The best thing about these late night/early morning competitions is the quality of the posts from people who actually stay up/get up to watch and post. I don't think there's one crabby or rude post yet. I'm sure there will be later, but I will be grateful for the nice-ness of the last 4+ pages.
V/T's big elements look so solid and precise right now, you just hope they can do them the exact same way in Sochi. Extraordinarily impressive.
I would go with GOE 0 on the lift (Maxim's weight got too far forward and his footwork was a little off-balance) and not higher than +1 on the change combination spin (it lacked speed) but all other elements were really incredible. Jumps in particular. High, solid landings with good speed and flow out. They don't really get any better than this.
The program is good as well. Skated to the music, with movements in character, it looks and feels like a waltz.
V/T skated a great SP. All the elements were big and effortless. That being said I like the technical panel for this competition for calling V/T's twist correctly as a level 3. I've been confused about the level 4 call for the twist for V/T because she didn't have the split (45degree for each leg from the body axis) no did she put her hand/arm (s)ove her head for at least one revolution. As far as I have seen, Sui/Han is the only pair who does level 4 twist because she keeps her arm above her head for the entire twist. I haven't notice any team does that or any team who has a real two-leg split, quit a few can get the over 90 degree, but not for a combination of two >45.
OK, that's for killing the time in between, off to the Man's competition now
PAIRS SHORT PROGRAM - VIDEOS (By Starting Order)
Warm-Up Group 1
1. Narumi TAKAHASHI / Ryuichi KIHARA (JPN)
2. Anastasia MARTIUSHEVA / Alexei ROGONOV (RUS)
3. Cheng PENG / Hao ZHANG (CHN) Short Program, 2nd Copy
4. Haven DENNEY / Brandon FRAZIER (USA) Short Program, 2nd Copy
Warm-Up Group 2
5. Wenjing SUI / Cong HAN (CHN) Short Program, 2nd Copy
6. Marissa CASTELLI / Simon SHNAPIR (USA) Short Program
7. Paige LAWRENCE / Rudi SWIEGERS (CAN) Short Program
8. Tatiana VOLOSOZHAR / Maxim TRANKOV (RUS) Short Program, 2nd Copy
Overall Result, Segment Result, Protocols