It was nice to see Gracie deliver her SP so well. I think the program is pretty and Gracie did a better job delivering it than I thought she would, but I still think her "artistry" is on the surface. She's doing the moves and delivering them nicely, but there's no underlying understanding or connection with what she's doing. She's still regurgitating choreography but the upside is she looks much better doing it than she did last year.
Her biggest test is going to be the FS. She's under a lot of pressure just by being in the lead and then having to skate last on top of that. Depending on how the other ladies skate, that will add even more pressure to her. If she can keep calm and just skate, she'll be fine...but if she wants to be #1 she needs to go out there and win. Ashley has been known to skate lights out when she's coming from behind.
I hope Gracie doesn't pull a Sasha and shoot herself in the foot by giving this away. The title is hers to lose...
Falling to 2nd, while a disappointment, wouldn't be the end of the world. However, pulling a Nagasu and slipping out of the top 5 might qualify as one of the most dramatic skating collapses I've ever seen...I hope Gracie doesn't pull a Sasha and shoot herself in the foot by giving this away. The title is hers to lose...
Congratulations, the No.1 US Lady
I am soo proud of you
Congratulations to Gracie! She skated with such conviction and it was great to see her finally get it together when it matters most.
First Sotnikova wins Russians with her best, finally practically clean, competition and now Gracie wins with a finally practically clean competition. And then Osmond wins with a practically clean competition. Looks like these ladies are ready to fight in Sochi.
She can and she did.
I'm gonna say.... YES haha