https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XoWrWD8M_cU This isn't even one of my favorites of Michelle's programs, but the choreography was really well-done, with the big moves and the footwork sequence hitting the notes of the music just right. I especially loved the double falling leafs at the end. Sorry, Lori, you didn't improve on one of Michelle's programs choreo'd by someone else this time.
You think Kostner's costume was hideous, why don't you take a look at Adelina's inappropriate costume
Carolina was clearly not as prepared as she had hoped. She did look shaky, but it is early. Se has time to develop the programs, and her jumps. I wouldn't count her out straight away like most seem to be doing. Definitely some silly mistakes on elements that were unnecessary. Im sure he will here the criticism of her performance and she will be working hard to improve.
Positives is that she is still trying the lutz and 3f-3t. Programs have potential but will need to develop if they want to be as good as the last 2 seasons programs. Im sure Lori will be watching all of her performances and will make changes or adjustments. Lets hope she is better in Rostelecom so that she can be fully prepared by GPF.
2008-2009 season was quite the same. Her SP at SA set the tone for the entire season leading up to 2009 WC Ladies competition, which was basically a confirmation event for her dominance where she broke again her own SP and total score records, breaking 200 pts for the first time under IJS.
Can you still say nobody was dominating in those years?
BTW, it looks like the Sochi podium is quite a challenge for Kostner now. It's not a surprise. I liked Kostner a lot, but she has been held up and saved by the PCS for a long time now, and I'm getting tired of it. Worse, she is now more conservative and cautious, and slower than ever with those telegraphed jumps, with the transitions in and out of her jumps virtually missing. Her stengths, mainly the speed and edge work, are visible only in sporadic moments in her program, as if inserted there for the sake of showing off, and failing to contibute to a coherent whole.
Reality check, please.
Even though it is early season and all skaters have still plenty of time to improve, out of all top skaters I'm most worried for Carolina. It was not only her jumps that were lost during this weekend but everything else too (and most importantly her confidence) ! Her FS PCS was 5 points lower than in Worlds.
I wonder if this was the weakest GP event this season? Gracie would have won easily with her 3rd place score at SC.
Thanks for joining us, Kirk. Welcome! Coyote Chris and I say, that's what we need around here -- more Spokanites.