She is currently in 4th place after posting a score of 52.14 with her short program.
I'm very pleased to see she took my advice, smile. Last year I said she'd need to take a year off Harvard-wise decision. She has become an elegant woman out there. I think she has a good shot at Bronze-or better...her focus, her intelligence. She is lovely. Another Chinese beauty-not Lu Chen quite yet, but impressive. So fortunate-she and Rachel are the brainiest skaters we have at present.
I wish Miss Gao luck. Good decision for her!
I think she stands a good chance. After all, she was able to make the GPF, so she is certainly in contention.
Also, it should be noted that she's essentially in a 4-way tie for 2nd, and less than 4 points shy of Gosviani at ONT after the SP.
weren't all of her pcs scores at Nepela, including ss, in the 6 range? I like her, but think it iffy she will make the team.
The problem with Gao is nothing stands out with her skating. She has nice jumps but they are not big like Hicks or Gold and she doesn't command the ice like Wagner. It doesn't help that she seems to skate to the same kind of music either always something classical and slow. Yuna could skate to that music but everything she did was big and bold but with Gao it's a bit boring. Maybe she needs to shake things up and skate to something different.
Where is the 3Flip-3Toe? She needs to be doing it. I really don't think she has a good chance without it.
I also wonder if the goal is to eventually put the 3f-3t into her SP as well, because I'm a little curious as to why her solo jump is 3lo. She struggled with it in the SP last season and historically it has not been one of her better jumps. Her 3f is a beauty, so I think if she was committed to 3t-3t as her combo in the SP, she'd be doing 3f as her solo jump, but the fact that she isn't is making me think she's keeping her options open for trying a 3t-3t or 3f-3t in the SP. Not entirely sure, but it would seem to make sense. Otherwise she'd be training two 3-3 combos which wouldn't be the most practical, and she didn't open with a 3t-3t in her FS either so that's why I think the 3f-3t may be coming.
After watching Christina's two recent performances, I understand better why she is viewed less favorably compared to Gracie and Agnes. She looks rather slow on the ice and does not generate as much power or excitement to match the music she is skating to. When I first saw her LP I liked that she was trying something different, but now I think the music is going to overwhelm her.
Perhaps it was the injury she had over the summer, but Christina looks like she regressed in many aspects of her skating since last season. Lots of jump problems, her footwork was sluggish, and her spins weren't good either. Her final combo spin in the FS was not good at all.
I agree last season she looked better. But it is early, let's hope she improves by Nationals-esp her speed and flow and her spins need much improvement. Maybe that school/skating balance fred her spirit. Let us hope it is simply early in the season and she will be adding the difficulty.