What a nice spin from Minami Hanashiro! Never heard of her, though I am from Germany
Was that variation after sidways, Zhangs perl?
Liked that variation after Bielmann as well!
One of the best SPs this year by Angela. Her PCS is messed up. If Elena is getting 27 or 28 for PCS, this should beat it by a wide margin.
Love her footwork into the 3loop.
Proklova with a very different program than Wang but excellent as well: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vo9brNF0bQM
I think Wang should have a slight edge in PCS (although Proklova doesn't seem too slow either and performs very well) but Proklova has better spins (and two jumps in bonus) and should edge on technical.
Note: One judge gave Wang all 5s in PCS. That's wrong.
I agree, Angela was wonderful!! I'm also very pleased for Jenni Saarinen!! I've followed her skating for several years already and am so happy for how much she has improved during the past few years! And may I correct you IleK, she CAN skate clean LP, I've seen that many times. Even in Junior Worlds this year she did very well! I don't know what happened to her in the previous JGP, she didn't skate a good LP there. Jenni is much more talented than Juulia Turkkila, it is a pity that she couldn't skate in Nebelhorn (Jenni is only 14 years). We might have got the Olympic spot with her skating.
Although not necessarily a fan of her skating, Ukolova has very good posture throughout her program.
a bit shaky 3-3 for Sotskova now if she can skate a clean FS
she was underscored in PCS, really 25 just a point above Kato ?
All in all, it was a fantastic competition. I do think Russia should have send Sotskova to Belarus - she could have been top two easily.
I really hope Kiira will recover from her injuries. I think she is such a great skater and a lovely person with a BIG heart! Her skating is always a joy to watch. I especially loved her short programme from last season and her Evita programme, it was gorgeous! Kiira's personality is incomparable what comes to her kindness and positive attitude (I'm not exaggerating She definitely has the famous Finnish "sisu", which can be translated into English as strength of will, determination and perseverance. In the interview Kiira told that after moving to LA she found a new kind of energy and passion for figure skating and said she hopes to continue her career even after this season.
Oops, I was supposed to write about the junior skaters... I don't know how you define "bad FS results". The Finnish junior skaters to whom I've referred here in the forum are not yet able to skate FS with 100 or higher score. I hope we'll soon witness that day though.
Wow, Angela Wang delivered a beautiful performance. I think her SP is my favorite of the season. She's so elegant and, at the same time, strong technically.
And on - topic, I am totally pro Angela. Alexandra reminds me of Juulia. There are so much look-a-like. Her face, body and style. Alexandra is good at presentation, knows how to take advantage of a choreography but her face is empty as Juulia's. She doesn't move me at all. She is and looks very young. Anglea reminds me of Samantha at Junior Worlds last year. She is very a much a lady among little girls.
Alexandra reminds me of Julia also, but with better musicality and she can smile Plus, I think her SS are better than Julia (at the same age). She is cute as a button in her tutu, I'll give her that, and her choreography is good, but PCS should be more than being cute. How could Angela not win the PCS it's beyond my understanding. 26+ for Alexandra is absurd. Maybe I am missing something about her: even in her first JGP I couldn't believe my eyes when she beat both Karen Chen and Serafima in PCS (and her LP is not half as good as her SP is). What is it about her that I am missing?
Angela was gorgeous. This SP will definitely make my favorites list this year.
Not to sound like Scott Hamilton, but Angela has everything: great basics, good speed, difficult jumps, level 4 spins, gorgeous and smooth flow across the ice...I just love her style. She reminds me of vintage Michelle Kwan circa 1996-1998...and that is not a compliment I give lightly. There's something about her that is very special. When she skates like this, her brilliance is undeniable. I do think many of the judges lowballed her with 5s (are you kidding me?). In this field she's a mid 6s to low 7s skater. Alexandra was lovely too and deserved her scores; however, I'd have had Angela slightly better than or at least equal to Alexandra in PCS.
FS should be interesting...
free leg enough while laying back; that's what made Caroline's spin so amazing. Well that and the lean in her back was so extreme. Hanashiro extends the leg and has a great lean in her back. The positions were excellent but I'd imagine she lost some GOE b/c it traveled the entire time.